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10th Grade ELA: Information Fluency
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In this unit, students will understand where “fake news” comes from, why it exists and how they can think like fact checkers to become fluent consumers, evaluators, and creators of information. They will apply this knowledge by selecting a controversial topic to evaluate, synthesize, and analyze all aspects before sharing with a local audience.

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Journalism
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Author:
Beth Kabes
Crystal Hurt
Date Added:
08/13/2020
1984
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This unit walks students through a variety of activities revolving around George Orwell's book '1984'.

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English Language Arts
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Michigan Virtual
Author:
Abby Perdok
Date Added:
06/28/2017
#1: Why are Flamingos Pink?
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In this Wonder of the DayR, we learn about why flamingos are pink.

Students have the opportunity to explore the Wonder either as a class or individually.

With suggestions for different age groups, Wonder #1 has an activity to engage students with drawing, writing description, or both.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Julie Tastad
Date Added:
08/07/2020
1st Grade-Act. 04: Chrysanthemum and Letter Tiles
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In this lesson children will listen as the teacher reads Chrysanthemum. Afterwards have a discussion about the story with a focus on the length of ChrysanthemumŐs name. Have the children compare the lengths of their own names using letter tiles, grid paper, and a class graph.

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English Language Arts
Mathematics
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Date Added:
06/09/2021
25 Things
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This lesson will allow students to select and share what details are important on a topic. Groups of students will research a topic and then discuss and determine the top 25 important things someone should know about the topic.

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Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Business and Communication
Career and Technical Education
Education
English Language Arts
History
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Science
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Lesson
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Author:
Erin Halovanic
Lynn Ann Wiscount
Vince Mariner
Date Added:
06/13/2021
2 - Emergent Story Books
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In the previous unit children learned the procedures and routines needed to carry on with some independence as they begin building reading stamina. This unit continues with those routines and building stamina as students begin working on emergent storybook reading in a focused and concentrated way.In this unit children read emergent storybooks. Emergent storybook reading comes from Elizabeth Sulzby’s work on emergent literacy. The premise behind emergent storybook reading is that as students are exposed to the multiple readings of the emergent storybooks they begin to read these books on their own. Through these readings and familiarity of the emergent storybooks students’ begin to develop deeper understandings of the text, a strong sense of language and an increased desire to read independently.The first part of this units focuses on ways readers can read books using all they know to help themselves read. Early strategies like predicting and rereading are introduced. The way students read emergent story books develops over time; some children’s construction of the story will probably first involve looking at and commenting on each picture. Over time, all children learn to approximate and read the way the story sounds as if the child were reproducing the words and cadence of the text.The second part of this unit focuses on how readers study, think and grow ideas about books. They use their partners to talk about their thinking and share their understandings.The unit ends with readers trying different ways to read and share their books through retellings and acting out their favorite parts. This unit supports many of the Common Core State Standards, one of which states thatstudents need to engage in many different ways of reading independently and in partnerships with purpose and understanding.This unit should include the opportunity to introduce book bags and book shopping days. Students should have the chance to keep books until the next time they shop for new books. It is highly recommended that students shop for books (up to ten emergent story books) outside of reading workshop. This helps with management and time. Students may shop for ‘Look Books’ or the teacher can continue to use the tubs from unit 1 (adding new titles as needed). Since students will continue to have time allotted to read “Look Books” like the ones available in unit 1, the teacher should decide how to help students differentiate between emergent story books and Look Books.

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English Language Arts
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OS/MAISA
Date Added:
03/22/2018
2nd Grade English Language Arts - Unit 1: Cinderella Stories
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Overview: In this first unit of second grade, students read multiple versions of a classic fairy tale, Cinderella. Through reading various versions of the same story, students are not only exposed to a wide variety of cultures, but they are also challenged to think about how the culture, or setting, of the story influences the plot. In first grade fiction, students took a trip around the world, exploring a wide variety of themes and stories from all over, in order to build a foundational understanding that our world is made up of many diverse and unique cultures. This unit builds on the exposure to new cultures students received in first grade and provides an opportunity for students to explore the idea that even though cultures may appear to be different, there are many things embedded within the unique characteristics of different cultures that make them similar. Storytelling, and the role of storytelling, is one of those similarities. It is our hope that this unit, in connection with others in the sequence, helps students build empathy and understanding of the world around them.

The different versions of Cinderella help students understand the components of a fairy tale and the lessons associated with traditional fairy tales. Over the course of the unit, students will be challenged to ask and answer questions about the text and illustrations as a way of deepening their understanding of plot, setting, and characters. In the first section of the unit, students will focus deeply on the setting, characters, and plot of the different versions of Cinderella, learning to compare and contrast the nuances across different versions. In the second section of the unit, students will read Cinderella stories that vary from the traditional plot structure but still include the underlying theme that a person's actions (good or bad) influence his/her life outcomes. In this section students will dive deeply into three texts to analyze different characters' traits and how the author uses those traits to help reveal the lesson of the story.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Fishtank Learning
Date Added:
04/28/2021
2nd Grade English Language Arts - Unit 1: Habitats
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In this unit, 2nd grade students explore different habitats (forest, desert, water, and rainforest) and investigate how different plants and animals survive in each habitat. Rather than just learning facts about the habitats, students examine the connection between parts of each habitat and how those connections are crucial for survival. Using the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide, students are challenged to use the information they learn about different habitats to compare how different plants and animals depend on their surroundings and other living things to meet their needs. Students will also be challenged to compare the differences in the kinds of living things that are found in different areas and why those differences exist. This unit builds on the 1st grade Animals unit, in which students learned about different types of animals and their characteristics, and prepares students for a 3rd grade unit in which they will analyze animal adaptations with regard to animal habitats. This unit uses the Bobbie Kalman Introducing Habitats series as mentor texts. These texts were chosen because of their clear representations of the different habitats and their accessibility. The texts in this unit support student understanding of key genre features while also allowing multiple opportunities to develop fluency. Over the course of the unit, the majority of heavy thinking and analysis should be on students. By the end of the unit, students should have a deeper understanding of key components of informational texts, and students should be able to transfer those understandings to other complex informational texts. Students will also write daily in response to the text, with a focus on using complete sentences and recognizing run-on sentences. Students will also begin writing longer informational texts in which they synthesize and teach back the content they are learning about the different habitats.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Fishtank Learning
Date Added:
04/28/2021
2nd Grade English Language Arts - Unit 2: Insects
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In this unit, second graders learn about insects and the impact insects have on the natural world. Building on what students learned in Unit 1 about habitats, they will explore how different insects rely on the environment, or habitat in which they live, for survival. Through this exploration, students will learn the unique characteristics of insects, how insects can be both beneficial and destructive, and the stages of an insect's life cycle. By the end of the unit, students will have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the beauty of the insect world.

This unit is comprised of predominantly shared reading experiences to help students practice different reading strategies and skills. Building on unit one, students will continue to be inquisitive, active consumers of texts by asking and answering questions, and they will continue to deepen their understanding of the role text features and illustrations play in helping a reader better understand the content of a text. Students will also begin to explore the connections between scientific ideas and concepts using cause-and-effect language and will continue to strengthen their habits of discussion as they debate and analyze key ideas of the unit.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Author:
Fishtank Learning
Date Added:
04/28/2021
2nd Grade English Language Arts - Unit 2: Spider Stories
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In this folktales unit, second graders explore Spider, or Anansi, folktales from Western Africa. Folktales have been used for generations to teach important lessons about human nature and the consequences of good and bad behavior in a way that is clear, convincing, and easily relatable. Through reading and learning about Spider, students will be able to debate and analyze what it means to be a good person and the importance of hard work and cooperation. Studying the actions of Spider, a character with whom it is easy to connect and empathize, allows students to begin to develop a sense of moral behavior and understanding of the world around them by learning from the actions of others. It is our hope that this unit, in connection with others in the sequence, will help students begin to develop a strong moral compass and understanding of what constitutes'right' and'wrong.'

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Fishtank Learning
Date Added:
04/28/2021
3-2-1- Grade 3
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This tool is used for teachers to understand what the students are getting out of their learning by recording three things they learned, two questions and one main idea.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Author:
Danielle Schmidt
Date Added:
08/05/2020
3-5 Sample Schedules
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The 3-5 Sample Schedules are sample schedules that outline advantages and considerations to give leaders ideas about how to incorporate EL Education's 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum (2 hours daily for Grades 3-5) into a school schedule. This document shows options for school days with 7, 6.5, and 6 hours of daily instruction.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
11/20/2018
3rd Grade Poetry
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In this unit, students will be introduced to poetry.  Students will learn about the different types of poetry characteristics through the use of poetry books, prezi presentations, music, and spoken word.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Tierra Jackson
Date Added:
09/26/2017
4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs
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Google Docs is a great word processor, but is much more than just that. Although we can certainly use it to type up a report, take notes, or write a story, we can also get creative with the features and functions built into the program to make some fun learning activities.

Recently I did a video training webinar where I took a look at four creative ways to use regular Google Docs features in new fun ways to practice and develop literacy skills. These include:

The highlighting tool for the activity "Improve Reading Comprehension with Google Docs Black Out"

The special characters tool for the activity "Emoji Learning Activities with Google Docs"

The word count tool for the activity "Have Students Write Better by Writing Less with Google Docs"

The header tool and hyperlink tool for the activity "Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Google Docs"

See below for the full 1-hour training video, as well as resources, ideas, and templates for each of the four activities.

