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Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students cite connections among Franklin's Albany Plan of 1754, his Plan of Confederation of 1775 and the U.S. Constitution and/or the Declaration of Independence. In an essay, they give examples of the philosophical and political...
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Giant Smelly Plant Attracts Thousands

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Read and discuss a news article about a rare corpse plant that bloomed in Washington D.C. Because this native Indonesian plant blooms so rarely, people flock to see it. After reading the article, your class answers comprehension...
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Consonance and Dissonance Activities

For Teachers K - 12th
Hone those musical ears to identify consonance and dissonance in music being played live or on a recording. Learners will work through four activities where they will listen to consonant and dissonant notes being played first by the...
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Comparing Pulse Rates

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Upper graders and middle schoolers collect, organize, and draw conclusions about pulse rate data. Students take and record a resting, exercising and recovery pulse rate, then display the resulting data. Pupils complete a stem and leaf...
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Major Regional Dialects

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
What does your dialect sound like? Examine variation in English as it relates to geographic regions with your class. They recognize some of the major differences between regional dialects and determine that everyone speaks a dialect....
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Facing the Ghosts of Our Past

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A reading of a New York Times review of the movie Beloved launches research into how the Civil War affected the lives of people living during this period. Creative thinkers select a person from an included list of historical figures and...
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From Genes to Jeans

For Teachers 7th - 9th
This unit of lessons is designed for 7th through 9th graders. They are introduced to the world of agriculture and the genetic research and various technologies that are associated with agriculture. Pupils work together to come up with a...
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Changing Planet: Permafrost Gas Leak

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pair earth scientists up to use an amazing online arctic portal mapping tool and Google Earth to analyze permafrost changes. They compare changes to data on atmospheric concentrations of methane to see if there is a correlation. Then...
3 In 3 Collections
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Agriculture: It Doesn't Just Happen

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
After reading an informational text on the Agricultural Research Service, learners research the role of the ARS in Oklahoma. Using reputable online sources, they label a map of the state with relevant areas. Researchers focus on one of...
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Sports Safety Role Play

For Teachers K - 8th
Young scholars role-play sports situations and determine the actions needed to stay safe from injuries. They define the term sports safety, develop short skits about situations involving sports safety, and work together in cooperative...
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Equipment Ad

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Learners create a one-minute advertisement for a piece of sports safety equipment. They define the terms ad, advertisement, and commercial and demonstrate creative-thinking and creative-writing skills.
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An Autograph Book from Yesteryear

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore a school autograph book from the 1880s and create a contemporary version of it. They imitate the style of the autograph book entries as they write thoughtful text and rhymes.
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Design a Coin

For Teachers K - 12th
Students research a state and then design a quarter for it. They use dough or foil to create the coin! students explore state quarters that have already been issued by the U.S. Mint. Their quarter is for a state that hasn't had one...
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President for a Day

For Teachers K - 8th
Learners imagine they are president of the United States for one day! students study general information about the duties of the president of the United States. They create a schedule for one day as president.
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Grand Canyon Suite

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Take a trip to the Grand Canyon! Lesson one explores how Ferde Grofe painted a musical landscape of America when he wrote the Grand Canyon Suite. Learners then examine art that shows the Grand Canyon in lesson two. Finally, lesson three...
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It's Getting Hot in Here

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Discover the environmental and economic impact of global warming. After reading an article, emerging environmentalists identify how different countries are responding to the Kyoto Protocol. They research emission laws and write a news...
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da Vinci: Body Proportion Theories

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers investigate the validity of da Vinci's proportion theory by recording human measurements on scatter plots. In groups of three, they record each other's height and wingspan to create a Powerpoint presentation, chart, or...
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Poetry Shopping Spree

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars demonstrate the ability to evaluate authors' use of literary elements such as metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, and onomatopoeia. They are provided with a checklist and must shop for poems that contain the poetry terms...
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Volume of a Sphere

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners experiment to understand the volume of a sphere. In this volume lesson, pupils create spheres, fill them, and then find the volume of their spheres. Everyone calculates the inside of planets.
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How Big Can a Bee Be?

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Mathematicians analyze the relationships between surface area and volume. They conduct Internet research, conduct various experiments, record the data in a spreadsheet, and graph the results and compare the rate of increase of surface...
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Mapping Your Identity: A Back-To-School Ice Breaker

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Identify the unique personal attributes of your class members. Begin by viewing the Visual Thesaurus and discussing displayed attributes associated with famous American leaders. Using these identity maps as models, pupils generate nouns...
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Go for the Gold!

For Teachers 5th - 12th
The options are vast with this Ancient Greece and Olympics research project! Using Scholastic online resources, historians have interactive and educational supports to guide them through researching and writing about the 2004 Olympics in...
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Arkansas Animals: A Story of Change

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The animal population of Arkansas has changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years due to climate change, and human interaction/interruption of animal environments. Upper graders and middle schoolers do a study of how animals...
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Telling Tides

For Teachers 6th - 12th
An excellent lesson tidal patterns is here for your middle and high schoolers. In it, learners read a tide chart, determine the high and low tides for a particular place, and learn how to correct for differences in tidal times and...