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What can a Ganesh statue, hand ornament, and print block tell you about India? Introduce your learners to the geography, history, and culture of India by analyzing primary sources and using the well-designed worksheets provided in this...
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
“I Can” Common Core! 6th Grade Language
Help your sixth graders know exactly what is expected of them when it comes to Common Core language standards. Distribute the checklist, which is written in kid-friendly "I can" language, to each child. While most of these standards are...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Learning Vocabulary by Using Reference Materials
Finding engaging ways to help your middle schoolers build their vocabulary is not easy to do. The lesson presented here offers a great way to motivate them to build vocabulary by making it into a game. Teams of pupils use a dictionary...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Rocks and Minerals in Our Lives
Young geologists discover the important role that rocks and minerals play in our everyday lives through this series of hands-on activities. Starting off with a lesson that defines the difference between plants, animals, and minerals,...
K - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Understanding the Modern Olympic Games
Do you know when and where the first Olympic Games were held? Do you know what each of the five rings in the Olympic symbol represent? Your pupils will learn about the birth and development of the modern Olympic Games, and will conclude...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Top Secret Sensitive Information
Bring the multiple cultural perspectives of a state to life in a lesson designed to challenge assumptions. Learners develop criteria to evaluate different cities, looking to find the one that should be "the heart of Florida capital." A...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Introduction to Reference Materials
The Incredible Book Eating Boy is an adorable story and a fun match for introducing reference materials elementary grades. If you do not have this book in your library, but do have access to a computer for presentation, a video read...
2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Animal Research: A Multimedia Approach
Explore the animal kingdom from the safety your classroom. Intended to build on previous learning about ecosystems, this activity involves students working in pairs to research their favorite animal and present their findings to the...
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Designed
Putting History in its Place
Examine ways in which historic places and landmarks represent significant themes and events in American history. Then create theme-based travel guides for related historic locations. This lesson requires informational reference materials...
5th - 12th English Language Arts