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Getting Oriented: A Move to Alternative Fuels

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The challenge surrounding a transition to alternative fuels may fall on the next generation of scientists, innovators, and creative thinkers. Get them started on their journey with a research and discussion activity focuses on the...
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When Art Conveys Political and Social Conflict

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders consider art as a medium to convey information and opinions on social conflict and issues. They analyze images from the Crocker Art Museum, discuss their effectiveness in raising awareness of an issue, and create a...
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Lesson: Lauren Kelley: Icon Identity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Barbie gets a makeover, but not the type you may be thinking of. Critical thinkers explore social norms, storytelling, sexual and racial identity through art. They view the short animated film, Big Gurl, discuss how Barbie was altered...
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When Art Conveys a Political Message

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders learn art is an effective way to convey a political message. They learn how political messages are created to convey a message. They analyze a piece of artwork and then write a short paragraph from the point of view of...
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To Go Solar or Not to Go Solar!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers imagine that they are on a panel to consider if a solar energy system would be advantageous to a new school as it is being built. They read the included handout and then each play a role as a participant in a community...
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Powerpoint Presentation (Part 2 of 3)

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Fractured Fairy Tales get a technology twist when a PowerPoint presentation is used to highlight changed elements of a classic storiy. A class discussion about setting, characters, and story action provide a basis for learners to...
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Stakeholder Debate: Wind Energy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Decide whether or not wind energy is the best resource for a town in a role-playing debate. Different groups take up the position of stakeholders on both sides of the argument. You will appreciate the materials and support provided in...
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Romeo and Juliet-Different Time and Place

For Teachers 9th
Encourage your class to make Romeo and Juliet their own. Groups of three to four people choose an alternative setting and create a soundtrack and costumes before acting out one scene. Not many directions or explanations are given, but...
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Responding to Literature: James and the Giant Peach

For Teachers 5th
Fifth grade reader/writers create an alternate ending to an episode in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach in which our protagonist "loses" the chance to magically solve all his problems. Prompts students not only to write creatively...
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Draw Like an Egyptian

For Teachers K - 12th
Students craft their own Egyptian art. In this ancient Egyptian art lesson, students explore Egyptian art and create their own work following the 4 guidelines presented in the lesson.
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Youth Obesity: Schools Fight Back

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore nutrition and healthy eating habits with a study on youth obesity. Learners watch a PBS documentary on the obesity epidemic which discusses government programs aimed at healthier choices, as well as more localized efforts. Kids...
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Making Evidence-Based Claims: Woman's Rights

For Teachers 8th Standards
American women have been working toward equal rights since the ink dried on the Declaration of Independence. Focused on the words and actions of Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chisholm, and Venus Williams, a language arts lesson takes eighth...
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Holiday Paper Projects for Kids

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
No matter what time of year it is, there's a holiday craft to make! Kindergartners construct several holiday craft projects in a series of holiday art lesson. They complete several paper projects such as 4th of July flags, Thanksgiving...
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Romeo and Juliet

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
"Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" The classic play by Shakespeare goes digital through a version that contains audio and PDF versions of the text. Additionally, each act and scene displays the Flesch-Kincaid readability level...
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Interpreting Rock Art of the Anasazi

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore ancient Anasazi people through samples of rock art preserved in public lands of the Four Corners region. The national parks, which protect this land from vandalism and neglect, serve as a showcase for this Native...
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The Holocaust: The Art of Memory

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Never Forget. As part of a study of the Holocaust, class members watch a PowerPoint about Terezin and then read selections from I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, and then craft...
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Shoes and the Backyard Landscape

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Your shoes get a lot of mileage in familiar places. Represent the places you have traveled the most with an art project based on a print of Indian People Wear Shoes and Socks by Juane Quick-to-See Smith. Kids trace their shoes and draw...
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Seven Poems, Seven Paintings: A Teacher's Guide to Selected Holocaust Poetry

For Teachers 12th Standards
Seven poems paired with seven original works of art provide learners an opportunity to draw connections between literary and artistic interpretations. Designed to augment a study of the Holocaust, each pair is accompanied by discussion...
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As You Like It: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What do you get when you combine unrequited love with disguised characters in an enchanted forest? Shakespeare's hilarious As You Like It! Pupils consider multiple perspectives through creative writing. Learners also write love letters...
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Weather Posters

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Weather posters are great for decorating a room, spicing up the calendar area, or creating bulletin board displays. Here are nine printable posters that each fit on a single sheet of paper. They show an image of a type of weather, a...
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Birds of a Feather, An Interdisciplinary Unit: Language Arts Wing

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
If a blue jay could talk, what would it say? Find out by reading Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-jay Yarn" with your class. Make sure to discuss dialect beforehand and adopt the accent while you read. Compare and contrast American English...
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VH1 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll Lesson 5

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze female artists who work in the genres of rock and roll, and alternative rock music. They complete an information sheet on biographical information.
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Designing the Common School: The First Educational Reform

