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Letter of the DayNoneK
This lesson is a simple way to introduce students to the letters of the alphabet. A new letter or group of letters can be taught as part of the morning message or separately through poetry or other short writings.

Same or Different?NoneK
In this lesson, students will observe the physical attributes of a set of objects/characters and identify the object that is different from the others. This lesson can be conducted either whole-class or with a small group.

On, Over and In!GrammarK
In this lesson, the students will learn about prepositions. They will create sentences using prepositions and pictures to illustrate their sentences.

ABC ConnectionNoneK
This lesson will help students to learn and practice the letters of the alphabet.

Show and TellWord ProcessingK-2
Students familiarize themselves with the basic functions of word processing: using the mouse and keyboard, clicking on the page, typing a word, adding a picture or pictures from the bank. With teacher direction, the student learns to select a picture from the bank and click to add it to their page. Students then type their own words, or string together letters to try to form words anywhere on the page. The teacher may then help the student by typing words and sentences dictated by the student to describe the picture.

Star StudentWritingK-8
Feature one student in each edition of the school newspaper. Include a photo of the student, and personal statistics such as grade, family info, hobbies, favorite subject, and quotes about him/her from friends.

Today's WeatherEarth and Space ScienceK-8
Students research the weather forecast and use Tool Factory Workshop to create a picture or diagram of the day's or week's weather forecast for the school newspaper.

Greeting Cards and Invitations on the ComputerWritingK-12
Fold a sheet of paper in quarters. Using a pencil, create a mock-up of your greeting card on the folded paper, then build it on the computer using clip art and fun fonts.

Learn Keyboarding!Word ProcessingK-12
Students learn to keyboard accurately and effectively, using Tool Factory Keyboarding Adventure, as well as the resources available on Worksheet Station.

Come to My Book Party!Writing1-2
Students create invitations using Tool Factory Word Processor. The invitations are addressed to the student's favorite book characters. The questions: Who, What, When, Where, Who will be there, What activities will there be? are answered. Pictures, words, sounds, and videos are added as appropriate. Students may decorate the invitation with a border, pictures, and other items from the bank.

Storytelling with PodcastingWriting1-6
Have your students write their own narrative stories. Then have them create a podcast narrating the story and bringing it to life!

Favorite Place ToursWriting2-8
Students use Tool Factory Word Processor to compose and edit a "guided tour" around their favorite place, which can be anything from a corner of the classroom to a country they have visited. Students use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe their favorite place. Pictures from the clipart bank or the hard drive are added to illustrate the guide.

Reading Directions - Reading to Perform a TaskResearching3-4
Students will be able to read to perform a task.

You're the EditorWriting3-5
A draft of a newspaper article is presented on a worksheet with a series of grammatical errors, such as run-on sentences and mistakes in capitalization, comma use, punctuation and spelling. Students will use the spell check and word processing features of Tool Factory Workshop to edit and/or retype the article. Then, they create an appropriate headline for the article and reformat the article's layout.

Storybook OutlineWriting3-5
Students begin to plan a short story book, using the provided templates to brainstorm and outline the plot, setting, characters, sequence of events, and dialog exchanges.

StorybookWriting3-5
Using the Storybook Outline worksheets, students create a story with descriptive sensory details, developed characters, and a believable plot. Images are added from the bank and/or from the students' own image files, and/or from pictures created in Tool Factory Painter. The finished storybook has a cover page with the story's title and the author's name.

Storybook 2Writing3-5
Using the Storybook Outline worksheets, students create a story with descriptive sensory details, developed characters, and a believable plot. Images are added from the Gallery and/or from the students' own image files, and/or from pictures created in Junior MultiMedia Lab. The finished storybook has a cover page with the story's title and the author's name.

Dear Pen PalWriting3-5
Students compose a letter to a pen pal using Tool Factory Word Processor. The letter follows the accepted formats for personal letters and includes the date, address, greeting, body, and closing. The letter describes the student's favorite hobby or hobbies using descriptive language.

Writing About AutumnWriting3-5
In this lesson the students will brainstorm ideas about autumn and then write an acrostic poem using those ideas.

