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Founding Documents

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Teach the class about the predecessor to Declaration of Independence—the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Using the foundational documents, scholars examine the two writings to consider how they are similar and how they are different. A...
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Connecting with Ruby Bridges

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
When Ruby Bridges entered an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960, she also entered history. Scholars consider what the experience must have been like for the young girl using two books that document her experience as well as a double...
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Impact of the California Missions on Native Americans

For Teachers 4th Standards
While the Spanish claimed to bring civilization to California indigenous peoples, in reality, they also brought violence and forced assimilation to European values. Primary sources, such as the reports of Catholic priests and Europeans...
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Perfect Postcards: California

For Teachers 4th Standards
It's time to hear about some adventures in travel! The Transcontinental Railroad changed life and travel in the United States during the 1800s. Practicing online research skills, pupils discover the features they would like to visit on...
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All Summer in a Day

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Deep in December it can be hard to remember that it was ever warm enough to go swimming. Imagine what it would be like to only have a sunny day once every seven years! Ray Bradbury's gripping short story, "All Summer in a Day" tells the...
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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A reading of Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes provides upper elementary students an opportunity to contribute to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan. After reading the story, class members learn about...
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Symbols of Democracy

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Middle schoolers investigate the two major US political parties, their symbols, their history, and their leaders. The project begins with group readings of several articles, progresses to researching a particular party or important...
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I Know Place Value!

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Mathematicians boost math skills with a lesson all about place value. A question game challenges learners to guess a three-digit number using oral clues. Collaboratively, peers roll a die to make numbers then write them in a graphic...
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Flat Stanley–Flat ME!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
After reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, scholars test their comprehension by answering questions about the story's beginning, middle, and end. Participants craft a flat replica of themselves then compose a story where they are mailed...
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Me on the Map

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Following a discussion about maps, scholars enjoy a read-aloud of the story, Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. The tale sets the stage for participants to draft a map of their home and bedroom with proper detail and labels. Peers share...
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Photosynthesis Cycle

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Super scientists explore the cycle of photosynthesis starting with a discussion about living things. After viewing an engaging video, class members create an anchor chart that showcases important vocabulary terms. Small groups complete a...
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Characterization and Enemy Pie

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
With the help of a presentation, multiple readings, and the completion of a graphic organizer, scholars examine character traits to better understand the story, Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. After gathering evidence with a focus on one...
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Read with Me

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
A lesson boosts reading comprehension with strategies that focus on using text features to make predictions, inferences, share details, and decipher unknown vocabulary words. Pairs read a story together then discuss their most memorable...
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Simon Says Verbs

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
An engaging game of Simon Says challenges grammarians to identify verbs and nouns. After several rounds of the practice, small groups rotate through three rotations that include sentence writing, drawing verbs, and a crossword puzzle...
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Being Grateful

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Gratitude is the focus of a lesson that sparks self-reflection and boosts writing skills. Scholars take part in a whole-class discussion sharing how they feel when they've been appreciated then list things they are grateful for. Peers...
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Adverb Stations

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
Grammarians focus their attention on adverbs in their reading and writing. A worksheet introduces the concept and guides the class through several exercises. Small groups rotate through four learning centers equipped with practice pages,...
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Terrific Triangles

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Scholars show what they know about types of triangles with a hands-on activity that challenges them to build models using toothpicks. Following a whole-class discussion and brief presentation, small groups gather to form shapes and...
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What Makes Good Character?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Encourage positive character traits with a lesson plan that focuses on responsibility, fairness, caring, trustworthiness, citizenship, and respect. Following a discussion about each trait, scholars work collaboratively to create an...
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Listen, Remember, and Review

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A instructional activity encourages positive peer interaction and enhances summarizing skills. As a class, scholars discuss the importance of listening alongside ways to better pay attention and remember information while tips and tricks...
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Who Was Rosa Parks?

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
A whole-class discussion about segregation leads scholars' into the topic of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. Small groups work collaboratively to respond to an informational text. A themed-word search is completed independently. 
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Ambitious Women Artists at Work

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Ambition is the keyword of a lesson that focuses on the contributions made by famous female artists. Specifically looking at European artists, Luisa Roldan and Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, scholars examine a piece of their work then...
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More Than One

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
A class discussion leads the way to a creative activity that showcases young grammarians' knowledge of singular and plural nouns. After randomly choosing a singular noun, scholars illustrate it alongside its plural form. 
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Complementary Colors

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Andy Warhol's artistic creations set the stage for a discussion and activity about complementary colors. Working in pairs, scholars make a color wheel that showcases primary and secondary colors. Peers take part in a gallery walk and...
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Writing a Classroom Story

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Remember a special event with a book written by the class. As a whole, scholars discuss a field trip, visitor, or assembly recounting events that stand out in their memory. While you record learners' input, participants practice their...