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Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Road Blocks to Mental Health

For Teachers 11th - 12th
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fewer than half of adults seek treatment for mental health disorders. Those interested in careers in mental health investigate why this is so by looking at the stigma...
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Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Examples of Social and Emotional Learning in Elementary Mathematics Instruction

For Teachers K - 6th
A 12-page document lists an abundance of math-related activities that boost social and emotional topics; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.  
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Interactive
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Google

Interland

For Students Pre-K - 8th
"Be Internet Awesome" is the motto in a super cool digital citizenship interactive created by Google. Interland is made up of four lands that explore the importance of digital safety and helps young Internet users to be alert, strong,...
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Teach Engineering

Communicating Your Results

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Groups analyze and interpret their data from previous research in order to develop individualized findings. The teams then use guidelines to help determine what aspects of their research to include on a poster. Class members then compare...
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Lesson Plan
Common Sense Media

Sending Email

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Youngsters are introduced to the idea of communicating through e-mail, and gain important foundational knowledge for how to interact safely online.
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Lesson Plan
Visa

Making it Work Together: Money and Roommates

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Balancing money and first-time roommates can feel like a daunting prospect. Support your class members in understanding how financial agreements between roommates function, as well as the underlying importance of how to communicate about...
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Curated OER

Lesson: Communication, What's Valued, and the Written Word

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders compare their cell phones to a lacquer box from the Japanese Edo Period. They consider how each is a form of communication and how the very nature of each object communicates social norms, ideology, and beliefs. A really...
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Curated OER

Kitchen Appliances and Utensils: Home Living / Daily Living

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There are so many different types of tools we use in the kitchen, everyday. Help your special needs learner discover how to recognize, identify, and use various kitchen utensils and appliances. Using picture cards and drill prompting,...
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Curated OER

Band of Brothers

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
What is a community? Explore the idea of community by investigating countries that have experienced severe damage. Learners discuss the horrible aftermath the 2011 earthquake had on Japan's infrastructure after the tsunami it caused....
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Worksheet
Curated OER

What Makes The Good Life

For Students 6th - 8th
What makes a good life? What makes life hard? Get your class thinking about the global picture with this extensive packet. They read quotes from around the world, analyze statistical data from every continent, then read and answer...
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Curated OER

Non-Verbal Communication

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Many developmentally disabled students struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This lesson contains fun activities and exercises, such as talking with...
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Curated OER

Mary Todd Tours the World

For Teachers K - 5th
Pupils analyze how distinguishing another culture encourages us to respect each other. They research culture and all its avenues, recognizing and comprehending the relationship between people and geography. Ultimately, they can apply...
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K20 Learn

Brushstrokes: Communication/Using Descriptive Language

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Sometimes a picture reflects a thousand descriptive words. To illustrate the importance of sensory words in descriptive writing, scholars listen to a song and craft a painting in response. After sharing their work with the class,...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Using Communication Skills Effectively

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Miscommunication is often the basis of conflict. To improve their communication skills, pupils first review what they learned about assertive (as opposed to aggressive or passive) communication, role-play several scenarios, and then...
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Study Guide
Penguin Books

A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classic Edition of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Is it possible to have too much concern for others? Can we be trapped by our expectations as well as those of society? Edith Wharton's chilling tale of Ethan Frome asks these and other disquieting questions. Signet's guide to Ethan Frome...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Being Assertive

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Passive! Aggressive! Assertive!. The activities in the fourth lesson plan in the Communication module teach middle schoolers the difference among these behaviors and how to develop assertive communication skills. After defining and...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Speaking

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Words! Words have meaning and power, and using them leads to consequences. The activities in this lesson are designed to remind participants to choose their words wisely when they speak.
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Overcoming Obstacles

Listening

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Focus, confirm, respond.  Middle schoolers engage in a series of activities designed to help them improve their listening skills. They listen to and try to solve a riddle and play a version of the telephone game. Participants learn that...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Understanding Nonverbal Messages

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The Overcoming Obstacles course for middle schoolers continues with a unit module on communication. In the first lesson, participants engage in a series of activities that help them recognize nonverbal clues and the importance of making...
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Facing History and Ourselves

Compass Points

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Needs, Suggestions, Excitement, and Worries. A Compass Points worksheet asks pupils to give feedback on that day's lesson. Learners identify what they need from the instructor and classmates, what excites them about the class, what...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Learning to Be Assertive

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After defining passive, aggressive, and assertive, class members role-play different scenarios demonstrating these behaviors. Individuals then identify a weakness they wish to improve and, using what they have learned throughout the...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Communicating Constructively

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Some conversations are easy and enjoyable, while others are horrific! To begin a lesson plan on communicating constructively, class members list examples of conversations that are easy, average, and those that are difficult and identify...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Listening Responsibly

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Responsible speaker + critical listener = effective communication is the equation at the heart of a responsible listening lesson about the power of words. Class members view the clip of the courtroom scene from the film A Few Good Men...
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Overcoming Obstacles

Listening Critically

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Eschew obfuscation!! High schoolers learn techniques that permit them to listen critically, sort through verbiage used to hide meaning or mislead listeners, and determine the message's validity.