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3C Word Wall
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A tool that helps students learn - and learn to use - critical academic vocabulary by transforming classroom word walls from passive displays to interactive learning tools.

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Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
History
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Christine Sudyn
Laurie Zupo
Chris McDonald
Date Added:
06/13/2021
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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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:
Unit of Study
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
Material Type:
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
Material Type:
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:
Education
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Material Type:
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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
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:
Lesson
Author:
Angela Anderson
Beth Clothier
John Sadzewicz
Dana John
Date Added:
08/05/2020