## Beacon Lesson Plan Library

### Lesson Plans - Language Arts

• 100 Years...100 Movies (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

Description: After students choose one of the top 100 movies to view, they research critical reviews and then write their own reviews.

• 100s of Ants! (Authored by Desiree Senter.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: What does 100 look like? What is the best way for 100 Ants to move on? Students will have fun counting to 100 orally as they use grids to display the 100 raisins they counted.

• 2004 Summer Olympics Internet Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Elana Collins.)

Description: Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? Have you ever been on one using the Internet? In this activity, students will participate in an Internet scavenger hunt as they search for the answers to questions about the 2004 Summer Olympics.

• 4 X 4 (Not a Jeep!) (Authored by Lisa Glenn.)

Description: Students working in groups of 4, complete a puzzle by matching terms and definitions.

• A Bar of Many Colors (Authored by Janet Greathouse.)

Description: Students use colored candies to collect data, construct double bar graphs, and find averages.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 1: Hull of a Ship (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: This is the introductory lesson to the Unit Plan: A Colony Is Born. In this lesson, a bulletin board for the unit will be started, Colonial Notebooks will be presented to each student, and a pre-test on colonization will be administered.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 11: Group Presentations and Summatives (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Group presentations will be for the next three days. Classroom students take notes on the presentations and play a card game for content review. On day four, the short answer summative assessment is given, and notebooks are turned in.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 2: Sez Who? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: This is the second lesson in a unit on colonization. It establishes baseline knowledge of students' understanding of primary and secondary sources and the likenesses and differences of them with regard to a selected historical event.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 3: Marking Time (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: This lesson swiftly travels through time from 1492 to 1607. Significant events are marked on a timeline, note taking is modeled, and a focus on reasons for leaving England for the New World is clarified with the use of a graphic organizer.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 4: What Went Wrong? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Lesson 4 focus is on Roanoke and Jamestown. Students examine what worked well, what did not, and significant events of the two colonies. Students emulate modeled note taking, use a T-chart for organizing the information, and make additions to timelines.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 5: Dear Mem (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: The primary informational source of journal writing is the focus. Journal entry traits and rubric expectations are established. Identified and charted by students, they'll be used to assess examples and be a guide for students' required journal writing.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 6: To Leave or Not to Leave (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: A pivotal point of the unit. Students, assigned a reason for coming to the New World, will utilize the resources in their notebook to establish an identity. Three regions settled will be identified, and students will associate with a particular region.

• A Colony is Born - Lesson 7 - 10: What's My Line? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: These four lessons represent the guided resource time that groups need to research their assigned regions, complete the regional guide, and prepare their group presentations.

• A Courtin’ We Will Go (Authored by Joy Rowell.)

Description: Students read a poem full of Southern dialect. Groups research and share with the class an assigned literary device, create a list of current words which may one day be considered dialect, and construct a poem about dating today.

• A Day in the Park (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students create written proposals that will accompany an architectural bid for the construction of a recreation center.

Description: Students gather information on the physical and human characteristics of Alaska (geographic theme PLACE).They organize this information on a concept map to be transformed into a geopoem about Alaska.

• A Goldfish is the Best Pet (Authored by Cheryl Stanley.)

Description: A goldfish is the best pet. What facts support this thesis? What facts oppose it? Use graphic organizers to help students select facts which must be considered in order to persuade an audience to agree with a given point of view.

• A Graphic Scene (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Using collected information, students compare and contrast characters from various texts within a Venn Diagram.

• A Growing Vocabulary (Authored by Kathy Boyte.)

Description: Watch your intermediate students’ vocabulary and critical thinking skills grow with this reading activity that also provides many opportunities for extensions.

• A Hungry Cat Searches (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students listen to the story [Panther: Shadow of the Swamp] to learn about the variety of plant and animal life in the Everglades and how loss of habitat impacts panthers. Students will alphabetize the names of the plants and animals by initial and second letter.

• A Look Through Time, Final Project (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: This is the final lesson in a three-part series seeking to answer the question, -How do we know about history?- Students will use previously gathered research to produce tourist pamphlets that highlight historical county events.

• A Moment in Time (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: A moment in time before shooting a foul shot or the moment right before a runner steals a base can make for a fascinating poem. Students study poems to see how punctuation, line length, rhythm and word choice can be used to create a memorable moment.

• A Pair of Anything (Authored by Brian Rowland.)

Description: Students utilize a Venn diagram as a prewriting strategy.

• A Picture is Worth a Fantastic Story (Authored by Elaine Padgett.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students select one of the photographs they have taken of friends, pets, parents or objects and write a story. The photos provide visual prompts and a supportive framework for their writing.

• A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Students compare and contrast characters from various texts and compile the collected information into several graphic organizers.

• A Play on Words (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: Students make predictions about the story Verdi, based on the cover. After hearing the story they will make a new list of descriptions, personality traits, etc. Students will select an animal and write a narrative story about the animal.

• A Short, Short Story (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students must write an original short story that cannot contain over 100 words.

• A Sneaky Poem (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

Description: Using poetry to share their ideas, students incorporate a subject and its synonym, and the parts of speech to create a Sneaky Poem.

• A String of Beads (Authored by Cheryl Stanley.)

Description: This lesson will allow students to visualize (through constructing a necklace) a plan for including the central idea, supporting facts, and a clincher sentence in a paragraph.

• A Tacky Cheer (Authored by Donna Rugg.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Would you make a good cheerleader? In this lesson, students make predictions, copy cheers, and make inferences as they read a story about an odd bird and his awkward attempts to help his fellow penguins win a cheering contest.

• A Taste of Blackberries (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: [A Taste of Blackberries] provides a wonderful shared reading experience for fourth graders. The main character in the story helps the reader understand ways to manage grief in the loss of a best friend and identify skills of a responsible family member.

• A Visit to the Rain Forest (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students listen to [The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest] to learn the names of animals and people found in the Amazon Rain Forest. They play a card game to arrange the animals in the sequence that they appeared in the story.

• A Whale of a Tale (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

Description: Students will research and gather facts about whales and use this information to create a narrative (story) with interesting and realistic elaborations.

• A Wing and a Prayer (Authored by Kathryn La Rosa.)

Description: Students improvise missing harmony accompaniment for a soloist performing -The Star Spangled Banner.-

• A-maizing Facts (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational text to locate the Northeast Woodlands region and understanding how the climate, location, and physical surroundings of the region affected the way of life.

• ABC Beat the Clock Adventures (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is an interesting lesson on putting letters and words in alphabetical order that involves games and cooperative learning to solve problems.

• ABC Bingo (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson reinforces the alphabet through a homemade ABC bingo game.

• ABC Detectives (Authored by Heidi Tilton.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students will alphabetize words according to the first letter while pretending to be detectives with magnifying glasses. Your students will also be working on their social skills and character development when working with their teams and partners.

• ABC Rhyme Time (Authored by Christine Davis.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After producing a word family list, students will put the list in ABC order.

• ABC’s of Ramona (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students list words in alphabetical order according to initial and second letter. Various lists of words may be used for practice; however, initiate using proper nouns for assessment in capitalization.

• Acrostic Poetry (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Using newspapers or magazines, students create an acrostic poem where words are divided into parts of speech.

• Actions Speak Louder than Words (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: No matter how good a written speech is, the delivery is what the audience remembers. Learning about and practicing volume, stress, pacing, and pronunciation helps students to deliver an oral presentation effectively.

• Adopt a Manatee (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this writing activity, students will learn about manatees and use e-mail to contact representatives about important issues.

• Alien Behaviors (Authored by Lisa Capon.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: Students work in cooperative groups to list and classify which human characteristics are learned and which are inherited. Each student then writes a letter identifying and explaining learned and inherited human characteristics.

• Alien Pen Pals (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: Students write a friendly letter to an alien informing it about the planet Earth. Students use editing skills and brainstorming skills to produce a final product.

• Alike or Different – You Be the Judge! (Authored by Patricia Morres.)

Description: Students write an expository paragraph after comparing and contrasting items of texture, taste, odor, and visual appearance.

• Alike, Different, or Both? (Authored by Christy Simms.)

Description: Students compare and contrast two characters from the play [The Diary of Anne Frank] on a Venn diagram and write a paragraph showing similarities and differences.

• All Aboard! All Aboard! The Essay Train (Authored by Brenda Lewis-Williams.)

Description: All aboard! All aboard! Ride the English Trax! Come and enjoy a train ride with [The Little Engline That Could] and learn how to create a five-paragraph essay train.

• All About Me (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: This lesson allows students to learn about each other and their cultural backgrounds and provides an opportunity for students to have a long-distance relationship with students in another state/country .

• All About Me - A Poem (Authored by Beth Hilton.)

Description: Students create a free verse poem about themselves. This lesson can be used to introduce students to one another at the beginning of the school year, or during the school year when studying famous Americans.

• All About Me-I'm My Own Research Project (Authored by Brenda Lazarus.)

Description: This lesson is an introduction to teaching students how to do a research project. Students learn how to categorize information about themselves and relate to categorizing information on sea animals for a future research project.

• All Mixed Up (Authored by Colleen Habhab-Strickland.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Oh no! I dropped the color and number word cards! How will I ever get them sorted? This activity actively engages students in identifying and sorting words into the basic categories of color and number.

• All's Well That Ends Well (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Beginning and ending are two of the most important parts of a speech! The middle is rather important also. Students check out the importance of organizing a speech.

• Alliterations Allowed (Authored by Mary Borges.)

Description: Students recognize and create alliterative language in both literary and commercial use.

• Alphabet Animals (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students create an encyclopedia of unusual animals, using a variety of resources to collect their information. Each student illustrates an animal and provides a brief description for each letter of the alphabet.

• Altogether Now, The Five Senses (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Popping popcorn is a fun way to summarize the end of the five senses unit. It is easy to involve all the senses.

• Amazing Adjectives (Authored by Andrea Austing.)

Description: In this lesson students will compose sentences that use descriptive adjectives to describe a specific food and day that they both like and dislike.

• Amazing Animals (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: Amazing Animals gives students an opportunity to use their estimation skills as they compare amazing animal facts to their human world.

• Ambient Pressure: Three in One (Authored by summer zephyr.)

Description: This lesson explains the differences in the three confusing terms used to describe pressure and their measurement.

• America Doubled (Authored by Andrea Raley.)

Description: What could you do with 15 million dollars? The US doubled in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Students learn about Lewis and Clark and experience traveling through the land like them rationing out what items they would need and their importance.

• American History Research with Visual Timeline (Authored by Carter Hannah.)

Description: Students write a three page research paper choosing their topics from a Washington, D. C. landmark and create a project depicting their topics to go on a time-line.

• Ample Apples (Authored by Sissy Gandy.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students make observations about the growing process of an apple tree. They complete expository writing and draw illustrations in a student writing book. This lesson includes a cooking activity.

• An Atlas of Health Care (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: Partner teams utilize programs such as Street Atlas USA and Student Writing Center software packages to research and publicize an alphabetical directory of maps that indicates the precise location of the community’s health care facilities.

• An Explication of Death (Authored by Cheree Brown.)

Description: In groups of three, the students will explicate 'Thanatopsis.' During this explication they will identify poetic elements as well as sound effects in the poetry.

• An Invitation to Simple Machines (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: The principal with a hurt foot needs our help! Students are challenged to devise ways to move the principal around the school by exploring simple machines. They then write an invitation for parents to come view the simple machines and web page reports that students create.

• An Overview of the Civil War (Authored by Diane Krapf.)

Description: Examine the history of slavery in the U.S. and how it contributed to the Civil War. Students will use available technology to research and present information in response to a series of student-generated questions.

• An UnCOMFORTable Situation (Authored by Barbara Johnson.)

Description: Students explore the relationship between the area of square units and their perimeters in a hands-on activity. Observations are recorded, and students begin to recognize that shapes with the same area can sometimes have different perimeters.

• Analogies (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

Description: Students learn about relationships between words and then are expected to figure out the missing word for a list of analogies. This lesson is a good lesson to use with ESOL students or students who are having difficulty with word relationships.

• Analyzing a Science Fiction Movie (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

Description: Students observe and predict how technology and scientific knowledge interact. They then discuss the societal ramifications of this interaction and watch the movie CONTACT.

• Analyzing Persuasion (Authored by Sherry Czupryk.)

Description: Students identify and explain the persuasive devices used in -I Have a Dream.- This is the culminating lesson of a unit on analyzing persuasion. See lessons with -Persuasion- in the title.

• Ancient Africa's Connection to Today (Authored by Wilma Horton.)

Description: Ancient Africa's Historical Contributions are told though the eyes of a spider, Anansi and his search calabash game. Fabric art is optional.

• And Your Point Is . . .? Part I (Authored by Lois Christensen.)

Description: This is Part I of a two-part series. Part I introduces students to point of view through a structured WebQuest. Part II (See Weblinks) extends understanding through student engagement in a variety of debate activities.

• And Your Point Is . . .? Part II (Authored by Lois Christensen.)

Description: This is Part II of a two-part series. Part I introduced students to point of view through a structured WebQuest. (See WebLinks.) Part II extends understanding through student engagement in a variety of debate activities.

• Angels of Generosity (Authored by Amy Hayes.)

Description: This lesson uses ANGEL CHILD, DRAGON CHILD by Surat to identify generous actions. Students will keep a generosity journal reflecting acts of kindness they performed each week.

• Animalopedia Poetry (Authored by Prudence Mason.)

Description: Students work in groups to research animals and write poems for an Animalopedia classroom book.

• Animals in Research - Right or Wrong? (Authored by Carol Houck.)

Description: Students research and discuss a sensitive or controversial issue and attempt to make a decision based on group findings.

• Any Way You Slice It (Authored by Farica King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, ESE - CL (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
Description: Using real-world text, students learn about the history of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while using a graphic organizer to clarify meaning of text. Following the activity, students write directions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Students then exchange directions and follow their classmate’s recipe to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

• Appropriate Responses (Authored by Brian Rowland.)

Description: Students work in pairs to practice listening and speaking to each other. Students offer input, make clarifying remarks, and demonstrate that they understand what they hear.

• Architecture Makes an Imprint (Authored by Kim Salesses.)

Description: Students will explore architecture of the world, uses of buildings and discuss architecture as a career. Students will work in cooperative groups and present their findings to the class.

• Are They the Same or Different? (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Using a graphic organizer, students synthesize and separate collected information.

• Are We There Yet? (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is the review lesson for the unit, Going to Grandma’s. Using the Formative Assessment Checklist and all completed summative assessments, the teacher reinforces skills and concepts using the activities from this lesson.

• Are You a Peacemaker or a Man-Eating Shark? (Authored by Teri Grunden.)

Description: Students work on the concept of "fairness" through a group activity, discussion, and written responses with conflicts/resolutions from a short story, and then produce a page on the computer (or on paper) for a class book.

• Are You for Real? (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

Description: Students review newspaper articles, magazine articles and advertisements to determine if they are informative or persuasive. They identify the methods that the writers use to persuade or inform the audience.

• Are You Listening to Me? (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students identify differences between listening and not listening skills. Students learn how to use good listening skills when trying to solve a conflict. Students role-play using listening skills to resolve conflicts.

• Are You Moody? (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Are you moody? Is a novel? Students continue their study of the novel, [Jacob Have I Loved] and their examination of literary techniques the author uses to grab their attention.

• Are You Sure They Lived Happily Ever After? (Authored by Diane Goodson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Have you ever wondered whether some of the fairy tales would have truly ended “happily ever after” if the story had continued? Predict what will happen after the frog prince marries the princess in the [The Frog Prince Continued].

• Are You Sure You've Got the Right Answer? (Authored by summer zephyr.)

Description: The student selects a problem to answer in the content area. Through the use of strategic questioning, planning, searching and information-compacting skills the student effectively uses the Internet to find the answer to his question.

• Around the Room Short Story (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: Once students are taught the elements of a short story, they will demonstrate their understanding by collectively creating stories within a group. This lesson will develop/ solve conflicts and show short story elements through listening skills.

• Artfully Speaking (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 12 of the unit [Native Americans]. It is to be done after [The Seminoles] lesson plan on the same day. Students will complete a My Favorite Artwork form and use it to practice speaking to small groups.

• At the Governor's Mansion (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: -At the Governor's Mansion- is a mock visit to -talk with- our state governor and his family while -touring- the lovely mansion facility. Students report interesting facts that they learn about the governor in the class-made book.

• Attracting an Audience with Purpose (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Making sure that the purpose of an oral presentation or speech, and the intended audience are compatible will help students become good speakers.

• Attractive Adjectives (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

Description: This ESOL lesson, that is part 3 of a unit, reviews nouns and verbs, then introduces adjectives. Students learn to identify and use adjectives in sentences, identify them in listening activities, and review all three in a commercial.

• Awesome Alliterations (Authored by Regina Letizia.)

Description: The learner will build an interest and appreciate poetry through writing alliterative poems.

• Awesome Audio Book (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students select and record a poem, article, or short story that incorporates images and sounds within the text to elicit emotions in the listener. They write an explanation of how sounds and images are used to elicit the emotional response.

• Bag It (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Using a paper bag or a gift bag, students create a book report providing information on the elements of the book.

• Bah Humbug (Authored by Nicole Briggle.)

Description: After listening to Charles Dickens’ [A Christmas Carol] and Dr. Seuss’ [How the Grinch stole Christmas], students create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two main characters.

• Balloon Bustin' Biographies (Authored by Idella Kruger.)

Description: Using balloons as inspiration, students choose a famous person to research. Students view videos, read electronic encyclopedia summaries, and/or biographies of a famous person from the past, then create a one to three page report.

• Bark/Meow, Purr/Snort - Oh, What a Voice! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: Students will do teacher directed experiences to understand voice in writing. Students will complete a narrative writing depicting two animals/things that are opposite by focusing on different voices.

• Batty Facts (Authored by Carol Cline.)

Description: Go batty! Students use a KWL chart as a prereading strategy to organize and display their knowledge of bats, nocturnal animals.

• Be a Celebrity and Share Your Life with Us (Authored by Patricia Morres.)

Description: Students become class celebrities by writing their own autobiographies and by sharing them with the public, the class.

• Be An Expert (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for Days 5-7 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read informational texts to become “experts” on a Native American culture group. They will record notes and make a project to inform the class about their culture group.

• Because I’m Big and Bad! (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students use -The Three Little Pigs- and -The Three Wolves and the Big Bad Pig- to identify cause-effect relationships.

• Become a Detective (Authored by Shannon Flynn.)

Description: Everyone loves a mystery and now your students can be the detectives! In this lesson, students read a mystery story while searching for clues to help predict the outcome. They record the outcome then finish the story to see how well they predicted.

• Benjamin Franklin and Electricity (Authored by Paul Baldauf PhD.)

Description: This is an interdisciplinary lesson combining exercises in Language Arts and Science, and includes discussions and written assignments on one of the seminal figures in science, Benjamin Franklin, and continues with simple experiments in electricity.

• Better to Tell the Truth (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: The purpose of this lesson is to teach students to distinguish between emotional and logical arguments in advertising.

• Big Brain Central (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: Students set up Editing Centers and become trained specialists in certain components of editing. Peers come to specialists for editing needs.

Description: Students work in cooperative groups to provide presentations on business organization and “Big Business” during the second part of the Industrial Revolution (1860-1910) in the United States.

• Big Dog and String-bean (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students read a story and identify the pronouns. They determine what noun from the story these pronouns stand for. They then enhance their knowledge of pronouns by completing an assignment that practices this language skill.

• Big on Biography (Authored by Lorinda Luther.)

Description: Students select a person to research for biographical information. Utilizing resources in the Media Center, students record information on note cards; students then interpret and categorize information for appropriate placement on a graphic organizer.

• Big, Bigger, Biggest (Authored by Melissa Lawley.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students demonstrate keyboarding skills to illustrate big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller, smallest in a transportation picture. (NETS for Students: 1.1 and 3.1)

• Bio-Poem (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students write a biographical poem about themselves using an easy formula.

• Biographical Research Paper (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Using resource materials, students write a biographical research paper.

• Bits and Pieces! (Authored by Priscilla Boan.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students listen to the story [Winter Fun] written by Rita Schlachter. They listen for information throughout the story that relates to the characters, setting, problem, and solution.

• Blooming with Self-Confidence (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Many children worry about not being able to do what other children can do. This lesson will help them understand and respect differences in readiness and abilities, as they read the book [Leo the Late Bloomer] and make flowers of their own.

• Blooms Connection II (Authored by Marshall Thomas.)

Description: Students will apply the Bloom's Connection strategy in their social studies or science class. This is a second lesson applying Bloom's principles.

• Blowing Kisses (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Fifth Grade students thank their mothers (grandmothers, aunts, god-mothers, etc.) for their first breath of life. Activities are pre-writing, designing a poem form, and making a card.

• Bodaciously Beautiful Butterflies Take Flight (Authored by Heather Watson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for K-1 students. The students complete a study on butterflies using real caterpillars. Each student keeps a personal daily journal of observations and completes a timeline for their caterpillar/butterfly.

• Body Systems in Action (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

Description: This is the last lesson, days 13-16, of the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students research the body systems. Cooperative groups create and present a short skit demonstrating how systems work together.

• Body Systems, Part I (Authored by Candace Parker.)

Description: Students work with the systems of the body through research.

• Body Systems, Part II (Authored by Candace Parker.)

Description: This is the second of a two-part lesson. Students create a multimedia presentation to reinforce the knowledge they gained from the lesson, -Body Systems, Part I-.

• Boo-ographies (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

Description: During the month of October, students are encouraged to read biographies of famous individuals from the past. Students pretend to be the character and give a short video-taped presentation.

• Book Jeopardy (Authored by Megan Siska.)

Description: Students participate in a fun, educational game of -Book Jeopardy- which can be used to review material before a comprehensive test on any novel.

• Book Selling Project (Authored by Megan Siska.)

Description: Students create an oral presentation that uses a visual aid to sell their books to their classmates with the goal of trying to get their classmates interested in reading the book.

• Book Share (Authored by Joan Jackson.)

Description: Students meet in small groups to reflect on and share their thoughts after reading a short story, poem, chapter in a novel, etc.

• Boston Spies' Report on the Redcoats (Authored by Francis Sicius.)

Description: Students collect information about British actions in Boston and send it by secret message to leaders in Philadelphia.

• Bountiful Biomes (Authored by Linda Webb.)

Description: Students work in groups to research five different biomes (arctic tundra, tropical rain forest, North American desert, African grasslands, deciduous forest) and complete a graphic organizer.

• Bountiful Butterflies (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After creating a symmetrical design resembling a butterfly, the students describe symmetry. Using their pictures students then write a story about the butterfly while focusing on creative ideas.

• Bowling Over the Order of Operations (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: After learning how to solve equations using the order of operations, students will use their skills to create equations that will -knock down bowling pins-.

• Brainstorm This! (Authored by Jena Lewis.)

Description: Students learn about brainstorming, and how to effectively use this prewriting tool for four different writing tasks - persuasive writing, expository writing, character development, and the development of vivid and precise details for any subject.

• Break Down (Authored by Mary Borges.)

Description: Students apply their understanding of the elements of plot structure and conflict to cooperatively create storyboards and speak effectively as they present their products.

• Break It Down (Authored by Debbie Hartley.)

Description: This engaging game may be used as a group activity for the reinforcement of identifying word parts. It could be modified to be used as individual assessment of the same skill.

• Broadcasting World War II (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

Description: Students create and perform radio broadcasts relating to events and situations that affected American society in World War II. They test their listening skills during these broadcasts. They practice by responding to tasks like those found on the FCAT.

• Buddy Stories (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students will write and illustrate short stories to share with a younger class of -Buddy Readers-.

• Budget Hungry (Authored by Donna Allen.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, ESE - CL, ESE - CO (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: Students create an expense budget for a meal at a restaurant. They learn the basic communication and etiquette skills needed to successfully go on a field trip to implement the budgets they created.

• Buggy Patterns (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This literature-based lesson is the second lesson from the unit plan Patterns, Patterns Everywhere. Students learn to identify, create, predict, extend, and use patterns.

• Building a Dichotomous Key (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

Description: A dichotomous key helps us understand diversity and identify unknown organisms. In a laboratory/classroom setting students design a dichotomous key.

• Building With Blends (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The students learn how to blend sound components into words by completing a whole group activity with the teacher. They then use this knowledge in a station activity game where they match word parts with blends to form complete words.

• By Dawn's Early Light (Authored by Edward Blackwell, Jr..)

Description: Students have the opportunity to explore the history of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” In the process, they explore how the lyrics of a song can be a form of poetry and the principles of cause and effect.

• C is for Cookie-A MEAN-ingful Graphing Activity (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Students work in groups to dissect a variety of brands of chocolate chip cookies and calculate the mean for each brand. Students create their own bar graphs, pictographs, and line graphs to represent information

• Can I Be Your Friend? (Authored by Ann Lyons.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After reading, [Charlie, the Caterpillar] to the class, students write one paragraph about how they can be a good friend.

• Can You Figure Language? (Authored by Robin Ziel.)

Description: Everyone always compares themselves to someone else, however, can they understand figurative language or compare two dissimilar objects? This lesson teaches similes and metaphors and how to understand and create them.

• Can You Hear Me Now? (Authored by Miriam Buchanan.)

Description: Students will explain steps to guide another student to reproduce a drawing. Students will also do peer evaluations critiquing articulation abilities.

• Cancer Public Service Announcement (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

Description: Students explore the causes and treatments of cancer by developing a Public Service Announcement to share with others.

• Capitalization and Washington, D.C. (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

Description: In this unit, students learn and practice capitalizing names of cities, states, countries, streets, buildings, bridges, and geographical places around the theme of Washington, D.C.

• Career Recruiter (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Multimedia and technology are integrated into a classroom presentation on a health-related career. NETS for Students: 3.2, 4.2 and 5.1)

• Careers in Criminal Justice (Authored by Bill Chapman.)

Description: Identify and describe the career opportunities and prerequisites in the criminal justice system using multimedia and technology.

• Cars on the Curve (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

Description: Students predict which car will -win- and then play a car-race game to test their predictions. Their results are analyzed to recognize patterns of central tendency.

• Cars, Trucks and Things That Go Sorting Fun! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is a small group activity in which students have fun sorting, classifying and writing about how they sort transportation vehicles.

• Cartoon Vocabulary (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: A student’s comprehension of a vocabulary word is tested by having the student draw a picture to illustrate the meaning of the word.

• Catch Me! (Authored by Jeanette Robaldo.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This read-aloud activity gives students basic ideas and vocabulary to speak about a leprechaun trap.

• Cause or Effect (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students develop relationships among ideas by recognizing cause and effect in sentences. They complete a whole-group activity then play a station activity game where they determine if part of a sentence is the cause or effect.

• Cause-and-Effect Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students go on a scavenger hunt to locate and identify cause-and-effect relationships in a reading selection.

• Celebrate You (Authored by Beverly Stanley.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This activity reinforces the uniqueness of each student on his/her birthday. The students learn through a pictorial graphing activity about the months of the year. Students write about their special birthday traditions.

• Cell-a-bration (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

Description: Students compare and contrast the structures of a plant cell and an animal cell by creating a graphic organizer and a food model in preparation for writing an essay comparing and contrasting the two kinds of cells.

