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EngageNY Algebra II Module 2: Trigonometric Functions

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Building on young mathematicians prior knowledge of geometry and algebraic functions, this 17-lesson unit introduces the topic of trigonometric ratios. Starting with the basic definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent, students move on to...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 1

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
The first unit in a series of four focusing on climate change introduces fifth and sixth graders to the various systems that create climate. They examine the natural and human causes of greenhouse gas emissions, and conduct experiments...
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Using Prior Knowledge

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Sometimes it's hard to relate to a new text. Teach kids to use their prior knowledge when reading something new with a comprehension exercise. A short passage tells them how to think of their brains like filing systems, and provides five...
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Strategies for Activating Prior Knowledge

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Two minute talks, think-pair-share, and table drawings are just the start of this fantastic resource, which contains a collection of strategies for pre-assessing what your learners know and activating prior knowledge.
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Prior Knowledge: What Do You Know About Dogs?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners consciously activate prior knowledge in order to comprehend new information about a given subject.  In this comprehension and prior knowledge lesson, students use a graphic organizer to activate prior knowledge and use their...
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Text Clues and Prior Knowledge

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Explore making predictions as a reading strategy. As a class, read "Blue Light, Green Light," stopping to make a prediction. After recording a prediction on the graphic organizer, discuss the thoughts behind your idea. Then, continue...
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Accessing Prior Knowledge: Global Climate Change Survey

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Begin a unit on weather and climate change by assessing prior knowledge of the topic. Learners respond to a survey with questions that ask what they think causes climate change, the effects of climate change, and if it is important to...
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Reading Comprehension Strategy: Using Background Knowledge

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The value of this presentation is that it not only defines background knowledge but includes exercises that show readers how to activate and use what they already know about a topic to make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world...
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Prepare to Read Nonfiction

For Teachers K - 3rd
Help readers prepare to read informational texts with this lesson from Scholastic. They will practice nonfiction comprehension strategies such as activating prior knowledge and asking questions.  Additionally, they will complete...
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Using Prior Knowledge from Personal Experiences-Understanding Duke Ellington

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research the life of Duke Ellington.  In this music history lesson, students draw comparisons between the early life experiences of Duke Ellington and themselves.  Students work in small groups to compare Ellington's resistance...
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Understanding a Story

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Reading comprehension is the name of the game! After listening to the teacher model and share personal prior knowledge about small children and what they do with food, the class discusses how they too can use prior knowledge to...
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Connecting Informational Text with Litearature: Building Background Knowledge About Mexican Immigration, California, and the Great Depression

For Teachers 5th Standards
Help your class transition as the setting in the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, moves from Mexico to California. Beginning with prior knowledge, and moving into jigsaw research groups, class members add to and create posters...
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Assessing Students’ Knowledge of Maps

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students are presented with a paper map and are asked a variety of questions about maps to assess their prior knowledge. In this map lesson, students draw a map of the United States, from memory and identify compass directions and name...
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Build Mastery: Making Inferences

For Teachers K - 3rd
Do your youngsters realize that they are constantly making inferences? Expose this inner process by bringing out the book they will be reading. Ask scholars what they think the plan is, and explain that their answers are the product of...
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Untwining and Intertwining

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What happened when the chemistry teacher told a bad joke? There was no reaction! A creative take on the traditional reaction types lesson invites learners to draw their own conclusions about how compounds and elements combine. Groups...
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Needs of Living Things: Pre-Assessment

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Determine your class's prior knowledge about the necessities of life with this pre-assessment for a unit on living things. Learners draw pictures of themselves with all the things they need to live, grow, and survive. These drawings will...
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The Three Little Pigs

For Teachers K
Kindergarteners are presented with three types of materials: real straw, sticks, and a real brick and make prior knowledge connections as it relates to the story of The Three Little Pigs. They listen to the story and work together to...
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Study Jams! Tools of Measurement

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
From temperature and mass, to length and volume, there are many different types of measurement. Expose young learners to a variety of measurement tools using this slide show of real-life pictures. Go through the presentation one image at...
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Advanced Factoring Strategies for Quadratic Expressions (part 1)

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Factoring doesn't have to be intimidating. Build on prior knowledge of multiplying binomials and factoring simple trinomials to teach advanced factoring of quadratic expressions with a lesson that uses various methods of exploring the...
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An Introduction to Edmund Gettier's Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Teenagers are at the perfect age to start holding strong beliefs and opinions—and to explore whether those beliefs are the same as having knowledge. A short video analysis of Edmund Gettier's paper "Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?"...
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The Challenge of Selecting an Ideal Supreme Court Nominee

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Nearly every president has had the opportunity to name a nominee to the United States Supreme Court. But what makes someone an ideal candidate to become a Supreme Court justice? High schoolers test their prior knowledge about the Supreme...
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Skills and Strategies for Reading

For Students 2nd - 6th
What does active reading look like? This worksheet provides eight "fix-up" strategies for your readers to employ when reading. They learn to preview, predict, set a purpose, visualize, connect, monitor, use prior knowledge, and make...
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Making Connections

For Students 4th - 5th
In order to maximize reading comprehension levels, young readers must learn to make connections to the content. This learning exercise applies to any reading and provides spaces for readers to document relevent personal experiences,...
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Domain and Range Warm Up and Exit Ticket

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
This single-page worksheet contains both warm-up and exit tickets for an extended lesson on domain and range. The warm-up has two items. The first directs learners to brainstorm with a partner to review prior knowledge of domain and...

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