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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: All-American Diva, Ruby Bridges
Description: In this lesson, students will discover the impact Ruby Bridges made in history when she became the first black child to attend a white school.  Your students will be sure to fall in love with the story Ruby has to tell and how this child's courage changed life in the United States.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: 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 (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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts
Title: Write letters that make things happen!      Add Bookmark
Description: In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Collaborative Stories 2: Revising      Add Bookmark
Description: Using a collaborative story written by students, the teacher leads a shared-revising activity to help students consider content when revising, with students participating in the marking of text revisions.
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,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: 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: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. King's Dream      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's '' I Have a Dream'' speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Let's Build a Snowman      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
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



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers. After creating, as a class, oral stories about contemporary cross-country journeys, students learn about the experiences of the emigrants who traveled on the Oregon Trail. They then create works of historical fiction in the form of picture books, drawing upon the information they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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,Social Studies
Title: My Piece of History      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students examine pictures of household objects from the late 20th century, gather historical information about them from older family members, and then create an in-class exhibit of historical objects from their own homes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Meaning Behind the Mask      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the cultural significance of masks, discuss the use of masks in stories, and then investigate the role masks play in ceremonies and on special occasions in various African cultures. After students have studied these masks, they are then given an opportunity to choose a familiar story and make simple masks to perform the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of three lessons from EDSITEment makes poetry exciting for students as they listen to, write, and recite poems that are sure to please. By the end of the unit, students should be able to create lines of poetry in response to poems read aloud, identify musical elements of literary language, and recite short poems or excerpts.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Stars and Stripes Forever: Flag Facts for Flag Day      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn what a symbol is while developing their understanding of how one particular symbol, the American Flag, plays an important role in the everyday lives of American citizens. Learning the history of the flag helps instill in students respect for our national symbol and helps them learn appropriate etiquette regarding our flag. Students learn that other symbols of our country, such as the President and certain holidays, like Flag Day, are important to us as well. Students can also contribute symbols from their familial, ethnic and national cultures to show the diversity of American society and its links to other parts of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature      Add Bookmark
Description: Connect home and school, literature and life, as students take a storybook character home with them and take turns writing stories about his visit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Have Journal...Will Travel: Promoting Family Involvement in Literacy      Add Bookmark
Description: Students build positive memories of literacy activities when they take turns taking home a book bag stuffed with items to encourage literacy interactions with their families.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Children's Natural Curiosity to Lead to Descriptive Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: Inspired by the book It Begins with an A, kindergarten students are invited to turn their curiosity and guesswork into a class book, complete with illustrated objects and descriptive language
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Launching Family Message Journals      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson introduces Family Message Journals teacher-tested tool for encouraging family involvement and supporting writing to reflect and to learn.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Completing the Circle: The Craft of Circular Plot Structure      Add Bookmark
Description: Students identify, explore and apply the elements of circle plot structures to their own stories by using graphic organizers, reading and writing stories, and using checklists to assess their work.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry      Add Bookmark
Description: Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Weekend News! A Weekly Writing Activity      Add Bookmark
Description: On Monday mornings, you re likely to be asked, What did you do this weekend? In this lesson, students respond to this question in a self-assessed writing assignment about their weekend adventures.
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Read a Song: Using Song Lyrics for Reading and Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson will be music to the students ears when they hear that they get to read song lyrics and compose original lyrics for a familiar song.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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