• Cells in the Making (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: How do cells keep us alive? Through reading and hands-on activities, students learn about parts of a cell, and their functions in carrying out processes for life. Study skills are taught and modeled as students make entries in science notebooks.

• Cells, Building Blocks of Life (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: What is the basic unit of all living things? Through reading and hands-on activities, students learn about cells, and their function in carrying out processes for life. Study skills are taught and modeled as students make entries in science notebooks.

• Challenging the Human Spirit (Authored by Colleen Starr.)

Description: Students select a theme-related essay topic from [Night], by Elie Wiesel, or [The Metamorphosis], by Franz Kafka, and develop an essay that relates the theme to modern day personal experiences. The essay follows a preset rubric.

• Character and Choices: Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Authored by Jeff Gillard.)

Description: In this three week lesson, the teacher provides instruction in the basic elements of literature. By reading Dickens' novel students are provided the opportunity to understand how their choices can change their attitudes and behavior.

• Character and Plot Development Through Comics (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: Students are introduced to character, plot development, point of view, and tone through the use of comic strips. Students identify these four attributes in the comic strip and present their findings to the class.

• Character Comparison (Authored by Terri Griffin.)

Description: This lesson allows students to practice comparing characters from two stories, focusing on actions, motives, emotions, and traits. The Venn diagram is used to display the similarities and differences.

• Character Traits and People in Black History (Authored by Cynthia Lott.)

Description: Students read a one-page biographical essay and write in paragraph form how an African American has demonstrated a certain character trait.

• Character, You Say? Prove It! (Authored by Kathy Boyte.)

Description: Students complete a Character Map and a Venn diagram for selected characters in any text.

• Characters in the Chocolate Factory (Authored by Beth Brewington.)

Description: Books are more interesting when the characters come to life! Students will make creative guesses and compare information about selected characters from the book [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory].

• Choose a Book You’ll Like (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: After a class discussion of how to choose a book, students complete class and personal charts which will be used to help select books to read.

• Chris' Culture Club Cruise (Authored by Christine Broyles.)

Description: Ride the virtual highway on a field trip to museums, cultural centers, and exhibition spaces to discover exciting roles of public and private facilities. Follow various links on a cultural cruise of new knowledge and make local connections.

• Chunking Huck Finn (Authored by Lisa Glenn.)

Description: Students read a designated chapter of [The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]. In small groups, students discuss chapter summary and answer specific questions related to the chapter. Groups will present summaries, addressing answers to specific questions, thereby chunking information.

• Cinderella Around the World (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: Students compare and contrast two versions of the same fairy tale. Students use a Venn diagram to graphically illustrate the similarities and differences in the two stories.

• Cinderella Stories (Authored by Judy Albero.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: While doing this lesson, students will be able to remember, compare, and contrast two different Cinderella stories of their choice.

• Cite Your Sites (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

Description: Students get exposure to a variety of resources by working in a cooperative group to complete a literary scavenger hunt.

• Class Act (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students in small groups prepare a short videotaped presentation dramatizing a poem.

• Class President (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: Have you wondered what kind of person makes a good president? Students learn strategies to develop reading vocabulary and learn to identify comparison and contrast as an aid to comprehension as they follow Julio and his secret desire to become class president. The novel, [Class President], is used for this ten-day lesson.

• Class Quilt (Authored by Joy Whithaus.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This activity will promote acceptance of diversity within the classroom through the creation of a class quilt. Students will evaluate the final product to find commonalities with other students.

• Classified Clues (Authored by Deborah Shaw.)

• Classifying and Constructing Corners (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Students explore, classify, and define the various types of angles (acute, right, obtuse, and straight) that occur in the world around them. This lesson plan is the second lesson in a series on geometry.

• Classroom Behavior Role Play (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students analyze appropriate and inappropriate classroom behavior after listening to and discussing MISS NELSON IS MISSING by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

• Clean Air (Authored by Mary LaLane.)

Description: Students create a graphic organizer to clarify information for a presentation.

• Clouds of Spelling Words (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The students receive a folded piece of paper and copy the spelling words onto the paper with a word in each block. They then trace the spelling words four times with four different colored crayons. This is a kinesthetic way to practice writing the spelling words.

• Collaborative Compositions (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: This is the final lesson in an expository writing unit. Students are set loose to develop, draft, and elucidate information for a research topic. Students work collaboratively to write a paper as practice for the final task of writing their own papers.

• Color My World (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: Students write poems using color to describe their feelings and environment.

• Come On, You Can Trust Me (Authored by Colleen Starr.)

Description: Students learn to define and then recognize a variety of propaganda techniques at work in their everyday world. Choosing one technique, they creatively demonstrate a thorough understanding from real world experiences.

• Common Commas (Authored by April Smith.)

Description: The students identify where to place commas in a word series sentence and is appropriate for ESOL students.

• Common Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots (Authored by Deborah Jackson.)

Description: This activity is a fun way for students to identify word parts, such as prefixes, suffixes, and root words by cutting and pasting.

• Community Brochures (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students research facets of their community in order to create an informational brochure.

• Community Canned Food Drive (Part 1) (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: During the fall holiday months, the class actively assists the local community in the annual collection of canned food for needy families. Advertisements promoting the campaign are created with Student Writing Center.

• Comparatively Speaking (Authored by Sharon West.)

Description: Students learn to identify and use the literary terms simile and metaphor. Their knowledge will be reinforced as they are engaged in creating and illustrating two examples of each.

• Complaint Department (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students write business letters describing a problem with a purchased product and offering a possible solution to the problem.

• Composer of the Month (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

Description: In order to keep music alive in the schools, we need to validate our class. What better way to do that than to intergrate social studies and writing into the Music Class?

• Connecting Characters and Themes in Julius Caesar (Authored by Pat Mixon.)

Description: This pre-writing assignment prepares the students for the literary analysis. Writing one body paragraph gives the students the flavor of the analysis. The students locate, interpret, evaluate and analyze the relationship between a character and the theme.

• Conservation Critters Anonymous, Etcetera (Authored by Wilma Horton.)

Description: Students access one of the designated Everglades National Park Websites to understand the intricacies of conservation and relationship balance of flora to fauna.

• Consider This! (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

Description: Students draft a simulated email to the governor of Florida that includes their recommendation for the -heart of Florida- capital and provides support based upon research and established criteria.

• Constructing Contractions (Authored by Beverly Iacobellis.)

Description: This game was developed to reinforce the skill of making contractions and the use of the apostrophe in contractions.

• Continuation of the Revolution (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

Description: This is Lesson 2 in the Industrial Times unit. Students research information on inventions that occurred during the second part of the Industrial Revolution. They write and publish articles on a selected invention.

• Cooking a Few of my Favorite Things (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

Description: In this activity, students learn about the nutritional value of foods, calculate the measurements, and prepare a healthy recipe for the class. Then students publish a class cookbook with their recipes.

• Cool School Poetry (Authored by Barbara Hirst.)

Description: The students draw ideas from words supplied by the entire class on fifteen subjects of school life, and compose a four line poem using AABB, ABAB or AAAA rhyme, in the same manner as Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky

• Cool Words to Share (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students use teacher-selected vocabulary (can be from reading textbook) to present a written story to a first grade student. The book will include a glossary of terms and illustrations of the terms.

• Coping with Verbs (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

Description: This ESOL lesson that is week 2 of a unit, gives a review of nouns, introduces verbs, helps students understand how verbs function in sentences, explains verb tenses, and gives visual/verbal/written practice with verbs.

• Could You Elaborate on That? (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: This lesson teaches the parts of an expository essay and how to organize and write an expository piece from a given topic.

• Could You Repeat That? (Authored by Colleen Starr.)

Description: Students gain an understanding of the Oral Language Tradition of Anglo Saxon Poetry and identify how existing lines were affected by this tradition.

• Crazy Critters are Figuratively Fantastic (Authored by Andrea Farage.)

Description: The -Crazy Critters are Figuratively Fantastic- lesson uses creatures created from student’s imaginations to teach hyperbole, simile, metaphor, and alliteration in association with creative writing.

• Crazy Critters Creative Writing Assignment (Authored by Andrea Farage.)

Description: During the Crazy Critters creative writing assignment, students develop characters that take part in a narrative involving creatures that reside in a student’s imagination.

• Crazy Critters Teach Parts of Speech (Authored by Andrea Farage.)

Description: During -Crazy Critters Teach Parts of Speech,- students examine a paragraph they have written to determine the individual strengths and weaknesses of their writing. Included is a specific study of adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, nouns, and verbs.

• Crazy Putty Ratio (Authored by Georgia White.)

Description: Students mix various ratios of liquid starch and glue to make craxy Putty (their variation of Silly Putty) using knowledge of measurements and ratios. They chart their ratios, make observations, and write summary of activity.

• Create A Park Map (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: Students design the ultimate park experience for Florida families as they demonstrate their knowledge of map legend skills.

• Create Your Personal Shield (Authored by Patricia Morres.)

Description: For the purpose of presenting a one - minute personal introduction speech, students create a poster in the shape of a shield , which represents their individual lives by using art, photographs, magazine and newspaper graphics

• Creating Food for Thought (Authored by Cindy Listowski.)

Description: After listening to a selection of poems from William Cole's [Poem Stew], the students practice poem writing and later develop a poem on the topic of food. The poems are then compiled into a class book.

• Creating My Personal Animal ABC Book. (Authored by Louise Kent.)

Description: Students create an Animal ABC book to present to a young child. Along the way they research specific information about animals.

• Creatively Creating Expository Essays (Authored by Kara Davis.)

Description: In groups, students create inventions using common objects such as pipe cleaners that could have been in FAHRENHEIT 451. Students share how their inventions work, then draft expository essays explaining their purpose or how they were built.

• Creature Features (Early Grades) (Authored by Rhonda Cawthon.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students select an animal and simple reference books to choose and share pictures and facts about their selected animals through the construction of story boards. As a culminating activity, students make a video of animal facts to share with the class.

• Creature Features (Intermediate Grades) (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Paired children are to complete their own “creature and habitat” designs on construction paper. Writing a four paragraph narrative is the final step. Benchmarks include the writing process. Previous studies of animals and their habitats are needed.

• Creatures that Are Just So (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

Description: Students listen to Rudyard Kipling's "Just So" stories read aloud. After observing an animal, students create their own "Just So" stories and publish them on Beacon's SiteMaker.

• Critic’s Choice (Authored by Jill Blonder.)

Description: Students read three to five genres and choose one as his or her favorite. Students write an essay persuading the class to read the genre.

• Cruising Through Clouds (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students will be able to name the three major types of clouds and describe the characteristics of each cloud.

• Cultural Exposure (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

Description: This lesson explains why and how colonist attitudes towards the Native Americans and African Americans changed over time.

• Dateline: 442 B.C. Antigone (Authored by Patti Cogburn.)

Description: Students work in groups to write, produce, and video tape a newscast based on the events in the play [Antigone]. The students will describe the main events, analyze the main characters, problems, conflicts and resolutions within the play.

• Dead Words Come Alive! (Authored by Shannon Anderson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is an exciting way for second graders to learn about synonyms and increase their vocabulary at a rapid pace. It is designed to be used all year on a daily basis.

• Dear FCAT Checker (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: After several months of preparation for the FCAT test, students review how to write business letters, and write one to the person who will check their FCAT test.

• Dear Santa Claus (Authored by Carol Swanick.)

Description: Santa answers letters. Students write letters to Santa Claus to find answers to their questions. Students then become Santa Claus answering the questions in a response letter.

• Dear Teacher (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After reading [Dear Mr. Blueberry], a book by Simon James that models letter writing, students write their own letters to their teacher.

• Decidedly Different (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

Description: In this first lesson of the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am, students study why scientists need to use observable characteristics, how they sort the characteristics, and why they do so. Journal entries allow students to reflect and make inferences.

• Defending Great Literature (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: Responding to a fictional letter by an upset parent, students defend Mark Twain and the study of [Huck Finn] using persuasive techniques, appropriate word choice, and correct letter format.

• Delicious Words (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: Students work together to make simple menus more interesting by adding descriptive words. This plan works well with the Six Traits of Writing as it covers the trait of word choice.

• Demonstrating and Calculating Electrostatic Forces (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: A presentation demonstrating electrostatic force focuses on how electrostatic forces exist between charged objects.

• Descriptive Writing (Authored by Cheryl Carasick.)

Description: Students will have fun using descriptive words in an expository format to describe a food that they hate.

• Design a Character (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Upon completion of the novel, [The Witch of Blackbird Pond], students write a character sketch about one of the two main characters, Kit or Hannah Tupper.

• Destination Outer Space (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: This lesson allows students to use effective writing skills, their imagination, and their knowledge of the nine planets. Students use these three items as they create travel pamphlets to the planets in our solar system.

• Details and Observations IQ or the Eyes Have it (Authored by Colleen Starr.)

Description: After studying Chaucer as a master of details, student partners exercise powers of observation to create a short story linking unrelated details into a logical plot with a clear setting and established characters.

• Diagramming Annabelle Lee (Authored by Susan Taylor.)

Description: Using a Story Diagram Chart and a K-W-L Chart, students examine the parts of the Edgar Allan Poe poem, “Annabelle Lee.”

• Different Strokes for Different Folks (Authored by Rhonda Cawthon.)

Description: Students are taken to the media center to review various genre of literature, apply information and concepts to evaluate examples and locate specific genre, and search for materials for reading enjoyment.

• Dino’s Diner (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students create a modern day dinosaur menu to generate creative ideas regarding what dinosaurs would eat at an imaginary restaurant.

• Direct Express (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will explore speaking for different purposes (i.e., to inform, to express ideas, and to entertain).

• Disasters - Where, When, Why (Authored by Irving Kohn.)

Description: The student uses electronic technology to create and develop a database for U.S. disasters in the 20th Century and writes a paragraph.

• Disect a Toon (Authored by Debbie Hartley.)

Description: This lesson is an engaging way to introduce students to the literary elements of setting, plot, and character development.

• Do a Ditty (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students work in cooperative groups to create a -ditty- to teach the characteristics that distinguish literary forms to younger students. The ditty is performed before the class.

• Do They Agree? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students review and practice subject-verb agreement by cutting and pasting (using a computer spreadsheet or a print out), and by writing a simple paragraph in which the subjects and verbs agree. (This lesson only addresses subject-verb agreement) Students need prior knowledge of basic paragraph structure and knowledge of technology such as how to cut and paste text in a document.

• Do You Haiku? We Do! (Authored by Judith Rose.)

Description: Have you ever used Math to write poetry? Try your hand at it, writing Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry. Haiku is usually 17 syllables in three-line form, with a first line of five syllables, the second of seven syllables, and the third of five syllables. It is most often about nature, but can be expanded to include other subjects, which allows integration with almost any content area. This simple way of combining creative, yet informative, phrases, results is a fun way to teach this simple poetry form. Encased in tattered backpacks sit many sleeping pencils tools of creation. --adapted from Howard Yosha, Iam72hrstv@aol.com

• Do You Judge a Book by Its Cover? (Authored by Patti Cogburn.)

Description: Following a class discussion about stereotypes, students cut pictures out of magazines that relate to their lives to glue on bags to share with the class.

• Do You See What I See? (Authored by Shelia Scofield.)

Description: Students develop an awareness that a person's perspective affects what they think they see and what they really see.

• Do-deca-he-dron-It’s Greek to Me! (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: This activity is great for reinforcing and demonstrating knowledge of the elements of a short story. Students create a “visual” report of the literary elements with a short story. The report is a 12-sided ball called a dodecahedron.

• Does One Tree a Forest Make? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: Students take a walk around the schoolyard looking at and identifying the trees. One leaf for each tree is collected. A chart is developed that represents the population of trees on the schoolground.

• Does the Decimal Point Really Make a Difference? (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: What’s the problem with cheeseburgers advertised for .99 cents each or colas for .89 cents each? Students study the decimal dilemma and discover major math mistakes in the real world.

• Does Word Choice Affect the Quality of a Piece of Writing? (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Students will work in groups to rank a list of words from one extreme to the other, such as cold-hot, love-hate, etc. Groups will share their results with the class. After discussion and upon reviewing model descriptive writing, students will apply their knowledge by making more specific word choices to complete a descriptive writing assignment.

• Dog Gone Good Note Cards (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Students research a dog breed and create at least three note cards detailing information obtained about the dog breed. This is the first of three lessons that are part of a unit called, "Dog Gone Paw-erful Writing and Presenting with PowerPoint."

• Doing Dewey (Authored by Alice Clark.)

Description: Doing Dewey reinforces the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Students will apply their basic understanding of Dewey decimal classification to the process of book organization.

• Don't Eat Your Words (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Using different shapes of macaroni dyed various colors, students work in pairs to apply knowledge of punctuation rules to sentences.

• Don't Let Computers Bug You (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students use the computer, an Internet encyclopedia, and word processing program to write a paragraph about a bug.

• Don't Throw Away That Junk Mail! (Authored by Cheree Brown.)

Description: Students will use old junk mail to identify techniques used to attract and hold the reader's attention.

• Doodle Bug Family Web (Authored by Nancy Strong.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students doodle to create a web about their family to prepare for writing. All bugs are worked out prior to the final draft.

• Down by the Bay (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students will engage in a predicting and counting activity through simulated fishing as a way to identify the bluefish of St. Andrew Bay.

• Down the Knoll Without the Water (Authored by Lee Strain.)

Description: Students revise fairy tales or nursery rhymes using a thesaurus. They give synonyms for a selected word.

• Drawing Bugs Game (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

Description: Students explore probability by predicting the likelihood of rolling any one number on a fair die, graphing data, and analyzing the results of playing a drawing game.

• Dream Killers (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: What is a dream killer? A person? An idea? Students continue their exploration of figurative language and point of view in the novel, [Jacob Have I Loved].

• Dreaming to Come to America (Authored by Diane Krapf.)

Description: Students examine reasons for immigration to America, including economic, political, and religious considerations and conduct research to determine immigration history of students' families and compare reasons other groups have come to America.

• Dreams, Stars, and Beaches (Authored by Bobbi Shapiro.)

Description: In this lesson, students compare their own lives with that of a girl in a tenement building in New York City. Through reading -Tar Beach,- a story by Faith Ringgold, students better understand the hopes and dreams of the less fortunate.

• E.T. Write Home (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After reading [The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System,] the students will pretend they're E.T. writing letters home describing his adventures through the solar system in a journal format.

• Earth Bags (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students will write and illustrate ideas for helping our environment on paper grocery bags that will be distributed at the local grocery store.

• Easy Essays Step 1 (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: This is the first lesson of a three-step Unit Plan: Easy Essays in Three Steps, designed to guide teachers through teaching the five-paragraph essay to students.

• Easy Essays Step 2 (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: This lesson is the second step in the UnitPlan: Easy Essays in Three Steps. Students participate in mini- lessons which will encourage better essay writing.

• Easy Essays Step 3 (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: This is the third step in a three-step Unit Plan: Easy Essays in Three Steps, which has been designed to guide teachers through teaching the five-paragraph essay format to students.

• Eating More or Less? (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

Description: Students investigate by using the Internet to research the types of eating disorders and summarize their effects on the body by creating a PowerPoint presentation or poster presentation.

• Efficiency (Authored by J.P. Hamilton.)

Description: Students work cooperatively to investigate the efficiency of various household appliances. They share their findings in three to five minute oral presentations.

• Eight Stars in the Night Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Can you count eight stars in the night sky? This eighth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night skies. A page for the number 8 is added to students’ counting books.

• Elaborate Cupcakes (Authored by Judy Fox.)

Description: This lesson is a delicious fun way for your students to gain a better understanding of how to use elaboration in their writing. Students use several of their senses in this lesson.

• Elaborate It (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

Description: Students add personal anecdotes to expository responses in order to elaborate on a central idea.

• Electromagnetic Spectrum (Authored by Carol Houck.)

Description: Students investigate the properties of the electromagnetic spectrum.

• Email Buddies (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: Teachers set up an e-mail system whereby students in different classes or schools can communicate research-based questions and answers on a given topic. (NETS for Students: 4.1)

• Environmenal Detectives at Work (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: Environmental Detectives at Work engages students in an investigation of the influence of one human on our natural world.

• Environmental Quality in Our Own Backyard (Authored by Daric White.)

Description: This is a research project designed to increase student and community awareness and participation in local environmental issues.

• Environmentally Friendly (Authored by Cynthia Lott.)

Description: The focus of this lesson is to practice researching a project and write a formal letter. Students research using computers to gather information on wildlife management and use the information to write a letter to an agency.

• Escape to Freedom (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

Description: Students read “They Called Her Moses,” create a “Wanted Poster” for Tubman, compose a journal entry imagining they are William Still, and work in groups to create a newspaper depicting the incident of the runaway slaves and events from the time period.

• Espresso Your Feelings in Poetry (Authored by Dee Camp-White.)

Description: Students discover that using descriptive, figurative, and vivid language to write “free verse” can be a fun form of self-expression. Students create poems using online resources and share their creations in a “coffeehouse” setting.

• Estimate a Dinner Plate (Authored by Barbara Johnson.)

Description: Students work with a partner to solve the real-world problem of planning a favorite meal given a specific budget. Estimation strategies are reviewed and practiced to help students determine the reasonableness of calculations in a given situation.

• Ethos, Logos, and Pathos (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: After teaching ethos, logos, and pathos, students read -Letter From a Birmingham Jail- and -Civil Disobedience- to identify these appeals and write a comparison/contrast paper connecting these two essays, which were written a hundred years apart.

• Euro English (Authored by Peggy Craig.)

Description: Students read a short essay and cull out the directions. Then the students rewrite the essay using standard English spellings.

• Every Vote Counts (Authored by Brenda Heath.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: This is a multi-phase activity designed to increase student awareness and participation in the voting process.

• Everybody Else Has One! (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Commercials have an amazing impact on buyers of all ages. By creating a commercial, students become more aware of the propaganda techniques used to impact the buying power of the consumer.

• Everyday Use (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: While reading a short story, students make notations about characters on small, sticky notes that they will use in a comparison/contrast essay.

• Expert Review (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for Day 13 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will review both social studies and language arts unit concepts.

• Explorers of the New World (Authored by Pam Kennon.)

Description: Students researchan explorer and learn how his exploration affected the Western Hemisphere. They demonstrate competency in using Encarta, information software and present a Power Point presentation to classmates with two scanned drawings.

• Exposing Expository Text Structure in a Rainforest Setting (Authored by Laura Hobbs.)

Description: This lesson represents the first two days lessons of an expository text structure unit. In this unit students explore expository text structure through the creation of a thematic booklet containing examples of different types of expository text structures. Students use graphic organizers that correspond to a particular text structure and aid in clarifying meaning. Students locate, record, and apply their knowledge of signal words in both teacher-selected expository text and their own writing of expository text. This project culminates in the student’s reflection of their knowledge of the different types of expository text structure.

• Express Yourself (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This language arts lesson is for Days 9-10 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will practice speaking to a small group about their favorite part of a Native American tale. Peer partners will assess each other’s performances.

• Express Yourself! (Authored by Alicia Allen.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students work as a group to generate and play a game that displays an understanding of developmental level reading vocabulary based on a grade level checklist.

• Eye No the Write Won! (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students practice with synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.

• Eye Spy! (Authored by Polly Beebe.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Using a Mystery Bag, the What Do You See? game, and an on-campus field trip with Eye-Spy binoculars, students have the opportunity to use descriptive words in many fun ways.

• Fable Writing (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Using fables, students determine the moral or -central theme- of a piece of writing. Students create their own personal fables, editing for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

• Fabulous Alliteration (Authored by Madonna Scime.)

Description: In this lesson, students explore an alliterative tale called [Four Fanished Foxes and Fosdyke]. They listen to the story, then brainstorm their own lists of alliterative words and make their own alliterative tales.

• Fabulously Famous ABC’S (Authored by Christine Broyles.)

Description: Surf the Internet, library or even a textbook to find famous individual for a talk show at your school. Write script for an imaginary two-minute radio interview with this famous (past/present) individual.

• Fact and Opinion Detectives (Authored by Sarah Hebert.)

Description: In this lesson, students learn to distinguish facts from opinions in a child’s news magazine.

• Fact or Fantasy Writing (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This simple lesson introduces fiction and non-fiction writing. Students see that some written text is for pleasure and enjoyment while some is for relaying information. They get to experience both types during the lesson.

• Fact or Fiction - What Is Expository Writing? (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: This is the first lesson in a unit on expository writing called Info Expo. Students take a pre-test, compare and contrast various forms of writing with a Venn diagram, and explore the various formats for expository writing.

• Factoring out Disease (Authored by Erin Cramer.)

Description: Students identify health problems that occur during adulthood and list the related risk factors, as well as ways to delay the onset of or the prevention of the identified health problems.

• Falling Apart for Plot (Authored by Melissa Layner.)

Description: Students study the effectiveness of the plot of [Things Fall Apart]. They complete a story diagram and compete in a debate regarding the effectiveness of the plot of the novel.

• Family Cookbook (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: Family Cookbook is a published collection of recipes emphasizing number names and ingredients in a picture book format.

• FCAT Writes! Frenzy (Authored by Fran Mallory.)

Description: Students that are test anxious greatly benefit from this practice run. Using the two most critical features FCAT Writes! places on our students, time constraints and the unknown prompt, students experience a dress rehearsal of timed demand writing.

• Feed Your Cells (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: What happens to the food we eat? How does it help our bodies? In this lesson, students learn about the human digestive system through reading and activities. Study skills are taught and modeled.

• Figuring Out Frost (Authored by Margaret Walton.)

Description: In this lesson, students read “The Runaway” by Robert Frost and analyze it for its literal and symbolic meanings. Students then compare their personal experiences with the poet’s suggestions about youthful attitudes and behaviors and evaluate the poem for its effectiveness in commenting on this theme.

• Figuring Solutions (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

Description: Sometimes students express their resistance to learning academic concepts. This lesson avails students opportunities to discuss their attitudes and feelings so they discover possible ways to constructively respond to them.

• Filling in the [Holes] (Authored by Donald Hines.)

Description: Students use graphic organizers and note taking to help gain understanding and clarify meaning from the novel [Holes] and write daily inferences and generalizations about what they have read in that day’s assignment.

• Film at 11 (Authored by Abby Hill.)

Description: Students, in a two-person team, research, create, and present a TV news report simulation about a hurricane disaster in their hometown.

• Film Historian (Authored by Jill Blonder.)

Description: Students determine main concept, details, stereotypes, and bias through movies. After viewing the movie, students write an essay explaining the film's influence on issues presented in the film.

• Find a Character, Tell a Story (Authored by Patricia Morres.)

Description: Students choose a character from a magazine, complete a character sketch, and develop a short story placing this character in a situation.

• Finding Self-Reliance (Authored by Carla Lovett.)

Description: Using Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” students relate what is read to their own experiences and feelings and use active listening to respond to other students’ comments. Students synthesize other responses into their own thoughts about “Self-Reliance”.

• First Class Mail (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Upon completion of the novel, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND students write a Friendly Letter to Elizabeth George Speare, the author, discussing their points of interest in the novel with her.

• First Day at School (Authored by Aida Losada.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: What happens the first day at school? Let's read a story. Students will then role play and retell the story.

• First Things First (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: After reviewing the trait of voice through teacher directed experiences, students complete a narrative writing (focusing on voice) and an illustration about their earliest memory.

