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Crash Course Navigating Digital Information

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In an age when so much information is delivered online, media literacy skills are essential. John Green's Crash Course on Navigating Digital Information provides 21st-century learners with the skills they need to help them evaluate the...
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Research Project Embedded with Media Literacy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a phenomenal language arts lesson on media literacy for your middle and high schoolers. In it, learners produce a research product in the form of a public service announcement (PSA). First, they view examples of these PSA's to...
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Reporting with Social Media

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does it take to create news stories that are both informative and objective? Aspiring journalists walk the line between engagement and activism with lesson 15 of a 16-part series titled The Social Media Toolbox. Grouped pupils...
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Nutrition and the Media: Cereal Box Consumerism

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
How many treats do you buy each week? Learners investigate diets and how the media tricks consumers into purchasing unhealthy snacks. They will investigate the designs and logos affiliated with cereal boxes and identify specific phrases...
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Future Literacies: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
In what direction is our wired world going? Scholars prepare to interact with the technology of the future using a video from a series that focuses on media literacy. The narrator proposes viewers keep a skeptical mind as they interact...
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Find The Hidden Message: Media Literacy in Primary Grades

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners practice listening to and reading various types of media and text. In groups, learners use video, newspapers, magazines, and more to compare and contrast different types of information. They identify the differences between fact...
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Future Literacies: Crash Course Media Literacy #12

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
How will new technologies such as artificial intelligence and facial recognition affect the future of media literacy? Scholars explore how data literacy and algorithmic literacy are shaping the future by collecting and using people's...
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Critical Media Literacy: Commercial Advertising

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Commercial advertising—we can't get away from it, but do we realize just how often we are being advertised to? With this instructional activity, scholars analyze mass media to identify how its techniques influence our daily lives....
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Media? and ?Me

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Are you influenced by the media? Explore the effects of media and advertising. For this media literacy lesson, middle schoolers respond to survey questions about advertising and then watch a video about the topic, taking notes on...
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News Literacy Model Curriculum in Social Studies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate news literacy in the twenty-first century. They use technology, legal decisions, writings, and digital privacy to analyze the topic. Using what they learned, a group assignment looks into both the challenges and...
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I Heard It 'Round the Internet: Sexual Health Education and Authenticating Online Information

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students evaluate websites regarding sexual health information. In this media awareness lesson, students discuss facts and myths regarding sex as they determine how to find reputable online and print resources.
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Online Activism

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Lead a service learning project designed to shed light on feeding the needy using online activism. Scholars create social media pages that provide facts about world hunger, a call to action, and updates on goals met. 
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Evolution of Mass Media after 1920

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the importance of media through American History.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders develop teamwork skills discovering information regarding an assigned time period.  Students predict and analyze the...
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A Curriculum for Digital Media Creation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Consumer technology has made it possible for filmmakers to create entire movies from the comfort of their home computer. Guide high school film buffs through the process of designing a documentary with an extensive unit published by...
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Technology: Conveniences and Consequences

For Teachers 8th - 12th
It's a delicate balance—using technology to improve our lives while still protecting the environment, and ourselves, from the hazards of technology use. Class members examine statistics about the increase in media use, complete a survey...
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Where Did You Hear That?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Where did you hear that? is the driving question of a lesson designed to shed light on the reliable, and unreliable, news sources covering an election. Through grand conversation and media exploration, scholars examine the credibility of...
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Visual Literacy

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
We are living in a visual world. From billboards and magazine covers to memes and Internet videos, visual media is everywhere. A textbook chapter on visual literacy explains the importance of becoming media literate. Thanks to a series...
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Medieval News

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders engage in a lesson plan constructed in order to dissect the parts of a story used by the news media in order to communicate to the public. They use the media in order to help obtain information. Students create their own...
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High Five: Go to Press

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
High school scholars learn valuable information about how to run a newspaper in the third and final installment of a media literacy series. The unit scaffolds learners to success with background information before they plan for...
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Social Media and Sharing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Whether it's cute cat videos or pictures from an epic vacation, scholars love to check out what's happening on social media! But, how much sharing is too much? A lesson from a vast digital citizenship series poses some serious points to...
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Feeling On Display

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Many teen girls and boys experience great pressure to keep up online appearances. Work together as a class to consider the effect of photos on social networking sites, and invite your learners to reflect on such important concepts as...
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Oversharing: Think Before You Post

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Could your learners use a little more discretion when they post online? Take a look at these ten rules of posting etiquette, which prompts them to be smart about what photos and information they share on the Internet.
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Library Media Skills: Research and Plagiarism

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Orienting learners to the resources at your school library enables access to information and encourages discernment about the validity of sources. Includes link to a PowerPoint slide show that explores plagiarism and clarifies when, how,...
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News Journalism Across the Media: Introduction

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Although students are aware of news as information that influences their perceptions of the world, they are often unaware of the various ways to present that information. Encourage them to investigate, discuss, analyze and make valuable...
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"I am a Person of Character"

