Automation Teacher Resources

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Automation and the American Worker

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A thought-provoking resource examines the future of automation and the effects on employment. Academics read informational text, complete written prompts, and participate in activities to understand automation and the possibilities for...
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Robotics and Future Technology

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here is an activity that allows class members to explore and research robotics and the idea of automation. Working with a gaming model, pupils write an algorithm to "automate" the solution. Individuals also conduct and present research...
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AEDs Could Save Students' Lives

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students investigate whether or not there is an automated electronic defibrillator at school and if the administration or athletic department has heard about the bill that allows them to apply for funds. Students conduct interviews,...
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Automated Environmental Monitoring Network Scavenger Hunt

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Whether using scientific instruments or published data, collecting information about the weather is important because it affects everyone. Learners use the template to record weather data such as temperature, wind speed, humidity, wind...
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All Aboard the Innovation Train

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read "Next Stop for the Subway, a Fully Automated Future" from The New York Times and consider the effect of technology on their town or city. After discussing arguments for and against the new computer-based subway system in...
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Speeding Up Grading with Online Resources

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Use websites and apps to increase peer editing, digitize your papers, and automate the objective editing.
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Advanced Word

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
How do you manage the formatting of a lengthy document, like a research paper or dissertation, in Microsoft Word? Discover how to use built-in tools to organize research and citations in a Word processing document, automate tedious...
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Automated Intelligence

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students redesign everyday robotic devices to increase their autonomy and their usefulness. Propose ideas that would make directly controlled robotic devices more antonymous and create posters illustrating their ideas.
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Exploring Biomes Lesson 5: You Need a Vacation

For Teachers 6th - 10th
In cooperative groups, emerging ecologists research assigned biomes found in Arizona. Combining photos and facts, they use PowerPoint to produce a fully automated commercial that lasts 45 seconds. In addition to the lesson outline,...
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Automating Community Service

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students develop an automated spreadsheet that uses formulas to track the total hours they have completed and also how many hours they need to achieve their goal. (some ambitious students set goals above the requirement.)
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Automated Vehicle Programming Design

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars design a program to make an automated vehicle perform a specific task. In this robotics lesson plan, students play the role of scientists competing to win a factory's contract. They present their algorithm to class.
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Using Citation Machine to Create a Bibliography

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Utilize technology to make citations and format easy! The website Citation Machine allows you to put an ISBN into the search and receive an automated entry for a Works Cited page or Bibliography. Take your class through citing sources...
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Microarray Manufacturing Technology

For Students 9th - 12th
Microarray technology has made advances in scientific research possible. Watch as the videos reveal the manufacturing process of these microarrays. One video shows the automated process while another explains the science behind the...
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Introducing Loci: Keeping Constant

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students explore some interesting properties of geometric fi gures with constant area and perimeter, using the automated data collection capabilities of TI-Nspire™ CAS learning technology to capture the path of a given point. They also...
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To The Rescue!

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars study the trial of an automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) machine. They investigate and role play first aid responses to a variety of emergency scenarios. They write entries for a first aid guide.
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Smart Homes and Appliances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the present state of technology and its future in homes and appliances. After completing a "Life in a cool Lab" worksheet, they view online animation clips of "smart homes." In groups, students get the opportunity to...
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Safety First

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore safety issues and challenges related to various modes of transportation through readings and discussion. They create blueprints for technological methods to make those modes of transportation safer.
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Using An ATM

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Young scholars engage in a instructional activity on how to use an ATM, or Automated Teller Machine. They see how to bank with an ATM and practice banking using several different types of transactions. This instructional activity...
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Watering Your Plants

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Make sure plants have water to drink regularly. Learners investigate the parts of a watering system for plants. They design and create a watering system for a lunar plant growth chamber before explaining why it is important to have water...
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Automating Repetitive Tasks with 2003 Excel Macros

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Student complete step by step exercises to open and run Macros, create and modify Macros, and create toolbars to hold Macros. Students work in groups and with instructor assistance in order to complete their exercises successfully.
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Please Press One For More Options

