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Resources for Grades 1-2

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Lesson Plans

 

Combining Read-Alouds With Economics in the Primary Grades

Students learn that what you read in books can really add up when they analyze literary texts for economic concepts.

 

Student Interactives

 

Picture Match

Picture Match

Picture Match is a matching game that reinforces the concept of beginning-letter and short- and long-vowel sounds.

 

 

Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales

What do cowboy hats have to do with fairy tales? Two traditional fairy tales and their Texas-based counterparts set the stage for five different ways to respond to text.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.

 

 

Word Wizard

Word Wizard

Word Wizard uses themes from four popular U.S. children's books to create word puzzles that students solve by unscrambling letters and considering related clues.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Peer Review

Peer Review

This strategy guide explains how you can employ peer review in your classroom, guiding students as they offer each other constructive feedback to improve their writing and communication skills.

 

Exit Slips

Exit Slips

This strategy guide introduces the concept of using Exit Slips in the classroom to help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information. Exit Slips easily incorporate writing into the content area classroom and require students to think critically.

 

 

Community Stories  

Karen Griffin

Helping Phonics Flower in the Elementary Classroom

Karen Griffin | Student Teacher | Morrison, TN

As a student teacher in a first-grade classroom, I struggled with ways to make phonics fun