Grades 3-5


  • Shock & Friends: Take Your Time

    Shock and his friend U. T. K. sing "Take Your Time," a song which emphasized the importance of reading carefully thoroughly. This resource helps students to develop the habits needed to become successful, thorough readers.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Comic Cam: Expressive Reading

    Jennifer Barber introduces the different characters she created for her stories when she was seven years old. She reads one of her stories using different voices to differentiate between the three characters. This resource teaches students the basics of character creation, narrative structure, and presentational reading.

    Grades: K-3
  • Spooky Summer Soiree | The Electric Company

    Learn about the vocabulary words dollar, quarter, dime, nickel, and cost with The Electric Company when it's time to pay for some fun costumes. For the yearly Spooky Summer Soiree costume party, The Electric Company decides to dress up as animals dressed as monsters. Jessica and Marcus don't have their costumes yet, and Annie Scrambler, with the help of Gilda, has bought all of the costumes at the discount costume store. Marcus and Jessica hit the neighborhood sidewalk sales to find what they need while staying within their budget.

    Grades: K-3
  • Bananas | The Electric Company

    Learn about the vocabulary words binoculars, discover, observe, flustered, and admit with The Electric Company when family members need assistance. Annie's Uncle Sigmund needs The Electric Company's help to talk to an old friend who has come back to visit the neighborhood.

    Grades: K-3
  • Blue Ribbon Readers: Visualizing

    In this WPSU lesson Visualizing,elementary students will practice creating vivid sensory images, a critical key to reading comprehension. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

    Grades: K-5,13+
  • How to Recognize a Phrase | No Nonsense Grammar

    A phrase is a group of related words that does not include both a subject and a verb. It only has one or the other!

    Grades: 1-5
  • How to Avoid Dangling Modifiers | No Nonsense Grammar

    Modifiers are phrases, clauses, or even just words that add description. In clear sentences, modifiers are next to target words they are describing. Dangling modifiers are modifiers with no target to describe, which can confuse many readers.

    Grades: 3-8
  • How to Use Prepositional Phrases | No Nonsense Grammar

    Prepositions indicate the location of a thing to another thing across time or space. Prepositional phrases contain a preposition and its object.

    Grades: 3-8
  • How to Use Reference Materials | No Nonsense Grammar

    A dictionary is one of the most useful reference books anybody could ever use. Learn how to properly understand a dictionary's formatting and content!

    Grades: 1-4
  • Proper Case of Pronouns | No Nonsense Grammar

    Pronoun case is determined by how we use the pronoun in a sentence. There are three ways: subjective, when the pronoun does something; objective, when something is done to our pronoun; and possessive, when our pronoun possesses something.

    Grades: 2-6
  • How to Use Perfect Verb Tenses | No Nonsense Grammar

    The three perfect verb tenses show actions that have already been completed.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Using the Correct Verb Tense | No Nonsense Grammar

    Verb tense is used to show when an action occurs, whether it is in the past, the present, or the future.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Make Sure Your Subjects and Verbs Agree | No Nonsense Grammar

    A verb is the action word of the sentence and it must agree with the subject, or main character, of the sentence. When the subject is singular, a verb needs an "s", but when the subject is plural, we can drop the "s".

    Grades: 2-6
  • How to Introduce Lists and Quotes with Colons | No Nonsense Grammar

    Colons are punctuation marks that can signal a quotation. However, to use colons correctly, whatever comes before the colon must be a complete sentence. Know when and how to use colons!

    Grades: 1-6
  • How to Use Commas with Conjunctions | No Nonsense Grammar

    Conjunctions can join two separate clauses, but sometimes they need commas. Learn how to do so correctly.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Antonyms and Synonyms

    In this 3rd through 5th grade video, students learn about synonyms and antonyms through physical activity. The teacher calls out a series of commands. First, the students perform the synonyms (the same as the movement called out) and then they go through the same list of commands and the students have to perform the antonym (the opposite of the movement called out). Students are engaged using psychomotor and cognitive skills. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Rock Paper Scissors Lesson Plan

    This lesson puts a physical twist on the traditional game, rock, paper, scissors! Students get into pairs to play rock, paper, scissors. However, in this game the person who does not win the match is rewarded with exercise by doing activities such as star jumps or jumping jacks depending on the round (there are 3 rounds). Throughout the game, all students move while playing by doing things such as jogging to the cadence and using their feet instead of hands to play the game in different rounds. This lesson focuses largely on psychomotor and affective skills

    Grades: K-5
  • Game On | The Electric Company

    Learn about the vocabulary words persevere, strategy, perseverance, and compete with The Electric Company when a video game character visits the players. Manny zaps Deek the Dino Dude out of Hector's video game and into the real world. The Electric Company has to figure out how to get Deek back to his cyber home.

    Grades: K-3
  • War of the Words | The Electric Company

    Learn about the vocabulary words stamina, fatigue, nourishment, exhausted, and nutritious with The Electric Company when classroom topics become all too applicable to real life. When Hector is chosen to give a presentation on stamina to Jessica and Keith's health class, the pranksters work overtime to keep Hector from getting some much needed rest. Will Hector have enough stamina to make the presentation?

    Grades: K-3
  • Pies for Puppies | The Electric Company

    Learn about the vocabulary words goal, graph, fives, raise, and charity with The Electric Company during the Pies for Puppies charity bake sale. Jessica, Danny Rebus and others are competing to sell the most pies and become the "puppy hero." But someone has taken all of Jessica's pies! The Electric Company discovers that Danny Rebus is trying to cheat his way to victory, and it is up to them to put a stop to it.

    Grades: K-3

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