Beacon Lesson Plan Library

   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 2: Language Arts


  • A Bar of Many Colors (Authored by Janet Greathouse.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use colored candies to collect data, construct double bar graphs, and find averages.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 1: Hull of a Ship (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the introductory lesson to the Unit Plan: A Colony Is Born. In this lesson, a bulletin board for the unit will be started, Colonial Notebooks will be presented to each student, and a pre-test on colonization will be administered.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 11: Group Presentations and Summatives (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Group presentations will be for the next three days. Classroom students take notes on the presentations and play a card game for content review. On day four, the short answer summative assessment is given, and notebooks are turned in.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 2: Sez Who? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the second lesson in a unit on colonization. It establishes baseline knowledge of students' understanding of primary and secondary sources and the likenesses and differences of them with regard to a selected historical event.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 3: Marking Time (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson swiftly travels through time from 1492 to 1607. Significant events are marked on a timeline, note taking is modeled, and a focus on reasons for leaving England for the New World is clarified with the use of a graphic organizer.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 4: What Went Wrong? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Lesson 4 focus is on Roanoke and Jamestown. Students examine what worked well, what did not, and significant events of the two colonies. Students emulate modeled note taking, use a T-chart for organizing the information, and make additions to timelines.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 5: Dear Mem (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The primary informational source of journal writing is the focus. Journal entry traits and rubric expectations are established. Identified and charted by students, they'll be used to assess examples and be a guide for students' required journal writing.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 6: To Leave or Not to Leave (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: A pivotal point of the unit. Students, assigned a reason for coming to the New World, will utilize the resources in their notebook to establish an identity. Three regions settled will be identified, and students will associate with a particular region.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 7 - 10: What's My Line? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: These four lessons represent the guided resource time that groups need to research their assigned regions, complete the regional guide, and prepare their group presentations.

  • A Growing Vocabulary (Authored by Kathy Boyte.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Watch your intermediate students’ vocabulary and critical thinking skills grow with this reading activity that also provides many opportunities for extensions.

  • A Look Through Time, Final Project (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the final lesson in a three-part series seeking to answer the question, -How do we know about history?- Students will use previously gathered research to produce tourist pamphlets that highlight historical county events.

  • A Play on Words (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students make predictions about the story Verdi, based on the cover. After hearing the story they will make a new list of descriptions, personality traits, etc. Students will select an animal and write a narrative story about the animal.

  • A Sneaky Poem (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using poetry to share their ideas, students incorporate a subject and its synonym, and the parts of speech to create a Sneaky Poem.

  • A Taste of Blackberries (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: [A Taste of Blackberries] provides a wonderful shared reading experience for fourth graders. The main character in the story helps the reader understand ways to manage grief in the loss of a best friend and identify skills of a responsible family member.

  • A Whale of a Tale (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will research and gather facts about whales and use this information to create a narrative (story) with interesting and realistic elaborations.

  • Alien Behaviors (Authored by Lisa Capon.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in cooperative groups to list and classify which human characteristics are learned and which are inherited. Each student then writes a letter identifying and explaining learned and inherited human characteristics.

  • Alien Pen Pals (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write a friendly letter to an alien informing it about the planet Earth. Students use editing skills and brainstorming skills to produce a final product.

  • All Aboard! All Aboard! The Essay Train (Authored by Brenda Lewis-Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: All aboard! All aboard! Ride the English Trax! Come and enjoy a train ride with [The Little Engline That Could] and learn how to create a five-paragraph essay train.

  • All About Me (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson allows students to learn about each other and their cultural backgrounds and provides an opportunity for students to have a long-distance relationship with students in another state/country .

  • All About Me - A Poem (Authored by Beth Hilton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students create a free verse poem about themselves. This lesson can be used to introduce students to one another at the beginning of the school year, or during the school year when studying famous Americans.

  • All About Me-I'm My Own Research Project (Authored by Brenda Lazarus.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is an introduction to teaching students how to do a research project. Students learn how to categorize information about themselves and relate to categorizing information on sea animals for a future research project.

  • Amazing Adjectives (Authored by Andrea Austing.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson students will compose sentences that use descriptive adjectives to describe a specific food and day that they both like and dislike.

  • Amazing Animals (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Amazing Animals gives students an opportunity to use their estimation skills as they compare amazing animal facts to their human world.

  • America Doubled (Authored by Andrea Raley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What could you do with 15 million dollars? The US doubled in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Students learn about Lewis and Clark and experience traveling through the land like them rationing out what items they would need and their importance.

  • American History Research with Visual Timeline (Authored by Carter Hannah.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write a three page research paper choosing their topics from a Washington, D. C. landmark and create a project depicting their topics to go on a time-line.

  • An Atlas of Health Care (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Partner teams utilize programs such as Street Atlas USA and Student Writing Center software packages to research and publicize an alphabetical directory of maps that indicates the precise location of the community’s health care facilities.

  • An Invitation to Simple Machines (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The principal with a hurt foot needs our help! Students are challenged to devise ways to move the principal around the school by exploring simple machines. They then write an invitation for parents to come view the simple machines and web page reports that students create.

  • An Overview of the Civil War (Authored by Diane Krapf.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Examine the history of slavery in the U.S. and how it contributed to the Civil War. Students will use available technology to research and present information in response to a series of student-generated questions.

  • An UnCOMFORTable Situation (Authored by Barbara Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students explore the relationship between the area of square units and their perimeters in a hands-on activity. Observations are recorded, and students begin to recognize that shapes with the same area can sometimes have different perimeters.

  • Angels of Generosity (Authored by Amy Hayes.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson uses ANGEL CHILD, DRAGON CHILD by Surat to identify generous actions. Students will keep a generosity journal reflecting acts of kindness they performed each week.

  • Animalopedia Poetry (Authored by Prudence Mason.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in groups to research animals and write poems for an Animalopedia classroom book.

  • Architecture Makes an Imprint (Authored by Kim Salesses.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will explore architecture of the world, uses of buildings and discuss architecture as a career. Students will work in cooperative groups and present their findings to the class.

  • Are You a Peacemaker or a Man-Eating Shark? (Authored by Teri Grunden.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work on the concept of "fairness" through a group activity, discussion, and written responses with conflicts/resolutions from a short story, and then produce a page on the computer (or on paper) for a class book.

  • Are You for Real? (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students review newspaper articles, magazine articles and advertisements to determine if they are informative or persuasive. They identify the methods that the writers use to persuade or inform the audience.

  • At the Governor's Mansion (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: -At the Governor's Mansion- is a mock visit to -talk with- our state governor and his family while -touring- the lovely mansion facility. Students report interesting facts that they learn about the governor in the class-made book.

  • Awesome Alliterations (Authored by Regina Letizia.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The learner will build an interest and appreciate poetry through writing alliterative poems.

  • Bah Humbug (Authored by Nicole Briggle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After listening to Charles Dickens’ [A Christmas Carol] and Dr. Seuss’ [How the Grinch stole Christmas], students create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two main characters.

  • Balloon Bustin' Biographies (Authored by Idella Kruger.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using balloons as inspiration, students choose a famous person to research. Students view videos, read electronic encyclopedia summaries, and/or biographies of a famous person from the past, then create a one to three page report.

  • Bark/Meow, Purr/Snort - Oh, What a Voice! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will do teacher directed experiences to understand voice in writing. Students will complete a narrative writing depicting two animals/things that are opposite by focusing on different voices.

  • Because I’m Big and Bad! (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use -The Three Little Pigs- and -The Three Wolves and the Big Bad Pig- to identify cause-effect relationships.

  • Benjamin Franklin and Electricity (Authored by Paul Baldauf PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is an interdisciplinary lesson combining exercises in Language Arts and Science, and includes discussions and written assignments on one of the seminal figures in science, Benjamin Franklin, and continues with simple experiments in electricity.

  • Big Brain Central (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students set up Editing Centers and become trained specialists in certain components of editing. Peers come to specialists for editing needs.

  • Big Dog and String-bean (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students read a story and identify the pronouns. They determine what noun from the story these pronouns stand for. They then enhance their knowledge of pronouns by completing an assignment that practices this language skill.

  • Blowing Kisses (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Fifth Grade students thank their mothers (grandmothers, aunts, god-mothers, etc.) for their first breath of life. Activities are pre-writing, designing a poem form, and making a card.

  • Body Systems in Action (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the last lesson, days 13-16, of the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students research the body systems. Cooperative groups create and present a short skit demonstrating how systems work together.

  • Body Systems, Part I (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work with the systems of the body through research.

  • Body Systems, Part II (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the second of a two-part lesson. Students create a multimedia presentation to reinforce the knowledge they gained from the lesson, -Body Systems, Part I-.

  • Boo-ographies (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: During the month of October, students are encouraged to read biographies of famous individuals from the past. Students pretend to be the character and give a short video-taped presentation.

  • Boston Spies' Report on the Redcoats (Authored by Francis Sicius.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students collect information about British actions in Boston and send it by secret message to leaders in Philadelphia.

