These resources accompany our Rethink 1st Grade ELA course. They include ideas for use, ways to support exceptional children, ways to extend learning, digital resources and tools, tips for supporting English Language Learners and students with visual and hearing impairments. There are also ideas for offline learning.
This unit was created by the Rethink Education Content Development Team. This unit is aligned to the NC Standards for 1st Grade ELA.
This Animal Needs research project helps early elementary students explore animal needs around a specific animal. The project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate speaking/listening skills, organize and present information, and write informative texts at a developmentally appropriate level. It can be completed in a variety of ways with multiple final products: posters, sculptures (playdoh/air-dry clay), oral presentations (in class or on video), and/or research papers. Students can ask and answer questions following presentations. Students may work independently or in pairs/small groups at school or complete the project at home using books, magazines, and internet resources. Focus on local animals, native species, invasive species, or leave the choice completely open to students' interests.
Book Buddies is a program which pairs up a child from a primary class and a child from an intermediate class. In this lesson, students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy as a great way to break the ice when Book Buddies meet for the first time. Students brainstorm questions they can ask to get to know their Book Buddy. Then they use the questions to interview their Book Buddies. They write a biography of their new friend and publish it using an online tool.
This is the Core 40 vocabulary board that was created by the AAC team in BCPS. It pairs an image with a term for 40 of the most commonly used words in the English Language.
Three activities to build background and interest in the topic and to activate any prior knowledge students have about cultures. This lesson was developed by Julie Glaser as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.
Students will investigate their world to learn about the needs of honeybees as they listen and ask questions of a beekeeper. Students will recognize that honeybees live in all areas of the world except for Antarctica and that their needs are found in the environment in which they live.This lesson was developed by Gisele Cauley as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.
The Gingerbread Market is Project-Based Learning for Social Studies Economics. Students learn what it means to be a consumer and a producer by supplying goods and services for a donation. All earnings are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
This 5-E lesson introduces the use of nonfiction materials from the library with a maker component. Students willexamine nonfiction materials,draw diagrams,make models,ask questions of others,and explain their work.
In this lesson, students choose their own reading material, respond to reading in a journal, and talk about their books daily in small groups. The teacher guides the work through structured prompts and by rotating participation with the groups. Students read at their individual levels, while heterogeneous grouping provides peer support. This lesson is a structured guideline for helping students learn to think about the books they read, and to ask questions about books shared by other students.
In this lesson, students will read Chrysanthemum to introduce the topic of names. Students make Name Bingo cards by writing the name of each classmate in a different square of a blank Bingo board. Next, students brainstorm personal questions designed to get to know one another. To play the game, the teacher randomly calls out a name, and students cover that name on their board with a marker. In this twist of the traditional bingo game, after each name is chosen, the student responds by answering one of the questions designed to help students learn more about one another.
Bobby didn’t so much mind the idea of sharing his toy car. He was more bothered by his sister Jean did not asking before she took. Because Jean was miffed at Bobby’s refusal to share his toy, she had not thought about how her own behavior caused him to be upset. Included: Three different formats of the story, including PDF, eBook and side-by-side. Our social stories are free in support of the social emotional education of children.
No, Deenie, No is a story about a young girl who misbehaves, which prompts the response “No, Deenie, no.” Then one day Deenie realizes she doesn’t like hearing the word “no.” But she must decide what to do in order to hear “yes!”
This teacher's curriculum guide presents strategies for engaging readers before, during, and after reading the book. It also provides extension strategies to further students’ understanding through analysis of verbs and narrative writing tasks.