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Young grammarians complete 20 interrogative sentences by adding formulaic question tags. They use the verbs could, would or should with an appropriate pronoun in question tags to complete each sentence. Example: They would listen, wouldn't they? I'd use it in my ELD classes or for elementary school learners.
Students explore animal habitats. In this animal habitat instructional activity, students investigate various habitats and determine the needs of animals living there. Students invent a new animal for their habitat.
In ELD the focus is on language acquisition and usage. This lesson focuses on having students use prepositions and adjectives to describe what something looks like and to understand positional concepts when spoken. Students will warm up by describing their rooms at home and then use the computer to create a PowerPoint based on the teacher's verbal instructions.
ELD or elementary students can use this presentation to practice recognizing and saying common English phrases. Each slide contains a two to four word phrase. Have the class recite to practice proper pronunciation.
As part of a vocabulary development exercise (perfect for ELD) about "At Home," learners count from 20-29 by 1s and skip count by 10s to 100. They label a poster of a house with proper vocabulary words. Ideas for differentiating among beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels are included. 
Salman Khan goes into yet more detail about the Calvin cycle (light independent reactions). This presentation brings the information up to college level.
This activity contains a plethora of fun games for a field day extravaganza. The games have been organized by grade levels, but the teacher can adapt them to whatever age category is appropriate for creating a fun-filled activities day. Some of the games can also be used as warm-up games.
Students summarize and illustrate how a water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant work. Students describe the source of water for their community and the adequacy of groundwater to meet the community's needs. Students also identify and explain where the wastewater goes after it has been treated.
An excerpt from Willa Cather's O Pioneer's! provides learners with practice in finding the main idea and supporting details in a narrative. As readers record the bleak details on the included graphic organizer, they can conclude that winter in the Divide is indeed difficult. An answer key is provided. 
Survivor field day is based on challenges and games played in the TV show Survivor. Using everyday PE equipment that might be available at most elementary schools; here are some games of challenge and teamwork. With each one of these games, the teacher could adapt it to use the equipment available and the skill level of the group. While this lesson is set up as a field day, each of these activities could be done as stand-alone games.
View and explore different types of ecosystems found in our environment. Learners will study, discuss and view examples of 7 vocabulary words associated with ecosystems. They will also draw examples of different species found in ecosystems and write about each one. Sentence frames and scripts are provided.
Using GPS units, small groups participate in a scavenger hunt to find an object that you have hidden. They use coordinates for stopping points along a pre-planned path to get to the final cache. This is a terrific activity to include in a geography, mapping, or technology lesson. It can be simplified or added to for almost any age group and several suggestions are made to help you accommodate your class. If you have access to global positioning system units, this would be a challenging and memorable lesson.
Young scholars divide into groups and read an article on cell division.  In this mitosis instructional activity students create a PowerPoint presentation. 
In this vector worksheet students find the geometric interpretation of the change in a vector. They identify vector fields for specified functions. This two-page worksheet contains five multi-step problems.
Although labeled as a listening test, no questions accompany Jim Davis’ "Flight of Fancy," a short essay in which he describes how he came to be a cartoonist and the creator of Garfield. However, the article is interesting and crafting listening questions would not be difficult.
Twelfth graders discuss the division of powers between national and state governments. Groups create a PowerPoint slide representing one of the 3 types of powers.
Young scholars use their senses to help describe special place they have been. They write short sensory-image essay that incorporate all five of their senses, and identify sensory language while reading different pieces of literature.
Students practice writing career oriented letters and filling out job applications. As a class, they review the proper ways to make citations and identify the difference between the various types of letter formats. They use peer editing to check for spelling and punctuation errors.
In this math worksheet, students solve differential equations. Students use similar equations, and analyze ways they differ from one another. Students draw directional fields and sketch solutions. The final three questions are applications of differential equations and include problems about mixtures, interest, and radioactive decay.
In this language arts book 1 grade 4 test worksheet, 4th graders read 5 passages, then answer 28 multiple choice comprehension questions in standardized test format.

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