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Benjamin Franklin: Writer, Inventor, and Founding Father

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Imagine being a writer, inventor, businessman, and the founding father of an entire nation! Pupils analyze the life and activities of Benjamin Franklin. Primary documents, videos, and paintings open up the world of Franklin to young...
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Building Boxes

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Build foundational knowledge of volume by building boxes. Given dimensions for a piece of grid paper, young mathematicians determine the number of possible open-top boxes it will make. As part of this task, they also find the box with...
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Student Symposium and Resulting Action

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your class may not be able to vote yet, but that doesn't mean they can't feel like they're part of the presidential election! The resource creates a symposium where pupils debate about a selected topic in current events during an...
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Anticipation Guide

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Is it okay to be mean to people if you don't get caught? Such questions drive the anticipation guide for The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The activity, designed to be completed before reading, has learners answer...
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Zach’s Lie: The K-W-H-L Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The attached resource is no lie! The K-W-H-L activity, which is fourth in a series of seven, serves as a pre- and post-assessment. First, pupils brainstorm what they know about a specific topic, then they list what they want to know, how...
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The Westing Game: Anticipation Guide

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Are all criminals bad people? Pupils answer this and other compelling questions in an anticipation guide for The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Designed for learners to complete before reading the text, the...
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Civil War: Before the War

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Free the slaves! Scholars research primary documents and videos while working together to create abolitionist posters. They examine the John Brown raid as a template to creating their own demonstration. 
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NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Don't be fooled by cyber scams! An informative lesson plan teaches techies about cybersecurity. They watch videos, play a game, and engage in discussion to improve their understanding of online safety.
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NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Game

For Students 6th - 12th
It's important to protect yourself online. An online game has pupils imagine themselves as cybersecurity specialists at a social networking company. They learn about ways to protect data online through a series of challenges.
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Understanding Wave Motion - Slinky vs. Snaky: Which Spring is Dominant?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Ride the wave to an understanding of refraction! The first in a series of two inquiry-based lessons challenges learners to create transverse waves with two different types of springs. As their wave hits an object, they observe the change...
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The Micro and Macro World Around Us

For Teachers K - 12th
Don't let your eyes play tricks on you ... use scale to keep your eyes in check! Young scholars observe images without scale and try to identify the structure. Then, they look at the same image with a scale bar and assess whether their...
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What’s In Your Neighborhood?

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Chart your way to an understanding of nanoscale. Using a Google map, learners estimate a radius around their location of 1,000 and 1,000,000 meters. Predicting what 1,000,000,000 meters would look like takes them off the charts!...
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Shrink Me!

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
The incredibly shrinking meter—decimeters to centimeters, to millimeters, and now to nanometers! Learners may have a difficult time visualizing particles on a nanoscale. Help them see a little clearer using a well-designed lesson that...
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Mixtures and Nanotechnology

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What does size have to do with it? Learners analyze different mixtures, both homogeneous and heterogeneous, to discover the properties related to the size of their particles. The activity connects these properties to those of...
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How Dry am I? Exploring Biomimicry and Nanotechnology

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Help your classes feel like they can walk on water! An engaging inquiry-based lesson has young scholars experiment with different surface coatings. They make observations about their properties and how they relate to the surface tension...
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Have Some Pizza: Introduction to Systems of Linear Equations

For Teachers 8th Standards
Frugal shoppers, linear systems are your friends! Armed with information about the rates different pizza places charge for their pizzas and deliveries, learners write equations to represent each restaurant. After analyzing the graphs,...