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100 Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers
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This article includes the URL and description of 100 free web tools that can be used by all teachers. The tools are categorized into search engines, math and science, games, templates and lesson plans, and more.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
John Costilla
Date Added:
10/17/2014
5. Historical Fiction Book Clubs
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In fifth grade unit 5, Reading Historical Fiction Book Clubs, students will be organized into reading clubs consisting of 3-5 students of similar reading levels as they read historical fiction text set made up of related historical fiction, informational text and primary sources (photographs, letters, posters etc.) How do readers read, analyze and interpret historical fiction text? to understand their historical fiction and the time period connected to the text.
Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Oakland Schools
Date Added:
06/20/2017
ACR Core Family Stories
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Students will be able to ask and answer questions about key details in a text. Students will be able to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Tia Astarb
Date Added:
03/27/2020
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (2012 Edition)
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This resource gives detailed proficiency guidelines for second language learners in the four major categories of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It separates proficiency into five major levels: distinguished, superior, advanced, intermediate, and novice. Advanced, intermediate, and novice are further divided into high, mid, and low sublevels. The guidelines give detailed descriptions of language use regarding each level, applicable to all languages.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Date Added:
09/12/2013
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Arabic
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This resource details proficiency guidelines for Arabic learners in the four major categories of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It separates proficiency into five major levels: distinguished, superior, advanced, intermediate, and novice. Advanced, intermediate, and novice are further divided into high, mid, and low sublevels. Examples of Arabic in each of the categories and levels are provided, with rater comments included.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Date Added:
10/14/2013
ADHD: Current Research and Teaching Strategies for Reading and Writing
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This article provides an overview of current research about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as strategies to help students with ADHD with reading and writing.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Robert Payo
Date Added:
12/01/2009
Adaptation of Empoword by Shane Abrams
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Adaptation of Empoword by Shane Abrams. Link to original text: https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/pdxopen/20/

This adaptation slims down the original by cutting student texts, activities, assignments, and the metacognitive section. Intended for use as a reader.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Author:
Erin Ergenbright
Date Added:
03/09/2020
Adventure Book Club
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Adventure Book Club - The Boxcar Children
By: Rose Wehrman - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Copyright 2018 by Rose Wehrman under Creative Commons Non-Commercial License. Individuals and organizations may copy, reproduce, distribute, and perform this work and alter or remix this work for non-commercial purposes only.

NEBRASKA HONORS PROGRAM CLC EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY CLUBS INFORMATION SHEET:
Name of Club: Adventure Book Club

Age/Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Number of Attendees: (ideal number) 8 or fewer

Goal of the Club: (learning objectives/outcomes) Jumpstart critical thinking skills, improve literacy, and encourage students to engage with books

Resources: (Information for club provided by) The Boxcar Children, various Pinterest ideas

Content Areas: (check all that apply)

☐ Arts (Visual, Music, Theater &Performance)
☒ Literacy
☐ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering &Math)
☐ Social Studies
☐ Wellness (Physical Education, Health, Nutrition &Character Education)
Outputs or final products: (Does the club have a final product/project to showcase to community?) Building a boxcar diorama/dog toys donated to animal shelter/completion of book

Introducing your Club/Activities: This Adventure Book Club engages students with the community, each other, and reading.

General Directions: Read The Boxcar Children and integrate hands-on activities to help students connect to the story, think critically, and build interdisciplinary skills.

Tips/Tricks: Watch for when students start to become disengaged. Have an intentional activity prepared for when this happens.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
NDE Digital Learning
Date Added:
09/27/2019
Adventure Book Club: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Date of this Version
Spring 2019

Document Type
Syllabus

Citation
Wehrman, Rose. "Adventure Book Club: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." After school club lesson plans. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019.

Comments
Copyright 2019 by Rose Wehrman under Creative Commons Non-Commercial License. Individuals and organizations may copy, reproduce, distribute, and perform this work and alter or remix this work for non-commercial purposes only.

Abstract
An afterschool book club, through these lesson plans, is exploring Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The integration of hands-on activities serves to help students connect to the story, think critically, and build interdisciplinary skills.

