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It's tough for high schoolers to assess what is a credible resource and what is not. Here, class members research a particular topic and record two facts and create one lie while documenting the sources. They then exchange these lists of truths and lies and attempt to determine, through research, what is factual and what isn't. Also included are suggestions for adapting the lesson to lower grade levels. 
What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Is it the same as face-to-face communication? In small groups, learners discuss the differences between digital and non digital life, how they are different and what each environment can offer. They then complete an at-home assignment where they document how much time they spend using computers, phones, or other such devices. When they reconvene, they discuss what being a good digital citizen means with regard to rights and responsibilities and then they set up a class blog or wiki in order to practice their new skill.
A digital footprint is the trail of personal information that comes from purchasing online, tagging friends in photos, blogging, and using social media. Kids discuss what information can be tracked, privacy, and what your digital footprint can be used for or how it can impact your future. They watch a video, engage in a class discussion, learn about cookies, and fill out a worksheet. This is an important topic that is thoroughly addressed throughout the lesson.
Have your learners review what they know about camouflage using this lesson. Learners fill out a graphic organizer listing what they know or have questions about. This could be enhanced with the addition of a writing assignment in which they describe what they have learned about camouflage.
Get a head start on research skills! Youngsters study a vegetable, gathering information from multiple sources and recording research. As a final product, scholars create a visual presentation with some required elements, recording what they see and drawing a picture of their vegetable. The also complete a journal entry about the process and present findings orally to classmates. This resource lacks some detail, and while designed for kindergarten, may not actually be appropriate for this level.
Students login to Learning Express Library using the unique login created for him/her by the librarian and teacher in their class. For this math improvement lesson, students complete one or more tests that assess their mathematical abilities at the correct grade level. Students also choose to score the test and review the correct answers and the explanations provided for each problem.
Young scholars explore eight career and technical areas and make connections with business, family and consumers, and technology. They examine and describe how agriculture and natural resources impact our quality of life. They explore and identify emerging technologies and careers in agriculture.
The outlining process has moved into the 21st century! Although this prewriting lesson is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce learners to Inspiration® software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating an outline diagram, utilizing symbols, links, and text. Learners reorganize ideas easily using the drag-and-drop function, and they can view their outline in different formats. This would work best as an anticipatory set before letting pupils loose with this program.
Ninth graders explore the evolution of technology. They discuss how technology has affected their daily lives and how it has changed throughout the course of history. They discuss what invention has most affected the world.
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Students explore the characterization of heroes and their representation of the values and beliefs of the society in which they are created. They first examine the creation of the 'Star Wars' heroes and plots, and then develop their own 'heroes.'
Students examine the definitions and characteristics of plasma. After reading an article, they analyze new technologies to study plasma. In groups, they create a poster on how the different types of plasma work and write letters to their Congressmen about research funding for plasma.
Here is a terrific science instructional activity for your elementary schoolers. In it, learners analyze different materials to simulate space radiation shielding on spacecraft, then select the best material to use to build one. This is a classic instructional activity; it is written beautifully, and everything you need to successfully implement it with your class is here. Terrific worksheets, websites, and a rubric you can use to score student work are all embedded in this fine 10-page plan.
What an incredible instructional activity for integrating technology with ecology and geography! Discuss what a preserve is, and then use National Geographic's fabulous FieldScope tool to virtually explore the Barataria Preserve in New Orleans. A printable guide walks them through the use of the program as they learn about the ecosystem represented. Enough can't be said about this well-written instructional activity and the completeness of the resources provided!
There are seven species of sea turtles, five of which live in the Gulf of Mexico. Young scientists learn about each and then examine the impact of the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on the populations. A video, Internet links to sea turtle information pages, handouts, and all the support you need make this a top-notch resource for your life science, biology, or environmental science classes.
Students explore the many art movements considered to exist in the realm of 'modernism.' students explore, in pairs, key elements of different modern art movements and design posters presenting their movements.
Students reflect on their computer use and explore various perspectives on the growing role of technology in schools. They develop a stance on the issue to write a position paper.
High school kids get thinking about college by creating e-portfolios. They conduct Internet research on a specific career, take a self-assessment, and relate their interests/strengths to the career they've chosen. 
Online activities make learning about wetland biodiversity interactive! First, ecologists navigate through National Geographic's 56-page "GeoStory" about US wetland ecosystems. They use the FieldScope tool to investigate the Barataria Preserve in Louisiana and predict where assigned species might make their homes. Vocabulary, background information, links to websites, and templates for handouts make this a comprehensive resource to use in your life science class.
While visiting websites and viewing video clips, inquisitors gain an understanding of hydrology and its contribution to developing wetlands. Using the FieldScope tool (a link is provided), they explore the New Orleans area and relate what they see to what they have learned. In groups, they role play the parts of the city manager and wildlife preserve manager, discussing the water needs of each. This lesson would be a poignant addition to your middle school environmental science curriculum.

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