Op-Ed PageWriting3-12
Student compose persuasive articles about a selected topic and combine views from all sides of the issue in an opinion-editorial page of the school newspaper.

The Funnies3-12
Students create interactive comic strips in MultiMedia Lab V.

Crossword PuzzleGrammar3-12
Students practice using different parts of speech by creating and completing crossword puzzles in Tool Factory Workshop. Each clue includes a label indicating which part of speech is required.

What's News at Our SchoolWriting5-8
Students research, draft, and revise a feature article for their school newspaper.

Sports FeaturesWriting5-8
Students attend a school athletic event, take notes about the competition, interview coaches, players, and spectators, and compose an article about the event for the school newspaper. Use a digital camera to photograph a sporting event.

ClassifiedsDatabase Building5-8
Students use Tool Factory Database to collect, compile, and organize information about items for sale, pets, and jobs. Photos, films, and recordings may be added along with text and numerical values. The information can then be formatted into a classifieds page using Tool Factory Word Processor.

Reviewing the ArtsResearching5-8
Students write reviews of films, concerts, museum exhibits, classmates' art, plays, and books. The writing process is followed using Tool Factory Word Processor. Students then rate events, shows, etc. with stars or any other consistent rating system in Tool Factory Spreadsheet.

Calendar of EventsWriting5-8
Students use Tool Factory Spreadsheet to create calendar of upcoming events in their school and town for the school newspaper. If possible, use digital photos to enhance the calendar.

Letters to the EditorWriting5-8
Students write letters to the editor of the school newspaper expressing their views on a particular issue. These letters are arranged on 2-3 pages of the newspaper.

Interview DatabaseDatabase Building5-12
Reporters and editors of the school newspaper collect notes, photos, and recordings from interviews conducted for various articles and enter the data in Tool Factory Database.

ClassifiedsResearching5-12
Students build an interactive classifieds section with linked pages for their school newspaper. Integrate digital photographs if they are available.

Front Page NewsWriting6-12
Students design the layout for and compose articles for the first page of a multimedia school newspaper.

Reporter NotesWriting6-12
Students take notes for articles to be submitted to their school newspaper or magazine. In addition to notes about the subject or event being reported, students conduct interviews, take photos, and record quotes.

Sports PagesWriting6-12
Students design the layout for and compose articles for the sports page of their school's newspaper. Use a digital camera to photograph an event of interest.

Researching Source DocumentsWriting6-12
We're going to research source documents in the library and on the internet, then build a database to search and sort out the reference material.

A Jar of Dreams - by Yoshiko Uchida
Historical FictionWord Processing4-5
Students will be able to identify what historical fiction is, and compare it to informational text and realistic fiction.

Comparing CulturesResearching4-5
Students will be able to compare life in California in the eyes of Rinko Tsujimura, to life in Japan during the 1930ís. Then look at life today in both places.

Making TimelinesResearching4-5
Students will be able to use the book "A Jar of Dreams" by Yoshiko Uchida to discover change over time using a timeline.

Research and Fiction using 6 + 1 Traits of Writing
Lesson 1 - ResearchWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

Objective for Lesson 1 (Research):
Students will be able to research three subjects and one place. The information will be included as content in a fictional story.


Lesson 2 - OrganizationWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for Lesson #2 (Organization):
Students will be able to use the research they collected to being writing a fictional story.



Lesson 3 - Word ChoiceWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for lesson 3 (Word Choice):
Students will be able to use their research to add detail to their fictional writing piece.


Lesson 4 - VoiceWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for Lesson 4 (Voice):
Students will be able to add their voice into their writing.


Lesson 5 - Sentence FluencyWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for Lesson 5 (Sentence Fluency):
Students will be able to identify if their sentences flow together nicely and their sentences beginnings vary.


Lesson 6 - ConventionsWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for Lesson 6 (Conventions):
Students will be able to edit their writing.


Lesson 7 - PresentationWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

Before you get to this point, you must leave enough time for peer conferences and teacher conferences.

The objective for Lesson 7 (Presentation):
Students will be able to present their writings in a variety of ways.