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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or Science (3 - 12)
Title: A Journey Through the Trees
Description: The teacher will discuss the importance of trees with the students. The teacher will provide photographs of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area. The teacher will discuss significant features of each tree and pertinent ways to identify them. The collection may include: Dogwood, various Oak, Hickory, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Beech, Elm, and Birch trees. The teacher will take a nature walk with the students in order for each child to choose a tree and do a bark rub. The students will compare their art and write a journal entry in order to describe something they learned about their particular tree. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Sense Suspense
Description: In this language development lesson, Kindergarten ELLs learn the five senses, classify objects using the five senses, and create an ABC book modeled after Bruce McMillan's Sense Suspense in which they demonstrate their learning.


Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Mathematics (1)
Title: Telling Time to the Hour
Description: This lesson helps children make a connection between the digital and analog clock. In general, the number system is based on units of ten which can sometimes make it difficult for children to realize that time is based on cycles of 60.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Arts Education (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Science (K)
Title: The Very Hungry Class
Description: Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a great trade book to teach many concepts across the curriculum. This lesson has activities to excite your students in all subject areas. Students will be familiar with the metamorphsis process and will enrich skills in other curriculium areas.


Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Label It!
Description: During this lesson, students will work to create word cards or "labels" to identify parts of the computer. Students will use basic letter sounds to help spell the correct words. Students will demonstrate their new knowledge by labeling parts of a computer.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's Inside a Pumpkin?
Description: As part of a study on pumpkins, students will discover what's inside a pumpkin by observing a pumpkin, making individual booklets, and tasting baked pumpkin seeds.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Cooking Experience with Blueberries For Sal
Description: This lesson will enhance the study of the color blue by providing a story, cooking experience and writing activity.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K)
Title: There's Magic In Green Eggs and Ham
Description: As a part of a unit about Dr. Suess, students will learn about sequential order. Student understanding will be aided by the use of hands-on preparation of green eggs and ham, dictation, flannel board, sentence strips, and a living center.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Pumpkins
Description: During this lesson students will be involved in hands-on discovery activities using pumpkins and pumpkin seeds. They will compare the size and weight of their pumpkins. They will also have an opportunity to taste pumpkin seeds. Students will also learn how to create a simple illustration using a graphics software program on the computer or the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1)
Title: From an Ugly Caterpillar to a Beautiful Butterfly!
Description: This is a kindergarten reading lesson using a character analysis Think-sheet. Kindergartners will discuss characters, plot, and setting of a story.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 2)
Title: Reading and Writing about Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo by Kelly Graves
Description: This lesson provides literature-based reading and writing activities for special education and early elementary students. This lesson may also be used to illustrate the character education traits tolerance, self-respect and compassion.


Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (K - 2)
Title: The Four Seasons
Description: This is a reading and writing lesson for special education/early elementary about the four seasons.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Peeking At Pumpkins
Description: As part of a unit about pumpkins, students will learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Student understanding will be aided by the use of the flannel board, individual booklets, and Kid Pix software.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Beautiful Blue Nile      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the Blue Nile and compare it to a river in the United States. They discuss their experience with rivers, see a demonstration of a river running over flat versus mountainous terrain, explore the Blue Nile, and create brochures for people considering a journey down the Blue Nile and along a river in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Life in the Mountains      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the idea that people in different parts of the world have different customs and habits of daily life, even if they live in similar landscapes. They view pictures of and discuss life in the mountains of Colorado and Nepal and write stories describing what it might be like to live in the mountains of Nepal.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Mummies: Honoring the Dead      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students think about how their own cultures honor the dead and how some ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, honored their dead through mummification. Students look at pictures of mummies and write or draw pictures about an imaginary trip to the mummy room of a museum.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Those Fussy Dinosaurs!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students discuss the idea that animals prefer certain types of habitats over others and, in fact, cannot live in places that are too different from what they prefer. In this case, they focus on dinosaurs. They learn about the types of habitats and climates scientists believe dinosaurs tended to prefer and conclude by drawing background scenes to use in a toy dinosaur's home.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Stories in Quilts      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, explores the history and culture of quilt-making. Quilts can be works of art as well as tell stories through pictures. Quilts tell stories that reflect the lives of the people who create them, and they record the cultural history of a particular place and time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: From Stop Signs to the Golden Arches: Environmental Print      Add Bookmark
Description: Students bring the print-rich environment of the community into the classroom through the use of environmental print, enabling emergent readers to delight in the realization that they are indeed readers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Sentence Quest: Using Parts of Speech to Write Descriptive Sentences      Add Bookmark
Description: Students learn about sentences by listing verbs, nouns, and adjectives. They use word cards to create descriptive sentences and work in groups to create the longest sentences they can.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World       Add Bookmark
Description: Students are asked to '' talk'' with Kevin Henkes Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon       Add Bookmark
Description: Using names and high-frequency words from nursery rhymes and the Big Book The Enormous Watermelon, students engage in word recognition activities such as character identification and a word matching game.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: What's in a Name? Teaching Concepts of Letter and Word      Add Bookmark
Description: In this recurring activity, the process of choosing a helper for the day becomes a literacy activity, with the helper's name as a starting place for reading and writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Have Journal...Will Travel: Promoting Family Involvement in Literacy      Add Bookmark
Description: Students build positive memories of literacy activities when they take turns taking home a book bag stuffed with items to encourage literacy interactions with their families.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Student of the Day: Create Sound/Letter Understanding With Names      Add Bookmark
Description: Name games make learning letters fun and interactive in this lesson where students get to know more about each other as they spell out their classmates names.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Children's Natural Curiosity to Lead to Descriptive Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: Inspired by the book It Begins with an A, kindergarten students are invited to turn their curiosity and guesswork into a class book, complete with illustrated objects and descriptive language
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Repetition and Picture Cues to Foster Independent Young Readers      Add Bookmark
Description: Kindergartners share their knowledge of letters and sounds in a large group setting, giving teachers an assessment opportunity. Each student contributes a page to make a repetitive classroom book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Dr. Seuss's Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling      Add Bookmark
Description: Boom! Br-r-ring! Cluck! Moo!?Everywhere you turn, you find exciting sounds. Students use these sounds to write their own poems based on Dr. Seuss's Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Weekend News! A Weekly Writing Activity      Add Bookmark
Description: On Monday mornings, you re likely to be asked, What did you do this weekend? In this lesson, students respond to this question in a self-assessed writing assignment about their weekend adventures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Getting the ig in Pig: Helping Children Discover Onset and Rime      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will need their language-building hard hats as they construct words using onset and rime, building vocabulary and phonics comprehension.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using a Predictable Text to Teach High-Frequency Words      Add Bookmark
Description: After reading an engaging yet predictable text about a child looking for his cat, students use a similar format and high-frequency words to craft tales about their own lost pets.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Draw a Math Story: From the Concrete to the Symbolic      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create math stories by first drawing, then writing, and finally using math symbols to show addition or subtraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Giant Story Problems: Reading Comprehension through Math Problem-Solving      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create posters using images, text, and mathematical equations to represent a story problem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning Vocabulary Down By the Bay      Add Bookmark
Description: Students sing a popular children's song, follow along with a picture book that contains the lyrics and illustrations, and then participate in activities to reinforce learning of the vocabulary words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



Subject: Arts,Language Arts
Title: A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery ''Alice''      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores elements of wonder, distortion, fantasy, and whimsy in The Nursery Alice, Lewis Carroll's adaptation for younger readers of his beloved classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. After exploring their concepts about Wonderland, students listen to the opening chapters of the story and view Sir John Tenniel's illustrations from the original edition. Using images of big and small from Alice's experiences, students develop these concepts in their own drawings. Students then compare Carroll's fantastic animals with creatures from other children's stories and use computers to craft images of their own fantasy creatures.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study      Add Bookmark
Description: In this author study, students listen to and discuss four books by Leo Lionni. They identify similarities and differences in the stories and then compare two stories of their choice.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds      Add Bookmark
Description: Students learn about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies by participating in an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Collaborative Stories 2: Revising      Add Bookmark
Description: Using a collaborative story written by students, the teacher leads a shared-revising activity to help students consider content when revising, with students participating in the marking of text revisions.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Guess What's in the Bag: A Language-based Activity      Add Bookmark
Description: Students play a guessing game to practice using descriptive language.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research      Add Bookmark
Description: Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning Centers: From Shared to Independent Practice      Add Bookmark
Description: Seven blind mice see how they spend each day of the week in this lesson that uses the book Seven Blind Mice to guide students through shared reading, writing, and listening activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson provides the action piece for any study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this project, students participate in Dr. King's dream by doing 100 acts of kindness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson provides ideas for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by encouraging students to explore the connections between Dr. King and themselves through journaling and inquiry-based research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss      Add Bookmark
Description: Young readers create a classroom book modeled after Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to celebrate all the places they can read
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Portrait of a Hero      Add Bookmark
Description: Through the series of interactive activities in this EDSITEment unit, students explore their beliefs about heroes and heroism. They share names of familiar figures they consider to be heroes, and then closely examine their reasons for believing each one is a hero. Students then view portraits of heroes from American history and glean a bit of background information on each one. They identify the heroic personality traits and characteristics of each hero. Students also broaden their understanding of what makes a hero, enabling them to identify the real-life heroes who surround them each day. Finally, students consider ways they, too, may become everyday heroes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Science
Title: Under the Deep Blue Sea      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students have the opportunity to explore oceans and ocean life. After locating the earth's major oceans on a world map, students dive underwater to discover the plants and animals that live in the sea. Students listen to stories and poems with oceanic settings and learn about the forms of sea life featured in each. They can add their own artwork and text about ocean animals and plants to a cut-away ocean display. Finally, students engage in various forms of creative writing about the ocean and ocean life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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