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate the realm of mass media in an attempt to understand the roles of males and females. The research is compared to personal experience to formulate an educated opinion expressed in written and digital media.
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Learning Probability Through Media Arts

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare experimental results with predicted results. In this probability instructional activity, 4th graders list the different possible musical arrangements. They create a musical composition based on sequence given.
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Tricks of the Trade

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Examine the reality of political images and videos in the 21st century. In this media awareness lesson, pupils watch video segments and discuss the altered reality of images and videos. They then create their own commercials that have...
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Advertising Campaign Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ask your class to market a product. After choosing a product, class members develop ad campaigns, make PowerPoint presentations, set a schedule and budget for their media, and design advertisements (print and other types). Tip: Allow...
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Technology and the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the roles and influence of technology and the media on American representative democracy. They examine the effects of the Internet on citizens' role in government and the role and effects of media on the...
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What Is Newsworthy?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is news? What is newsworthy? Who decides and what criteria do they use? Introduce young journalists to the basics of reporting with this media literacy lesson.
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Information Shuffle

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Gather some information, print it onto sentence strips, and then have your class physically shuffle the cards to better understand the importance of organizational patterns in writing. Middle school learners examine information for a...
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Savvy Surfers: Website Evaluation and Media Literacy

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders strengthen their understanding of what a high quality website is composed of. Learners evaluate three websites for accuracy, credibility, and reliability by completing a chart.
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Today's Front Pages

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Take a close look at a number of newspapers with collection of lessons and activities. Using a poster (which can be found under the materials tab), learners examine the hard copy of a local newspaper. This leads into an exploration of...
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he Media and Social Justice Around the World

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students will activate literacy skills in internet medium, and will use reading, critical thinking and writing skills as they work with their groups to collect and organize information. The follow up activity will allow them to augment...
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Power of the Press - Time Line

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the evolution of communication. In this media history instructional activity, students participate in a series of mini-lessons regarding the history of communication from the Gutenberg printing press to the Internet....
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What is Messenger Kids?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Time for some kid-friendly social media! Is Messenger Kids really a fool-proof app? Young techies learn the ins and outs of a popular app using a video. Part of a large digital citizenship series, the resource highlights the features of...
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Weather in the News

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, oh my! In this lesson, meteorology majors compare stories of historical storms written by two or more different sources. As a result, they understand how the media portrays such catastrophes and...
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Intelligence of Authentic Character - News Coverage and John Brown's Raid

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The resource, a standalone, shows how news coverage of John Brown's Raid began when the event happened and how that reporting shaped perception in West Virginia history. The resource includes interesting anticipatory discussion...
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ICYouSee: A Lesson in Critical Thinking

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Stress the importance of authenticating online resources and understanding the sources of websites' information with this activity. Using a Web-based activity, the lesson prompts young learners to think critically about determining the...
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New Media Portraits

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students write descriptions of themselves. In this autobiographical writing lesson, students participate in a Media Arts Project by writing about themselves using different perspectives and incorporating similes, metaphor, and...
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Listen Up! PSA for Change

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewChallenge scholars to speak up about a topic by creating a public service announcement or social media blitz about an issue they feel passionate about. Have them research their issues, then decide the best way to take their messages to...
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Stonewall and Beyond: Gay and Lesbian Issues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Help learners understand their own biases and how their perspectives may have been influenced by biased media sources. They keep a journal while viewing videos, exploring websites, and engaging in class discussions related to gay and...
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Technology: Electronic Media

For Students 4th - 6th
In this electronic media worksheet, students examine examples. Students then respond to 10 short answer questions regarding the data.
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Evaluating Photos and Videos: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #7

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
When it comes to viewing videos and photos on the Internet, seeing is not always believing. With part seven from the Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information series, scholars learn that even image-based evidence can be unreliable....
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Human Sexuality Unit

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders determine how mass media influences human sexuality by looking at advertisements for their sexual content and how the ads affect their decision making. After evaluating the advertisements in a PowerPoint presentation they...
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The Medium Shapes the Message

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Where do you get your news? Have learners examine four different publications and decide which one they would choose to read on their own time. The resource includes a list of publication types to supply and a worksheet for groups to...
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Mean Machines

For Students 4th Standards
Reinforce reading comprehension strategies and gain insight into cyberbullying with a worksheet that offers a brief informational text about a 13-year old girl's online experience and tips for handling cyberbullies. Scholars show what...
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Writing an Argument: Is Electronic Communication Helpful or Harmful?