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners practice using automated phone answering systems. They discuss the many ways automated phone systems are used when trying to request information. Students role play calling service companies and using automated systems. This...
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Fuzz and the Buzz

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students practice various strategies for becoming fluent readers. They review the skills of phoneme recognition, decoding, crosschecking and spelling in order to read with automation. Working in pairs, students complete a pair-share of...
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Come Into my Parlor

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
An interesting cross-curricular lesson on dairy farming awaits your students. Elements of language arts, math, social studies, and agriculture are all present. Many excellent worksheets and a good article on dairy farming are included in...
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Ben and Me: Ben Franklin History Through Literature Unit

For Teachers 5th
Guide your fifth graders through an engaging study of revolutionary and scientific history with Robert Lawson's historical novel told from the point of view of Ben Franklin's mouse. The book is Ben Franklin: An Astonishing Life. You can...
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Native American Unit

For Teachers 4th - 6th
This is a very well-balanced, comprehensive, and creative three-week unit about Native American history and cultures. Great web links and bibliography.
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers All
This is an exceptionally well-designed two week unit about the Underground Railroad and the Quakers, particularly in North Carolina. There are very detailed lesson daily lessons and an excellent bibliography.
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India: Outsourcing of Jobs

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners examine the significance and effects of outsourcing jobs to India and Malaysia. They conduct Internet research, create a map and a timeline, write an editorial of their view on the use of outsourcing, and participate in a class...
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Division of Syllables in Spanish

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Are your Spanish speakers working on their pronunciation? The five rules for stress are included in this plan, and your class needs them! They are explained well, and examples are provided for each rule. Whether you choose to use this...
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Karma Tycoon (Video Game): Running a Nonprofit Unit

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Your class learns to launch and operate a nonprofit, procure funding, manage finances, and help others with this superbly designed unit. Includes well-crafted activities, Internet research, worksheets, vocabulary, and a high-interest...
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Contemporary Authors Paper and Portfolio Assignment

For Teachers 11th - 12th
End the year with a culminating project on contemporary authors. Each scholar chooses ten authors and writes biographies of the authors, selects reviews of their works, reads one book and writes of a review of that one book. The final...
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Clothes Crazy!

For Teachers 6th - 9th
What are you wearing today? Practice basic vocabulary with your Spanish speakers and then have them translate a series of sentences from English into Spanish and vice versa. Consider also having them write a short paragraph about the...
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Sticking to a Budget

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Set scholars up for financial success by throwing them into the hypothetical real world.
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EarthViewer

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Can you imagine Washington DC and London as close neighbors occupying the same continent? Learners will be fascinated as they step back in time and discover the evolution of the earth's continents and oceans from 4.5 billion years ago to...
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Checking Account and Debit Card Simulation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
This excellent selection of worksheets walks learners through fundamental principles of personal finance and economics: writing and endorsing checks, tracking spending, and the how-to's of maintaining a checking account.
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Main Idea with Robots

For Students 4th - 8th
Androids, cyborgs, and robonauts? Kids are sure to be engaged by the thematically related passages on a reading comprehension learning exercise that asks them to summarize the passage in one sentence, and then develop an appropriate...
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Paper Production

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students compare paper making by hand and by assembly line. In this manufacturing lesson, students compare and contrast the two main ways to make paper, by hand or by machine.  Students research paper making and have a class discussion...
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Banking on Debit Cards

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a credit card versus a debit card? What are the costs of using a debit card irresponsibly? Here you'll find a lesson plan on key concepts that every learner should know regarding...
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From the Mouse's Point of View

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students will write a short story from Amos' point of view about one of Benjamin Franklin inventions not mentioned in Ben and Me.
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Civil War Test

For Teachers 4th - 6th
This lesson includes a well-designed test on the Civil War for upper elementary students.
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Cardinal Numbers, Graphing Names

For Teachers K - 2nd
Explore the concept of patterns using the various names of students in the classroom. Arranging and rearranging those names under specific criteria which at first be set by the class and then by individual students.
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Veterans in My Family