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers perform preliminary research to explore education before public (common) education was in place. They design a public educational system of their own. Students construct a report outlining challenges and solutions for...
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The Great Art of Henri Matisse

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Young scholars discover the artistic works of Henri Matisse, and examine what his work means. In this art lesson, students observe the different paintings/collages of Henri Matisse, eventually creating works of their own based on his style.
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Weaving Traditions - Activity 1

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students practice the techniques of weaving and braiding in this introductory lesson on family traditions and visual art. The lesson includes a video and other resource links.
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Papier-mache Bowl

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Bowls are useful and can be quite beautiful. The steps needed to create bowls out of papier-mache are outlined in this step-by-step art lesson. Tip: Discuss the origin of papier-mache, various cultures that have used it, and how it has...
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Fairy Tales: Another Point of View

For Teachers 3rd
In the second of a two-part lesson, young learners act out the story of The Three Little Pigs. After reading an alternate version, class members use a Venn diagram to discuss how the wolf's feelings differ from those of the pigs. In the...
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Creating a Psychology News Wiki

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
If you're searching for a way to keep your class informed of current psychology news, this ongoing assignment is both educational and engaging. Class members locate and read a psychology article of interest, write a psychological...
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Overcoming Censorship Through Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create an art piece that expresses their opinions while circumventing hypothetical government restrictions in this lesson on art and government censorship. Emphasis is placed upon historical instances of censorship around the...
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Language Arts: Gathering the Appropriate Information

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are able to use the library and/or computer lab to research reliable information sources supporting arguments being put forward in the position paper. They are able to find examples of mission statements from various...
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In Flanders Fields

For Teachers 7th - 10th
War is one of the most profound human experiences in history, and is often best depicted in works of art and literature. Introduce class members to the poetry of World War I with this resource that uses John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields"...
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Film Making:Visual Storytelling - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students study and discuss a short film by Chel White in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. There are some scenes in the video towards the end that may be objectionable.
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Similarity through Transformations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Create the ultimate miniature golf course. The 93-page model curriculum unit from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education contains nine lessons on understanding similarity in terms of both Euclidean geometry...
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Civil War: Face Jug

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine African American art. In this African American history lesson, students research face jugs created by African American freedmen after they watch a video about the artifact and its significance. Students then create...
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Safeguarding the Bill of Rights

For Teachers 8th
The Bill of Rights is not just a standard page in a social studies textbook. It protects the rights that every American enjoys every day, whether it's free speech, freedom of the press, or the right to a timely trial. An educational...
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Reading Stories in Art

For Teachers K - 12th
Students study how artists tell stories using visual images by identifying and comparing elements of narrative (setting, characters, and plot) in a painting and a Greek vase.
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Lesson 1: Theatre Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create and perform based on cuttings from various plays and literature to demonstrate the learning of the process of improvisation. Students connect improvisation with theatre and real life. Students participate in a class...
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Passionate Pursuits

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Not all technology is digital. Teach learners about the low-tech maker movement with a photo essay about six artisans from California and two articles about the local creator movement. After tackling the photo essay in small groups,...
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Creating AB Patterns

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students work with patterns. For this pattern lesson, students find AB patterns in nature and the manmade world. They create their own AB pattern using math manipulatives and visual arts. 
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Art Personified Activity 1: Exploring Descriptive Compositions, Personification

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students view a piece of artwork and write a descriptive essay. In this composition lesson, students enter the phrase "A picture is worth 1,000 words" into their graphing calculator using the NoteFolio program. As a class, students write...
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Prop Box

For Teachers 4th - 12th
What other uses can you brainstorm for a key? What about a pair of sunglasses? Bring a bag of props into your classroom and have learners create different uses for a selection of objects. Then, after everyone has shared, translate the...
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Individuals as Instruments of Change

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members...
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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Where to begin? With the vocational education that provides the skills necessary to gain economic security or with a Liberal Arts education? As part of a study of leaders of the civil rights movement, class members compare and contrast...
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Ancient Tales and Legends

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Investigate motivational problems using educational software as your students determine details and main ideas of the reading. the class practices sequencing activities and read scary and monster stories, then complete associated...
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Glo Goes Shopping

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Making decisions can be very difficult. Show your class one way to evaluate choices with this lesson, which is inspired by the book Glo Goes Shopping. Learners practicing using a decision-making grid with the content of the story and a...
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Preparing to Read the Anchor Text

For Teachers 7th Standards
A journal reflection on the Japanese epigraph, "Fall seven times, stand up eight" from Ben Mikaelson's Touching Spirit Bear launches a study of how authors use literary devices like the epigraph and flashbacks develop their themes and to...
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Building a Community of Trust

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Barrio de Paz is the story of Nelsa Libertad Curbelo, a nun, who works with the gang youth of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The 17-minute documentary focuses on her explanations for the rise of gangs and for how gang culture reflects societal values.
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Nuclear Energy: Is Fission the Future?