For Students 7th Standards
Technology has undoubtedly improved the lives of people around the world—but has it improved communication? Seventh graders read two informative passages about the rise of texting and emailing versus in-person conversations before...
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Meet the Extractors, Harvesters, and Harnessers: Methods, Technology, Benefits and Consequences in Acquiring Natural Resources

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
There are advantages and disadvantages to all sources of energy; the trick is determining which one has the least impact! Part six in the series of 12 has learners further explore energy resources. After reading information about one of...
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ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.5

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
If you allow the space for your class members to be creative with technology as they make a presentation, they will make you proud with their inventiveness. The resource suggests an open research project for which pupils look up...
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Truth in Advertising

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Does propaganda exist in popular media? Explore the concept of propaganda in this media education lesson. Middle schoolers examine persuasive techniques used in commercials. They then create commercials that feature truthful information.
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Ready, Set, Save on Solar Energy Technology!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Does your class have a bright future in the solar energy industry? Science scholars take an in-depth look at what's new in solar technology. After completing research into the solar industry, participants create and market a product in...
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Top Secret Sensitive Information

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Bring the multiple cultural perspectives of a state to life in a lesson designed to challenge assumptions. Learners develop criteria to evaluate different cities, looking to find the one that should be "the heart of Florida capital." A...
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Learn to Reach Out

For Teachers 12th Standards
How can social media help my career? Explore the world of networking through a lesson about professional organizations. The fourth of six career and college readiness lessons has seniors research organizations in their professions of...
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Technology: Electronic Media

For Students 3rd
In this recognizing the usage of electronic media worksheet, 3rd graders read about situations and decide which type of technology resource to use choosing from computer, audiotape, videotape, or television. Students write 5 answers.
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The Bill of Rights and Supreme Court Cases Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Social media and United States history combine as your young historians design a Facebook page for two major defendants of landmark Supreme Court cases. The resource includes a detailed rubric for research and page design, as well as a...
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Getting Informed and Informing

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Help your young learners understand the importance of privacy when communicating about relationship issues and sexual health. Class members are broken into groups to research various technology-based communication channels that can be...
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All About Our Town

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Pupils explore brochure writing. They work in groups to brainstorm and categorize important places in their community. In addition, they gather information from the Internet, take pictures using a digital camera, and create a community...
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Electronic Media

For Students 5th - 6th
In this reference guide learning exercise, students focus on the usage of electronic media. Students study the given page to learn about the facts available and how to use electronic media and answer 10 short answer questions about the...
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Jeopardy-Style Media Vocabulary Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students demonstrate knowledge of a variety of media terms, by play a game similar to Jeopardy.
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A Day in the Life of an Ocean Explorer

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
What's life like aboard an ocean exploration vessel? Junior oceanographers examine the important role of communication in ocean research in lesson two of a five-part series from NOAA. The materials introduce the class to life on board...
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he Inauguration and the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read, review, and write about the presidential inauguration as it appears in the media. They use local local and national newspapers to gain information about the inauguration. Students develop their own editorial on the...
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Avoid Scams

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
If an online deal seems too good to be true, it probably is! Cautious young users about Internet scams and phishing with a helpful and informative video from Google.
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Student Page: Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
History sleuths read articles for and against Uncle Tom's Cabin, examine visual images, print responses, and multi-media tomitudes to better understand the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel on American culture prior to the Civil...
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Reality History TV

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore world history by participating in a media creation activity. In this Canadian culture instructional activity, students discuss the First Nations of Canada and the struggles they encountered with other settlers. Students...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Vanishing Newspapers

For Students 8th - 12th
What is happening to our newspapers? In the context of the current trends of media and the ever-declining print news industry, this handout includes two political cartoons for pupils to analyze, both created by artists working for...
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Propaganda in the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Propaganda posters from the Cold War era offer class members an opportunity to employ the OPTIC strategy (overview, parts, topic, interrelationships, conclusions) to analyze 12 documents. Expert groups examine a visual, and then jigsaw...
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From the Mouths of Space Scientists: An Introduction to Space and Weather

For Teachers 4th - 8th
After researching the Greenland Space Science Symposium, curious thinkers create a PowerPoint or video presentation. They use the information they gathered to construct their presentation.
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Media Campaign

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders design and present a media product supporting environmental stewardship. They demonstrate an understanding of the nature and types of waste and of their management in industry and the community. They assess the results...
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Writing Process for Informative Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students develop their writing skills. In this informative writing instructional activity, students research print materials to plan, draft, edit, and produce a final copy of a research paper.
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Many Younger Facebook Friends "Unfriend" the Network

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
"Sometimes I feel really sad after logging onto Facebook..." Learners read a news article written in 2014 about several former Facebook users who have deactivated their accounts, and then respond to both text-based and discussion...
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Pathfinders: Using Information Resources

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders gather and use information on a chosen topic for a hypothetical research paper. They use organizational features of printed text, the Internet, and other media to locate information and choose a specific topic.
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Student News And Weather Channel

For Teachers 5th
Fabulous! Your 5th graders should love this project. As an ongoing lesson throughout the year students use temperature probes to record outside temperature and then document their data using spreadsheets. They use their weather data and...
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Exploring Ecosystems Using GIS

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed
What an incredible instructional activity for integrating technology with ecology and geography! Discuss what a preserve is, and then use National Geographic's fabulous FieldScope tool to virtually explore the Barataria Preserve in New...
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Creating an Informative and Persuasive Website

