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Kindergarten Links

  • ABC Interactive Games.  From MiKids - set of links to help introduce and review the alphabet and vocabulary.
  • Alphabet Animals.  Great interactive site for kids to see the letters of the alphabet and an animal beginning with each letter.
  • Bananas for Lunch.  Here's a fun counting game (with audio instructions, that helps teach and reinforces counting.
  • BBC Little Animal Center.  Kids will love this - an interactive site with music and a variety of lessons that are "taught" by cute animals and fun games.
  • Berenstain Bears.  Share family fun time with the Berenstain Bears as you dress the family with different outfits and go on a picnic.
  • Book Reviews for Kindergarten.  This site presents some good picture books and links for discussion topics, activities, related books and links to other subjects and resources.
  • Compare/Contrast a Traditional Tale to a Retelling.  In this lesson, we choose a well known story, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Paul Galdone) and a retelling such as Dusty Locks and the Three Bears (Susan Lowell). Then, read or review the traditional tale and follow by reading the retelling.
  • Count Us In.  More fun games designed to help kids learn counting skills - there are instructions for how each game works.
  • Folktales of Cooperation For Your K-3 Class.  Are you looking for a fun and effective way of promoting the spirit of cooperation in your K through 3 classrooms? This week, Elaine Lindy, creator of the Absolutely Whootie Web site, shares three favorite folktales that will get kids thinking and talking about the importance of cooperation!
  • How Did Johnny Appleseed Help the Pioneers Move West? LessonThis is a formally written lesson with 2 objectives:  1. recognize the pioneer John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed.  2. understand how Johnny Appleseed helped the early pioneers who were moving westward to start new homes and farms.
  • How Strawberries Came into the World Lesson.  A complete lesson with 3 objectives:  1. listen to a Cherokee tale and discuss the lesson of respect of people and nature in this legend.  2. learn about the Indian's appreciation of natural resources.  3. learn about the life of the Cherokee Indian people including clothing, housing, and natural environment.
  • How to Take Good Care of Library Books.  Here's an online story that explains the basics about how to take care of a library book - its set up like a slideshow, just click the NEXT icon to move to the next "page".
  • Hummingbird Educational Resources. Lesson Plans for Preschool-Kindergarten Educators - includes free printables and interactive books.
  • Information & Technology Literacy:  Kindergarten (CESA 12).  This page contains information to help teachers incorporate information and technology literacy skills in their daily curriculum. Here you will find sample curriculum resources specific to Kindergarten student. We hope to have many teachers contributing work to this site.
  • Johnny Appleseed Lesson Plan.  Here's a complete, formal lesson plan about the legend of Johnny Appleseed and the history behind it.  There are 2 instructional objectives:  1. Without prompts, the students will be able to piece together a Johnny Appleseed Time Line with one hundred percent accuracy.  2. Using the story of Johnny Appleseed, the students will fill in the blanks of at least eight of ten facts about Johnny Appleseed and apples.
  • Kindergarten & Alphabet Recognition.  Here's a HUGE set of links to help kids build skills with the alphabet (Internet4Classrooms).
  • Kindergarten & Phonics.  A HUGE set of links to Webs that use audio and graphics to help kids learn phonics (Internet4Classrooms).
  • Kindergarten Curricular LinksExcellent set of resources created and maintained by Sun Prairie Area School District.
  • Kindergarten Internet, Lesson Plans and Webquest Sites.  A great set of resources to Web sites that support most any topic you can imagine.
  • Kidspiration:  Kindergarten.  Kidspiration, a children's version of the popular Inspiration Graphical Organizer software, can be a powerful tool.  Here are some activities to help Kindergarteners get the most of it.
  • Kindergarten Language Arts Links.  A great set of links for creative ideas and lessons to teach language arts.  It includes activities and lessons for Kindergarteners, First Graders, and Second Graders (Utah Education Network).
  • Kindergarten Lessons.  Another fun set of lessons, covering most any topic that you can think of sharing with Kindergarteners.   This is a well-organized site with lots of ideas.
  • Kindergarten Lesson Plans.  From Core Knowledge, here's a variety of lesson plan links across the curriculum.