• Fish Count (Authored by Lore Davis.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students participate in hands-on activities in which they count and match objects to 10 or more using one-to-one correspondence and make a record of objects counted, which will be kept in a math portfolio.

• Fishing for Success (Authored by Shelia Ray.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Through a literature-based lesson students identify strategies to assist those in need. Problem-solving is discussed. Oral language as well as written will be emphasized.

• Five Fingers for Eating Lunch (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Where in the sky is the sun while you are eating lunch? This fifth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 5.

• Five Little Pumpkins (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn to play rhythm instruments as part of a rhythm band to accompany the well-known poem, "Five Little Pumpkins." They learn instrument names, playing techniques, and playing at the appropriate time. Students learn how to perform a vocal solo.

• Fleece, Feathers, and Fur (Authored by Ann Espersen.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The slide-show presentation and colorful website pictures in this lesson will captivate students’ attention. This is a great way to expand interests and vocabulary while teaching prediction and categorizing using the book [Is Your Mama a LLama]?

• Flight Fair (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: The teacher seizes the teachable moment to announce The Flight Fair, an opportunity for the students to conduct their personal investigations into paper airplane flight.

• Florida: A Paradise for the Written Word (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Using the pamphlet, FLORIDA LITERARY HISTORY, students read the article -Paradise for the Written Word: 400 Years of Literary History in Florida- by Kevin McCarthy and then answer FCAT-like questions to assess comprehension of the reading material.

• Florida’s Prize-Winning Authors (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: After students study a gazetteer of Florida’s prize-winning authors in a pamphlet entitled Florida Literary Map, they select one of the mentioned authors, research his or her life, take notes, and prepare a brief biographical report.

• Folded Fractions (Authored by Liz West.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students use various geometric shapes to represent fractional parts.

• Follow the Clues (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students read a story and predict words that make sense in replacing the nonsense words based on context clues. They choose appropriate words to match the meaning of nonsense words in sentences based on the context clues of the sentences.

Description: Orwell shows how leaders and followers in a society can act in ways that destroy freedom and equality. Choose a leader and a follower from [Animal Farm] and write an essay explaining how the behavior of each contributes to the loss of freedom and equality.

• Food for Thought (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 6 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students play a fact and opinion game concerning foods.

• Food Pyramid Picnic (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: Teacher and students discuss the food pyramid and appropriate choices for each food group. Students then plan a nutritional meal for a picnic lunch and make a class book. As a culminating event, the class plans and enjoys a picnic.

• For Sale-Ageless Water (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: This is a two-part lesson in which students research bottled water advertisements on the Internet and printed ads and then create their own magazine advertisement (second lesson) for the spring water in the novel [Tuck Everlasting] by Natalie Babbitt.

• Forget Us Not (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Students are reminded of the Holocaust and its terrible cost by examining literary selections that deal with the conflict of the Holocaust. They respond in writing using a word processing program.

• Formal or Informal? (Authored by Tresha Layne.)

Description: With this entertaining activity students practice formal and informal English by using teacher-created scenarios. Peers evaluate each other based on a questionnaire and discussion.

• Foul or Fair Ball? (Authored by Judy Smith.)

Description: This culminating activity to the novel , [The Pinballs], by Betsy Byars, reviews common fouls and possible alternative, positive behaviors.

• Four Animal Legs at Sunset (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Did you know that the sun is a star? This fourth lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 4.

• Four Corners Mystery: Where In The World Are We? (Authored by Gretchen Witherspoon.)

Description: Students use the five fundamental themes of geography to research and describe various locations around the world in order to pose and answer the four corners mystery, -Where in the World Are We?-

• Fragments Wanted (Not) (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

Description: Using a newspaper employment ad, students work together in pairs or groups of three to rewrite the ad using complete sentences. Then, each student will choose an ad to rewrite.

• Frank Oo Berry Mush (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: -Frank Oo Berry Mush- provides students practice in writing, incorporating reasons to support ideas and responding constructively to other’s comments.

• Frantically Fragmented (Authored by summer zephyr.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After instruction on recognizing sentence fragments, students practice changing the fragments into complete sentences. This is an excellent exercise for ESOL students.

• Free Reading Chart (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students will read library book daily for ten to fifteen minutes and then log in information on a Free Reading Chart, giving a brief summary of what they just read and then writing a brief reactionary response to the reading.

• Friends Helping Friends (Authored by Judith Bachay.)

Description: Emotional health is a component to the overall health of students. Students are presented with an opportunity to learn problem-solving skills through the lens of helping a friend. They practice effective communication skills by giving a speech.

• From Different Angles (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: The students will participate in a Socratic seminar discussing a person's right to refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

• From the Farm to the Factory (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

Description: Students practice listening, reading, and writing while focusing on the early part of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Empathy for the people of this period is shown through a series of letters that relate circumstances from the period.

• Gas Money (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students write, edit and produce resumés and cover letters in final form.

• Gee O Me Tree (Authored by Gail Ladd.)

Description: Gee O Me Tree is a unique way to get acquainted and create a welcoming bulletin board for your classroom as the students follow multiple-step oral directions and review geometric shapes.

• Genre Book (Authored by Farrah Milby.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Language Arts, Language Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: In this activity, students work in groups to present a genre to the class. Each group is given the distinguishing features of a genre. The group is to plan a presentation and find one example of their genre in the room.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 1, Lesson 1: Gee Quiz! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Geo George, the geometric puppet, introduces the unit to students. The children are drawn into a conversation with George to check for prior knowledge about shapes. Once relaxed and warmed-up, the class participates in taking the diagnostic assessment.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 1, Lesson 2: Math Mouth! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Ready for the challenge, Geo George has a wonderful game for teaching children the difficult and unusual mathematically correct vocabulary words encountered on the diagnostic assessment. The game develops student understanding of these difficult terms.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 1, Lesson 3: Math Moments on My Mind (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students begin a Math Moments journal in which they freely write about the day’s math immersion, recording personal thoughts about what they learned, something they are wondering about, a response to a lead question, and/or a letter to Geo George.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 4: Sing a Song of Shapes (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn five songs to define and develop understanding of the attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures and the meaning of mathematical terms. Through use of the attribute songs, students classify objects as either two- or three-dimensional.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 5: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Working in groups of four, students utilize song lyrics, past knowledge, correct mathematical language, and speaking skills, to name, categorize, and describe various two- and three-dimensional shapes and objects.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 6: Rhyme and Reason (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Practicing purposeful listening during this Shared Reading component, students experience mathematical language as it is enjoyed in the rhyme and reason of poetry.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 2, Lesson 7: Roll, Roll, Unroll the Scroll (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Entry in the Math Moments journal begins with student reflections on the day, recording personal thoughts about what they learned and/or something they are wondering about. Response to a higher-order thinking question rounds out the writing experience.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 10: Patterned Poetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Through comparing and contrasting related two- and three-dimensional shapes, students complete a Venn diagram illustrating the attributes of each. Using a poem pattern from another lesson, students use data from the diagram to write an attribute poem.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 11: Poly Doodles All Day (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students explore geometric vocabulary through creation of shapes on a geoboard. Oral presentation of design attributes, transfer of design, and color-coding components mix to create a fun and exciting lesson that stretches student thinking.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 8: Copy Cat (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students are taught the technology skills of copy and paste as geometric language is introduced. Skills are developed and used to create a computer-generated page defining attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes using the new vocabulary.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 9: Attribute Attitude (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This Shared Reading lesson has students participating in vocabulary building through the reading of and interaction with poetry. Each poem presents the attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 12: Geo Gee-Hawin' (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In order to review unit content, with specific focus on geometric vocabulary students are expected to understand and use effectively, Geo George plays a Math Mouth word game with the class giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge with geoboards.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 13: Where, Oh Where, Can the Geo Be? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Listening for geometric shapes occurring in the natural environment as presented in a student-generated story, students identify each natural object and correctly label it as the geometric shape that it is according to its attributes.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 14: Give It a Whirl (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Exploration of rotating 3-D shapes at varied speeds has students discovering, discussing, and questioning. Personal reflections move students to a hands-on activity that has them transition a two-dimensional square into a three-dimensional pinwheel.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 4, Lesson 15: Geo Jingo Jivin' (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this writing lesson, students investigate musical instruments of varying geometric shapes that correspond with the three-dimensional shapes studied, and write shape pattern tunes, which will be read and played by students on the geometric instruments.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 5, Lesson 16: Capturing "Lions" of Poetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students take to the Author's Chair and share poems written at home for the Capturing “Lions” of Poetry Literacy Link parent page. The class listens with purpose for the correct attributes of the shape for which each poem was written, as well as for quality speaking traits.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 5, Lesson 18: By George! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Taking on the identity of their geometric puppet, students write a script. The script describes the attributes the puppet had as a two-dimensional square and the attributes it has now as a three-dimensional character.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 5, Lesson 19: Hey, Hey, Whaddaya Say! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students rehearse scripts by recording themselves on audiotape and then playing it back to self-assess strengths and weaknesses. Individual student tapes will be sent home to afford further opportunity for recorded practice and parental assistance.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 6, Lesson 20: Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Geo George leads students and friends through a review of all targeted standards. Children don their puppets and join their character in chorus, conversation, and choral correspondence.

• Geo Jammin' - Day 7, Lesson 21: Dear George (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In their journals, students write a letter to Geo George reflecting on the unit, activities, and things they learned. Included will be their favorite part of the unit, the hardest part for them, what they learned, and their thoughts on their performance.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 1: Math in Motion (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Swirling, rotating, changing, sliding. . . stimulate interest with shapes in motion to prepare students for entry into the world of geometric design. Analysis and synthesis questions are served as the appetizer before the diagnostic assessment is given.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 3: Moo-vin (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Put the meaning of newly introduced vocabulary to the tune of “Hokey Pokey” and children develop an understanding through music and dance. Lyrics are read as a whole group and become a Guided Reading experience where more geometric vocabulary is discovered within.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 4: Transformation Station (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students predict the outcome of the slide, flip, and turn of a triangle by transforming their thoughts and ideas into informational text. The recorded text is tested for accuracy and through peer feedback is written to perfection.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 5: Do You Hear What I Hear? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Following directions given in poetry fashion, students apply newly learned geometric vocabulary to successfully create an animal. Reading informational text for key words and specific purpose and comprehension of geometric terms is the focus.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 11: A Stitch in Time (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Through reading personal size booklets, class discussion, and viewing of historical quilts, students are enlightened to the culturally artistic value of quilts, the importance of trade in meeting basic needs, and the conservation of natural resources.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 8: Can You Please Give Me Directions? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Guided reading strategies are utilized to teach students how to effectively read informational text. Challenged to cut a tangram, students read how-to directions and demonstrate their understanding of geometric terms to complete the task successfully.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 9: Bringing It To A Fine Gloss-ary (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students demonstrate their understanding of geometric vocabulary and informational text by working independently to create their own glossary of terms. Investigative exploration with tangrams creates an arena for critical thinking and problem solving.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 12: Jammin (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Utilizing learning aides, students are guided through a fast-paced review of vocabulary, language arts, geometry, and social studies concepts. Participation in choral reading, performance, and sharing of ideas are the means of concept clarification.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 16: The ABC of Symmetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Steps for an art project are used for guided reading. The activity develops a deeper understanding of how to read informational text, symmetry as it pertains to all elements of design, and art as part of history that reflects aspects of daily life.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 20: Listening for Patterns (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Knowledge and understanding of patterns are extended through the use of literature as students make enriched connections to patterns in the real-world and transferring ideas.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 21: The Important Thing (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Criteria are presented for designing a quilt block design. Students demonstrate their depth of understanding of math content by using their knowledge of the concepts and transferring it into a literary pattern to write a class big book.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 23: Colors To Dye For (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Experiencing samples and reading about colors in fabric deepen understandings that works of art reflect cultural heritage, that trade helps families meet their basic needs, and that people can use and conserve their natural resources.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 24: Read All About It! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The most important thing about this lesson is the class wrote the book themselves. It reviews symmetry, line of symmetry, congruent, slide, flip, turn, shapes within a shape, and patterns. But the important thing is that the class wrote the book themselves.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 25: Geo Jungle (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Knowledge of geometry is taken to the woods as students walk the school grounds in search of symmetry in nature. Their finds are brought back to the classroom, preserved by pressing, and then used as the focus of a student generated narrative.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 27: DeSigning Coordinates (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Geo dot paper is used as a grid for coordinate geometry, making a familiar arena for performing a most unusual task. Letters are assigned to each dot. The challenge is to decode each word using given coordinates and then to illustrate each with tangrams.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 28: The Mo-tea-if (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Preparing a fabric swatch for appliquéing begins with reading informational text and directions for tea dying cloth. The task comes full circle as students are given a piece of fabric, and use tea leaves to dye it to the shade of their choosing.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 30: Manipulative Mania (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Explore and experiment with creating designs with specific components is one individual activity that students engage in. As students transfer designs and use a checklist to check for inclusiveness, each is summatively assessed on selected standards.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 32: Applique-tion of Learning (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Appreciation for quilts as an art form, trade item, and as a way to conserve resources is developed by students reading and applying how-to text to actually hand appliqué a motif design to background fabric using three different styles of stitches.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 35: Scatter Brain (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The word is out! Challenge students to decode the message by locating the given coordinate points of letters scattered on a coordinate grid. Then, using letter coordinates from the grid, students write a coded message to parents.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 36: DeSign Sampler (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Using pictures of quilts, student groups follow presented criteria and utilize the role of each student to write quilt reports. This exercise affords students another opportunity to prepare for the summative assessment given the following day.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 37: Summarizing for the Summative (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Purposeful listening and discretionary ears are a must as peers listen to group reports and offer positive and corrective feedback with regards to content criteria. This summarizing activity prepares students for the summative assessment of like design.

• Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 38: Kool Cups (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Caution, fun ahead! Students read informational text and use mathematical language for the specific purpose of making geometric cups! Students proceed through the lesson to make cups per direction specifications. To test for accuracy, fill with Kool-Aid.

• Geo-Town (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students use a checklist to construct a Geo-Town map including a compass rose, a map key, and a paragraph about a walk around Geo-Town, using appropriate geometric and directional vocabulary to identify the two-dimensional figures encountered on the walk.

• Geometry Library (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students write and illustrate books to make a class library of math term books. This is an excellent review for the FCAT math test.

• Get in Order (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students practice putting events from a written passage in chronological order, both in groups and individually.

• Get Informed About English II (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

• Get Out of the Box (Authored by Nancy Slack.)

Description: Are your students stuck in a rut when it comes to writing? Get them to think outside the box with this lesson in organization through webbing.

• Get Physical (Authored by Brian Rowland.)

Description: Students research a physical exercise using primary source information. Students analyze the information and write a report that validates, rejects, or qualifies the information.

• Get Ready for FCAT with Music in Our Schools Month! (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

Description: This lesson encourages the integration of writing skills with music during Music in Our Schools Month, which is in March. Afterwards, the smiles on the students' faces when they see their essays displayed around school is reward enough.

• Get the Joke! (Authored by Carole Bennett.)

Description: Middle schoolers love jokes! Capitalize on this by using jokes to help them understand how word context and inference are used in everyday language to create humor.

• Get the Picture with Graphs (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Pictures say a thousand words, so let’s just picture it with graphs! Students examine line, bar and circle graphs in the newspaper and on the Web. Sketches of graphs are completed with emphasis on selecting the best model to depict data collected. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

• Getting Down to Business (Authored by Joy Rowell.)

Description: Students use correct business letter format to write a first draft, edit and rewrite a final draft business letter to their choice of vendor with comments of criticism or praise.

• Getting to Know My Apple (Authored by Louise Glover.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: By applying each of the 5 senses, students will compare an apple to unlike things in a similie poem. ie: The apple tastes sour like a lemon.

• Getting to Know Our Elected Officials (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: Who is your favorite elected official? Students choose an elected official to research, and share their information in a report. The report must be focused, contain supporting details from various sources, and use correct conventions including indentation.

• Getting to Know Our School (Authored by Akishna Glasper.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Who works at our school and what do they do? This is a great lesson for the first few weeks of school. In this lesson students explore their school and the various types of people who work there (school nurse, custodian, and principal). The students interview these people and complete an activity based on the information they have obtained.

• Getting to Know You Through Peer Editing (Authored by Linda Sheffield.)

Description: Students learn to formulate effective questioning techniques and understand the characteristics of the interviewing process.

• Getting to Know You Through Questioning (Authored by Joan Jackson.)

Description: Students have opportunities to get to know their classmates through 'personalized' sentences that feature one student each day, and offer practice in proofreading and peer-editing related to capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and/or grammar rules.

• Getting Your Students Started (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: On alternating days, students will begin class by either doing sentences for editing OR a gratitude journal. This is designed so students have a quiet activity which starts immediately at the beginning of class. The teacher is now free to take roll, etc.

• Give a Mouse a Cookie (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

Description: Students listen to story and record progression of ideas onto a chart.

• Give Me Five! (Authored by Kathryn La Rosa.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Children hear a story about cooperation and identify different ways in which they can use their hands for helping.

• Give Me the Seven Digits (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Using the telephone directory, city directory, and business directory, students practice locating specific information.

• Give Me Your Vital Statistics (Authored by Debbie Hartley.)

Description: This is a great -first week of school- activity that allows students to get to know one another while giving them the opportunity to practice their logical thinking skills.

• Go Far in a Car (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Traveling in a car can take you near or far. Through this literature-based lesson, students learn about rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

• Gobble Up a Good Story (Authored by Lois Johnson.)

Description: This activity is a yummy way to create a simple story line for an original fairy tale. The students use an edible setting and a planning sheet to help them put all of the story details in the correct order.

• Going Batty (Authored by Donna Nelson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: We are going batty! In this lesson students begin with the word "at" then learn about bats and other things ending with "at."

• Going to Grandma's (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to and reading [The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's] by Shirley Neitzel, students pack their bags for such a trip.

• Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Authored by Terri Burns.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is designed to enhance students’ ability to comprehend written text by teaching them how to think about the events in a story as they read.

• Gone to the Dogs (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students learn how to decode words by breaking multi-syllable words into basic syllables and counting those syllables. The children then play a station activity game that builds vocabulary and practices decoding multi-syllable words.

• Good and Bad Grammar (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: Students collect bad grammar examples from business signs, magazines, and other printed material and then individually teach a mini-grammar lesson on at least one bad example.

• Good Health Care (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

Description: Students learn about safety, nutrition, personal hygiene, dental health, and the effects of rest and physical exercise on the human body. Students become aware of the jobs related to each of these health areas.

• Good Snack,Smart Snack (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

Description: After completing a unit of study on nutrition, students work as company managers to design and advertise healthy snacks to sell. A list of ingredients will be listed for each snack and an advertisement will be designed to promote their product.

• Governor's Garden (Authored by Janet Greathouse.)

Description: The governor is planning to hire a landscape artist to design six polygonal gardens for the estate. Students create sketches of their plans and write an expository paragraph detailing their designs as part of the interview process for the job.

• Grandparents' Day Celebration (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Before Grandparents' Day Celebration, students make a family tree that dates back to their grandparents. They identify names, places, and particular customs and traditions of their family as well.

• Graph Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

Description: This learning activity is one of six in a station rotation where students go on a scavenger hunt to analyze how graphs are organized and used to solve problems. Students generate, collect, organize, display, and analyze their own data using a graph.

• Green Eggs and Purple Bacon (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. The class cooks and eats green eggs and ham. Students imagine a dish and write a recipe using a logical sequence. Students type, illustrate, and compile recipes into a class cookbook.

• Gripping Details (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: Students examine literature for examples of paragraphs that are developed with gripping details.

• Growing a Literature Tree (Authored by Nancy Adams.)

Description: This is one in a series of lessons on distinguishing features of literature. The students use prior knowledge of fairy tales and fables to create a literature tree map. They categorize literature as fiction or nonfiction and use bubble maps to show features.

• Growing Pains of the Yearling (Authored by Mary Borges.)

Description: Language arts and/or social studies students will study the characters, themes, motivations, and background of pioneer Florida life through video lessons on the novel [The Yearling] by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

• Guess What It Is? (Authored by Brenda Lazarus.)

Description: Students write and present a descriptive 'powergraph' that describes a secret object using prior knowledge of adjectives, clustering graphic organizers, and presentation skills. Authors read powergraphs and classmates 'Guess What It Is.'

• Guess Who? (Authored by Angela Raybon.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Guess Who? Students write riddles about each other using descriptive words.

• Guest Performance (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students use pretend television performances to practice how the media influence thoughts and feelings about health behaviors and distinguishing fact from opinion.

• Haiku Fun! (Authored by Yamile Sanchez.)

Description: Students learn about haiku poems and develop and illustrate a haiku poem of their own.

• Haiku Leaves (Authored by Michael Cyr.)

Description: The students use prior knowledge and first-hand observations of the natural world around them to create their own Haiku poems. The final draft is put on handmade leaves (from construction paper) to create an autumn-theme classroom display.

• Hands On Essays (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: Students relate the concept of individuality of geometric shapes to the individuality of topic sentences. Students write and revise a persuasive argument essay using the Florida Writes Rubric.

• Hanging Out with Stories (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students respond to a fictional story by creating a story structure mobile illustrating the main characters, setting, plot, problem, story events, and solution.

• Happy Birthday Class (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Birthdays are important events in children’s lives. This lesson integrates graphing and the use of calendars with their special days.

• Happy Birthday to Them! (Authored by Gwen Hafford.)

Description: Students use the Internet to "pop-in" on popular singers. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

• Happy Holidays (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: After using Chris Van Allsburg's POLAR EXPRESS as a writing prompt, students create a holiday story while working in cooperative learning groups.

• Harry Potter Alive and Well In the Sorcerers Stone (Authored by Barbara Nedza.)

Description: Want to make learning about an author's purpose more interesting and fun? In this activity the children brainstorm an author's purpose, and then they use their own imagination to draw pictures that illustrate what the purpose is.

• Have a Ball with Poetry (Authored by Lisa Rowe.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students will brainstorm words pertaining to the senses (smell, sight, touch, taste, and sound) about the beach by passing a beach ball marked with the categories. Students will write a free verse poem, using these words and adding a line about their feelings.

• Have I Got a Book for You! (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: On your trips to the library, are you tired of hearing the question, "What’s this book about?" If so, here is an activity to help students discover what books the library has to offer.

• Health Hunt (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This lesson is for Days 5-7 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students listen to speakers to learn about personal health behaviors that influence individual well-being.

• Heart to Heart (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: After reviewing the use of conventions through teacher directed experiences, students complete a writing using dialogue to tell a narrative story using correct punctuation.

• Heeeeere’s Pea O’Vee! (Authored by Susan Teare.)

Description: Students prepare, present, and perform a panel discussion in talk show format, role-playing the differing points of view of characters from familiar fairy tales.

• Hello, Santa! (Authored by Carol Hansford.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Do you need an exciting lesson to stimulate your kindergartners' thinking and writing skills? Begin this lesson by asking "What would you like to tell Santa?" Students peruse possible requests for Santa. Then the students dictate letters to Santa.

• Hello... I'd Like You to Meet..... (Authored by Dixie Wheelock.)

Description: Students interview and introduce each other to the class as an opening activity at the beginning of a new class, semester, or school year. This can be adapted to any group meeting for the first time.

• Help Me Find My Keys (Authored by Vivian Sharp.)

Description: Students write a five-paragraph essay on the topic: What mistakes have you made and then learned a life lesson from the experience? The teacher provides an example of a life dilemma, such as how to avoid locking keys in the car.

• Help Me Learn About the Holocaust (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: Students work in groups using presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint to create a slide presentation highlighting the elements of literature contained in Holocaust novels. The slide presentation follows preset criteria.

• Here Kitty, Kitty (Authored by Lore Davis.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students count up to ten objects in a group to find out how many.

• Here's the Answer - Now What Was the Question? (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

Description: Students write as many statements as possible that could be the answers to a variety of questions. They can follow the topic of study or topics of personal choice.

• Hero Spontaneous Lecture (Authored by Christine Schuyler.)

Description: Students select and research a real-life hero. They then prepare short lectures for their classmates based upon the research they gain from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

• Hey Mom, Are We There Yet? (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Students locate, organize and interpret information from a variety of sources to create a travel brochure for a selected destination of their choice.

• Hey, I Don't Have Enough Stuff! (Authored by Nina Treadway.)

Description: Students discover through this simulated activity that resources are unequally distributed throughout the world and that regions use resources differently.

• Hi, Neighbor (Authored by Jennifer Sansone-Berbert.)

Description: Students participate in an exciting way to greet and meet a fellow classmate and then share the information with others.

• Hide and Seek Vocabulary! (Authored by Linda Gobran.)

Description: This activity uses a unique strategy to build student word recognition. Student partners practice new words using their verbal, visual, and kinesthetic intelligences.

• High Wire Act (Authored by Serena Mirabella.)

Description: This activity is a follow up writing activity for [Mirette on the High Wire] by Emily Arnold McCully. The students produce a “high wire” time line with yarn and index cards to sequence events and then write an expository paragraph.

• Historical Limericks (Authored by Jennifer Snekszer.)

Description: As a class, students study an historical period. Then each student will write a limerick about a person, event, place, or artifact from that time period. The class will present the time period and limericks to an audience.

• History in my Town (Authored by Bill Chapman.)

Description: Students use multimedia and technology to research and present a historical event or period in their hometown.

• Holey Story (Authored by Michelle Gordon.)

Description: Holey Story!! Student groups create story sheets with missing vocabulary words. Students locate context clues, justify their work, and evaluate their responses.

• Holocaust Memorial Service (Authored by Jamie Berry.)

Description: Students pay tribute to holocaust victims through an art form, showing the students' empathy and victims' suffering.

• Holocaust Nightmare Revisited (Authored by Suzanne Kruger.)

Description: Imagine living through the horrors of the Holocaust and having these memories return years later through writing a book! After reading the autobiography [Night], students determine why Elie Wiesel was willing to relive this time of his life through writing.

• Home Sweet Home (Authored by Kathy Kelly.)

Description: Students create and implement a schedule of activities designed to help their parents improve their physical conditions.

• Honest Abe's Economy of Words (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: Students write expository essays using the FCAT writing prompt format and the FCAT scoring method and rubric after reading ACROSS FIVE APRILS and a study of the Gettysburg Address

• Honey I Shrunk the . . . Story (Authored by Sandra Arnolds-Patron.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Talk about making a mole hill out of a mountain! In this lesson, students use critical thinking to decide which story components are important to include in a summary.

• Honk If You Love Writing (... and Bumper Stickers!) (Authored by Jeannie Overby.)

Description: In this activity, students collect and create bumper stickers and examine how they influence people.

• Hoops! There It Is! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: Students will view and discuss the use of voice in writing through the in-your-face, aggressive, powerful messages of the Nike advertisements and the book HOOPS as examples of the intensity words can have and how voice is expressed.

• Household Products - Past to Future (Authored by Judy Marburger.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
Description: Students will research and explore the development of household inventions.

• How Can We Organize Study of a Given Place? (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: The Five Themes of Geography is an organized way to study any area of the world. It is the adopted method of the National Geographic Society. This is a beginning of the year cooperative group activity where students embark in discovery of basic facts about an assigned continent and are asked to organize their information into categories. The Five Themes model is taught and students reshuffle their information appropriately and make a display and class presentation of their findings.