  • Bountiful Biomes (Authored by Linda Webb.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in groups to research five different biomes (arctic tundra, tropical rain forest, North American desert, African grasslands, deciduous forest) and complete a graphic organizer.

  • Bowling Over the Order of Operations (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After learning how to solve equations using the order of operations, students will use their skills to create equations that will -knock down bowling pins-.

  • Buddy Stories (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will write and illustrate short stories to share with a younger class of -Buddy Readers-.

  • By Dawn's Early Light (Authored by Edward Blackwell, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students have the opportunity to explore the history of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” In the process, they explore how the lyrics of a song can be a form of poetry and the principles of cause and effect.

  • Capitalization and Washington, D.C. (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this unit, students learn and practice capitalizing names of cities, states, countries, streets, buildings, bridges, and geographical places around the theme of Washington, D.C.

  • Cars on the Curve (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students predict which car will -win- and then play a car-race game to test their predictions. Their results are analyzed to recognize patterns of central tendency.

  • Cause or Effect (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students develop relationships among ideas by recognizing cause and effect in sentences. They complete a whole-group activity then play a station activity game where they determine if part of a sentence is the cause or effect.

  • Cause-and-Effect Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students go on a scavenger hunt to locate and identify cause-and-effect relationships in a reading selection.

  • Cell-a-bration (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students compare and contrast the structures of a plant cell and an animal cell by creating a graphic organizer and a food model in preparation for writing an essay comparing and contrasting the two kinds of cells.

  • Cells in the Making (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do cells keep us alive? Through reading and hands-on activities, students learn about parts of a cell, and their functions in carrying out processes for life. Study skills are taught and modeled as students make entries in science notebooks.

  • Cells, Building Blocks of Life (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What is the basic unit of all living things? Through reading and hands-on activities, students learn about cells, and their function in carrying out processes for life. Study skills are taught and modeled as students make entries in science notebooks.

  • Character Comparison (Authored by Terri Griffin.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson allows students to practice comparing characters from two stories, focusing on actions, motives, emotions, and traits. The Venn diagram is used to display the similarities and differences.

  • Character, You Say? Prove It! (Authored by Kathy Boyte.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students complete a Character Map and a Venn diagram for selected characters in any text.

  • Characters in the Chocolate Factory (Authored by Beth Brewington.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Books are more interesting when the characters come to life! Students will make creative guesses and compare information about selected characters from the book [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory].

  • Choose a Book You’ll Like (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After a class discussion of how to choose a book, students complete class and personal charts which will be used to help select books to read.

  • Cite Your Sites (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students get exposure to a variety of resources by working in a cooperative group to complete a literary scavenger hunt.

  • Class President (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Have you wondered what kind of person makes a good president? Students learn strategies to develop reading vocabulary and learn to identify comparison and contrast as an aid to comprehension as they follow Julio and his secret desire to become class president. The novel, [Class President], is used for this ten-day lesson.

  • Classifying and Constructing Corners (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students explore, classify, and define the various types of angles (acute, right, obtuse, and straight) that occur in the world around them. This lesson plan is the second lesson in a series on geometry.

  • Color My World (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write poems using color to describe their feelings and environment.

  • Community Brochures (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students research facets of their community in order to create an informational brochure.

  • Community Canned Food Drive (Part 1) (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: During the fall holiday months, the class actively assists the local community in the annual collection of canned food for needy families. Advertisements promoting the campaign are created with Student Writing Center.

  • Comparatively Speaking (Authored by Sharon West.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn to identify and use the literary terms simile and metaphor. Their knowledge will be reinforced as they are engaged in creating and illustrating two examples of each.

  • Complaint Department (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write business letters describing a problem with a purchased product and offering a possible solution to the problem.

  • Composer of the Month (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In order to keep music alive in the schools, we need to validate our class. What better way to do that than to intergrate social studies and writing into the Music Class?

  • Consider This! (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students draft a simulated email to the governor of Florida that includes their recommendation for the -heart of Florida- capital and provides support based upon research and established criteria.

  • Constructing Contractions (Authored by Beverly Iacobellis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This game was developed to reinforce the skill of making contractions and the use of the apostrophe in contractions.

  • Cooking a Few of my Favorite Things (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this activity, students learn about the nutritional value of foods, calculate the measurements, and prepare a healthy recipe for the class. Then students publish a class cookbook with their recipes.

  • Cool School Poetry (Authored by Barbara Hirst.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students draw ideas from words supplied by the entire class on fifteen subjects of school life, and compose a four line poem using AABB, ABAB or AAAA rhyme, in the same manner as Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky

  • Cool Words to Share (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use teacher-selected vocabulary (can be from reading textbook) to present a written story to a first grade student. The book will include a glossary of terms and illustrations of the terms.

  • Could You Elaborate on That? (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson teaches the parts of an expository essay and how to organize and write an expository piece from a given topic.

  • Crazy Putty Ratio (Authored by Georgia White.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students mix various ratios of liquid starch and glue to make craxy Putty (their variation of Silly Putty) using knowledge of measurements and ratios. They chart their ratios, make observations, and write summary of activity.

  • Create A Park Map (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students design the ultimate park experience for Florida families as they demonstrate their knowledge of map legend skills.

  • Creating Food for Thought (Authored by Cindy Listowski.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After listening to a selection of poems from William Cole's [Poem Stew], the students practice poem writing and later develop a poem on the topic of food. The poems are then compiled into a class book.

  • Creature Features (Intermediate Grades) (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Paired children are to complete their own “creature and habitat” designs on construction paper. Writing a four paragraph narrative is the final step. Benchmarks include the writing process. Previous studies of animals and their habitats are needed.

  • Creatures that Are Just So (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students listen to Rudyard Kipling's "Just So" stories read aloud. After observing an animal, students create their own "Just So" stories and publish them on Beacon's SiteMaker.

  • Cultural Exposure (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson explains why and how colonist attitudes towards the Native Americans and African Americans changed over time.

  • Dear FCAT Checker (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After several months of preparation for the FCAT test, students review how to write business letters, and write one to the person who will check their FCAT test.

  • Dear Santa Claus (Authored by Carol Swanick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Santa answers letters. Students write letters to Santa Claus to find answers to their questions. Students then become Santa Claus answering the questions in a response letter.

  • Decidedly Different (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this first lesson of the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am, students study why scientists need to use observable characteristics, how they sort the characteristics, and why they do so. Journal entries allow students to reflect and make inferences.

  • Delicious Words (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work together to make simple menus more interesting by adding descriptive words. This plan works well with the Six Traits of Writing as it covers the trait of word choice.

  • Descriptive Writing (Authored by Cheryl Carasick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will have fun using descriptive words in an expository format to describe a food that they hate.

  • Destination Outer Space (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson allows students to use effective writing skills, their imagination, and their knowledge of the nine planets. Students use these three items as they create travel pamphlets to the planets in our solar system.

  • Different Strokes for Different Folks (Authored by Rhonda Cawthon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students are taken to the media center to review various genre of literature, apply information and concepts to evaluate examples and locate specific genre, and search for materials for reading enjoyment.

  • Disasters - Where, When, Why (Authored by Irving Kohn.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The student uses electronic technology to create and develop a database for U.S. disasters in the 20th Century and writes a paragraph.

  • Do They Agree? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students review and practice subject-verb agreement by cutting and pasting (using a computer spreadsheet or a print out), and by writing a simple paragraph in which the subjects and verbs agree. (This lesson only addresses subject-verb agreement) Students need prior knowledge of basic paragraph structure and knowledge of technology such as how to cut and paste text in a document.

  • Do You Haiku? We Do! (Authored by Judith Rose.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Have you ever used Math to write poetry? Try your hand at it, writing Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry. Haiku is usually 17 syllables in three-line form, with a first line of five syllables, the second of seven syllables, and the third of five syllables. It is most often about nature, but can be expanded to include other subjects, which allows integration with almost any content area. This simple way of combining creative, yet informative, phrases, results is a fun way to teach this simple poetry form. Encased in tattered backpacks sit many sleeping pencils tools of creation. --adapted from Howard Yosha, Iam72hrstv@aol.com

  • Do You See What I See? (Authored by Shelia Scofield.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students develop an awareness that a person's perspective affects what they think they see and what they really see.

  • Does One Tree a Forest Make? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students take a walk around the schoolyard looking at and identifying the trees. One leaf for each tree is collected. A chart is developed that represents the population of trees on the schoolground.

  • Doing Dewey (Authored by Alice Clark.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Doing Dewey reinforces the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Students will apply their basic understanding of Dewey decimal classification to the process of book organization.

  • Don't Let Computers Bug You (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use the computer, an Internet encyclopedia, and word processing program to write a paragraph about a bug.

  • Down the Knoll Without the Water (Authored by Lee Strain.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students revise fairy tales or nursery rhymes using a thesaurus. They give synonyms for a selected word.

  • Drawing Bugs Game (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students explore probability by predicting the likelihood of rolling any one number on a fair die, graphing data, and analyzing the results of playing a drawing game.

