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Resources for Grades 1-2

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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.

 

Student Interactives

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

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

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

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

 

 

ABC Match

ABC Match

ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

IRA Legislative Workshop

This meeting covers the new education legislation from the US government, including the President's budget, the re-authoring of NCLB, and the adoption of Common Core Standards.

 

Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds

This science inquiry in a fourth-grade classroom affirms the importance of observation, questioning, reading, and writing to the inquiry process.

 

 

Community Stories  

Debora Wood

Engaging Students’ Curiosity With New Technologies

Debora Wood | Teacher | Weaverville, NC

While teaching reluctant writers as a Title I reading teacher, I discovered the lesson "Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images." In this lesson, students create a Microsoft Photo Story book using the Curious George character that so many children love