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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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

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

Comic Cam: Lazy F

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Willie Reale does standup about the lazy letter F. The goal of this resource is Spelling-Sound for Consonant Digraphs. ***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

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!‰ŰÓEd Emberley‰ŰŞs tale about a scary, multicolored monster‰ŰÓis 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

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

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