  • Dreaming to Come to America (Authored by Diane Krapf.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students examine reasons for immigration to America, including economic, political, and religious considerations and conduct research to determine immigration history of students' families and compare reasons other groups have come to America.

  • Elaborate Cupcakes (Authored by Judy Fox.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is a delicious fun way for your students to gain a better understanding of how to use elaboration in their writing. Students use several of their senses in this lesson.

  • Elaborate It (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students add personal anecdotes to expository responses in order to elaborate on a central idea.

  • Environmenal Detectives at Work (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Environmental Detectives at Work engages students in an investigation of the influence of one human on our natural world.

  • Estimate a Dinner Plate (Authored by Barbara Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work with a partner to solve the real-world problem of planning a favorite meal given a specific budget. Estimation strategies are reviewed and practiced to help students determine the reasonableness of calculations in a given situation.

  • Explorers of the New World (Authored by Pam Kennon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students researchan explorer and learn how his exploration affected the Western Hemisphere. They demonstrate competency in using Encarta, information software and present a Power Point presentation to classmates with two scanned drawings.

  • Fabulous Alliteration (Authored by Madonna Scime.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students explore an alliterative tale called [Four Fanished Foxes and Fosdyke]. They listen to the story, then brainstorm their own lists of alliterative words and make their own alliterative tales.

  • Fact and Opinion Detectives (Authored by Sarah Hebert.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn to distinguish facts from opinions in a child’s news magazine.

  • Family Cookbook (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Family Cookbook is a published collection of recipes emphasizing number names and ingredients in a picture book format.

  • Feed Your Cells (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What happens to the food we eat? How does it help our bodies? In this lesson, students learn about the human digestive system through reading and activities. Study skills are taught and modeled.

  • Film at 11 (Authored by Abby Hill.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students, in a two-person team, research, create, and present a TV news report simulation about a hurricane disaster in their hometown.

  • First Things First (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After reviewing the trait of voice through teacher directed experiences, students complete a narrative writing (focusing on voice) and an illustration about their earliest memory.

  • Flight Fair (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The teacher seizes the teachable moment to announce The Flight Fair, an opportunity for the students to conduct their personal investigations into paper airplane flight.

  • Follow the Clues (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students read a story and predict words that make sense in replacing the nonsense words based on context clues. They choose appropriate words to match the meaning of nonsense words in sentences based on the context clues of the sentences.

  • Food for Thought (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 6 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students play a fact and opinion game concerning foods.

  • Food Pyramid Picnic (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Teacher and students discuss the food pyramid and appropriate choices for each food group. Students then plan a nutritional meal for a picnic lunch and make a class book. As a culminating event, the class plans and enjoys a picnic.

  • Foul or Fair Ball? (Authored by Judy Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This culminating activity to the novel , [The Pinballs], by Betsy Byars, reviews common fouls and possible alternative, positive behaviors.

  • Four Corners Mystery: Where In The World Are We? (Authored by Gretchen Witherspoon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use the five fundamental themes of geography to research and describe various locations around the world in order to pose and answer the four corners mystery, -Where in the World Are We?-

  • Friends Helping Friends (Authored by Judith Bachay.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Emotional health is a component to the overall health of students. Students are presented with an opportunity to learn problem-solving skills through the lens of helping a friend. They practice effective communication skills by giving a speech.

  • Gee O Me Tree (Authored by Gail Ladd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Gee O Me Tree is a unique way to get acquainted and create a welcoming bulletin board for your classroom as the students follow multiple-step oral directions and review geometric shapes.

  • Geometry Library (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write and illustrate books to make a class library of math term books. This is an excellent review for the FCAT math test.

  • Get in Order (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students practice putting events from a written passage in chronological order, both in groups and individually.

  • Get Out of the Box (Authored by Nancy Slack.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are your students stuck in a rut when it comes to writing? Get them to think outside the box with this lesson in organization through webbing.

  • Get Ready for FCAT with Music in Our Schools Month! (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson encourages the integration of writing skills with music during Music in Our Schools Month, which is in March. Afterwards, the smiles on the students' faces when they see their essays displayed around school is reward enough.

  • Getting to Know Our Elected Officials (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Who is your favorite elected official? Students choose an elected official to research, and share their information in a report. The report must be focused, contain supporting details from various sources, and use correct conventions including indentation.

  • Give a Mouse a Cookie (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students listen to story and record progression of ideas onto a chart.

  • Gobble Up a Good Story (Authored by Lois Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity is a yummy way to create a simple story line for an original fairy tale. The students use an edible setting and a planning sheet to help them put all of the story details in the correct order.

  • Gone to the Dogs (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students learn how to decode words by breaking multi-syllable words into basic syllables and counting those syllables. The children then play a station activity game that builds vocabulary and practices decoding multi-syllable words.

  • Good Health Care (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn about safety, nutrition, personal hygiene, dental health, and the effects of rest and physical exercise on the human body. Students become aware of the jobs related to each of these health areas.

  • Good Snack,Smart Snack (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After completing a unit of study on nutrition, students work as company managers to design and advertise healthy snacks to sell. A list of ingredients will be listed for each snack and an advertisement will be designed to promote their product.

  • Governor's Garden (Authored by Janet Greathouse.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The governor is planning to hire a landscape artist to design six polygonal gardens for the estate. Students create sketches of their plans and write an expository paragraph detailing their designs as part of the interview process for the job.

  • Graph Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This learning activity is one of six in a station rotation where students go on a scavenger hunt to analyze how graphs are organized and used to solve problems. Students generate, collect, organize, display, and analyze their own data using a graph.

  • Gripping Details (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students examine literature for examples of paragraphs that are developed with gripping details.

  • Growing a Literature Tree (Authored by Nancy Adams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is one in a series of lessons on distinguishing features of literature. The students use prior knowledge of fairy tales and fables to create a literature tree map. They categorize literature as fiction or nonfiction and use bubble maps to show features.

  • Guess What It Is? (Authored by Brenda Lazarus.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write and present a descriptive 'powergraph' that describes a secret object using prior knowledge of adjectives, clustering graphic organizers, and presentation skills. Authors read powergraphs and classmates 'Guess What It Is.'

  • Guest Performance (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students use pretend television performances to practice how the media influence thoughts and feelings about health behaviors and distinguishing fact from opinion.

  • Haiku Fun! (Authored by Yamile Sanchez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn about haiku poems and develop and illustrate a haiku poem of their own.

  • Haiku Leaves (Authored by Michael Cyr.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students use prior knowledge and first-hand observations of the natural world around them to create their own Haiku poems. The final draft is put on handmade leaves (from construction paper) to create an autumn-theme classroom display.

  • Harry Potter Alive and Well In the Sorcerers Stone (Authored by Barbara Nedza.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Want to make learning about an author's purpose more interesting and fun? In this activity the children brainstorm an author's purpose, and then they use their own imagination to draw pictures that illustrate what the purpose is.

  • Health Hunt (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 5-7 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students listen to speakers to learn about personal health behaviors that influence individual well-being.

  • Heart to Heart (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After reviewing the use of conventions through teacher directed experiences, students complete a writing using dialogue to tell a narrative story using correct punctuation.

  • Here's the Answer - Now What Was the Question? (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write as many statements as possible that could be the answers to a variety of questions. They can follow the topic of study or topics of personal choice.

  • Hi, Neighbor (Authored by Jennifer Sansone-Berbert.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students participate in an exciting way to greet and meet a fellow classmate and then share the information with others.

  • High Wire Act (Authored by Serena Mirabella.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity is a follow up writing activity for [Mirette on the High Wire] by Emily Arnold McCully. The students produce a “high wire” time line with yarn and index cards to sequence events and then write an expository paragraph.

  • Historical Limericks (Authored by Jennifer Snekszer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: As a class, students study an historical period. Then each student will write a limerick about a person, event, place, or artifact from that time period. The class will present the time period and limericks to an audience.

  • Hoops! There It Is! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will view and discuss the use of voice in writing through the in-your-face, aggressive, powerful messages of the Nike advertisements and the book HOOPS as examples of the intensity words can have and how voice is expressed.

  • How Does Art Feel (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Bristly and rough or soft and smooth, most anything we can feel can be portrayed in a work of art as a texture. Imaginary or real, texture can add excitement and interest to your creation.

  • How Does It Sound? (Authored by Letashia Betsey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students will participate in a game that uses the elements of grammar in an inappropriate way. They will transform the inappropriate grammar into grammatically correct statements.

  • How Much Is Too Much? (Authored by Dorothy Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students observe the construction and workings of an aquifer. They record and react to the effects of pollution on the aquifer.

  • Human Fax Machines (Authored by Lilith Reller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to introduce the technological communication process. The student uses verbal instructions to command another student to duplicate his/her building blocks. ISTE Standards 1 and 4.

  • I Choose Card # . . . (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students practice problem solving and creative thinking in order to develop an answer/solution for the prompt on a chosen activity card.

