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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: Fantastic Fairy-tale Characters
Description: Students will work in groups to describe character's actions and points of view in specific fairy tales. Students will continue working in groups to fill out an open-mind portrait on two different characters in the story.  The students will come together in a whole group setting and discuss their characters from the story.  The students will then develop their own characters in a fairy tale and produce their story on an iPad.  This lesson should take place over a 2-3 day period.


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 to 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: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Publishing a Book Report Using Word Processing
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps to using word processing. Students will use word processing software to publish a final copy of a book report. Students will review the main parts of a book report. This lesson will teach students technology skills they will use throughout their school career.


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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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: 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: 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.
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: Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a '' Top Picks'' class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Fairy Tales Around the World      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students become familiar with fairy tales. They read and learn to understand fairy tales so that they can better comprehend the structures of literature, as well as for the sake of the wonder, pleasure, and human understanding these stories can provide in their own right.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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
Title: Draw a Story: Stepping from Pictures to Writing      Add Bookmark
Description: Students draw a series of pictures that tell a story, including character action, problem and solution. They '' read their story to others, transcribe it into writing, and create an accordion book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Repetition and Picture Cues to Foster Independent Young Readers      Add Bookmark
Description: Kindergartners share their knowledge of letters and sounds in a large group setting, giving teachers an assessment opportunity. Each student contributes a page to make a repetitive classroom book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Schema-Building Study With Patricia Polacco      Add Bookmark
Description: Students use the Semantic Impressions and Possible Sentences strategies to write about Patricia Polacco's books Chicken Sunday and Rechenka's Egg, complete a character study, and write using a WebQuest.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats      Add Bookmark
Description: Using books by Ezra Jack Keats as inspiration, students explore problems and solutions through read-alouds, discussion, and an interactive bulletin board.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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