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Responding with Kindness Role-plays

For Students 6th Standards
Thank you. Excuse me. I'm sorry! Pupils watch a video about encouraging things people should say more often. Next, they work in small groups to develop a role-play based on a difficult situation. They perform their role-plays for the...
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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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Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever looked for a new way to teach an old concept? Scholars thinking about the rising action of a story in a whole new perspective. However, Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot! challenges readers and allows for much...
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Balancing Human Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Everyone appreciates human rights, but what happens if the rights of an individual conflict with the rights of the larger group? Scholars explore real-life scenarios and debate when to limit rights and when to strictly enforce them. The...
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Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
I Have A Dream ... that after the lesson, all individuals master the reading, writing, researching, listening, and speaking skills the biography project helps them develop. Martin Luther King, Jr. serves as a topic example for a model...
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Medication Safety Patrol: Good Choice or Bad Choice? Game

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
A slide show provides a variety of scenarios to challenge scholars to decide whether a good choice or bad choice was made. Colorful smiley faces act as props to signify what type of decision they chose. 
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Your Environment, Your Health: The Great Debate—Bottled Water vs. Tap Water in Our School

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Should bottled water be sold in schools, or should they only provide tap water? The summative unit in the six-part series encourages scholars debating this topic. The lessons teach how to build an argument, how to gain background...
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Amusement of the Future

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Take your class on the ride of their lives! Physical science scholars get an in-depth look at potential and kinetic energies in an amusement park-themed unit. Students research, design, and promote their own amusement parks, complete...
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Educating Children about Autism in an Inclusive Classroom

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
How do we meet the needs of learners with autism? Find out with an in-depth study that offers a thorough explanation of autism—what it is and how unique every individual's case may be, nine lesson plans spanning from kindergarten to 12th...
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Seed Dispersal

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Engineering challenges are not just man-made ... nature has its own set of them. A hands-on STEM activity has groups designing a seed dispersal system. Each group can only use one sheet of paper — a tough task!
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Circle of Pong

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
A STEM activity presents a simulation of placing a scientific instrument in a lava flow. Teams design and build a device that can place a ping pong ball in a cup from a distance of at least three feet. They test and refine the device...
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Float a Boat

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Build a floating vessel capable of carrying cargo. Groups create a vessel that floats and can carry at least 10 pennies to model a mass transit system. After learning about buoyancy, density, and energy, they redesign their vessels in...
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Engineering for Mesopotamia

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use engineering principles to solve issues in farming. The STEM project teaches scholars about several challenges encountered by farmers in ancient Mesopotamia. They design machines that could overcome these challenges.
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Bobsled Blitz

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Design an aerodynamic bobsled. Groups create a bobsled that meets certain constraints from everyday materials. After learning about friction, aerodynamics, acceleration, and terminal velocity, pupils get a chance to improve on their...
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Analogous Models

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What goes into a museum display? A secondary-level STEM project prompts groups to design a museum display for the Tech Museum of Innovation. They create an analogous, interactive model illustrating a science concept to complete the lesson.
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Tree House Escape

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Use simple machines to escape from a tree house. Pupils learn about simple machines and how they are useful in everyday life in a STEM instructional activity. Groups then design a device to rescue a friend stuck in a tree house.
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Pump it Up!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Create a model of the circulatory system. A STEM activity prompts groups to learn about the circulatory system and fluid pressure. They build a device that applies these concepts to move fluids.
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Motion Commotion

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Ever wonder what it would be like to be Rube Goldberg for a day? Scholars learn about simple machines and how combining them creates complex machines in a STEM activity. They use everyday materials to build machines to ring a bell along...
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Magnet Circus

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Explore applications of magnetic force. Groups learn about magnetism and create a circus act using magnets in the STEM activity. They attempt to create a perpetual motion machine that makes use of magnetic force.
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Fire Brigade

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Only you can create a firefighting innovation. Pupils first learn about fire suppressants and retardants in the STEM lesson. They then take part in two design challenges where they consider new firefighting techniques.
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Exploring Buoyancy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Dive into a STEM lesson plan! Scholars learn about positive and negative buoyancy and how they relate to concepts of density and pressure. They design a device that can dive into water to pick up an object.
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Rover Landing

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Model the landing of the Mars Rover using an egg. The STEM activity has pupils create a landing device for a falling egg to simulate the landing of the Mars Rover. They test their devices through experimentation to safely land the device.
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Pet Rescue

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Fido needs your help! Groups first learn about form and function and about the design process in a STEM activity. Then, they design a device to save a pet (stuffed animal) from a pipe.
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Listening Devices

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
What noise is coming from that box? Teams design and build a device that hears a noise from inside a box. Groups must complete the task within a time limit and use the STEM design process. Participants must be able to hear the sound well...