All resources in Union Academy User Group

Make an Animation

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This animation maker from ABCYA will be not only fun for the students, but a great way to create a story that is animated gif when it is completed. It is easy to make with premade or create your own backgrounds, 100+ images, and text tools. Once you start the creation, you cannot save and work on it again. The animation can be exported and saved as .gif that can be opened and played in any browser window.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive, Module

Author: REMC Association of Michigan

4th Grade Poetry Unit

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This unit is focused on figurative language, covering common core standards in language, literature for reading, and speaking and listening with the final assessment.  It is designed to be used with a workshop model, where there is some form of opening for brief instruction, partner and/or independent work time, and a closing time for sharing within each lesson.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Erin Slotman

Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups

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In this lesson, students read Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco to identify words that are unfamiliar to them. Working collaboratively in small groups, they discuss the meaning of these new words, using context clues from the text, prior knowledge, and both print and online resources. Students then apply their knowledge of the new vocabulary to further their understanding of the text.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Peggy Harper

My World of Words: Building Vocabulary Lists

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This lesson teaches students to select personalized vocabulary words based on their interests and aspects of their everyday lives. Students work in groups to discuss and create their own vocabulary word lists and research their meanings. They create a "My World of Words Journal" with definitions and proper usage information and participate in an interactive journal share to receive feedback from their classmates.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: ReadWriteThink

Theme Graphic Organizer - Editable

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I use this editable Google Slides graphic organizer with my middle school ELA students to help them create and prove thematic statements before extending their thoughts into a longer paragraph. (This resource aligns to the part of RL.6.2 in which students are required to determine the theme. It does not address summary.)

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration


A Literary Glossary for Literature and Language Arts

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Our literary glossary provides a comprehensive list of terms and concepts along with lesson plans for teaching these topics in K-12 classrooms. Whether you are starting with a specific author, concept, or text, or teaching a specific literary term, but do not have a lesson or activity for students to work with, teachers and students will find what they're looking for here.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Arctic and Antarctic Birds - Issue 11, February 2009

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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, explores the amazing birds that live in or migrate to the polar regions. The issue was co-produced with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In addition to content knowledge articles and lesson plans, the issue includes information about bird-themed citizen science programs from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: The Ohio State University