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ALEX Lesson Plans  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 7 :
7 ) Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events. [RL.1.7]

[ELA2015] (1) 40 :
40 ) With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings. [L.1.5]

a. Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent. [L.1.5a]

b. Define words by category and by one or more key attributes (e.g., a duck is a bird that swims; a tiger is a large cat with stripes). [L.1.5b]

c. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy). [L.1.5c]

d. Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings. [L.1.5d]

[ELA2015] (1) 38 :
38 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.1.2]

a. Capitalize dates and names of people. [L.1.2a]

b. Use end punctuation for sentences. [L.1.2b]

c. Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series. [L.1.2c]

d. Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words. [L.1.2d]

e. Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions. [L.1.2e]

[ELA2015] (1) 37 :
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.1.1]

a. Print all uppercase and lowercase letters. [L.1.1a]

b. Use common, proper, and possessive nouns. [L.1.1b]

c. Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop). [L.1.1c]

d. Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their; anyone, everything). [L.1.1d]

e. Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home). [L.1.1e]

f. Use frequently occurring adjectives. [L.1.1f]

g. Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because). [L.1.1g]

h. Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives). [L.1.1h]

i. Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward). [L.1.1i]

j. Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts. [L.1.1j]

[ELA2015] (1) 36 :
36 ) Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See Grade 1 Language standard 37 for specific expectations.) [SL.1.6]

[ELA2015] (1) 35 :
35 ) Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. [SL.1.5]

[ELA2015] (1) 34 :
34 ) Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. [SL.1.4]

[ELA2015] (1) 16 :
16 ) Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas. [RI.1.7]

Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Let's Describe! (Adjectives Lesson)

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.

ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 31 :
31 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.1.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.1.1a]

b. Build on others' talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges. [SL.1.1b]

c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion. [SL.1.1c]

[ELA2015] (1) 16 :
16 ) Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas. [RI.1.7]

[DLIT] (1) 15 :
9) Use a variety of digital tools collaboratively to connect with other learners.

Examples: Video calling, blogs, collaborative documents.

Subject: English Language Arts (1), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (1)
Title: Top Ten Favorite Book Recommendations

Students will participate in online conversations using a video conferencing tool to share the class' top ten book recommendations. Each class will begin by taking turns sharing their number ten book with a one-minute explanation of the key ideas of the book using illustrations or details in the text, then share number nine in the list and so on, until they reach the top book of their class. 

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.

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ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 3 :
3 ) With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story. [RL.K.3]

[ELA2015] (0) 4 :
4 ) Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text. [RL.K.4]

[ELA2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story. [RL.K.6]

[ELA2015] (0) 7 :
7 ) With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts). [RL.K.7]

[ELA2015] (0) 9 :
9 ) Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding. [RL.K.10]

[ELA2015] (1) 10 :
10 ) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RI.1.1]

[ELA2015] (1) 11 :
11 ) Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. [RI.1.2]

[ELA2015] (1) 13 :
13 ) Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text. [RI.1.4]

[ELA2015] (1) 15 :
15 ) Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text. [RI.1.6]

[ELA2015] (1) 16 :
16 ) Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas. [RI.1.7]

[ELA2015] (1) 17 :
17 ) Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text (e.g., eating a balanced meal, obeying safety rules, engaging in recycling projects). [RI.1.8]

[ELA2015] (1) 19 :
19 ) With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for Grade 1. [RI.1.10]

[ELA2015] (2) 21 :
21 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.2.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.2.4a]

b. Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.2.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.2.4c]

[ELA2015] (2) 26 :
26 ) With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. [W.2.6]

[ELA2015] (2) 28 :
28 ) Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.2.8]

[ELA2015] (3) 27 :
27 ) With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others. [W.3.6]

[ELA2015] (3) 28 :
28 ) Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. [W.3.7]

[ELA2015] (3) 29 :
29 ) Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories. [W.3.8]

[ELA2015] (4) 32 :
32 ) Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.4.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion. [SL.4.1a]

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles. [SL.4.1b]

c. Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others. [SL.4.1c]

d. Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion. [SL.4.1d]

[ELA2015] (4) 37 :
37 ) Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion); use formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See Grade 4 Language standards 38 and 40 for specific expectations.) [SL.4.6]

[ELA2015] (4) 40 :
40 ) Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. [L.4.3]

a. Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.* [L.4.3a]

b. Choose punctuation for effect.* [L.4.3b]

c. Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion). [L.4.3c]

[ELA2015] (4) 41 :
41 ) Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on Grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. [L.4.4]

a. Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. [L.4.4a]

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph). [L.4.4b]

c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases. [L.4.4c]

[ELA2015] (4) 43 :
43 ) Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation). [L.4.6]

[ELA2015] (5) 2 :
2 ) Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. [RL.5.2]

[ELA2015] (5) 7 :
7 ) Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem). [RL.5.7]

Subject: English Language Arts (K - 5)
Title: Designing Elements of Story in Little Blue and Little Yellow

Through multimodal activities, students will explore key elements of design such as color, shape, size, texture, density, and layout to understand and appreciate how these elements combine to convey meaning in Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni. Using art and digital media, they will then create their own designs to express meaning for setting, character relationships, and plot. Students will realize how to use design elements to read images and how meaning in picture books is equally conveyed in both words and images.

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