Subject:
Applied Science
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
NDE Digital Learning
Date Added:
09/26/2019
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Alphabet Reading Drill - Reading Arabic Ads
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The following is an alphabet reading and writing drill based on advertisements for fast food items, restaurants/chains, and multinational companies that should mostly be recognizable to students. Students are asked to work in pairs, read the ads and write them out on the accompanying sheet in Arabic and translate them to English.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Author:
Kwame Lawson
Date Added:
08/08/2019
Analysis of Short Fiction - Composition 102
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In this lesson, students will learn how to analyze and decipher crucial details in the short story “The Women” by Tom Barbash in response to questions put forth to them in their writing prompt. This exercise will help to strengthen their critical thinking and reading comprehension skills, while their writing skills will be challenged through a response to a writing prompt resulting in a formal essay. The lesson will also ask students to recall and integrate ideas from an earlier reading entitled “How to Read Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Alexandra Della Fera
Date Added:
09/20/2017
Antarctica: King of Cold
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This article includes links to expository text for students in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 about the climate differences between the Arctic and Antarctica.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arabic Alphabet Tutorial
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This website shows images and video of the Arabic letters. It has two sections, one with the Arabic letters in their independent, unconnected forms, and a second showing the letters in all of their various connected forms. Both sections offer videos that show a calligrapher writing out each form of each letter. Videos of the connected letters include words that demonstrate the initial, medial, and final positions of each letter.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Stanford University
Date Added:
11/06/2012
Architectural Design, Level II: Material and Tectonic Transformations: The Herreshoff Museum, Fall 2003
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This semester students are asked to transform the Hereshoff Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island, through processes of erasure and addition. Hereshoff Manufacturing was recognized as one of the premier builders of America's Cup racing boats between 1890's and 1930's. The studio however, is about more then the program. It is about land, water, and wind and the search for expressing materially and tectonically the relationships between these principle conditions. That is, where the land is primarily about stasis (docking, anchoring and referencing our locus), water's fluidity holds the latent promise of movement and freedom. Movement is activated by wind, allowing for negotiating the relationship between water and land.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Manufacturing
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lukez, Paul
Date Added:
01/01/2003
Arctic and Antarctic Birds: Unit Outlines
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This article assembles free resources from the Arctic and Antarctic Birds issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and 3-5.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Terry Shiverdecker
Date Added:
10/17/2014
At Home in the Cold
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This article reprints and links to informational text about the adaptations that allow mammals and fish to survive in polar oceans. Versions are available for students in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Related science and literacy activities are included.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
10/17/2014
The Aurora: Fire in the Sky
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This article includes links to expository text for students in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 about the aurora.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Authentic-Like Interactive Materials
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Misaki's Journal is an interactive Japanese Graded Reader. This means that each journal entry has printable materials and well as digital and intractable resources available for students to use alongside their reading experience.

Please also check out the Teacher's Notebook and Misaki's Journal in the OER Japanese Grader Reader (Misaki's Journal).

Subject:
Languages
World Cultures
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Author:
Theadora Callahan
Deana Nassans
Grace McGrorty
Date Added:
05/02/2019
BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Course Pack 1
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Description: This course pack is designed to meet the learning outcomes for Adult Literacy Fundamental English Level 1 (roughly equivalent to beginner to grade 1.5 in the K-12 system). Every of the nine chapters includes a level-appropriate, high-interest reading of approximately 100 words. The readings are freely available in a separate reader with convenient links to the readings in each chapter of this course pack. The online version of this course pack also contains audio recordings of each story in the reader. These recordings, combined with vocabulary and word pattern exercises, prepare the Level 1 student to read each paragraph-long text with greater independence. Font size and line spacing can be adjusted in the online view, and have been enhanced for the print and PDF versions for easier reading. This course pack has been reviewed by subject experts from colleges and universities.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Shantel Ivits
Date Added:
11/24/2015
Balanced Diet Infographic Reading Activity (Spanish)
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This activity aligns with a novice-level unit about food. The infographic shows options for each meal. Students select what they would like to eat for each meal during one day.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
MSDE Admin
Bonnie Pechulis
Heather Sherrow
Date Added:
10/04/2018
Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales
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Through studying Beatrix Potter's stories and illustrations from the early 1900s and learning about her childhood in Victorian England, students can compare/contrast these with their own world to understand why Potter wrote such simple stories and why she wrote about animals rather than people.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/06/2011
Being in the Noh: An Introduction to Japanese Noh Plays
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Noh, the oldest surviving Japanese dramatic form, combines elements of dance, drama, music, and poetry into a highly stylized, aesthetic retelling of a well-known story from Japanese literature, such as The Tale of Genji or The Tale of the Heike. This lesson provides an introduction to the elements of Noh plays and to the text of two plays, and provides opportunities for students to compare the conventions of the Noh play with other dramatic forms with which they may already be familiar, such as the ancient Greek dramas of Sophocles. By reading classic examples of Noh plays, such as Atsumori, students will learn to identify the structure, characters, style, and stories typical to this form of drama. Students will expand their grasp of these conventions by using them to write the introduction to a Noh play of their own.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/06/2011
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Integrating Literacy and IPY into Elementary School Classrooms
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is an online professional development magazine which focuses on preparing elementary teachers to teach polar science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction. The project draws on research showing that an integrated approach can improve student achievement in science, as well as in reading comprehension and oral and written discourse abilities. Ultimately, the project seeks to bring the polar regions “closer to home” for elementary teachers and their students.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
09/01/2008
Blending Fiction and Nonfiction to Improve Comprehension and Writing Skills
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In this plan you will find a great activity to use with students. This activity will boost your students' reading comprehension and will boost their interest for literature and story reading. This lesson supports the use of a text set (paired fiction and nonfiction texts on a similar topic) to increase student interest in and understanding of content area material and to develop critical writing skills. The more familiar format of narrative fiction introduces the topic and generates confidence in exploring the less familiar genre of nonfiction.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Author:
Christopher Guadalupe
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Body Circulation
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Students are introduced to the circulatory system, the heart, and blood flow in the human body. Through guided pre-reading, during-reading and post-reading activities, students learn about the circulatory system's parts, functions and disorders, as well as engineering medical solutions. By cultivating literacy practices as presented in this lesson, students can improve their scientific and technological literacy.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Jay Shah
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Todd Curtis
Date Added:
09/18/2014