All resources in Westmoreland IU

Word Wizard

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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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

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

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.

Marvin K. Mooney

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In this interactive Kindergarten through 5th grade activity, the world of fitness and literacy unite! As the teacher reads the book ˆMarvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Nowíń by Dr. Seuss, studentslisten carefully and safely jump up out of their chairs with their hands over their heads every time they hear the word ˆgo.íń This is a great lesson combining psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills.

Material Type: Lesson

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

Ten More Little Words

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, a large dinosaur puppet teaches a class of monkeys about ten little words through a song. These words promote reading fluency and include: I, he, they, with, was, his, are, on, as, and for. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency and Phonological Awareness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

The Big Green Monster Teaches Phonics in Reading and Writing

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Go Away, Big Green Monster! Ed Emberley's tale about a scary, multicolored monster is used to help students build their reading fluency and word recognition skills. In this lesson, students chorally read the story and then point out familiar color words or sight words that appear in the story. After finishing the story, students are introduced to four different literacy center activities that include participating in a read along, building word families with story words, playing a memory game with color words from the story, and retelling story events using sentence strips. In the sessions that follow, students create their own artwork of the big green monster and use that artwork to help them write a story. Students use both self- and peer-editing to improve their writing. Completed stories are either published on the Internet or in a class book.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Maureen Gerard

Hung Up On h

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, Tammy Lionette (Cleo) and Jasmine Guy sing about the confusing sound of the letter "h" in a Western style while a pelican, chicken, and hound make up the band with monkeys as backup singers. Featured vocabulary includes: hung, hard, hear, hope, heavy, hassled, hold, head, howl, hound, handle, hard, hard, harassed, hackles, huff, hung, had, hung, and had. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Busterfield Library A-Z

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, Leon Redbone sings a fun alphabet song. In alphabetical order, each letter takes the stage along with a Between the Lions character or image that begins with that letter. Showing the letters and things they stand for helps build alphabet knowledge. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Stone Soup

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This video segment from Between the Lions is an original, animated story based on the popular folktale ˆStone Soup.íń Aliens visit a town and request food but nobody wants to share. The aliens decide to make stone soup and everybody decides to contribute ingredients for the communal meal. The video emphasizes the "s" sound and features the following words: sweeping, sidewalks, sifting, sandboxes, sorting, socks, sudden, sky, saw, spaceship, sight, sorts, secret, sorry, special, stone, soup, supper, sounds, strange, simmering, seven, seconds, salt, since, somewhere, spoon, savory, soy sauce, second, some, slurp, still, satisfied, squash, succotash, salsa, satsumas, stuff, superb, sublime, simply stupendous, succulent, superior, salad, salmon, sausage, schnitzel, stuffed, and sole. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Soft "c" Words

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, children from Mississippi introduce and pronounce familiar items that begin with the /s/ sound that the letter "c" makes. Each word is displayed on screen, with the letter "c" highlighted, to emphasize the same sound at the beginning of each word. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

The Two Sounds Made by g

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This video segment from Between the Lions is a mixed-media song performed by Fonix about the two sounds made by the letter "g." Words that feature the letter "g" and appear on screen are: gypsy, guppy, goat, galaxy, gentle giant, goo, giraffe, glue, Gina, George, Gene, Gail, Goldie, gossip, strange, gaga, garbage, luggage, grunge, grange, gadget, and gigantic. The "g" is highlighted in a different color. The song also explains the "g" sound when "g" precedes the letters e, i, and y. This video segment provides a resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Grade 1: Unit 2- Our Environment: Lesson 3 REMIX

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Students will participate in either a cooperative learning activity (jigsaw strategy) or a teacher directed activity to help students gather information about the different habitats on earth. Students will share and discuss the information gathered in order to identify some commonalities among all habitats and relate this understanding to environments. Then the teacher will guide the students in developing generalizations about habitats and their connections to environments overall. (A habitat is an animal’s home. A habitat includes all of the things the animal needs to survive. A habitat it found in the surrounding environment. They are connected.)

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Lauren Byrd, Shannon Copeland, Jennifer Ralston

Why communities are important? Arts Integration unit for lower grades

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First and second grade students will study diverse historic characters that have contributed to improve the community they lived in. Students will be guided to reflect on how these characters’ work has changed the world. Students will synthesize learning in writing and create a visual representation of their understanding of the topic. Consequently, they will present it to their classmates to receive and provide feedback to each other. The second part of the unit will incorporate students’ personal perspective about how to improve the community and what they would do to contribute to it. Students will follow same process as in the first part of the unit. They will complete the writing and visual piece to present to their classmates, explain their rationale and receive feedback from peers. During this unit, students will learn how to provide feedback and receive feedback in a respectful way that contributes to the learning environment.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Marisol Pastor-Cabrera