Title: Light and Sight – Why We Need Light to See
In this lesson, students will investigate objects’ appearance in varying levels of light to help them construct an explanation that objects can only be seen when light is available to illuminate them. Students will discuss why objects look different in a dark room and graph their preferences for sleeping with a light on or off. Then, they will investigate how an object’s appearance changes in different lighting conditions in small group centers. Finally, they will model the moon’s path around the sun to see how light from the sun causes the moon’s appearance to change as it orbits Earth. At the conclusion of the lesson, students will use their experiences as evidence to explain that light is essential for sight.
This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.
Standard(s): [SC2015] (1) 2:
Title: Let’s Plant a Garden with Frog and Toad
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.
Title: The Napping House
During this lesson, children "wonder" when interacting with text. Instead of predicting what comes next in the story, students use their imaginations to wonder about what might happen. They create their own wondering multimedia slide about a new text. This is a great way to encourage creativity.
Title: Beanie Baby Habitats Collaborative Project
With the booming market of "Beanie Baby" type stuffed animals being so prominent in students' lives, this project brings that interest into the classroom through the use of research, science, hands-on experiences, and technology. The project includes research of living things and habitats through various resources including textbookss, trade books, encyclopedias, and the Internet. It also includes a hands-on project where students design and create a habitat for a chosen living thing. Students will work collaboratively in the classroom and use communication skills to share information with another classroom using distance learning capabilities throughout the project.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 8:
Title: Our Summer Vacation
This lesson will be used after a study of Alabama. It will incorporate the theme of vacationing into information learned about state parks in Alabama. Students will make a book about favorite state parks in Alabama and favorite things to do in them.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 10:
Title: Helen Keller
During this lesson students learn about the life of Helen Keller and how she communicated with others. Students have the opportunity to use sign language to communicate with others. Students gain an appreciation for their sight and hearing, as well as admiration for those who do not have these senses.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT1 (1) 12:
Title: WANTED: A Few Of Our Favorite Authors
This unit is designed to spotlight the work of one children's author each month. Students explore the life and writing styles of each author studied, as well as incorporating studies of story elements in the various works.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 10:
Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14:
Title: Class Portrait: An Anthology In Words and Pictures
Students will use a digital camera and word processor to produce an illustrated anthology of original poetry.
Standard(s): [ARTS] VISA (2) 14:
Title: The Very Quiet Cricket
During this lesson, students will write a sequel to The Very Quiet Cricket. The students will discuss and demonstrate the use of personification in the story. The class will also complete a WebQuest about The Very Quiet Cricket.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 7:
Title: Vibrations We Can See, Feel and Hear
This four-part lesson allows students to explore the question of how sounds are made. Using wooden rulers, tongue depressors and tuning forks, students will explore and experience sound. Students will use what they have learned to create instruments. Throughout the unit students will use technology to record their thoughts and observations.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 10:
Title: Beginner's AVL (Alabama Virtual Library)
Students will research the red fox using an online encyclopedia from the Alabama Virtual Library web site and answer questions provided by the teacher. This is a good lesson for students' first experience in using the AVL.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 7:
Title: November Calendar
This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering November holidays and special events. November is Native American Heritage Month and this calendar includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 11:
Title: Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm
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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 32:
Title: Connect With Low-Literate Families: A Three-Tiered Approach
Parents and caregivers take a page from the teacher's book when they listen to students take-home poems or stories and discuss the ideas within.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 30:
Title: Hey Diddle, Diddle! Generating Rhymes for Analogy-Based Phonics Instruction
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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 40:
Title: A Getting-Acquainted Activity Using My Teacher's Secret Life
Students build classroom community as they get to know each other and their teacher better by sharing what they like to do outside school.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 28:
Title: Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch
Visual clues in winter-themed books used in this lesson encourage students to make real-world math connections.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 30:
Title: Collaborative Stories 2: Revising
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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 35:
Title: Digging Up Details on Worms: Using the Language of Science in an Inquiry Study
This lesson, in which students research worms in order to create a classroom habitat, incorporates reading and writing across content areas as well as math and science activities.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 31:
Title: Rain, Ice, Steam: Using Reading to Support Inquiry About the Water Cycle
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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 38:
Title: Let's Build a Snowman
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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 37:
Title: Teaching Audience Through Interactive Writing
Through interactive writing, students work together and then independently to create invitation letters for a group of their peers and their families.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 33:
Title: Family Message Journals Teach Many Purposes for Writing
This lesson encourages children to explore authentic reasons for writing by writing messages to their family in a family message journal.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 28:
Title: Zoo Summer Camp Mystery
K-2 Digital Breakout Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (1) 30:
Title: Dear Junie B...Advice for First Grade
Letter Generator Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (1) 38:
Title: Tell a Migration Story...With Interviews
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.
Standard(s): [SS2010] HGEO (9-12) 2: