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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Hansel and Gretel: Tell Me About it!
Description: From this lesson, students will learn the five elements of a short story (characters, setting, plot, theme, and conflict). Students will then watch a video of a short story and identify those five elements. Afterward, students will work creatively and collaboratively to come up with an alternate ending to the story.  


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Story Structure with "The Three Little Pigs"
Description: This lesson is designed for teaching close reading based on the book “The Three Little Pigs.”  It was created to keep the children engaged at all times and have control of their learning.  In this lesson the students will explore the text to discover the STORY structure.


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Just Make a Mark and See Where it Takes You 
Description: In this lesson the teacher will need a copy of the story “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The lesson incorporates several skills associated with the College- and Career Ready-Standards.  This lesson is great if a teacher wants to incorporate several skills at one time into a lesson. The story is about a reluctant learner who lacked self-confidence.  A teacher encourages the learner to believe in herself and believe she can draw. The teacher asks the learner to, “just make a mark and see where it takes you.” This lesson is hands-on, inquiry, whole group, and small group aspects. The lesson is designed to be completed in 3 days.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Who's Side Are You On? 
Description: In this lesson students will compare and contrast two versions of The Three Little Pigs. Students will use the Story Kit app on iPads in groups to recreate the story of The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Students will write a brief explanation of which story they believe is true and why. Students will "judge" in "court" which version of the story is true based on evidence provided.   


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Reading Like a Detective
Description: This lesson is about using detective skills to be better nonfiction readers. Students will gather clues from the text to make assumptions and connections that will solve, and make meaning about the text. The students will use nonfiction text context clues, and pictures to realize that the author’s purpose is for them to find ALL the clues and make meaning of a topic. Students use clues such as text evidence to make connections and understand text.   Students use key details such as text evidence to gather information about a topic or the authors intended purpose.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Listening Comprehension Read Aloud- Who Was Ruby Bridges?
Description: Listening to narrative text offers students a chance to go beyond decoding and word meaning. Listening as the teacher reads a story gives gives students an opportunity to appreciate, draw significance and meaning as well as informal practice using  story elements. Listening read-a-louds gives the teacher the opportunity to model "close" reading skills as well as model thinking. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Apple Pie Tree
Description: Who doesn't love an apple pie?  In this story, students will observe an apple tree throughout the seasons while answering who, what, where, why, when, and how questions.  As a conclusion, students will make and eat an apple pie! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Arts Education (1 - 3), or English Language Arts (1 - 3)
Title: Where Did My Sunflowers Van Gogh?
Description: Students will read about the life of Vincent Van Gogh and observe how the events of his life shaped his art.  Students will view various works by the artist and evaluate the changes in them.  Students will then create a still life sunflower portrait interpretation based on the works of Vincent Van Gogh. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Second Grade Times: Students Write A Newspaper
Description: In this project-based language development lesson, English Language Learners learn about the newspaper publication and create their own newspaper that covers stories about their school year. The lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Five Senses- How They Relate to Our World
Description: This lesson will demonstrate and incorporate the use of the five senses. Through hands-on and exploratory experiences, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the five senses. Students will also gain an awareness of the limitations for those who do not have use of all of their senses. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: How Light Travels
Description: In this lesson, the students will be experimenting to show how light shines in a straight line. They will also be experimenting to see how light reflects using mirrors. The students will be working in cooperative learning groups to carry out these experiments. Technology will be used to introduce and extend the activity.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Play the Dewey Decimal System Game
Description: This lesson introduces the 10 main categories used in the Dewey Decimal Classification System for non-fiction bookshelf arrangement. A slideshow will be presented to students to help them learn details about the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Students will be able to demonstrate what they learn through participating in an interactive game.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3)
Title: Glorious Sunflowers
Description: In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 2)
Title: Reading and Writing about Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo by Kelly Graves
Description: This lesson provides literature-based reading and writing activities for special education and early elementary students. This lesson may also be used to illustrate the character education traits tolerance, self-respect and compassion.


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.


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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: Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study      Add Bookmark
Description: In this author study, students listen to and discuss four books by Leo Lionni. They identify similarities and differences in the stories and then compare two stories of their choice.
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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: 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.
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Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Summertime Favorites 2005      Add Bookmark
Description: Relating to summer reading, and presents information about NEH's Summertime Favorites reading list. Learn more about how to engage students in reading by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore the distinction between the fiction story Bear Snores On and the nonfiction book Every Autumn Comes the Bear.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Packing the Pilgrim's Trunk: Personalizing History in the Elementary Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: Students make personal connections between their lives and those of Pilgrim children by following the Pilgrims' move to the New World, their daily lives and struggles and their first Thanksgiving.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Junie B. Jones Introduces Literacy Mystery Boxes      Add Bookmark
Description: Like Junie B. Jones, students will be saying '' Wait till you hear this'' after listening to a Junie B. story and creating mystery boxes to help retell the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers      Add Bookmark
Description: Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.
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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: The Frog Beyond the Fairy Tale Character: Searching Informational Texts      Add Bookmark
Description: Frogs often appear as the main character in fiction stories, but what do students really know about frogs? Students find out in this lesson in which they research real-life frogs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Sodbusters!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a '' soddie'' to gain a firsthand perspective on the frontier period of American history. After completing the activities in this lesson, students will be able to identify where and when American settlers lived and describe how settlers used available materials to build sod houses. They will also be able to explain how sod houses helped settlers adapt to the environment of the plains and compare living in a sod house with life in a typical home today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Web-Based Bookmarks to Conduct Internet Research      Add Bookmark
Description: The important thing about this lesson is that it connects literature and science. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown provides a model for original student poems about a content area topic. Web-based bookmarks guide students to appropriate sites on the topic, and a graphic organizer helps them focus their research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon       Add Bookmark
Description: Using names and high-frequency words from nursery rhymes and the Big Book The Enormous Watermelon, students engage in word recognition activities such as character identification and a word matching game.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace       Add Bookmark
Description: Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: It Doesn't Have to End That Way: Using Prediction Strategies with Literature      Add Bookmark
Description: After listening to the beginning of a story, students use details in the text, personal experience, and prior knowledge to predict the way the story will end.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Creating Class Rules: A Beginning to Creating Community      Add Bookmark
Description: Students work together to create classroom rules by brainstorming why they are at school and what they need while they are there.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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



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