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Lesson Plans

 

Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading

The game Bingo is transformed in this lesson in which students use symbols and images to make connections to environmental print through the use of personalized Bingo cards.

 

Student Interactives

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 

 

It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr

All kinds of characters will enjoy this lesson that celebrates diversity by discussing what makes everyone unique and special.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

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

 
 

 

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  

Teaching Writing

Teaching Writing

This strategy guide series identifies, defines, and provides examples of effective writing strategies and offers a list of resources related to each strategy.

 

Teaching Synthesis with Interactive Read-Alouds of Informational Texts

In this Web seminar, we will discuss how to explicitly introduce synthesis of nonfiction texts as well as how to plan for reading aloud a text so as to promote understanding of the author’s central ideas.

 

 

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Marie Kelly Cowgill

A Color of Her Own: Enhancing Language Arts With Leo Lionni

Marie Kelly Cowgill | First Grade Teacher | Newark, DE

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