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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Read Well Letter Chant Podcast
Description: This lesson guides students through creating a Podcast that provides video and audio of the Read Well Letter Chant.   Students take pictures of the cards and record the chant to go along with the cards.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (K)
Title: Getting to Know Characters: Lilly and Other Kevin Henkes Friends
Description: In this language development lesson using the books by Kevin Henkes English Language Learners learn vocabulary and language structures to express feelings, make text-to-self connections, and practice the reading strategy of analyzing characters. In the final project students create a character of their own. This lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).


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 (K), or 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.


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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: 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: Two Thumbs Up! Get Students Writing and Publishing Book Reviews      Add Bookmark
Description: Students evaluate book reviews written by other children, discussing their components and effectiveness, and write reviews of favorite books to record on video or post online.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm       Add Bookmark
Description: Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Science,Social Studies
Title: January Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering January holidays and special events. January's theme is '' Benjamin Franklin's 300th Birthday,'' and this calendar includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Play with Words: Rhyme and Verse      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students use their senses to experience poetry. Students listen to poems and rhymes, clap out syllables, and sing along with familiar tunes. They also use puppets and crafts to help recall and retell favorite poems. Finally, students experience the joy of crafting their own original poems.
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: 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: Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction with '' Little Red Riding Hood Text'' Sets      Add Bookmark
Description: Students discuss and compare differing versions of '' Little Red Riding Hood'' and other tales about wolves in cumulative read-aloud sessions and text set explorations.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Sorts for Beginning and Struggling Readers      Add Bookmark
Description: Students are introduced to short-vowel word families and learn to sort words alone and with a partner using the Word Family Sort activity.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Rain, Ice, Steam: Using Reading to Support Inquiry About the Water Cycle      Add Bookmark
Description: Water is always moving in a continuous cycle from liquid to solid to gas and back again. Students study this never-ending cycle through shared readings, center activities, and experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists      Add Bookmark
Description: Students use their emerging writing skills to write shopping lists. They work within a budget, use problem-solving skills to create lists, and buy their favorite treats at the class store.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Wonder of Leo Lionni: Increasing Comprehension with Prediction Statements      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson focuses on the strategy of '' wonder'' statements, asking students to stop, think, and write about what may be happening in the text periodically as they read a story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Connect With Low-Literate Families: A Three-Tiered Approach      Add Bookmark
Description: Parents and caregivers take a page from the teacher's book when they listen to students take-home poems or stories and discuss the ideas within.
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: Digging Up Details on Worms: Using the Language of Science in an Inquiry Study      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, in which students research worms in order to create a classroom habitat, incorporates reading and writing across content areas as well as math and science activities.
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: Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore the distinction between the fiction story Bear Snores On and the nonfiction book Every Autumn Comes the Bear.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Tell a Migration Story...With Interviews      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students become reporters for the local newspaper and conduct interviews with someone who has migrated to their community. After they finish their interviews, students share what they have learned about their interviewees experiences, memories, and feelings about coming to live in their new community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Take part in the African American Read-In!      Add Bookmark
Description: Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: 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: Improving Fluency through Group Literary Performance      Add Bookmark
Description: Students participate in shared reading, choral reading, and readers theater, using books by Bill Martin, Jr. Repeated readings and literary performances help students with their reading accuracy, expression, and rate.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: It's Too Loud in Here! Teamwork in the Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: Students work with their peers to develop classroom rules.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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