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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3)
Title: Why Did You Write This?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn the reasons an author writes a selection. They will use various books and articles to determine the purpose of each text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2 - 3)
Title: A Weed is a Flower
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to identify the main purpose of a text and distinguish it from their own point of view with the book A Weed is a Flower:  The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki and other informational texts. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm      
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



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Rain, Ice, Steam: Using Reading to Support Inquiry About the Water Cycle     
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



ALEX Learning Activities  
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Title: Fact or Fiction?
Digital Tool: Genres of Literature Flipchart.
Digital Tool Description: This is a Promethean Flipchart on Genres of Literature.  For this first section on fact or fiction, you can use the first few slides or go as far as you want with it.  It depends on the level of your students.  It is an interactive flip chart with videos and activities that the student can do on the Whiteboard or on individual computers.  The third through fifth slides deal with nonfiction and fiction.  Students will be presented with these slides and then be allowed to work them on the board themselves.


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