  • I Need Air (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Our cells need oxygen to live, but how do they get the oxygen? In this lesson, students learn about the organs of the respiratory system as they read articles and participate in activities. Study skills are taught and modeled.

  • I Nominate My Friend (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students review friendly letter writing skills and the use of descriptive language. Students practice writing persuasive letters, with help from teacher and peers. Letters are then written to nominate his or her friend for Friend of the Year.

  • If The Shoe Fits (Authored by Alison Hannon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Shoes, shoes, and more shoes! But [whose] shoes could [these] be? Collect some unwanted shoes of all styles and sizes. Delight as your students “tie-in” detailed descriptions and create vivid images in their writing.

  • Imagine That (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Information dangles from the ceiling! That’s the effect when students gather information using a variety of references and create mobiles of inventions or scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 5 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

  • In a Pickle (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students listen to a story that uses homonyms and figurative language throughout the text. They illustrate the literal and figurative meanings of some figures of speech.

  • In Conclusion (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students are introduced to the reading skill of drawing conclusions from a story. The children then use this skill to draw conclusions of their own from several stories.

  • In Line with Time (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students participate in constructing timelines of significant contributions in the field of communication. Class interaction follows to provide practice in interpreting the order of events.

  • In Summary (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use a text to practice summarizing and matching summaries to the correct text.

  • In the Blink of An Eye (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students record data, both in written form and digitized form, on a field trip to Marianna Caverns that is then compiled into an A-to-Z Environmental Book. (NETS for Students 3.1, 3.2, 4.2 and 5.1)

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson 1: I Pledge Allegiance! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the introductory lesson to the Unit Plan: Independent – To Be or Not To Be? In this lesson, national symbols of freedom and speech strategies are introduced, tokens are distributed, and the unit diagnostic is administered.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson 2: Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is designed to have students seek and find and record visually, and in sequential order, thirteen significant events that led to the Americans fight for independence and thus the start of the American Revolution.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson A: View and Re-View (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The elements of an oral presentation are introduced under the guise of writing a paper and presented in the form of a KWL. Students supply the details for the introduction, body, and conclusion of an oral presentation.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson B: To Arms! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Through the exploration of new vocabulary words and utilizing the KWL chart started in Lesson 2, students are introduced to the verbal and non-verbal components of an oral presentation.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson 3: In the Course of Human Events (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Building and scaffolding on scanning techniques, students locate information from teacher-selected text in search of answers and details to leading question(s) for each of thirteen events.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson C: Freedom of Speech (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students expand their understanding of verbal, non-verbal, and visual aid components of an oral presentation by exploring three relationships: What is it? What is it like? What is an example?

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson D: Intestinal Fortitude (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Through expansion of their understanding of content components, students will begin preparation for their oral presentations.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson E: In My Opinion . . . (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Building on retelling of significant events from QAD information, students record personal reflections and opinions using the Mountains to Climb self-reflection sheet.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 3, Lesson F: Coming to Terms (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will develop a better understanding of significant events and reasons leading up to the Revolutionary War through the exploration of content vocabulary.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 6, Lesson 4: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students play a version of the game [Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?] as a review for knowledge and understanding of significant events, reasons leading to the American Revolution, and the difference between fact and opinion.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 7, Lesson 5: A Novel Idea (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students read a historical novel through a chapter-by-chapter reading, recording and re-telling presentation by small groups of students. Students have practice creating and utilizing a visual aid and the Oral Presentation Rubric.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 8, Lesson 6: Weave a Web of Words (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will apply writing strategies to web their ideas and write a first draft for their summative oral presentations in which they will address the guiding question, Independent – To Be Or Not To Be?

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson 7: Press Conference (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Working in small groups, students practice their oral presentations using their written drafts. Peer members use the Oral Presentation Rubric for assessing and giving positive and corrective feedback on the practice performance.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson 8: Assessing the Casualties (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Guided reading strategies are used to understand misreads on scored content assessments and how they affect the outcome of an assessment. Students apply this information to revise presentations and develop test-taking skills.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson G: Say It Again, Uncle Sam (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students revise their oral presentation content drafts, presentation skills, and visual aids using Press Conference feedback and Content Assessment feedback.

  • Ingredients for a Story (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson teaches students the three elements (characters, plot, and setting) needed to create a story.

  • Inside Information (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students use a variety of references and write to inform as they explore significant inventors and inventions and the impact of the inventions in the field of communication.

  • Integrating Language Arts, Health, and Visual Art (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: A 4th grade art lesson using health education ideas is modified to include a language arts activity and computer work.

  • Interaction Actions (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the fourth lesson on the sixth day of the Unit, What Makes Me Who I Am? In this lesson, students work in cooperative groups to brainstorm characteristics that are the result of interaction with the environment.

  • Internet Art Research (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Upper-elementary students choose two artists from a Yahooligans search of African-American artists, answer questions on an Artist Biography Checksheet, and write an essay on the differences and similarities of the two styles.

  • Intriguing Beginnings (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students become Doctors of Intrigue as they search for the ever illusive intriguing beginning. Guided practice is provided for developing this writing skill.

  • Introducing the Incredible RBT-2000 (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work cooperatively to construct a miniature robot using recyclable materials They individually write a descriptive explanation from the robot's point of view explaining how it will aid in protecting the environment.

  • Is It Too Broad? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students play a class game to learn to identify and classify levels of specificity among words.

  • Is That a Fact, Harry? (Authored by Gail Faughn.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students examine short excerpts from books and determine whether each one is fact, fiction, or opinion.

  • Is that a Fact? (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will be given a newspaper article. They will predict the content based on the title, read and chart fact and opinion statements, and conclude by summarizing the article.

  • Is that a Fact? Reading the Newspaper (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in small groups to identify facts and opinions in a selected reading sample.

  • It's Haiku Time! (Authored by Sherrie Consolazio.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is a fun and creative way to introduce your students to Haiku's. The learner will develop and illustrate an original Haiku poem.

  • It's the Real Thing (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein is read to the students followed by a discussion of what is real in the story and what is make-believe. The students then read some sentences and decide if they are real or make-believe.

  • Jimmy Jett and His TV Set (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What would happen if we don’t accept responsibility for our actions? Through the use of the fun poem, “Jimmy Jett and His TV Set,” students learn the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health.

  • Joining Hands (Authored by Virginia Spivey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students explore the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction in a "hands-on" activity based on the fact families of ones, twos, and threes.

  • Just Because (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students listen to a story and determine the cause and effect relationship of one event in the story. Students then write about and illustrate cause and effect sentences that relate to them.

  • Just Plan It! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson teaches the importance of prewriting activities and how stories are written from a -planning sheet-.

  • Just the Facts (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students read a story and determine if the example sentences about the story are facts or opinions. They then demonstrate their proficiency in assessing whether sample sentences are facts or opinions.

  • Just the Facts, Ma’am (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Techniques are used to promote strategic reading and writing. Students are taught to use print variations, key words, section headings, tables of content and chapter titles as a means of organizing non-fiction information and producing end documents.

  • Just Write It! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write a narrative story from a planning sheet.

  • Language Arts Through Web Page Research (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students research their school's Web page and another school's Web page in a different school district. Then, they write a friendly letter (hard-copy) to a student in the other school.

  • Laundry List of Idioms (Authored by Abby Hill.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using the idiom -laundry list- as an example, students create paper items representing things seen on a clothesline that visually and in written form depict common idioms.

  • Learning Words (Authored by Lee Parrish.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After reading, [All Those Secrets of the World] students develop vocabulary by actively defining words using skills other than USING THEIR DICTIONARIES FIRST. This new approach to vocabulary skills is a fun way to “Look up the meanings of words."

  • Let's Edit! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Fourth grade students pair up with second grade students to edit the second graders' writing for conventions.

  • Let's Go Fact Fishing! (Authored by Marci Greene.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In groups students use the Internet, encyclopedias, and resource books to research animals in the ocean. Each group creates an information sheet with a photo of the animal and three facts about the animal, that culminates in a summary paragraph.

  • Let's Just Dialogue! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After reviewing the use of conventions through teacher directed experiences, students complete a cartoon drawing containing dialogue that shows an understanding of the conventions used in dialogue by using the bubble form.

  • Let's Make Fudge (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in small groups to read a recipe involving fractions, change recipe values, and create their own batches of fudge.

  • Let's Retell This Story (Authored by Jolie Ducey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will identify story grammar elements of folk tales. Teacher will model completion of chart with help of students. By re-reading the story grammar element sentences, students will complete a story retelling.

  • Let's Write Invitations for our Class Celebration (Authored by Patti Pensula.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students are introduced to the parts of a letter as well as the components of a written invitation. They then compose letters in which they invite family members to an upcoming classroom celebration.

  • Letters to my Friends (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write a friendly letter.

  • Likeable Differences (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This two day lesson teaches students how to compare and contrast two characters by using a Venn Diagram.

  • Listen and Learn (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 2 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students participate in a listening game and brainstorm ways to communicate health information and ideas.

