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First-Day-of-School Activity: The Kissing Hand

For Teachers K - 2nd
Looking for an interactive back to school activity? Start by reading the book The Kissing Hand, and having your class discuss their feelings about the first day of school. They trace their hand onto paper, cut out the paper hand, paint a...
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Fortune Cookies Motivate Writing

For Teachers K - 5th
Fortune cookies are used as motivation for a story. In this creative writing instructional activity, young writers review the six traits process. They discuss interesting characters, setting, problem and solution in a story. Original...
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Fractured Fairy Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Through reading and writing, learners explore common elements found in fairy tales. After discussing traditional fairy tales, class members listen to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by John Scieszka, a hilarious retelling of the...
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History of Toys and Games

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students research history of popular toys to learn when those toys were first introduced. They use measurement skills to create an accurate timeline.
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Human Body Lessons

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students read "The Magic School Bus in the Human Body" and discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy body. They create a hinge and joint paper skeleton, follow the journey of a hamburger through the digestive tract, jump rope and...
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I Dig Dinosaurs

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine the process of fossil removal and the naming of dinosaurs. They participate in a "fossil dig" involving cookies, create new dinosaur names, and create a picture of a dinosaur they name.
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Make and Shake a Snowglobe

For Teachers K - 5th
Students make a holiday or seasonal snow globe to give as a gift. Make it, then shake it! Students use small jars with lids. They use a glue gun or silicon glue to attach a small plastic toy to the inside of the lid. When the glue is...
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Mapping a Garden

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students study the components of a map, particularly the legend, the key, the symbols and the area. They develop their own map of a garden that they can plant in a future science instructional activity.
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Once upon a Time in the 1800's

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young readers examine the details in an 1821 painting by Jacques-Louis David depicting two sisters who are exiled princesses. They read a tale about the Brothers Grimm, who were writing fairy tales during the same time period that these...
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Nuts for Peanuts: Peanut Plants, Peanut Timeline, and Peanut-s-timation!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students complete a timeline. In this peanuts lesson, students read A Short Peanut History and use this resource to make a timeline of the history of the peanut. Students can grow peanuts in the classroom or make various peanut recipes.
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Poetry Slam!

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Create poems without writing! Young poets create poems using words cut from newspapers, read their poems aloud, and compile them in a book. This lesson allows the teacher to view each learner's creative process and assess their current...
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Presidents Picture Book

For Teachers K - 8th
Students create a picture book of the U.S. presidents. They study general information about the U.S. presidents, write a sentence about each president, and create a picture book about the U.S. presidents.
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Sharing African Culture

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Students investigate African American culture by reading aloud an African folk tale and illustrating the tale. They use their illustrations to create a book or a bulletin board that retells the folk tale.
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Writing Takes Shape!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students read The Greedy Triangle and discuss geometric solids. In this geometry instructional activity, students list the geo-solids in the world and create a graphic organizer to show where geo-solids exist.
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You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students examine the facts and myths that surround the "First Thanksgiving" (the harvest celebration of 1621) at Plimoth Colony. They study the role that historians play in the collection and dissemination of history and use their...
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Aesop's Fables

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Examine the fables of Aesop with your class. Pupils identify the morals of fables and role-play a scene from their favorite fable of Aesop. Additionally, they compose letters to a favorite character in the fable. Learners role-play again...