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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1)
Title: Elkonin Letterbox Lesson Long a: ay, ai
Description: This lesson is an Elkonin letterbox lesson designed to help help students to isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.  Elkonin letterbox lessons are hands-on activities that involve orally producing single syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends and the segmentation of single-syllable words.


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 Science (1)
Title: The Very Busy Students: Writing with Eric Carle
Description: In this interdisciplinary unit addressing science and language arts standards, English Language Learners will learn the life cycle of insects. They will also use the writing of a renowned children's author, Eric Carle, as a model for their own writing. During the final project of the lesson, students will follow the writing process. The lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Napping House
Description: During this lesson, children "wonder" when interacting with text. Instead of predicting what comes next in the story, students use their imaginations to wonder about what might happen. They create their own wondering multimedia slide about a new text. This is a great way to encourage creativity.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Star and a Wish
Description: In this lesson students will use the game "A Star and a Wish" to help develop better fluency in reading. After practicing the game as a whole group, students will be divided into pairs to continue playing the game and have the opportunity to remediate on "wish" items.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Edible Edits
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story Max's Wacky Taxi Day by Max Grover and edit capitalization and punctuation taken from the story. The students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills by working on the Internet.


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 (1)
Title: Reading Partners
Description: Students will read a story from their readers in pairs, alternating paragraphs.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Leo Lionni’s Little Blue and Little Yellow
Description: Students will use Leo Lionni’s literature and his website to learn about the author, mix primary colors, summarize and rewrite a story, and use graphing skills to determine the classes’ favorite color.


Subject: 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 (1), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies
Description: Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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: Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts      Add Bookmark
Description: Students compare the traits fact and fiction by using a Venn diagram to compare fiction and nonfiction books about Native Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's Sick       Add Bookmark
Description: Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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: 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: Readers Theatre With Jan Brett      Add Bookmark
Description: Students in grades 1-2 use Jan Brett's Hedgie's Surprise for a Readers Theatre experience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using a Predictable Text to Teach High-Frequency Words      Add Bookmark
Description: After reading an engaging yet predictable text about a child looking for his cat, students use a similar format and high-frequency words to craft tales about their own lost pets.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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



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