  • Listen! Listen! Learn All About It! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students view non-fiction videos for specific information.

  • Listeners for Life (Authored by Katie Tilton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How many times a day do we repeat directions to our students? If you start teaching your students to be good listeners now, they will be listeners for life. In this lesson it is a must for your students to be good listeners.

  • Listening Positions, Please (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students use effective listening skills as they listen to oral poetry readings

  • Living Biographies (Authored by Scherie Hritz-Atwell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: George Washington, Michael Jordan, and Betsy Ross..... History comes alive through living biographies. Come along and take a walk in someone else’s shoes.

  • Look at What I Did at School! (Authored by Lee Strain.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use an outline to write a letter to their parents sharing their week at school with them.

  • Looking at the Man in the Mirror (Authored by Virginia Spivey.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Prepare for a fun way to teach your students to reflect on their behavior by -Looking at the Man in the Mirror.-

  • Looking for More Clues (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students review how to display collected data on bar and circle graphs.

  • Lots of Lessons from Aesop (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use two of AESOP'S FABLES to learn theme, simile, alliteration, and metaphor.

  • Luscious Language Boxes (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: An inextricable link is created between writing with pizzazz and an infusion of luscious language. A magical Luscious Language Box is prepared to use as a year-long reference.

  • Macaroni Quotations (Authored by Cheryl Carasick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Help students grasp the difficult concept of using quotations. This lesson uses a hands-on approach to assist students in mastering this skill in a fun and easy way!

  • Making Change (Authored by Pamela Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn how to incorporate a new type of technology, the cash register and/or a calculator, as a motivational tool for solving real life problems. Students practice estimating money and counting back change from $20.00. NETS for Students: 3.1 and 6.1)

  • Making Connections (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students learn how to connect ideas in expository writing with effective transitions.

  • Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions (Authored by Farrah Milby.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use poems to make inferences and draw conclusions.

  • Making Singular Nouns Plural (Authored by Jay Babcock.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This series of short lessons will show students the written forms of plural words they should have familiarity with, in oral form from previous grades. They will learn how to classify them based on their singular-form spelling and to memorize some irregular words.

  • Mapping Possible Solutions (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Where is the heart of Florida now that we have entered the 21st century? Students propose possible sites for the heart of Florida state capital by mapping collected data onto a Florida state map and recording data in a Travel Log.

  • Match It Up ! (Authored by Farrah Milby.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After receiving definitions for cause and effect, students move around the room to match either a cause or effect with other students. This lesson uses poetry as the text to teach cause and effect.

  • Matching Synonyms (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students learn about the concept of synonyms by completing a whole group activity with the teacher. They then use their knowledge in a station activity game where they match synonyms.

  • Math on Your Lap Quilt (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Student-created quilt blocks are used to investigate and develop procedures for finding the area of squares and rectangles.

  • Me, Plain and Tall (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After reading SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, the students write a narrative putting themselves in the setting of the story.

  • Mean Meanings (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students look up multiple definitions of a word and make sentences. These are shared with classmates who select the word that should fit in the sentence. Students write their own sentences to demonstrate understanding.

  • Media Moves (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 7 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students examine various media to identify ways the media influence thoughts and feelings about health behaviors.

  • Meet our Teachers (Authored by Carolyn Reynolds.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students capture the unique personality traits of your school’s teachers and staff using interview skills, an action photo, and sound bite arranged into a Powerpoint presentation that can be shared with the school and parents.

  • Memo from the Governor (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students receive a mock memo from the governor, setting the stage for inquiry into the history of Florida's capital and for proposing sites for a "heart of Florida" capital. This engagement activity introduces students to a Problem-Based Learning unit.

  • Merry Easter (Authored by Deborah Maksymyk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Merry Easter? This activity is a fun way to incorporate holiday activities with age appropriate writing skills. The student creates a greeting card to a special person for a special holiday.

  • Mighty Metaphors (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity addresses one part of this standard on which the students learn that metaphors are figures of speech that compare two things, but do not use the words -as- and -like.- They then complete a worksheet on which they write metaphors.

  • Mind over Matter (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Mind Over Matter is for Day 2 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students use their minds to create new devices out of everyday objects (matter). An introduction to unit vocabulary words and their meanings follows.

  • Monumental Conclusions (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Children's literature is used to search and model the art of monumental conclusions. Student written conclusions will be presented in PowerPoint presentations.

  • More Choices (Authored by Andrea Raley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Did you know that words you use could be strong or weak? This activity explores the writing skill of using appropriate word choice. Explore word choice in books, create strong words, and learn the meaning of onomatopoeia.

  • Moving to the Beat of the Heart (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are you familiar with the thump of your heartbeat? In this lesson, students learn about the organs of the circulatory systems as they practice various study skills. Students learn how to establish their resting heart rates.

  • Mr. Bubble’s News (Authored by Nancy Hecht.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to learn about and compare magazines and newspapers. The student records the information using bubble and double bubble thinking maps.

  • Multi-Cultural Attire (Authored by Carolynne Gischel.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will research the native attire of a chosen culture, write an essay reflecting the role of the attire in the given culture, and create a significant piece of attire from that cultue that will be modeled in a fashion show.

  • My Dream Job (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson allows students to use their research notes from a previous Beacon lesson entitled Searching for a Career to make plans for writing a research paper called My Dream Job.

  • My Machine (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How can simple machines affect our health and lifestyle? Students use their knowledge of simple machines to build their unique machines. Their written reports explaining their machines will be published as web pages.

  • Name the Constellation (Authored by Lee Strain.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students' names twinkle in the night sky when they create narratives for their own constellations.

  • Narrative Sketches (Authored by Becky Miller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Sketches as an organizer? Quick Sketches with short notes are a fun way to get kids to plan out their narrative stories. Students draw three pictures that illustrate the beginning, middle and end of a story with very short notes to describe the sketches.

  • Navigating Through Capital History (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students research the history of Tallahassee using a Website and other materials to determine why the capital is where it is today. Students organize the information on a timeline and investigate the question, Where's the heart of Florida?

  • Newsmakers (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson gives students an opportunity to write about themselves and their families and enables them to share this information with others in a newsletter format. (Nets for Students: 3.2 and 4.2)

  • Notes to a Mathematician (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity introduces how to express likelihood as a ratio in fraction form. After exploring the concept of likelihood, students write a -Note to a Mathematician- to analyze what they have observed about the likelihood of simple events.

  • Nym Family (Authored by Deborah Maksymyk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Anot-Nym always argues. When you say, "up" he says, "down." Charting the Nym family with this activity will assist to increase vocabulary, using antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms.

  • Observing the Evidence (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students discuss ways to choose a representative sample of a large group in order to answer a class question and learn how to collect the data.

  • Ocean Vocabulary Word Scramble (Authored by Marci Greene.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use word processing and technology skills to create a word puzzle. Students also learn the skills of copying and pasting graphics.

  • Oh, Let the Rain Fall Down (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using the three phases of the water cycle and five science vocabulary words, students write a narrative paragraph(s) describing the journey of a raindrop during one day.This introduces personification.

  • On the Move (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Can you wiggle your ears? It takes control of the face muscles to wiggle your ears. In this lesson, students learn about the muscular system of the human body as they read articles and participate in activities. Study skills are stressed.

  • Opening the Case (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is an introduction to the unit Data, Detectives and Decisions. Students are taught how to design an experiment and use graphs and statistics to help solve a problem.

  • Order My Steps (Authored by Patricia Harris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Do your students have two left hands when writing? Are they unorganized, confused, and frustrated? Have no fear. Order is here! This lesson will offer your students with a simple and easy way to group related ideas for their writing assignments.

  • Organizing Organs (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson for days 9-12 in the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students examine the parts of a cell. They compare and contrast plant cells to animal cells. They understand how cells are organized to form structures (tissues, organs.)

  • Our Anthem (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In honor of the Olympics, students learn some national anthems of the world. They use the melody of “America/My Country 'tis of Thee” to cooperatively brainstorm and write their own town or school anthem.

  • Our Country, Our Community, Our Jobs (Authored by Thomas Valesky PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will analyze jobs that are of interest to them. They will create graphic organizers explaining how jobs affect the world in which they live with at least five supporting details.

  • Our Government Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students go on a paper scavenger hunt to learn about the United States Constitution and government.

  • Out of This World (Language Arts) (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Groups of students research the planets of our Solar System and create a guidebook for travel through the Solar System.

  • Outlining for Beginners (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn the standard form of an outline, practice categorizing information, and create a simple outline.

  • Over the Rainbow with Isaac Newton (Authored by Paul Baldauf PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is an interdisciplinary language arts and science lesson focusing on the nature of rainbows. (composition of light) It includes a poetry assignment and a science experiment with an assessment.

  • Paragraph Elaboration and Examples (Authored by Joanne Anderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using prompts, the student supports expository paragraphs with examples and elaboration.

  • Partner Poetry (Authored by Jill Klausing.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students pair up with a partner the teacher has randomly placed together. They brainstorm positive characteristics about their partner, and create a poem about one another.

