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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Exploring and Constructing Forest Habitats
Description: In this lesson, students will explore and construct forest habitats of plants and animals native to Alabama. In the beginning, students will activate their prior knowledge by reviewing the definition of a habitat and discussing what they know about forests to create a KWL chart. Next, the book A Forest Habitat by Bobbie Kalman is used to further the students learning of the components that comprise a forest habitat and how those components interact with one another. The students will demonstrate their learning through animal sorts, habitat construction, and informational writing using the conventions of Standard English such as capitalization and punctuation. For the conclusion, the students will peer edit their writing using the provided writing anchor chart before presenting their learning to others. This lesson was created as part of the ALEX Gap Project.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Lesson 2: Informational Writing: How to Lessen Human Impact on the Environment
Description: This lesson may be taught as part of the Unit Plan - Solutions to Lessen Human Impact on the Environment. In this lesson, the solutions to lessen the human impact on the environment will be explored. Students will communicate their plan during journal writing by producing an informational writing piece that uses the conventions of Standard English such as capitalization and punctuation. At the end of the lesson, the students will peer edit their writing using the provided writing anchor chart. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: English Language Arts (K)
Title: My Very Own Puppy!
Description: The students will participate in a read-a-loud with the teacher by reading the book "Biscuit." The students will learn about taking care of a puppy. Students will also create text to self comparisons by using sentence starters to describe what they do when they don't want to go to bed. Students will then post their sentences into the class blog.


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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Songwriting to Build Awareness of Beginning Letter Sounds      Add Bookmark
Description: Bessie bird lives in a barn in this lesson in which students create alliterative animal songs to help them learn letter names and consonant sounds and build phonemic awareness.
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



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