For Teachers All
Students make KWL charts about veterans. Then they find information about veterans in their own families and make a simple but creative art project about the veterans.
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Explore the Roaring Twenties with l Lecture, r Research, and Role-play

For Teachers 6th - 8th
To grasp what life was like in the 1920's, middle schoolers research and role-play. Intended as a follow-up activity to a lecture on the 1920's, learners will journal, view a PowerPoint, role-play, and reflect on what they've learned....
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Rock Cycle Fudge

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Here is a delicious way to review earth science vocabulary. Your class will begin their hands-on journey by role-playing the forces in the rock cycle. Weathering breaks down sandstone pieces, actually pecans or walnuts. Heat and pressure...
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Math: Chess Lesson Plans

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Have you ever thought about introducing chess to your pupils but didn't know how to begin? Here is a 10-day plan for helping novice chess players with everything from learning the names of the pieces and their layout on the board, to the...
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A Time Line for Writing Ideas : Creative Writing, Pre-Writing

For Teachers 4th - 6th
What is your earliest memory? Give pupils of all ages a folder full of writing ideas by having them complete a time line for their life. After they identify important events from their life, they'll have a whole bunch of topics to choose...
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Family Budget

For Teachers 8th - 12th
This is a great outline for creating a spreadsheet based on using information found online. Learners can search the web and find current information about the costs for food, rent, childcare, medical expenses, car payments, utilities,...
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Solar System Trading Cards

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Space scientistse examine facts about the solar system through the collection of solar system trading cards. They explore various websites, answer questions, and collect solar system trading cards for correct answers.
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Investigate Science Using Crayfish

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scientists discover the importance of scientific investigation by observing live crayfish. They carefully observe the patterns of crayfish in different environments. Then they discuss their conclusions and define what all living...
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Wind Effects- A Case Study

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore hurricanes.  In this weather data interpretation lesson, students draw conclusions about the impact of Hurricane Floyd as it related to weather conditions. Students read and interpret a tide data table, a barometric...
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Early 19c Industrialization in America: The Market Revolution

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Posing a question about the effects of American Industrialization, this presentation provides viewers with a comprehensive look at the 19th century. From the "Lowell Girls" to the Iron Horse, these slides would be an excellent supplement...
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The 1950s:

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Teens will get a kick out of this presentation, which provides a glimpse of the consumerism and rising pop culture of 1950's America. They will especially appreciate the discussion of "Teen culture" including the music of Elvis, the...
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Non-Objective Art and Nouns

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Nouns--they're a scream! Edvard Munch's famous expressionist painting, "The Scream" is used to illustrate how a painting can capture an emotion or an idea. After a discussion of this masterpiece, class members select an emotion or idea...
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Phenomenal Lesson for the Phenomenal Woman

For Teachers 7th - 9th
It's true: women are phenomenal. Use current works from Maya Angelou and Des'ree to spend some time celebrating women. This would be a great resource to use while studying the evolution of women's rights. As an extension activity,...
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Fitness Gram Brochure Project

For Teachers 8th - 12th
The six categories of this fitness gram project line up with many of the state standards for fitness testing. There is a component in this project for each individual to set a goal for each of the fitness tests to be taken. In this way,...
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Alfonso Ball

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Joey Alphonso made up this game, which is played using a gator skin ball and a tennis racket on a basketball court. The simple rules and strategy of the game are explained. This is a high-scoring, run around activity. Everyone can...
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Cooperative Mini-Games

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Cooperative mini-games are great to teach to your young learners. Kids grow up with so much competition in their lives, it's nice to focus on playing games to have fun, get along, and work together. Take the focus off of winning and...
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Squirrels and Hawks

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Squirrels and hawks is a nutty version of capture the flag. Squirrels and hawks is played with three teams instead of two, and therefore has more action going on. Begin with all the nuts in the center of the play area, guarded by the...
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To Smoke or Not to Smoke

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What are tobacco companies doing to appeal to people to get them to purchase tobacco products? This lesson takes a look at tobacco advertising. The tobacco companies spend millions and millions of dollars on advertising to get people to...
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The Male Reproductive System

