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Celebrate Freedom Week: The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Find your next great activity for studying the Declaration of Independence and the concept of unalienable rights. It includes background information on the writing of this momentous document, as well vocabulary, worksheets and graphic...
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Mesopotamia

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Here is resource that offers a great, organized approach to your unit on Mesopotamia and early civilizations! As learners study the topics in the unit, such as the Fertile Crescent, ancient Sumeria, the Assyrian and Persian Empires, and...
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The Geography Toolkit

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
If you're preparing to teach geography to your young learners, you'll definitely want to keep this resource handy. The toolkit contains 165 pages of a wide range of handouts and informational text to support incorporate geographic...
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Australian Geography Unit

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
At the heart of this resource is a beautifully detailed PowerPoint presentation (provided in PDF form) on the overall physical geography of Australia, basic facts about the country, Aboriginal history, and Australia culture and lifestyle.
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More Than Rhyme: Poetry Fundamentals

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
One of the many challenges in creating a poetry unit is selecting illustrative poems and designing activities to accompany each lesson. Here's a carefully crafted resource that can be used as a poetry unit or the individual lessons can...
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Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Do you know why woodpeckers have red heads? Why the possum has no hair on its tail? Why a cat has nine lives? Find out by downloading this resource that uses Zora Neale Hurston's collection Mules and Men as the basis of a study of...
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Maniac Magee: A 5th Grade Literature Guide

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
There's no need to run around trying to plan a unit for the book Maniac Magee, the work has already been done for you. Through a series of whole class, small group, and independent lessons and activities, students practice synthesizing...
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Main Idea and Summarizing

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
The ability to identify the main idea of a text and summarize a text will help your learners get far when reading. This resource covers both main idea and summarizing in detail with six short lessons about main idea and five quick...
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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Build a unit around The Outsiders, and use these materials to help! Included here is a group of prereading activities to choose from and a list of tasks. Different than specific lesson plans for The Outsiders, these tasks are made up of...
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Mayan Mathematics and Architecture

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Take young scholars on a trip through history with this unit on the mathematics and architecture of the Mayan civilization. Starting with a introduction to their base twenty number system and the symbols they used, this eight-lesson unit...
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Sophocles' Oedipus the King

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce your class to the Greek tragedy with a study of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. Learners examine the features of a Greek tragedy, Sophocles’ achievements and contributions, and the universal themes that make the drama an enduring...
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A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Bully, bullied, or bystander? Paul Langan's The Bully is the anchor text in a unit that examines bullying and violence. After a close reading of the text, readers imagine themselves as the characters and consider how they would react in...
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Exploring Thematic Motifs in The House on Mango Street

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Explore identity and community through an expository essay based on The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This two-week unit on writing an essay provides a brief description of each day and all of the worksheets and materials you...
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Exploring Self-Esteem 1: What Is Self-Esteem?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Adolescents explore self-esteem and the various factors that influence a person's sense of self in this four-part lesson series. Through a combination of whole class instruction, small group discussions, and independent work, students...
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Setting the Stage with Geometry

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young mathematicians rock out with The Geometrics and their stage crew as they learn about the properties of two- and three-dimensional shapes. By the end of this three-lesson series, students will have no problem caluculating the...
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The Origins of Civilization and Agriculture: Integrating the Study of Food

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
What role has food played in the rise and changing nature of civilizations? Here you'll find a fantastic set of lessons and materials on such topics as where food is grown in the United States, the food of ancient peoples,...
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Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How do barns serve as a window to a community's past? Here are a series of lessons on the symbolism and historical context of barns throughout American history. Topics include community-building, in-depth primary and secondary source...
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Manifest Destiny and the War with Mexico

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the causes and effects of the Mexican-American War with this fantastic resource, a two-week unit of eight lessons on such topics as Manifest Destiny, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and the annexation of Texas. The unit...
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The History of Hindu India

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
What obstacles did India face during their post-colonial formation after gaining independence? Topics discussed in the lesson include Pakistan's conflict over Kashmir, the Indian Constitution, economic development, and the influence of...
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Personal Morals vs. Political Moves

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Was Thomas Jefferson a hypocrite? That is the question facing class members as they examine excerpts from documents that relate to Jefferson's beliefs about slaves and slavery.
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Myth Lesson Plans

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What is the difference between myths, legends, and folktales? From greek mythology and creation myths to heroes and heroines, here is a nice series of lessons for providing your kids with solid foundational knowledge about myths.
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Lesson 3: Hemispheres, Continents, and Oceans: The Big Picture!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Using Styrofoam balls and mini pumpkins, your learners will have the opportunity for a real hands-on experience in understanding the earth's hemispheres and major points, such as the equator, prime meridian, and International Date Line....
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The Writer’s Toolbox: What You Need to Master the Craft

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
All the tools (and directions) you’ll need  to build an essay are included in a resource designed for learners and educators. The packet can be given to class members or divided into sections and used as part of a series of lesson on the...
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Rites of Passage

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Prom, Quinceanera, Rumspringa. After reading a series of texts on various cultural traditions that mark the transition into adulthood, class members debate the question, “In the 21st century, should certain rites of passage continue to...