  • Patchwork Quilting (Authored by Kathy Pajak.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students apply knowledge of symmetry to design and create individual squares of a patchwork quilt. Students' squares are compiled to form a classroom quilt which can be used to explore area in a follow-up lesson entitled -Math on Your Lap Quilt.-

  • Pen Pal Party (Authored by Shelia Scofield.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write letters to students in other areas of the state, country, or world focusing on using the correct friendly letter form as well as describing their lives and asking questions to learn about someone else's life.

  • Pen Pals (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students become pen pals from other countries and research their countries for information that will help with their writing. This information is then sent to another student who is also portraying someone from another country.

  • Pennies of My Life Part I (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write their autobiographies, collect pennies for each year of their lives, and illustrate their favorite yearly activities, after they read and discuss the book [The Hundred Penny Box]. This is part one of a two-part project lesson.

  • Pennies of My Life Part II (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write and construct their own autobiographies, based on [The Hundred Penny Box] by Sharon Bell Mathis. Sunshine State Standards used are narrative writing, peer editing, and writing process steps. This is the second part of a two-part project lesson.

  • People Do Not Live In Round Houses (Authored by Jane Peebles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Do you want well-rounded students who are excellent writers and informed technology users? This is the lesson for you! This lesson teaches students to create, revise, retrieve and verify information.

  • Perky Plurals (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students learn how to form the plurals of words by adding -s, -es, changing the y to i and adding -es, changing the f or fe to v and adding -es, and some irregular cases. The children then use this knowledge to play a station activity game.

  • Persuaded or Informed? (Authored by Deborah Maksymyk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity incorporates real life media, such as the newspaper and/or magazines, to help students identify an author's purpose for writing, whether it is an informational or persuasive article.

  • Persuasive Vegetables (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is intended as an introduction to persuasive writing. Students work in groups to write paragraphs that persuade others to eat or to not eat certain vegetables.

  • Piece-by-Piece (Authored by Andrea Raley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Every story is made up of the same parts. Character, setting, and plot are the story elements. Each author has to use these in order to spark an interest in the reader. Students break apart stories, complete story webs, and make a Venn diagram in this lesson.

  • Playful Verbs (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students will learn how to read sentences and determine whether the verb tense of the sentence is past, present, or future. The children use this knowledge to play a station activity game.

  • Please Explain (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students interact with various examples of expository writing identifying any irrelevant and/or repeated information.

  • Political Cartoons (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students observe, discuss, and identify techniques used and messages conveyed through various political cartoons.

  • Popcorn Literacy (Authored by Stephanie Callaway.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Try popcorn and a great book! Students will participate in a book share that facilitates mastery of literary elements (in a delicious way). At the conclusion of a book, students are required to discuss setting, plot, character, problem, and solution/resolution in a presentation format. This lesson also provides for creative representation and nurtures the love of reading.

  • Popsicle Prose (Authored by Charlotte Fooks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is designed to teach students to write an expository essay explaining a logical sequence of events. While eating a Popsicle, they think about how they would describe the steps they go through to eat it.

  • Positively Precise Organization (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students go online to critique the organization of children's writing.

  • Postcards from the Past (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students create postcards of historical events.

  • Power Words (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson teaches students about synonyms and antonyms. Students also use a thesaurus to look up antonyms and synonyms.

  • Prefix Power (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students will increase their vocabulary by learning about root words, prefixes and suffixes. They will then use this knowledge to play a Prefix Power station activity game.

  • President Who? (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using their reading comprehension skills, the students will demonstrate their knowledge of basic facts on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln through a question and answer game format.

  • Preventing Childhood Diseases Project (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students become informed advocates in the prevention of childhood diseases during the Preventing Childhood Diseases Project.

  • Problems in Pollutia (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in groups to make recomendations about environmental issues arising in the imaginary kingdom called Pollutia. They present short speeches highlighting action they believe should be taken and ideas of how each problem should be solved.

  • Product Persuasion (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students analyze the “hidden” messages of product advertisements, and then write their own advertisements for the products they bring into class. The skill focus is to write persuasively using the six-traits of writing.

  • Prove it! Fact or Opinion (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The purpose of this lesson is to teach students the difference between fact and opinion. Students have an opportunity to pick out facts or opinions in reading and to create their own fact or opinion statements.

  • Publishing a Group Book (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will learn how to follow a pattern for writing pages that can be collaborated into a book. Students will learn writing skills, computer skills, and editing skills necessary to publish a piece of writing.

  • Publishing an Alphabet Book (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use basic computer skills needed to publish individual books. The students do research on a subject of their choice and write an individual A,B,C Book on their subject.

  • Pyramid Power (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This health lesson plan is for Day 3 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students brainstorm facets of well-being and investigate health behaviors related to nutrition.

  • Quandaries, Quagmires, and Quadrilaterals (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students classify, flip, slide, and turn a quantity of quadrilaterals. Hands-on manipulatives and problem-solving steps are used to explore these four-sided polygons. This plan is the fifth in a series of lessons on geometry.

  • Rainbow Writing (Authored by Prudence Mason.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson teaches students how to revise a draft for organization using a creative visual approach. It is a great lesson for weaning them from simple paragraphs to multi-paragraph stories and essays.

  • Reader Response Poetry (Authored by Karyn Snell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Instead of a book report, why not have your students do a Cinquain poem about the book?

  • Reading The Great Kapok Tree (Authored by Karen Garcia.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students gain an understanding of the development of plot and how conflicts are resolved in [The Great Kapok Tree] written by Lynne Cherry. Students demonstrate this understanding by completing a story frame.

  • Reading Predictions (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use a table of contents, index, headings, captions, illustrations, and major words to predict content and purpose of reading from their science or social studies textbook.

  • Reflections of a Different Time; Pilgrim Children (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students create a reflective journal entry on the lives of Pilgrim children. Optional opportunities are provided for students to use a word processing program or create a PowerPoint presentation.

  • Rice (Gohan) Observations (Authored by Christy Williamson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The student estimates, observes, and records observations of rice (known as -gohan- in Japan) in two experiments and communicates the results.

  • Road Trip (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will use the Internet and other research tools to create a PowerPoint presentation on their chosen destination.

  • Rock the Boat (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: As a spelling strategy, the students learn how to divide words into syllables between the consonants in the middle of the word. The students then use this knowledge to play a station activity game.

  • Rootbeer Writing (Authored by Scherie Hritz-Atwell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Make writing more thirst quenching. Using IBC Rootbeer, watch introductions, bodies, and conclusions within the paper become more delightful.

  • Searching for a Career (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson allows students to do research on careers, take notes on what kind of job they would like to have when they grow up, and construct a timeline for reaching this goal.

  • Sensitive Synonyms (Authored by Bertha Stanley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students use a variety of hands-on activities to increase their understanding of synonyms.

  • Sentence Sequence (Authored by Kevin Hall.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write a paragraph with detail sentences in chronological sequence using the signal words: first, next, then, after, and finally.

  • Show Me (Authored by Nancy Slack.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Create a game show atmosphere to heighten student interest in writing. Students use descriptive language (specific nouns, adjectives, and strong verbs) to be sure their message/image is clear.

  • Show You Care (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students construct a four-line poem to be used on the inside of a Valentine's Day card. They use a digital camera to show themselves to their "buddies" (local nursing home patients) who will receive the cards on Valentine's Day.

  • Signs of Autumn (Authored by Cathie London.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a culminating activity on the study of photosynthesis, how chlorophyll is important to leaves, and why leaves change colors in the fall.

  • Similar Similes (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity addresses the first part of the GLE LA.D.2.2.2.3.1. The students learn that similes are figures of speech that use the words -as- and -like- as visual terms. They use this knowledge to complete a worksheet where they write some similes.

  • Simile About Me (Authored by Cheryl Carasick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students identify and write similes in a fun and memorable way!

  • Skateboard Renegade (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What does skateboarding have to do with showing responsibility? Reading skills and strategies are taught while students use the novel, [Skateboard Renegade], to explore responsibility. A variety of simple machines is identified and their uses explored.

  • Speak a Little Clearer! (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson the teacher models effective speaking strategies for students. The students prepare an oral presentation of a Fairy Tale or short story. The students demonstrate effective speaking strategies during their presentations.

  • Speak No Evil (Authored by Patricia Harris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What's up? Oh, yes, that's just the expression. If your students have no idea of what to say, this lesson will offer a fun way to explore all the possibilities in a world of communication!

  • Star -Spangled Illustrations (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students create a PowerPoint presentation to show their patriotism and express their thoughts on the meaning of The Star-Spangled Banner with this exciting and creative activity.

  • Start Your Engines: An Internet Research Lesson (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson offers informational how-tos for conducting research on the Internet. Three search engines are introduced and used to gather information to solve a specific problem. This lesson is to be used in a series of lessons on geometry. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

  • Strong Verb Image Makers (Authored by Carol Swanick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Strong verbs make strong writing. Students use description language to clarify ideas and create vivid images in an essay.

