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Lesson Plans

 

A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature

Connect home and school, literature and life, as students take a storybook character home with them and take turns writing stories about his visit.

 

Student Interactives

 

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game for primary students that reinforces letter sounds and how sounds combine to form words.

 

 

Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day

Students discover that they can make a world of difference when they participate in the online Earth Day bag program.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”

Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

 

 

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.

 

 

Picture Match

Picture Match

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

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Poets in Practice

Poets in Practice

This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.

 

Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions

Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions

Weaver examines the connection between a teacher's knowledge of grammar and students' growth in language skills as she provides specific examples of how teachers can put their knowledge of grammar to use without intimidating or overwhelming students.

 

 

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