• How Close Can We Get? (Authored by Shannon Nower.)

Description: Students guide themselves through the traditional outline structure by reassembling papers, which have been cut into separate sentences. Students then see “how close they’ve come” to the original paper and evaluate their achievement.

• How Do I Get There From Here? (Authored by Joan Jackson.)

Description: Students use a school map to create a charted course and a corresponding written description of the directions for travel from class to class, beginning with an arrival location in the morning and ending with a departure location in the afternoon.

• How Do I Measure Up? (Early Grades) (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students find out more about their bodies and what makes them different by tracing each their partners' bodies on butcher paper. They record their heights and weights, then compare them to the others in the class.

• How Do You Get to School? (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: How do your students get to school? Through this literature-based lesson, students learn that different things move at different speeds as they explore basic modes of transportation.

• How Does a Pumpkin Grow and Glow? (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to an informational article that explains the steps needed to grow pumpkins, the group participates in carving a pumpkin, and then writes the sequence of events needed to produce a carved jack-o-lantern.

• How Does Art Feel (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

Description: Bristly and rough or soft and smooth, most anything we can feel can be portrayed in a work of art as a texture. Imaginary or real, texture can add excitement and interest to your creation.

• How Does It Move? (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: How do objects move? Through this literature-based lesson, students review using illustrations and phonetic principles to understand words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore how forms of transportation move.

• How Does It Sound? (Authored by Letashia Betsey.)

Description: The students will participate in a game that uses the elements of grammar in an inappropriate way. They will transform the inappropriate grammar into grammatically correct statements.

• How Does Your Garden Grow? (Authored by Ann Everett.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is a fun way to introduce factors that influence the growth of living things. The students read [The Garden] by Arnold Lobel.Then the students plant seeds to discover what makes them grow.

• How Logical Is Garfield? (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: Students analyze the comics found in the newspaper for samples of logical, emotional, and ethical appeal. They write a paragraph for each selected comic strip explaining how the comic strip represents the use of logic, emotions, or ethics.

• How Long Is Forever? (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: Students use graphic organizers to predict events that may take place in the novel, [Tuck Everlasting] and make inferences about what is read.

• How Much Is Too Much? (Authored by Dorothy Davis.)

Description: Students observe the construction and workings of an aquifer. They record and react to the effects of pollution on the aquifer.

• How the Pig Got a Curl in His Tail (Authored by Ann Nichols.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The students listen to a retold story from my childhood, They demonstrate comprehension using visual and concrete materials to retell the story.

• How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation (Authored by Sheila Sexton.)

Description: This activity is designed to help students become familiar with creating a PowerPoint presentation. After being given a demonstration of how PowerPoint works, students create a PowerPoint slide presention that can be used in another subject area. (NETS for Students: 3.1 and 3.2)

• Human Fax Machines (Authored by Lilith Reller.)

Description: This activity is a fun way to introduce the technological communication process. The student uses verbal instructions to command another student to duplicate his/her building blocks. ISTE Standards 1 and 4.

• Human Impact on the Everglades Environment (Authored by Cheryl Darbyshire.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
Description: Students research changes the Army Corps made in Everglades, focus on the human impact on the environment, design graphic organizers, summary statements, develop a Florida map of the Everglades region and give a presentation about what they learned.

• Human Sentences (Authored by Leslie Dobbs.)

Description: This lesson allows students a hands-on opportunity to learn grammar. The students will work in groups to create human sentences to demonstrate for the class how to correctly use commas when punctuating dates in sentences.

• I Am a Book (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Students are encouraged to take advantage of their right to read books.

• I Choose Card # . . . (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

Description: Students practice problem solving and creative thinking in order to develop an answer/solution for the prompt on a chosen activity card.

• I Hate My Sibling? (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Can you truly hate your sibling? Students explore this controversial question and examine literary techniques used by the author as they begin to read the book [Jacob Have I Loved].

Description: Students will create a portfolio that reflects knowledge of present day professional musicians or individuals related to the music industry.

• I Highly Recommend It (Authored by Carmel Monaghan.)

Description: After reading "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" by Christopher Paul Curtis, students submit critical reviews via the Internet as a way to publish their personal responses to the novel.

• I Just Want to Say (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: I just want to say- I love you, I hate you, things haven’t been easy for me, and much more. Through the use of poetry, people can relay a powerful message. Students study poetic devices included in conversation poems and explore their eloquent messages.

• I Like Me (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson celebrates the uniqueness of students and what they like about themselves. Students make collages and display them in the classroom

• I Love Navarre (Authored by Regan Lee.)

Description: The Navarre Beach area (or your area) is growing rapidly. The Chamber of Commerce wants help in creating a brochure for families with middle-school students who may be moving to our area. Students engage in a project-based lesson to provide the needed information. Note: This lesson addresses only the part of LA.B.2.3.3 dealing with using appropriate formats, presenting the brochure as one type of persuasive format. This lesson only addresses the part of LA.B.1.3.3 that deals with producing final documents that have been edited for correct spelling and punctuation. Students should have had prior experience and instruction in editing.

• I Need Air (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: Our cells need oxygen to live, but how do they get the oxygen? In this lesson, students learn about the organs of the respiratory system as they read articles and participate in activities. Study skills are taught and modeled.

• I Nominate My Friend (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students review friendly letter writing skills and the use of descriptive language. Students practice writing persuasive letters, with help from teacher and peers. Letters are then written to nominate his or her friend for Friend of the Year.

• I Think Mom Loves You Best (Authored by Margaret Graham.)

Description: This is an introductory lesson for teaching the literary element, point of view. Students apply understanding of information from a picture book story to write their own family position paragraphs.

• I'll Take One! (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: Students collectively create a product , slogan, and advertisments for different types of media using their senses with different types of appeals.

• I'm A Poet and Now I Know It (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: This is the final phase of the poetry unit, I’m a Poet and Didn’t Know It! Using ideas generated from other poems and their own inspiration, students create original poetry. A celebration is included as students bind and submit poems for publication.

• I’m a Little Crab Pot (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Students delve more deeply into figurative language and conflict/resolution as they complete the novel, Jacob Have I Loved.

• I’m Convinced! (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: After learning about the various kinds of persuasive techniques used to sell products, students create and write an advertisement for peanut butter.

• Idea Generator (Authored by Jeanette Robaldo.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This read aloud activity helps students generate ideas for writing.

• If The Shoe Fits (Authored by Alison Hannon.)

Description: Shoes, shoes, and more shoes! But [whose] shoes could [these] be? Collect some unwanted shoes of all styles and sizes. Delight as your students “tie-in” detailed descriptions and create vivid images in their writing.

• Illustrated Quotes of Julius Caesar (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students make a booklet of twenty illustrated quotations from William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar.

• Imagine That (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: Information dangles from the ceiling! That’s the effect when students gather information using a variety of references and create mobiles of inventions or scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 5 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

• Improving the Quality of Life (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

Description: This lesson focuses on contributions made by individuals of diverse backgrounds in medicine, science and technology.

• In a Pickle (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students listen to a story that uses homonyms and figurative language throughout the text. They illustrate the literal and figurative meanings of some figures of speech.

• In Conclusion (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students are introduced to the reading skill of drawing conclusions from a story. The children then use this skill to draw conclusions of their own from several stories.

• In Line with Time (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students participate in constructing timelines of significant contributions in the field of communication. Class interaction follows to provide practice in interpreting the order of events.

• In Search of Food . . . Living Off the Vegetation (Authored by summer zephyr.)

Description: Students locate information from a variety of sources, to describe what Indians gathered and how they sustained life. Using five sources students select a paragraph from each and state the main idea and supporting details.

• In Summary (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students use a text to practice summarizing and matching summaries to the correct text.

• In the Blink of An Eye (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: Students record data, both in written form and digitized form, on a field trip to Marianna Caverns that is then compiled into an A-to-Z Environmental Book. (NETS for Students 3.1, 3.2, 4.2 and 5.1)

• In the Presence of Oxygen (Authored by Kathy Kelly.)

Description: Working in groups, students design a poster depicting aerobic and anaerobic exercises or activities. Posters are set up at stations for students to examine and determine which activities are aerobic and which are anaerobic.

• Incredible Inventions That Make A Difference (Authored by Beverly Simpkins.)

Description: Students use reading and research skills to effectively retrieve and synthesize information about inventions that have made an impact in their lives. This is an introductory lesson on developing timelines.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson 1: I Pledge Allegiance! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: This is the introductory lesson to the Unit Plan: Independent – To Be or Not To Be? In this lesson, national symbols of freedom and speech strategies are introduced, tokens are distributed, and the unit diagnostic is administered.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson 2: Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: This lesson is designed to have students seek and find and record visually, and in sequential order, thirteen significant events that led to the Americans fight for independence and thus the start of the American Revolution.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson A: View and Re-View (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: The elements of an oral presentation are introduced under the guise of writing a paper and presented in the form of a KWL. Students supply the details for the introduction, body, and conclusion of an oral presentation.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson B: To Arms! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Through the exploration of new vocabulary words and utilizing the KWL chart started in Lesson 2, students are introduced to the verbal and non-verbal components of an oral presentation.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson 3: In the Course of Human Events (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Building and scaffolding on scanning techniques, students locate information from teacher-selected text in search of answers and details to leading question(s) for each of thirteen events.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson C: Freedom of Speech (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Students expand their understanding of verbal, non-verbal, and visual aid components of an oral presentation by exploring three relationships: What is it? What is it like? What is an example?

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson D: Intestinal Fortitude (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Through expansion of their understanding of content components, students will begin preparation for their oral presentations.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson E: In My Opinion . . . (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Building on retelling of significant events from QAD information, students record personal reflections and opinions using the Mountains to Climb self-reflection sheet.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 3, Lesson F: Coming to Terms (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Students will develop a better understanding of significant events and reasons leading up to the Revolutionary War through the exploration of content vocabulary.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 6, Lesson 4: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Students play a version of the game [Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?] as a review for knowledge and understanding of significant events, reasons leading to the American Revolution, and the difference between fact and opinion.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 7, Lesson 5: A Novel Idea (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Students read a historical novel through a chapter-by-chapter reading, recording and re-telling presentation by small groups of students. Students have practice creating and utilizing a visual aid and the Oral Presentation Rubric.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 8, Lesson 6: Weave a Web of Words (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Students will apply writing strategies to web their ideas and write a first draft for their summative oral presentations in which they will address the guiding question, Independent – To Be Or Not To Be?

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson 7: Press Conference (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Working in small groups, students practice their oral presentations using their written drafts. Peer members use the Oral Presentation Rubric for assessing and giving positive and corrective feedback on the practice performance.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson 8: Assessing the Casualties (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Guided reading strategies are used to understand misreads on scored content assessments and how they affect the outcome of an assessment. Students apply this information to revise presentations and develop test-taking skills.

• Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson G: Say It Again, Uncle Sam (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

Description: Students revise their oral presentation content drafts, presentation skills, and visual aids using Press Conference feedback and Content Assessment feedback.

• Indians of the Plains (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for Day 11 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Plains region and how they affected the lives of the Plains Indians. Students work in centers to create related projects.

• Information Sensation! (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: This is the second lesson in a unit on expository writing. Students are brought up to speed on narrowing the topic, conducting research, and creating source cards. Students practice recording bibliographic information in a research scavenger hunt.

• Information Shuffle (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: This is the fifth lesson in an expository writing unit. Students are set loose to explore, examine, and evaluate information for a research topic. Ultimately, students shuffle and physically sort their note cards into an organizational pattern for writing.

• Ingredients for a Story (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: This lesson teaches students the three elements (characters, plot, and setting) needed to create a story.

• Inquiring Minds Want to Know (Authored by Carolyn Modawell.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn to ask questions and to listen to responses by interviewing people.

• Inside Information (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students use a variety of references and write to inform as they explore significant inventors and inventions and the impact of the inventions in the field of communication.

• Integrating Language Arts, Health, and Visual Art (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

Description: A 4th grade art lesson using health education ideas is modified to include a language arts activity and computer work.

• Interaction Actions (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

Description: This is the fourth lesson on the sixth day of the Unit, What Makes Me Who I Am? In this lesson, students work in cooperative groups to brainstorm characteristics that are the result of interaction with the environment.

• Internet Art Research (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

Description: Upper-elementary students choose two artists from a Yahooligans search of African-American artists, answer questions on an Artist Biography Checksheet, and write an essay on the differences and similarities of the two styles.

• Intriguing Beginnings (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: Students become Doctors of Intrigue as they search for the ever illusive intriguing beginning. Guided practice is provided for developing this writing skill.

• Introducing the Incredible RBT-2000 (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

Description: Students work cooperatively to construct a miniature robot using recyclable materials They individually write a descriptive explanation from the robot's point of view explaining how it will aid in protecting the environment.

• Introducing World War II (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

Description: Students practice listening skills while getting an overview of the events of WWII. Emphasis is placed on events mentioned in the novel, [Jacob Have I Loved]. Writing an FCAT style short response on one of the focal events assesses writing skills.

• Introduction to Classification (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

Description: Classification is a systematic method used to diversify, categorize and organize animate and inanimate objects. Students explore these relationships by designing a classification system.

• Inventing a New Life (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

Description: Students research information on selected inventions of the latter part of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. They then write persuasive essays on which invention they consider to be the most important. Using their essays as reference, students attempt to sway a talk-show audience toward their choices for the most important invention.

• Invertebrates, No Backbone, No Problem (Authored by Cheryl Darbyshire.)

Description: Students study characteristics of invertebrates, observe a micro-habitat for two weeks, research an invertebrate, create a profile poster, and present a report.

• Investigating Langston Hughes (Authored by Joan Phillips.)

Description: The students will read and appreciate the writing of great American Authors. For example, Langston Hughes was the first African American author to be published and widely acclaimed in the literature world. An investigation into his life and times will give students an insight to his genius. Long term goal: The students will use technology to garner information about famous American authors. The students will have selected sites to explore. The students will learn to save that information from the internet to a disk. The disk will store the data and pictures that will be used later for a PowerPoint presentation. (See PowerPoint attachment.)

• Irish Literature Alive (Authored by M. Joy Gorence.)

Description: Literature of Ireland comes alive with an introduction to the writings of Mc Court, Heaney and Yeats.

• Irish Literature Scavenger Hunt (Authored by M. Joy Gorence.)

Description: Students locate and evaluate various books, journals, anthologies, and Internet sources that contain information that may be used in answering the scavenger hunt questions related to Ireland and Irish literature.

• Is It Real? (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The students learn how to determine whether a text is fact or fiction by completing a whole-group activity with the teacher. They then use this knowledge in a small-group station activity game where they determine if sentences are fact or fiction.

• Is It Too Broad? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students play a class game to learn to identify and classify levels of specificity among words.

• Is That a Bird in Your Hat? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After learning about adaptations animals need for survival, students imagine they find an injured bird. They create a clay bird and nest to stimulate creative writing. The lesson includes an integrated week-long art, science, and writing activity.

• Is That a Fact, Harry? (Authored by Gail Faughn.)

Description: Students examine short excerpts from books and determine whether each one is fact, fiction, or opinion.

• Is that a Fact? (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

Description: Students will be given a newspaper article. They will predict the content based on the title, read and chart fact and opinion statements, and conclude by summarizing the article.

• Is that a Fact? Reading the Newspaper (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students work in small groups to identify facts and opinions in a selected reading sample.

• Is There Room on the Bus? (Authored by Robin Downing.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After fixing up a rickety bus, Sam sets off around the world, picking up an alliterative assortment of animals, from one lonely lion to ten bothersome bees along the way. This is an exciting way to explore beginning, middle, and end with young children.

• Islam or Christianity? (Authored by Eric Miles.)

Description: After studying the Byzantine Empire, students make a mosaic representing Constantinople under Christian or Muslim rule.

• It Is a Job (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students read a non-fiction book about a career and write a six-paragraph expository composition about the book.

• It's Haiku Time! (Authored by Sherrie Consolazio.)

Description: This lesson is a fun and creative way to introduce your students to Haiku's. The learner will develop and illustrate an original Haiku poem.

• It's in the Paper! (Newspaper In Education Unit) (Authored by Anne Zahra.)

Description: Students brainstorm a list of the kinds of information found in newspapers, present examples, and state how reading a newspaper is useful to them and people they know. They also demonstrate understanding of the term mass media.

• It's Oobleck (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to the story [Bartholomew and the Oobleck], students will be able to list information that they learn about Oobleck and use context clues to construct a meaning for Oobleck.

• It's Raining Idioms! (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: Through illustrations and paraphrasing, students will analyze idioms in order to comprehend their literal meanings.

• It's That Time of Year (Authored by Brian Rowland.)

Description: Students devise a system for organizing and displaying information they collect about Florida colleges.

• It's the Real Thing (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein is read to the students followed by a discussion of what is real in the story and what is make-believe. The students then read some sentences and decide if they are real or make-believe.

• It's Time for a Rhyme (Authored by Jolene Poppell.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: A Wocket in Your Pocket? Introduce rhyming skills to your students by using the Dr. Seuss favorite to begin the lesson. Students will play a rhyming game after hearing and reading [There's a Wocket in My Pocket].

• Jack O' Lantern, Jack O' Lantern (Authored by Judith Rose.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Halloween is an exciting time for young children. Capitalize on their excitement while reinforcing color identification, holiday symbols, and language arts skills with this lesson built on the much-loved book [Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?] by Bill Martin, Jr.!

• Jazz-Age Intrigue (Authored by Lisa Glenn.)

Description: After reading THE GREAT GATSBY students will demonstrate their understanding of the jazz-age using jazz-age terms to create an original story, scene, or letter.

• Jimmy Jett and His TV Set (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: What would happen if we don’t accept responsibility for our actions? Through the use of the fun poem, “Jimmy Jett and His TV Set,” students learn the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health.

• Job Interviews (Authored by summer zephyr.)

Description: Through the use of role-playing strategies as well as video taping, students practice skills required for effective job interviewing and listening skills.

• Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Have you wondered how many workers are needed to move people and cargo? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

• Johnny Appleseed Pops Up (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After hearing the story of Johnny Appleseed (see book title below), students will use the writing process to recount details from the book to create their own pop-up book about his life.

• Joining Hands (Authored by Virginia Spivey.)

Description: Students explore the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction in a "hands-on" activity based on the fact families of ones, twos, and threes.

• Just Because (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: Students listen to a story and determine the cause and effect relationship of one event in the story. Students then write about and illustrate cause and effect sentences that relate to them.

• Just Plan It! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: This lesson teaches the importance of prewriting activities and how stories are written from a -planning sheet-.

• Just the Facts (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students read a story and determine if the example sentences about the story are facts or opinions. They then demonstrate their proficiency in assessing whether sample sentences are facts or opinions.

• Just the Facts, Ma’am (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: Techniques are used to promote strategic reading and writing. Students are taught to use print variations, key words, section headings, tables of content and chapter titles as a means of organizing non-fiction information and producing end documents.

• Just Write It! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: Students write a narrative story from a planning sheet.

• Keeping an "I" Out for the Answers (Authored by Ann Pearson.)

Description: Students use an I-Chart to locate and gather information from several sources.

• Labor Pains (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

Description: This is an inquiry lesson where students read an account of the Chicago Haymarket Riot of 1886 and identify questions that need to be addressed to understand the historical circumstances surrounding the event. Student groups then research individual questions and present answers to the whole class, thus explaining the labor situation during this time.

• Langston Hughes (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Come and enjoy Langston Hughes' poetry and lyrics via the Internet. No books needed!

• Language Arts Through Web Page Research (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

Description: Students research their school's Web page and another school's Web page in a different school district. Then, they write a friendly letter (hard-copy) to a student in the other school.

• Language for Sale (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Students rewrite a catalogue description of an item for sale. The new ad reflects a change in the voice of the writing, and the writing is edited for conventions.

• Laundry List of Idioms (Authored by Abby Hill.)

Description: Using the idiom -laundry list- as an example, students create paper items representing things seen on a clothesline that visually and in written form depict common idioms.

• Lead Me On - Writing Lively Leads for Book Reviews (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Using the concepts found in a PowerPoint presentation, students learn to write leads for book reviews that attract readers and stimulate book interest.

• Leading into Good Writing (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Students identify and create “leads” for art work and essays.

• Learning to Love That Poetry (Authored by Melody Ernest.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Use the book [Love That Dog] by Sharon Creech to inspire and teach children how to enjoy reading and writing several types of poetry.

• Learning Words (Authored by Lee Parrish.)

Description: After reading, [All Those Secrets of the World] students develop vocabulary by actively defining words using skills other than USING THEIR DICTIONARIES FIRST. This new approach to vocabulary skills is a fun way to “Look up the meanings of words."

• Legends Old and New (Authored by Martha Grant.)

Description: In this activity, student teams read Native American legends from books and Web sites, write an original legend with enriched word choice and elaboration, and practice volume, pacing, stress, and pronunciation through a suede/flannel board presentation.

• Let Me Tell You About My Favorite Animal (Authored by Keri Gunn.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Did you ever want to be a published author? Here is your chance. Students use graphic organizers to begin creating a book about their favorite animals.

• Let the Bugs Do the Rhyming (Authored by Jenny Fasching.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn about limericks and write their own about a favorite insect.

• Let's Edit! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: Fourth grade students pair up with second grade students to edit the second graders' writing for conventions.

• Let's Get Cooking (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)

• Let's Go Fact Fishing! (Authored by Marci Greene.)

Description: In groups students use the Internet, encyclopedias, and resource books to research animals in the ocean. Each group creates an information sheet with a photo of the animal and three facts about the animal, that culminates in a summary paragraph.

• Let's Just Dialogue! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: After reviewing the use of conventions through teacher directed experiences, students complete a cartoon drawing containing dialogue that shows an understanding of the conventions used in dialogue by using the bubble form.

• Let's Make Fudge (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

Description: Students work in small groups to read a recipe involving fractions, change recipe values, and create their own batches of fudge.

• Let's Retell This Story (Authored by Jolie Ducey.)

Description: Students will identify story grammar elements of folk tales. Teacher will model completion of chart with help of students. By re-reading the story grammar element sentences, students will complete a story retelling.

• Let's Sing, Read, and Write (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The students sing and read the old favorite song Wheels on the Bus and write new song text for a poster and a class book.

• Let's Visit Letter Land (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students listen to a narrative story of how the letters learn what alphabetical order is when the letters can’t figure out who should start the Letter Land Parade. The students will practice their new skills by alphabetizing letters first, then words.

• Let's Watch a Story (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: As a means to review the elements of a story, students watch a silent movie and visually identify the elements of a story.

• Let's Write Invitations for our Class Celebration (Authored by Patti Pensula.)

Description: Students are introduced to the parts of a letter as well as the components of a written invitation. They then compose letters in which they invite family members to an upcoming classroom celebration.

• Letter War (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After reading THE WAR BETWEEN THE VOWELS AND THE CONSONANTS by Priscilla Turner, the children will create words using letter tiles.

• Letters Alive, Oh, My! (Authored by Allison Braun.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: I write A, you write A – A A A . This lesson helps students form the letter Aa.

• Letters to my Friends (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

Description: Students write a friendly letter.

• Life Box (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students will decorate the outside of a small box, using words and pictures to depict how they see themselves, and they will decorate the inside to show how others see them. Students will present an oral presentation, explaining the box’s decorations.

• Life Is a Cycle (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Children learn about cycles through games, shared readings and a shared writing activity.

• Life Is Like (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Is life really like a box of chocolates? Is it more like a bowl full of cherries? Students explore how to create their own metaphors for life.

• Light on Trial: Wave or Particle? (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: Students determine whether light is a wave, a particle, or some combination of each by presenting evidence in a mock trial format.

• Lighting Instruments from the Inside Out (Authored by Gordon Gair.)

Description: Where does that pretty stage light come from for [Cats] and [Phantom of the Opera]? Students examine theatrical lighting instruments to see how light is controlled. Observation lists help students write a paragraph telling of their discoveries.

• Likeable Differences (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: This two day lesson teaches students how to compare and contrast two characters by using a Venn Diagram.

• Lilting Limericks (Authored by Mary Borges.)

Description: Through demonstration and practice, the students recognize limericks and write their own. The lesson includes a brief historical orientation, a formula for recognizing and creating limericks, a review of poetic elements, and prompts for writing.

• Linking Up the Food Chain (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to the book [Life in a Pond], students discuss the food chain and create a food chain mobile.

• List Poetry (Authored by Michelle Wolvin.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students write a list poem about themsleves using the letters in their name. They will present their poems to the class and create a class book of poetry. Children enjoy the simple structure of list poems.

• Listen and Learn (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This lesson is for Day 2 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students participate in a listening game and brainstorm ways to communicate health information and ideas.

• Listen! Listen! Learn All About It! (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: Students view non-fiction videos for specific information.

• Listeners for Life (Authored by Katie Tilton.)

Description: How many times a day do we repeat directions to our students? If you start teaching your students to be good listeners now, they will be listeners for life. In this lesson it is a must for your students to be good listeners.

• Listening Positions, Please (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: In this lesson, students use effective listening skills as they listen to oral poetry readings

• Literary Devices Paper (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: Students write a character anaylsis of someone they know describing them through similes, metaphors, and hyperboles.

• Little Mysteries Solved in a Poem (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: This lesson is designed to help students think abstractly and randomly about solving life's little problems and then taking that knowledge to create a life is... metaphor or simile poem.

• Living Biographies (Authored by Scherie Hritz-Atwell.)

Description: George Washington, Michael Jordan, and Betsy Ross..... History comes alive through living biographies. Come along and take a walk in someone else’s shoes.

• Living Biographies (Multimedia Project) (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: Students create a multimedia slide presentation containing facts, graphics, and sounds relating to a biographical figure based on their reading of a biography or an autobiography. Students present their slide presentations before the class. (NETS for Students: 3.1 and 3.2)

• Look at What I Did at School! (Authored by Lee Strain.)

Description: Students use an outline to write a letter to their parents sharing their week at school with them.

• Look It Up! (Authored by Leslie Dobbs.)

Description: Students improve their writing skills by finding, defining, and correctly using new and interesting vocabulary words.

• Look Who's Talking to Me (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Students are able to make a determination of effective speeches based on good speaking habits and then use the information to aid in improving their own presentations.

• Looking at the Man in the Mirror (Authored by Virginia Spivey.)

Description: Prepare for a fun way to teach your students to reflect on their behavior by -Looking at the Man in the Mirror.-

• Looking for More Clues (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Students review how to display collected data on bar and circle graphs.

• Looks Like Christmas, Exploring Sight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students will explore their sense of sight, learn about the eyes and how to keep them safe, and become familiar with how to help blind people become a part of their world.

• Lost & Found Letters (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to THE LETTERS ARE LOST by Lisa Campbell Ernst, the children will use objects in their own world to create a personal dictionary.

• Lots of Lessons from Aesop (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students use two of AESOP'S FABLES to learn theme, simile, alliteration, and metaphor.

• Love Changes Everything (Authored by Kathryn La Rosa.)

Description: Students edit a score excerpt that has been deliberately modified to more accurately interpret the composer's idea as represented on a recording of the excerpt. Students justify any recommended changes to the score.

• Luscious Language Boxes (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: An inextricable link is created between writing with pizzazz and an infusion of luscious language. A magical Luscious Language Box is prepared to use as a year-long reference.

