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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or 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 English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun on the Farm
Description: During this lesson, students will navigate the Internet to learn about farm animals. Students will take a virtual field trip with the teacher to explore a farm. They will also visit a website and explore farm animals and their sounds.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts
Title: Name Talk: Exploring Letter-Sound Knowledge in the Primary Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: Students demonstrate their letter/sound knowledge by working with name cards and sharing observations about their classmates names, giving teachers an opportunity to assess knowledge in a meaningful context.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Phonics Through Literature: Learning About the Letter M       Add Bookmark
Description: Students learn about phonics by focusing on the letter m and participating in an integrated array of activities, including reading, writing, mathematics, music, art, and technology.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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: 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: Generating Rhymes: Developing Phonemic Awareness      Add Bookmark
Description: Traditional chants and songs are adapted to help young students recognize and generate rhymes. The word and letter patterns involved in rhymes provide a stepping stone to reading skills.
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: A Getting-Acquainted Activity Using My Teacher's Secret Life       Add Bookmark
Description: Students build classroom community as they get to know each other and their teacher better by sharing what they like to do outside school.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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