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Nuclear energy powers the Mars rovers as well as provides energy in more than 30 countries around the world. While some believe nuclear energy is the future of energy production, others worry about the risk factors and radioactive waste....
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Valentine's Day Poems

For Teachers K - 6th
Roses are red, violets are blue, poems are sweet, and educational too.
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Create a Lotus Lantern for the Lotus Lantern Festival

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Koren Lotus Lantern Festival, also known as Yeondeunghoe celebrates the birth of the Buddha. It is also the topic of a wonderful art-based lesson. The class discusses the significance of the lotus in relation to the story of the...
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Stop Action and Assess Alternatives

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars stop action and determine how history may have been altered. In this historical perspectives activity, students consider how the Cherokee Removal, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Immigration Act of 1924, and the...
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The Spread of Buddhism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast famous Buddhist art as catalysts to the spread of Buddhism. They examine how the Buddhist art changes as the religion and its values spread. They generalize how ideas change and adapt as they travel around...
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Living Landscapes: Are You A Disaster?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students compare the impact of different types of disasters on the lives of the people affected by them. This assignment require students to create a model using their own art supplies for homework.
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Behind The Masks: Exploring Culture And Self Through Art and Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the history, traditions and culture of various countries. Using the internet and other sources, they explore artifacts, write poetry and create cultural masks. As a class, students compare created masks and share...
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Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils research the major events and personalities in the Mexican Revolution. They explore how these people and events influence the art being created at that time in Mexico. Students complete the instructional activity in either English...
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Health Education in the Classroom

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Making a difference in the health of your students can be done with fun classroom activities.
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Practice Exercises in IT Skills Pack 4: Presentation Graphics

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Pupils explore how to annotate and align clip art as well as create Powerpoint presentations. For this presentation graphics lesson, students expand their IT skills set by completing 4 projects employing clip art and presentation software.
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Photo/Mat Weaving

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore the art of mat weaving. In this tapestry lesson plan, students create maps with paper or photographs. Students understand age appropriate skills and technique of map weaving. Students learn the cultural aspects of map...
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We Can Work It Out

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Young scholars practice conflict resolution by considering alternatives before reacting to a conflict.
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Energy From Space: The Next Frontier

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate ideas for getting energy from space. In this space-based power lesson, students read articles about ideas for alternatives to fossil fuels. Students define and give examples of vocabulary words. Students answer...
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Golden Fibonacci and Ratios

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Pupils investigate the "golden ratio" and the Fibonacci sequence in nature, architecture, and art. The lesson plan links the Fibonacci rabbit breeding sequence as a number pattern that reveals the "golden ratio."
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Who Was Christopher Columbus?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Does Christopher Columbus deserve credit for "discovering" America? What was the impact of the Age of Exploration on native peoples? 
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The Eyes Have It

For Teachers K - 5th
Students create a bulletin board using a digital camera. In this creative arts lesson, students take photos of one another's faces and eyes. Students try to match the eyes to the face.
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A Cost-Effective Model of Teacher Development

For Teachers All
As funding for staff-development days dwindles, Professional Learning Communities offer a no-cost alternative for professional development.
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Go, Go, Stop!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore mindfulness through art. For this art interpretation lesson, students analyze the sculpture titled "Go, Go, Stop!" and participate in an appreciation activity.
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Who Has Seen the Wind? Harnessing Alternative Energy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students assess the importance of wind power in generating energy. In this earth science lesson, students analyze the factors affecting wind power in certain locations. They select a potential site for wind turbines and explain why their...
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Squirrels and Hawks

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Squirrels and hawks is a nutty version of capture the flag. Squirrels and hawks is played with three teams instead of two, and therefore has more action going on. Begin with all the nuts in the center of the play area, guarded by the...
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Find the Animal Within The Material - Activity 1

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students create three dimensional sculptures of animals using soap stone or wood and examples of sculpturing techniques. Emphasis is placed on the works of artist Chester Armstrong.
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Vietnamese Re-Education Camps: Examining History Through Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine art to view the Vietnam War. Using Quyen Truong's work, they discover that the suffering in Vietnam did not end when American troops left the region. They write a reflective paper to respond to the images in the...
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Composing a Warm-Up

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders compose a series of melodic motifs that can be used as vocal warm-ups. Using proper melodic and rhythmic notation allows students to exercise their abilities to navigate a staff and meter. This demonstrates if they are...
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The Museum as a Time Capsule: Mongolian Example

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students make defensible inferences based on observation of perceived evidence. They use observation and inference to recognize the validity of alternative approaches or solutions.
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Relating Non-related Ideas with Creative Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students write creatively using magazine pictures. In this language arts lesson, students write a short story based on the themes from the four pictures given from the magazines. Additionally, students can write a story after the...
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Battery Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Not really just a lesson plan, but a series of activities, reading handouts, and teacher's guidelines for conducting a class mini unit on the battery. Physical scientists focus on the history of the cell battery, experiment with...
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Compositional Techniques: Are There Similarities Between