• Macaroni Quotations (Authored by Cheryl Carasick.)

Description: Help students grasp the difficult concept of using quotations. This lesson uses a hands-on approach to assist students in mastering this skill in a fun and easy way!

Description: Students review and use the different parts of speech using Mad Libs or Web Libs. They also utilize creative writing skills by providing the most interesting word(s) for the story line.

• Maintain Your Gain (Authored by Jill David et al.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Physical Education (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: Students develop an individual wellness plan that addresses flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, body composition, and muscular endurance. They monitor their progress and make any necessary adjustments in order to reach their goal.

• Making a Speech (Authored by Samuel Love Sr..)

Description: This is an introduction to the public speaking process.

• Making Change (Authored by Pamela Williams.)

Description: Students learn how to incorporate a new type of technology, the cash register and/or a calculator, as a motivational tool for solving real life problems. Students practice estimating money and counting back change from \$20.00. NETS for Students: 3.1 and 6.1)

• Making Child’s Play of Antigone (Authored by Kara Davis.)

Description: Conscience vs. Authority is the major theme of ANTIGONE. Working in small groups, students make children’s books to share with elementary students that teach a universal rule that obeys both conscience and authority.

• Making Connections (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students learn how to connect ideas in expository writing with effective transitions.

• Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions (Authored by Farrah Milby.)

Description: Students use poems to make inferences and draw conclusions.

• Making Sense with Amelia Bedelia (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn about multiple word meanings with the help of Amelia Bedelia.

• Making Singular Nouns Plural (Authored by Jay Babcock.)

Description: This series of short lessons will show students the written forms of plural words they should have familiarity with, in oral form from previous grades. They will learn how to classify them based on their singular-form spelling and to memorize some irregular words.

• Manatee Journey (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After reading the book MANATEE WINTER, students will participate in a game designed to promote awareness of the dangers manatees face.

• Map the Mystery! (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Upon completion of the novel, THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR students analyze the plot and recall events chronologically to create a story map.

• Mapping Possible Solutions (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: Where is the heart of Florida now that we have entered the 21st century? Students propose possible sites for the heart of Florida state capital by mapping collected data onto a Florida state map and recording data in a Travel Log.

• Mass Manipulation (Authored by Heather Burnett.)

Description: This lesson encourages students to discover, become aware of, think about, and record methods the media (news journalists and programs they produce) used to persuade the audience to think the way they want them to think.

• Mass, Volume and Density (Authored by Carol Houck.)

Description: Students compare and contrast mass, volume, and density of various objects.

• Match It Up ! (Authored by Farrah Milby.)

Description: After receiving definitions for cause and effect, students move around the room to match either a cause or effect with other students. This lesson uses poetry as the text to teach cause and effect.

• Matching Synonyms (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students learn about the concept of synonyms by completing a whole group activity with the teacher. They then use their knowledge in a station activity game where they match synonyms.

• Math on Your Lap Quilt (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Student-created quilt blocks are used to investigate and develop procedures for finding the area of squares and rectangles.

• Mathematical Contributions by Women (Authored by Diane Bates.)

Description: Students explore the contributions of women to mathematics by writing a research paper, presenting a summary to their peers, and sharing an activity with their peers.

• Mathematicians Through Time (Authored by Kim Douberley.)

Description: This lesson offers students the opportunity to conduct research on the Internet about mathematicians and to synthesize that information into a timeline.

• Me, Plain and Tall (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: After reading SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, the students write a narrative putting themselves in the setting of the story.

• Mean Meanings (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students look up multiple definitions of a word and make sentences. These are shared with classmates who select the word that should fit in the sentence. Students write their own sentences to demonstrate understanding.

• Media Literacy (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)

• Media Moves (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This lesson is for Day 7 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students examine various media to identify ways the media influence thoughts and feelings about health behaviors.

• Meet Me at My House (Authored by Cheryl Weaver.)

Description: Students improve their writing skills by writing directions from school to their houses to give to a friend. The directions must be sequential and include direction words (north, south, east, west), landmarks and specific street names.

• Meet our Teachers (Authored by Carolyn Reynolds.)

Description: The students capture the unique personality traits of your school’s teachers and staff using interview skills, an action photo, and sound bite arranged into a Powerpoint presentation that can be shared with the school and parents.

• Meet the Press (Authored by Mary Borges.)

Description: Students create and present oral book report scripts for a mock “Meet the Press” interview between a character in a novel or biography they have been assigned to read and a television reporter.

• Memo from the Governor (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

Description: Students receive a mock memo from the governor, setting the stage for inquiry into the history of Florida's capital and for proposing sites for a "heart of Florida" capital. This engagement activity introduces students to a Problem-Based Learning unit.

• Memory of a Kiss (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

Description: Students read, discuss, and memorize the poem -Jenny Kissed Me- by Leigh Hunt. The students then write a letter to Jenny imagining that they are an elderly person reliving the memory of her kiss.

• Merry Easter (Authored by Deborah Maksymyk.)

Description: Merry Easter? This activity is a fun way to incorporate holiday activities with age appropriate writing skills. The student creates a greeting card to a special person for a special holiday.

• Message to Mother (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students write sentences to their mothers and include them in beautiful Mother’s Day gifts.

• Mighty Metaphors (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: This activity addresses one part of this standard on which the students learn that metaphors are figures of speech that compare two things, but do not use the words -as- and -like.- They then complete a worksheet on which they write metaphors.

• Millennium Santa! (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: Students write a paragraph using descriptive language to create a vivid image of their idea of a more modern, updated version of Santa Claus--the Millennium Santa!

• Millennium Scrapbook (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students create a millennium scrapbook, collecting stories about the past millennium and including photos of local, national, international events. They may also include information about personal lives.

• Mind over Matter (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: Mind Over Matter is for Day 2 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students use their minds to create new devices out of everyday objects (matter). An introduction to unit vocabulary words and their meanings follows.

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson teaches children how to identify the range, median, and mode in a list of numbers by using concrete materials.

• Mirror, Mirror (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson students practice important beginning reading skills with poems and the big book, [In the Mirror]. They learn some new vocabulary about themselves and they celebrate that their bodies are alike, but also different!

• Mix and Match Poetry (Authored by Leslie Dobbs.)

Description: Students create and use mixed up one-word poetry cards to write short, vivid poems.

• Mixing Colors (Authored by Sheila Spiddle.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students explore and observe primary color combinations on a coffee filter using food coloring and water.

• Monkey See, Monkey Write (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After a fieldtrip to a local zoo, students will create an original travel brochure, detailing some of its exotic sites.

• Monumental Conclusions (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: Children's literature is used to search and model the art of monumental conclusions. Student written conclusions will be presented in PowerPoint presentations.

• More Choices (Authored by Andrea Raley.)

Description: Did you know that words you use could be strong or weak? This activity explores the writing skill of using appropriate word choice. Explore word choice in books, create strong words, and learn the meaning of onomatopoeia.

• More or Less (Authored by Kathy Kelly.)

Description: Students create a workout program that concentrates on aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises. They demonstrate exercises to their peers and participate in their individualized fitness program for six weeks, tracking their progress in their journals.

• Morning Activity (Authored by Renette Miret.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The morning activity is a series of steps that requires students to locate and interpret daily classroom situation using oral, print or visual information for a correct response. The students are involved throughout the lesson.

• Morning Message (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The MORNING MESSAGE is a shared reading with emphasis placed on concepts of print and phonetic principles. A designated student points to words in the message as it's read, then illustrates a printed copy of the message.

• Most Valued Possessions (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to [The Legend of the Bluebonnet], by Tomie dePaola, students will illustrate and label their most valued possessions.

• Mouthwatering Adjectives! (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: Students use adjectives to write descriptions of food items in order to create a restaurant menu.

• Movers and Trackers (Authored by Brenda Heath.)

Description: Students work cooperatively to research and map changes in minority population in Florida from 1960 to 1990. Students research and prepare oral presentations describing the information obtained.

• Movie Analysis (Authored by Marshall Thomas.)

Description: Students show the relevance of literary terms to a movie of their choice.

• Moving to the Beat of the Heart (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: Are you familiar with the thump of your heartbeat? In this lesson, students learn about the organs of the circulatory systems as they practice various study skills. Students learn how to establish their resting heart rates.

• Mr. Bubble’s News (Authored by Nancy Hecht.)

Description: This activity is a fun way to learn about and compare magazines and newspapers. The student records the information using bubble and double bubble thinking maps.

• Mr./Ms.Scientist, This Is Your Life (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
Description: Students create a timeline of ten events in chronological order about a scientist to include his/her accomplishments. Students practice by completing a personal timeline in which they follow verbal instructions.

• Multi-Cultural Attire (Authored by Carolynne Gischel.)

Description: Students will research the native attire of a chosen culture, write an essay reflecting the role of the attire in the given culture, and create a significant piece of attire from that cultue that will be modeled in a fashion show.

• Multicultural Canterbury Pilgrimage (Authored by Brenda Biletnikoff.)

Description: After the students have read Chaucer's [The Canterbury Tales], they create travel brochures that detail various people and places that are encountered on the way to Canterbury.

• Mummies Matter! (Authored by Jennifer Womble.)

Description: Using technology and language arts, students create an Ancient Egyptian magazine focusing on the civilization traits. Individuals research, write articles and work cooperatively to assemble a product as a culminating lesson for a unit on Ancient Egypt. Report is published on the Web using SiteMaker from Beacon Learning Center. (NETS for Students: 3.1, 4.1 and 5.1)

• My Awesome GIG! (Authored by Betty Lee.)

Description: Each student creates a collage of pictures and words that relates to a career of choice and presents it to the class.

• My Black Teddy (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students become familiar with facts about black bears by exploring the web and books. Each student will create his/her own story of a bear using facts learned. This lesson is appropriate for K-2 students.

• My Dream Job (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

Description: This lesson allows students to use their research notes from a previous Beacon lesson entitled Searching for a Career to make plans for writing a research paper called My Dream Job.

• My Family Tradition (Authored by Kay Halverson PhD.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students gain understanding of social patterns in families by learning about tradition and discovering different family traditions.

• My Life as a Star! (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: Students analyze the life cycle of a star, and creatively prepare a presention a star’s life cycle. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

• My Life in Numbers (Authored by Sandra Pickard.)

Description: Students create a number line depicting their lives and family history. Students use absolute value to represent pre and post birth events.

• My Machine (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: How can simple machines affect our health and lifestyle? Students use their knowledge of simple machines to build their unique machines. Their written reports explaining their machines will be published as web pages.

• My Name Puzzle (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: *Note this lesson can be administered alone or as a follow up to lesson #4211 "Who Am I?" Each student has a name puzzle (made by the teacher prior to the lesson) which he/she puts together. The student's first name is written in red and the last name is written in blue. The skills accomplished in this lesson are being able to identify their name and the correct spelling of same, following three-step oral directions, and listening skills.

• My Reading Words in My Social Studies Book? (Authored by Michelle Gordon.)

Description: Student groups, using subject area textbooks, locate words with specific word parts (prefixes, roots, suffixes) in order to better comprehend the word meaning.

• Mystery Masks (Authored by Sue Donk.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Mystery Masks provides a fun and creative way for students to answer descriptive riddles about their classmates. Students also use this activity to better learn how to use descriptive words in their creative writing.

• Name Fame (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students learn the uniqueness of their names by reading the book, [Chrysanthemum], and completing other integrated math counting and graphing activities.

• Name That Tune (Authored by Terry Gladfelter.)

Description: Students listen to music that is representative of different styles, periods, cultures, composers, and performers and identify the music using as least two areas of classification.

• Name the Constellation (Authored by Lee Strain.)

Description: Students' names twinkle in the night sky when they create narratives for their own constellations.

• Narrative Sketches (Authored by Becky Miller.)

Description: Sketches as an organizer? Quick Sketches with short notes are a fun way to get kids to plan out their narrative stories. Students draw three pictures that illustrate the beginning, middle and end of a story with very short notes to describe the sketches.

• Nature Walk Poem (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students write and share a poem after taking a -nature walk- for inspiration.

• Navigating Through Capital History (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

Description: Students research the history of Tallahassee using a Website and other materials to determine why the capital is where it is today. Students organize the information on a timeline and investigate the question, Where's the heart of Florida?

• Neat Nouns (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

Description: This week long lesson is part 1 of a unit that teaches ESOL students about grammar. Students construct sentences using nouns, recognize nouns in listening activities, identify nouns, and present nouns from a song to the class.

• Neb -u- la (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

Description: This lesson will allow students to conduct research on the life cycle of stars using the Internet.

• New Nation (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: Students have a chance to create and develop their own nations or islands, and make decisions about finance, economy, defense, and even the flags.

• News Anchor (Authored by Mary LaLane.)

Description: Students understand the effect of volume, stress, pacing, and pronunciation on the deliverance of a mock newscast.

• News Poetry (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students choose a newspaper article and dramatize it in a well-constructed poem.

• News View (Authored by Brian Rowland.)

Description: Students analyze three different news sources that describe the same event by comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences. They write an essay describing the main idea of the event, and the different methods used to develop the main idea.

• Newsmakers (Authored by Candace Parker.)

Description: This lesson gives students an opportunity to write about themselves and their families and enables them to share this information with others in a newsletter format. (Nets for Students: 3.2 and 4.2)

• Newspaper Knowledge (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: The purpose of this lesson is to acquaint students with a local newspaper and to teach them to interpret the written information for their own use.

• Newsworthy Fairy Tales (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: After reviewing several familiar fairy tales, students work in small groups to rewrite the familiar story as it might read as a news article in today’s newspaper.

• Nine in the Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Can you see the nine planets in the sky? This ninth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night sky. A page for the number 9 is added to students’ counting books.

• No Plagiarism, Please! (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: This is the third lesson in a unit on expository writing. Instruction provides boundaries for taking notes by differentiating between paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing. Students practice writing note cards.

• Nobody Does It Better (Authored by Terry Gladfelter.)

Description: The students complete a journal entry using criteria developed for justifying the type of music they prefer.

• Notes to a Mathematician (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

Description: This activity introduces how to express likelihood as a ratio in fraction form. After exploring the concept of likelihood, students write a -Note to a Mathematician- to analyze what they have observed about the likelihood of simple events.

• Novel Analysis (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Small groups write an expository, multi-modal essay, analyzing the novel [Lord of the Flies], discussing the elements of the novel. All groups’ essays will be compiled into the one document, the “Novel Analysis.”

• Novel Tee (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students illustrate a fiction novel by painting a depiction of the book on a tee shirt and then share with the class.

• Nutritionist for Hire (Authored by Jill David et al.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Health, Language Arts, Physical Education (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: Students devise a healthy dietary plan.

• Nym Family (Authored by Deborah Maksymyk.)

Description: Anot-Nym always argues. When you say, "up" he says, "down." Charting the Nym family with this activity will assist to increase vocabulary, using antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms.

• Observing Sensory Details (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: In small groups, students choose two experiences or images from a given list and experience or directly observe each detail before they write about it, describing each one in several sentences.

• Observing the Evidence (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Students discuss ways to choose a representative sample of a large group in order to answer a class question and learn how to collect the data.

• Ocean Vocabulary Word Scramble (Authored by Marci Greene.)

Description: Students use word processing and technology skills to create a word puzzle. Students also learn the skills of copying and pasting graphics.

• Octopus Legs (Authored by Carolyn Rosier.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Have oceans of fun transforming a wienie into an octopus kids can eat! After counting, cutting halves and fourths, observing steam and the effects of heat, they learn about mixing colors as they create a yummy dipping sauce from mustard and ketchup.

• Of Mice and Moths (Authored by J.P. Hamilton.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: Students show how genetic variation of offspring contributes to population control in an environment and that natural selection ensures that those who are best adapted to their surroundings survive to reproduce.

• Off to a Great Start (Authored by Cecilia Harbin.)

Description: Students are introduced to the school handbook which includes rules for student conduct. Class rules and expectations are also discussed.

• Oh Man, History in Language Arts (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: As an introduction to a video-literature unit on [Jane Eyre], students research aspects of the Victorian Era.

• Oh My Darling (Authored by Rebecca Hobbs.)

Description: What happened to Clementine? Students make generalizations/summations of each verse of ("Oh, My Darling") "Clementine" and infer what kind of person the narrator is.

• Oh, Let the Rain Fall Down (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Using the three phases of the water cycle and five science vocabulary words, students write a narrative paragraph(s) describing the journey of a raindrop during one day.This introduces personification.

• Oh, Say Can You Said? (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Students revise a document replacing the overused verb -said- with more elevated word choice.

• On Becoming a Grammar Guru (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Students review and practice the basic parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, and possessives) by creating and entering their own stories on a Website or by sharing their stories with a friend. (NETS for Students: 3.1)

• On the Move (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: Can you wiggle your ears? It takes control of the face muscles to wiggle your ears. In this lesson, students learn about the muscular system of the human body as they read articles and participate in activities. Study skills are stressed.

• On Top of the World (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: After the teacher reads excerpts from an autobiography and a magazine article about a blind’s man journey to climb farther than the eye can see, students write a bio-poem about him.

• One Pager (Authored by Shelly Clark.)

Description: After reading the novel FREAK THE MIGHTY students will be able to describe and illustrate the setting of the novel, explain character development through production of a graphic organizer, and identify the elements of the plot.

• One Sun, One Moon (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Share the joy of books while introducing students to counting to ten, making predictions, and recognizing characteristics of the day and night sky. Students begin creating their own counting books while studying the number 1.

• Onward and Upward! (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The students learn about various methods of travel and how they have changed over time.

• Opening the Case (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: This is an introduction to the unit Data, Detectives and Decisions. Students are taught how to design an experiment and use graphs and statistics to help solve a problem.

• Opposites Attract (Elementary School) (Authored by Angela Raybon.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Opposites Attract! Students use newspaper and magazine pictures to show opposites

• Order My Steps (Authored by Patricia Harris.)

Description: Do your students have two left hands when writing? Are they unorganized, confused, and frustrated? Have no fear. Order is here! This lesson will offer your students with a simple and easy way to group related ideas for their writing assignments.

• Ordering the Alphabet (Authored by sonja harris.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn how to order the letters in the alphabet using twenty words, using names of objects found at home and school, names of animals, and color words.

• Organizing Organs (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

Description: This is the fifth lesson for days 9-12 in the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students examine the parts of a cell. They compare and contrast plant cells to animal cells. They understand how cells are organized to form structures (tissues, organs.)

• Our Anthem (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

Description: In honor of the Olympics, students learn some national anthems of the world. They use the melody of “America/My Country 'tis of Thee” to cooperatively brainstorm and write their own town or school anthem.

• Our Country, Our Community, Our Jobs (Authored by Thomas Valesky PhD.)

Description: Students will analyze jobs that are of interest to them. They will create graphic organizers explaining how jobs affect the world in which they live with at least five supporting details.

• Our Government Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Candace Parker.)

Description: Students go on a paper scavenger hunt to learn about the United States Constitution and government.

• Out of the Dust (High School) (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students read Hesse’s [Out of the Dust], the story of a girl who struggles to help her family survive the dust bowl years of the Depression. Students respond to FCAT-like questions about the novel and write a free-verse poem modeled after the author’s.

• Out of the Dust 1 (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: After being introduced to the novel, OUT OF THE DUST, students create an autobiographical poem using figurative language.

• Out of the Dust 2 (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: After reading the novel OUT OF THE DUST students explore language from the past.

• Out of the Dust 3 (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: While students are reading the novel, OUT OF THE DUST, they create charts, answer questions, and ultimately take an FCAT type assessment to demonstrate understanding of what they read.

• Out of the Dust 4 (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: After reading the novel, OUT OF THE DUST, students create a free-verse poem about a treasure.

• Out of This World (Language Arts) (Authored by Candace Parker.)

Description: Groups of students research the planets of our Solar System and create a guidebook for travel through the Solar System.

• Outline and Shine (Authored by Candace Culberson.)

Description: Use the note taking strategy of outlining to reinforce an understanding of setting, character, plot, and theme.

• Outlining for Beginners (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students learn the standard form of an outline, practice categorizing information, and create a simple outline.

• Over the Rainbow with Isaac Newton (Authored by Paul Baldauf PhD.)

Description: This is an interdisciplinary language arts and science lesson focusing on the nature of rainbows. (composition of light) It includes a poetry assignment and a science experiment with an assessment.

• Over There with World War I Songs (Authored by Patricia Barry Holbert.)

Description: Students listen to and interpret songs from World War I. These songs express feelings, a time period, and patriotism. (This activity can be used as an introduction, conclusion, or as a part of a larger unit on World War I.)

• Painless Poetry (Authored by summer zephyr.)

Description: Children learn how to write poetry in a painless way. They learn that it can be fun and that our language can be flexible. By putting together various forms of easy-to-write poems they will learn to write them independently.

• Palindromes to WOW Student Minds (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: Students create “Palindromes,” simple sentences and phrases which read exactly the same backwards as forwards, and identify each as a sentence or fragment.

• Paragraph Elaboration and Examples (Authored by Joanne Anderson.)

Description: Using prompts, the student supports expository paragraphs with examples and elaboration.

• Partner Poetry (Authored by Jill Klausing.)

Description: Students pair up with a partner the teacher has randomly placed together. They brainstorm positive characteristics about their partner, and create a poem about one another.

• Pass the Manners, Please (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students become aware of correct classroom communication and manners by reading the book, [David Goes to School], and playing the Good Manners Pudding Game. This is the first lesson in the All About Me Unit.

• Patchwork Quilting (Authored by Kathy Pajak.)

Description: Students apply knowledge of symmetry to design and create individual squares of a patchwork quilt. Students' squares are compiled to form a classroom quilt which can be used to explore area in a follow-up lesson entitled -Math on Your Lap Quilt.-

• Pattern Detectives (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: As an introduction to the Unit Plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere, students are asked to become Pattern Detectives. This literature-based lesson exposes students to patterns in language, math, and science.

• Paw-er up for PowerPoint (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Students learn how to display research material in PowerPoint slide format. This is the second lesson in a unit called, "Dog gone Paw-erful Writing and Presenting with PowerPoint."

• Pen Pal Party (Authored by Shelia Scofield.)

Description: Students write letters to students in other areas of the state, country, or world focusing on using the correct friendly letter form as well as describing their lives and asking questions to learn about someone else's life.

• Pen Pals (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

Description: Students become pen pals from other countries and research their countries for information that will help with their writing. This information is then sent to another student who is also portraying someone from another country.

• Pennies of My Life Part I (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Students write their autobiographies, collect pennies for each year of their lives, and illustrate their favorite yearly activities, after they read and discuss the book [The Hundred Penny Box]. This is part one of a two-part project lesson.

• Pennies of My Life Part II (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Students write and construct their own autobiographies, based on [The Hundred Penny Box] by Sharon Bell Mathis. Sunshine State Standards used are narrative writing, peer editing, and writing process steps. This is the second part of a two-part project lesson.

• People Do Not Live In Round Houses (Authored by Jane Peebles.)

Description: Do you want well-rounded students who are excellent writers and informed technology users? This is the lesson for you! This lesson teaches students to create, revise, retrieve and verify information.

• Perky Plurals (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students learn how to form the plurals of words by adding -s, -es, changing the y to i and adding -es, changing the f or fe to v and adding -es, and some irregular cases. The children then use this knowledge to play a station activity game.

• Perky Prefixes (Authored by Eva Kilpatrick.)

Description: This lesson focuses on prefixes. The students create games of their choice to be played with the class to reinforce their knowledge of prefixes.

• Personality Plus (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: Students create a -Personality Box- and present to classmates using specific speaking skills.

• Personally Speaking (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Students reflect on the choices they have in society today and compare them to Kit's choices in the novel, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by writing expository essays in which they discuss these choices.

• Personify This (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Can a tree’s fingers really stretch towards the setting sun? They can if the author is using personification! Students study personification in published works of poetry then create their own through the use of diamante or cinquain poetry.

• Persuaded or Informed? (Authored by Deborah Maksymyk.)

Description: This activity incorporates real life media, such as the newspaper and/or magazines, to help students identify an author's purpose for writing, whether it is an informational or persuasive article.

• Persuasion and Figurative Language (Authored by Sherry Czupryk.)

Description: Students identify and explain the effect of metaphors, similes and personification in -Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.-

• Persuasion and Parallel Structure (Authored by Sherry Czupryk.)

Description: Students identify and explain the effect of parallel structure in -The Declaration of Independence.- This is the first in a series of lessons on persuasive techniques. See lessons with -Persuasion- in the title.

• Persuasion and Use of Language (Authored by Sherry Czupryk.)

Description: Students analyze Henry's use of connotative language, hyperbole, allusion, and rhethorical question in -Speech to the Virginia Convention.- This is second in a series of lessons on persuasive devices.

• Persuasive Vegetables (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: This lesson is intended as an introduction to persuasive writing. Students work in groups to write paragraphs that persuade others to eat or to not eat certain vegetables.

• Phase In, Phase Out, the Magnificent Moon (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students know very little about the moon, so investigate what’s in the night sky and find out why the moon looks different every 28 days.

• Photoelectric Devices (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students view a teacher-made PowerPoint presentation on how photoelectric devices work, and then they answer FCAT-like questions on the material presented.

• Pi Day (March 14) (Authored by Dan Schmidt.)

Description: Students will determine the value of PI by measuring the circumference and diameter of circular objects such as soup cans, Oreo cookies, etc..

• Picture Me with Words (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: The students will produce an art and writing project that introduces them to the concept that words define who we are.

• Picture This! (Authored by Stephanie Humphries.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Given a prompt, the student develops a theme using four sequential pictures with words that correlate to the pictures.

• Piece-by-Piece (Authored by Andrea Raley.)

Description: Every story is made up of the same parts. Character, setting, and plot are the story elements. Each author has to use these in order to spark an interest in the reader. Students break apart stories, complete story webs, and make a Venn diagram in this lesson.

• Pilots, Drivers, and Captains (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Who makes the transportation go? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

• Plan for Research Success (Authored by Martha Smith.)

Description: Students are introduced to an online organizational tool that helps them develop an effective and efficient plan for successfully completing a research project.

• Playful Verbs (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students will learn how to read sentences and determine whether the verb tense of the sentence is past, present, or future. The children use this knowledge to play a station activity game.

• Playing Detective (Authored by Bethany Cookman.)

Description: Using Roald Dahl’s “The Landlady,” students play detective to learn about foreshadowing and how it contributes to plot development in a text.

• Please Explain (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students interact with various examples of expository writing identifying any irrelevant and/or repeated information.

• Please Tell Me a Story (Authored by Sabrina Allen.)

Description: To a sixth grader, what is a day to remember? During this activity the students write narrative essays, which demonstrate an organizational pattern having a beginning, middle, end and transitional devices.

• Plot the Oysters’ Peril! (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: After reading the narrative poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll, students use a comic strip format to study the organization and presentation of ideas and supporting details in the plot sequence of the poem.

• Poetic Math Challenge (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Are you a ‘math poet?’ Make math problems unique and interesting by allowing students to create and/or solve problems relating to real-world experiences incorporating rhythmic lines. A catchy line might save you time when solving a real-life problem!

