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Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day

Students discover that they can make a world of difference when they participate in the online Earth Day bag program.

 

Student Interactives

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 

 

Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales

What do cowboy hats have to do with fairy tales? Two traditional fairy tales and their Texas-based counterparts set the stage for five different ways to respond to text.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Word Family Sort

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.

 

 

ABC Match

ABC Match

ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Guided Comprehension in the Primary Grades

Guided Comprehension in the Primary Grades

The popular Guided Comprehension instructional framework is tailored to the primary-grade classroom and updated in this second edition printing.

 

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Supporting English Language Learners

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Supporting English Language Learners

Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on supporting English language learners.

 

 

Community Stories  

Marci McGowan

Poetry Writing: Try Partnerships!

Marci McGowan | First-Grade Teacher | Spring Lake, NJ

When I read Traci Gardner's Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity, I knew I had found just the right culminating activity for our unit on poetry and pattern writing