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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Biography Project: Exploring the Past in 21st Century Ways
Description: Through this project-based lesson, students will do research on and create an oral presentation based on the life of an influential Famous American. Students will utilize various means to glean information, from online databases, various websites, and age-appropriate biographical literature to prepare for the final product: a "Living Wax Museum." Students will determine the most relevant information to write a script presented in the form of an oral presentation. The presentations will also be recorded and published as a podcast for sharing on the teacher's website.


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 (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Exploring Customs and Cultures- Part 2
Description: Students meet both language arts and social studies objectives in this interdisciplinary unit on customs and cultures. In part 1 of the unit students practice research and writing skills to create a slideshow. In part 2 of the unit students explore culture through games and work with a partner to write a page in a class how-to book.


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Second Grade Times: Students Write A Newspaper
Description: In this project-based language development lesson, English Language Learners learn about the newspaper publication and create their own newspaper that covers stories about their school year. The lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: The Magic of Water
Description: Students will use the Internet to learn about the water cycle by accessing various web sites. Students will create a document including pictures relating their knowledge about water and the water cycle.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Digging In For Dirt Day!
Description: This lesson is managed through stations that students will rotate around every 20- 30 minutes. Each second grade teacher conducts one station. Parent volunteers can also be used to manage stations. Students will use an auger to gather soil, produce a soil painting, make a dirt cup to represent layers of soil, do a Shake It Up! activity to examine how soil settles, and examine local soil. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Solar System
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the planets and sun in the solar system. Students will work together to research assigned planets and create an advertisement poster to promote their planet as a great vacation get away. Students will learn the order of the planets, the size of the planets, and some characteristics of each planet.This lesson incorporates technology, reading, writing, and art. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fortune Cookie Verbs
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to create fortune cookies and identify the verbs in the fortunes.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Legendary Lighthouses
Description: In this technology-based interdisciplinary lesson, students will discover many facts about lighthouses by navigating the Internet. Students have the opportunity to use the facts they learn to create their own stories about lighthouses.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Identifying and Using Action Verbs
Description: It is important to know how to use verbs correctly. This lesson will demonstrate how to use action verbs. Students will visit Internet sites to learn more about action verbs. They will have the opportunity to use newly-learned action verbs to write a story and act it out.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Johnny Appleseed
Description: During this lesson, students will learn about Johnny Appleseed through a variety of sources. From the information, students will distinguish between fact and fiction. Students will use the writing process to create their own stories about Johnny Appleseed. They will have the opportunity to publish their work and share it with the class.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Once Upon A Time: Using a Fairy Tale to Teach the Elements of a Story
Description: Students will hear and read different versions of a familiar fairy tale and identify what elements a story must have (character, plot, setting) for the story to be interesting and make sense. Using a Venn diagram, students will then compare the differences and similarities between various versions of the story. Next, students in small groups will create their own versions of the story. Finally, students will also participate in a videoconference, "Fractured Fairy Tales", from the Museum of Television and Radio.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Our Solar System
Description: This is an introductory lesson for a unit on the solar system. Students will identify the order and characteristics of the nine planets. Cooperative learning groups, consisting of two students, will research information on a given planet via the Internet, encyclopedias, books, etc. Students will use the knowledge gained to write a descriptive paragraph about a designated planet.


Subject: 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 (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Writing Poems that Rhyme
Description: This lesson uses technology in the presentation and publication of student poems. A slideshow examples of poems that rhyme and practice poems to finish with the students. It also outlines and models the steps of the writing process used to write a poem. The students may publish their poems by typing them on a slide and/or a newsletter template.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Mexico
Description: In this lesson, students explore Mexico by navigating the Internet and reading a variety of literature. Traditions, holidays, clothing, etc., of Mexico will be compared to American culture. A newsletter creates a way for students to share and educate family members about Mexico.


Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Levers - Weight Lifters
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore levers through hands-on experiences and by navigating the Internet. This lesson allows students to use their experiences to determine how levers and other simple machines make work easier.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Move Over: A Sequencing Lesson
Description: During this lesson students will learn about the sequencing of stories. Students will have the opportunity to retell stories using sequencing words they learn. They will also navigate an Internet site to reinforce the skills they learn during the lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Traditions At Home and Around the World
Description: Each student will research his/her own family traditions and report findings to the class using presentation software. In partner groups, students will select a country to research. Their research will focus on traditions of a chosen country and will be compiled in brochure format.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Publishing a Book Report Using Word Processing
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps to using word processing. Students will use word processing software to publish a final copy of a book report. Students will review the main parts of a book report. This lesson will teach students technology skills they will use throughout their school career.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Layers of Life...A Walk Through the Rainforest
Description: This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the animals and plant life that live in the various layers of the tropical rainforest. Students will view a slideshow with many different facts and pictures of the rainforest. They will also research animals and plants of the rainforest by searching Internet sites. Students will also share what they learn through an typed report.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Ants on a Log--A Language Experience Story
Description: This lesson will allow students to create a snack using celery, peanut butter, and raisins (called "Ants on a Log"). Then the students will write about the experience using transitional words. The teacher can adapt the lesson to any mode of writing desired.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Persuasive Writing with Second Graders
Description: During this lesson students will search a piece of persuasive writing to find details supporting their position. They will participate in a group activity involving brainstorming and writing a persuasive letter, and will then complete their own individual piece of persuasive writing.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Dig It!
Description: Children will enjoy learning about dinosaurs through the use of technology, research, hands-on activities, discussions, and written and oral presentations. This unit will help students to collaborate as a group and manage their own time.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: What Can We Learn From Pigs?
Description: This thematic language arts lesson uses a variety of beginning reading books about pigs to help special education/early elementary students learn about character traits and concepts. The wide use of graphic organizers introduces beginning readers to early reading strategies.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Email Pals
Description: The students will participate in an Internet pen pals exchange. They will exchange email with students in other parts of the United States or in other countries. They will learn about the culture and climate in other states and countries through participating in this activity.


Subject: 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 (2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Habitats
Description: What is a habitat? In this lesson, students will identify that a habitat has four elements, food, water, shelter, and space. Students will identify their own habitat and create a brochure describing the habitat in terms of food, water, shelter, and space. They will work in cooperative groups to create a multimedia presentation describing the food, water, shelter, and space needs of one animal.


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!
Description: Students will read and discuss the story, Ira Sleeps Over, by Bernard Waber and write a persuasive paragraph about the story, using a Think-sheet to guide the writing.


Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 4)
Title: Descriptive Essay
Description: Students learn to use one-main-idea think-sheets when producing simple descriptive essays.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3)
Title: Glorious Sunflowers
Description: In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.


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: Character Education (K - 12), 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 - 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 (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Sounds: What We Hear!
Description: Students will create a descriptive writing about the sounds they hear in a favorite place. This is a good follow-up to a science unit on sound.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2 - 4)
Title: Money Management
Description: This month-long experience educates students in differentiating between needs and wants, how to budget resources, and to gain an understanding of the workings of a capitalist society.


Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Welcome to our Classroom
Description: Students will create a classroom resource book for substitutes to help them feel more comfortable and familiar with faces and procedures in our classroom and school.


Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Monster Descriptions
Description: The class will participate in an Internet project called Monster Exchange. They will partner with another class to exchange directions on drawing a monster. They will then share the monsters drawn from the directions by posting them on the Monster Exchange website.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: President's Day for Special Education/Early Elementary
Description: This lesson helps special education/early elementary students learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and discuss how each demonstrated the character trait of honesty.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Schema-Building Study With Patricia Polacco      Add Bookmark
Description: Students use the Semantic Impressions and Possible Sentences strategies to write about Patricia Polacco's books Chicken Sunday and Rechenka's Egg, complete a character study, and write using a WebQuest.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Powerful Writing: Description in Creating Monster Trading Cards      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create their own monster trading cards using '' powerful,'' vivid language to describe their creatures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Forest Features      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about different types of forests--temperate deciduous forests, temperate evergreen forests, and tropical rain forests. Students concentrate on the tropical rain forest and learn about explorer Michael Fay's Congo Trek through the African rain forest.
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: 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: 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: 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: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Relations
Title: What's Your Territory?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider how they, their parents, and even their pets define and defend their personal spaces or territory. They discuss the reasons that countries sometimes fight over territories. Students conclude by drawing pictures and by writing sentences describing scenarios in which territories are threatened.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where in the U.S. Would You Want to Live?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson challenges students to think about why objects, in the classroom and in their community, are placed where they are, and how their placement affects our daily lives. In the process, they come to understand the benefits one geographic location might have over another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Trade and Transportation in the United States      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students imagine what it would be like to operate a plane, train, or truck along a trade route across the United States. They also look at maps of major U.S. transportation networks and explain how specific products might get from one place to another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953.      Add Bookmark
Description: Using one of Numeroff's books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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: Write Right Back: Recognizing Readers Needs and Expectations for E-mail Replies      Add Bookmark
Description: Students who know how to compose and send simple e-mail messages learn to use the reply function with audience needs and expectations in mind.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: What's the Difference? Beginning Writers Compare E-mail with Letter Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: Students compare e-mails to traditional letters, identifying style and intended audience for each. They then write both an e-mail and a letter about the same topic.
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: 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



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 - Literature - Religion - Christianity - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Ancient Flood Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students discuss ancient flood stories, including the story of Noah's Ark. They also discuss the evidence of a flood that's been found in the Black Sea. Students then write stories about what it might have been like immediately before and during this flood.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Creating Class Rules: A Beginning to Creating Community      Add Bookmark
Description: Students work together to create classroom rules by brainstorming why they are at school and what they need while they are there.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Literature Circles with Primary Students Using Self-Selected Reading      Add Bookmark
Description: Students respond to self-selected books in journals, and talk about their books daily in small groups. The teacher guides students by offering suggestions and writing with them in dialogue journals.
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 - Literature - Language Arts - Story Telling - Social Studies - Geography
Title: New Takes on Old Tales      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students revamp a classic fairy tale so that it takes place in today's world. They base their stories on original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Note Writing in the Primary Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson provides a wealth of ideas for using notes in the classroom to promote authentic writing among children.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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: 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: 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: 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: 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



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Animals of the Chinese Zodiac      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. As well as developing their knowledge of Chinese culture, students learn to recognize symbols and describe different human character traits.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Communicating with the President      Add Bookmark
Description: This collection of two lessons, from EDSITEment, encourages students to consider the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. They learn about the different means the president uses to communicate with the public and then express their views on a particular issue in a letter to the president.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Understanding the President's Job      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of two lessons, from EDSITEment, encourages students to consider the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. In this unit, they review the structure of the U.S. government, discuss the different tasks undertaken by the president, and participate in an interactive online activity simulating a typical day on the job for the president. Offline alternatives are given for those who do not have access to an Internet connection in their classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Is History? Timelines and Oral Histories      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, aims to help students understand history and recognize that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it. There are four activities, in which students construct a timeline based on events from their own lives and family histories, construct a class timeline through comparison with each other's histories, research oral history by interviewing family members, and study primary sources to write their own history of the Great Chicago Fire.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Phoenicians and the Beginnings of the Alphabet       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the ancient Mediterranean civilization of Phoenicia. They then identify some of the letters in the Phoenician alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Greek Alphabet: More Familiar Than You Think!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the culture and history of Ancient Greece. They then identify letters from the Greek alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, and Us       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, the last of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students consolidate the knowledge gained in the three previous lessons concerning the origins and development of the alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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



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