ELA

Poetry Slam

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Groovy, Daddio! Everyone can be a far-out poet even if they don't know it, ya dig?

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Content Area: 
ELA
Play Time: 
45 min.
Poetry Slam

Hey Robot...

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Hey Robot is a party game where two teams compete to get their smart speaker to say a specific word. It's a bit like Codenames or Taboo, if the friend you were playing with had an encyclopedia but very little common sense.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Content Area: 
ELA
Play Time: 
20 min.
Hey Robot...

Twelfth Night Act 2 Sc 4

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In this video from Penn State's School of Theatre production of Twelfth Night, back at his palace, Orsino summons Feste to perform a song. In the meantime, the Duke and Viola have a conversation about a certain someone Viola (Cesario) fancies, and Orsino offers his love advice. Orsino declares he will not take “no” for an answer from Olivia, but Viola protests that love doesn’t always go according to plan. The two debate men’s and women’s capacities for love, and at the end of their exchange, Orsino orders Viola (Cesario) to return to Olivia with a love token from him.

It's a p-h!

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, the puppet band Phish performs a rockin' song about the “ph” sound. Some featured words are: photo, phonebook, pheasant, phantom, phony, alphabet, phonograph, catastrophic, paragraph, autograph, philosophic, euphoric, and phenomenal. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage

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Become a detective to solve the case of the smelly backpack!  Act out the clues and draw conclusions to solve the mystery.

When Detective Bentley cannot figure out why his backpack is smelly, he retraces the events in his day to find clues.  Taking on the role of detectives, the viewers act out the events of Bentley’s day and use textual clues to solve the case.

Learning Objective:
Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence. 

View the Spanish version of The Case of the Smelly Backpack by clicking here.

El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor | Take the Stage en Español

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Conviértete en un detective para resolver el Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor! Actúa las pistas y saca conclusiones para resolver el misterio. 

Cuando el detective Bentley no puede entender por qué su mochila huele mal, recorre los acontecimientos de su día para encontrar pistas. Asumiendo el papel de detectives, los espectadores representan los eventos del día de Bentley y usan pistas textuales para resolver el caso.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Sacar conclusiones de los hechos presentados en el texto y respaldar esas afirmaciones con evidencia textual.

View the English version of El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor by clicking here.

2nd Grade Explicit Fluency Lesson: Accuracy (Ruth Beals)

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Observe a teacher lead a lesson about reading accurately in her 2nd grade classroom. Emphasis is put on the students trying to sound out words they don't yet know, and improving their ability to recognize words they already do know.

Rishij's Portfolio

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Watch a second-grade student share his writing portfolio with a parent. Consider what purposes portfolios serve for teachers, students, and parents.

Super Flip | Take the Stage

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Learn how to write an expository essay with opinion, reason and evidence while creating your very own comic strip!

With superhero Captain Opinion and her sidekicks, Reason and Evidence, the viewer goes on a fun adventure into the world of opinions and the importance of supporting them with lots of reasons and evidence.

Learning Objective:
Have students write an expository essay that establishes a central idea in a topic sentence; includes supporting sentences with simple facts, details, and explanations; and contains a concluding statement.

View the Spanish version of Super Flip by clicking here.

Super Flip | Take the Stage en Español

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¡Aprende cómo escribir un ensayo expositivo con opinión, razón y evidencia mientras creas tu propia tira cómica! 

Con el superhéroe Capitán Opinión y sus compañeras Razón y Evidencia, el espectador se embarca en una divertida aventura en el mundo de las opiniones y la importancia de sustentarlas con muchas razones y evidencias. 

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Hacer que los estudiantes escriban un ensayo expositivo que establezca una idea central en una oración temática; incluye oraciones de apoyo con hechos simples, detalles y explicaciones, y contiene una declaración final.

View the English version of Super Flip by clicking here.

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