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students recognize how chromatic scales create tension and pentatonic scales create relaxation as compositional techniques used to create tonality. Also, students aurally recognize the use of mixed or alternating meter as a means of...
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Breaking the Chains: Rising Out of Circumstances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Study history through photographs. In this visual arts and history instructional activity, students learn to analyze photographs to discover details about life during the Civil War era. Students write journal entries as if they are the...
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Regions of the United States

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students present a travelogue, an alternate format to preparing their writing, of a specific U.S. geographic region that includes the aspects of population, climate, landforms, economics, culture, famous people and places and natural...
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Make Me a Copy Please: A Project in Explaining and Following Directions

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students demonstrate the skills of effective listening and giving clear and descriptive directions. In groups of two they alternately describe a picture, giving directions and descriptions so their partner can duplicate the unseen picture.
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Alfonso Ball

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Joey Alphonso made up this game, which is played using a gator skin ball and a tennis racket on a basketball court. The simple rules and strategy of the game are explained. This is a high-scoring, run around activity. Everyone can...
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How To...

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create "how to" presentations using speech skills, the Inpsiration educational software, digital cameras, and iMovie (or similar presentation software) in this technology-based Language Arts lesson. The lesson includes possible...
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Book Stars

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students create a Star Book report in 30 minutes or less using exactly 15 words, computers, and the Kidspiration or Inspiration educational software. This quick Language Arts lesson is ideal for assessment of each student's reading...
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Earth and Space—Climate and Seasons

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Why does Earth have so many seasons? Learn about the importance and changes of our planet's climate with a series of learning activities, which focus on connecting seasons to past experiences, making scientific observations, and...
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Civil Rights Wax Museum Project

For Teachers 5th Standards
As a class, young historians begin a civil rights activity by taking a close look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his impact on the Civil Rights movement. Then, the bulk of the activity requires learners to conduct research on one...
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The Xmas Factor

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine the mass marketing of Christmas. In this gift giving lesson, students visit selected websites to discover the history behind gift-giving, research marketing techniques, and consider giving alternative gifts.
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Nike Transitions

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students discuss the use of transitions in film and video using prior knowledge, a Nike film, and a teacher-created iMovie as examples. The lesson ends with the creation of student iMovies using transitions.
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Birds of a Feather, an Interdisciplinary Unit: Language Arts Wing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover dialects and write a fable, modeling Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn."  In this interdisciplinary unit on birds, students discuss dialect and personification used in the tale.  Students write a fable, using...
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Ancient Egypt Artifacts: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Learning and Outreach

For Students 5th - 6th
In this Egyptian artifacts worksheet, students study photographs and information from the Birmingham Museum. There are 23 pages, each with a color photograph of an actual artifact and background information. There are no questions.
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Olympic Opening Ceremonies

For Teachers K - 6th
Plan and play three days of Olympic games at your elementary school. This set of plans is based on the Winter Olympics. Pick and choose what you might use for your location, for the available space you have, for the different grade...
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Letter from the Chateau

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students write a friendly letter based on their observations of a painting by Poussin.
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Rhythm Face Off

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create two teams. One student from each team comes to the board. One person from team A is the writer; one person from team B is the reader. This will alternate each round. After the whole class has gone, the readers become...
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Reach For The Sky

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students consider alternative designs for a tall building and choose one of their designs to build. As a final step, they design and construct a model of a skyscraper.
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Worth a Thousand Words-The Photography Essay

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students act as a public relations firm representing the school district and use photography to develop positive attitudes toward all programs. They brainstormed alternative methods to use photography and selected the photographic essay.
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Patriotism and Foreign Policy

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders create a museum of Patriotism and Foreign Policy. They participate in discussions and work in committee's to determine which objects shall be displayed in the museum. They present visual and performing arts along with...
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Mapping Your State's Culture

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore the concept of culture. They explore interesting aspects of their state's culture, including arts, recreation, folklore, and cultural diversity. They design maps showing some interesting cultural features of their state.
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What's Wrong With the Oceans? Can Photography Help?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research environmental problems facing the world's oceans and think about how the art of photography can help solve these problems, using David Doubilet's photography as an example.
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All the World's a Stage

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students analyze effective story-telling and literary techniques used by playwright George Stevens, Jr. in the play 'Thurgood.' Students illustrate how past events have shaped their own lives by drawing a Lifeline of points in their...
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Wildcat Dumping

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design and print an educative pamphlet addressing Wildcat Dumping in their community by conducting research. They conduct a survey by investigating local occurrences of Wildcat Dumping and collecting data to share with the...
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Historical Witness: Social Messaging

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students complete activities to study the propaganda elements from various war times. For this war propaganda lesson, students compare and contrast works of art from various viewpoints about war from varying social periods. Students...
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Documenting an Elder's Journey, Activity 3 Evaluation of an Elder's Journey Speech

