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Number and Number Sense

For Teachers 4th Standards
Play with number sense. Using multi-digit numbers, fractions, and decimals, the unit provides several activities and games to help pupils build number sense. The activities have learners write, compare, and round whole numbers and...
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Sometimes We Need Large Numbers to Describe Small Things

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
String the class along to help them understand large numbers. A multi-disciplinary lesson uses literature, science, and math to look at very large numbers. Pupils conceptualize how much a million is using literature before performing a...
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Learning About Surface Area and Volume

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Plan a dinner party. Using a book by Marilyn Burns as a context, pupils learn about the relationships between area and perimeter and surface area and volume. The hands-on activities have learners rearrange tables and cut up meatballs to...
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Chris’ Garden Dilemma

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Make the connections between area, tiling, and multiplication. A performance task and associated unit presents the concept of area and makes the connection to multiplication. Pupils work through three major sections of instruction that...
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City Farmers

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Firmly plant the concept of area into the classroom. A performance task dealing with area uses gardening as a context. The outline of a unit with activities keeps with the gardening theme and provides instructional support for teachers....
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Isabella’s Garden

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Create rows and rows of vegetables. Pupils use their knowledge of multiplication to find the number of vegetable shoots planted in a garden and ways to arrange the vegetables in the performance task. Teachers use the suggested unit...
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Jump, Glide, or Fly? Exploring Bird Evolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How have birds evolved from prehistoric animals? With the three-part lesson, small groups first research different prehistoric animals and determine whether they are birds. Then, scholars explore different bird adaptations using the Flap...
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Guilty or Innocent?

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Bring the drama of the courtroom to your elementary classroom with a mock trial lesson. Armed with an understanding of basic trial vocabulary and terms, learners role-play as participants in a trial about a stolen pencil.
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Concept Attainment – Fraction Fun!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What's an example of a fraction? What's a non-example? Learners use the four-step concept attainment model (introduction, hypothesizing, analysis, and application) to a instructional activity on defining and identifying fractions.
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Multiplying Numbers with Decimals

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Now that your elementary class has mastered multiplication and decimals, it's time to combine the concepts. An engaging instructional activity invites small groups to use playing cards to create and multiply decimal numbers of varying...
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What Am I?

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
What's the difference between a paintbrush and a whiteboard eraser? How do you know? A kinesthetic activity invites elementary scientists to describe classroom and household items based on their properties of matter, including weight,...
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Dance and Text

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Use texts and dances to teach inequalities and equations. A sixth-grade unit covers using variables in equations and inequalities to solve problems. Learners show what they know at the end of the unit using two performance tasks, one...
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Great Summarizing with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
That's not rain, it's ... meatballs! Young readers retell the story of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett with both a verbal and written summary of the plot, characters, conflict, setting, and solution.
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Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Modern learners may be able to describe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s influence within the Civil Rights Movement, but can they identify how that influence has affected their lives today? Class members conduct a brief amount of research...
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Texts about Poison Dart Frogs: Poison!

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Scholars compare and contrast two informational texts about Poison Dart Frogs. A brief vocabulary review and discussion lead the way to a two-part close reading—the first reading for gist the second reading for details. Followed by a...
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Community Helpers on Parade

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
What do community helpers do? Teach young elementary learners about the duties of firefighters, police officers, paramedics, nurses, teachers, and other community helpers with a fun discussion and helper parade.
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End of Unit Assessment: On-Demand Informational Paragraph About How the Poison Dart Frog Survives

For Teachers 3rd Standards
A final assessment marks the end of a unit that takes a close look at a variety of informational texts all about frogs. A graphic organizer aides scholars in planning an accordion paragraph using their recorder forms from previous...
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Texts about Poison Dart Frogs: Eggs and Tadpoles

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Poison Dart Frog babies are the focus of a lesson that challenges scholars to compare and contrast two informational texts. Beginning with a read-aloud, followed by a discussion, readers complete a practice page that examines the main...
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Texts about Poison Dart Frogs: Legs and Toes

For Teachers 3rd Standards
A activity challenges scholars to compare and contrast two readings about Poison Dart Frogs. Information presented comes from different informational texts, followed by a discussion, and the completion of a Venn diagram. A one-page...
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Reading about Freaky Frogs: “The Amazon Horned Frog"

For Teachers 3rd Standards
The Amazon Horned Frog is the focus of a activity designed to encourage readers to ask and answer questions. A frog-themed poem opens the door to a whole-group discussion. Following a read-aloud of an informational text, a three-page...
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Asking and Answering Questions: Studying the Skin of a Frog

For Teachers 3rd Standards
English language arts and science combine in a lesson that focuses on asking and answering questions about frog skin. Discussion, a read-aloud, and partner work lead the way towards a three-page worksheet that tests learners'...
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Reading about Freaky Frogs: “The Water-Holding Frog"

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Boost reading comprehension skills with a lesson all about freaky frogs. A poem hooks scholars and takes them into a reading of an informational text followed by peer discussions. A three-page worksheet focuses on text features and...
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Reading about Freaky Frogs: “The Glass Frog”

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Freaky frogs are the focus of a lesson plan designed to boost reading comprehension skills using text features and asking and answering questions. Informational text and a poem supply scholars with animal-related vocabulary and facts. A...
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Asking and Answering Questions: Reading about a Frog's Habitat

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Building upon previous lessons, scholars take to asking and answering questions about a frog's habitat. A partner discussion follows a read-aloud of an informational text in preparation for a worksheet that boosts reading comprehension...