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Experience and Perspective
Sixth graders make connections between past experiences and perspective. They read Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith. Then, they analyze a character's history and state the past experiences that form their perspective. In the end, they explain how experience affects the character's point of view.
6th Language Arts 12 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Designed
What's the Author's Purpose?
What is the author's purpose for sharing an autobiography? Start this instructional activity with the short story provided about getting pulled over by a police officer. Then, discuss the acronym PIES and how it stands for the four main reasons an author would tell a story.
6th Language Arts 148 Views 121 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars.
4th - 8th Math 95 Views 103 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Finance: Depreciation (Double Declining)
Of particular interest to a group of business and finance pupils, this lesson explores depreciation of automobile values by comparing the double declining balance to the straight line method. Mostly this is done through a slide presentation and the working of sample problems together as a class.
6th - 12th Math 34 Views 35 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Information Technology: Photoshop Scale
Scaling is a practical skill as well as a topic to be addressed throughout the Common Core math standards. You are given three different presentations and a detailed teacher's guide to use while teaching proportion, as well as practice exercises for your learners, involving the resizing of photos and postcards.
6th - 12th Math 59 Views 69 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Preservation at Mount Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore wasn't built in a day, but how long will it stick around? How quickly is it eroding and what causes the fastest weathering? Explore these questions and more in a fun, interactive lesson about the earth's natural processes of weathering and erosion.
5th - 9th Science 29 Views 31 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Ship the Chip
Engineers face a variety of challenges to solve; help your future engineers practice designing a solution to a simple, yet common issue: shipping items without damage. Teams will work together to design and test a shipping system for a single potato chip; success will be based upon how many pieces the chip is in once it has been through the postal system and returned to the school - the fewer breaks, the higher the score.
4th - 12th Science 11 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 1: Confronting Climate Change: Seeing
Examine the effects of climate change on the water cycle in the first of three lessons using the IBM THINK app, which walks through the process of innovation. Learners look back through history to see which tools might help them study climate change, then perform a controlled experiment simulating the hydrologic cycle under different environmental conditions.
6th - 12th Science 44 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 3: Confronting Climate Change: Acting
In the third and final lesson in the series on the impacts of climate change, learners synthesize the knowledge they have accumulated by identifying potential areas of concern for their school due to effects of drought and/or flooding, as well as other effects of climate change, then they propose an action plan to address the issues at the school level.
6th - 12th Science 25 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 2: Confronting Climate Change: Understanding
In the second of three lessons about climate change, young climatologists examine the local impacts of severe storms and drought on roads, rivers, buildings, and more. Through a series of investigations, learners begin to understand the effects of a warming planet on a more comprehensible scale.
6th - 12th Science 78 Views 57 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Poetics of Hip Hop
The Bard, Mikki Giovanni, Mos Def? “Sonnet 18,” Ego Tripping,” and “Black on Both Sides”? Sure! It’s the poetics. Class members compare the lyrics, rhythm, and rhyme in classic poetry to hip-hop in a richly detailed resource that includes audio and video features.
9th - 12th Language Arts 47 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Transcendentalists: Emerson and Thoreau
What would Thoreau tweet if Twitter had existed in the 1845? Would he even have a computer or a smart phone in his cabin? What does Emerson mean when he says, "I am a transparent eyeball"? Do you, would you live in an old, organic house? If the transcendentalists are part of your course of study, explore this packet of links to background information and ideas for activities.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response
How did totalitarian regimes, in places like Russia, Italy, Germany, and Japan, come to power after World War I? Your young historians will participate in a jigsaw activity and then analyze the response of the United States to the rise of these regimes by debating as either isolationists or interventionists.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 13 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review A President's Vision: Lyndon Baines Johnson
Learners take a closer look at the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, including the Great Society and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, through image analysis and primary source worksheets.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History 5 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
Cause and Effect Worksheet 2
Why does Scout fear Boo? Why does George kill Lennie? Whether in literature or life, helping young learners recognize the relationship between actions and consequences is an important lesson. Have your class match twelve observable effects with the probable causes.
7th - 9th Language Arts 31 Views 123 Downloads
Compound Parts of Sentences
Search for compound parts of a sentence with this quick practice. Learners study 20 sentences to decide whether they have compound subjects, verbs, direct objects, indirect objects, etc. A clear explanation is featured at the top of the page.
6th - 8th Language Arts 13 Views 40 Downloads
"From Reefs to Rocks!"
Learners prepare to do their actual field work by traveling from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. They explore Iowa's history from both biological and geological perspectives. Students are asked to piece together all of their evidence from each outing in order to produce an illustrated explanation for the biological history of the area.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Field Crops in the Food System
Students complete activities related to food production and distribution. In this agriculture lesson, students read and discuss the crops grown in Iowa and Wisconsin and the ways the crops are used. They complete activities related to the crops and their processing and distribution.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads