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   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 1: Language Arts


  • 100s of Ants! (Authored by Desiree Senter.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What does 100 look like? What is the best way for 100 Ants to move on? Students will have fun counting to 100 orally as they use grids to display the 100 raisins they counted.

  • A Hungry Cat Searches (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story [Panther: Shadow of the Swamp] to learn about the variety of plant and animal life in the Everglades and how loss of habitat impacts panthers. Students will alphabetize the names of the plants and animals by initial and second letter.

  • A Picture is Worth a Fantastic Story (Authored by Elaine Padgett.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students select one of the photographs they have taken of friends, pets, parents or objects and write a story. The photos provide visual prompts and a supportive framework for their writing.

  • A Tacky Cheer (Authored by Donna Rugg.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Would you make a good cheerleader? In this lesson, students make predictions, copy cheers, and make inferences as they read a story about an odd bird and his awkward attempts to help his fellow penguins win a cheering contest.

  • A Visit to the Rain Forest (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to [The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest] to learn the names of animals and people found in the Amazon Rain Forest. They play a card game to arrange the animals in the sequence that they appeared in the story.

  • A-maizing Facts (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational text to locate the Northeast Woodlands region and understanding how the climate, location, and physical surroundings of the region affected the way of life.

  • ABC Beat the Clock Adventures (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is an interesting lesson on putting letters and words in alphabetical order that involves games and cooperative learning to solve problems.

  • ABC Bingo (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson reinforces the alphabet through a homemade ABC bingo game.

  • ABC Detectives (Authored by Heidi Tilton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will alphabetize words according to the first letter while pretending to be detectives with magnifying glasses. Your students will also be working on their social skills and character development when working with their teams and partners.

  • ABC Rhyme Time (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After producing a word family list, students will put the list in ABC order.

  • ABC’s of Ramona (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students list words in alphabetical order according to initial and second letter. Various lists of words may be used for practice; however, initiate using proper nouns for assessment in capitalization.

  • Adopt a Manatee (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this writing activity, students will learn about manatees and use e-mail to contact representatives about important issues.

  • All Mixed Up (Authored by Colleen Habhab-Strickland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Oh no! I dropped the color and number word cards! How will I ever get them sorted? This activity actively engages students in identifying and sorting words into the basic categories of color and number.

  • Alphabet Animals (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create an encyclopedia of unusual animals, using a variety of resources to collect their information. Each student illustrates an animal and provides a brief description for each letter of the alphabet.

  • Altogether Now, The Five Senses (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Popping popcorn is a fun way to summarize the end of the five senses unit. It is easy to involve all the senses.

  • Ample Apples (Authored by Sissy Gandy.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students make observations about the growing process of an apple tree. They complete expository writing and draw illustrations in a student writing book. This lesson includes a cooking activity.

  • Are We There Yet? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the review lesson for the unit, Going to Grandma’s. Using the Formative Assessment Checklist and all completed summative assessments, the teacher reinforces skills and concepts using the activities from this lesson.

  • Are You Listening to Me? (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify differences between listening and not listening skills. Students learn how to use good listening skills when trying to solve a conflict. Students role-play using listening skills to resolve conflicts.

  • Are You Sure They Lived Happily Ever After? (Authored by Diane Goodson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you ever wondered whether some of the fairy tales would have truly ended “happily ever after” if the story had continued? Predict what will happen after the frog prince marries the princess in the [The Frog Prince Continued].

  • Artfully Speaking (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 12 of the unit [Native Americans]. It is to be done after [The Seminoles] lesson plan on the same day. Students will complete a My Favorite Artwork form and use it to practice speaking to small groups.

  • Be An Expert (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 5-7 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read informational texts to become “experts” on a Native American culture group. They will record notes and make a project to inform the class about their culture group.

  • Big, Bigger, Biggest (Authored by Melissa Lawley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students demonstrate keyboarding skills to illustrate big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller, smallest in a transportation picture. (NETS for Students: 1.1 and 3.1)

  • Bits and Pieces! (Authored by Priscilla Boan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story [Winter Fun] written by Rita Schlachter. They listen for information throughout the story that relates to the characters, setting, problem, and solution.

  • Blooming with Self-Confidence (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Many children worry about not being able to do what other children can do. This lesson will help them understand and respect differences in readiness and abilities, as they read the book [Leo the Late Bloomer] and make flowers of their own.

  • Bodaciously Beautiful Butterflies Take Flight (Authored by Heather Watson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for K-1 students. The students complete a study on butterflies using real caterpillars. Each student keeps a personal daily journal of observations and completes a timeline for their caterpillar/butterfly.

  • Bountiful Butterflies (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After creating a symmetrical design resembling a butterfly, the students describe symmetry. Using their pictures students then write a story about the butterfly while focusing on creative ideas.

  • Buggy Patterns (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This literature-based lesson is the second lesson from the unit plan Patterns, Patterns Everywhere. Students learn to identify, create, predict, extend, and use patterns.

  • Building With Blends (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn how to blend sound components into words by completing a whole group activity with the teacher. They then use this knowledge in a station activity game where they match word parts with blends to form complete words.

  • Can I Be Your Friend? (Authored by Ann Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reading, [Charlie, the Caterpillar] to the class, students write one paragraph about how they can be a good friend.

  • Cars, Trucks and Things That Go Sorting Fun! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students have fun sorting, classifying and writing about how they sort transportation vehicles.

  • Catch Me! (Authored by Jeanette Robaldo.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This read-aloud activity gives students basic ideas and vocabulary to speak about a leprechaun trap.

  • Celebrate You (Authored by Beverly Stanley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity reinforces the uniqueness of each student on his/her birthday. The students learn through a pictorial graphing activity about the months of the year. Students write about their special birthday traditions.

  • Cinderella Stories (Authored by Judy Albero.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: While doing this lesson, students will be able to remember, compare, and contrast two different Cinderella stories of their choice.

  • Class Quilt (Authored by Joy Whithaus.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity will promote acceptance of diversity within the classroom through the creation of a class quilt. Students will evaluate the final product to find commonalities with other students.

  • Classroom Behavior Role Play (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students analyze appropriate and inappropriate classroom behavior after listening to and discussing MISS NELSON IS MISSING by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

  • Clouds of Spelling Words (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students receive a folded piece of paper and copy the spelling words onto the paper with a word in each block. They then trace the spelling words four times with four different colored crayons. This is a kinesthetic way to practice writing the spelling words.

  • Creature Features (Early Grades) (Authored by Rhonda Cawthon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students select an animal and simple reference books to choose and share pictures and facts about their selected animals through the construction of story boards. As a culminating activity, students make a video of animal facts to share with the class.

  • Cruising Through Clouds (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will be able to name the three major types of clouds and describe the characteristics of each cloud.

  • Dead Words Come Alive! (Authored by Shannon Anderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is an exciting way for second graders to learn about synonyms and increase their vocabulary at a rapid pace. It is designed to be used all year on a daily basis.

  • Dear Teacher (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reading [Dear Mr. Blueberry], a book by Simon James that models letter writing, students write their own letters to their teacher.

  • Dino’s Diner (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create a modern day dinosaur menu to generate creative ideas regarding what dinosaurs would eat at an imaginary restaurant.

  • Direct Express (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will explore speaking for different purposes (i.e., to inform, to express ideas, and to entertain).

  • Doodle Bug Family Web (Authored by Nancy Strong.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students doodle to create a web about their family to prepare for writing. All bugs are worked out prior to the final draft.

  • Down by the Bay (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will engage in a predicting and counting activity through simulated fishing as a way to identify the bluefish of St. Andrew Bay.

  • E.T. Write Home (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reading [The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System,] the students will pretend they're E.T. writing letters home describing his adventures through the solar system in a journal format.

  • Earth Bags (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will write and illustrate ideas for helping our environment on paper grocery bags that will be distributed at the local grocery store.

  • Eight Stars in the Night Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you count eight stars in the night sky? This eighth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night skies. A page for the number 8 is added to students’ counting books.

  • Expert Review (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 13 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will review both social studies and language arts unit concepts.

  • Express Yourself (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Days 9-10 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will practice speaking to a small group about their favorite part of a Native American tale. Peer partners will assess each other’s performances.

  • Express Yourself! (Authored by Alicia Allen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students work as a group to generate and play a game that displays an understanding of developmental level reading vocabulary based on a grade level checklist.

  • Eye No the Write Won! (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students practice with synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.

  • Eye Spy! (Authored by Polly Beebe.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using a Mystery Bag, the What Do You See? game, and an on-campus field trip with Eye-Spy binoculars, students have the opportunity to use descriptive words in many fun ways.

  • Fact or Fantasy Writing (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This simple lesson introduces fiction and non-fiction writing. Students see that some written text is for pleasure and enjoyment while some is for relaying information. They get to experience both types during the lesson.

  • First Day at School (Authored by Aida Losada.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What happens the first day at school? Let's read a story. Students will then role play and retell the story.

  • Fish Count (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students participate in hands-on activities in which they count and match objects to 10 or more using one-to-one correspondence and make a record of objects counted, which will be kept in a math portfolio.

  • Fishing for Success (Authored by Shelia Ray.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through a literature-based lesson students identify strategies to assist those in need. Problem-solving is discussed. Oral language as well as written will be emphasized.

  • Five Fingers for Eating Lunch (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Where in the sky is the sun while you are eating lunch? This fifth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 5.

  • Five Little Pumpkins (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to play rhythm instruments as part of a rhythm band to accompany the well-known poem, "Five Little Pumpkins." They learn instrument names, playing techniques, and playing at the appropriate time. Students learn how to perform a vocal solo.

  • Fleece, Feathers, and Fur (Authored by Ann Espersen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The slide-show presentation and colorful website pictures in this lesson will captivate students’ attention. This is a great way to expand interests and vocabulary while teaching prediction and categorizing using the book [Is Your Mama a LLama]?

  • Folded Fractions (Authored by Liz West.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use various geometric shapes to represent fractional parts.

  • Four Animal Legs at Sunset (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Did you know that the sun is a star? This fourth lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 4.

  • Frank Oo Berry Mush (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: -Frank Oo Berry Mush- provides students practice in writing, incorporating reasons to support ideas and responding constructively to other’s comments.

  • Frantically Fragmented (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After instruction on recognizing sentence fragments, students practice changing the fragments into complete sentences. This is an excellent exercise for ESOL students.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 1, Lesson 1: Gee Quiz! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Geo George, the geometric puppet, introduces the unit to students. The children are drawn into a conversation with George to check for prior knowledge about shapes. Once relaxed and warmed-up, the class participates in taking the diagnostic assessment.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 1, Lesson 2: Math Mouth! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Ready for the challenge, Geo George has a wonderful game for teaching children the difficult and unusual mathematically correct vocabulary words encountered on the diagnostic assessment. The game develops student understanding of these difficult terms.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 1, Lesson 3: Math Moments on My Mind (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students begin a Math Moments journal in which they freely write about the day’s math immersion, recording personal thoughts about what they learned, something they are wondering about, a response to a lead question, and/or a letter to Geo George.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 4: Sing a Song of Shapes (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn five songs to define and develop understanding of the attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures and the meaning of mathematical terms. Through use of the attribute songs, students classify objects as either two- or three-dimensional.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 5: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Working in groups of four, students utilize song lyrics, past knowledge, correct mathematical language, and speaking skills, to name, categorize, and describe various two- and three-dimensional shapes and objects.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 6: Rhyme and Reason (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Practicing purposeful listening during this Shared Reading component, students experience mathematical language as it is enjoyed in the rhyme and reason of poetry.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 7: Roll, Roll, Unroll the Scroll (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Entry in the Math Moments journal begins with student reflections on the day, recording personal thoughts about what they learned and/or something they are wondering about. Response to a higher-order thinking question rounds out the writing experience.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 10: Patterned Poetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through comparing and contrasting related two- and three-dimensional shapes, students complete a Venn diagram illustrating the attributes of each. Using a poem pattern from another lesson, students use data from the diagram to write an attribute poem.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 11: Poly Doodles All Day (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students explore geometric vocabulary through creation of shapes on a geoboard. Oral presentation of design attributes, transfer of design, and color-coding components mix to create a fun and exciting lesson that stretches student thinking.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 8: Copy Cat (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are taught the technology skills of copy and paste as geometric language is introduced. Skills are developed and used to create a computer-generated page defining attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes using the new vocabulary.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 9: Attribute Attitude (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This Shared Reading lesson has students participating in vocabulary building through the reading of and interaction with poetry. Each poem presents the attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 12: Geo Gee-Hawin' (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In order to review unit content, with specific focus on geometric vocabulary students are expected to understand and use effectively, Geo George plays a Math Mouth word game with the class giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge with geoboards.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 13: Where, Oh Where, Can the Geo Be? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Listening for geometric shapes occurring in the natural environment as presented in a student-generated story, students identify each natural object and correctly label it as the geometric shape that it is according to its attributes.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 14: Give It a Whirl (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Exploration of rotating 3-D shapes at varied speeds has students discovering, discussing, and questioning. Personal reflections move students to a hands-on activity that has them transition a two-dimensional square into a three-dimensional pinwheel.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 15: Geo Jingo Jivin' (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this writing lesson, students investigate musical instruments of varying geometric shapes that correspond with the three-dimensional shapes studied, and write shape pattern tunes, which will be read and played by students on the geometric instruments.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 5, Lesson 16: Capturing "Lions" of Poetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students take to the Author's Chair and share poems written at home for the Capturing “Lions” of Poetry Literacy Link parent page. The class listens with purpose for the correct attributes of the shape for which each poem was written, as well as for quality speaking traits.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 5, Lesson 18: By George! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Taking on the identity of their geometric puppet, students write a script. The script describes the attributes the puppet had as a two-dimensional square and the attributes it has now as a three-dimensional character.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 5, Lesson 19: Hey, Hey, Whaddaya Say! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students rehearse scripts by recording themselves on audiotape and then playing it back to self-assess strengths and weaknesses. Individual student tapes will be sent home to afford further opportunity for recorded practice and parental assistance.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 6, Lesson 20: Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Geo George leads students and friends through a review of all targeted standards. Children don their puppets and join their character in chorus, conversation, and choral correspondence.

  • Geo Jammin' - Day 7, Lesson 21: Dear George (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In their journals, students write a letter to Geo George reflecting on the unit, activities, and things they learned. Included will be their favorite part of the unit, the hardest part for them, what they learned, and their thoughts on their performance.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 1: Math in Motion (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Swirling, rotating, changing, sliding. . . stimulate interest with shapes in motion to prepare students for entry into the world of geometric design. Analysis and synthesis questions are served as the appetizer before the diagnostic assessment is given.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 3: Moo-vin (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Put the meaning of newly introduced vocabulary to the tune of “Hokey Pokey” and children develop an understanding through music and dance. Lyrics are read as a whole group and become a Guided Reading experience where more geometric vocabulary is discovered within.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 4: Transformation Station (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students predict the outcome of the slide, flip, and turn of a triangle by transforming their thoughts and ideas into informational text. The recorded text is tested for accuracy and through peer feedback is written to perfection.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 5: Do You Hear What I Hear? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Following directions given in poetry fashion, students apply newly learned geometric vocabulary to successfully create an animal. Reading informational text for key words and specific purpose and comprehension of geometric terms is the focus.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 11: A Stitch in Time (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through reading personal size booklets, class discussion, and viewing of historical quilts, students are enlightened to the culturally artistic value of quilts, the importance of trade in meeting basic needs, and the conservation of natural resources.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 8: Can You Please Give Me Directions? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Guided reading strategies are utilized to teach students how to effectively read informational text. Challenged to cut a tangram, students read how-to directions and demonstrate their understanding of geometric terms to complete the task successfully.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 9: Bringing It To A Fine Gloss-ary (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students demonstrate their understanding of geometric vocabulary and informational text by working independently to create their own glossary of terms. Investigative exploration with tangrams creates an arena for critical thinking and problem solving.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 12: Jammin (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Utilizing learning aides, students are guided through a fast-paced review of vocabulary, language arts, geometry, and social studies concepts. Participation in choral reading, performance, and sharing of ideas are the means of concept clarification.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 16: The ABC of Symmetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Steps for an art project are used for guided reading. The activity develops a deeper understanding of how to read informational text, symmetry as it pertains to all elements of design, and art as part of history that reflects aspects of daily life.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 20: Listening for Patterns (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Knowledge and understanding of patterns are extended through the use of literature as students make enriched connections to patterns in the real-world and transferring ideas.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 21: The Important Thing (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Criteria are presented for designing a quilt block design. Students demonstrate their depth of understanding of math content by using their knowledge of the concepts and transferring it into a literary pattern to write a class big book.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 23: Colors To Dye For (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Experiencing samples and reading about colors in fabric deepen understandings that works of art reflect cultural heritage, that trade helps families meet their basic needs, and that people can use and conserve their natural resources.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 24: Read All About It! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The most important thing about this lesson is the class wrote the book themselves. It reviews symmetry, line of symmetry, congruent, slide, flip, turn, shapes within a shape, and patterns. But the important thing is that the class wrote the book themselves.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 25: Geo Jungle (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Knowledge of geometry is taken to the woods as students walk the school grounds in search of symmetry in nature. Their finds are brought back to the classroom, preserved by pressing, and then used as the focus of a student generated narrative.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 27: DeSigning Coordinates (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Geo dot paper is used as a grid for coordinate geometry, making a familiar arena for performing a most unusual task. Letters are assigned to each dot. The challenge is to decode each word using given coordinates and then to illustrate each with tangrams.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 28: The Mo-tea-if (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Preparing a fabric swatch for appliquéing begins with reading informational text and directions for tea dying cloth. The task comes full circle as students are given a piece of fabric, and use tea leaves to dye it to the shade of their choosing.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 30: Manipulative Mania (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Explore and experiment with creating designs with specific components is one individual activity that students engage in. As students transfer designs and use a checklist to check for inclusiveness, each is summatively assessed on selected standards.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 32: Applique-tion of Learning (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Appreciation for quilts as an art form, trade item, and as a way to conserve resources is developed by students reading and applying how-to text to actually hand appliqué a motif design to background fabric using three different styles of stitches.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 35: Scatter Brain (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The word is out! Challenge students to decode the message by locating the given coordinate points of letters scattered on a coordinate grid. Then, using letter coordinates from the grid, students write a coded message to parents.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 36: DeSign Sampler (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using pictures of quilts, student groups follow presented criteria and utilize the role of each student to write quilt reports. This exercise affords students another opportunity to prepare for the summative assessment given the following day.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 37: Summarizing for the Summative (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Purposeful listening and discretionary ears are a must as peers listen to group reports and offer positive and corrective feedback with regards to content criteria. This summarizing activity prepares students for the summative assessment of like design.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 38: Kool Cups (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Caution, fun ahead! Students read informational text and use mathematical language for the specific purpose of making geometric cups! Students proceed through the lesson to make cups per direction specifications. To test for accuracy, fill with Kool-Aid.

  • Geo-Town (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use a checklist to construct a Geo-Town map including a compass rose, a map key, and a paragraph about a walk around Geo-Town, using appropriate geometric and directional vocabulary to identify the two-dimensional figures encountered on the walk.

  • Getting to Know My Apple (Authored by Louise Glover.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: By applying each of the 5 senses, students will compare an apple to unlike things in a similie poem. ie: The apple tastes sour like a lemon.

  • Getting to Know Our School (Authored by Akishna Glasper.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who works at our school and what do they do? This is a great lesson for the first few weeks of school. In this lesson students explore their school and the various types of people who work there (school nurse, custodian, and principal). The students interview these people and complete an activity based on the information they have obtained.

  • Give Me Five! (Authored by Kathryn La Rosa.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Children hear a story about cooperation and identify different ways in which they can use their hands for helping.

  • Go Far in a Car (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Traveling in a car can take you near or far. Through this literature-based lesson, students learn about rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Going Batty (Authored by Donna Nelson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: We are going batty! In this lesson students begin with the word "at" then learn about bats and other things ending with "at."

  • Going to Grandma's (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to and reading [The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's] by Shirley Neitzel, students pack their bags for such a trip.

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Authored by Terri Burns.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is designed to enhance students’ ability to comprehend written text by teaching them how to think about the events in a story as they read.

  • Grandparents' Day Celebration (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Before Grandparents' Day Celebration, students make a family tree that dates back to their grandparents. They identify names, places, and particular customs and traditions of their family as well.

  • Green Eggs and Purple Bacon (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. The class cooks and eats green eggs and ham. Students imagine a dish and write a recipe using a logical sequence. Students type, illustrate, and compile recipes into a class cookbook.

  • Guess Who? (Authored by Angela Raybon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Guess Who? Students write riddles about each other using descriptive words.

  • Hanging Out with Stories (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students respond to a fictional story by creating a story structure mobile illustrating the main characters, setting, plot, problem, story events, and solution.

  • Happy Birthday Class (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Birthdays are important events in children’s lives. This lesson integrates graphing and the use of calendars with their special days.

  • Have a Ball with Poetry (Authored by Lisa Rowe.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will brainstorm words pertaining to the senses (smell, sight, touch, taste, and sound) about the beach by passing a beach ball marked with the categories. Students will write a free verse poem, using these words and adding a line about their feelings.

  • Hello, Santa! (Authored by Carol Hansford.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Do you need an exciting lesson to stimulate your kindergartners' thinking and writing skills? Begin this lesson by asking "What would you like to tell Santa?" Students peruse possible requests for Santa. Then the students dictate letters to Santa.

  • Here Kitty, Kitty (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students count up to ten objects in a group to find out how many.

  • Honey I Shrunk the . . . Story (Authored by Sandra Arnolds-Patron.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Talk about making a mole hill out of a mountain! In this lesson, students use critical thinking to decide which story components are important to include in a summary.

  • How Do I Measure Up? (Early Grades) (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students find out more about their bodies and what makes them different by tracing each their partners' bodies on butcher paper. They record their heights and weights, then compare them to the others in the class.

  • How Do You Get to School? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do your students get to school? Through this literature-based lesson, students learn that different things move at different speeds as they explore basic modes of transportation.

  • How Does a Pumpkin Grow and Glow? (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to an informational article that explains the steps needed to grow pumpkins, the group participates in carving a pumpkin, and then writes the sequence of events needed to produce a carved jack-o-lantern.

  • How Does It Move? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do objects move? Through this literature-based lesson, students review using illustrations and phonetic principles to understand words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore how forms of transportation move.

  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (Authored by Ann Everett.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a fun way to introduce factors that influence the growth of living things. The students read [The Garden] by Arnold Lobel.Then the students plant seeds to discover what makes them grow.

  • How the Pig Got a Curl in His Tail (Authored by Ann Nichols.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students listen to a retold story from my childhood, They demonstrate comprehension using visual and concrete materials to retell the story.

  • I Like Me (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson celebrates the uniqueness of students and what they like about themselves. Students make collages and display them in the classroom

  • Idea Generator (Authored by Jeanette Robaldo.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This read aloud activity helps students generate ideas for writing.

  • Indians of the Plains (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 11 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Plains region and how they affected the lives of the Plains Indians. Students work in centers to create related projects.

  • Inquiring Minds Want to Know (Authored by Carolyn Modawell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to ask questions and to listen to responses by interviewing people.

  • Is It Real? (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn how to determine whether a text is fact or fiction by completing a whole-group activity with the teacher. They then use this knowledge in a small-group station activity game where they determine if sentences are fact or fiction.

  • Is That a Bird in Your Hat? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After learning about adaptations animals need for survival, students imagine they find an injured bird. They create a clay bird and nest to stimulate creative writing. The lesson includes an integrated week-long art, science, and writing activity.

  • Is There Room on the Bus? (Authored by Robin Downing.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After fixing up a rickety bus, Sam sets off around the world, picking up an alliterative assortment of animals, from one lonely lion to ten bothersome bees along the way. This is an exciting way to explore beginning, middle, and end with young children.

  • It's Oobleck (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to the story [Bartholomew and the Oobleck], students will be able to list information that they learn about Oobleck and use context clues to construct a meaning for Oobleck.

  • It's Time for a Rhyme (Authored by Jolene Poppell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: A Wocket in Your Pocket? Introduce rhyming skills to your students by using the Dr. Seuss favorite to begin the lesson. Students will play a rhyming game after hearing and reading [There's a Wocket in My Pocket].

  • Jack O' Lantern, Jack O' Lantern (Authored by Judith Rose.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Halloween is an exciting time for young children. Capitalize on their excitement while reinforcing color identification, holiday symbols, and language arts skills with this lesson built on the much-loved book [Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?] by Bill Martin, Jr.!

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you wondered how many workers are needed to move people and cargo? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Johnny Appleseed Pops Up (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After hearing the story of Johnny Appleseed (see book title below), students will use the writing process to recount details from the book to create their own pop-up book about his life.

  • Learning to Love That Poetry (Authored by Melody Ernest.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Use the book [Love That Dog] by Sharon Creech to inspire and teach children how to enjoy reading and writing several types of poetry.

  • Let Me Tell You About My Favorite Animal (Authored by Keri Gunn.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Did you ever want to be a published author? Here is your chance. Students use graphic organizers to begin creating a book about their favorite animals.

  • Let the Bugs Do the Rhyming (Authored by Jenny Fasching.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about limericks and write their own about a favorite insect.

  • Let's Get Cooking (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Get ready for your students to learn more about their classmates' cultures. Your students will share their cultures through food tastings and presentations.

  • Let's Sing, Read, and Write (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students sing and read the old favorite song Wheels on the Bus and write new song text for a poster and a class book.

  • Let's Visit Letter Land (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to a narrative story of how the letters learn what alphabetical order is when the letters can’t figure out who should start the Letter Land Parade. The students will practice their new skills by alphabetizing letters first, then words.

  • Letter War (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reading THE WAR BETWEEN THE VOWELS AND THE CONSONANTS by Priscilla Turner, the children will create words using letter tiles.

  • Letters Alive, Oh, My! (Authored by Allison Braun.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: I write A, you write A – A A A . This lesson helps students form the letter Aa.

  • Life Is a Cycle (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Children learn about cycles through games, shared readings and a shared writing activity.

  • Linking Up the Food Chain (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to the book [Life in a Pond], students discuss the food chain and create a food chain mobile.

  • List Poetry (Authored by Michelle Wolvin.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students write a list poem about themsleves using the letters in their name. They will present their poems to the class and create a class book of poetry. Children enjoy the simple structure of list poems.

  • Looks Like Christmas, Exploring Sight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students will explore their sense of sight, learn about the eyes and how to keep them safe, and become familiar with how to help blind people become a part of their world.

  • Lost & Found Letters (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to THE LETTERS ARE LOST by Lisa Campbell Ernst, the children will use objects in their own world to create a personal dictionary.

  • Making Sense with Amelia Bedelia (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about multiple word meanings with the help of Amelia Bedelia.

  • Manatee Journey (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reading the book MANATEE WINTER, students will participate in a game designed to promote awareness of the dangers manatees face.

  • Media Literacy (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Media literacy is an important skill in reading different types of advertisements. Help your students learn how to read magazine ads and know what they are really saying.

  • Message to Mother (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students write sentences to their mothers and include them in beautiful Mother’s Day gifts.

  • Mind Your Business (Authored by Sissy Gandy.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson teaches children how to identify the range, median, and mode in a list of numbers by using concrete materials.

  • Mirror, Mirror (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson students practice important beginning reading skills with poems and the big book, [In the Mirror]. They learn some new vocabulary about themselves and they celebrate that their bodies are alike, but also different!

  • Mixing Colors (Authored by Sheila Spiddle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students explore and observe primary color combinations on a coffee filter using food coloring and water.

  • Monkey See, Monkey Write (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After a fieldtrip to a local zoo, students will create an original travel brochure, detailing some of its exotic sites.

  • Morning Activity (Authored by Renette Miret.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The morning activity is a series of steps that requires students to locate and interpret daily classroom situation using oral, print or visual information for a correct response. The students are involved throughout the lesson.

  • Morning Message (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The MORNING MESSAGE is a shared reading with emphasis placed on concepts of print and phonetic principles. A designated student points to words in the message as it's read, then illustrates a printed copy of the message.

  • Most Valued Possessions (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to [The Legend of the Bluebonnet], by Tomie dePaola, students will illustrate and label their most valued possessions.

  • My Black Teddy (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become familiar with facts about black bears by exploring the web and books. Each student will create his/her own story of a bear using facts learned. This lesson is appropriate for K-2 students.

  • My Family Tradition (Authored by Kay Halverson PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gain understanding of social patterns in families by learning about tradition and discovering different family traditions.

  • My Name Puzzle (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: *Note this lesson can be administered alone or as a follow up to lesson #4211 "Who Am I?" Each student has a name puzzle (made by the teacher prior to the lesson) which he/she puts together. The student's first name is written in red and the last name is written in blue. The skills accomplished in this lesson are being able to identify their name and the correct spelling of same, following three-step oral directions, and listening skills.

  • Mystery Masks (Authored by Sue Donk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Mystery Masks provides a fun and creative way for students to answer descriptive riddles about their classmates. Students also use this activity to better learn how to use descriptive words in their creative writing.

  • Name Fame (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn the uniqueness of their names by reading the book, [Chrysanthemum], and completing other integrated math counting and graphing activities.

  • Nine in the Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you see the nine planets in the sky? This ninth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night sky. A page for the number 9 is added to students’ counting books.

  • Octopus Legs (Authored by Carolyn Rosier.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have oceans of fun transforming a wienie into an octopus kids can eat! After counting, cutting halves and fourths, observing steam and the effects of heat, they learn about mixing colors as they create a yummy dipping sauce from mustard and ketchup.

  • One Sun, One Moon (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Share the joy of books while introducing students to counting to ten, making predictions, and recognizing characteristics of the day and night sky. Students begin creating their own counting books while studying the number 1.

  • Onward and Upward! (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn about various methods of travel and how they have changed over time.

  • Opposites Attract (Elementary School) (Authored by Angela Raybon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Opposites Attract! Students use newspaper and magazine pictures to show opposites

  • Ordering the Alphabet (Authored by sonja harris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn how to order the letters in the alphabet using twenty words, using names of objects found at home and school, names of animals, and color words.

  • Pass the Manners, Please (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become aware of correct classroom communication and manners by reading the book, [David Goes to School], and playing the Good Manners Pudding Game. This is the first lesson in the All About Me Unit.

  • Pattern Detectives (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: As an introduction to the Unit Plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere, students are asked to become Pattern Detectives. This literature-based lesson exposes students to patterns in language, math, and science.

  • Phase In, Phase Out, the Magnificent Moon (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students know very little about the moon, so investigate what’s in the night sky and find out why the moon looks different every 28 days.

  • Picture This! (Authored by Stephanie Humphries.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Given a prompt, the student develops a theme using four sequential pictures with words that correlate to the pictures.

  • Pilots, Drivers, and Captains (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who makes the transportation go? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Popcorn Book Report (Authored by Shannon Anderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a great way to get children excited about recalling events of a story. Students are able to select their own reading material and then illustrate and retell the events of the story on a lunch sack that is then filled with popcorn to eat!

  • Powerful Poetry (Authored by Eric Orlando.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about Haiku poetry and then use what they have learned to write informally in their journals.

  • Practice Makes Perfect (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Days 6-7 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will practice speaking for large group settings.

  • Predictable Powers (Authored by Francie Diaz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: We all have the power to predict! Students use a Story Impression Worksheet to record their predictions about a story based on prior knowledge, title, cover, and illustrations and finally confirm or negate predictions.

  • Presidential Sweet (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about Presidents' Day, the individuals commemorated on this holiday, and their importance in history. They write a letter to a president stating things they have learned. (Nets for Students: 3.1)

  • Quick and Sticky Context Clues (Authored by Liz West.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson shows students how to use beginning sounds and context clues to determine what an unknown word is.

  • Ready, Set, Grow (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students construct a class butterfly garden. Students create a journal entry with an illustration of their class butterfly garden.

  • Reap What You Sow with Writing (Authored by Holley Murphy.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: You reap what you sow! Sow the seeds of the writing process by teaching students to make a plan before they write. This lesson details how to use a graphic organizer to summarize the story [The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat].

  • Reflection with a Friend (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to a teacher read a story, students will respond to the story with illustrations and comments, share them with a partner, and then respond to their partner’s reflection of the story.

  • Responsibility Rules! (Authored by Tiffany DuBose.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a valuable method in teaching students responsibility with home and school tasks. If students in your class need to demonstrate the ability to organize the classroom or a room at home, then this is the lesson for you!

  • Rewriting Alexander’s Day (Authored by Julia Unger.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students experiment with word choice and sentence fluency to revise [Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day] by Judith Viorst.

  • Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? enables students to learn about an African-American woman whose brave act led to the Montgomery bus boycott organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Run! Run! You Can't Catch Me! (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to the story, -The Gingerbread Boy,- students make a gingerbread cookie and decorate it. The cookies run away while being baked and students then have to find them by following clues that acquaint them with places around the school.

  • Sandwich Sequencing (Authored by Audrey Gay.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: These activities are an exciting and tasty way to introduce sequencing and sequential writing.

  • Scrumptious Subs (Authored by Alice Mensitieri.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Student will distinguish between and convey needed items when speaking to get a desired result.

  • Seven Quacks Me Up (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Need a fun look at the number seven? Enjoy [Quack and Count] from this seventh lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting. Students continue exploration of the day and night skies and add a page for the number 7 to their counting books.

  • Shared Writing (Whole Group) (Authored by Jay Babcock.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Similar to Shared Writing (Small Group), this lesson is designed for the whole class. Students will compose an original text together and will participate in and see the thought process of other writers, including an expert - you!

  • Sharing (Authored by Debbie Funkhouser.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson will give each child an opportunity to share something important to him and will encourage the development of good verbal communication skills.

  • Sheep Adventures (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is an interesting lesson centered around the book and tape [Sheep in a Jeep]. Students have the opportunity to practice rhyming words in a fun and entertaining format.

  • Shining Stars (Authored by Sue Donk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a fun discovery lesson for students to learn more about their classmates. Students will use questioning techniques to learn about the weekly star classmate.

  • Silly Sentences (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students have fun making sentences and then playing a silly game of switching the subjects and the predicates to create hilarious new sentences.

  • Simple Seasonal Sentences (Authored by Jane Gutridge.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Seasonal pictures stimulate students to think of sentences using proper nouns including months of the year and the days of the week. Students practice writing simple sentences with capitalization and punctuation.

  • Simply Speaking (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will review criteria of effective speaking and practice using speaking skills in center activities.

  • Six Insect Legs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do you know about the sun moving in the sky? This sixth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students’ interest as they learn about the sun’s apparent movement. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 6.

  • Skyfires, Rainbows, and Color Words (Authored by Liz West.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story, SKYFIRE by Frank Asch. The students make their own -skyfires- and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of color words.

  • Slide into a Rhyme (Authored by Sheila Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Multimedia projects make learning fun for students. This lesson helps students practice phonetic analysis skills with onsets and rhymes. Groups of students create animations in PowerPoint to demonstrate combining beginning letters with rhyme patterns.

  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: “Slow and Steady Wins” the Race enables students to learn the characteristics of fables.

  • Small Group Shared Writing (Authored by Jay Babcock.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Small cooperative groups will compose a text and have the process modeled for them as part of a weekly writing curriculum. Students can practice writing, hear your thoughts as an expert writer and have the support of others in their group.

  • Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

  • Snack Time (Authored by Marilyn Daniels.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a fun activity to introduce writing sequential information by composing a simple recipe.

  • Something About Me (Authored by sherrie consolazio.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: A fun method for introducing the students to each other and to list poems.They will create, illustrate and present a list poem based on a word that describes them. After they are turned in the teacher can create a "Who's Who" poetry book.

  • Something From Nothing (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story [Joseph Had A Little Overcoat] to learn about people from another culture and how one item can be used to make other items. Students use scraps of fabric and other knickknacks to create something such as a picture or toy.

  • Sound Detective (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen for a particular letter sound and decide whether it is at the beginning, middle or end of a word.

  • Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students learn sound can produce patterns.

  • Speak Up (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 2 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will watch two fifth grade students role-playing an effective and an ineffective speaker. They will then brainstorm and discuss qualities of an effective speaker.

  • Spill the Beans (Authored by Colleen Habhab-Strickland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Are you looking for an exciting, hands-on approach for your students to practice forming short vowel words? Try Spill the Beans. Students use an alphabet bean game to create short vowel, CVC words.

  • Starlight, Star Bright (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn about stars and make star pictures that are constellations. They take the information they have learned and write a simple report.

  • Step into It with Goldilocks (Authored by Teri Sotherland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you recall the story of [Goldilocks and the Three Bears]? Well, first graders can! Watch as first graders step into it with Goldilocks and her pals through sequencing.

  • Stone Soup (Authored by Barbara Northcutt.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students count ingredients in Stone Soup and create a list of ingredients. Each child colors his or her own little book..

  • Stop That Sentence (Authored by Susan Demaris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to stop their sentences with the correct punctuation marks. Students choose which punctuation mark is needed to write sentences in their journals.

  • Studious Students (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Studious Students enables students to learn basic story elements by writing a short story focusing on a descriptive adjective in the title.

  • Sunbeam Dining (Authored by Pamela Mapoles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students read about animals to find at least two things animals eat. They play a food chain game and construct a food chain.

  • Sunny Delight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are introduced to the scientific method to complete experiments on the sun and find out how heat from the sun has varying effects depending on the surface it strikes.

  • Super Sellers (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students practice purposeful listening skills by listening to the novel, [Max Malone Makes a Million] written by Charlotte Herman. The book is read aloud to students as part of the “I Mean Business” economics unit.

  • Take a Plane or a Train (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is there more to learn about transportation? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Tastes Like Christmas, Exploring Taste (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. In this lesson, students learn about taste buds and the four familiar tastes.

  • Tear into a Story (Authored by Kim Gann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students retell a story using the correct sequence of events, identify characters and setting using pages from the story that have been torn out and laminated. This will be done after the children have heard the story 5 times.

  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This literature-based lesson plan is day 4 of the Unit Plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere. Students identify and use patterns in oral and written language, as well as in sounds, physical movements, and concrete objects.

  • Tell a Tale (Authored by Linda Fasthoff.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students add a picture to the class story. Using the pictures as prompts, they retell the story in correct sequential order.

  • Ten Fingers Ten Toes (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you count your fingers and toes? This tenth and final lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting concludes students’ exploration of the day and night sky. The final page is added to students’ counting books.

  • That’s Not What I Meant to Say (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students choose the “undesirable” word and replace it with its antonym.

  • The ABCs of Computers (Authored by Debra Giambo PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: ESL students (beginners) identify and construct meaning from terminology utilized when learning how to operate a computer. Following written guidelines students learn basic computer skills, access the Internet, and use email.

  • The ABCs of Healthy Foods (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students make an alphabet book of nutritional foods using the information they learned about nutrition and the value of different foods. Students also taste the foods represented by the letters they wrote about in their alphabet books.

  • The Best Butter (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn the importance of cooperating by working in cooperative groups. The groups are divided to show the many possiblities of how students work together.

  • The Best Pet (Authored by Barbara Northcutt.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Award winning, blue ribbon pets are fun! Read [Pet Show]. Have your students pick the "Best of Show" animal.

  • The Eyes, Nose, and Taste Write It (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will use their senses of sight, smell, and taste to write descriptive and informative paragraphs about a chocolate Reese's Cup.

  • The Fantastic Kindergarten Zoo (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After completing a unit on zoo animals, students will create their own zoo to share with other classes and parents.

  • The Gingerbread Journey (Authored by Jennifer Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This beginning-of-the-school-year activity, using the fairy tale character the Gingerbread Man, is an interactive way for students to become familiar with different people and buildings that will be a part of their everyday lives at school.

  • The Important Thing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Student-made time capsules end the All About Me unit by showcasing important things about individuals in class.

  • The Matrix (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read the class matrix and review by making comparisons of Native American culture groups from different regions and times to determine ways they were alike and different.

  • The Musher's Trail (Authored by Sissy Gandy.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about and follow the Iditarod race that begins in March. They research data and select a musher to trail in the race. Then they write daily in a journal about events that happen on the trail, including pictures from the Website.

  • The Naming of a Native American (Authored by Denise Scott.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to and discussing many Native American legends, the students brainstorm a list of other possible Native American names. The teacher writes these on the board and gives positive reinforcement.

  • The Seminoles (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 12 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will work in centers to learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Southeast Woodlands region and how they affected the lives of the Seminoles.

  • The Sky Jeopardy (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students play the Sky Jeopardy game to reinforce concepts learned about sun, moon, day and night and sky. Then as a reward, they nibble on round crackers to show the different phases of the moon.

  • The Water Cycle (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students name the three steps of the water cycle and define the terms evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

  • The Wonderful World of Colors (Authored by Tina Thaggard.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The object of this lesson is to teach children to recognize 9 basic colors (red, orange, green, blue, yellow, purple, white, black, and brown) Learning this skill will help children make connections to real life objects.

  • Three Bears and Three Goats in the Morning Sun (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is the sun always in the same place in the sky? This third lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 3.

  • To Tell or Not to Tell (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: By filling out an application, students receive a license to tattle. When completing the application, the student will identify the problem, decide if he or she can solve it on his or her own, and write three nice things about the person that he or she wants to tattle on.

  • Train Talk (Authored by Pat Commander.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to retell specific information. They will listen and interpret train whistle signals and work cooperatively to play the game “I’m Going on a Train Trip."

  • Tree of Compliments (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Build your students' self-esteem along with their writing skills in this fun activity.

  • Two Owl Eyes (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What can be seen in the night sky? This second lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, teaches students to count to ten, make predictions, and recognize the day and night sky. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 2.

  • Ugly Bug/Snuggly Bug (Authored by Regena McLaney.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students demonstrate an understanding of rhyming words by creating “buggy” pictures and a sentence containing rhyming words. (If the student does not yet use phonetic spelling, dictation may be recorded.)

  • Underwater Descriptive Detectives (Authored by Sharon Ussery.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Everyone loves to have spice in their lives. Why not add spice to your writing! Come and join us on an underwater adventure with Danny the Underwater Descriptive Detective. By the end of our adventure, you will be one of Danny’s junior detectives.

  • Up in the Sky (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students brainstorm what is in the day and night sky, as well as discover interesting facts about the sun.

  • Upside Down and All Around (Authored by Sissy Gandy.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After learning about a line of symmetry, the student demonstrates slides, flips, and turns with an object. Students provide a written explanation of changes they observe in pictures.

  • We're Alike, We're Different! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students compare a variety of people counters to determine how they're alike and different and then sort, classify and write about how they sort and classify people counters.

  • We're Counting at the Zoo! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use sets of concrete materials to represent, count and match quantities to 10 or more given in verbal or written form while participating in hands-on activities.

  • Weather Watchers (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students observe change in daily weather conditions and recognize the consistency of weather patterns by completing a five-day observation sheet and science journal entry.

  • Weather Graphs (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will use their knowledge of weather symbols to organize and construct a graph of the daily weather for one month. Also, each child will have a chance to give the daily weather report using Sammy's Science House Computer Software.

  • What Makes a Pig Squeal? (Authored by Chris Carey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to generate small or large group conversation among groups of students and the teacher. Many children live in urban and suburban settings and do not have opportunities to learn about pigs and their hooves.

  • What You See is What You Read (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: A picture is worth a thousand words! Looking at a bookcover, students make predictions about a story. They draw their predictions then listen to the story. The students compare predictions and past experiences after the lesson.

  • What's in a Name? (Elementary School) (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After the shared reading of CHRYSANTHEMUM by Kevin Henkes, the children will have fun learning concepts about reading and using their names!

  • What's Inside My Memory Bag? (Authored by Sue Donk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a great way to discover a special memory about each student. Children bring one special memento to class and write sentences and illustrate a picture that relates to a main topic about the memento.

  • What's Next? (Authored by Dalys Avila.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to a story read together, students will demonstrate their understanding of sequence by retelling the story.

  • When I Grow Up (Authored by Deirdre Byrne.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What a way for children to share what they want to be when they grow up. The students listen to a story and then create a self-portrait of themselves now, and what they will be like in the future. Then they share their ideas with the rest of the class.

  • Where Do We Begin? (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn that writing and reading have to be in a certain order to make sense. This lesson will show students that in a no nonsense way!

  • Where the Wild Things Live (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In groups of 4-5, students will use literature to research a particular habitat. Each group will then create a collage portraying their habitat.

  • Where, Oh Where (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational texts to locate different Native American culture group regions.

  • Who Am I? (Intermediate Grades) (Authored by sherrie consolazio.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: An interesting and fun method for introducing students to poetry. Students learn that poetry allows them to express their views, thoughts and feelings to others.

  • Who Am I? (Middle School) (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a great activity for the beginning of the school year. The students identify their names, follow directions, listening skills and it is an informal way of learning their classmates name. I have found doing this activity at the end of the day about 10 minutes before the students go home helps them to calm down before we leave. We turn the main lights out in the room and only the little lamps are on. Then we begin.

  • Who Fed the Chickens? (Authored by Barbara Northcutt.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Use Ella Jenkins' song “Who Fed the Chickens?” to help students learn the pronouns I, you, we, she, he, and they.

  • Who is George Washington Carver, Anyway? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: -Who is George Washington Carver, Anyway?- enables students to learn about an African-American scientist who made significant contributions in science since 1880.

  • Who's Left Holding the Bag? (Authored by Mary Mueller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a fun way for students to practice language skills while asking and responding to questions in a game form. This gives students who may not often participate in a group activity an opportunity to get involved.

  • Whodunit? (Authored by Kim Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a way to integrate conflict resolution using positive behavior. The student chooses a community member, shows how to resolve a conflict, and trades writing with a classmate.

  • Whooo's in the Nest? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: During a weeklong writing workshop, students illustrate a family of owls and write about their owl family. Students draft a five sentence expository writing essay, revise in peer editing groups, and publish their work.

  • Why Is She Smiling? (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson provides students with the understanding of the historical period of the Renaissance, and the great scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, including his famous painting of the Mona Lisa.

  • Why You Should Listen to Your Granny (Authored by Peggy Rocanello.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students hear a story and use a graphic organizer to identify problems and solutions. Students also identify main characters, setting and simple plot.

  • Wicked Similarities and Differences in Cinderella (Authored by Michelle Legried.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Do your children have a difficult time with story details? The following lesson helps your children focus and listen to stories in order to identify similarities and differences in those stories.

  • Words of the World (Authored by Sandra Doughman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students work collaboratively in learning and demonstrating their knowledge of words of the world.

  • Words to Guide You (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using guide words, students practice locating specified words in a dictionary.

  • Would You? Could You? Take A Trip On A Choo-Choo? (Authored by Ann Espersen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students cheer on the main character in [The Little Engine That Could] and practice retelling this classroom favorite using picture prompts. This lesson ignites the positive spirit of persevering determination that creates success.

  • Write Your Favorite Author (Authored by Lois Christensen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students write letters to authors of children's books. They learn good letter writing format and recognize letter writing as a viable means of communication, especially to people with whom they would like to communicate, but are not personally acquainted.

  • You Flattened Me (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students draw self-portraits to make themselves “flat”, then e-mail themselves, along with a letter, to a participating person.

  • You Gotta Have A Hat (Authored by Gail Przeclawski.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson presents the folktale, [Caps for Sale], and a different version of the same tale, [The Hatseller and the Monkeys], for students to compare and contrast.

  • You’ve Got My Money! (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is best done around Halloween time but it can be done with any story that has a repetitive section. Students will recall Orff instrument families and specific instruments so that they can put sound “effects” to certain words in a scary story to make it more interesting. Not only does this reinforce knowledge of the different instruments and their families (i.e. Woods, Skins/Membranes, Metals, Shakers/Scrapers), it also helps them listen for repetiveness within a story.

  • Yum Yum – What Animals Eat (Authored by Kimberly Perez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you ever wondered what animals eat? Children enjoy learning more about animals by cutting out animal pictures and placing the animals into the categories of omnivore, herbivore or carnivore.

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