• Poetic Math Greeting Cards (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Poetic Math Challenge-Lesson 3 What is the most often purchased greeting card? Discover this, and then have students produce their own greeting cards. Students surprise family and friends while analyzing data at the same time. Creativity soars! (NETS for Students 1.2, 3.2 and 5.1)

• Poetry Book (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: Students work in cooperative groups to find poems that exemplify the characteristics of word choice, dialect, invented words, concrete terms, abstract terms, sensory language, figurative language, sentence structure, line length, and rhythm.

• Poetry in Motion (Authored by Darnita McDaniel.)

Description: This activity is an excellent way to reinforce students’ knowledge of poetry and allow students the opportunity for self-expression through creative writing.

• Poetry Pot (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Student delivers oral, informative presentation on a favorite poem that the student has artistically illustrated with images, title, author's name, and words of poem on a clay flowerpot, effectively communicating ideas and feelings about the poem.

• Poetry Sings (Authored by Tim Chestnut.)

Description: Students find and explicate literary terms exemplified in lyrics of songs which the students already enjoy.

• Poetry Voices (Authored by Jay Babcock.)

Description: Students discover, read, write about and perform pieces of poetry individually or in small groups. This is not an introduction to poetry, but rather an extension activity of the performance aspect of poetry.

• Point of You (Authored by Joan Jackson.)

Description: Students learn about point of view by rewriting an existing narrative paragraph (using a different point-of-view). Students expand this knowledge by writing an expository paragraph, then rewriting it to reflect a different point-of-view.

• Political Cartoons (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students observe, discuss, and identify techniques used and messages conveyed through various political cartoons.

• Political Speech (Authored by Brian Rowland.)

Description: Students listen to a variety of speeches and analyze their purposesand how well the speaker achieved that purpose. Students analyze methods used by the speaker and their effectiveness. Students present their analyses to the class.

• Ponyboy, What’s a Theme? (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Students seek supporting proof of major conflicts and themes in the novel, [The Outsiders] by S.E. Hinton.

• Popcorn Book Report (Authored by Shannon Anderson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This activity is a great way to get children excited about recalling events of a story. Students are able to select their own reading material and then illustrate and retell the events of the story on a lunch sack that is then filled with popcorn to eat!

• Popcorn Literacy (Authored by Stephanie Callaway.)

Description: Try popcorn and a great book! Students will participate in a book share that facilitates mastery of literary elements (in a delicious way). At the conclusion of a book, students are required to discuss setting, plot, character, problem, and solution/resolution in a presentation format. This lesson also provides for creative representation and nurtures the love of reading.

• Popsicle Prose (Authored by Charlotte Fooks.)

Description: This lesson is designed to teach students to write an expository essay explaining a logical sequence of events. While eating a Popsicle, they think about how they would describe the steps they go through to eat it.

• Portfolio Autobiographies (Authored by Louise Kent.)

Description: The students create autobiographies. The final projects are published using word-processing and computer graphics. (NETS for Students 1.1, 3.1 and 3.2)

• Positively Precise Organization (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: Students go online to critique the organization of children's writing.

• Post-It Poetry (Authored by Kathryn Bonelli.)

Description: Are you tired of reading students' bland language? This lesson teaches students how to spice up their work using vivid words and images.

• Postcards from the Past (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students create postcards of historical events.

• Power Words (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: This lesson teaches students about synonyms and antonyms. Students also use a thesaurus to look up antonyms and synonyms.

• Powerful Poetry (Authored by Eric Orlando.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn about Haiku poetry and then use what they have learned to write informally in their journals.

• Practice Makes it Better (Authored by Cheryl Weaver.)

Description: Students produce a final document that becomes published on the World Wide Web.

• Practice Makes Perfect (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This language arts lesson is for Days 6-7 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will practice speaking for large group settings.

• Predictable Powers (Authored by Francie Diaz.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: We all have the power to predict! Students use a Story Impression Worksheet to record their predictions about a story based on prior knowledge, title, cover, and illustrations and finally confirm or negate predictions.

• Predictions, Predictions, and More Predictions (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: Students pose questions about the subject of a short story based on the title and cover illustration; then read the story and determine if their questions actually pertained to the story line, and, if so, how the story answered the questions.

• Prefix Power (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students will increase their vocabulary by learning about root words, prefixes and suffixes. They will then use this knowledge to play a Prefix Power station activity game.

• Preparing for the Life After (Authored by Raymond O'Neil.)

Description: This activity is a ROTC/Life Management Skills career knowledge activity that applies oral communication skills with job knowledge. The students research a given job (career) and create a presentation to give to the class.

• Preposition Pizazz (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

Description: Students write a poem made up of prepositional phrases.

• Presentations Come Alive! (Authored by Monica McManus.)

Description: Students deliver oral presentations about a book or short story using audiovisual aids.

• Presenting an Autobiography (Authored by Jerry Stephens.)

Description: Students prepare and present their own autobiographies with the assistance of a computer presentation they have created using a presentation program such as Microsoft PowerPoint .

• President Who? (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

Description: Using their reading comprehension skills, the students will demonstrate their knowledge of basic facts on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln through a question and answer game format.

• Presidential Sweet (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn about Presidents' Day, the individuals commemorated on this holiday, and their importance in history. They write a letter to a president stating things they have learned. (Nets for Students: 3.1)

• Preventing Childhood Diseases Project (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: The students become informed advocates in the prevention of childhood diseases during the Preventing Childhood Diseases Project.

• Prewriting Strategies (Authored by Evelyn Rivera.)

Description: Tired of listening to students saying they don’t know how to start writing? This lesson guides students in selecting appropriate prewriting activities to make writing a painless and fun experience.

• Prints and Patterns (Authored by Bill Chapman.)

Description: Students learn to lift a latent fingerprint and identify the fingerprint pattern.

• Problem Project (Authored by Marshall Thomas.)

Description: Students will utilize their various skills in this project to assist them in reaching a solution to a problem or area of concern to them.

• Problems in Pollutia (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

Description: Students work in groups to make recomendations about environmental issues arising in the imaginary kingdom called Pollutia. They present short speeches highlighting action they believe should be taken and ideas of how each problem should be solved.

• Product Persuasion (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Students analyze the “hidden” messages of product advertisements, and then write their own advertisements for the products they bring into class. The skill focus is to write persuasively using the six-traits of writing.

• Prom Letters (Authored by Joy Rowell.)

Description: Students will effectively communicate through writing two letters of narratives describing his/her prom date written for two different audiences—a grandparent and a best friend. Style, tone, level of detail, and organization will be addressed.

• Propaganda Flyer (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students create a persuasive flyer to sway the opinion of the class on a controversial issue.

• Properties of Waves (Authored by Carol Houck.)

Description: Students observe and investigate wave properties.

• Prove it! Fact or Opinion (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: The purpose of this lesson is to teach students the difference between fact and opinion. Students have an opportunity to pick out facts or opinions in reading and to create their own fact or opinion statements.

• Publishing a Group Book (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

Description: Students will learn how to follow a pattern for writing pages that can be collaborated into a book. Students will learn writing skills, computer skills, and editing skills necessary to publish a piece of writing.

• Publishing an Alphabet Book (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

Description: Students use basic computer skills needed to publish individual books. The students do research on a subject of their choice and write an individual A,B,C Book on their subject.

• Putting It On Paper (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: What are the essential parts of a business letter? Using Internet search methods students locate and print samples of two different business letter formats. Students write rough drafts of business letters inquiring when, where, and how math is used.

• Pyramid Power (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This health lesson plan is for Day 3 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students brainstorm facets of well-being and investigate health behaviors related to nutrition.

• Quandaries, Quagmires, and Quadrilaterals (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Students classify, flip, slide, and turn a quantity of quadrilaterals. Hands-on manipulatives and problem-solving steps are used to explore these four-sided polygons. This plan is the fifth in a series of lessons on geometry.

• Quick and Sticky Context Clues (Authored by Liz West.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson shows students how to use beginning sounds and context clues to determine what an unknown word is.

• Rainbow Writing (Authored by Prudence Mason.)

Description: This lesson teaches students how to revise a draft for organization using a creative visual approach. It is a great lesson for weaning them from simple paragraphs to multi-paragraph stories and essays.

• Rare, Fat, Flabby, Big-Mouthed Sharks (Authored by Wilma Horton.)

Description: The megamouth shark is an atypical shark that shatters all preconcieved knowledge of sharks. This one is unusual due to the fact that it cannot swim well, is flabby and is new to man.

Description: Using a variety of magazines, students work cooperatively to determine the main idea of a text and how details help support the main idea.

• Reader Response Poetry (Authored by Karyn Snell.)

Description: Instead of a book report, why not have your students do a Cinquain poem about the book?

• Reader's Review (Authored by Patricia Wachholz.)

Description: Students create their own booklets to provide information on the elements of a novel, including plot, setting, character, major and minor conflicts and theme.

• Reading The Great Kapok Tree (Authored by Karen Garcia.)

Description: Students gain an understanding of the development of plot and how conflicts are resolved in [The Great Kapok Tree] written by Lynne Cherry. Students demonstrate this understanding by completing a story frame.

• Reading for Righties and Lefties. (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: This is a year-long project which appeals to students who are concrete-based learners as well as those who lean toward the abstract. This reading workshop program is an open reading forum in which students choose their own novels they would like to read.

• Reading Predictions (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students use a table of contents, index, headings, captions, illustrations, and major words to predict content and purpose of reading from their science or social studies textbook.

• Reading Restaurant (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Transform your classroom into a Reading Restaurant where students enjoy a variety of book titles through oral reading.

• Ready, Set, Grow (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students construct a class butterfly garden. Students create a journal entry with an illustration of their class butterfly garden.

• Reality Check (Authored by Debra Mastro.)

Description: Students practice living on a budget. They must plan for rent, utilities, and food and determine if they can afford the luxuries of a phone, car, gas, movies, clothes, etc., using a newspaper to gather their information.

• Reap What You Sow with Writing (Authored by Holley Murphy.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: You reap what you sow! Sow the seeds of the writing process by teaching students to make a plan before they write. This lesson details how to use a graphic organizer to summarize the story [The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat].

• Reflection with a Friend (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to a teacher read a story, students will respond to the story with illustrations and comments, share them with a partner, and then respond to their partner’s reflection of the story.

• Reflections of a Different Time; Pilgrim Children (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

Description: Students create a reflective journal entry on the lives of Pilgrim children. Optional opportunities are provided for students to use a word processing program or create a PowerPoint presentation.

• Relating to Franklin’s Age of Reason (Authored by Cheree Brown.)

Description: Students keep track of five of Franklin’s virtues for a week. When completed, they write a five-paragraph essay that discusses their attempt to reach moral perfection.

• Responsibility Rules! (Authored by Tiffany DuBose.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This activity is a valuable method in teaching students responsibility with home and school tasks. If students in your class need to demonstrate the ability to organize the classroom or a room at home, then this is the lesson for you!

• Rest in Peace, Maniac Magee (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: After reading the novel, MANIAC MAGEE, students use precise words to create an epitaph for each of the major characters reflecting the individual character¹s personality and nature.

• Rewriting Alexander’s Day (Authored by Julia Unger.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students experiment with word choice and sentence fluency to revise [Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day] by Judith Viorst.

• Rice (Gohan) Observations (Authored by Christy Williamson.)

Description: The student estimates, observes, and records observations of rice (known as -gohan- in Japan) in two experiments and communicates the results.

• Riddles and Words (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: What color is a jaundiced pig? Hamber, of course! Using an exciting vocabulary game in which students create riddles and answers, this lesson explores word choice, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

• Rights in the Holocaust: Imagine and Remember (Authored by Christine Sermons.)

Description: This poetry writing activity is designed to introduce students to the Holocaust as a violation of personal, political, and economic rights. It is a component of a larger unit on American constitutional government.

• Ring, Ring . . . Please Get That Phone (Authored by Athena Gill.)

Description: Students create a multimedia PowerPoint presentation using proper telephone procedures. Using the Internet, students produce a presentation containing proper telephone procedures. (NETS for Students: 3.2)

• Rip, You're Sleepin' Your Life Away (Authored by Cheree Brown.)

Description: A Venn diagram is used to show how two things are alike and different. Think about Rip's life before and after he fell asleep for 20 years. Fill in the Venn diagram by writing how Rip's old life and his new life are alike and how they are different.

• Rising and Falling Fractions (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Why are announcements stating that a particular stock is "up 1 and 5/8ths" or "down 2 and 3/16ths" now history? Students explore outcomes from the conversion – fractions to decimals – in stock market quotes and explore fluctuating interest rates using an amortization calculator.

• Road Trip (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

Description: Students will use the Internet and other research tools to create a PowerPoint presentation on their chosen destination.

• Rock the Boat (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: As a spelling strategy, the students learn how to divide words into syllables between the consonants in the middle of the word. The students then use this knowledge to play a station activity game.

• Roll With the Punches: Can't We All Get Along? (Authored by Shirley Baker.)

Description: After participating in a segregation experiment, students reflect and explore their feelings and reactions to the experiment through poetry.

• Roll With the Punches: It's Not in Black and White (Authored by Shirley Baker.)

Description: Students evaluate the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting events related to minorities.

• Roll With the Punches: Oprah's On! (Authored by Shirley Baker.)

Description: After reading the novel [Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry] by Mildred D. Taylor, students participate in an Oprah Winfrey Show to review events in the novel and gain a more in depth understanding of them.

• Roll With the Punches: What Do You Know? (Authored by Martha Simmons.)

Description: Through a cooperative group activity, students activate prior knowledge about life in the South during the Great Depression in preparation for reading the novel, [Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry].

• Romeo, Who for Art Thou Author? (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Instead of the typical introduction to a new author, students use the Internet to discover facts about Shakespeare.

• Rootbeer Writing (Authored by Scherie Hritz-Atwell.)

Description: Make writing more thirst quenching. Using IBC Rootbeer, watch introductions, bodies, and conclusions within the paper become more delightful.

• Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? enables students to learn about an African-American woman whose brave act led to the Montgomery bus boycott organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

• Roundin' up the Research (Authored by Cheree Brown.)

Description: Students learn how to gather information that is crucial to their research. They learn to categorize the information which will assist them in writing their research paper.

• Run! Run! You Can't Catch Me! (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to the story, -The Gingerbread Boy,- students make a gingerbread cookie and decorate it. The cookies run away while being baked and students then have to find them by following clues that acquaint them with places around the school.

• Safe from the Storm (Authored by Joy Rowell.)

Description: Students read the poem 'Snowbound.' In pairs, they compile a collaborative list of refuge attributes. Individuals then create a graphic display of a personal refuge and write a descriptive paragraph following correct format procedures

• Sail on the Vocabulary Ship (Authored by Patricia McAdams.)

Description: ESOL students make paper ships on which to identify and write root words, prefixes and suffixes.

• Sandwich Sequencing (Authored by Audrey Gay.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: These activities are an exciting and tasty way to introduce sequencing and sequential writing.

• Save Our Earth (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students research current environmental problems in order to develop and deliver an oral presentation. This presentation will persuade the audience to act on the student's point of view on the issue.

• Say What You Mean (Authored by Timothy Mark Dillehay.)

Description: Students are challenged to create what their partners are viewing, with only verbal communication. The reporter is not allowed to see what the receiver is drawing, which forces students to understand the importance of detailed instruction, clear communication, and following directions.

• Scavenger Search (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Using library resource materials, reference books, electronic media, and the Internet, students search for answers to questions.

• School Advisory Council (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students participate in a discussion of the most pressing issues facing teenage students at their school. In groups, students present their issues to the class and reach consensus regarding the single most pressing issue the school faces.

• School Daze--Remembering First, Best, Worst (Authored by Glenda Fillingim.)

Description: Students gather and record information in interviews with adults discovering their first, best, and worst school memories. Students transfer this interview information to a memory page containing the interview information. Students orally present one part of their memory page.

• Scientists Have Major Impacts on Our Lives (Authored by Mark Howell.)

Description: Students are expected to read a [National Geographic] article and complete a reading tool as a group. They then share their answers orally with their classmates.

• Scrambled Stories (Authored by Leslie Dobbs.)

Description: Students brainstorm several examples of plots, settings, and characters and randomly select these elements to create their own short stories.

• Scrambled Stories II (Authored by Leslie Dobbs.)

Description: Students use different parts of other students' story outlines to write very unique short stories. This activity allows the students to use their imaginations as they try to put together a story using only the information they are given.

• Scrumptious Subs (Authored by Alice Mensitieri.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Student will distinguish between and convey needed items when speaking to get a desired result.

• Searching for a Career (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

Description: This lesson allows students to do research on careers, take notes on what kind of job they would like to have when they grow up, and construct a timeline for reaching this goal.

• See How They Run (Authored by Ramona Guth.)

Description: Students view non-print campaign advertisements and analyze for factual and persuasive information. They determine which advertisement is the most persuasive and share reasons to support their decisions with a peer.

• Seeking Super Cities (Authored by Louise Jones.)

Description: Did you ever want to move to another city in the United States? If so, come travel with us on a Super City Search. Researchers, start your engines!

• Self-Portrait Poem (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students write a self-portrait poem, giving the reader an indication what he or she is like on the inside, instead of picturing how he or she looks on the outside.

• Selling, Spending, or Saving (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

Description: Students use commercials to discover emotional benefits and challenges associated with communications about finances.

• Sense or Ship? (Authored by Nicole Thomas.)

Description: Students will be required to review, evaluate, and synthesize information through individual and group projects after reading Orwell's [1984].

• Sensitive Synonyms (Authored by Bertha Stanley.)

Description: The students use a variety of hands-on activities to increase their understanding of synonyms.

• Sentence Sequence (Authored by Kevin Hall.)

Description: Students write a paragraph with detail sentences in chronological sequence using the signal words: first, next, then, after, and finally.

• Seven Quacks Me Up (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Need a fun look at the number seven? Enjoy [Quack and Count] from this seventh lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting. Students continue exploration of the day and night skies and add a page for the number 7 to their counting books.

• Shared Writing (Whole Group) (Authored by Jay Babcock.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Similar to Shared Writing (Small Group), this lesson is designed for the whole class. Students will compose an original text together and will participate in and see the thought process of other writers, including an expert - you!

• Sharing (Authored by Debbie Funkhouser.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson will give each child an opportunity to share something important to him and will encourage the development of good verbal communication skills.

• Sheep Adventures (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is an interesting lesson centered around the book and tape [Sheep in a Jeep]. Students have the opportunity to practice rhyming words in a fun and entertaining format.

• Shining Stars (Authored by Sue Donk.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This activity is a fun discovery lesson for students to learn more about their classmates. Students will use questioning techniques to learn about the weekly star classmate.

• Show Me (Authored by Nancy Slack.)

Description: Create a game show atmosphere to heighten student interest in writing. Students use descriptive language (specific nouns, adjectives, and strong verbs) to be sure their message/image is clear.

• Show Me the Money, Inc. (Authored by Mary Borges.)

Description: Following a background study, small student groups create mock advertisement campaigns. Student products include written, oral, and visual presentations to convince the audience that their ad campaigns sell effectively.

• Show You Care (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

Description: Students construct a four-line poem to be used on the inside of a Valentine's Day card. They use a digital camera to show themselves to their "buddies" (local nursing home patients) who will receive the cards on Valentine's Day.

• Sidewalks to Success in Middle School (Authored by Joan Jackson.)

Description: Students create a brochure that will be placed in the receiving area of the school to educate incoming students on how to succeed in middle school.

• Signs of Autumn (Authored by Cathie London.)

Description: This is a culminating activity on the study of photosynthesis, how chlorophyll is important to leaves, and why leaves change colors in the fall.

• Silly Nilly (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: Through teaching the short story elements, students develop their own creative stories with a life lesson and illustrate them by putting together pictures.

• Silly Sentences (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students have fun making sentences and then playing a silly game of switching the subjects and the predicates to create hilarious new sentences.

• Similar Similes (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: This activity addresses the first part of the GLE LA.D.2.2.2.3.1. The students learn that similes are figures of speech that use the words -as- and -like- as visual terms. They use this knowledge to complete a worksheet where they write some similes.

• Simile About Me (Authored by Cheryl Carasick.)

Description: Students identify and write similes in a fun and memorable way!

• Simple Seasonal Sentences (Authored by Jane Gutridge.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Seasonal pictures stimulate students to think of sentences using proper nouns including months of the year and the days of the week. Students practice writing simple sentences with capitalization and punctuation.

• Simply Speaking (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will review criteria of effective speaking and practice using speaking skills in center activities.

• Six Insect Legs (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: What do you know about the sun moving in the sky? This sixth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students’ interest as they learn about the sun’s apparent movement. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 6.

• Skateboard Renegade (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: What does skateboarding have to do with showing responsibility? Reading skills and strategies are taught while students use the novel, [Skateboard Renegade], to explore responsibility. A variety of simple machines is identified and their uses explored.

• Skyfires, Rainbows, and Color Words (Authored by Liz West.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students listen to the story, SKYFIRE by Frank Asch. The students make their own -skyfires- and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of color words.

• Slang Ain't the Thang! (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: By creating a visual image with words, the listeners are invited into the scene created by the speaker. Students look at a speaker's tools to learn how to use words and images to express a message.

• Slide into a Rhyme (Authored by Sheila Ryan.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Multimedia projects make learning fun for students. This lesson helps students practice phonetic analysis skills with onsets and rhymes. Groups of students create animations in PowerPoint to demonstrate combining beginning letters with rhyme patterns.

• Slithering into Revision (Authored by Leslie Dobbs.)

Description: Using Aesop’s short fable, “The Dove and the Snake,” students will learn the importance of sensory language and sentence structure in creative writing while practicing the steps and procedures to good writing.

• Slow and Steady Wins the Race (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: “Slow and Steady Wins” the Race enables students to learn the characteristics of fables.

• Small Group Shared Writing (Authored by Jay Babcock.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Small cooperative groups will compose a text and have the process modeled for them as part of a weekly writing curriculum. Students can practice writing, hear your thoughts as an expert writer and have the support of others in their group.

• Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

• Snack Time (Authored by Marilyn Daniels.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is a fun activity to introduce writing sequential information by composing a simple recipe.

• Sneetches by Dr. Seuss (Authored by Jill Blonder.)

Description: This activity provides the students with the opportunity to use persuasive writing to influence others regarding prejudicial issues.

• So You Want to Be a TV Reporter! (Authored by Sue Orth.)

Description: Students gain information from an interview with each other in order to write a script for a video segment.

• So You Want to Drive an Automobile? (Authored by Diane Dodd.)

Description: Students use the Internet to define the types of automobile insurance they will need to purchase in order to legally drive in the State of Florida. They choose an automobile and find the cost of insurance to drive it.

• Sold! Ageless Water (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: With the popularity of bottled water today, students create a magazine advertisement for the spring water, which causes a person to live forever, in the novel [Tuck Everlasting] by Natalie Babbitt.

• Solving Science Mysteries (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Using resource materials, small groups investigate a science-related mystery, then write and deliver a persuasive speech that supports the theory of the mystery.

• Something About Me (Authored by sherrie consolazio.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: A fun method for introducing the students to each other and to list poems.They will create, illustrate and present a list poem based on a word that describes them. After they are turned in the teacher can create a "Who's Who" poetry book.

• Something From Nothing (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students listen to the story [Joseph Had A Little Overcoat] to learn about people from another culture and how one item can be used to make other items. Students use scraps of fabric and other knickknacks to create something such as a picture or toy.

• Song Analysis (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students pretend that they have just landed a job with a local music magazine, and their first assignment is to write a short article in which they interpret the lyrics of a popular song.

• Sound Detective (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students listen for a particular letter sound and decide whether it is at the beginning, middle or end of a word.

• Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students learn sound can produce patterns.

• Southern Fried Sentences (Authored by Traci Damron.)

Description: You can’t deep-fry your students, but you can immerse them in the process of creating properly written sentences! Take a fun stab at extreme Southern dialects by having students read aloud and correct improper sentences. Get ready to laugh!

• Space: The Final Frontier (Authored by Cynthia Lott.)

Description: Students use electronic technology to find information on the solar system and then construct a graph to explain the information. They also demonstrate a solar or lunar eclipse by providing a written explanation with an illustration of the planet chosen.

• Speak a Little Clearer! (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

Description: In this lesson the teacher models effective speaking strategies for students. The students prepare an oral presentation of a Fairy Tale or short story. The students demonstrate effective speaking strategies during their presentations.

• Speak No Evil (Authored by Patricia Harris.)

Description: What's up? Oh, yes, that's just the expression. If your students have no idea of what to say, this lesson will offer a fun way to explore all the possibilities in a world of communication!

• Speak Up (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 2 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will watch two fifth grade students role-playing an effective and an ineffective speaker. They will then brainstorm and discuss qualities of an effective speaker.

• Speaker Report (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students report on the presentation of a guest speaker by taking notes on the presentation, creating a rough draft, and submitting a final copy for possible inclusion in a local newspaper.

• Speeches to Introduce (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Students create multimedia speeches of introduction which focus on women and Hispanics.

• Spill the Beans (Authored by Colleen Habhab-Strickland.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Are you looking for an exciting, hands-on approach for your students to practice forming short vowel words? Try Spill the Beans. Students use an alphabet bean game to create short vowel, CVC words.

• Star -Spangled Illustrations (Authored by Stacy Durham.)

Description: Students create a PowerPoint presentation to show their patriotism and express their thoughts on the meaning of The Star-Spangled Banner with this exciting and creative activity.

• Starlight, Star Bright (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students learn about stars and make star pictures that are constellations. They take the information they have learned and write a simple report.

• Start Your Engines: An Internet Research Lesson (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: This lesson offers informational how-tos for conducting research on the Internet. Three search engines are introduced and used to gather information to solve a specific problem. This lesson is to be used in a series of lessons on geometry. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

• Step into It with Goldilocks (Authored by Teri Sotherland.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Can you recall the story of [Goldilocks and the Three Bears]? Well, first graders can! Watch as first graders step into it with Goldilocks and her pals through sequencing.

• Stone Soup (Authored by Barbara Northcutt.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students count ingredients in Stone Soup and create a list of ingredients. Each child colors his or her own little book..

• Stop That Sentence (Authored by Susan Demaris.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn to stop their sentences with the correct punctuation marks. Students choose which punctuation mark is needed to write sentences in their journals.

• Story Mapping: The Hundred Dresses (Authored by Mary Coyle.)

Description: Note: This lesson is a follow up to lessons on story mapping and the book [The Hundred Dresses] by Eleanor Estes. Story Mapping is a creative tool for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a story. Within this assignment, students illustrate and paraphrase each chapter of [The Hundred Dresses], creating a graphic organizer through the use of story mapping.

• Strong Verb Image Makers (Authored by Carol Swanick.)

Description: Strong verbs make strong writing. Students use description language to clarify ideas and create vivid images in an essay.

• Student’s Choice (Authored by Gema Perez.)

Description: What happens when we listen to a storybook? Students interact, answer questions, and extend the story plot.

• Studious Students (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Studious Students enables students to learn basic story elements by writing a short story focusing on a descriptive adjective in the title.

• Study? You’ve Got to be Kidding! (Authored by Mary Borges.)

Description: The students cooperatively develop effective study aides for learning specific terminology required for any subject (language arts, economics, history, science, etc.) and review for tests using a familiar game in a whole-group setting.

• Studying Anchor Papers (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: How can students best learn something? By doing it! By scoring Florida Writes/F-CAT essay anchor papers, students are provided an opportunity to better their own essays.

