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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Let's Describe! (Adjectives Lesson)
Description: Students will learn what an adjective is and how to categorize adjectives using an interactive sorting game. Students will compete with each other by categorizing adjectives by color, shape, size, and kind. Students will have to read and sort the adjective word cards. The student with no adjective word cards first, wins! Furthermore, students will use magazine photographs to describe nouns and write sentences. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2)
Title: Are You Jumping for Joy or Pitching a Fit?
Description: What makes you jump?  When someone scares you?  When you are fuming mad? When you are excited about scoring a goal?  In this lesson, students will explore all the reasons that make us jump.  The students will write a poem about a time they jumped and make a simple collage of themselves jumping.  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)
Title: Down with the Nouns
Description: Students will learn nouns by an interactive sorting game. Students will compete with each other by putting noun cards down on the floor by catergorizing them by person, place, animal, or thing. Students will have to read and sort the cards. The student with no noun cards first, wins! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1)
Title: Exploring Owls
Description: During this lesson, students will visit Internet sites to research facts about owls and food chains. They will use this information to complete a picture of an owl food chain, dissect owl pellets, and write a class book about owls.


Subject: Arts Education (1), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K), or Science (1)
Title: Get Jiggy With It!
Description: Students will exhibit their understanding of character through improvisation.  Students will listen to a story and act out the actions.  They will demonstrate the verbs and adjectives that describe their characters' movements.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or 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 English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fishing for Facts!
Description: This lesson will involve a visit to the Library Media Center to research different sea creatures. Using an encyclopedia, students will find two facts about their sea creature. Using the Internet, students will work in small groups to find a picture of their sea creature. All work will be combined into a sea creature booklet.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nocturnal Animals Lesson #4: Owls
Description: During this lesson, students will visit various Internet sites to learn facts about owls. They will use this information to draw a picture of the owl food chain, dissect owl pellets, and write a poem about owls.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Changing "Now" Words to "Then" Words
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson teaches first graders to use the inflectional ending -ed to create past tense verbs from present tense verbs. As children learn to use the -ed pattern, they change familiar root words into longer words to denote past time. These words are recognized in reading comprehension as past time, in personal writing, and spelling with the -ed ending.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Butterfly Life Cycles
Description: This unit introduces students to a study of life cycles by having them examine the life cycle of a butterfly. The students will observe, record and describe the changes in caterpillars as they become butterflies. The teacher will conclude the unit by having each student prepare a slide about a butterfly he/she has researched for a class slideshow presentation about butterflies.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1)
Title: Nocturnal Animals Lesson #1: Introduction to Nocturnal Animals
Description: This lesson can be part of a two-week integrated thematic unit on nocturnal animals. During this lesson, students will be introduced to nocturnal animals. They will have an opportunity to navigate web sites to learn more about nocturnal animals. The students will also use the writing process to share what they learn about their favorite nocturnal animal.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Batty" About Bats!! (Reading)
Description: As a part of a week-long unit about bats, the students will identify the characteristics of a bat and organize the facts using Think-sheets. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, poems, lectures, discussions, individual booklets, and the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Batty" About Bats!! (Writing)
Description: As a part of a week-long unit about bats, the students will identify the characteristics of a bat and write an essay about bats. Student understanding will be enhanced through the use of books, poems, lectures, discussions, individual “flip books”, an art project, and the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts! (Reading)
Description: The lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will learn about the growth cycle of a peanut and use a Five-Step Sequence Think-sheet to sequence the steps. They will also make predictions and complete activities to check their predictions/draw conclusions (including math skills of graphing and comparing). Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


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.


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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: The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students select characters that they believe are the most memorable from Cleary's books and write short persuasive essays to explain their choices.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will be monkeying around in this lesson when they create a digital class book in which they imagine what Curious George would do if he visited their school.
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: Hey Diddle, Diddle! Generating Rhymes for Analogy-Based Phonics Instruction      Add Bookmark
Description: Students practice matching rhyming words, apply phonological awareness to analogy-based phonics, and use the interactive Construct-a-Word to create rhyming words by adding a beginning consonant to a word ending.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1



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
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: 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: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr      Add Bookmark
Description: All kinds of characters will enjoy this lesson that celebrates diversity by discussing what makes everyone unique and special.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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: 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: Teaching Audience Through Interactive Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: Through interactive writing, students work together and then independently to create invitation letters for a group of their peers and their families.
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



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