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Here on the Learning Experiences page you can browse lessons, activities, open explorations, learning games, and more. Many of the learning experiences are appropriate for the inclusive classroom, too. Use any or all of the drop-down boxes to describe the kind of learning experiences that you need. Go to the Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards page to browse the standards and lessons that address them. Remember, you can also find what you need using the search box at the top right corner of the page.

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  1. At the MightyBooks website, children can see and hear a few "free" sample stories read aloud. During each story or song, individual words are highlighted as they are spoken or sung.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Concepts of Print Resource Type:  Games, Parent Resource Ages:  3-5
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  2. Children love to sing the simple song, Five Little Ducks. As the children quack, quack, quack and match sounds and rhymes in this activity, they experience the fun of onomatopoeia.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Hearing Sounds, Communication, Listening Skills, Speaking Skills, Songs and Poems Resource Type:  Lessons and Activities Ages:  3-5
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  3. In this simple activity children jump (carefully) from one picture to another to match opposites. Although the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards do not specifically mention identification of antonyms, it does encourage vocabulary growth and this activity would be a fun way to work in this area.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Learning New Words Resource Type:  Lessons and Activities Ages:  3-5
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  4. This activity for preschoolers attempts to build children's language, conversation, and memory skills that are needed to retell the events of their day to family and friends. During the experience the children look at pictures of activities often included in the daily routine and talk about them.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Communication, Listening Skills, Speaking Skills, Oral Language Development Resource Type:  Lessons and Activities Ages:  3-5
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  5. Prekindergarten or older children, who can effectively recognize when words share the same letter sounds at the beginning or when they share the same ending sound, might enjoy the challenge of playing this matching game with Clifford, the Big Red Dog. The player listens as the words on the two chosen cards are spoken.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Hearing Sounds Resource Type:  Games, Parent Resource
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  6. Children will have fun listening to the story about Emily Elizabeth and Clifford. They can click on each sentence on each page to hear it read.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Children's Literature, Literary Text/Fiction Resource Type:  Games, Parent Resource Ages:  3-5
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  7. The story, "Where's Emily?", is an online book that children can listen to and change every time they "read" it. At the click of the mouse, a child can listen to the complete sentences and complete the incomplete sentences by choosing one of the circled words on each page (that begin with the same letter).
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Hearing Sounds, Concepts of Print, Children's Literature, Literary Text/Fiction, Communication, Listening Skills Resource Type:  Games, Parent Resource Ages:  3-5
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  8. Leo, the letter loving lobster, is looking for letters that begin some of his favorite words. The player chooses one category of objects before playing the game, then Leo offers three boxes labeled with the words for objects in that category that begin with different letters.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Alphabet Knowledge, Hearing Sounds Resource Type:  Games, Parent Resource Ages:  4-5
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  9. In this simple online game, Clifford is sitting inside a circle of simple words. Each of the 10 words begin with one of two letters.
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Reading, Alphabet Knowledge Resource Type:  Games, Parent Resource Ages:  3-5
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  10. This online game asks children to drag pictures that belong in one group or category (like farm, restaurant, home, museum, or garden) into a box. Children may need some help with transition into and out of the game.
    Topics: Mathematics — Algebra, Sorting and Classifying.  Reading and Language Arts — Vocabulary Development, Learning New Words Resource Type:  Games, Parent Resource Ages:  3-5
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