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National Endowment for the Humanities

Common Sense: The Rhetoric of Popular Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify important arguments for independence made in Thomas Paine's Common Sense. They explain why these arguments helped persuade American colonists that independence was necessary. Students describe the importance of Common...
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Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Using Our Senses to Observe

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Look around and explore. Little ones use their five senses with some day-to-day activities designed to guide observation and apply STEM strategies. Young scientists learn through comparing/contrasting and observing with magnifiers as...
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Core Knowledge Foundation

The Five Senses Tell It Again!™ Read-Aloud Anthology

For Teachers K Standards
Young readers explore the five senses with a read-aloud anthology. Each lesson follows the routine of introducing the reading, listening to a read-aloud, answering comprehension questions, then practicing a skill. Modification and...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Lesson 2: Using Common Sense

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the impact of Thomas Paine on the American Revolution. In this colonial America lesson, 10th graders analyze Common Sense and then paraphrase selected excerpts of the pamphlet. Students also respond to discussion...
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Printables
Curated OER

“I Can” Common Core! 1st Grade Reading

For Teachers 1st Standards
I can read and understand fiction and nonfiction texts! Here is a great checklist that highlights 19 first grade Common Core reading standards. The resource is three pages long. Pages one and two focus on comprehension for fiction and...
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Lesson Plan
PBS

Thomas Paine: Writer and Revolutionary

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Is the pen really mightier than the sword? Scholars analyze the impact Thomas Paine's book Common Sense had on the American Revolution. Video clips and primary sources investigate the role Paine had on dissent in the colonies. They...
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Lesson Plan
K20 LEARN

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death: The Journey to Revolution

For Teachers 8th Standards
The words of "Common Sense" and Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech ring throughout history. Scholars explore the nuances of each patriot's argument using excerpts from the famous pamphlet and speech and a recorded...
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Activity
Exploratorium

Your Sense of Taste

For Teachers 4th - 6th
A simple and sweet activity shows students how important smell is in interpreting flavor. Pairs of pupils hold their noses and eat Life Savers®, only to find that they can't identify the flavors until they let go. You will appreciate...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Number, Number Sense and Operations: Worksheet Four

For Students 6th - 8th
Review a variety of mathematical skills with this worksheet. In this number sense and operations worksheet, learners solve 15 different problems that include simplifying various equations. In addition, they write the powers in order from...
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Assessment
California Education Partners

My Five Senses by Aliki

For Students 1st Standards
An assessment designed to examine scholars' reading comprehension skills takes place over three days. Starting with a read-aloud of My Five Senses by Aliki, learners then take notes and discuss their most memorable moments with a peer....
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Handout
Granite School District

4th Grade CCSS Vocabulary Word List

For Teachers 4th
Help fourth graders make sense of the Common Core standards with this list of math vocabulary. Including a series of word cards that support each term with examples and images, this is an excellent resource to supplement into a teaching...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Lesson: Allison Smith: What Are You Fighting For?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Trench art is a nontraditional art form created by soldiers in trenches during wartime. Artist Allison Smith connects her art to the American Revolution and the question: "What are you fighting for?" Kids examine her art, how it connects...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Number Sense and Numeration: Multiples, Factors and Square Roots

For Students 6th - 8th
A great resource for any math teacher covering multiples, factors or square roots; this worksheet walks young mathematicians through the logic behind factoring and square roots with a systematic set of problems which gradually increase...
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Carolina K-12

Causes of the American Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Beginning with the experience of hearing that lockers in school will be taxed, through analysis of political cartoons and informational text, and culminating in a debate between loyalists and patriots, your class members will engage in a...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Commonly Confused/Misused Words

For Students 7th - 10th
Demystify tricky words and homophones with this activity on commonly confused words. Learners read each sentence and identify the misused word, choosing the correct word from a short list underneath each question. All of the words...
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Curriculum Corner

“I Can” Common Core! 3rd Grade Math

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Help third graders make sense of the Common Core math standards with this simple checklist. By rewording each standard as an I can statement, children are provided with clear goals to focus on as they participate in math lessons.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Sense and Sensibility Vocabulary Strategy: Desk Top Teaching

For Students 10th - 12th
Amicably dispel “the prejudices of…young mind(s)” by exposing them to the language of Jane Austen. Readers of Sense and Sensibility use desk-top strategies to teach one another the vocabulary from this classic romance novel. The resource...
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Lesson Plan
Center for History Education

Should the Colonists Have Revolted Against Great Britain?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Should the Americans have taken the plunge and revolted against Great Britain? Using documents, including the famed Common Sense and a Loyalist response, pupils conduct a lengthy investigation of the question. The interesting resource...
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Printables
Curated OER

The Common Core Literacy Standards - Grade 1 Posters

For Teachers 1st
Prepare your first grade classroom for the Common Core with this series of colorful literacy standard displays. Providing children with clear learning objectives throughout the school year, this resource includes each English language...
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Printables
Curriculum Corner

“I Can” Common Core! 1st Grade Math

For Teachers 1st Standards
Any first grader can master the Common Core math standards with this checklist! With each standard rewritten as an affirmative I can statement, children are provide with clear goals to work toward throughout the school year. Display an...
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Activity
Curated OER

K-5 Mathematics Module: Number and Number Sense

For Students K - 5th Standards
Reinforce number sense with a collection of math lessons for kindergarteners through fifth graders. Young mathematicians take part in hands-on activities, learning games, and complete skills-based worksheets to enhance proficiency in...
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Assessment
PBS

Working with Common Denominators: Assessments

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Now that the practice is over, see if young mathematicians can utilize their new skills on finding common denominators and adding fractions. The assessment contains one map challenge and follows with skills practice. 
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Lesson Plan
Illustrative Mathematics

The Florist Shop

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
A real-world approach to common multiples asks learners to find different groups of flowers based on their multiples. Useable as a class activity or independent exercise, they will have to organize their thoughts to explain the totals of...
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Lesson Planet Article
Curated OER

Singapore Math and The Common Core

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Tackle The Common Core math standards with some help from your friends in Singapore.

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