  • Student’s Choice (Authored by Gema Perez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What happens when we listen to a storybook? Students interact, answer questions, and extend the story plot.

  • Subject Poetry (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Subject poetry allows students to write creatively using the letters of the subject they are writing about to begin each line. Students will experience presenting their work to the class as well as listening and responding to poetry.

  • Succeeding at Kite Day (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Succeeding At Kite Day is a learning invitation that encourages students to design a successful kite for flying at the annual spring, school-wide Kite Day.

  • Sunrise Sequencing (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: By using sequencing from their everyday lives, students will gain experience in writing.

  • Surviving the Hatchet (Authored by Becky Miller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The novel [Hatchet] is about survival after divorce and a plane crash. How would we survive if we had the same thing happen to us? Journals will keep track of students ideas.

  • Survivor Suitcases (Authored by Alison Hannon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Yikes! The class must prepare for a trip to a desert island. Students may only bring three things in their “Survivor Suitcases.” Students write to explain why they chose each item in order to “survive.”

  • Synonymous Sharks (Authored by Vicky Brioso.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson focuses on developing and applying vocabulary knowledge as well as reciprocal reading strategies through the use of an article on sharks. Students use the Internet to access the passage.

  • Systems Working Together (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do the systems of the human body work together to carry out the processes needed for life? Through various activities, students become aware of the interdependence of our body systems. Students also practice reading in the content area.

  • Take A Splash into the Gene Pool (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the third lesson and fifth day of the Unit, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students further explore inherited characteristics by conducting a simulated experiment where they create a person using simple genetic coding.

  • Taking Outer Space to Cyber Space (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students experience the joy of sharing their knowledge of the planets in our solar system by completing an expository writing and then publishing their writing on an Internet Web page. The Beacon Web authoring tool, SiteMaker will be used.

  • Tallahassee or Bust (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Fourth or fifth grade students create a Power Point presentation to record their trip to Tallahassee.

  • That's a Fact (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 5 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students use various media (newspapers, magazines, brochures, catalogs, etc.) to distinguish fact from opinion.

  • The Adjective Toad (Authored by Kristen Bryant.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: TOAD by Ruth Brown is a great way to illustrate the proper use of adjectives in written language. Students make a class book utilizing a story pattern and knowledge gained through the book TOAD.

  • The Arthur Ashe Story (Authored by Edward Blackwell, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn and share their information on Arthur Ashe. In the process, they use the Internet to find information about Arthur Ashe and to create a biography using chronological order. This lesson is appropriate for grades 4 through 6.

  • The Breakfast Busters Persuade Others (Authored by Scott Hebert.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will learn how advertisements are used to influence people in making decisions. They will have an opportunity to write a persuasive essay on their favorite breakfast cereal.

  • The Building Blocks of Geometry (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students explore geometric building blocks in the real world in order to describe the characteristics and relationships of points, lines, line segments, rays, and planes. This is the first lesson plan in a series of lessons in geometry.

  • The Color of Poetry (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a fun and creative method for introducing students to poetry. Students gain experience writing and presenting poetry as well as listening and responding to poetry.

  • The Fun Polygon (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use hands-on manipulatives to explore and describe the properties and attributes of the “fundamental” polygon: triangles. This is the fourth lesson in a series of five on geometry.

  • The Human Body, Incorporated (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Joe is the CEO of the Human Body, Incorporated. He is downsizing. The students research each body system and write a letter to Joe persuading him to keep specific body parts as employees.

  • The Incredible Flexible Line (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Swirly, curly, or straight as an arrow, lines can be whatever you want them to be. Students discover the excitement of working with one of design's most flexible elements, the line.

  • The Making of an Organ (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do cells make up our organs? Using a science reading, the study skills of outlining, note writing, and using a graphic organizer are taught. Students make a model of a tongue showing cells, tissues and the organ.

  • The Nature of Haiku Poetry (Authored by Jody Robinson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Haiku poetry is an excellent way for students to focus on the use of language to describe observations of nature. Students write in the standard Haiku form while practicing the use of simile, alliteration, metaphor, and analogy to describe nature.

  • The Parkingtons Are Coming (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: You have been chosen to take in a family of aliens from the planet Pluto. Your job is to decide what important things they need to know before they come. You can send 10 pages from the Almanac. Which 10 pages do you think will help them the most?

  • The Plane! The Plane! (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students draw, describe, and classify polygons built from points, lines, line segments, and rays within a two-dimensional plane. This lesson plan is the third in a series of five on geometry.

  • The Price is Right (Math) (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students design written advertisements using cut out items from catalogs or newspapers in order to persuade consumers.

  • The Skeleton Within (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: We know that dancing skeletons aren’t real, but are our bones alive? Through an article read and various activities, students learn about the bones, joints, and other attributes of the skeletal system. Students create outlines and graphic organizers.

  • The Solar System (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is a follow-up to a unit on the Solar System. Students select one aspect of the Solar System to research. From information gleaned, students write expository reports and participate in the development of a multimedia presentation.

  • The Stock Exchange Phase III (Authored by Alice Bobe.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using information from the stock exchange, students create a multimedia presentation and present it to the class. This lesson teaches communication and technology skills.

  • The Telling: A Thanksgiving Story (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: With the use of literature, students compare and contrast different points of view on the first Thanksgiving.

  • The Water Cycle and Clementine (Authored by Paula Sanders.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After a demonstration and discussion of the water cycle, a water cycle song is learned to the tune of Clementine. Students then draw and label the water cycle in their journals, add vocabulary words to the word wall and complete KWL charts.

  • Think Fast! What Would You Do If . . . (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This two-day project encourages students to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. It allows students to make choices and to use imagination to develop a solution for each problem. Solutions are then presented to the class.

  • Through the Years (Social Studies) (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: -Through the Years- gives the students an opportunity to write their own autobiographies. It is the first lesson in a three-part series seeking to answer the question, -How do we know about history?-

  • Thumbs Up to a Good Book! (Authored by Madonna Scime.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson students read a short fiction story. They write a recommendation paragraph which includes specific information defending their choices.

  • Timeline Shuffle (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: It’s a lineup! Students become actively involved in creating a timeline of significant technology achievements and scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 6 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

  • To Be a Star or Not to Be a Star (Authored by Christine Kells.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Through completing an interactive classroom experiment, students identify an author’s purpose, formulate personal opinions and respect the viewpoints of others. Cooperative learning strategies are also utilized.

  • To Whom It May Concern! – Writing for a Variety of Audiences (Authored by Teri Morgan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: To Whom It May Concern! – Writing for a Variety of Audiences is a lesson that gives students the opportunity to practice writing to a variety of audiences. Students will write friendly letters concerning the same subject to two contrasting readers or audiences.

  • Top Secret Sensitive Information (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students play the role of detectives and develop criteria to evaluate sites for the heart of Florida capital. To do this, they use teacher made TOP SECRET folders with information that represents diverse cultural perspectives and state maps.

  • Touring My County (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will research historical county events in order to discover how individuals, ideas, decisions, and events have influenced history over the past century.

  • Traveling to Japan: Which Way Do We Go? (Authored by Christy Williamson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students determine -Which way do we go?- and explore various methods for measuring the distance between Florida and Japan.

  • Turtle Sightings on BEACON Sitemaker (Authored by Sheila Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work together in groups to create web-based reports that demonstrate structural characteristics of sea turtles and how they have adapted to live in their marine environment.

  • U.S. State Web Search (Authored by Charlene Stapleton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This integrated lesson combines classroom curriculum with Internet use of online reference resources, so let's start surfing. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

  • United We Stand (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students participate in a simulation of the secession of the South during the Civil War and create a compare and contrast essay discussing the similarities and differences between every day life now and then.

  • Using Statistics to Uncover More Evidence (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use statistics to interpret data collected from a representative sample.

  • Vacation Destination (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use their research skills to collect and present information in persuasive speeches by acting as travel agents trying to persuade classmates to visit their states while on vacation.

  • Verbs in the Past (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The activity addresses one part of this standard in which the students learn about the past tense form of many irregular verb forms. The children complete a worksheet activity in which they practice forming the past tense of irregular verb forms.

  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Patty Turbeville.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is an introductory lesson in which the students use the Internet to explore and find specific information about the Native American groups that were present in Florida during the 1500’s

  • Vivid Adjectives (Authored by Kathy Gordon-Dick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson encourages students to use descriptive language in creative writing. The student writes a short story about one topic in which they use specific adjectives in a sequence to describe nouns.

  • Voice Your Opinion! (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students participate in small group discussions of a current event or topic.

  • Walking Poetry (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Walking poetry allows students to describe a journey while evoking emotion in the reader. Students gain experience in presenting their work to the class and by listening and responding to poetry.

  • Water Cycle - A SiteMaker Presentation (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Language Arts, Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The student researches and writes a report on a specific element of the water cycle. The final draft of this report is published using SiteMaker, a Web page multimedia program available free from Beacon Learning Center.