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Teaching middle schoolers about the male reproductive system can be a challenge in and of itself. It's a sensitive topic for many. Create a safe, respectful class climate before teaching this topic. Make sure you, the teacher, are...
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Do Something About… Eating Healthy - Day 5: Super-size Me

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What does serving size and portion control have to do with 60% of Americans being overweight? Well frankly, quite a bit. Read some information that talks about portion size and childhood obesity. Take a look at what serving sizes should...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This is the sixth lesson in a 10 lesson unit on healthy eating from the organization Do Something, Inc.  The lesson focuses on how food gets marketed to young people. What does advertising have to do with buying food? There is a set of...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 9: Fitting in Fitness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Lesson 9 in this 10-lesson unit put together by Do Something, Inc. is about fitting fitness into daily activivty. First off though, the class needs to take a look at what kind, and how much, activity they do in a day, in a week, etc....
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Empowered Decision Making

For Teachers 6th - 12th
There are many ways to make decision: act, react, flip a coin. Some ways are healthy and some are not. Learn about the different styles. Learn how to use effective decision-making skills to get desirable results. Learn to take...
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Food Pyramid

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Me gusta! Spanish speakers discuss the food pyramid, their daily eating habits, and foods they like or dislike. Before exiting, provide learners with a short informal assessment to gauge vocabulary development.
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Lessons from the Street: An Introduction to Drug Education

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Looking for an introductory lesson on substance abuse? This lesson contains some very good information and an activity that will engage your learners. Anything that has a hands-on component usually grabs their attention. Have them...
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Krazy Kickball

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Looking for a new twist on an old game? Well, then Krazy Kickball might just be what you are looking for. In this game, when the ball is kicked, the player can run to either first base or third base. Yes, crazy! So check it out! Use the...
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Harry Potter - Quidditch

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Quidditch? Well, of course there are no brooms that fly, nor does the golden snitch fly. So the author has created alternative ways to represent these things in this game of Quidditch. Young players can simulate chasers, beaters, and a...
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Eye Safety

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Demonstrate the importance of eye safety in the science laboratory! Acetone is sprayed on a bare, plastic-wrapped, and plastic-wrapped glasses-clad styrofoam plate to show the importance of protective clothing and eyewear....
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Cooperative Games – The Hungry Snake

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
A fun and simple cooperative game for elementary school classes. The hungry snake wanders around the gym and picks up as much of the PE equipment that has been scattered around as he can find. The snake must pass the items all the way...
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Physical Education/Jumping Rope

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Jump rope! Jump with both feet. Jump on your left foot. Jump on your right foot. In pairs, count for your partner how many jumps they can do in a row. Do each type of jump three times. Take the data collected back to math class and find...
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Tail-ball

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Tail-ball is a combination of games such as: keep away, freeze tag, and basketball. The tail-ball is a tennis ball with a foot long ribbon attached to it. The rules are fairly simple: two teams, throw the ball to teammates, not running...
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Mad Dog Kickball

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Looking for a way to keep everyone busy during a kickball game? Look no further. When a kicker kicks, their entire team runs the bases until the outfield team performs their task and hollers stop. In this version, the outfielders chase...
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Capture the Lion

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Capture the Lion is an adaptation of the much-loved game - Capture the Flag. This game could be adapted and called capture the: lion, seal, dog, cat, cow. You get the idea. The one big adaptation made in this version is that the captured...
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Dental Health Web Tour

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners use a worksheet to guide them through a website about healthy teeth. There are directions each step of the way with questions to answer as they move along. The main topics covered are the types of teeth, brushing teeth,...
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Spanish Storytelling

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Teaching the imperative? This resource includes so many ideas! One option is to have learners stand up, and tell them a story in the second person. As you read the story, have them act it out! This plan gets kids up and moving!
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El Supermercado

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Vamonos al supermercado! Have your class collect empty boxes and cans and stage a real life supermarket in your classroom! This hands-on activity provides lots of learning opportunities for your Spanish speakers. To reinforce new...
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Questions and Answers in a Foreign Language

