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To Kill a Mockingbird Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
If you're planning a unit on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, don't pass this resource by! It includes thorough discussion questions and vocabulary from the novel, research opportunities, and writing prompts to extend learning...
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The Children and Legacies Beyond the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Using video testimony, primary source documents that detail international agreements, and structured discussions, learners consider the precarious position of children during the Holocaust and other international conflicts, and how to...
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Evaluating Web Sites

For Teachers 8th Standards
If it's on the Internet, it must be true—right? How can someone tell if a website contains less-than-truthful information? Savvy surfers evaluate sources in the fifth of a six-part college and career readiness instructional activity...
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Uncovering a World at War

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Has media always had an influence on public policy? After researching and reading news articles written during World War I, learners understand the influence of communication and media. They discuss articles in small groups and as a...
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Introductory News Literacy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Aspiring journalists learn about media literacy, journalism, and the press. Units come complete with handouts, assignment rubrics, notes, and extension suggestions. Each unit also comes with a list of vocabulary words and learning...
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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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Egypt

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
This six-week unit encompasses all subjects with a focus study on world history and the development of ancient civilizations. As gifted and talented students dive into the interesting yet challenging topic of Egypt, they think critically...
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The Giver

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Wouldn't it be great to live an a community without pain, without danger? Such a society is the goal of the community in The Giver. Using Lois Lowry's dystopian novel as the core text, class members read primary source materials about...
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What Leads to Revolution?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
From the essential question about the cause of the American Revolution to a Town Hall meeting hosted by and for your social studies class, a set of American history lessons are a great addition to your Revolutionary War unit. After...
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Water Bottles Everywhere

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Young environmentalists examine how water bottle use is polluting the waters on our earth. In groups, your students study the handout on their assigned topic and present their findings to the rest of the class. Leading up to this...
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Ask an Engineer

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A wrap-up to the unit, young environmentalists discuss and write about the difference in perspectives of a water keeper and water treatment engineer. 
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
 The narrative works of Frederick Douglass engage learners in the topic of slavery. They will experience American history in a new way, a Douglass expresses his thoughts in his own words. Pupils then interpret this literary work.   
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Become a Journalist

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the newspaper as a unique entity with a detailed and extended unit. The unit requires learners to consider the newspaper's role in democracy, think about ethics, practice writing and interviewing, and examine advertising and news...
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Socratic Seminar

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Interested in bringing Socratic seminars to your classroom? A thorough resource includes an outline of the basic seminar procedure, differentiation strategies, student handouts, and major steps that learners should take before, during,...
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What Is Fat?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
An animated fat molecule explains how some fats are beneficial and some are harmful. He describes triglyceride molecules and how the chemical bonding or overall shape determines the health value of each individual type of fat. This...
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Indian Removal

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The year is 1835. The issue is the legality of the removal of the Cherokee people from Georgia. The question is whether the Cherokee should be forced to move to the Indian Territories. After examining and annotating primary and secondary...
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What's Wrong with Our Food System

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
11-year-old Birke Baehr describes what he calls "the dark side of the industrialized food system". Explaining everything from genetically engineered seeds and organisms to Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), Baehr encourages his...
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How Breathing Works

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
The ins and outs of breathing are explained in this fresh film. Simple and straightforward narration accompanies colorful animation to show how breathing is controlled and how it can be altered. This would not only be useful during a...
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Gravity and the Human Body

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
How does the absence of gravity affect the human body? The skeletal system, circulatory system, and the sense of balance are all impacted. With a very casual tone, an astronaut explains the changes to these body systems and also an...
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Dark Matter: The Matter We Can't See

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
It's looking like the dark side is bigger than we thought! Physicists speculate that perhaps 96% of the universe consists of invisible dark matter and dark energy, while only 4% is what we can view with the aided eye. This flabbergasting...
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Reasons for the Seasons

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Considering the shape of Earth's orbit and the tilt of its axis, viewers see why seasons occur on the planet. Additional resources that come with the video include a discussion idea, multiple-choice Think questions, and Dig Deeper links...
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What is an Aurora?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
An impressive animation explains the earth's awe-inspiring auroras. The contributions of high-energy particles from the sun collide with our neutral atmospheric atoms. Explained are the roles of solar wind, plasma, the magnetosphere,...
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How Much Does a Video Weigh?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
No question is a silly question! Vsauce is a website that investigates strange questions. Founder and science educator, Michael Stevens, explains the value of the such questions to an audience and demonstrates by working through the...
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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...