Session Resources

Session Agenda - Google Docs link

Training Video (1 hour)

1) Improve Reading Comprehension with Docs Black Out

Description: In this activity students use the highlighter tool to black out any text that is not critical, leaving behind just the main ideas.

Resources: For full details and resources for doing this activity, see my original blog post "Improve Reading Comprehension with Google Docs Black Out"

Below is the portion of the training video that covers this specific activity:

2) Emoji Learning Activities

Description: In this activity students use special characters to insert emojis to summarize stories, write creatively, and explore character emotions.

Resources: For full details and resources for doing this activity, see my original blog post "5 Emoji Learning Activities with Google Docs"

Below is the portion of the training video that covers this specific activity:

3) Have Students Write Better by Writing Less

Description: In this activity students use the word count tool to write within a character limit or word limit.

Resources: For full details and resources for doing this activity, see my original blog post "Have Students Write Better by Writing Less with Google Docs"

Below is the portion of the training video that covers this specific activity:

4) Choose Your Own Adventure Stories

Description: In this activity students use headings and hyperlinks to create interactive stories in Google Docs.

Resources: For full details and resources for doing this activity, see my original blog post "Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Google Docs"

Below is the portion of the training video that covers this specific activity:

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Eric Curts
Date Added:
08/06/2020
4th Grade Henry Ford Unit
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This unit combines nonfiction reading, biographies, Henry Ford, and Michigan history into one unit. It covers many informational reading standards and Michigan social studies standards all together.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
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Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Mikelle Badge
Date Added:
11/28/2016
4th Grade Historical Fiction Unit
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Students will be reading historical fiction book at their own level. They will read, summarize, and create three book projects that correlate with some of the 4th grade common core reading standards.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Mikelle Badge
Date Added:
11/28/2016
4th Grade Informational Unit
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This unit engages students in a variety of different reading standards through face to face and online components. In this unit, students will practice many skills to aid them in reading and understanding nonfiction texts.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Alisen Lopez
Date Added:
06/22/2017
4th Grade Poetry Unit
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This unit is focused on figurative language, covering common core standards in language, literature for reading, and speaking and listening with the final assessment.  It is designed to be used with a workshop model, where there is some form of opening for brief instruction, partner and/or independent work time, and a closing time for sharing within each lesson.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Erin Slotman
Date Added:
06/28/2017
5 Mini-Lessons You MUST Teach for Creative Narrative
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Mini-lessons are a great way to teach students about small tidbits of writing without overwhelming them. These sessions are 10-15 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time to engage students without them losing interest. Lesson ideas include Character Development, Setting Development, Sequence of Events, Dialogue, Strong Endings

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Jessica Temple
Date Added:
08/05/2020
5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Podcasts for Learning
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Intrigued by the world of podcasting? This Five-Minute Film Festival features videos, resources, and articles to help any educator get started using podcasts in the classroom as a learning tool.

Subject:
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
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Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Amy Erin Borovoy
Date Added:
08/06/2020
5th Grade Reading and Writing - Tall Tale
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This lesson uses tall tale read alouds to reinforce the common elements, or text structure, of tall tales. As the text is read aloud, students examine the elements of the book that are characteristic of tall tales. Then using what they've learned, they write and perform tall tales of their own.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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Reading
Author:
Beth Einspahr
Date Added:
08/07/2020
6th Grade Informational Writing Unit
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Students will learn the components of an informational essay. Through modeling, mini-lessons and multiple opportunities for practice and feedback, students will go through the writing process to produce an informational essay on the topic of their choice.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Taylor Timmer
Date Added:
06/30/2016
6th Grade Reading Unit - RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RI.6.1, RI.6.2
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This unit addresses four 6th grade reading standards taught throughout the course of a trimester. These lessons are designed to be taught one day a week, while the other days in the trimester are focused on writing units. This unit is designed to be co-taught with a general education and special education teacher, but can be easily adapted if only one teacher is present.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Taylor Timmer
Date Added:
06/30/2016
6th grade Narrative Writing Unit
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Students will learn the components of a Narrative writing. Through mini-lessons (Ex: dialogue, story elements, figurative language, good introductions,genre study,  etc.),  daily writing and revising, students will go through the writing process to produce a narrative writing on a topic of their choice.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Kathy Newhouse
Date Added:
06/30/2016
70 Characters or Less...
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A lesson about online communication using a simulation of a Twitter conversation in a "telephone game" style.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
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Author:
Angela Anderson
Beth Clothier
Dana John
John Sadzewicz
Date Added:
08/05/2020