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First graders read a story. In this illustrations lesson plan, 1st graders read The Snowy Day and discuss how it became a Caldecott winner for its illustrations. Students produce illustrations using similar methods to the illustrator Ezra Jack Keats.
Young authors participate in distance learning to view the Road Runner at the Buffalo zoo. They create a plan for an animal habitat and a brochure about an animal in a zoo.They using Noodle Tools and Noodle Bibs to take notes and write about their animal.
Practice reading comprehension by completing a quiz. Readers identify important questions to ask themselves during a reading or writing assignment in order to fully grasp the concept and the task. They read to the class, complete a graphic organizer, and take a quiz aimed at enhancing reading skills. 
Fourth graders read the book Talkin' About Bessie and write a paragraph about the author's purpose. In this author's purpose lesson plan, 4th graders include examples from the story.
Fifth graders compare and contrast two early colonies and make a T chart. They list examples of worked well and what did not, and significant historical events. They use higher order thinking skills by deducing how different scenarios affected colonists.
Students identify and assess risks encountered on a daily basis. They examine their behavior and apply science process skills and higher order thinking skills in reducing or managing risks. They define the terms: risk, benefit, hazard, and probability.
Students explore Visual Thinking Strategy as a way to examine art and photography. They discuss the strategies, and analyze and discuss photographs using the Visual Thinking Strategies techniques.
Third graders research and compare differences between Navaho, Cheyenne and Kwakiutl Indian tribes, determine with which tribe they would choose to live, taking factors such as location and available resources into consideration, and write report detailing reasons for their choice.
Fourth graders learn what a wetland is, where they can be found, and what types of plants, animals and characteristic are associated with the wetlands. They also participate in an activity to explore and enhance their knowledge of specific animals, plants, and characteristics that are found in the wetlands.
Eighth graders comprehend Newton's Laws of Motion and to use the scientific method in rocketry sub-unit. They work through the scientific method. Students illustrate how science and Newton's Laws can be used in everyday situations and movement.
Students calculate simple area calculations in real-life situations. They determine simple wage computations. They use critical thinking skills. They demonstrate their ability to use writing in order to express mathematical thoughts and processes.
Students examine power of visual imagery and history of photo manipulation, why it is an important topic, and exercise their critical thinking skills in discerning what are ethical and unethical uses of photo manipulation.
Students create a mini city using proportions that fit a model human they construct using tin foil. They plan the city including a library, sports arena, living spaces, parks and businesses. When constructing the paper buildings, they calculate the scale, area and perimeter for each then place them in a city grid.
Students combat pervasive stereotypes. For this Critical Analysis lesson, students examine and evaluate the stereotypes of Aboriginal groups, as depicted in a picture book. Students will use primary and secondary sources to compose comparative analysis essays on other books that may foster stereotypes. 
Conduct research focused on improving a current technology by having young scholars work in groups to investigate improvements that could be made to a particular piece of technology. They list the current problems and attempt to develop solutions that could be included in a newer version. They will also write specification sheets, and present their information using a technology based medium.
Students investigate the concepts of sharing and good citizenship, and how they contribute to a peaceful society. They work on problem solving and critical thinking skills after listening to Marcus Pfister's, The Rainbow Fish.
Students investigate electric circuits and currents.
Students identify relationships, organize information from research, use critical thinking skills, problem solve, apply information, practice cooperation to impact environmental problems in positive ways and saving biodiversity.
Students examine the critical thinking skill of listening to their conscience when making decisions. They discuss the process of making decisions and consequences, identify examples of good and poor choices, compare their conscience to an alarm clock warning, and complete a worksheet.
Students choose from the following list a method of presentation: writing piece, poster, diorama, song/rap, skit, PowerPoint presentation, or web page of a representation of a habitat, adaptation, an example of how we destroy/promote animal survival. They then provide a bibliography of resources cited.