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The Lightning Thief: During Reading Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
After reading up to page 371 of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, get insight into how Percy felt making a major decision through active discussion strategies that enable both academic and thoughtful...
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Sample Differentiated Language Arts

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Meet the needs of all learners with this differentiated lesson. First, activate prior knowledge with a mini-lesson and examine one of the popular speeches, "I Have A Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr., or "New Frontier" by John. F....
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Problematic Situations

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
When is it okay to go against authority and what can happen if you do? This is the leading question in this activity to accompany your classroom reading of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. After reading chapter eight,...
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Maniac Magee: Picture Book Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Who would have thought to explore the concept of race through children's literature?  After reading Bell Hooks' picture book, Skin Again, and chapter sixteen of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee, class members consider whether skin color...
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Maniac Magee: Fishbowl Discussion

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Split the class into two groups for a fishbowl discussion using of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. The first group initiates the conversation by reviewing the important points of Chapter thirteen while group two members are listening,...
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What Can We Do with All This Stuff?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Need a way to boost community and involve local neighborhoods into your school? This may be your answer. Ecology is the way! Think, plan, and consider living in a no-waste place as your class embarks on this unit to learn about the...
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Disease Prevention Debate

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
As part of their study of disease prevention tips, class members engage in a debate about who should be the classroom's Stop Germs Mascot—Professor Grime or Ace Clean.
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At-Risk Species

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
There are currently thousands of species around the world whose survival is in serious danger. This lesson allows young conservationists to explore this global issue by classifying at-risk animals by the various factors threatening their...
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Create Your Own Country Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Young scholars demonstrate their knowledge of geography with this fun, collaborative social studies project. Working in small groups, students develop their very own countries, writing descriptions of their physical location, social...
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What Can We Do?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Motivate young conservationists to stand up and make a change. After learning about the efforts in Cascade Nation Park to reduce carbon emissions in order to preserve the wilderness, students work in groups creating action plans for...
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Taking Action!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Motivate young scientists to stand up and take action with this environmental science lesson. To begin, the class works in small groups brainstorming actions that support the conservation of the earth before creating and implementing an...
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What Is Authority?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young scholars examine the concepts of power and authority as they begin learning about government in this elementary social studies lesson. Through a series of readings, discussions, and problem solving activities, children learn about...
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What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Introduce young historians to the US Constitution with this upper-elementary social studies lesson plan. Beginning with a general discussion about the role of government in society, students go on to work in small groups identifying and...
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What Basic Ideas About Government Are Included in the Preamble to the Constitution?

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Young historians explore the meaning of the Preamble to the US Constitution in this upper-elementary social studies lesson. Working with partners or in small groups, children discuss the purpose of government before reading and analyzing...
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We the Students

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Establish justice and tranquility in the classroom with this primary grade instructional activity on the US Constitution. Beginning with a discussion about the importance of rules and a class reading of a children's book on the...
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Our Classroom Constitution

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Develop a system of classroom rules created by the kids, for the kids with this three-part lesson series on the US Constitution. After learning about the structure of the Constitution and the government it established, young scholars...
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Meet a Naturalist: Researching, Writing, Interviewing

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based instructional activity. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about...
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Land of the Midnight Sun

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
From days of 24 hour sunlight, to endless nights that last for days, the Arctic is a very unique place to live. Examine the seasonal changes that occur in the northern-most reaches of the globe and the impact they have on the plants and...
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The Path of Least Resistance

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Your class won't be able to resist this lesson on the path of least resistance, or rather, on conductors and insulators. Using two types of modeling dough, one that conducts and one that insulates, young electrical engineers construct...
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Initiatives and Teamwork

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
After your next group project or collaborative assignment, have your learners reflect on what it was like to work with others. They will answer questions on what parts of the process they did and did not enjoy, whether or not they were...
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What's That Food?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Get things cooking with the first activity in this series on the science of food. Working in small groups, young scientists make and record observations about different mystery foods. These descriptions are then shared with the class and...
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Super Digital Citizen

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Teach your charges how to become responsible digital citizens with superheroes! Start out with a brief class discussion about what acting safely, responsibly, and respectfully looks like. Next, have each pupil create their own digital...
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Rose and Too Much TV

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Young readers will practice foundational reading skills as well as speaking and listening skills as you read to them from the picture book Rose and Too Much TV. This resource contains a copy of the 33-page, heavily illustrated story, so...
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Rating Web Sites

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Teach digital natives that they can't believe everything they read on the Internet. Working in small groups, young scholars use the provided worksheets and rubric to evaluate different websites and determine if the information being...