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DYK Sora Sweet Reads

Learn about Sora Sweet Reads, an annual reading program designed to encourage students to keep reading all year long

DYK Sharing Links Through Sora

Learn how to share direct links to titles, collections, and more in Sora

DYK Library Lending Models

Learn the simplest ways to see how many copies of a title are available in Sora

NLM - Transportation- Lesson - 15 - Transportation: Classifications

Students will use inquisitive thinking skills to determine appropriate vehicle types based on transportation mode, speed, and cargo.

ELA.K.C.4.1

Recall information to answer a question about a single topic.

ELA.K.V.1.1

Use grade-level academic vocabulary appropriately in speaking and writing.

NLM - Letters - Lesson - 26 - Alphabetic Ordering

Students will identify the letters in the alphabet and how they are ordered.

ELA.K.F.1.1 (f)

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of print.

LA.K.C.1.1

Print many upper- and lowercase letters.

ELA.1.C.1.1

Print all upper- and lowercase letters.

ELA.2.C.1.1

Demonstrate legible printing skills.

NLM - Letters - Lesson - 27 - Vowel Sounds

Students will grasp the concept of vowel sounds and their impact on words.

ELA.K.F.1.3 (b)

Use knowledge of grade-appropriate phonics and word-analysis skills to decode words accurately.

NLM - Animals - 23 - Animals: Classification & Habitats - Digital Lesson

Students will identify the animal and what habitat it inhabits.

 

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Observe & create a visual representation of an object which includes its major features.
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Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them in teams through free exploration, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
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Recognize and explain that living things are found all over Earth, but each is only a le to live in habitats that meet its basic needs.

NLM - Body Parts - 10 - Body Parts: Identification - Digital Lesson

Students will grasp the concept that their bodies play a significant role in their everyday life experience.

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Make observations of the natural world and know that they are descriptors collected using the five senses.
 

NLM - Body Parts - 11 - Body Parts: Usage & Identification - Digital Lesson

Students will identify the names of parts of the body and understand how each body part can be used.

 


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Recognize the five senses and related body parts.
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Make observations of living things and their environment using the five senses.

NLM - Body Parts - 12 - Five Senses - Digital Lesson

Students will learn the awesome purpose of the 5 senses in helping discover the world around them.

 

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Make observations of the natural world and know that they are descriptors collected using the five senses.
SC.K.L.14.1 
Recognize the five senses and related body parts.

NLM - Shapes - 32 - Shapes: Properties - Digital Lesson

Students will identify the properties of a circle, triangle, square, and rectangle.

MA.K.GR.1.1 
Identify two- and three-dimensional figures regardless of their size or orientation. Figures are limited to circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, spheres, cubes, cones and cylinders.
MA.K.GR.1.2 
Compare two-dimensional figures based on their similarities, differences and positions. Sort two-dimensional figures based on their similarities and differences. Figures are limited to circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. 
MA.K.GR.1.4 
Find real-world objects that can be modeled by a given two- or three-dimensional figure. Figures are limited to spheres, cubes, cones and cylinders.

NLM - Weather - 7 - Temperature - Digital Lesson

Students will learn to observe and discuss temperature as it relates to personal comfort. Students will understand how to communicate preferences about temperature and the items or actions they may need to be comfortable.

ELA.K.C.1.3 
Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and/or writing, express opinions about a topic or text with at least one supporting reason.
 

NLM - Personal Items & Personal Space - 2 - Personal Items: Identification - Digital Lesson

Students will identify their everyday items that they use and interact with.

ELA.K.V.1.1 
Use grade-level academic vocabulary appropriately in speaking and writing. 
ELA.K.V.1.3 
Identify and sort common words into basic categories, relating vocabulary to background knowledge. 
SS.K.G.1.1 
Describe relative location of people, places, objects by using positional words.

NLM - Personal Items - 1 - Prepositions - Digital Lesson

Students will gain a stronger understanding of their relationship to their surroundings as they learn to identify prepositions. 

ELA.K.V.1.1 
Use grade-level academic vocabulary appropriately in speaking and writing. 
ELA.K.V.1.3 
Identify and sort common words into basic categories, relating vocabulary to background knowledge. 
SS.K.G.1.1 
Describe relative location of people, places, objects by using positional words.
 

Delivering a Response 2 Activity in Lumio

When it's time for an assessment, deliver it to student devices via Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online). This video shows you how!

Delivering a Shout it Out! in Lumio

With your students connected to your Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online) online lesson, the teacher can send a Shout it Out! discussion activity to student devices.  Have a discussion. Run a debate.  Find out what your students may already know about the topic of your next lesson!

Delivering a Monster Quiz in Lumio

From Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online), you can send a Monster Quiz to your students' devices for a fun review or practice test!

Making a Copy of a Lumio File

Once inside your Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online) dashboard, this video shows how to make a copy of a lesson file you have in your library.  Now you can save different versions of your lessons for multiple student groups.

Converting a Google Drive File from the Lumio Dashboard

Once inside your Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online) dashboard, add another lesson from your Google Drive files such as Google Slides or a Google Doc.

Using the Desmos Widget in Lumio

In this skills video, we'll look at using the new Desmos Widget in Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online).  You'll learn everything you need to know to get started! 

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals - 2019

View highlights of the official 2019 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest finals. Students were given the task to "Put Money in a Piggy Bank." 

A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an event where students of all ages compete with machines that they have imagined, designed, and created in a fun and competitive forum. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. All you need is a good Imagination and a pile of junk!

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals - 2018

View highlights of the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals. Students were given the task to "Pour a Bowl of Cereal."

Since 1988, tens of thousands of students have competed in annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contests° where they are challenged to build the wackiest, working Rube Goldberg Machine that completes a common task.

In the structured environment of the competitions, these contraptions are more than just Rube Goldberg Machines. They inspire communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. They hone skills like math, physics, and chemistry. On a formal basis, this learning experience falls under the umbrella of STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) education. 

Rube Goldberg Sizzle Reel

A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated and funniest way possible! Based on the “invention” cartoons of the famous, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. His drawings and imagined machines are at the heart of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. They use everyday items (mostly junk!), they tell a story, and most important of all — they make you laugh!