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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (K), or Science (1)
Title: Science Writing with Author Lois Ehlert
Description: This is an interdisciplinary language development unit addressing science and language arts standards designed for English Language Learners. In the week-long unit students will learn the life cycle of plants and discuss various uses for plants. They will also use the writing of a renowned children's author, Lois Ehlert, as a model for their own writing. During the final project students will follow the writing process. The lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP).


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1)
Title: The Very Busy Students: Writing with Eric Carle
Description: In this interdisciplinary unit addressing science and language arts standards, English Language Learners will learn the life cycle of insects. They will also use the writing of a renowned children's author, Eric Carle, as a model for their own writing. During the final project of the lesson, students will follow the writing process. The lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Adjectives Around Us
Description: Students will make a photo story book using Flickr pictures.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: Ship Shape
Description: Students will create a picture of a pirate ship using plane shapes they have traced from three dimensional shapes. The students will then create a story to go along with their picture.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: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun-Loving Frogs
Description: During this lesson students will use their imaginations and writing skills to write a story from a wordless picture book, Tuesday, by David Wiesner. They will work in pairs and write text to go along with the pictures. They will also view a website to learn facts about frogs.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Pass the Punctuation, Please!
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells and identify punctuation used in the story. Students will also play games to strengthen knowledge of punctuation usage. They will then use the Internet to practice what they learn during this lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nifty Nouns
Description: This lesson will introduce students to nouns. Students will practice identifying nouns in a book and on the Internet. A noun quilt will be created at the end of the lesson to demonstrate students' understanding of nouns.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Edible Edits
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story Max's Wacky Taxi Day by Max Grover and edit capitalization and punctuation taken from the story. The students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills by working on the Internet.


Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Class Portrait: An Anthology In Words and Pictures
Description: Students will use a digital camera and word processor to produce an illustrated anthology of original poetry.


Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: I Am Poems
Description: Students will write and illustrate I Am poems. An I Am poem is an 18-line, three-stanza poem which students write about themselves, or a real or fictitious character. When all students have presented their poems to their classmates, the poems will be compiled in a booklet and shared with others.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fishing for Facts!
Description: This lesson will involve a visit to the Library Media Center to research different sea creatures. Using an encyclopedia, students will find two facts about their sea creature. Using the Internet, students will work in small groups to find a picture of their sea creature. All work will be combined into a sea creature booklet.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Book About Animals
Description: This lesson will allow students an opportunity to create a book about the different characteristics of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects. This lesson can be used as a wrap-up project for a unit on animals. This is a fun way for students to share what they have learned throughout the unit.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Go To The Zoo
Description: Students will create their favorite zoo animals using play dough. Using a word processor, students will create a sentence or short story about their animals.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Pretty Cool Penguins
Description: This lesson is part of an interdisciplinary primary life science unit addressing adaptation and habitats by focusing on penguins. This lesson is primarily technology based and should take place near the end of the unit, after students have had time to become thoroughly familiar with penguins and are ready to synthesize their learning.


Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Spine Labels - What are they and why are they there?
Description: This is a first or second grade library skills unit, conducted by the librarian with help from the art, computer, and homeroom teachers. Students will create: their own book cover and title page containing title, author & slideshow template; and one part of a class web page. It is possible to use only certain parts of this unit as a stand-alone lesson for use in the library, however, standards addressed assume completion of entire unit.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts!! (Writing)
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will describe the characteristics of a peanut and peanut butter (using their five senses) and record their observations/descriptions on a graphic organizer. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts! (Reading)
Description: The lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will learn about the growth cycle of a peanut and use a Five-Step Sequence Think-sheet to sequence the steps. They will also make predictions and complete activities to check their predictions/draw conclusions (including math skills of graphing and comparing). Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 2), or English Language Arts (K - 2)
Title: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Description: This is a reading lesson for special education/early elementary students. This lesson helps students with their reading skills as they learn about generosity.


Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or 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 (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Leo Lionni’s Little Blue and Little Yellow
Description: Students will use Leo Lionni’s literature and his website to learn about the author, mix primary colors, summarize and rewrite a story, and use graphing skills to determine the classes’ favorite color.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Looks Like Snow
Description: This lesson uses the book, The Jacket I Wear In The Snow, by Shirley Neitzel, to build writing skills as well as introduce students to the skills of alphabetizing, sequencing, and recognizing synonyms. This lesson could be used to integrate a winter weather unit into the Language Arts curriculum.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for the "-ick" Word Family
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow up lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for -ew and -oo
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow up lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for the "-ar" sound
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow-up lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for "sh"
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow-up lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for the -unk Sound
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow-up lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies
Description: Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.


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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: The Big Green Monster Teaches Phonics in Reading and Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: A big green monster helps students build their reading fluency and word recognition skills through choral reading, literacy center activities, and writing stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Draw a Story: Stepping from Pictures to Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: Students draw a series of pictures that tell a story, including character action, problem and solution. They '' read their story to others, transcribe it into writing, and create an accordion book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



Subject: Language Arts
Title: It Doesn't Have to End That Way: Using Prediction Strategies with Literature      Add Bookmark
Description: After listening to the beginning of a story, students use details in the text, personal experience, and prior knowledge to predict the way the story will end.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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: Language Arts
Title: Reading and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will have a whale of a good time in this lesson in which they use fiction and nonfiction texts to write a letter to an online scientist.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sharks: Should They Be Afraid of Us?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn some interesting facts about different kinds of sharks and discuss the reasons why people are both afraid of and interested in sharks. They consider sharks importance in nature and create brochures to educate beach visitors about sharks. Students participate in an online quiz in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of shark behavior.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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: 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: 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: Language Arts
Title: Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.
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: Collaborative Stories 1: Prewriting and Drafting      Add Bookmark
Description: Students hone their teamwork skills and play off each other's writing strengths as they participate in prewriting activities for a story to be written collaboratively by the whole class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Launching Family Message Journals      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson introduces Family Message Journals teacher-tested tool for encouraging family involvement and supporting writing to reflect and to learn.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography Skills and Your Town      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students relate the five themes of geography (location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions) to their own home town. Students first gather information about their town and then create books, Web sites, or multimedia presentations showcasing their town's unique features.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension to Categorize Books      Add Bookmark
Description: Students utilize their reading and writing skills as they think critically in order to sort books in multiple ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Audience Through Interactive Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: Through interactive writing, students work together and then independently to create invitation letters for a group of their peers and their families.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Family Message Journals Teach Many Purposes for Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson encourages children to explore authentic reasons for writing by writing messages to their family in a family message journal.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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: Language Arts
Title: Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Workshop: Helping Writers Choose and Focus on a Topic      Add Bookmark
Description: Students engage in writing workshop, using a timeline to focus in on and write about a specific event.
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



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