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students present their pre-prepared narrative to the class. In this language arts lesson, students give oral presentations of the narrative they have been working on. While listening, the rest of the class completes the rubric assessment...
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Musical Pipes - Activity 1

For Teachers K - 11th
Young scholars discover sound properties in this introduction to Musical Pipes. Additional lessons are offered as part of a unit. This activity uses class discussion to meet state standards for the Arts.
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Photo Opportunities: Captions

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students examine photographs and understand the purpose of captions. In this language arts lesson, students choose the photo that best matches their caption.
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Spooky Sounds

For Teachers K - 8th
Halloween sounds and music make everything feel spooky! Class members listen to a variety of Halloween-themed CDs, including music and sound effects, and perform movements that match the mood of the sounds. 
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Teaching TV: Enjoying Television

For Teachers 1st - 6th
What makes a TV program enjoyable? As an introduction to media analysis, kids identify their favorite programs and the elements they find engaging.
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Don't Be Fooled by a Photograph

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read and discuss a National Geographic News article about an e-mail hoax, and analyze the photo to find evidence of alteration. They discuss ways that altering a photograph could influence viewers , and how images influence us.
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Yard Sale

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students complete activities to discover spending, goods, services, price, advertising, choice, alternatives, criteria and opportunity cost.
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Describing Paintings: Calm or Stormy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Young writers use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe details in two paintings. One depicts a sunny landscape, and the other shows a cloudier view. They write a narrative inspired by the paintings, paying attention to transitional...
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Rethinking the Fabrics We Wear

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What are fibersheds and what what do they have to do with environmental protections? A photo essay and audio recordings about Mimi Luebbermann, and her sheep, cause consumers to reflect on how their clothing choices can support local...
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There's More Than One Way to Get to St. George!

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore alternative ways to do the four operations.
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Writing the Position Paper

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students write position papers on a form of alternative energy production. They use several class periods to develop and write their paper and them participate in an extensive peer review session.
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Respecting Differences

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers create and perform everyday scenes which portray peer rejection. They determine alternative positive outcomes based on respect, tolerance, and kindness.
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Expo 2000

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Design an innovation for improving the quality of life in the 21st century with art supplies, recycled scraps, and glue guns. Students will present their project to their classmates and school. Tip: This project could be expanded to...
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Playful Pinwheels

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine the advantages and disadvantages of wind energy. As a class, they follow specific instructions to make their own pinwheel. They decorate pinwheel as they choose and practice using art supplies correctly.
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Hokey-Pokey

For Teachers K
Students explore dance. They dance the Hokey-Pokey and learn alternate versions of the Hokey-Pokey. Students draw and write about places where a person might do the Hokey-Pokey and other types of dances.
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Cultural Exchange (Alaska)

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore the culture of Alaska. They identify the geographic location of Tlingit Indians. Students compare/contrast the culture of the Europeans and Tlingits. Middle schoolers complete selected reading worksheets and...
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Creating an Advertisement

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss the benefits of using alternative fuels. They work together to create a one-page advertisment listing these benefits. They share their ad with the class.
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What's Standing in Your Way?

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students explore forces that hinder and help them achieve their goals. In this language arts lesson plan, students brainstorm ways in which they can address the forces that hinder and help. Students write in their journals. Students...
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Inside the Vault-Employment Growth in America: What Determines Good Jobs?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine employment growth and the economy. After a teacher lead discussion, students explore types of jobs and their correlation with education level. Job qualifications for both high-paying and low-paying careers are researched.
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Science: Spider Models

For Teachers 1st
First graders create spider models to discover its anatomy. They use construction paper and sequins to make their spiders and use pictures as examples for their models. As an alternative, 1st graders make posters of the spider's parts....
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A Guided Journey Into The Past

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars are introduced to the topic of archaeological resource conservation. Using guided imagery, they identify and judge an alternative way to gather information from artifacts without digging them up. They share their...
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Sit on It!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design and create a chair. Students look at current stool design and come up with a prototype from donated materials. Students then test their chair in various settings.
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Remembering and Appreciating a Local Hero: Ebenezer D. Bassett

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students investigate the accomplishments of Ebenezer D. Bassett. In this local hero lesson, students loo at the life of Bassett in an effort to understand that ordinary people can make great contributions to society. Students...
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Media Awareness: the Basics of Advertising

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore marketing techniques. In this media awareness lesson, students watch instructor-selected advertising and identify the marketing techniques used in each of them. Students then create advertisements for products.
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Writing an Original Fable

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discover how to write fables. In this writing skill lesson, students review the literary elements of fables and take all of the steps in the writing process to create their own fables.
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Oceans: A Sensory Haiku

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students create an ocean haiku. In this haiku lesson, students use their five senses to write a haiku. Students watch videos about the ocean, make a sensory portrait, and create a class haiku.
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Debating the Issues: Ralph Bunche and Civil Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Synthesizing information from a PBS documentary Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey, its companion website, and several other resources (links to which are provided), high schoolers evaluate whether Bunche did all he could to advance the...
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Woodblock Printing: Early Printing Traditions in China