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars design and create a five-page website based upon research of a current issue, event, or topic. They must inform and persuade the reader of their website about their opinion of the issue.
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Online Safety Roadshow Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What does it mean to have digital citizenship? A set of lessons teach middle schoolers how to be safe and productive online. From sharing posts to creating secure passwords, learners discuss the importance of remaining diligent—and...
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World Wide Web of Hurt

For Students 6th Standards
Technology and social media has become an asset in today's communication. But without proper boundaries and guidance, social media can quickly give way to cyberbullying. A brief reading passage informs sixth graders about the prevalence...
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Analyzing Stop and Frisk Through Personal Stories and Infographics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much can you learn about an important topic from a single image? High schoolers analyze an infographic that represents the number of stops performed during the Stop and Frisk police procedure. After building background information...
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Cyber-Bullying: What Parents Should Know

For Teachers 6th - 12th
With today's enthusiastic use of technology, cyberbullying is more prevalent now than ever. Help families keep on the lookout for signs of cyberbullying and gain insight into how to prevent it with an informative document that spans over...
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Media Coverage

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners research news coverage to examine how a local issue does not receive fair attention in the news. In this new coverage instructional activity, students discuss where they get their information and why some issues are ignored....
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ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.5

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
High schoolers know how to use technology, but they often need more training on how to use it effectively for educational or professional purposes. Try out the activities described here to get your pupils thinking about interesting ways...
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What Does the Public Know About You? --Does it Matter?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young people today have to be very careful with how they present themselves online. Show them the possible impact of their online activity and what employers might see when performing a basic search. The lesson provides a video clip...
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Master of the Airwaves: How FDR Used Radio to Ease the Public’s Fears

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The political and economic climate during the 1930's was uncertain and tumultuous. But Americans' minds and hearts were eased with the reassuring words of their president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and addresses over the radio. High...
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Jeopardy-style Media Vocabulary Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils recall the meanings of several media terms. In this library skills lesson, students play a Jeopardy-style game to review the terms fiction, non-fiction, Caldecott Award, Newbery Award, dictionary, atlas, thesaurus, synonyms,...
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Keeping News Trustworthy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners analyze media sources. In this media awareness lesson, students consider media outlets as businesses and discuss how they present information. Learners keep media logs and analyze selected newspapers, magazines. or television...
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Multimedia and the Public Speaker

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars use various types of sources to gather information for a topic of their choice. Using primary and secondary sources, they organize the information and present it to the class. They are graded based a rubric given to them...
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R U 2 Cool 2 Fool?

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discover techniques that media uses to influence consumers buying patterns. They complete an online media literacy quiz and explore how advertisers target the teen population.
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Multi-Media for Ecosystems

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create an ecosystem website. In this ecosystems lesson, 5th graders create an imaginary country and create an ecosystem for it. Students link ecosystem webpages to their own and add sound to the page. Students present to...
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The Future of Communication: Broadband Expansion and New Technology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The National Broadband Plan, an effort to assure that every school, library, hospital, and home in the US would have high-speed Internet access, is the focus of a unit that examines the value and implications of such a plan. Groups look...
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Dr. Seuss and Read Across America

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
What important facts about Dr. Seuss influenced the Read Across America movement...? This is the driving question of a research project that requires scholars to find information about Dr. Seuss' life and work. Class members write a...
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A Visit to the Mint

For Teachers 3rd
Emerging consumers recognize the types and denominations of U.S. currency. They listen to a guest speaker (if possible) and view a video.  They create their own money using styrofoam and a toothpick for engraving. Consider creating a...
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Introduction to the Library Media Center

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders become familiar with their local library. After creating a web showing what they know about a library, the teacher gives a class presentation to further explore the library. Students create a Venn diagram comparing the...
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From the Cave Wall to the World Wide Web

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders research the Internet and complete an assignment. In this investigative lesson students use the Internet to search out information, vocabulary words and answers to their worksheets.
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This Just in! Nile Network News Update

For Teachers K - 12th
Have your young reporters research contributions of the ancient Egyptians, draft scripts, and broadcast their stories live on the Nile Network News. Depending on class size and age, topics may be brainstormed or assigned. The detailed...
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Critical Thinking through Core Curriculum: Using Print and Digital Newspapers

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
What is and what will be the role of newspapers in the future? Keeping this essential question in mind, class members use print, electronic, and/or web editions of newspapers, to investigate topics that include financial literary,...
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Video Games and Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can technology can be addictive? After viewing a short video called "Play," class members consider this questions, gather data on types and amount of time people spend on various technology, and draw conclusions from the information...
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Satire in Nonfiction

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders write non-fiction satires.  In this literary text lesson plan, 12th graders define satire and examine its use in television and news media.  Students analyze the messages found in political cartoons, distinguishing...
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Evaluating Information Sources Worksheet

For Students 9th - 10th
Your class is getting ready for its first big research project. While they know how to use the Internet, do they know how to find academic information? Do they know how to find credible sources? Give them this packet and bring them to...
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Media Literacy Lesson Plans

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students familiarize themselves with the definition of media literacy and why it is important. In this media literacy lesson plan, students examine the front pages of three different types of newspapers. Students discuss the lead stories...
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The Internet of Things: IoT

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How has the Internet of Things affected our lives? Scholars examine the massive influence of mobile devices in this analysis lesson, which begins with a seven-minute documentary clip. They also read a New York Times article (linked)...
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Hamilton and Burr : Compare and Contrast

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who were Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton? High schoolers examine the character traits of these historical figures and watch the video, The Duel. Hamilton vs. Burr: An Event that Changed History (available from PBS), to gain an...
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The Story Behind Your Glasses

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Get a new view of vision enhancement with this innovative little film. The history of man's use of lenses and the advancement of optic technology is perused with captivating graphic animation and easy-to-follow narration. Incorporate...
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Municipal Government: High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Municipal government takes on many roles, not just the ones we are used to hearing about such as Parks and Recreation. Scholars delve into the topic to get a grasp on how the government system functions. They participate in readings,...
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Comparing News Sources: Where Would You Turn?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students follow the study of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and attempts to connect the thematic underpinnings of the novel to Students' own lives.
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School Counseling and Home Economics

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders demonstrate the ability to select and evaluate media. Apply appropriate skills to collect, organize and interpret data. They research a variety of ways to make correct career choices.
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Reshaping the Lens

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders present Aboriginal Canadian successes. In this Social Studies lesson, 10th graders use the Media Arts Project to construct a multi-media project to share with classmates on an accomplished Aboriginal Canadian. Students use...
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Seeing Is Believing, or Is It?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Can you name several different types of media? Group learners together to brainstorm different types of media and how they affect our lifestyles. Then, show them a PowerPoint presentation (that you make) to examine masked advertisements....
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Video Gaming Package

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Young scholars create packaging and a presentation to promote a new video game to their classmates. In this video game lesson plan, students survey each other on the ultimate video game and present their presentations through media arts.
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What's Mine Isn't (Necessarily) Yours

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
When we use images or ideas from the Internet, we might be infringing on someone's rights. Give your class the opportunity to understand copyright and creator's rights as they evaluate fair and legal use of media found online. As they...
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Food Webs

For Teachers 4th
Focus on building strong technology skills while teaching basic scientific concepts. Fourth graders work with the school media specialist to research, collect digital images, and create a multimedia presentation on food webs. They...
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Cyberbullying

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What can we do to make our school community more aware of cyberbullying? From The Social Media Toolbox, lesson 10 of 16 takes on the tough topic of bullying. Learners research cyberbullying through online research, then create an...
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What is Wind Power's Risk to Birds?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How is risk determined? Through the use of a reading passage, individuals or groups learn about bird interactions with man made structures along with wind turbines. Pupils use information from the second reading passage to conduct an...
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Exploring the Internet for Information

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners identify and use the internet as a resource for information. They integrate the writing process and create a multimedia project using the information from an internet research. Projects can be created from Microsoft Word,...
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History of Television

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students investigate the history of Television by using the Internet.  In this timeline lesson, students discuss and take notes on the 10 main events in Television history and create a timeline through education software.  Students...
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Middle and high schoolers practice informative and explanatory writing by exploring The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. They identify games and pastimes of the time period in the novel and compare them to modern games and pastimes. Using this...
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Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Presenting Information

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students develop a business card to market them.  In this developing a business card to market them lesson, students design a business card to represent them.  Students create a logo or graphic design that is professional and catchy. ...
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Evaluating Reliable Sources

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A lesson plan instills the importance of locating reliable sources. Scholars are challenged to locate digital sources, analyze their reliability, search for any bias, and identify frequently found problems that make a source unusable. 
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Evaluating Web Sites

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Just because a website pops up as the first result in a search engine doesn't make it a credible resource. Learn to evaluate a website based on its source, purpose, content, and presentation with a media analysis lesson. Individuals or...
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Combining Clouds and Art in the Classroom

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Get your head in the clouds before teaching cloud types to your mini-meteorologists. The instructional activity opens with a beautiful PowerPoint presentation of clouds portrayed in different artists' paintings. After viewing artistic...
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Be Positive

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Be the solution to the problems you see in the world! Middle schoolers watch a short video from Google and learn the importance of contributing to a positive Internet community, rather than being a part of the negativity.
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Where on Earth Am I?