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Looking for another game to review past material? Included is a whole class game set at the board. Learners get to facilitate their classmates' learning while asking your pre-designed questions on past material. Worried about kids who...
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Spanish Bingo

For Teachers 12th
You create a list of some recent vocabulary for your experienced learners to review before playing a class game of bingo. Each learner gets a card, and other learners come up to say the spanish word chosen. This allows for oral practice...
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En el Cafe

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Spanish speakers write skits set in a cafe. There are few guidelines for this assignment, but encourage your class to include humor! Create a rubric to provide beforehand so your learners know your expectations. Then consider keeping a...
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Spanish Prepositions

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Your Spanish class will read "La Rima" to teach the pronunciation of different Spanish prepositions before learners have the opportunity to play with objects and describe their location using prepositions. Don't forget to include the...
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Karma Tycoon Video Game Study Guide Unit Learning Goals and Links to Classroom Learning

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Utilize smartphone or computer technology and have your learners develop their nonprofit business vocabulary and skills in civics, geography, economics, language arts, and math with the plans and activities in this resource. Included are...
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Karma Tycoon: Video Game Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Explore economics, business, and personal finance as you play Karma Tycoon, a video game that takes learners through the world of entrepreneurship and non-profit business ventures. This resource includes instructions for playing, as well...
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The Importance of Managing Your Finances

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Here is lesson three of a larger unit that uses the game Karma Tycoon to explore personal finance. Learners apply math skills to a real-life situation by discussing the loan interest rates commonly used with grants, loads, and credit...
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The Importance of Martin Luther King Day

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Kids and teachers alike are happy for a day off from school, but what makes Martin Luther King, Jr. so special? Why is there a day honoring him? No matter what subject you teach, there's an idea on how to integrate his life and work into...
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Romeo and Juliet-Different Time and Place

For Teachers 9th
Encourage your class to make Romeo and Juliet their own. Groups of three to four people choose an alternative setting and create a soundtrack and costumes before acting out one scene. Not many directions or explanations are given, but...
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Surviving a Job Interview

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Knowing how to respond to a potential employer, when getting interviewed is a need-to-know skill. Learners prepare for life in the real world by answering a few questions with the help of a job oriented website. After the research, they...
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Meet Mr. Poe

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Introduce your readers to Edgar Allan Poe via internet research. Begin by going over rules for the library and search engines, then set learners loose to gather facts on Poe's life. The following day, have the entire class review their...
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The Nature of the Antagonist

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Darth Vader, The Wicked Witch of the West, Shere Khan, Moby Dick...these are some of the most famous villains in film and literature. Study the four categories of conflict with your class and have them finish the day by creating a...
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Create a Story

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Take the classic "group-written story" and apply it to the computer. Instead of passing around a sheet of paper for learners to continue writing where another person left off, have individuals move from computer to computer, continuing...
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Poetry Through Digital Storytelling

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bring digital storytelling to your language arts class! To begin, learners select their own topic, such as a poem that reflects a life experience they had or a historical figure who interests them. Then they work to create a storyboard...
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Hamlet Interpretation Movie

For Teachers 12th
Bridge the gap between the past and the present by having your 12th graders reenact scenes from Hamlet. They can choose to add a modern twist or perform an interpretation; it's a project that gives them autonomy and responsibility....
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Teaching Tone vs. Mood Using Computer-Based Multimedia

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you have Microsoft's Photo Story 3 or Macintosh's iMovie software, you can use it to teach about tone and mood. First, display the positive images listed with calm, classical music in the background. Then, with the same music, show...
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Compare and Contrast Night to Life is Beautiful

For Teachers 8th - 10th
After reading Elie Wiesel's Night, watching the movie Life is Beautiful, and researching World War II, class members write a comparison essay on the book and film. This includes a prior knowledge activity, discussion in whole and small...
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Reading Comprehension 4: Level 8

For Students 8th - 10th
Need a quick but comprehensive reading strategies exercise? Even your most reluctant readers will be engaged by the story of a nuclear reactor explosion at a top-secret Idaho base. After reading the short passage, learners answer nine...
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To Cite or Not to Cite