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Young scholars examine important role of woodblock printing in Chinese history, identify message important to them, and create woodblock prints to gain first-hand understanding of how it was used as tool for communication.
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Breaking the Chains, Rising Out of Circumstances

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Discuss the history of slavery by analyzing historic photography depicting slavery. Learners write fictional stories based on these photographs. This is a creative and motivating way to launch a discussion of these topics. 
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Reviewing Literary Devices and Poetic Elements with Chain Poetry: Activity 3, Assessing Literary Devices and Poetic Elements with Chain Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars revise and make final copies of poems they wrote during the first two activities of this lesson. For this poetry lesson, students complete final copies of their poetry and share them with the class. A rubric for scoring is...
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Media Awareness: Key Concepts in Advertising

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the basic concepts of advertising.  In this media awareness instructional activity, students discuss target audience, art, and purpose in advertising to determine what makes an advertisement effective or ineffective. ...
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The Euro: Money Changes Everything

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the impact of the euro on nations of the European Union (EU). In this euro lesson, students examine exchange rates within the EU as well as outside the EU in order to better understand the implications of changing...
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Scops, Rappers and You: Historians with Style!

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the epic poem Beowulf. For this analyzing poetry lesson, student compare listen to the Will Smith song "Wild, Wild West" and read Beowulf. Students analyze the song and the poem. Students then research an influential...
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Elements of Punctuation

For Teachers 10th - 12th
How many types of punctuation can your tenth graders list? Use this lesson to review various punctuation marks, such as colons, commas, and dashes. High schoolers define each term using dictionaries and other reference materials. The...
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Innovative Celebration of Enrichment

For Teachers K - 5th
Pupils start at the beginning of the day and move and rotate individually or with friends. They go to as many or as few centers as they wish such as: PE, Art, Music, Media, and Computers. Students do not have to stay together. They...
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My How You've Changed

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore a target question as they apply computer skills to develop, publish and present information utilizing creative visual effects and elements of art such as color, line, space, shape, value. Each student acquires...
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Alien Story

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students practice correct punctuation when writing a conversation by using clip art "characters" and the Inspiration or Kidspiration educational computer software. This great language arts lesson is intended for an upper-elementary...
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A Museum as Time Capsule

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students focus on museum artwork and artifacts as resources to study history and geography.
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Japanese Abstract Wind Sock

For Teachers K - 6th
Students create Abstract Wind Socks using brown paper bags, markers, kite string, and basic art supplies in this Art lesson for the elementary classroom. Abstract concepts are emphasized and it is recommended to only use primary colors.
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Greenhouse Effect

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students identify greenhouse gases. They explain why perfluorocarbons are a bad alternative to chlorofluorcarbons. They determine both the least and most influential greenhouse gases.
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Creating Plants

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students create their own plants and write about them using digital cameras, AppleWorks, and the educational program Kid Pix. Emphasis is placed on the creative process and reflective writing.
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Must Love Animals!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research an animal and present their findings in an AppleWorks slideshow using computers, internet access, and Inspiration educational software. This lesson plan is intended for a middle-level Language Arts or Science classroom.
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Newspaper for Inner City School

For Teachers K - 12th
Students use their writing skills and digital cameras to produce a newspaper. They write about school events, class projects, items of interest, culturally-related issues, and interview students. Students edit digital images and insert...
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Scholar/Literati Scroll Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Finish off a unit on Medieval China with a creative scroll project. Learners must incorporate everything they have learned about the Tang or Song dynasty into a literati scroll. The requirements are clearly laid out as to what must be...
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Literature Through Silent Movies

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students watch Charlie Chaplin films and discuss film elements. They select a story written by Edgar Allen Poe to write and produce a movie of. They film scenes, edit, and create a final iMovie project.
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Endangered Animal Easter Eggs

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
I love any lesson that addresses more than one subject area. You and your class will discuss endangered animals; each child will choose one animal and then create a decorated egg to represent their animal. After the eggs are decorated,...
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Lesson 6: Relationships - Day 4: Friendships & Dating

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Class members engage in a series of activities that encourage the development of the social skills associated with dating and sustaining friendships.
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Clay Animations

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students create short animated films using clay figures, digital video cameras, and the computer program iMovie. For this lesson, students work cooperatively in small groups to maximize success.
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Elements of Fables

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the attributes of fables. In this literature lesson, students read several fables and identify the moral lesson, characterization, and figurative language in each. Students then retell their favorite fables in their own...
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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners analyze Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" War Address. Students read the original first typed draft of the speech, and compare handwritten changes with the original to determine whether the changes strengthened or weakened...
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Complex Color Wheels

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students design a color wheel which incorporates 12 colors, tints and shades of each color, black and white within a circle.
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So Few of Me

