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Comic Strip Stories

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars use their knowledge of plot and sequencing of events to compose a narrative story using a comic strip. To begin, learners look at and listen to a comic strip then write a summary. The class brainstorms ideas for a comic strip...
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Tell a Fairy Tale with Dance

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
A read-aloud of a familiar fairy tale introduces the concept of story elements—main characters, setting, and plot. Multiple retellings of the story set to music get scholars moving as they dance. Movements portray story elements and tell...
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College Admissions, Part 1: Pre-Campus Visit

For Teachers 10th Standards
Scholars assume the role of admissions officers to better understand the college admissions process. They evaluate five fictional college applications and work together to determine which ones meet acceptance requirements. 
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Dust Bowl Chat

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
From desolate images of the Dust Bowl to the text of FDR's Fireside Chats, scholars consider the effects of the environmental disaster during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Further activities, such as jigsaw discussions, allow...
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Know/Want To Know

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What I know. What I want to know. What you need to know. These are the questions that form the basis for a displayed thinking activity that encourages future leaders to "set out with intention and purpose."
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Why Map a Map?

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
After brainstorming reasons why Native Americans mapped their lands, your young critical thinkers will work together to review their ideas and determine the definition of a map. With today's extensive use of mapping technology and GPS...
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Basics of Probability

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Give your students a fighting chance at understanding probability. Offering numerous examples that clearly demonstrate basic probability concepts, this resource helps young mathematicians learn how to visualize the different outcomes of...
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Ground Zero

For Teachers 6th
Don't harbor any negative feelings toward negative numbers. Scholars learn about different classifications of rational numbers, including negative integers. They also develop definitions of the opposite and the absolute value of a...
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Conflicts in North Carolina Colonial History: Culpeper's Rebellion

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
What was Culpeper’s Rebellion? When did it occur? Who was involved? Why did these people rebel? Individuals examine primary and secondary source documents to answer these and other questions about the history of the Carolinas. Consider...
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Acquisition Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Designed by a teacher candidate, this packet focuses on how the traits of a character and a character's motivations are revealed.
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Students as “Grammarians”: Discovering Grammatical Rules Lesson on the Causative “Have”

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Groups examine a series of examples, identify the common elements, and work together to discover "the causative" grammar rule represented.
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Avoid Mushy Writing: Be Specific

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Replacing, bland, inexact generalizations with specific statement and precise information is the focus of a worksheet that models how to transform general statements into specific ones. After examining four models, learners have an...
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Canaan and Ancient Israel

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Planning for your next activity on ancient Israel, but not sure where to start? Check out this assortment of activities to help get the ball rolling. It includes a range of ideas on topics, such as Greek and Egyptian mythology,...
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The Last Lecture: Vocabulary Self-Awareness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Readers rate their understanding of vocabulary drawn from The Last Lecture, provide definitions, and examples of the words in context.
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The Real Meal Deal

For Teachers 7th
Burgers and salads and sodas, oh my! Scholars use a menu to investigate the Fundamental Counting Principle. They create tree diagrams to illustrate the number of possible choices for each given scenario.
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All A Loan—Part 2: Compound Loans

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The downside of loans: they must eventually be repaid with interest. Young mathematicians learn about compound interest in terms of home loans. They calculate the total amount borrowers must repay after several years of compound interest.

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