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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Literary Elements in Jan Brett's The Mitten
Description: Students will analyze such literary elements as plot, cause-effect relationships, sequence, and prediction in Jan Brett's The Mitten. Students will enjoy predicting upcoming story events and retelling the story from a dialogue that shows a text-to-self relationship.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Native American Style
Description: In this lesson students will reinforce their knowledge about Native Americans and their culture. They will also be introduced to Native American writing. The students will read The Legend of The Indian Paintbrush by Tomie de Paolo to aid their learning. Finally, students will create their own writing using Native American pictographs.


Subject: English Language Arts (3)
Title: Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
Description: This lesson is part of a week-long unit. It focuses on the pre-reading phase of guided reading. It aims to activate prior knowledge, preview vocabulary, and set a purpose for reading. This book deals with a very sensitive issue that most children know little or nothing about, homeless people. In a non-judgmental way the author shows how a father and son deal with the situation. The story leaves the reader with hope that someday father and son and all other homeless people will again have a home.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Just Plain Living
Description: Students work through a teacher-prepared Webquest in order to learn about the art, food, shelter, clothing, etc. of the Plains Indians. Internet resources are used to collect information in order to make group presentations to the class. Students have the opportunity to decide among several projects to complete in order to demonstrate what they have learned.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Learning about Cinquains
Description: After reading/hearing Junie B. First Grader Cheater Pants by Barbara Park and discussing the concept of cheating, following directions, and poetry, students write cinquains and publish a class booklet.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Who is Little Red Riding Hood Anyway?
Description: This lesson compares and contrasts the traditional Litle Red Riding Hood, by the Brothers Grimm, to Little Red Cowboy Hat, by Susan Lowell.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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,Social Studies
Title: Fables and Trickster Tales Around the World      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces students to folktales, such as fables and trickster tales, from around the world. Students become familiar with different folklore traditions and genres, as well as the process of the oral transmission of culture and history.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Language Arts - Story Telling - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Fairy Tales, Then and Now      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students read an old fairy tale or story and list the geographical features and characters described in the story. They then think about how the story might be updated to reflect their own modern setting and culture and conclude by performing an updated version of the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students gain insight into the unusual, solitary world of Victorian childhood and compare and contrast it with their own world to understand why Beatrix Potter wrote simple stories and why she wrote about animals rather than people. Students can also learn the difference between an author and an illustrator and practice some of the same artistic techniques used by Potter to create masterpieces of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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