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students examine making choices when one person is presented with many options, but can only choose one activity. In this decision-making and scarcity lesson, students are introduced to the topic by reading So Few of Me as the students...
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Know your Daemons

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students take a closer look at Pullman's The Golden Compass.  In this current events lesson plan, students visit the film's interactive website and participate in a discussion about the nature of religion in the book and the film.
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Choral Speaking: The Frog on the Log

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Learners recite the poem, "The Frog on the Log" paying particular attention to precise diction, pacing, projection, inflection, volume and rhythm.
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Eliminate What?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students are introduced to the elimination method in Algebra. As a class, they solve two linear equations with two unknowns using this new method. They discuss the positive and negative aspects of using this method to solve problems. ...
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We're Spending Too Much Money

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discuss the reasons for having a budget. They create their own personal budget and explain how the bartering system can work for some items today.
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Learning about a Culture from a Story

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students interpret the identity of a traditional culture from objects and a creation story. In this lesson on learning about a culture from a story, students read and analyze an Eskimo myth about creation and an essay on Traditional...
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Historical Markers

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students read the "Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction," and pick one famous person to write about. In this creative writing worksheet, students write about this person's home. Additionally, students pretend that 100 years from now, a...
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Animals (including Insects!) of Antarctica

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Young scholars locate information on the various animals of Antarctica, including insects. They identify that there are many distinct environments that support different kinds of organisms and explain why organisms can survive...
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Regions of the United States

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students create a travelogue of a particular U.S geographic region that includes aspects of population, climate, landforms, culture, famous people, and places as well as any natural resources. They present the travelogue to the class.
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A Birthday Basket For Tia

For Teachers K
Engage in this wonderful story about a little girl who is preparing a special birthday gift for her 90 year-old Aunt Tia by reading the story A Birthday Basket for Tia. Many uses of technology are suggested to integrate math and science...
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The ABCs of World War II: An Artistic Vocabulary Lesson

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers define World War II vocabulary through the creation of a WWII ABC book. In small groups, they conduct research, and design and publish an ABC book designed for elementary-level students.
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Fairy Tales - Another Point of View

For Teachers 1st Standards
First graders compare and contrast two different versions of the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs. They utilize a Venn diagram in order to document what is alike and different in the stories. The lesson includes an extensive activities...
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Elements of a Fable

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Analyze and create a well-known, but little studied form of literature: the fable. After learning important vocabulary associated with this genre, use the well-known fable, The Hare and the Tortoise to illustrate the various parts of a...
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Britain’s Broken Promises: The Roots of the Israeli and Palestinian Conflict

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In order to understand the modern-day relationship between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, it is necessary to examine the historical roots of the conflict, beginning with British control over Palestine after World War I.
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The Hidden Network that Makes the Internet Possible

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Many use the Internet but few know how it works. Viewers learn more about the network behind the Internet with a short video that explains the fiber optics and integrated photonics that make global communication possible.
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Timeline of Historical Fiction

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students create a historical fiction timeline. They review the literature through the perspective of history (writing prompts provided). Students create a book cover illustration to appear with the book review in the appropriate spot on...
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Mystery Word Wall Game

For Teachers K - 8th
Practice using words found on the classroom word wall, in vocabulary lists, or on spelling lists with your class. Young readers use clues to find the mystery word in the room. They can tally the points earned from identifying words...
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Pizza Biography

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
A biography writing lesson with a tasty twist! Kids create a "visual biography" in which each pizza slice represents a paragraph, and toppings represent supporting details. They learn research techniques, note-taking skills, and how to...
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I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a...
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Greenhouse Gas Game

For Teachers 7th - 12th
You will need to gather a number of tokens, bags, and other various game components in order to incorporate this activity into your curriculum. Different tokens represent carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Printable 8.5"x11"...
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Checking Solutions Using Homework Web Site

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners solve multi-step equations and use an intenet web site to confirm solutions or provide solutions which pupils have to explain their mistakes.
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Acrostic Book Report

For Teachers K - 8th
Students read the story Wild Horse Winter and construct acrostic poems. In this poetry lesson, students use adjectives and events in the text to develop an acrostic poem.
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I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Analyze photographs and make inferences about the lives of the people depicted in them. Individuals will exhibit their understanding of first-person narratives when they then use this information as a basis for writing a children's story...
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A "Defining Moment" in Editorial Writing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Steps are given to help novices begin the process of writing. Brainstorming and graphic organizers are used to start everyone off. Links to rubrics and other resources are available.
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The Right Choice

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss past decisions they have made and decisions they are currently faced with. They discuss the steps of the decision-making process and practice using them to solve real life problems.
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Priorities and Goal Setting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discuss their goals and the steps needed to achieve their goals. They list the internal and external forces that may help or hinder their goals. Students prioritize the forces that hinder and/or help them to achieve their...
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Media Awareness: Helping a Product Cross the Finish Line