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
Almost every phone has GPS installed, but a large number of teens don't know how the technology works. An initial activity illustrates how GPS determines a location on Earth. Scholars then apply trilateration procedures to a...
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Media Center Orientation

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the media center. They locate, retrieve, and handle media and equipment. Students use a variety of sources to locate materials in the media center. They explore where and how to find materials in the media center.
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Aboriginal Web Design

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore world history by participating in a web design activity. In this aboriginal history lesson, students discuss the different jobs associated with designing a web site and identify the types of media that are often shown on...
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Understanding Electric Power Generation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
You mean the electricity does not come from the switch? As a class and in small groups, learners explore the sources of energy used to generate electric power. Worksheets guide groups into choosing a future electricity generating...
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Costume Exploration

For Teachers 10th - 12th
What a great lesson, upper graders are sure to love. They explore costume design and the relationships between theatre, culture, and history. They research three time periods, write a response about two of them, then create a composit...
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Information Technology: Photoshop Scale

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scaling is a practical skill as well as a topic to be addressed throughout the Common Core math standards. You are given three different presentations and a detailed teacher's guide to use while teaching proportion, as well as practice...
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Mirroring Emotions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do you ever give your class the "teacher look"? Without saying a word, they become silent and engaged (hopefully). How do they know what you're thinking? Explore the concept of nonverbal communication and how it relates to our mirror...
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The Giver: A Research Unit

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders complete a reading of Lois Lowry's, The Giver, and determine a social problem the effects the "utopian society." They research information about the social problem using a number Internet, print, and media resources. They...
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Thematic Poetry Videos

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars pen poetry regarding global issues. In this information literacy lesson, students research global issues and use their findings to compose poems regarding the topics. Young scholars create videos that include images and...
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Recognizing Reference Sources

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate five different reference sources in the Media Center: Atlas, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Card Catalog (Look Up Station), and the Internet. They decide which is the BEST source to use to answer specific questions.
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Civil War Newspaper

For Teachers 8th Standards
One photograph can represent so much more than the images on the film. Eighth graders select a photograph from the Civil War era and conduct additional research based on the subject matter from the picture. Once they complete the...
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Networks

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Ever wonder how the Internet works? The lesson teaches scholars the basics of graph theory and how it applies to the Internet. They perform simulations to see how information is sent on the Internet.
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The British Uniforms of World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The traditional bright red British soldiers' coats evolved into very different uniforms by World War I. A short video includes displays the redesign of the uniforms and badges, as well as the rationale for the new types of sleeves....
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Breaking News English: Time Warner Picks New President

For Students 5th - 10th
In this English worksheet, students read "Time Warner Picks New President," and then respond to 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
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Media Literacy: Communication

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders design travel brochures using technology to persuade people to visit their location.  In this travel brochure lesson, 6th graders must communicate what is attractive about a place that would convince you to visit. Students...
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Library Media Center Research Learning Unit for 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners focus on the process of and skills necessary for researching a topic. They study the topic of immigration while practicing note taking skills, organizing information and writing conventions.
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Media in Research Multimedia Final Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work cooperatively in groups to research a topic of their choice. They create a multimedia presentation of the information researched. Throughout the project they generate their own progress journals.
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Learning Library Skills during Technology Transitions

For Teachers 5th
Making the transition to a higher-tech school library or computer lab? This plan suggests 5th graders undertake a scavenger hunt and make a PowerPoint to educate younger schoolmates about how to use information resources in an...
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Mice in the Media Center

For Teachers K - 2nd
Pupils participate in a demonstration to see how much fun it is to read and "experience" books. The media specialist uses books, poems, puppets and models to pique students' interest in reading.
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Meet the Press

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use various types of media to research a historical event of their choice that affects a large language group. In groups, they write a news story and present it to the class. They must note the relevance and impact to the...
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Media and the Weather

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research an historical weather disaster and create a group media presentation emphasizing the importance of weather around the world and on the sea. Presentation is in the format of a T.V. news story, a radio news story, or a...
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Idea-Noun Definition: Source Searching

For Teachers 11th - 12th
A great idea for showing language arts pupils the universality of themes, even in the real world! Have class members choose an idea-noun (peace, justice, war, love, etc.) at the beginning of the year or semester. They complete weekly...
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Naming New Species

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students explore science of taxonomy and the Five Kingdoms of life, categorize organisms into Kingdoms, and create multi-media presentations illustrating knowledge of a Kingdom. They collect data and related pictures on the Internet,...
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Locate/Collect Information

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this research skills learning exercise, learners study a resource list from a library that helps them locate the sources for information. Students then answer the questions for the sources.
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Telecommunications and the Whole Language Program

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young writers use technology and other media to research information on a chosen topic. They explore countries where keypals and e-mail friends are located. Using their writing skills, they correspond with their e-mail friend and...
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First Ladies of The United States

For Teachers 4th
All students need to know how to use the Internet to find and use factual information. Students search the internet to find the names of the First Ladies that match their list of Presidents. They copy the names correctly using proper...
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Tut Technology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research historical and recent research on King Tut. They try to solve the mystery of how he died. Students explore how new technology is helping scientists clarify the circumstances surrounding Tut's death. They create a time...
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The Environmental Awareness Digital Video Editing Session

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Get out that camara and make an environmentally informed film to create community awareness. Budding environmentalists examine the harmful effects pollution has on our environmental and the impact of recycling. They research a related...
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Life and Art of Pablo Picasso

For Teachers 11th
Art history projects can be a lot of fun. Budding art historians research the life, art, and times of Pablo Picasso, visit the local art museum, and create a multimedia presentation showcasing his art and personal history. Handouts,...
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Breaking News English: Self- Breaking News English: Self-Destructing Mobile Phone Messages

