Westmoreland IU

Westmoreland Intermediate Unit" is one of 29 PA Intermediate Units participating in the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Unit’s OER implementation. This group provides a space to collaborate, evaluate, share, develop and promote the free and open use of educational resources by and for LEAs in Pennsylvania.
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A'planting We Will Go

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This lesson is based on the book, "The Tiny Seed", by Eric Carle. This story will be used to introduce the children to the concept that seeds change and grow into plants when conditions in the environment including temperature, light, water and soil are appropriate. Children will learn that plants produce seeds that can become new plants. Through extended activities, the children will experience first-hand the germination of seeds. They will become familiar with the parts of a plant and learn how each part works to produce a healthy plant.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Karol Schriber

Word Wizard

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Word Wizard uses themes from four popular U.S. childrenĺĺs books to create word puzzles that students solve by unscrambling letters and considering related clues.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Vocabulary With Franklin: Helping Students Become Word Wizards

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This lesson teaches students in first and second grade new oral vocabulary, increased word recognition, and correct spelling of words. Students engage in games and fun activities-all with true learning objectives-to gain an awareness and knowledge of new words. They also develop writing skills. Each session is designed to enhance comprehension of the words so students may increase their vocabulary. This lesson uses Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois as an example text, but similar books can also be used.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Candice Wells

Read the Signs

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, Sloppy Pop's song Read the Signs spotlights the letters and words we see on signs every day, encouraging children to be aware of print in their environment.

Material Type: Lecture

Buddy and Tiny Sing Dinosaurs A to Z!

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In this video excerpt from Dinosaur Train, Buddy and Tiny name species of dinosaurs from Apatosaurus to Zigongosaurus when they sing the "Dinosaurs A to Z" song with the help of Mr. Conductor. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Alphabet Animals

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Students use their knowledge of the alphabet and letter sounds to create an alphabet PowerPoint presentation. Each slide will contain a letter of the alphabet, a sentence and the sound that corresponds to that letter.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Emily Leonard

AR SPELL: A Multimodal Approach to Letter Formation

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This lesson introduces kindergarten students to correct upper- and lowercase letter formation. As students begin learning the letter names of the alphabet, they will begin practicing correct formation by tracing, copying, and writing letters. This can be done with a variety of tactile learning activities to accommodate individual learning styles.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: Bonnie Smith

FreeReading Intervention A

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FreeReading is an open source instructional program that helps educators teach early literacy. Because it is open source, it represents the collective wisdom of a wide community of teachers and researchers. FreeReading contains, Intervention A, a 40-week scope and sequence of primarily phonological awareness and phonics activities that can support and supplement a typical kindergarten or first grade "core" or "basal" program.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Holt, Laurence, et. al.

Author Study Published

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    During this lesson, students will learn more about their favorite authors by researching them on the Internet and presenting to the class, school, and community. Students will learn biographical information about their authors, the inspiration behind their stories and identify their authors’ different styles of writing.   

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Tracy Etu

Magic E: Decoding/Encoding With Cvc and Cvce

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Students will participate in two activities involving the consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e (CVCE) pattern: a decoding activity involving attaching a clothes pin with the letter e printed on it to consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC) and sounding the new CVCE words; and an encoding activity involving dictation of CVC and CVCE words from the first activity which students are to write using auditory and tactile strategies. These activities require that students have prior knowledge of consonant and long and short vowel sounds as well as blending of these sounds in CVC pattern words.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Huff Jerome

Phonics Fun

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Kid Pix Deluxe software is needed for this lesson. Using this program, students will decode and blend one syllable short vowel words and words ending with silent "e" to match pictures with words as well as spell names of pictures.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Jo Voigt

Bananaphone - Long O

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Paul the Gorilla makes a call to Flo's One Stop to order a hose to grow a rose. Paul the Gorilla calls Flo, but she cannot understand him and mistakes his request for a hose to grow a rose for a request to hold a globe. Unable to hear him, Flo lists many words containing the long "o" sound. The goal of this resource is decoding. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Reading One Syllable Words

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This is a lesson to reinforce reading one syllable words. Teacher shares a video to review short vowel sounds, models making words using letter tiles and reading the words. The students practice making words using an app and are assessed within their digital portfolio.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment

Author: Traci Byrnes