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Race to the Moon!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Here, young historians learn about the space race by examining a letter written to John F. Kennedy by an elementary school student in 1961, and then reading an article to learn the historical context that helps them make sense of it. A...
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Televised Debates: Candidates Take a Stand

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Elementary or middle school scholars learn about the significance of the first televised live presidential debate between Nixon and Kennedy, all the while discussing what qualities make a good leader, what they can or can't learn about a...
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Identity-Based Bullying

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
What is identity? What is bullying? What is identity-based bullying? After discussing these questions as a class, pupils engage in partner discussions before participating in a small group activity to act out bullying scenarios. Then,...
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Read Across America Classroom Activity Guide

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th Standards
Celebrate the legendary Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day with a plethora of activities set to five stories—The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and Green Eggs and Ham. Activities include...
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Exploring Chinese Celebrations

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Seven activities make up a instructional activity designed to explore Chinese celebrations through grand conversation and crafts. Scholars create plates of Chinese food, a lion mask, paper lanterns, red envelopes with good wishes, and a...
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Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Inspire kindness in and out of school with a lesson that challenges scholars to perform 100 acts of kindness during the time between Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Valentine's day. Leading up to a celebration of friendship, learners...
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Star Wars – a Relaxation Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Take young padawans on a journey towards ultimate relaxation with a series of Star Wars themed yoga poses. Following a mindful and imaginative story, the force is strong with stretches including the Rey's Pole, R2D2, Yoda, and more! 
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Focus on Forests

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Trees look different, just like people look different. Let's look at some up close! Throughout this outdoor activity, elementary learners spend time outside observing the trees on their school property, and reporting on their...
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Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A picture is worth a thousand words, but a comic strip combines both images and words for the ultimate narrative effect. After reading The Three Little Pigs and deciphering the plot elements, elementary readers work through four...
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Credit and Debt: Decisions, Decisions...

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Borrowing money seems like a great idea until you are in over your head. High schoolers learn the benefits and risks associated with credit and how to be a responsible borrower. More than just credit cards, they learn trustworthiness is...
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Finanacial Responsibility and Decision Making: Personal Information and Identity Theft

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Elementary schoolers look into the very real, and scary, practice of identity theft. They discover the main techniques used by people who steal other people's identity. Learners produce an identity theft tip sheet and share their tips...
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Out of the Dust: Narrative Essay

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
To conclude their study of Out of the Dust, the 1998 Newbery Medal winning verse novel, individuals craft a narrative essay based on one of the themes in Karen Hesse's novel.
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Out of the Dust: Cubing Strategy

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Imagine using a six-sided cube to encourage readers to analyze a topic in greater depth. Create a cube, label each of the six sides with one of Bloom's comprehension levels, and you're ready to launch a discussion of a text. Although...
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Fairy Tales and Tall Tales - Read-Aloud Anthology

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Enrich a unit on fairy tales and tall tales with a set of read-aloud lessons. Second graders hone writing, vocabulary, comprehension, and literary analysis skills as they read classic stories. Complete with extension projects, discussion...
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Teaching with Aesop's Fables

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Bring the applicable morals of Aesop's Fables to your classroom with a series of reading comprehension activities. With 12 different fables with activities and exercises, the packet focuses on the ways learners can apply the fables and...
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Buying a Home: Income vs. Monthly Payments

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Purchasing a house takes more plan than elementary schoolers realize. Each buyer will look at monthly income to determine what they can afford for a mortgage and other expenses. 
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Waste and Recycling: Recycling Paper

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
We take paper for granted, while thousands of trees are being made into the paper we toss in the trash. Start a dialogue about paper reduction and recycling in class, and share the negative effects paper production has on our ecosystem....
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Income and Careers: Career Exploration

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Elementary schoolers take part in a virtual career day and are exposed to various career opportunities in the finance, education, and medical fields. By accessing a video you can download from the PwC Financial website, learners "shadow"...
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Peer Critique: Historical Accuracy of Ideas and Vocabulary

For Teachers 4th Standards
Promotes collaboration in the classroom with a historical fiction instructional activity. Fourth graders partner up and read the other's narrative, in order to give feedback on vocabulary choice and accuracy of historical information....
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Magical Musical Tour: Using Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Language arts learners don't need a lecture about poetry; they listen to poetry every day on the radio! Apply skills from literary analysis to famous songs and beautiful lyrics with a lesson about literary devices. As class...
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Literature Circles: Getting Started

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Make reading more enjoyable and interactive with literature circles! Here you'll find detailed lessons to begin the literature circle process. Ten lessons introduce each role learners take on. Literature circle roles include...
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Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of...
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Haileybury Habits of Mind Learning Resource Book

For Teachers K - 12th
Imagine a learning community committed to using Costa and Kallick's Habits of Mind as the basis of curriculum design. The resource book is packed with lessons that are designed for and identify the standards and habits of mind targeted...
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$1 Math

For Teachers 2nd - 7th Standards
Captivate your class by having them find the value of their names, different zoo animals, musical instruments, etc.,with a mental math lesson. Using the coding formula listed, children learn to fluently estimate and calculate simple sums.