• Subject and Verb Agreement: Using Literature (Authored by david gingold.)

Description: Given two excerpts from a classic literary novel, language arts students will identify and correct the discrepancies in subject and verb agreement.

• Subject Poetry (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

Description: Subject poetry allows students to write creatively using the letters of the subject they are writing about to begin each line. Students will experience presenting their work to the class as well as listening and responding to poetry.

• Succeeding at Kite Day (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

Description: Succeeding At Kite Day is a learning invitation that encourages students to design a successful kite for flying at the annual spring, school-wide Kite Day.

• Sunbeam Dining (Authored by Pamela Mapoles.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students read about animals to find at least two things animals eat. They play a food chain game and construct a food chain.

• Sunny Delight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students are introduced to the scientific method to complete experiments on the sun and find out how heat from the sun has varying effects depending on the surface it strikes.

• Sunrise Sequencing (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

Description: By using sequencing from their everyday lives, students will gain experience in writing.

• Super Sellers (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students practice purposeful listening skills by listening to the novel, [Max Malone Makes a Million] written by Charlotte Herman. The book is read aloud to students as part of the “I Mean Business” economics unit.

• Superb Sonnets (Authored by Carla Lovett.)

Description: As an introduction to sonnets, students practice identifying the elements of both Petrarchan (Italian) and Shakespearean (English) sonnets and try their hand at writing their own original sonnets in one of these styles.

• Survival (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: As a pre-reading activity for the novel [Lord of the Flies] by William Golding, students write a survival story.

• Surviving the Hatchet (Authored by Becky Miller.)

Description: The novel [Hatchet] is about survival after divorce and a plane crash. How would we survive if we had the same thing happen to us? Journals will keep track of students ideas.

• Survivor Suitcases (Authored by Alison Hannon.)

Description: Yikes! The class must prepare for a trip to a desert island. Students may only bring three things in their “Survivor Suitcases.” Students write to explain why they chose each item in order to “survive.”

• Symbolic Poem (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students write and share a symbolic poem about simple things that stand for deeper subjects.

• Synonymous Sharks (Authored by Vicky Brioso.)

Description: This lesson focuses on developing and applying vocabulary knowledge as well as reciprocal reading strategies through the use of an article on sharks. Students use the Internet to access the passage.

• Systems Working Together (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: How do the systems of the human body work together to carry out the processes needed for life? Through various activities, students become aware of the interdependence of our body systems. Students also practice reading in the content area.

• Take a Plane or a Train (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Is there more to learn about transportation? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

• Take A Splash into the Gene Pool (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

Description: This is the third lesson and fifth day of the Unit, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students further explore inherited characteristics by conducting a simulated experiment where they create a person using simple genetic coding.

• Take My Word for It (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Students take a summative assessment, then begin researching and organizing information for an oral presentation on significant leaders in history.

• Take the Challenge (Authored by Kathy Kelly.)

Description: Students create a program that will improve their overall fitness levels. They keep daily records in personal journals of all exercise and physical activities, as well as their personal thoughts and reflections on their progress toward their goals.

• Taking Outer Space to Cyber Space (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: Students experience the joy of sharing their knowledge of the planets in our solar system by completing an expository writing and then publishing their writing on an Internet Web page. The Beacon Web authoring tool, SiteMaker will be used.

• Tallahassee or Bust (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

Description: Fourth or fifth grade students create a Power Point presentation to record their trip to Tallahassee.

• Taste Test (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Students review writing compound sentences based on an experiment that allows them to create a -cola.-

• Tastes Like Christmas, Exploring Taste (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. In this lesson, students learn about taste buds and the four familiar tastes.

• Teacher of the Year (Authored by Kenny McCay.)

Description: Each student selects a teacher who he or she feels should be named as Teacher of the Year. The student plans and drafts a paragraph to convince the class of his or her choice. After revising and editing, the student presents a clean copy of this paragraph to the selected teacher.

• Tear into a Story (Authored by Kim Gann.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students retell a story using the correct sequence of events, identify characters and setting using pages from the story that have been torn out and laminated. This will be done after the children have heard the story 5 times.

• Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This literature-based lesson plan is day 4 of the Unit Plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere. Students identify and use patterns in oral and written language, as well as in sounds, physical movements, and concrete objects.

• Tell a Tale (Authored by Linda Fasthoff.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students add a picture to the class story. Using the pictures as prompts, they retell the story in correct sequential order.

• Tell Me That You Love Me 5-7-5 (Authored by Dixie Wheelock.)

Description: In this lesson students compose Haiku poetry and visually enhance it with writing ink .

• Telling Tales (Authored by Lucille Andreu.)

Description: Students share personal versions of fairy tales from their memories with each other. They listen, analyze and paraphrase the tales’ differences and similarities in a Venn diagram while asking questions for clarification.

• Ten Fingers Ten Toes (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Can you count your fingers and toes? This tenth and final lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting concludes students’ exploration of the day and night sky. The final page is added to students’ counting books.

• Tennis, Anyone? (Authored by Jill David et al.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Physical Education, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
Description: Students develop various drills to enhance tennis skills. Students practice the drills and use self-assessment.

• That Was Alpha Smart of You (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Students utilize the Alpha Smart mini word processor units during a writing workshop to draft and edit a piece of writing.

• That's a Fact (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

Description: This language arts lesson is for Day 5 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students use various media (newspapers, magazines, brochures, catalogs, etc.) to distinguish fact from opinion.

• That’s Not What I Meant to Say (Authored by Christine Davis.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students choose the “undesirable” word and replace it with its antonym.

• The 3 R's of Common Denominators (Language) (Authored by Michael Newton.)

Description: After solving various word problems that deal with common denominators, students practice writing the mathematical explanation they used to obtain the solution.

• The 3 R's of Common Denominators (Reading) (Authored by Kathleen Long.)

Description: The purpose of this lesson is for the teacher to introduce common math terms that are relevant to determining the common denominator for two or more fractions. This is a lead in to Math Part 2 of this lesson.

• The ABCs of Computers (Authored by Debra Giambo PhD.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: ESL students (beginners) identify and construct meaning from terminology utilized when learning how to operate a computer. Following written guidelines students learn basic computer skills, access the Internet, and use email.

• The ABCs of Healthy Foods (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students make an alphabet book of nutritional foods using the information they learned about nutrition and the value of different foods. Students also taste the foods represented by the letters they wrote about in their alphabet books.

• The Acid Rain Test (Authored by Daric White.)

Description: This is a research project to increase students' abilities to conduct experiments, interpret data and discuss results in a scientific paper.

Description: TOAD by Ruth Brown is a great way to illustrate the proper use of adjectives in written language. Students make a class book utilizing a story pattern and knowledge gained through the book TOAD.

• The Allegorical Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Authored by Bruce DeKoff.)

Description: Students read the Richard Bach classic [Jonathan Livingston Seagull] and analyze the story to better understand the author's use of style and the allegorical literary form in this thought-provoking story.

• The Arthur Ashe Story (Authored by Edward Blackwell, Jr..)

Description: Students learn and share their information on Arthur Ashe. In the process, they use the Internet to find information about Arthur Ashe and to create a biography using chronological order. This lesson is appropriate for grades 4 through 6.

• The Assassin’s Hand (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: After reading Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, students research the assassination of another historical figure.

• The Best Butter (Authored by Christine Davis.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The students learn the importance of cooperating by working in cooperative groups. The groups are divided to show the many possiblities of how students work together.

• The Best Pet (Authored by Barbara Northcutt.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Award winning, blue ribbon pets are fun! Read [Pet Show]. Have your students pick the "Best of Show" animal.

• The Bloom's Connection (Authored by Marshall Thomas.)

Description: Do you want students to better understand what they are reading? If so, try this lesson. Students will be engaged in a process of reading using Bloom's Taxonomy that will provide them with another tool to better understand whatever they are reading.

• The Breakfast Busters Persuade Others (Authored by Scott Hebert.)

Description: Students will learn how advertisements are used to influence people in making decisions. They will have an opportunity to write a persuasive essay on their favorite breakfast cereal.

• The Building Blocks of Geometry (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Students explore geometric building blocks in the real world in order to describe the characteristics and relationships of points, lines, line segments, rays, and planes. This is the first lesson plan in a series of lessons in geometry.

• The Color of Poetry (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

Description: This is a fun and creative method for introducing students to poetry. Students gain experience writing and presenting poetry as well as listening and responding to poetry.

• The Days of Jane Eyre's Life (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Students watch the video [Jane Eyre] by Charlotte Bronte and visually discover the elements of the novel.

• The Diary of Anne Frank (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students read The Diary of Anne Frank and determine whether or not this book should be a classic based on criteria given.

• The Dot and Dashy Language (Authored by Raymond O'Neil.)

Description: This is a ROTC/Life Management Skills activity that acquaints students with an international form of communication. The students’ will develop a message using Morse code and then be able to communicate the message to other classmates using alternate methods.

• The Eyes, Nose, and Taste Write It (Authored by Susan Mercer.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students will use their senses of sight, smell, and taste to write descriptive and informative paragraphs about a chocolate Reese's Cup.

• The Fantastic Kindergarten Zoo (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After completing a unit on zoo animals, students will create their own zoo to share with other classes and parents.

• The Fun Polygon (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Students use hands-on manipulatives to explore and describe the properties and attributes of the “fundamental” polygon: triangles. This is the fourth lesson in a series of five on geometry.

• The Gingerbread Journey (Authored by Jennifer Ryan.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This beginning-of-the-school-year activity, using the fairy tale character the Gingerbread Man, is an interactive way for students to become familiar with different people and buildings that will be a part of their everyday lives at school.

• The Grass is Always Greener (Authored by Judy Marburger.)

Description: Students will use common grass to observe and experiment with cellular division.

• The History of Paper Money (Authored by Wilma Horton.)

Description: Exploring the history of paper money helps students gain a new appreciation of this taken-for-granted aspect of their lives. Imagine using something that has a history of over 1300 years!

• The History of the Pencil (Authored by Wilma Horton.)

Description: Through an Internet investigation, students gain knowledge about the history of an important tool used in school and complete a concept map and an essay.

• The House that Dies Drear Built (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Virginia Hamilton is a master of descriptive language. Create a descriptive paragraph describing the landscape around your house.

• The Human Body, Incorporated (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

Description: Joe is the CEO of the Human Body, Incorporated. He is downsizing. The students research each body system and write a letter to Joe persuading him to keep specific body parts as employees.

• The Human Jigsaw (Authored by Carla Lovett.)

Description: Using Thomas Paine’s "The Crisis, No. 1" from [The American Crisis], students form a human jigsaw as they find the main idea, supporting details, persuasive arguments, imagery, and emotional appeals. Prior experience with the elements listed is assumed.

• The Important Thing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Student-made time capsules end the All About Me unit by showcasing important things about individuals in class.

• The Incredible Flexible Line (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

Description: Swirly, curly, or straight as an arrow, lines can be whatever you want them to be. Students discover the excitement of working with one of design's most flexible elements, the line.

• The Inside Story (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: When is a door not a door? When it’s symbolic of something else! Students study the usage of symbolism in poetry and examine how symbolism can be used to explain their own lives and emotions.

• The Joke Is on You (Authored by Barbara Finn.)

Description: The student uses prereading strategies to prepare and be able to understand Poe's short story, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

• The Land and the Water (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students compare and contrast the tragic event that occurs in a work of fiction to a real-life tragic experience that occurs in a work of non-fiction.

• The Language of Shakespeare (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: In small groups, students write and dramatize a scene using Elizabethan language.

• The Large and Small of It (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: It is hard to envision the distance to the Moon without thinking about a very large number. Yet, a lunar dust particle is so small, several fit on the tip of a pinhead! Students explore the extreme solving problems related to the Apollo space missions.

• The Link With TV and Vegetables (Authored by Wilma Horton.)

Description: Through a research journey students will appreciate the fact that Philo Farnsworth, a fourteen year old farm boy in 1921, thought up the idea of television and by the time he was in a high school physics class he drew his concept.

• The Lost Flyer (Authored by Dena Blanchard.)

Description: Students create a notice of a lost pet flyer in Microsoft Word using a border, exaggerated fonts, colors and clip art. They practice creating, revising, and retrieving information.

• The Magic in Writing (Authored by Tim Chestnut.)

Description: The students understand the structure of the short story, apply literary terms to the components, and explain how the author used the structure to convey tone and to reveal a theme.

• The Making of an Organ (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: How do cells make up our organs? Using a science reading, the study skills of outlining, note writing, and using a graphic organizer are taught. Students make a model of a tongue showing cells, tissues and the organ.

• The Matrix (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read the class matrix and review by making comparisons of Native American culture groups from different regions and times to determine ways they were alike and different.

• The Multimedia Heart (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: Working in groups, students research the different aspects of the human heart. Groups work through steps to create a multimedia slide presentation. The presentation must follow preset criteria.

• The Musher's Trail (Authored by Sissy Gandy.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn about and follow the Iditarod race that begins in March. They research data and select a musher to trail in the race. Then they write daily in a journal about events that happen on the trail, including pictures from the Website.

• The Mysteries of Twins (Authored by Melinda Dukes.)

Description: How can twins help us uncover important information about hereditary? Students are taught how to read science content through the modeling of proper summarization techniques using the article, "Mysteries of Twins." Then, they practice the same reading techniques using another section of the same article.

• The Naming of a Native American (Authored by Denise Scott.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to and discussing many Native American legends, the students brainstorm a list of other possible Native American names. The teacher writes these on the board and gives positive reinforcement.

• The Nature of Haiku Poetry (Authored by Jody Robinson.)

Description: Haiku poetry is an excellent way for students to focus on the use of language to describe observations of nature. Students write in the standard Haiku form while practicing the use of simile, alliteration, metaphor, and analogy to describe nature.

• The Only Person Superstitious Is Huck Finn (Authored by Laura Childers.)

Description: Students interview people from three different age groups about superstition including what they believe and why they believe it. This may correspond with reading the beginning of HUCK FINN.

• The Origins of Heraldry (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students design shields for personal coats of arms which depict themselves and then explain their shields to the class in an informal presentation.

• The Parkingtons Are Coming (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

Description: You have been chosen to take in a family of aliens from the planet Pluto. Your job is to decide what important things they need to know before they come. You can send 10 pages from the Almanac. Which 10 pages do you think will help them the most?

• The Plane! The Plane! (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Students draw, describe, and classify polygons built from points, lines, line segments, and rays within a two-dimensional plane. This lesson plan is the third in a series of five on geometry.

• The Power of 1: Individual Assessment of ANTHEM (Authored by Kara Davis.)

Description: Individuality is the major theme of Rand’s novel [Anthem]. This lesson extends that idea to the classroom by offering unique summative assessments using Multiple Intelligences theory instead of a standard multiple-choice test.

• The Price is Right (Math) (Authored by Kelly Allen.)

Description: The students design written advertisements using cut out items from catalogs or newspapers in order to persuade consumers.

• The Price of War (Authored by Lisa Whildin.)

Description: Students identify and compare significant facts of Civil War battles. (NETS for Students: 5.1 and 5.2.)

• The Problem with Prejudice (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

Description: Students will read/discuss -The Hangman- by Maurice Ogden and answer questions about the poem. Students will list things they can do to combat prejudice using each of the letters in the word and create a small poster with a slogan against prejudice.

• The Rest of the Story (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Using a short story as a writing prompt, students use background knowledge to predict ideas, give rationale for predictions, and confirm predictions as the story progresses. Students also complete a cooperative group writing assignment.

• The Rock Cycle Graphically Organized (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

Description: Science students use the prereading strategy of discussion and then use a graphic organizer to help guide reading on the topic of the rock cycle.

• The Secrets Photos Keep (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students examine family photos to find hidden clues, answering questions about the photos and writing essays on how photos can be a powerful tool in helping them learn about the past and unearth critical truths.

• The Seminoles (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for Day 12 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will work in centers to learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Southeast Woodlands region and how they affected the lives of the Seminoles.

• The Skeleton Within (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: We know that dancing skeletons aren’t real, but are our bones alive? Through an article read and various activities, students learn about the bones, joints, and other attributes of the skeletal system. Students create outlines and graphic organizers.

• The Sky Jeopardy (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students play the Sky Jeopardy game to reinforce concepts learned about sun, moon, day and night and sky. Then as a reward, they nibble on round crackers to show the different phases of the moon.

• The Solar System (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

Description: This lesson is a follow-up to a unit on the Solar System. Students select one aspect of the Solar System to research. From information gleaned, students write expository reports and participate in the development of a multimedia presentation.

• The South Wins Gettysburg! (Authored by Eric Miles.)

Description: After studying the American Civil War, students hypothesize that the Union Army was defeated at Gettysburg by Lee’s army. Students explore how different North America would be today if the South had won the Civil War.

• The Stock Exchange Phase III (Authored by Alice Bobe.)

Description: Using information from the stock exchange, students create a multimedia presentation and present it to the class. This lesson teaches communication and technology skills.

• The Story of My Life (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Students respond to daily autobiographical assignments that will be published into a book.

• The Teller of the Tale, Part 2 (Authored by Peggy Craig.)

Description: Using Chaucer's [The Canterbury Tales] as a model, students write a modern-day morality tale.

• The Teller of the Tale, Part 3 (Authored by Peggy Craig.)

Description: Following study of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer in which students write their own tales, student present their modern day versions to their fellow travelers (classmates.) This is the third lesson in a series of three.

• The Teller of the Tale, Part I (Authored by Peggy Craig.)

Description: Students work in cooperative groups to analyze one of Chaucer's [The Canterbury Tales] and present specific information to the class.

• The Telling: A Thanksgiving Story (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

Description: With the use of literature, students compare and contrast different points of view on the first Thanksgiving.

• The Timeline of a Lifetime (Authored by Haley Caraway.)

Description: The student will know what a timeline is, create a timeline with 4 important events of their life, to include 2 national events and 2 world events. The student will then write an essay about their life including the four events.

• The True Story (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

Description: Students rewrite their favorite fairy tale from another character’s perspective other than the one in which it is written. This lesson helps students become familiar with the the literary term -point of view.-

• The Water Cycle (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students name the three steps of the water cycle and define the terms evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

• The Water Cycle and Clementine (Authored by Paula Sanders.)

Description: After a demonstration and discussion of the water cycle, a water cycle song is learned to the tune of Clementine. Students then draw and label the water cycle in their journals, add vocabulary words to the word wall and complete KWL charts.

• The Water Detectives (Authored by Daric White.)

Description: This is a research project designed for students to collect, analyze and present environmental water quality data.

• The Wonderful World of Colors (Authored by Tina Thaggard.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: The object of this lesson is to teach children to recognize 9 basic colors (red, orange, green, blue, yellow, purple, white, black, and brown) Learning this skill will help children make connections to real life objects.

• Their Eyes are Watching (Authored by Lisa Glenn.)

Description: Students create a character map for each of the seven characters in the novel, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD.

• Themes and Patterns of History (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

Description: Students learn about reoccurring historical and geographical themes important to the study of history. They work together in groups of three to identify these themes by interpreting historical passages through critical reading.

• There's a World of Science to Read Today! (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

Description: Students read a current science article, write a summary of it, edit it, and type it into a word processing program. (NETS for Students 3.1)

• There's a Writer Waiting Inside Me (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Psst....Did you know there’s a writer waiting inside each of your students? In this introductory lesson, students are introduced to the concept, What Makes Good Poetry? and are asked to explore the writer within!

• Think Fast! What Would You Do If . . . (Authored by Glenn Rutland.)

Description: This two-day project encourages students to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. It allows students to make choices and to use imagination to develop a solution for each problem. Solutions are then presented to the class.

• Think On Your Own Feet (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students have one minute to prepare a one-minute impromptu speech on a topic that is randomly selected.

• This is Straight From The Horse's Mouth (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: Students use a PowerPoint presentation to learn about the history of some idioms, how they are used in our language today and practice using idioms themselves.

• This Lesson is Totally Trippy Man (Authored by Debbie Hartley.)

Description: A fun way to link the past to the present is through the identification of slang terms. Small group work, interviewing of parents, relatives or neighbors helps students discover slang is not unique to their generation but has existed for a long time.

• This Was War (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Using audio-visual equipment, students interview a veteran of a war or a person who lived while a war was happening.

• Those Baffling Bibliographies! (Authored by Carol Rine.)

Description: This is the fourth lesson in a unit on expository writing. Instruction guides students in using source cards to create a Works Cited list for a report.

• Three Bears and Three Goats in the Morning Sun (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Is the sun always in the same place in the sky? This third lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 3.

• Through the Years (Social Studies) (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: -Through the Years- gives the students an opportunity to write their own autobiographies. It is the first lesson in a three-part series seeking to answer the question, -How do we know about history?-

• Thumbs Up to a Good Book! (Authored by Madonna Scime.)

Description: In this lesson students read a short fiction story. They write a recommendation paragraph which includes specific information defending their choices.

• Timeline Shuffle (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: It’s a lineup! Students become actively involved in creating a timeline of significant technology achievements and scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 6 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

• To Be a Star or Not to Be a Star (Authored by Christine Kells.)

Description: Through completing an interactive classroom experiment, students identify an author’s purpose, formulate personal opinions and respect the viewpoints of others. Cooperative learning strategies are also utilized.

• To Live or Die While Protecting the Ones You Love (Authored by Diane Dodd.)

Description: Students identify different types of life insurance and make decisions as to when the purchase of life insurance policies and the types of policies would be desirable in a person's lifetime. (NETS for Students 5.1 and 6.1)

• To Quote or Not to Quote (Authored by Brenda Biletnikoff.)

Description: After the students have learned how to punctuate writing with quotation marks, they will successfully edit a paragraph through the utilization of quotation marks.

• To Read or Not to Read ? That Is the Question (Authored by Nancy Montague.)

Description: Students learn how to use the book jacket to predict what the book is about. This aids in the decision to read or not to read the book, and decreases the amount of time they spend trying to find a book for pleasure or research.

• To Tell or Not to Tell (Authored by Christine Davis.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: By filling out an application, students receive a license to tattle. When completing the application, the student will identify the problem, decide if he or she can solve it on his or her own, and write three nice things about the person that he or she wants to tattle on.

• To Whom It May Concern (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Students produce and peer edit typed rough drafts of the business letters following the guidelines illustrated in the Eight Essential Parts of a Business Letter and save to disks. Students complete the Where’s the Math? Scavenger Hunt on the Web.

• To Whom It May Concern! – Writing for a Variety of Audiences (Authored by Teri Morgan.)

Description: To Whom It May Concern! – Writing for a Variety of Audiences is a lesson that gives students the opportunity to practice writing to a variety of audiences. Students will write friendly letters concerning the same subject to two contrasting readers or audiences.

• Tongue Tied (Authored by summer zephyr.)

Description: Students select topics about Florida Indians to research and give an informative speech to class about their topics.

• Toontime (Authored by Millard Nixon.)

Description: In this lesson students write an essay about the govermental issues that surrounded Andrew Jackson's presidency. They discuss how editorial cartoons are made and create an editorial cartoon of their own about a president.

• Top Secret Sensitive Information (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

Description: Students play the role of detectives and develop criteria to evaluate sites for the heart of Florida capital. To do this, they use teacher made TOP SECRET folders with information that represents diverse cultural perspectives and state maps.

• Touring My County (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Students will research historical county events in order to discover how individuals, ideas, decisions, and events have influenced history over the past century.

• Tracking down meaning in Great Expectations (Authored by Kara Davis.)

Description: Each student is assigned an unique theme, symbol, or character in [Great Expectations]. The student becomes the class expert on that facet of the novel while learning the basic skills needed to write a research paper.

• Train Talk (Authored by Pat Commander.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn to retell specific information. They will listen and interpret train whistle signals and work cooperatively to play the game “I’m Going on a Train Trip."

• Training for the Big Show (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Using PowerPoint as a visual aid, students orally present information from research to the class. This is the third and final lesson plan in the unit.

• Travel Agent Presentation (Authored by Brian Rowland.)

Description: Students demonstrate study and research skills by creating a brief audio-visual presentation that promotes a country. Students use use a variety of reference materials.

• Traveling Through Europe with Brochures (Authored by Sheila Sexton.)

Description: This activity is designed to help students become familiar with the cultural aspects of their chosen country through creating a travel brochure and an expression booklet. (NETS for Students 1.2 and 5.1)

• Traveling to Japan: Which Way Do We Go? (Authored by Christy Williamson.)

Description: Students determine -Which way do we go?- and explore various methods for measuring the distance between Florida and Japan.

• Tree Brains (Authored by Linda Doty.)

Description: Do you want your students to have fun and learn at the same time? Why not try hanging their brains out on trees? This lesson will teach students to pre-write using graphic organizers, checklist, and a rubric.

• Tree of Compliments (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Build your students' self-esteem along with their writing skills in this fun activity.

• Trees, Trees, and Leaves (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

Description: Florida has a unique tree population. Using a variety of resources, students will research trees indigenous to Florida, design a Florida map, give an oral presentation, and discern the presence or absence of growth patterns.

• Triarchic Analysis (Authored by Marshall Thomas.)

Description: Students read a piece of literature and analyze it from three different perspectives which will enable the students to best utilize their strengths.

• Turtle Sightings on BEACON Sitemaker (Authored by Sheila Ryan.)

Description: Students work together in groups to create web-based reports that demonstrate structural characteristics of sea turtles and how they have adapted to live in their marine environment.

• Two Owl Eyes (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: What can be seen in the night sky? This second lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, teaches students to count to ten, make predictions, and recognize the day and night sky. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 2.

• U.S. State Web Search (Authored by Charlene Stapleton.)

Description: This integrated lesson combines classroom curriculum with Internet use of online reference resources, so let's start surfing. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

• Ugly Bug/Snuggly Bug (Authored by Regena McLaney.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students demonstrate an understanding of rhyming words by creating “buggy” pictures and a sentence containing rhyming words. (If the student does not yet use phonetic spelling, dictation may be recorded.)

• Undercover Vocabulary (Authored by Karen Cabai.)

Description: Undercover Vocabulary is a lesson that incorporates vocabulary usage and review into a cooperative learning activity. Students create a skit using identified vocabulary words and perform the skit for the class.

• Underwater Descriptive Detectives (Authored by Sharon Ussery.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Everyone loves to have spice in their lives. Why not add spice to your writing! Come and join us on an underwater adventure with Danny the Underwater Descriptive Detective. By the end of our adventure, you will be one of Danny’s junior detectives.

• Uniforms vs. Fashion: Want to Take a Side? (Authored by Constance Light.)

Description: Students write a draft of a persuasive essay to the principal addressing the issue of whether or not Three Oaks Middle School should adopt uniforms.

• United We Stand (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

Description: Students participate in a simulation of the secession of the South during the Civil War and create a compare and contrast essay discussing the similarities and differences between every day life now and then.

• Up and Down (Authored by Kathy Kelly.)

Description: Students participate in a variety of aerobic exercises placed at different stations and calculate their recovery heart rate after each exercise.

• Up in the Sky (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In this lesson, students brainstorm what is in the day and night sky, as well as discover interesting facts about the sun.

• Upside Down and All Around (Authored by Sissy Gandy.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After learning about a line of symmetry, the student demonstrates slides, flips, and turns with an object. Students provide a written explanation of changes they observe in pictures.

