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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Reading Foundations (Intervention) Lesson: Short /u/
Description: If you have been looking for a template to keep your small group instruction explicit, effective, yet rigorous, you have found the right lesson. This lesson has been developed according to the ARI- Intervention Module. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1)
Title: Let’s plant a garden with Frog and Toad
Description: Interdisciplinary ELA and science lesson where students explore the social ethics and dynamics of friendship. Students will also discuss, compare and contrast the differences of toads attempt to plant a garden to the actual needs of a developing seed.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Computer Alphabet Book
Description: During this lesson, students will use the computer to make an alphabet book using word processing software. Students will demonstrate their ability to list pictures with the same beginning sound as the letters of the alphabet and learn how to insert clip art and type words in a document.


Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Label It!
Description: During this lesson, students will work to create word cards or "labels" to identify parts of the computer. Students will use basic letter sounds to help spell the correct words. Students will demonstrate their new knowledge by labeling parts of a computer.


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 (K - 3), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Word a Day
Description: Word a Day allows students to develop a bank of sight words that are meaningful to them. Each student picks words to add to his/her individual word bank. The teacher can specify particular categories or let the student choose any word. The student then finds a picture or symbol to illustrate each word using a variety of resources.


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 "-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 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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts
Title: Name Talk: Exploring Letter-Sound Knowledge in the Primary Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: Students demonstrate their letter/sound knowledge by working with name cards and sharing observations about their classmates names, giving teachers an opportunity to assess knowledge in a meaningful context.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Student of the Day: Create Sound/Letter Understanding With Names      Add Bookmark
Description: Name games make learning letters fun and interactive in this lesson where students get to know more about each other as they spell out their classmates names.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading      Add Bookmark
Description: The game Bingo is transformed in this lesson in which students use symbols and images to make connections to environmental print through the use of personalized Bingo cards.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Study with Henry and Mudge       Add Bookmark
Description: Henry and Mudge is used in this lesson to build students' word recognition through rereading, high-frequency word banks, word studies, and writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3



Subject: Language Arts
Title: What's in a Name? Teaching Concepts of Letter and Word      Add Bookmark
Description: In this recurring activity, the process of choosing a helper for the day becomes a literacy activity, with the helper's name as a starting place for reading and writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning About Word Families with Click, Clack, Moo       Add Bookmark
Description: Using text from Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type as shared readings, first-grade students learn word families and how to decode new words in a word family.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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: 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: Stop Signs, McDonald's, and Cheerios: Writing With Environmental Print      Add Bookmark
Description: Students use logos from everyday life to identify individual letters and then create their own captions for the images.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Short-Vowel Discrimination Using Dr. Seuss Rhymes      Add Bookmark
Description: Through the contrast of short-vowel patterns and use of Dr. Seuss rhymes, students apply their knowledge of vowel sounds in reading and spelling new words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: A-Hunting We Will Go: Teaching Rhyming Through Musical Verse      Add Bookmark
Description: Adapting the song '' A-Hunting We Will Go,'' students put a whale in a pail and even '' take a little bear and hug it if we dare.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity      Add Bookmark
Description: Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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