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Resources for Grades 1-2

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Lesson Plans


Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers

Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.


Student Interactives


Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.



Using Folk Tales: Vowel Influences on the Letter G

Gentle, gigantic, graceful—do these g words describe the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk? Students will explore the hard and soft g sounds by studying fairy tales and animals.



Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.



A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.



Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!



Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things

Students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.



Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.



Professional Development  

Webinar on Common Core Standards

This webinar focuses on the Common Core Standards.


Exploring the Past through Multigenre Writing

Exploring the Past through Multigenre Writing

Research comes alive when students explore a range of alternate genres instead of writing the traditional research report.



Community Stories  

Karen Griffin

Helping Phonics Flower in the Elementary Classroom

Karen Griffin | Student Teacher | Morrison, TN

As a student teacher in a first-grade classroom, I struggled with ways to make phonics fun