Making Generalizations Teacher Resources

Oak trees, maple, pine. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the individual trees. Yet by examining the common characteristics of these woody giants, you can formulate a broad statement that considers what different types of trees have in common. Developing critical thinking skills, analyzing information, recognizing patterns, and testing generalization is essential for 21st century learners.

Lesson Planet has a cache of resources designed to encourage these critical thinking skills in learners of all ages. Young scientists conduct experiments to determine the relative energy content of both fats and carbohydrates while geometrists use an interactive to manipulate side lengths and make generalizations about the types of special right triangles. Instructors can assess middle schoolers understanding of data distribution with a resource that asks kids to analyze and make general observations about dot plots or engage young economists in making generalizations based on the data included in charts and graphs.

21st century learners must be able to think flexibly, generalize, and apply knowledge to new situations. Apps, lesson and unit plans, activities, worksheets, and reading comprehension exercises that teach these skills can all be found in our reviewed and rated collection of resources.

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ELD Lesson Planner: Animal Encounters

For Teachers 5th
Each literary skill is linked to a part of speech in this ELD lesson plan, which works with three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Grizzly Bear Family Book, The Golden Lion Tamarin Comes Home," and "My Side of the Mountain"). Learners...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Home Sweet Home

For Teachers 1st
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this lesson, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer...
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Making Generalizations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Being able to recognize patterns, craft generalizations, and draw conclusions based on information in a text passage are essential critical thinking skills. Encourage learners to hone these skills with a worksheet that asks them to read...
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The Best Test of General Relativity (by 2 Misplaced Satellites)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An analysis of launched objects helps scholars understand general relativity in greater detail. These aren't just any launched objects, though! A video presentation describes the gravitation potential energy of satellites in orbit and...
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ELD Lesson Plan: American Stories

For Teachers 4th
Ease your first graders into the first few days of school with this lesson, which features four stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Tomas and the Library Lady," Tanya's Reunion," "Boss of the Plains," and "A Very Important Day"). Learners...
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Russia's Finest General - Aleksei Brusilov

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Russian General Aleksei Brusilov served both the tsar and revolutionary Russia. His massive offensive racked up deaths and broke through the Austria-Hungarian line. An insightful video explores how Brusilov's military career parallels a...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Family Time

For Teachers 2nd
Weathering both family dynamics and sudden storms are the main topics of these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Brothers and Sisters," "Jalapeno Bagels," "Carousel," and "Thunder Cake"). Practice generalizing and sequencing events...
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General and Precise Words Worksheet (Verbs)W.6.2d

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Work on developing precise vocabulary. Great for a warm-up activity or homework assignment, this resource lists 12 general verbs and asks learners to come up with a precise verb for each. Do the first few together so your class is clear...
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General Election Activity Booklet

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
It's never too early to practice smart voting! Gain practice voting in a general election using a booklet compiled of an assortment of activities including a word search, maze, graphing, and more!         
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Generalizing

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this making generalizations activity, students read a short story, "Bake Sale", and answer questions about it. Students choose 5 multiple choice answers.
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General and Precise Words Worksheet (Verbs)

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
When pupils use precise vocabulary, their writing is stronger. Help them strengthen their writing by completing the basic activity here. Learners are asked to come up with more precise verbs for 12 different general verbs. Have your...
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General Pyramids and Cones and Their Cross-Sections

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Are pyramids and cones similar in definition to prisms and cylinders? By examining the definitions, pupils determine that pyramids and cones are subsets of general cones. Working in groups, they continue to investigate the relationships...
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General Prisms and Cylinders and Their Cross-Sections

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
So a cylinder does not have to look like a can? By expanding upon the precise definition of a rectangular prism, the lesson develops the definition of a general cylinder. Scholars continue on to develop a graphical organizer for the...
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Primary Source Worksheet: Abraham Lincoln, Letter to General William T. Sherman

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
A brief letter can speak volumes. Your young historians will analyze a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to General Sherman, and discover the significance of the capture of Savannah, as well as gain insight into Lincoln's role as...
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Building a General Quadratic Function

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Rewrite a quadratic function to easily see the transformations involved. The instructional task takes a general quadratic function and rewrites it into a form that shows the translations and scaling of the parent quadratic function. The...
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One Of the Capable Generals of WW1 - Arthur Currie

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
He may have had a suspicious past, and his pot belly certainly didn't reflect the image of a brave soldier but today, however, General Arthur Currie is considered a national hero in Canada. Currie made Canadian troops the pride of the...
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Building a General Quadratic Function

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners rewrite a general quadratic function by completing the square to see a new form of the function that more easily identifies the x-coordinate of the vertex and the two roots of the function.
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Reinventing Cavalry in WW1 - Bulgarian General Ivan Kolev

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
He was once erased from the history books because he was considered by communist-controlled Bulgaria, as a dangerous influence. But Bulgarian General Ivan Kolev made his mark by using horses in a time of tanks.  Use Kolev's story to help...
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Australian General John Monash

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
It is unlikely Americans have heard of Australian General John Monash. Despite that, he played a key role in the leadership of Allied forces during World War I. Young historians learn of the less famous warrior of the Great War,...
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Final Exam Practice - General Biology

For Students Higher Ed
A 17-page practice final exam for a college-level introductory biology course is contained in this resource. Matching and short answer questions cover every topic that you would expect to teach during an advanced biology course including...
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An Intro to Keynes’s The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How quickly can an economy recover from a shock? John Maynard Keynes challenges the classical economist view of a self-correcting economy with his 1936 work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. A short view features the...
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An Introduction to Gottfredson and Hirschi's A General Theory of Crime

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Parents who fail to discipline their children may be raising criminals. A video summary of A General Theory of Crime by Gottfredson and Hirschi, part of a larger playlist on the world's greatest ideas, presents the notion that discipline...
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Derive the Circle—General Points

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Generally, mathematicians use the Pythagorean Theorem to develop the equation of a circle. The resource provides the general equation of a circle, and then pupils show how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to derive the equation. Scholars...
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Main Idea and Supporting Details/Generalizing

For Students 5th - 6th
In this generalizing learning exercise, students read the passage 'D-Day' and answer the questions about generalizing. Students answer 5 questions.

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