For Students 5th - 10th
In this English worksheet, students read "Self-Destructing Mobile Phone Messages," and then respond to 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
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Breaking News English: Google First 100 Billion Dollar Brand

For Students 5th - 10th
For this English worksheet, students read "Google First 100 Billion Dollar Brand," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 10 true or false questions about the selection.
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Breaking News English: Plastic Replacing Cash in UK

For Students 5th - 10th
In this English worksheet, students read "Plastic Replacing Cash in UK," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
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Breaking News English: New Computer Art Mirrors Viewer's Mood

For Students 5th - 10th
In this English worksheet, students read "New Computer Art Mirrors Viewer's Mood," and then respond to 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
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Breaking News English: Summer Holidays Stress Workers Out

For Students 5th - 10th
In this English worksheet, students read "Summer Holidays Stress Workers Out," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
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A Study of Plants

For Teachers 2nd
Using a variety of multi-media resources, your high schoolers become familiar with the parts of plant and create a story about plants using vocabulary learned during their research of plants. Completed stories are published using the...
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Microarrays and Stem Cells

For Students Higher Ed
Background reading is available in the first two pages of this worksheet, along with reading comprehension questions and a laboratory activity in which students use mircroarray technology to identify genes used in cell differentiation....
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Slavery Past and Present

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Research characteristics of slavery during the 19th century by reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Also view several informational texts, pictures, story illustrations, and primary source documents. Pupils write an expository...
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Once Upon a Time (Saxipak’a): Lesson Plan 4

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How did the environment and natural resources found on the Channel islands influence the culture of the Chumash? Archaeology meets technology in an activity designed for middle schoolers. After viewing West of The West's documentary Once...
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Conserving Energy through Grid Modernization

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
After learning about the technology of grid modernization, middle schoolers investigate its effectiveness in energy conservation. This is accomplished through a collaborative research assignment, resulting in a written summary and...
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What's a CTD?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Why are the properties of the water important when exploring the ocean? Young scientists discover the tools and technology used in deep sea exploration in the fourth installment in a five-part series. Groups work together to examine...
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Mapping the Deep-Ocean Floor

For Teachers 7th - 8th
How do you create a map of the ocean floor without getting wet? Middle school oceanographers discover the process of bathymetric mapping in the third installment in a five-part series of lessons designed for seventh and eighth graders....
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My Community: Up Close & Personal

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Help your young citizens explore their community in this thorough lesson. They research attributes of their neighborhood and collaborate to design a slide show that features the community. Individually, they design, create, and present a...
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Utopias: Are Perfect Worlds Possible?

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
How would the members of your language arts class describe their own utopian universe? Middle schoolers discuss and design the attributes of their perfect worlds, complete with brochures, class discussions, and written arguments about...
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Citing Sources: APA Style

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
It's more than simply polite to cite the sources used when conducting research—it's a necessity. A handout on APA style outlines how to cite a wide variety of sources, as well as how to format a research paper so it aligns with APA...
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Fueling the Future: Evaluating the Sustainability of Biofuels

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
My biofuel is better than your biofuel. Small groups research a specific biofuel and think about the impact of its production and use on the environment, the economy, and on society, and report their findings to the class. Individuals...
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Quotation Station: Using Quotes in the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
An informative list compiled with quotes, authors, and discussion questions, along with 20 out-of-the-box application ideas, make up the collection of lessons geared to spark dialogue and creative thinking about quotations. 
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Forest Stewardship Library Media Center Resources

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students develop their technology skills by accessing web sites and evaluating information.  In this research lesson students research forestry topics and write a paragraph on the accessed websites.
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Harvesting of Trees: Library Media Center Resources

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research harvesting of trees in the United States and write a summary.  In this informative lesson students state whether they agree or disagree with an article and write a summary on why. 
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Human Interactions with Living Systems

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Middle schoolers work in groups to research how humans impact living systems. After selecting a topic the group feels is interesting and urgent, they use the media center’s resources to collect data and prepare a three-minute iMovie...
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Hydro-Technology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers create a design for water collection, sanitation, or supply. In this hydro-technology lesson, students learn about the global water crisis. Groups of high schoolers read water technology articles, draw or design a device...
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Media Literacy: Communication - The Key To Success

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore a vacation destination. Groups of pupils design a vacation brochure to capture the attention of potential travelers. They write a descriptive and persuasive paragraph about the vacation destination for the brochure.
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Navigating Nonfiction

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the arrangement of nonfiction. In this library skills lesson plan, 3rd graders examine Dewey Decimal classification as they collaborate to locate nonfiction materials in the library/media center.
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Papyrus to PDA

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What a great project. Graphic arts students consider the social, political, and economic impact made by a chosen invention. They build an argument to substantiate their reasons for choosing said invention. They create an oral...
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Investing

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discover information about making investments. In this personal finance lesson, students watch a video and visit the Vanguard website in order to complete a worksheet activity to help them identify methods of investments.
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The Library Dragon

