Students will listen to a close reading of The 3 Little Pigs over the course of 3 days. (Many versions are accessible via NC Kids Digital Library. Teacher discretion as to the story version. Personal copy or online versions can be used.) After each read aloud, students will have the opportunity to engage in The Engineering Design Process to create a new dwelling using materials of varying physical properties. Students will write to tell about their new dwelling design using sentence frames and an anchor chart for support. Finally, students will present their new dwellings and read their informational writing to reflect their knowledge of physical properties. Student informational writing should reflect physical properties such as size, color, shape, texture, weight and flexibility per the NC Kindergarten Science Standards.
This is a visual communication board that allows students who are verbal or non-verbal to communicate how they are feeling when they are sick. Ask the student the question and have them touch or speak a response to communicate how they are feeling.
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.
This teacher's curriculum guide presents strategies for engaging readers after reading the book. It also provides extension strategies to further students’ understanding.
In this online activity, students will have the opportunity to learn how to use events in Play Lab and to apply all of the coding skills they've learned to create an animated game. It's time to get creative and make a story in the Play Lab!
Students will work in small groups to plan and create a Makey Makey project showing their knowledge of the characters, setting and main events from the text. Students will also write about what happens in the text. Kindergarten Wonders, Unit 7, week 3 will be used.
Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves: An Inquiry into the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
Students will investigate how color communicates and inspires. This is a transdisciplinary IB unit that integrates literacy, math, science, and social studies.
If you’ve taken time to glance at the Kindergarten “Myself and Others” book, or its sequel First Grade “Families and Schools”, you’ll know that the authors of those books envisioned them being “big books” which were meant to be experienced with the teacher projecting the materials on a big screen. This book begins the transition from “big book” to an individualized tool. It doesn’t mean that the book is meant to be read without teacher interaction, but this resource was designed to be in the hands of students in conjunction with daily classroom instruction.
After reading books about diversity in people (ethnicity, interests, culture, dress, language, physical, etc.), the teacher will lead a discussion about how any two people are alike in some ways and different in others. After the class has worked on this concept, all students will use a Venn Diagram or other compare/contrast graphic organizer to compare themselves to one other person in the group. Then higher level students will extend their thinking by getting into groups of 3 and creating a triple Venn Diagram to compare/contrast themselves with 2 other students. After that they will write a few sentences about how their two classmates and they are different and alike. They will use the triple Venn Diagram to help them with their writing. This lesson was developed by NCDPI as part of the Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project. This lesson plan has been vetted at the state level for standards alignment, AIG focus, and content accuracy.
The students are going to have their own chance to participate in a continuous story. One student starts the story and is given a certain amount of time for telling it. Another student will continue the story and each student will have a chance to add to it. The teacher will use ePals and submit their idea to find another classroom to collaborate together in the story. The students will learn about each other's cultures and lives through the storytelling.
As a way to support teachers with English Language Arts (ELA) instruction during the pandemic, the NCDPI ELA team created choice boards featuring standards-aligned ELA activities.The intended purpose of these choice boards is to provide a way for students to continue standards-based learning while schools are closed. Each activity can be adapted and modified to be completed with or without the use of digital tools. Many activities can also be repeated with different texts. These standards-based activities are meant to be a low-stress approach to reinforcing and enriching the skills learned during the 2019-2020 school year. The choice boards are to be used flexibly by teachers, parents, and students in order to meet the unique needs of each learner.Exploration activities are provided for a more self-directed or guided approach to independent learning for students. These activities and sites should be used as a way to explore concepts, topics, skills, and social and emotional competencies that interest the learner.
After exploring ways that people use resources from our environment to provide for basic needs and wants, students will generate an inclusive list (using brainstorming and research) of many natural resources that people use to meet their needs and wants. Students will create a poster to illustrate their generated ideas. Then students will present their posters to the class or a small group. The teacher may also ask students to consider the use of one natural resource over another in a given situation. Students will consider the best natural resource (s) to use in various situations based on wants/needs, sturdiness, usefulness, sustainability, durability, accessibility, availability, cost, etc. This lesson was developed by NCDPI as part of the Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project. This lesson plan has been vetted at the state level for standards alignment, AIG focus, and content accuracy.
Introduction and use of multiple tools in Seesaw in order to improve expressive language and intelligibility skills for speech and language students.
In this activity, students will explore five different "Discovery Buckets." These buckets will give them opportunities to practice expressing both their thoughts and feelings.
Students will listen to a close reading of Harry the Dirty Dog over the course of 3 days. (The book is accessible via NC Kids Digital Library. Personal copy or online versions can be used.) After each read aloud, students will have the opportunity to engage in The Engineering Design Process to create a maze using various materials to construct different ways for Harry to move through the maze . Students will write to tell about their maze using sentence frames and an anchor chart for support. Finally, students will present their maze and read their informational writing to reflect their knowledge of the Force and Motion standard, specifically the different ways objects move. Maze creation and student informational writing should reflect multiple modes of movement per the NC Kindergarten Science Standards.
Students will learn that people have jobs so they can buy the things they need and want.This lesson was developed by Michelle Allen 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.
If your basic needs are not met, what happens? Student will look at life from the perspective of someone that is homeless or hungry.This lesson was developed by Michelle Allen 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 complete research about an animal of their choice using the San Diego Zoo Kids Zoo website. The students will create a SlideShow Presentation to share with the class teaching about their animal. The class will use given “clues” based on research to guess the student's animal.
In this lesson, students practice describing a series of objects. They then take turns reaching into a bag to describe a hidden object, using only their sense of touch. After five clues are given, the other students try to guess what is in the bag, based on the descripive language used by their classmates. Finally, after the hidden object is guessed or revealed, students discuss additional ways to describe the object.