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Resources for Grades 1-2

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Lesson Plans

 

Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

Students are asked to "talk" with Kevin Henkes’ Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.

 

Student Interactives

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

 

Hey Diddle, Diddle! Generating Rhymes for Analogy-Based Phonics Instruction

Students practice matching rhyming words, apply phonological awareness to analogy-based phonics, and use the interactive Construct-a-Word to create rhyming words by adding a beginning consonant to a word ending.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things

Students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

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

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Environmental Print in the Classroom: Meaningful Connections for Learning to Read

Environmental Print in the Classroom: Meaningful Connections for Learning to Read

Learn the many ways you can use environmental print as an instructional tool in your preschool and primary classrooms.

 

Different Texts, Different Emergent Writing Forms

Different Texts, Different Emergent Writing Forms

Examines young children's ability to vary the forms of emergent writing as they wrote a story, a shopping list, and a letter to a friend at three different times during the school year. Finds that children apply their emergent knowledge about written language differently. Indicates a considerable mismatch between written products and knowledge of genre characteristics.

 

 

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