  • Kindergarten Library Information Skills.  This is a list of Library Information Skills which are taught at Dixie Elementary Magnet School. If the skills are underlined like hypertext, there is a corresponding lesson plan you can link to. Click on the grade level to go to the skills for that level.  Its a wonderful set of resources.
  • Kindergarten Library Lesson Plans.  Here is a set of activities for an entire school year - not complete lessons, but ideas for lessons along with a corresponding story to share.
  • Kindergarten Library Lessons.  Good site that describes itself as:  "Good Books, Great Authors and Weblinks for Library Skills."
  • Kindergarten Library Lessons:  Weekly.  Great site, 35 weeks of activities and links to short lesson plans that include objectives and vocabulary terms.
  • Kindergarten Literacy and Math.  Here are some good online resources to help teachers use the Internet effectively in the class.  This site organizes links by different common topics (Internet4Classrooms).
  • Kindergarten Literacy Support.  Helpful set of links to help children build language and reading skills.
  • Kindergarten Math.  This link display search results for kindergarten math lessons - many good sites here.
  • Kindergarten Math:  AAA Math.  Grade-appropriate topics and lessons to share math skills with children.
  • Kindergarten Procedures and Care of Materials.  This is a short listing of how they work with Kindergarten students in Eau Claire's schools.  Some good ideas here.
  • Kindergarten Resources.  This Web presents a variety of links organized by the following topics:  Alphabet, Phonics, Arts/Crafts/Music, Writing Practice, Subject Areas/Themes, Stories, Teacher Resources (Internet4Classrooms).
  • Kindergarten Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Kids.  Here is a great collection of resources that get everybody involved in the education of children.
  • Kindergarten Teacher.  Here's a comprehensive and organized collection of Websites that will be useful to those who teach or intend to teach kindergarten.
  • Kindergarten Web Site...ings of the Day.  Explore these sites for resources and lesson plans for the junior and senior Kindergarten classroom.
  • KinderNature:  A Resource For Childhood Educators brought to you by Story County Conservation.  This we was created to help early childcare educators, care givers, and parents to incorporate nature in their curriculums and lives. All the activities were reviewed for age appropriateness and the multiple intelligences.
  • Lesson Plan Library:  K-5.  Organized by different topics, these lessons can be modified to suit different age groups (discoveryschool.com).
  • Math Cats (Games May Require ShockWave).  Math Cats tries to create a series of creative, open-ended math exploration resources.  Kids will love this interactive approach.
  • Navaho Rug Lesson.  This is a formal lesson with 3 objectives:  1. listen to a story and collectively list the steps in making a traditional Navaho rug using natural resources from the environment.  2. discuss the way the Indians used natural resources to fulfill their basic needs.  3. learn about Navaho people, their clothing, dwellings, and traditions.
  • Phonics Interactivities:  Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten.  Some fun Websites for kids featuring memory cards, an alphabet zoo, and "word drop" game.
  • Rebus Rhymes.  From Enchanted Learning (scroll down for rhyming activity), this site is designed for children who are learning how to read. Preschoolers and Kindergartners enjoy picking out the words they can read in their favorite nursery rhymes.
  • Recommended Readings for Kindergarten.  Great suggestions, links are provided to authors' home pages or to character pages where available.
  • Resources, Lesson Plans and Activities:  An Internet Hotlist on Kindergarten.  Hop on board for an hour of exploration and sharing of exemplary web sites, thematic units and classroom organization ideas to kick-start your school year.
  • We Learn Our ABC's Lesson.  This is a Media Center lesson. The children attend Library class for 30 min. each week. They learn the letters of the alphabet as well as learn to recognize words and objects that begin with those letters. They also learn how the library is organized.
  • Websites for Kindergarteners.  Web pages for Kindergarten students with research links reviewed and selected by the Librarians of the Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, MA - featuring links for Books & Authors, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.
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First Grade Links

  • Accelerated Reader:  Longon Library .  Many schools find Accelerated Reader to be an effective way to move children to higher and higher reading levels.  When you scroll down to near bottom of this page, you will see a set of links for Accelerated Reader by Title and Accelerated Reader by Level. 
  • Book Reviews for First Grade.  This site presents some good picture books and links for discussion topics, activities, related books and links to other subjects and resources.
  • Curriculum Links First Grade.  Here's some links for a variety of classroom resource links for Teachers and Students.