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students develop critical thinking skills to understand and create advertisements.  In this journalism instructional activity, students analyze the elements necessary for effective advertisements and work in cooperative groups to create...
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Ancient Mediterranean Trade Fair

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders begin the lesson by discussing how artifacts are located. In groups, they define the terms supply, demand, resources and trade and discuss how the United States is affected by International trade. They use this...
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Vocaubulary Development

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders define vocabulary and explain how you use it in your daily life. They identify synonyms for words and add additional words to sentences to increase their vocabulary development for writing.
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Poisoned Chalice

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learners explore espionage. In this current events lesson, students research various Web sites for information about the history of spy work, Anglo-Russian relations, and spy gadgets. 
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Communicating Through Pictures

For Teachers K - 2nd
Pupils examine photographs, paintings and drawings convey meaning and mood. The ability to 'read' a picture is an important literary skill. This activity gives students the opportunity to tell a story through pictures by creating a movie...
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Deep Impact's Comet on a Stick!

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students create a model of a comet. In this space science activity, students compare their model to the characteristics of a real comet. They evaluate and make necessary modifications to their original design.
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Invasive Species

For Teachers 7th Standards
Aliens aren't the only things that could invade Earth. In fact, there may be an invasive organism right in your backyard! In the activity, middle school learners explore invasive species by studying their impacts on ecosystems and...
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Muddy Water!!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Investigate water pollution. Learners start out by completing the know and want to know portions of a KWL chart on water pollution. They read a story that stimulates thinking about water pollution and view an online resource related to...
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Weaving in Ecuador

For Teachers 6th
Ecuador has a rich history of weaving and textiles in its culture. Sixth graders view images to learn more about traditional Ecuadorian weaving before working on a mini-weaving project themselves.
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The Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
Young scholars explore the Solar System. In this cross-curriculum space instructional activity, students identify the planets, name them in order according to distance from the sun, and describe major characteristics of each planet....
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Woody Biomass-Nebraska

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore energy source options. In this environmental stewardship instructional activity, students determine what woody biomass is and analyze its effectiveness as an energy source. Students research the pros and cons of using...
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You Be the Judge

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and evaluate a case considered by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. They watch a Bill Moyers video, conduct a debate, and write about the decision they would make if they were a...
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It Ain't Necessarily So

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine characterization of African Americans in literature, popular culture, and opera. In this stereotypes lessons, students conduct research that requires them to analyze the origins and content of stereotypes...
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Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the topic of African American aviation. In this African American aviation instructional activity, students examine primary and secondary sources that enable them to discover challenges faced by African American aviators,...
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ABCs of Endangered Species

For Teachers K - 8th
Students create an ABC Book of Endangered Animals that includes locator maps, "fast facts," and explanations about why those animals are endangered.
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Fairy Tales, Then and Now

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students read an old fairy tale and list geographical features and characters. They think about how the story might be updated to reflect their own modern setting and culture. They conclude by performing an updated version of the story.
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Gestures, Signals, and Sign Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Distinguishing between hand gestures, standardized hand signals, and formal sign languages is focus of this lesson. Additionally, learners will identify groups of people who routinely use hand signals, or sign languages, and discover the...
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Nibble, Nibble, Little Mouse

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students complete activities to analyze points of view in different texts. In this point of view lesson, students read Hansel and Gretel and The Magic Circle and discuss the points of view. Students choose a character from the story and...
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Over the River and Through the Woods: Traveling By Memory; Mental Maps, Geography

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students are introduced to the concept of mental maps and their development. They transfer geographic images to a sketch map providing visual reinforcement and a means of discussion and assessment.
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The Rockin' Rock Cycle: Metamorphic Rocks

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young scholars study the formation of metamorphic rock. In this metamorphic rock instructional activity, students examine how metamorphic rock forms as part of the rock cycle. They review the rock cycle using chocolate chips, conduct...
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Walking Through the Alphabet

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students practice reciting the alphabet.  In this letter identification lesson, students use giant letters placed on the floor to "walk" through the alphabet.  Students practice identifying letters and words that start with each letter.
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Designing Experiments - Overview

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concepts that enable them to design and conduct sound scientific experiments. They critique a faulty experiment and become familiar with some of the criteria of a good experiment. They conduct their own experiment.
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Cultural Connections: The Tapestry of Life

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars use a variety of media to explore culture as the accumulation of beliefs, learned patterns of behavior, institutions, and values. They examine how to identify, compare, and appreciate the traits of various regions and...
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Famous African-American Fabric Paintings

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine famous African-Americans. In this African-Americans instructional activity, students research and give an oral report on a famous African-American.
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Fun Field Trip Funding Ideas

For Teachers K - 5th
Whether it's a lack of funds or lack of time, check out these great ideas for getting creative with field trips.
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We Can Dig It!

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders understand the process by which fossils and rocks are excavated. In this fossil and rock lesson plan, 3rd graders explore the job of the paleontologist in a podcast.