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Does "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" Have a Hidden Message?

For Students 8th - 12th
Like Mark Twain's introduction to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz warns readers not to search for a hidden message or moral in his tale. Yet many, such as Henry Littlefield, have done just...
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The Wizard of Oz

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders practice correct punctuation, and identifying oo and gh words while using the book and movie The Wizard of Oz. In this language arts lesson plan, 2nd graders complete a variety of language activities that relate to the...
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Myth Lesson Plans

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What is the difference between myths, legends, and folktales? From greek mythology and creation myths to heroes and heroines, here is a nice series of lessons for providing your kids with solid foundational knowledge about myths.
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Acting the Song

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Get to know the meaning behind the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from the legendary 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Groups of two take the roles of performer and questioner. Performers sing lines of the song while questioners interrogate...
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Anti-Bullying Lesson Plan

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Wicked is not just a Tony Award winning broadway musical. It also makes for a strong base to teach character education, specifically anti-bullying. Scholars listen, discuss, role play, and show what they know through a group presentation...
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The Language of Setting

For Teachers 5th Standards
Descriptive language can be used to create a vivid and imaginative setting. Create the chart suggested in this plan to track the descriptive language found in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The class discusses the land beyond...
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Emerald City

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students read "The Wizard of Oz." They list descriptive words and information about the Emerald City. Students plan, design, and build their own 3-dimensional Emerald City. They create a dazzling Emerald City with recycled produce trays...
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Sentence Combining And Decombining

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Have your class focus on stylistic choices and sentence fluency by combining, decombining, and recombining sentences in professional writing, peer writing, and their own writing. They use punctuation to recombine sentences in a paragraph...
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A Circular Journey to Imaginative Narrative Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
There is nothing better than a good story. Young authors examine the circular journey common in stories like The Wizard of Oz and Jack and the Beanstalk. They engage in a series of activities that help them understand story elements and...
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We're off to see the Wizard!

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students explore the process of play and movie making from books. They study the basic elements of drama and write and produce a play based on a chosen theme. Students explain the basic elements of a play by looking at "The Wonderful...
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Creative Notebooks

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore ways to present their notebooks to the teacher in a creative way. They might choose to present their notebook with a laundry theme, in a pizza box with different sections, a Wizard of Oz theme, a top secret FBI theme or...
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Sparkling Yellow Bottles

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students create a water shaker based on the color yellow.  In this color lesson, students make their shaker with teacher help, and pick items to put in their bottles that are the color yellow. This lesson could be used for any color. 
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Exploring the "Goo-ey" Properties of Matter

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Young scholars follow recipes to come up with a gooey form of matter. In this gooey matter lesson plan, students take 2 days to make 2 different forms of matter and answer questions on worksheets.
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Pythagorean Theorem

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students use the pythagorean theorem to solve problems. In this geometry lesson, students solve parts of a right triangle using the properties of the pythagorean theorem.
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Leaping, Jumping, Hopping

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore loco-motor skills.  In this body movement physical education lesson, students leap, jump, and hop to music as they follow directions at several stations in the gym.
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Modern United States 1941 - Present -- Primary Access

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine events in recent American history. In this primary source analysis lesson, students explore several photographs and documents about the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War.
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Dogs- Canine Familiaris

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research dog species and breeds. In this dog instructional activity, students discuss breed of dogs, their personal experiences, and complete a Venn Diagram comparing breeds. Students use the research to analyze television shows...
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Rusting and the Scientific Method

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students observe the oil can scene with the tin man from a clip from "The Wizard of Oz" and answer the question, "What can we learn about rust from this scene?". They take 2 tubes and 2 nails, adding 1 salt packet to 2 ml of distilled...
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For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students create an outfit out of newspaper and masking tape to be placed on one of their classmates. In this outfit lesson plan, students have 10 to 20 minutes to complete the getting to know you activity.
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A Circular Journey To Imaginative Narrative Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
How do you end a narrative? Writers determine how imaginative narratives can be written as circular stories, including a logical ending. They listen to stories while completing an activity on the overhead about things that are real and...
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For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine patterns of imagery in Othello by using online resources. Students compare the patterns they see to those they've found in other Shakespeare plays. Then students draw conclusions about why Shakespeare might have used the...
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Merchant of Venice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine patterns of imagery in Merchant of Venice by using online resources. Students compare the patterns they see to those they've found in other Shakespeare plays. Then learners draw conclusions about why Shakespeare might...
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As You Like It

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use online resources in order to examine patterns of imagery in As You Like It. By comparing these patterns to those of other Shakespeare plays, students draw conclusions about the different reasons Shakespeare uses imagery in...
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For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine patterns of imagery in Hamlet by using online resources. Students compare the patterns they see to those they've found in other Shakespeare plays. Then learners draw conclusions about why Shakespeare might have used the...