  • Everyday Mathematics:  Recommended 1st Grade Books.  Here's some reading suggestions along with lesson ideas.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for Additional 1st Grade Suggestions for Units.
  • First Grade Curricular LinksExcellent set of resources created and maintained by Sun Prairie Area School District.
  • First Grade Internet, Lesson Plans and Webquest SitesA great set of resources to Web sites that support most any topic you can imagine.
  • First Grade Language Arts.  Here's a formal lesson plan with 3 objectives:   1. The student will participate in an oral discussion.  2. The student will participate in a listening activity.  3. The student will complete an art activity based on the story.
  • First Grade Lesson Plans.  From Core Knowledge, here's a variety of lesson plan links across the curriculum.
  • First Grade Library Lesson Plans.  Great site, 35 weeks of activities and links to short lesson plans that include objectives and vocabulary terms (dellutri.com).
  • First Grade Library Lesson Plans.  Here's a 2-semester outline that uses the first semester to teach students how to use the library, the difference between fiction and nonfiction and they learn what authors and illustrators do. In the second semester students learn about specific authors and illustrators such as Marc Brown, Lois Ehlert, and Arnold Lobel (Roan Creek Elementary School).
  • First Grade Lessons.  Great site - short "thumbnail" lesson plans on a variety of important library media skills that are used in first grade.
  • First Grade Lessons.  Wonderful site with a variety of links to lessons and activities about a variety of topics and subjects taught to first graders (M. Kunimitsu).
  • First Grade Lessons: Count on It! Here's some math related resources that kids will enjoy using while they learn (GPB Education).
  • First Grade Literacy Support.  Helpful set of links to help children build language and reading skills.
  • First Grade Math:  AAA Math.  Grade-appropriate topics and lessons to share math skills with children.
  • First Grade Skill Builders:  Interactive Sites.  Wonderful set of links, covering different academic areas, for online resources to help kids learn.
  • Grade Backpack:  Reading.  Large collection of links to online stories and more!
  • First Grade Library Lessons:  Month by Month.  Great site, monthly themes for activities and lessons with links to some additional resources for some of the topics.
  • First Grade Program Oak Hall School uses The Horizons program, a phonics-based, accelerated reading program, that includes a spelling component in each lesson.  This Web outlines how it works and the role of the Library Media Center.
  • Grade 1 Central.  Wonderful site that is full of resources.  Its the place to find lesson plans, teaching ideas and resources for the Grade One curriculum.
  • Grandview Library First Grade.  This is the blog for the Grandview Library Program and features some great PODCASTS on books. 
  • Kidspiration:  First Grade.  Kidspiration, a children's version of the popular Inspiration Graphical Organizer software, can be a powerful tool.  Here are some activities to help first graders get the most of it.
  • Library Information Skills. This is a list of Library Information Skills which are taught at Dixie Elementary Magnet School. If the skills are underlined like hypertext, there is a corresponding lesson plan you can link to. Click on the grade level to go to the skills for that level. Its a wonderful set of resources.
  • Library Lesson Plans.  This is the North East Independent School District Library Lesson Plan page. Each lesson has been developed by a librarian. The lesson plans are listed by grade and core subject area. The title of each lesson plan is followed by appropriate subject headings. To view the detailed lesson plan, click on the title.
  • Library Skills Links.  From MiKids - more than 30 interactive resources to review information and technology literacy skills with children. 
  • Math Library:  1st Grade.  Here is a large set of links from The Math Forum.  These are great Websites for teaching and reviewing math with kids.
  • Mrs. Alphabet Offers New Techniques for Learning Alphabet, Phonics, Math, and Reading.  Mrs. Alphabet, Anne Lynch, is the author and creator of children's books, certificates, learning tools, and updated educational materials to assist children in early learning and successful progress in alphabet recognition, phonics, beginning reading, math, and more.  Many links on this well-organized site.
  • Phonics Interactivities:  First and Second Grade.  Fun Webs to help kids learn phonics.
  • Recommended Readings for First Grade Students.  Great suggestions, links are provided to authors' home pages or to character pages where available.
  • Technology Lessons.  Using Kidspiration, here are some lessons using the visual learning software for K-3 students, by Inspiration Software.
  • Websites for First Graders.  Web pages for Grade 1 students with research links reviewed and selected by the Librarians of the Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, MA - featuring links for Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.
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