  • We Are Having a Party! (Part I) (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students follow a problem-solving plan to answer a class question. They generate, collect, organize, display, and analyze data to find the range of responses. This analysis is used to predict and justify reasonable answers.

  • We Are Having a Party! (Part II) (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity is a four-station rotation model for exploring how to collect, display, and analyze data to make predictions and justify decisions in order to solve problems.

  • We Thank You, Veteran! (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use information from videos, picture books, and relatives' military backgrounds to help write a short or extended message of gratitude on a greeting card for local veterans.

  • Web Wilderness (Authored by Virginia White.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students compose 5 expository paragraphs by developing a theme including an introductory and concluding paragraph.

  • What a Waste! (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How does the body keep its cells clean? Through reading in the content area, study skills, and various activities, students learn about the kidney, bladder, and function of the excretory (urinary) system.

  • What Are You Looking For? (Authored by Kay Nichols.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students open a time capsule containing objects connected to people and events in Florida history. Students search textbook and/or weblinks for information related to capsule objects in order to construct a timeline.

  • What Do I Write About? (Authored by Nancy Slack.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Can't think of anything to write? This fun activity is designed to give students a creative opportunity to use descriptive language and develop a topic for writing by brainstorming through art.

  • What Do You See? (Authored by Anne Hargrove.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write paragraphs describing similarities and differences after observing two sites on Web World Wonders.

  • What Is the True Story of The Three Little Pigs? (Authored by Jolie Ducey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is designed to assist students in recognizing how things are similar and different by comparing two stories. The students will use story details to make both parallels and distinctions between events that occur in both stories.

  • What Should I Wear Today? Pilgrims Didn't Ask (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students compare everyday dress of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, to the dress of modern Americans today. They discover that clothing denoted more information about a person of that time period than it does today.

  • What Would Pink Say (Authored by Carla Tolone.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After listening to Patricia Polacco’s [Pink and Say] students create a Venn diagram of similarities and differences between the two main characters.

  • What's a Word? (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After hearing the story WILFRED GORDON MCDONALD PARTRIDGE by Mem Fox read by the teacher, students will brainstorm a list of memories and then write to a prompt given by the teacher. Writings will be scored according to a rubric.

  • What's in a Main Idea? (Authored by Lola Kirkland.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn to read and identify the main idea in articles by highlighting them.

  • What's in a Name? (Authored by Jamie Poelker.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn that writing poetry is not difficult and can even be fun. It can help them get to know someone better. Students learn that poetry is a different way of communicating their thoughts and feelings.

  • What's Next? (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students read short passages, predict what happens next, and tell what information in the passage led them to their predictions.

  • What's the Big Idea? (Elementary School) (Authored by Kevin Hall.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students identify the main idea of a paragraph and supporting details. Students compose paragraphs by providing detail sentences for a given topic.

  • What's the Problem? (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students redefine the problem of Where's the Heart of Florida? and begin to formulate possible solutions using graphic organizers.

  • What's the Purpose Anyway? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson students use real-life written material to learn to identify, explain and discuss an author's purpose for writing.

  • What's the Title? (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students learn about the concept of main idea by completing a whole group activity with the teacher. They then use their knowledge to complete an assessment sheet in which they determine the main idea of several mini stories.

  • Wheels and Rainbows (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Whirling in wheels or soaring in rainbows, colors used in art are highly organized! Learn how to use the color wheel system to bring excitement and meaning to your very own artwork!

  • Where Are You Coming From? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use real-life examples to explore author’s purpose and the influence of an author’s perspective in his or her writing.

  • Where in the World Are We? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students will read a postcard and find the location on a map. They will use the picture and the text on the postcard to write about and tell about an imaginary vacation. They will compute mileage and compare it to Tripmaker data.

  • Who Am I? My Coat of Arms (Authored by Irving Kohn.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students develop two Hyper Studio cards. One card depicts their coat of arms and the other card explains in a paragraph three reasons why they selected the pictures and/or symbols for their coat of arms.

  • Who Are the Most Powerful 20th Century Women? (Authored by Francheska Jones.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity introduces the students to Internet reference materials. Students research an assigned 20th century woman, copy and paste the URL in an email, and send the email to the teacher. (NETS for Students: 1.2 and 5.1)

  • Who Has the Power? (Authored by Missy Withers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write persuasive letters expressing opinions about the purchase of 25 acres adjacent to Wakulla Springs proposed to include a convenience store/gas station. They submit the letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection via email.

  • Who is That Masked Man? (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will review and apply their knowledge of narrative writing to write a four or five paragraph story relating what occurs in their classroom when a mystery person enters and removes an item of importance.

  • Who Pays the Bill? (Authored by Laura Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students participate in a stock simulation in order to understand the concept of stock, dividend, stockholder, and capital.

  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the U.S.A.? (Authored by Janice Mazza.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn facts and select information about other states by playing a form of -Who Wants to be a Millionaire?- where they create questions and gather information to answer questions by using a variety of reference sources.

  • Whose Voice Do I Hear? (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn about the power of voice in writing by completing a story using words following a particular voice. They also utilize their knowledge of the parts of speech to complete this activity.

  • Why Bother To Vote In Florida? (Authored by Gloria Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge about the Florida 2000 Presidential Election, proposed changes in the process, and to practice communication skills, including listening and speaking.

  • Why Celebrate Black History Month (Authored by Cynthia Dortch.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: To utilize Internet resources for the immersion of students into Black History, they learn about the culture, heritage, family, church, and politics of the African-American and why we honor their accomplishments. Then they make class presentations

  • Why Did You Write That ? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students use actual written media to learn to identify and discuss an author's purpose for writing.

  • Why Thank You! (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Read aloud THANK YOU, MR. FALKER. Students hear examples of Idea and Voice. Class discusses the book’s different writing traits and the theme ideas. Students write a thank you note to their hero, as an at-home activity.

  • Why the West Is Burning (Authored by Vicky Brioso.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use the Internet to access a passage and identify cause-and-effect relationships. This activity provides practice for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). ISTE 1, ISTE 3

  • Wild World of Hurricanes (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn about and orally share information about the wild world of hurricanes through the use of the Internet.

  • Window of Words (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Given a picture of a window with four panes, students imagine that they are looking out (or in) a window and write about what they see using a variety of sentence structures.

  • Winnie the Pooh Loves to Read, Too (Authored by Pamela Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity provides a purpose for reading, writing, and technology. It also instills a sense of pride in the students as they create birthday cards for a reading project in the community called, "Happy Birthday, Baby!"

  • Word is to Analogy as... (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn to correctly complete verbal analogies by playing a group game.

  • Word Pairs (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Fifth grade students will participate in a teacher-directed activity to practice the trait of word choice. Students will create a narrative writing with appropriate word choice.

  • Word Processing with Pizzazz (Authored by John Hopkins.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are your students getting the most out of word processing? This lesson gives students an opportunity to use a word processor and some of its tools to create an exciting and visual autobiography. (NETS for Students: 1.2)

  • Words 'R Us (Authored by Alice Clark.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Words ‘R Us activity introduces students to the use of the thesaurus. The students seek additional vocabulary words to replace “starter” words.

  • Would You Please? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students realize the importance of word choice by writing a persuasive letter to two different people: one is a friend, and one is the principal.

  • Write All About It (cooperative Learning) (Authored by Debra Spradley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Everyone has surprises in their lives and loves to share about the event. Students brainstorm these events in their lives and then use their past experiences in a pre-writing activity.

  • Write into Fantasy, Humor and Suspense (Authored by Donna Woods.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write a narrative on a given topic using suspense, humor, or fantasy.

  • Write to Remember (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After children read and collect information on women in history, your class has a TEA PARTY, with petit fours cakes and ice tea. Collecting research from selected books and the Internet, plus writing notes and oral reporting are lesson activities.

  • Yo! Conventions! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After reviewing the trait of conventions through a teacher directed activity, students perform their stories to show that to make their ideas clear, good use of conventions is a must.

  • You Are the Expert (Authored by Nirsa Gautier.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Become a word expert by using reference resources to create a PowerPoint slide, draw and scan a picture into a PowerPoint slide and present the word to the class.

  • You Have Nerve! (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do you know when your nose itches or when you are hurt? Did you know that body parts communicate using the nervous system to send messages to and from our brain? Students learn about the nervous system as they participate in a variety of activities.

  • Yummy Adjectives (Authored by Samantha Michael.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity is a fun, tasty, and hands-on experience that allows students to recognize and brainstorm descriptive adjectives to use in their writing. The students work in pairs to take a taste and touch test and record their adjectives used to describe the food and knick-knacks on handout.

  • Zoo’s Clues! (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students develop a better understanding of the relationship between major and minor details by retrieving interesting facts about animals, categorizing these facts by using a graphic organizer, and writing an essay from the gathered information.

  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students complete a teacher-directed activity to reinforce their understanding of the trait of organization. Students produce a narrative writing that demonstrates their understanding of the trait of organization.

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