September 20th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Canal Map from New York State Canal System

Elementary School Resource

Canal Map from New York State Canal System

This is a website of New York State and highlights the Canal system. It is interactive as there are various features, such as lock locations and speed limits, that can be viewed. This resource is appropriate for grade level(s) 4.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.4.6.b, SS.4.6.b.3, SS.E.3.1C, and SS3.E.1C.04.01!

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September 13th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Wanted: Investigative Reporters to Predict and Solve Mysteries

Elementary School Resource

Wanted: Investigative Reporters to Predict and Solve Mysteries

In this activity, listeners will predict who stole Grandpa’s teeth after investigating the evidence in Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement. Stop reading the story just after the mayor presents Grandpa with a new set of teeth. Ask students to write or explain orally whom they predict has stolen Grandpa’s Teeth and why they selected this character as the thief. Their explanations should also include supporting details from the story explaining why it is difficult to live without teeth. Students can empathize with Grandpa what a day would be like if they had no teeth in their mouths through oral discussion in peer literature circles or teacher directed discussion. Older students could create a problem/resolution web to organize their brainstorming ideas, then write a paragraph explaining what “a day without teeth” would be like and how they would cope. Students can then create Wanted Posters using appropriate vocabulary words as an extension activity to build vocabulary and stretch the imagination. This book is appropriate for grades Pre K – Grade 5.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.4.3, RL.4.11, RI.4.1, and more!

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September 6th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Classroom Idea: Situational Ratios

Elementary School Resource

Classroom Idea: Situational Ratios

This lesson will use pattern blocks such as a green triangle, blue rhombus, red trapezoid, and yellow hexagon to have students discover the quantity of triangles needed to cover the blue rhombus, the red trapezoid, and the yellow hexagon.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 1.MD.2, 1.G.1, MST3.1.PS.8, and more!

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August 30th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Octopus Lesson Plan – Grades K-4 by ECSDM

Elementary School Resource

Octopus Lesson Plan – Grades K-4 by ECSDM

In this lesson, the children will learn about the life of an octopus. They will listen to a story, answering prediction questions and prior knowledge on the animals. They will observe one of the ways an octopus defends itself in the ocean. They will then create a defense method for their imaginary octopus.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.K.1, RL.K.10, W.K.2, W.K.8, and RL.1.1!

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June 21st, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Drawing Conclusions by ECSDM

Elementary School Resource

Drawing Conclusions by ECSDM

In this lesson, students will view and discuss images as well as short paragraphs to demonstrate an understanding of the necessary steps needed to formulate and draw valid conclusions. Through repeated practice, students will define the skill of “Drawing Conclusions” as well as create their own short paragraph in which their peers will formulate conclusions.

Related NY State Academic Standards: ESL, ESL.E.PK-1.3.1.9, ESL.E.PK-1.3.1.9.MI, and more!

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June 14th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Math-sketball from P.E. Central

Elementary School Resource

Math-sketball from P.E. Central

In this lesson, students will dribble a basketball in order to demonstrate their ability to establish control and rhythm. Students will also exhibit their understanding of multiplication involving single-digit numbers.

Related NY State Academic Standards: HPF, HPF.PE.I.1, HPF.PE.I.1.1, and more!

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June 7th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Astronomy for Kids

Elementary School Resource

Astronomy for Kids

This site provides information about the solar system including the sun, the planets, the stars, etc. Pictures of them are also offered. The content and reading level allow this website to be used as a brief introduction of astronomy to elementary children.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.1.ESS.1.1, S.5.ESS.1.1, S.5.ESS.1.2, and MST4.I.PS1.1!

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May 31st, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Social Studies –Communities

Elementary School Resource

Social Studies –Communities

After this activity, the child will be able to:

1. Listen to Moo in the Morning by Barbara Maitland.
2. Understand what can be seen in a rural setting.
3. Listen to A City Is by Norman Rosten.
4. Understand what can be seen in an urban setting.
5. Understand the similarities and differences between living in an urban setting versus living in a rural setting.
6. Listen and follow directions.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.2.ID.1.c.1!

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May 24th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Alphabet Writing Relay by ESL-KIDS

Elementary School Resource

Alphabet Writing Relay by ESL-KIDS

Divide and line up the students into two teams. Divide the board into two halves and have one student from each team run to the board, write ‘A’, then run to the back of the line. The next student writes ‘B’, etc. The first team to finish wins.

Related NY State Academic Standards: ESL.E.PK-1.1.1.1, ESL.E.PK-1.1.1.7, ESL.E.PK-1.1.1.8, and ESL.E.PK-1.1.1.12!

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May 17th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Math Baseball: Reviewing Math Facts

Elementary School Resource

Math Baseball: Reviewing Math Facts

Using this website, students from grade 1 to grade 4 will have a fun way to review their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. This offers a leveled option (from easy to challenging) for them to experience success.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 2.OA.2 and 3.OA.7!

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