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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Extend-sive Thinking

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Can knowing about things of the past help predict the types of things seen in the future? Advanced learners consider the idea that things extend. In other words, concrete things like bridges and intangible things like ideas extend from...
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Digging for Clues

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Make critical and creative thinkers out of your class, with an archeology-based project they'll love. They start the activity by first researching what archeologists do, then they generate a list of the qualities archeologists need to be...
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End of Unit Assessment: Writing a Rainforest Field Journal Entry about Howler Monkeys

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewGive me more details. Scholars complete an end of unit assessment by creating an information text box to go with their field journal entries about howler monkeys. Learners use the class time to work independently.
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Conducting Research: Analyzing a Variety of Sources to Capture Information about My Insect

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewFrom picture to words. Scholars analyze a picture of an ant and then list two facts they observed and any questions that may arise. Expert groups from the previous lesson then look at a diagram about either an ant or butterfly and add to...
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Conducting Research: Asking and Answering our Questions about Rainforest Arthropods

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewLet's ask an expert. Scholars divide into groups to research and become experts on either ants or butterflies. Learners use task cards and text on their topic to complete a note catcher. At the end, they share their information with a...
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The Genius of the Ancients

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewIt is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Fifth graders prove this with help from three lessons that examine how ancient cultures used their needs to drive innovations. In lesson one, pupils identify main ideas and supporting...
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STEM-gineers

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
New ReviewHave what it takes to be an inventor? After researching the life of a famous inventor or innovator, scholars brainstorm the characteristics of a successful innovator. They then take part in a project of their choice to learn about the...
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Persuasive Letters

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Sharpen persuasive writing skills while trying to solve a community problem. Learners choose a burning topic and then write letters to persuade others to come around to their views. The provided procedures walk through how to guide the...
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Photo Essay Exhibit

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Let the pictures do the talking. Children tell their stories using provided guidelines for a photo essay exhibit. Discussion questions and checklist materials help pupils brainstorm and create photo essays to help inspire social change.
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Digging into Halloween

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Halloween is the topic of a writing lesson that challenges scholars to research the holiday and create an information product such as a brochure or oral report. A presentation activates prior knowledge in preparation for a small group...
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Our Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A tantalizing video about our solar system raises more questions than it answers, which is exactly the point. After watching the video, groups are assigned a planet to research. They develop a PowerPoint that includes key details,...
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Four-Footed Heroes of 9/11

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Not all the heroes of 9/11 were human. After a brief discussion of the events of September 11, 2001, class members develop questions about the contributions of service dogs that assisted the first responders. Pupils select one of the...
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Stranger Danger

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Assist scholars in making safe choices with a lesson all about strangers. After a discussion about instinct and what a stranger is, pupils listen to the story Ruby by Michael Emberley. Pairs work together to read a scenario and share how...
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Symbols of Democracy

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Middle schoolers investigate the two major US political parties, their symbols, their history, and their leaders. The project begins with group readings of several articles, progresses to researching a particular party or important...
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Who Was Rosa Parks?

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
A whole-class discussion about segregation leads scholars' into the topic of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. Small groups work collaboratively to respond to an informational text. A themed-word search is completed independently. 
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Ambitious Women Artists at Work

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Ambition is the keyword of a lesson that focuses on the contributions made by famous female artists. Specifically looking at European artists, Luisa Roldan and Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, scholars examine a piece of their work then...
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Beautiful Utah!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
When you're planning your next trip, don't overlook the lovely state of Utah! Elementary class members learn more about the Beehive State before creating a poster and presenting their research to peers.
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Setting Up Your Report Before You Write

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young scholars have many questions, but when it comes to finding the answers, they come up a bit short. Help them learn where to turn to solve their queries with a research structure lesson. As elementary young scholars brainstorm and...
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Roll of the Genes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Animal reproduction in sheep and cattle is explored with the help of Punnet squares. Scholars employ tools using probability to conclude the color of wool a sheep's offspring will have. Acting as animal geneticists, pupils then take...
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Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Boost observational skills with an inquiry-based lesson that takes scholars on a virtual field trip. With help from webcams, learners observe animals in a zoo or aquarium. Observations go into a journal and a discussion is held to review...
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Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal: An Educational Voyage

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Following the book, Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal, readers complete an activity for each chapter, take part in discussions, and respond to several questions. To show what they know, scholars create an alphabet book using primary...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Examine the lives of four women—Blanche Stuart Scott, Madeleine L'Engle, Margaret Evans Price, and Sybil Ludington—in a 23-page activity packet. Each profile comes with a set of vocabulary and reading comprehension questions. Further...
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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Children in foster care face a lot of uncertainty in their lives. A guide for the novel One for the Murphys introduces a main character, Carley, who is thrust into the foster care system. Chapter-by-chapter questions cover key details in...
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Core Curriculum Lesson Plans for Jefferson's Sons

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Thomas Jefferson lived a controversial life. A series of lesson plans shares information about Jefferson's Sons, a novel about the infamous founding father. Discussion questions and other tasks explore different points of view and cover...