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The Great Kapok Tree: A Social Studies Lesson
Lesson Plan
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of animals, people and plants in the rainforest by participating in an ecosystem simulation.
Grade Level(s): 1-2

The Great Pancake Escape open in new window
Lesson Plan
Find some ideas for teaching with this fun book by Paul Many. (Pancake Day is celebrated on the same day as Mardi Gras.)
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

The House That Drac Built Haunted Houses
Lesson Plan
Build a haunted house out of a paper bag, shapes cut out of construction paper--attach the childs address--helps in learning their address.
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

The Hungry Thing open in new window
Lesson Plan
This supplemental unit provides resources for students in K/1 grades to focus on phonemic awareness related to The Hungry Thing by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler. During these lessons, students explore various phonemic awareness activities and try to find the correct response to each activity.
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

The Importance of the Rainforest
Lesson Plan
Read and discuss The Great Kapok Tree to learn about the importance of the rainforest.
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel
Lesson Plan
The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel is a fast-paced story about the perils of life in the fifth grade. Humor is one of the themes that helps lighten the story as Hubie deals with family, school, a class bully, and the eventual loss of the family pet. “With its likable characters and funny scenes, Masters's light and breezy saga is eminently appealing." -- Publisher's Weekly
Grade Level(s): 3-5

The Shape of Me
Lesson Plan
To tell about yourself and to learn shape recognition, following directions and being creative.
Grade Level(s): K

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Lesson Plan
Listen to a story about spiders and make a spider and a web.
Grade Level(s): 1-2

The Wolf's Chicken Stew 100th Day Celebration
Lesson Plan
Celebrate 100 by reading The Wolf's Chicken Stew, graphing, and making 100 pancakes!
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

Using Children's Literature to Teach Writing: No, David!
Lesson Plan
Review beginning, middle, and end of a story and how details add to a story.
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Using Children's Literature to Teach Writing: Oh, Tucker!
Lesson Plan
Writing activity to use with Oh, Tucker by Steven Kroll.
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Using Children's Literature to Teach Writing: Perfect Pancakes
Lesson Plan
Write a How-To essay
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Weather - Snowmen in May open in new window
Lesson Plan
After reading Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, the students do this activity to discover why snowmen and snow don't survive in May.
Grade Level(s): Preschool

Lesson Plan
For the year 2000 we collected 2000 pennies and adopted a whale. The children picked the whale and its name. From this we received a kit and a adoption certificate for each child. This was done through the International Wildlife Foundation. We had no problem collecting the pennies. You can pick any significant number and do this project. When we received our whale kit, I read the book and we wrote letters to our whale "Splash".
Grade Level(s): K

Where are all those teeth?
Lesson Plan
The students will explore the legend of the tooth fairy. Where do they think the fairies take all those teeth or is there just one fairy, etc.
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

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