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Lord of the Flies: Novel Study

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
As anyone who has seen Cast Away with Tom Hanks knows, being stranded on a deserted island isn't all it's cracked up to be. A study guide for Lord of the Flies has readers imagine what life would be like if they were stranded on a...
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A Long Way From Chicago: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Life in a small town doesn't have to be dull. Using a study guide for the novel A Long Way From Chicago, readers analyze the characters and setting found in a small town in Illinois. Along with reading comprehension questions, the...
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A Long Walk To Water: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
South Sudan regularly appears in the news for negative reasons, but it has some positive qualities, too. As part of a novel study on the book A Long Walk to Water, readers conduct research to learn more about the African country....
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Little Women (Volume 1): Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Few siblings have a bond as strong as the one shared by the March sisters. A novel study introduces readers to the sisters from Little Women. In addition to analyzing the different protagonists, they look closely at the time period in...
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A Handful of Time

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A summer in the Canadian wilderness provides plenty of opportunity for adventure. A helpful novel study looks closely at the character Patricia Potter from A Handful of Time, who has been sent to Alberta, Canada for the summer. Readers...
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Christmas: #SadTree

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Christmas trees can be as large and elaborate as the tree in Rockefeller Center, or as small and understated as Charlie Brown's tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas. But where did the tradition of Christmas trees come from? An engaging...
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Trials and Tribulations: Charlie Brown

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Some days, it feels like we're always going to miss the football. Explore the concept of trials and tribulations with a series of clips from Peanuts cartoons that show Charlie Brown dealing with difficult situations. Learners compare his...
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Social Media: Time Lapse

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Time flies when you're having fun with computer science. The last of eight installments in a social media unit challenges pupils to create stories involving time lapse. They consider what they learned throughout the series and apply...
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Social Media: Viral Video

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Promote your message with a viral video. Learners create a video animation describing a topic that interests them. They use the block-based coding language to achieve this goal. Online tutorials show participants how to program their...
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Social Media: Best Quiz Ever

For Teachers 5th - 9th
We're off to see the wizard—the computer science wizard, that is. Scholars create a personality quiz using the Scratch coding program. By answering the questions, they see which character from The Wizard of Oz they most closely resemble.
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Social Media: Pictogram

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Picture your class working on a computer science project. An eye-catching lesson challenges learners to develop a program similar to that of a photo filter. It requires techies to use color, ghost, pixelate, mosaic, and fisheye...
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Social Media: Depict and Deduce

For Teachers 5th - 9th
What do you see? Scholars learn about conditionals and variables in computer coding, and then use their newfound knowledge to create a depict-and-deduce game. As one player draws an object freehand, the second player tries to guess the...
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Social Media: Explore

For Teachers 5th - 9th
There's a lot of social media out there, but we'll make our own. The first of eight lessons in a computer science unit introduces social media in the 21st century. Pupils begin working on a computer programming project about social...
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Homeless Bird: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Many people face the struggle between tradition and desire to forget their own paths. A study guide for the novel Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan discusses the issue of adhering to tradition from the perspective of a protagonist who faces...
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The Berlin Blockade

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
The Berlin Blockade may not take up as much space in the history books as other events of the Cold War, but for the citizens of west Berlin in 1948—and the events to follow between the Soviet Union and the United Stattes—those 318 days...
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My Life. My Plan: Women

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Nationwide, over 40 percent of pregnancies are unintended. A lesson designed for women of childbearing age asks them to consider their goals and provides information about reproductive health. Learners view a PowerPoint presentation and...
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Personal Development And Career Planning Curriculum Grade 9/10

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between a proactive person and a reactive person? Scholars explore the topic, and many others, with helpful lessons, discussions, role play activities, and games. Each activity supports one of the key principles...
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Adventure on the High Seas

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Ahoy there! A fun computer science instructional activity challenges pupils to write a program that creates an ocean wave. They then develop stories to accompany their projects. All of this takes place within the Scratch coding program.
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Animate a Name

For Teachers 5th - 9th
What's in a name? Pupils use the Scratch code blocks to animate letters in a name. They learn about events, sequencing, and loops in computer science by taking part in the project.
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Game Design: Cave Surfing Game

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Don't cave in to the difficulties of computer science. Young tech lovers design a game on cave surfing using the Scratch coding language as part of the eighth and final installment in the Google CS Game Design unit. The game must have a...
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Game Design: Quest Game

For Teachers 5th - 9th
O gallant computer scientist, take on this quest. An interesting activity challenges techies to program a role-playing game using code blocks. They also write stories to accompany the quest. 
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Game Design: Launcher Game

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Launch yourself into computer science and game design. Scholars apply their knowledge of block-based programming to create a computer game in the sixth installment of an eight-part Google CS Game Design series. Players must launch...
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Game Design: Escape Game

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Avoid those sprites! Scholars design a game in which players try to escape from a group of sprites. They learn about the use of variables and randomness in computer science.
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Game Design: Platform Game

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Jump at the chance to create a game. A fun computer science lesson challenges pupils to design a game using the Scratch programming language. The fourth of eight parts in the Google CS Game Design unit, the game requires players to get a...