• Using Statistics to Uncover More Evidence (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Students use statistics to interpret data collected from a representative sample.

• Va Va Va Zoooommm (Authored by Sandra Pickard.)

Description: Students apply their knowledge of unit conversions. They use standard units of measurement and develop their own non-standard units. Students compare the units and develop conclusions regarding the use of standard vs. non-standard units.

• Vacation Destination (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

Description: Students use their research skills to collect and present information in persuasive speeches by acting as travel agents trying to persuade classmates to visit their states while on vacation.

• Verbs in the Past (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The activity addresses one part of this standard in which the students learn about the past tense form of many irregular verb forms. The children complete a worksheet activity in which they practice forming the past tense of irregular verb forms.

• Virtual Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Patty Turbeville.)

Description: This is an introductory lesson in which the students use the Internet to explore and find specific information about the Native American groups that were present in Florida during the 1500’s

• Vivid Adjectives (Authored by Kathy Gordon-Dick.)

Description: This lesson encourages students to use descriptive language in creative writing. The student writes a short story about one topic in which they use specific adjectives in a sequence to describe nouns.

• Vocabulary Bingo (Authored by Leslie Dobbs.)

Description: The students extend their vocabulary by participating in the Vocabulary Bingo activity. This activity can be used with other subjects to help improve vocabulary.

• Vocabulary Drawing (Authored by Jeannie Overby.)

Description: Vocabulary review by drawing pictures and writing sentences on index cards. Variations are found in CRISS strategies. This review can also be used with other subject area vocabulary studies.

• Voice Your Opinion! (Authored by Kim Forgione.)

Description: Students participate in small group discussions of a current event or topic.

• Walking Poetry (Authored by Julia Balukin.)

Description: Walking poetry allows students to describe a journey while evoking emotion in the reader. Students gain experience in presenting their work to the class and by listening and responding to poetry.

• Wanted New Authors! (Authored by Gloria Smith.)

Description: The students will learn to write a short autobiographical sketch and produce an author page to be used throughout the year with their writing. Students will learn how to take digital camera photos and produce a PowerPoint slide show with their photos and information.

• Wardrobe Building: What's in Your Closet? (Authored by Carla Lovett.)

Description: Students practice making appropriate adjustments in language use for various situations, using the metaphor of a wardrobe. This lesson is great for the first day of school or as an introduction to a unit that focuses on writing for a specific audience.

• Was Goldilocks Innocent or Guilty? (Authored by Patti Cogburn.)

Description: After reading any play, short story, or novel that revolves around a trial, for example, [Witness for the Prosecution], the student will act out a role in a mock fairy tale trial. This is the second lesson in a series.

• Was the Wolf Really Guilty? (Authored by Patti Cogburn.)

Description: After reading any play, short story, or novel which revolves around a trial, for example, [Witness for the Prosecution], the students write an essay explaining or defending the assigned role in a mock fairy tale trial.

• Water Cycle - A SiteMaker Presentation (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Language Arts, Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: The student researches and writes a report on a specific element of the water cycle. The final draft of this report is published using SiteMaker, a Web page multimedia program available free from Beacon Learning Center.

• Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 (Authored by Patricia Wachholz.)

Description: Students use graphic organizers and create timelines to make an historical connection to the 1960s as a prereading activity for The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963.

• We Are Having a Party! (Part I) (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: Students follow a problem-solving plan to answer a class question. They generate, collect, organize, display, and analyze data to find the range of responses. This analysis is used to predict and justify reasonable answers.

• We Are Having a Party! (Part II) (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

Description: This activity is a four-station rotation model for exploring how to collect, display, and analyze data to make predictions and justify decisions in order to solve problems.

• We Thank You, Veteran! (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Students use information from videos, picture books, and relatives' military backgrounds to help write a short or extended message of gratitude on a greeting card for local veterans.

• We're Alike, We're Different! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is a small group activity in which students compare a variety of people counters to determine how they're alike and different and then sort, classify and write about how they sort and classify people counters.

• We're Counting at the Zoo! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students use sets of concrete materials to represent, count and match quantities to 10 or more given in verbal or written form while participating in hands-on activities.

• Weather Watchers (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students observe change in daily weather conditions and recognize the consistency of weather patterns by completing a five-day observation sheet and science journal entry.

• Weather Graphs (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students will use their knowledge of weather symbols to organize and construct a graph of the daily weather for one month. Also, each child will have a chance to give the daily weather report using Sammy's Science House Computer Software.

• Web It! (Authored by Gloria Smith.)

Description: Students learn about using a web graphic organizer effectively as a prewriting tool for expository writing.

• Web Wilderness (Authored by Virginia White.)

Description: Students compose 5 expository paragraphs by developing a theme including an introductory and concluding paragraph.

• What a Difference a Year Makes: Billy's Letter (Authored by Thomasine Kennedy.)

Description: Students complete a post reading activity for the novel [Where The Red Fern Grows]. They write a RAFT letter from the point-of-view of the character Billy to his grandpa reflecting about the death of his dogs and his adjustment to life in town.

• What a Waste! (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: How does the body keep its cells clean? Through reading in the content area, study skills, and various activities, students learn about the kidney, bladder, and function of the excretory (urinary) system.

• What Are You Looking For? (Authored by Kay Nichols.)

Description: Students open a time capsule containing objects connected to people and events in Florida history. Students search textbook and/or weblinks for information related to capsule objects in order to construct a timeline.

• What Did I Just Read? (Authored by Patti Cogburn.)

Description: Students read with a purpose. After reading each chapter of a novel, the students write a chapter summary; therefore, students are reading for main idea, relevant details, and author’s purpose and point of view.

• What Do I Write About? (Authored by Nancy Slack.)

Description: Can't think of anything to write? This fun activity is designed to give students a creative opportunity to use descriptive language and develop a topic for writing by brainstorming through art.

• What Do You Mean I Can’t Read That? (Authored by Rebecca Endrelunas.)

Description: Students examine well-known book titles that have been banned in the last fifty years, select and read one with a partner and decide whether the book should be retained or banned.

• What Do You See? (Authored by Anne Hargrove.)

Description: Students write paragraphs describing similarities and differences after observing two sites on Web World Wonders.

• What Do You Think? (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The story, THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE, written from two different points-of-view, is read to the children. The students then read statements made by the characters in the book and identify from which character’s point-of-view the statement was made.

• What Does Percent Have to Do with It? (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Confused about percentages at the mall? Students go shopping for a true real-life experience involving percent. Exposure to percent relative to sales tax and discount prices is experienced in this lesson.

• What Goes in Must Come Out (Authored by Kathy Kelly.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Physical Education (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
Description: Students devise a plan for modifying caloric intake and energy expenditure. Each week, they track information and record it in their journals. They use feedback to adjust their plans and then assess their progress.

• What Goes Up Must Come Down (Authored by Karin Friend.)

Description: This activity has students creating a story map identifying the complex elements of plot, after reading the novel [The Cay].

• What Interests You? (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Students investigate math in the real world using Web search methods to locate career fields of interest. After selecting an occupation, students draft brief paragraphs that reflect insight as to why the occupation they have chosen interests them.

• What Is the Language of Television? (Authored by Lisa Meltzer.)

Description: In this lesson, students explore the language of moving pictures. By creating and understanding the basic building blocks used to form a video sequence (wide shot, medium shot and close-up), the student will discover how communication is enhanced. (NETS for Students: 4.2)

• What Is the True Story of The Three Little Pigs? (Authored by Jolie Ducey.)

Description: This lesson is designed to assist students in recognizing how things are similar and different by comparing two stories. The students will use story details to make both parallels and distinctions between events that occur in both stories.

• What Kind of Student Do You Want to Be? (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: Students write an essay which answers the question, “What kind of student do I want to be?”

• What Makes a Good Speaker? (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Improvement of public speaking skills doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. In the first lesson of the unit, -Speak for Yourself,- students respond to a diagnostic assessment to determine what they need to know in order to become good speakers.

• What Makes a Pig Squeal? (Authored by Chris Carey.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This activity is a fun way to generate small or large group conversation among groups of students and the teacher. Many children live in urban and suburban settings and do not have opportunities to learn about pigs and their hooves.

• What Should I Wear Today? Pilgrims Didn't Ask (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

Description: The students compare everyday dress of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, to the dress of modern Americans today. They discover that clothing denoted more information about a person of that time period than it does today.

• What Would Pink Say (Authored by Carla Tolone.)

Description: After listening to Patricia Polacco’s [Pink and Say] students create a Venn diagram of similarities and differences between the two main characters.

• What You See Is What You Get (Authored by Johnny Wolfe.)

Description: The best strategy for reading a math problem is to use visualization. This means to draw a mental picture of concepts or terms that are being described. This lesson will involve visualization with a math lesson.

• What You See is What You Read (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: A picture is worth a thousand words! Looking at a bookcover, students make predictions about a story. They draw their predictions then listen to the story. The students compare predictions and past experiences after the lesson.

• What's a Word? (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: After hearing the story WILFRED GORDON MCDONALD PARTRIDGE by Mem Fox read by the teacher, students will brainstorm a list of memories and then write to a prompt given by the teacher. Writings will be scored according to a rubric.

• What's for Dinner? (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: In this activity, students use adjectives to describe foods listed in restaurant menus. In cooperative groups, students create menus and identify the adjectives used in the menu created by their group.

• What's in a Main Idea? (Authored by Lola Kirkland.)

Description: Students learn to read and identify the main idea in articles by highlighting them.

• What's in a Name? (Authored by Jamie Poelker.)

Description: Students learn that writing poetry is not difficult and can even be fun. It can help them get to know someone better. Students learn that poetry is a different way of communicating their thoughts and feelings.

• What's in a Name? (Elementary School) (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After the shared reading of CHRYSANTHEMUM by Kevin Henkes, the children will have fun learning concepts about reading and using their names!

• What's in a Name? (Middle School) (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

Description: Using a quote from Shakespeare’s [Romeo and Juliet], the student creates a flower that illustrates himself or herself using scraps of colored paper and markers. In an informal presentation, students share how their flowers represent them.

• What's Inside My Memory Bag? (Authored by Sue Donk.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is a great way to discover a special memory about each student. Children bring one special memento to class and write sentences and illustrate a picture that relates to a main topic about the memento.

• What's Next? (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

Description: Students read short passages, predict what happens next, and tell what information in the passage led them to their predictions.

• What's Next? (Authored by Dalys Avila.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: After listening to a story read together, students will demonstrate their understanding of sequence by retelling the story.

• What's So Nice About Fairy Tales? (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Students read fairy tales and then write a modernized version of the story. Students then compare their version to the original version and analyze whether or not the author's purpose is compromised.

• What's the Big Idea? (Elementary School) (Authored by Kevin Hall.)

Description: Students identify the main idea of a paragraph and supporting details. Students compose paragraphs by providing detail sentences for a given topic.

• What's the Big Idea? (Middle School) (Authored by Abby Hill.)

Description: Students learn to identify the main idea in a reading passage by using a technique to eliminate unnecessary words that are not relevant to the main idea.

• What's the Problem? (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

Description: Students redefine the problem of Where's the Heart of Florida? and begin to formulate possible solutions using graphic organizers.

• What's the Purpose Anyway? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: In this lesson students use real-life written material to learn to identify, explain and discuss an author's purpose for writing.

• What's the Scoop on Casey? (Authored by Farica King.)

Description: Students read and then use details from Ernest L. Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" to create a newspaper article about Casey's infamous at-bat.

• What's the Scoop on Slang? (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Students write a fictional news article about a sports event using slang (jargon) which is based on the special jargon (slang) that sportswriters have developed for writing and talking about sports.

• What's the Story? (Authored by Janice Wilkins.)

Description: Using the novel [The Giver] by Lois Lowry, students write a continuation story based on Jonas’s and Gabriel’s journeys into Elsewhere.

• What's the Title? (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

Description: The students learn about the concept of main idea by completing a whole group activity with the teacher. They then use their knowledge to complete an assessment sheet in which they determine the main idea of several mini stories.

• What's Up, Doc? (Authored by Kathy Kelly.)

• Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Physical Education (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
Description: Students create and then participate in a fitness program designed to improve their cardiovascular fitness. Students document the benefits of participation in the fitness program in their journals.

• What's Your Opinion? (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

Description: Through a Think-Share pre-reading activity, students formulate and negotiate opinions on issues that will be addressed in the literature to be studied in preparation for reading the novel, [Sing Down the Moon]. Students also make predictions based on the activity about what events might occur in the novel.

• What's Your Style? (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

Description: Students learn about the 7 multiple intelligences and take an inventory to discover their intelligence learning styles. Students then brainstorm to create activities that utilize their intelligences.

• Wheels and Rainbows (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

Description: Whirling in wheels or soaring in rainbows, colors used in art are highly organized! Learn how to use the color wheel system to bring excitement and meaning to your very own artwork!

• When Are We Ever Going to Use This Math? (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: Students engage in discussion of various occupations. Where does math fit into the scheme of things? Students are diagnostically assessed to determine proficiency in computer, writing, and problem-solving mathematical skills set in real-world context.

• When I Grow Up (Authored by Deirdre Byrne.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: What a way for children to share what they want to be when they grow up. The students listen to a story and then create a self-portrait of themselves now, and what they will be like in the future. Then they share their ideas with the rest of the class.

• When Old Meets New (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Using a T-chart, students synthesize and separate collected information. Students define comparison and contrast in literature for diagnostic assessment.

• Where Are You Coming From? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students use real-life examples to explore author’s purpose and the influence of an author’s perspective in his or her writing.

• Where Do We Begin? (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students learn that writing and reading have to be in a certain order to make sense. This lesson will show students that in a no nonsense way!

• Where in the World Are We? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: The students will read a postcard and find the location on a map. They will use the picture and the text on the postcard to write about and tell about an imaginary vacation. They will compute mileage and compare it to Tripmaker data.

• Where Is Your Story Set? (Authored by Kathryn Clark.)

Description: Students develop an understanding of setting in literature by first examining where their own life stories are currently set and then imagining what their ideal settings would be.

• Where No Student Has Gone Before (Authored by Leslie Briggs.)

Description: As a pre-reading activity for the novel, A WRINKLE IN TIME, cooperative writing groups create a story about an unknown planet suddenly invaded by humans.

• Where the Wild Things Live (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: In groups of 4-5, students will use literature to research a particular habitat. Each group will then create a collage portraying their habitat.

• Where's the Math? (Authored by Sharla Shults.)

Description: The math connection unfolds! Students develop an original math problem with detailed solution key relative to the chosen career fields. Watch creativity soar! (NETS for Students 3.1 and 5.1)

• Where, Oh Where (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational texts to locate different Native American culture group regions.

• Which Car Will Mom Approve? (Authored by Dawn Kaunike.)

Description: Which car will Mom spend the money for? This lesson focuses on writing a comparison/contrast essay about two cars the student wants. The student’s purpose is to determine which one of the two cars should be purchased from the parents’ perspective.

• Who Am I? (Intermediate Grades) (Authored by sherrie consolazio.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: An interesting and fun method for introducing students to poetry. Students learn that poetry allows them to express their views, thoughts and feelings to others.

• Who Am I? (Middle School) (Authored by Deborah Ford.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This is a great activity for the beginning of the school year. The students identify their names, follow directions, listening skills and it is an informal way of learning their classmates name. I have found doing this activity at the end of the day about 10 minutes before the students go home helps them to calm down before we leave. We turn the main lights out in the room and only the little lamps are on. Then we begin.

• Who Am I? My Coat of Arms (Authored by Irving Kohn.)

Description: The students develop two Hyper Studio cards. One card depicts their coat of arms and the other card explains in a paragraph three reasons why they selected the pictures and/or symbols for their coat of arms.

• Who Are the Most Powerful 20th Century Women? (Authored by Francheska Jones.)

Description: This activity introduces the students to Internet reference materials. Students research an assigned 20th century woman, copy and paste the URL in an email, and send the email to the teacher. (NETS for Students: 1.2 and 5.1)

• Who Fed the Chickens? (Authored by Barbara Northcutt.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Use Ella Jenkins' song “Who Fed the Chickens?” to help students learn the pronouns I, you, we, she, he, and they.

• Who Has the Power? (Authored by Missy Withers.)

Description: Students write persuasive letters expressing opinions about the purchase of 25 acres adjacent to Wakulla Springs proposed to include a convenience store/gas station. They submit the letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection via email.

• Who is George Washington Carver, Anyway? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: -Who is George Washington Carver, Anyway?- enables students to learn about an African-American scientist who made significant contributions in science since 1880.

• Who Is That Ghostly Character? (Authored by Megan Siska.)

Description: Students provide an additional scene to the radio play, "The Hitchhiker," by Lucille Fletcher. The conclusion explains the role of the hitchhiker and ends Adam's traumatic travel experience.

• Who is That Masked Man? (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

Description: Students will review and apply their knowledge of narrative writing to write a four or five paragraph story relating what occurs in their classroom when a mystery person enters and removes an item of importance.

• Who Me? A Writer? (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Students gain information from an interview and organize the information in order to create a three-part biography of the person they interviewed. This is a good lesson to do the first month of school.

• Who Needs a Dress Code? (Authored by Joan Jackson.)

Description: Using the Dress Code Guidelines from a Code of Student Conduct, students make notes and create a poster to present appropriate/inappropriate examples of students’ grooming/attire, and include comments regarding the need for each guideline.

• Who Pays the Bill? (Authored by Laura Brown.)

Description: The students participate in a stock simulation in order to understand the concept of stock, dividend, stockholder, and capital.

• Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the U.S.A.? (Authored by Janice Mazza.)

Description: Students learn facts and select information about other states by playing a form of -Who Wants to be a Millionaire?- where they create questions and gather information to answer questions by using a variety of reference sources.

• Who's Confused? Not Me! (Authored by Megan Siska.)

Description: Students create flashcards that explain often confused words which enables them to understand correct usage in writing.

• Who's Left Holding the Bag? (Authored by Mary Mueller.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This activity is a fun way for students to practice language skills while asking and responding to questions in a game form. This gives students who may not often participate in a group activity an opportunity to get involved.

• Who's Speaking? (Authored by Vicky Nichols.)

Description: Students prepare a short speech, record it on video tape, edit, then deliver the speech. (NETS for Students: 4.1 and 4.2)

• Whodunit? (Authored by Kim Smith.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is a way to integrate conflict resolution using positive behavior. The student chooses a community member, shows how to resolve a conflict, and trades writing with a classmate.

• Whodunit? Creating Mysterious Plays (Authored by Dawn Capes.)

Description: The activity is designed to have students study mystery plays and then write and perform their own plays.

• Whooo's in the Nest? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: During a weeklong writing workshop, students illustrate a family of owls and write about their owl family. Students draft a five sentence expository writing essay, revise in peer editing groups, and publish their work.

• Whose Voice Do I Hear? (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

Description: Students learn about the power of voice in writing by completing a story using words following a particular voice. They also utilize their knowledge of the parts of speech to complete this activity.

• Why Bother To Vote In Florida? (Authored by Gloria Davis.)

Description: This lesson provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge about the Florida 2000 Presidential Election, proposed changes in the process, and to practice communication skills, including listening and speaking.

• Why Celebrate Black History Month (Authored by Cynthia Dortch.)

Description: To utilize Internet resources for the immersion of students into Black History, they learn about the culture, heritage, family, church, and politics of the African-American and why we honor their accomplishments. Then they make class presentations

• Why Did You Write That ? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: In this lesson, students use actual written media to learn to identify and discuss an author's purpose for writing.

• Why Do Authors Write? (Authored by Delshuana Jackson.)

Description: In this lesson students use short reading passages to identify, explain, and discuss the author’s purpose for writing.

• Why Is She Smiling? (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson provides students with the understanding of the historical period of the Renaissance, and the great scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, including his famous painting of the Mona Lisa.

• Why Thank You! (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: Read aloud THANK YOU, MR. FALKER. Students hear examples of Idea and Voice. Class discusses the book’s different writing traits and the theme ideas. Students write a thank you note to their hero, as an at-home activity.

• Why the West Is Burning (Authored by Vicky Brioso.)

Description: Students use the Internet to access a passage and identify cause-and-effect relationships. This activity provides practice for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). ISTE 1, ISTE 3

• Why You Should Listen to Your Granny (Authored by Peggy Rocanello.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students hear a story and use a graphic organizer to identify problems and solutions. Students also identify main characters, setting and simple plot.

• Wicked Similarities and Differences in Cinderella (Authored by Michelle Legried.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Do your children have a difficult time with story details? The following lesson helps your children focus and listen to stories in order to identify similarities and differences in those stories.

• Wild World of Hurricanes (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

Description: Students learn about and orally share information about the wild world of hurricanes through the use of the Internet.

• Window of Words (Authored by Zerelda Hammer.)

Description: Given a picture of a window with four panes, students imagine that they are looking out (or in) a window and write about what they see using a variety of sentence structures.

• Winnie the Pooh Loves to Read, Too (Authored by Pamela Williams.)

Description: This activity provides a purpose for reading, writing, and technology. It also instills a sense of pride in the students as they create birthday cards for a reading project in the community called, "Happy Birthday, Baby!"

• Word is to Analogy as... (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students learn to correctly complete verbal analogies by playing a group game.

• Word Pairs (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: Fifth grade students will participate in a teacher-directed activity to practice the trait of word choice. Students will create a narrative writing with appropriate word choice.

• Word Processing with Pizzazz (Authored by John Hopkins.)

Description: Are your students getting the most out of word processing? This lesson gives students an opportunity to use a word processor and some of its tools to create an exciting and visual autobiography. (NETS for Students: 1.2)

• Words 'R Us (Authored by Alice Clark.)

Description: Words ‘R Us activity introduces students to the use of the thesaurus. The students seek additional vocabulary words to replace “starter” words.

• Words Frankly Spoken (Authored by Joy Rowell.)

Description: Students visit appropriate Web sites to discover quotes from Franklin's [Poor Richard's Almanac]. Working in pairs, they choose three quotes on which to elaborate and then write two original quotes.

• Words of the World (Authored by Sandra Doughman.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students work collaboratively in learning and demonstrating their knowledge of words of the world.

• Words to Guide You (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Using guide words, students practice locating specified words in a dictionary.

• Working Hard or Hardly Working (Authored by Jennifer Hall.)

Description: This is an individual research project during which students learn about a specific career. The project provides students the opportunity to gain new information, utilize electronic technology, and write a grade-level appropriate paper.

• Would You Please? (Authored by Martha Todd.)

Description: Students realize the importance of word choice by writing a persuasive letter to two different people: one is a friend, and one is the principal.

• Would You? Could You? Take A Trip On A Choo-Choo? (Authored by Ann Espersen.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students cheer on the main character in [The Little Engine That Could] and practice retelling this classroom favorite using picture prompts. This lesson ignites the positive spirit of persevering determination that creates success.

• Write Right! (Authored by Edith Carter.)

Description: Students will learn methods to warm up and get ideas to begin the writing process and get over the “blank–page, I-don’t-know–what-to-write-about” syndrome.

Description: Everyone has surprises in their lives and loves to share about the event. Students brainstorm these events in their lives and then use their past experiences in a pre-writing activity.

• Write All About It (High School) (Authored by Suzanne Vann.)

Description: The students use research skills and the writing process to create a newspaper.

• Write into Fantasy, Humor and Suspense (Authored by Donna Woods.)

Description: Students write a narrative on a given topic using suspense, humor, or fantasy.

• Write or You’re History! (Authored by Jill Blonder.)

Description: Students write letters demonstrating their knowledge of how to use English in formal and informal settings.

• Write to Remember (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

Description: After children read and collect information on women in history, your class has a TEA PARTY, with petit fours cakes and ice tea. Collecting research from selected books and the Internet, plus writing notes and oral reporting are lesson activities.

• Write Your Favorite Author (Authored by Lois Christensen.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students write letters to authors of children's books. They learn good letter writing format and recognize letter writing as a viable means of communication, especially to people with whom they would like to communicate, but are not personally acquainted.

• Writing the Newspaper Article (Authored by Anne McFarland.)

Description: Turn students into reporters. After analyzing newspaper articles, students interview classmates for newsworthy events and write their own newspaper articles.

• Yes, No, Maybe So! (Authored by Kerry McMillen.)

Description: After looking at various pictures, the students, as a class, identify the ones illustrating action verbs. Then, after looking at a picture individually, students write sentences using strong, active verbs summarizing the action in the picture.

• Yo! Conventions! (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

Description: After reviewing the trait of conventions through a teacher directed activity, students perform their stories to show that to make their ideas clear, good use of conventions is a must.

• You Are the Expert (Authored by Nirsa Gautier.)

Description: Become a word expert by using reference resources to create a PowerPoint slide, draw and scan a picture into a PowerPoint slide and present the word to the class.

• You Are What You Read (Authored by Joan Jackson.)

Description: Students select a prose, poetry, or nonfiction excerpt from a book of their choice and share it by reading aloud to their classmates, who identify the genre and respond to related questions in their journals.

• You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover (Authored by Kimberly Marlow.)

Description: As an introduction to teaching a new novel, students make predictions about the novel's story line. Students then form groups of three to come to a consensus prediction about the novel which is presented to the class.

• You Do Judge a Book by Its Cover (Authored by Patricia Morres.)

Description: After viewing several magazine pictures of different types of people, students recognize how much we stereotype.

• You Flattened Me (Authored by Alicia Floyd.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Students draw self-portraits to make themselves “flat”, then e-mail themselves, along with a letter, to a participating person.

• You G.O.T. It! (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Using a graphic organizer, students synthesize and separate collected information. G.O.T. stands for Graphic Organization using a T-chart.

• You Gotta Have A Hat (Authored by Gail Przeclawski.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson presents the folktale, [Caps for Sale], and a different version of the same tale, [The Hatseller and the Monkeys], for students to compare and contrast.

• You Have Nerve! (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: How do you know when your nose itches or when you are hurt? Did you know that body parts communicate using the nervous system to send messages to and from our brain? Students learn about the nervous system as they participate in a variety of activities.

• You Mean I Am Part of History? (Authored by Eric Miles.)

Description: The purpose of this assignment is to open the lines of communication between family members and to gain a historical understanding about family history. Students research and interview their grandparents and parents and create a research paper.

• You’re Hired! (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

Description: Students analyze famous speeches and create a speech of their own that represents the feelings, perceptions, and beliefs of others.

• You’ve Got My Money! (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: This lesson is best done around Halloween time but it can be done with any story that has a repetitive section. Students will recall Orff instrument families and specific instruments so that they can put sound “effects” to certain words in a scary story to make it more interesting. Not only does this reinforce knowledge of the different instruments and their families (i.e. Woods, Skins/Membranes, Metals, Shakers/Scrapers), it also helps them listen for repetiveness within a story.

• Yum Yum – What Animals Eat (Authored by Kimberly Perez.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Description: Have you ever wondered what animals eat? Children enjoy learning more about animals by cutting out animal pictures and placing the animals into the categories of omnivore, herbivore or carnivore.

• Yummy Adjectives (Authored by Samantha Michael.)

Description: This activity is a fun, tasty, and hands-on experience that allows students to recognize and brainstorm descriptive adjectives to use in their writing. The students work in pairs to take a taste and touch test and record their adjectives used to describe the food and knick-knacks on handout.

• Zoo’s Clues! (Authored by Kelly Allen.)