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine the role of the library media specialist in the school by listening to a read aloud of The Library Dragon and visiting Carmen Agra Deedy's website. They talk about respect for the books and the others using the...
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Using the Dewey Decimal System/Singular and Plural Nouns

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students locate books in the library using the Dewey Decimal system, then practice writing irregular plural nouns. In the first lesson, students use information from a library card or electronic catalog and Dewey Decimal guide numbers to...
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Environmental Harmony

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use information from a variety of media to evaluate different artists' views on the human relationship to nature. From these sources, class discussion, and personal experience, students will synthesize a thoughtful,...
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It Ain't Necessarily So

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine characterization of African Americans in literature, popular culture, and opera. In this stereotypes lessons, students conduct research that requires them to analyze the origins and content of stereotypes perpetuated...
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Is Mars Really Our " Next Frontier?"

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Use the Internet and other reference sources to gather information on the Mars spacecraft. They create a trading card displaying information learned during research being sure to record all data and references used.
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Call to Arms: Robotic Analogues for Human Structures

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built.  In this physical science lesson, students analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm.  Students research educational websites discussing...
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Title III Technology Literacy Challenge Grant

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a project that combines math and English. Class members read an article entitled "A Thirst for Competition" and conduct a school-wide survey to determine if their peers prefer Gatorade, Powerade, or All Sport. They then tally the...
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"Who am I?"

For Teachers K - 5th
Pupils of all ages work in pairs to find information about themselves and record a digital "Who am I?" They observe and measure each other, write clues, and illustrate before having others guess who is described.
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French Rifles of World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What insights do rifles offer about French military strategy during World War I? Watch an interesting video to find out! The resource uses primary source images and videos, as well as descriptions from an expert in relating to the French...
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Behind the Camera

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Scholars, in groups, gather information relating to community health care. Using video and digital cameras, they interview members of a health center staff. They then compile digital images, select music, and narrate a story about their...
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Technology: Locate/Collect Information: Herbie and Annabelle

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this locate and collect information worksheet, students answer questions about where they would find information. Students answer five questions with the answers of either an audiotape, film, or videotape. This comes from the story...
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The Future of Communication: Broadband Expansion and New Technology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students take a closer look at communication tools. In this current events lesson, students watch a PBS news video about broadband technology and its impact on the lives of its users. Students analyze the Federal Communications...
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Journalists Under Fire

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine journalism in extreme conditions. In this war-zone journalism lesson, students research media coverage of Vietnam, Grenada, the Gulf War, and military actions in Somalia and Kosovo. Students compare coverage in the past...
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Collecting Family Stories

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners interview relatives and compose a family story on the computer. They compile this lesson is with two others involving art and media into a student portfolio. Each student researches, diagrams and writes a story with a beginning,...
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Why I Am Me Timeline

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What happened when your learners were born? How about when they started school? Find out all about your pupils with a timeline activity that connects personal history to history overall. Class members create their own timelines. On one...
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Writing a Newspaper Article

For Teachers 6th - 9th
The perfect resource for a beginning journalism teacher or someone designing a journalism unit, this activity prompts students to write a newspaper article. It covers all aspects of the writing process, such as a guided warm-up...
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The Future of Communication: Broadband Expansion and New Technology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the FCC National Broadband Plan outline. In this social studies lesson plan, students research the benefits of this planned expansion and present their findings. They analyze the impact of broadband technology in our...
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Why Study Nurse Shark Mating?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Discover basic information about nurse sharks and read articles describing recent studies in the Florida Keys. To show their textual understanding, learners write grant proposals as if they are scientists wanting to research nurse shark...
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Time is In

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health. High schoolers will identify and recognize propaganda techniques (glittering generalities, bandwagon, sex appeal, testimonial, transfer, etc.) and write a...
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What's Our Department Budget?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health and examine a hospital budget. Learners will create a budget for a hospital taking in account factors such as staff and departmental needs and necessary...
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Zoom-In: Summer

For Teachers K
Students draw a picture. In this seasons lesson students draw a picture of themselves at the beach. They write a sentence to accompany their picture comparing their beach experience to the pictures that they observe in a Power Point...
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Medical Mysteries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use the theme of medical mystery to engage students in analyzing the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health. They will explore problem solving and mystery diseases as they practice and improve public...
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News You Can Use: Lesson 35 of 35

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers share the newspapers they created with the class. In this newspaper lesson, students review vocabulary about newspapers and discuss whether or not newspapers will survive as a mode for communicating information.
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Rodent-borne Diseases: Getting the Facts Out There

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct research of the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) or lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV). They obtain the information and create a public announcement in the form of a brochure, newsletter, poster, radio announcement,...
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Information Problem Solving

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students review the six steps of conducting research to find out information and to problem solve. This is lesson one in a five lesson unit.
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Reel Remembrances

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars interview adults, ages 71-75. They ask them questions concerning events of 60 years ago and create a media presentation based upon background information and interview responses.