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Pumpkin Life Cycle

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
From seed to jack-o-lantern, young scholars walk step-by-step through the life cycle of pumpkins with this fun art and science activity. After first participating in a shared reading of the children's book Pumpkin, Pumpkin children color...
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What Is Respiratory Infection?

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Give your youngsters a comprehensive introduction to the importance of washing hands and preventing the spread of germs in three activities, which include identifying what germs are, discovering where germs live, and practicing a variety...
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Meet the Dinosaurs

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Take your class of youngsters on a prehistoric adventure with this four-lesson series on dinosaurs. Accompanying the Meet the Dinosaurs books by Don Lessem, these lessons engage children in writing their own dinosaur books, making...
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Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage, Grades K-2

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
A civil rights movement lesson designed specifically with the Common Core State Standards in mind, young learners are introduced to the story of Ruby Bridges as the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school....
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Australian Animal Memory Game

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Kangaroos, platypuses, koalas...oh my! Your youngsters will love this printable memory game featuring eight different adorable Australian animals.
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Living or Nonliving

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
It's alive! Or is it? Through a series of shared readings, whole class activities, and independent exercises children explore the difference between living and non-living things, creating a pair of printable books to demonstrate their...
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Solar System Book

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Young astronomers travel through the solar system in the pages of this printable book. With clear pictures and simple sentence structure, this is a perfect resource for exploring the planets in the early elementary grade levels.
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Help with Reading

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Children's education doesn't have to end when they leave the classroom. Support parents with imporving their children's reading comprehension skills at home with this list of guiding questions.
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ITM 16: Learning a Go Go

For Students K - 12th Standards
The mobile revolution is transforming how we teach as educators, and this video will give you an opportunity to consider how to best utilize the abundance of technology that we and our class members have available at the tips of our...
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"I Can" Common Core! 1st Grade Reading

For Teachers 1st Standards
This series of printable I can statements breaks down first grade Common Core reading standards into child-friendly terms. A great resource for providing clear learning objectives for young readers.
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Healthy Earth, Sick Earth

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Earth is sick and needs our help! Read the children's book Planet Earth Gets Well to explain the various problems facing the planet, discussing what young conservationists can do to heal the planet along the way. A great Earth Day...
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Lesson 3: Labeled Diagrams

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Examine the book Stargazers by Gail Gibbons. Young readers will practice reading and interpreting information from diagrams in this informational text. They work together as a class on this skill and then move into independent practice....
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Days and Seasons

For Students 1st - 2nd Standards
Introduce young scholars to calendars as they practice the days of the week and four seasons. First graders complete three days-of-the-week sequences, each starting on a different day. They can reference the completed sequence example...
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The oa Sound

For Students K - 1st Standards
Explore spelling patterns with this multi-step worksheet featuring the /oa/ sound. Learners read a brief introduction explaining that this sound can be achieved by three different vowel combinations. They complete a different activity as...
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Ordering Stories

For Students 1st Standards
What happened first? Learners examine four sets of images to sequence events using ordinal numbers. There is an example to get them started, and the first two have three pictures to organize. The final story is more challenging with four...
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Identifying Information in Nonfiction

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Second graders investigate information in non-fiction texts. They review the features of a non-fiction text and read the book Nature's Food Chains: What Polar Animals Eat. Pupils discuss the text features and write down one fact they...
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Christopher Columbus

For Teachers 1st Standards
Take some time to focus on Christopher Columbus, his three ships, the purpose of his voyage, and the new land he discovered. Pay special attention to the included additional materials, they are the real value in this resource.
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Humphrey The Lost Whale

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
The children's book Humphrey the Lost Whale tells an amazing tale of a community joining together for a common cause. Read this book with your class, making connections between the events in the story and personal experiences of young...
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Guess That Spice

For Teachers 1st - 7th Standards
From medical treatments to cooking, people have been using herbs and spices for thousands of years. Perform a blind smell test of household herbs and spices to engage students in learning about ancient spice trading. Research the history...
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Using a Title to Determine Main Idea (Nonfiction)

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Young readers explore a nonfiction text for its main idea. They will listen to the book Animal Sight by Kirsten Hall, and then observe as the teacher models a main idea think-aloud. Later, for independent practice, they listen to the...
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Lesson 1: Identifying Information in Nonfiction

For Teachers 1st Standards
If you are in need of a instructional activity on identifying information in a non-fiction text, look no further. The class learns how to use a KWL chart to identify explicit information in the book, Frogs by Gail Gibbons. They fill out...
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Lesson 2: Chronological Order

For Teachers 1st Standards
Examining life events is a great way to learn about chronological order. Sequencing and time order are analyzed after reading a book about Rosa Parks. With a chart, the class works together to put the events from Mrs. Parks' life in the...
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Plant Parts We Eat

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
I bet the kids in your class will love to eat their vegetables after an engaging lesson about edible plants. They read information about vegetables and edible plants, sort vocabulary words, identify plant parts, measure and graph the...
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Form an Opinion Based on Facts

For Teachers 1st Standards
Explore fact and opinion through higher level thinking and literacy. Kids listen to the beginning of A Picture Book of Helen Keller by David A. Adler and identify facts in the text. They follow along as the teacher models how to form an...