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
A detailed overview of plagiarism and citations. This 33-slide presentation is broken into three sections: a discussion of plagiarism, various examples of in-text and work cited citations, and a short, interactive quiz. Although the...
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Economics of a Cupcake Factory

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Sal is starting a cupcake factory and walks learners through the cost and profit calculations necessary to any new business. He uses simple numbers for the start-up costs, overhead, product price, and cost per cupcake. Sal writes out the...
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Economics Worksheet Economic Systems and Circular Flow

For Students 7th - 12th
Agribusiness, human capital, productivity. Find out what your class members know about economic systems and terminology with this two-page economics worksheet that that asks kids to identify terms and concepts.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

For Students K - 2nd Standards
There's no doubt the city described in the story, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, has incredible weather, but looking at the town as a whole, how does it compare to a real-life town? Listen carefully and view the...
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Beating the Motion Sensor

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
I bet I can cross the room without having the lights come on. Class members set up an experiment in which they try to determine what materials will mask motion detected by a sensor. Groups predict how materials will interact with light,...
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Automatic Floor Cleaner Computer Program Challenge

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Have your class use the engineering design process to program a vacuum robot. Using computer engineering concepts, teams program an automatic floor cleaner to traverse designated patterns. 
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Using Rhythm Instruments to Tell a Story

For Teachers K - 3rd
After watching a video of Peter and the Wolf, and identifying the instruments used to represent each character, class members use rhythm instruments to represent the actions in the song, "What Would I do."
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Learning Roomba Module 1: Robotics Introduction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introducing Mr. Robot. As an introduction to robotics, class develop a definition of a robot and make distinctions between real robots and those in science fiction. They also study the basics of programming in Java to program a Roomba.
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Canvas and Arrays in Apps

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Scholars learn how to make a digital canvas and fill it with artwork by creating a drawing app using the canvas element. The activity requires learners to previous knowledge of arrays and return commands to draw images.
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Painting without Paint

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Skip the mess, paint without paint! Young artists create a colorful shamrock using construction paper, tissue paper, paint brushes, water, or vinegar.   
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Hearts for St. Patrick

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Explore the history of St. Patrick's Day and add a festive touch to classroom decor with an activity that combines holiday symbols, limericks, and class members' craftiness to create paper shamrocks. 
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Leprechaun Message

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Spark wonder and add whimsy to your St. Patrick's Day celebration with a lesson plan that creates a festive atmosphere and challenges scholars to examine a message sent from a visiting leprechaun. 
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Lucky Clovers

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Scholars put their graphing skills to use with a instructional activity that challenges them to scour the playground for hidden shamrocks. They then display their findings in graph form for a fun St. Patrick's Day project.
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Beam Focusing Using Lenses

For Students 11th - 12th
Explore optics using an inquiry-based experimental approach! Young scholars use a set of materials to design and build a unit capable of focusing a beam of light. They experiment with different lenses to determine the best approach to...
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Combinatorial Chemistry—Chemistry Now

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Finding new drugs has been likened to finding a needle in a haystack. How do pharmaceutical companies do it? One of a small series of four informative leaflets examines combinatorial chemistry, the method at the forefront of new drug...
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Computational Chemistry—Chemistry Now

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Can some plants make their own animal repellents? Science sleuths examine the properties of cinnamamide in pear trees using an case study about computational chemistry. The resource discusses how vital computers are to research, how...
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Sensors, Sensors…..Everywhere! Middle School Meteorologist Create Weather Bots!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
My forecast is that you'll want to use the resource. Pupils design and create a weather bot as part of a project-based unit. These bots should be able to measure temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, and...
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A Genome Is an Entire Set of Genes

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Today researchers identify a gene suspected of causing a genetic disease in a matter of days rather than years, thanks to the Human Genome Project. Young scientists learn about the Human Genome Project and the scientists who designed the...
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 8 - Exercise 2a

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, learners answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 8 - Exercise 2b

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, high schoolers answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 8 - Exercise 2c

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Common and Proper Nouns Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Here's a game for reinforcing the distinction and the relationship between common and proper nouns. Use it as a sponge or challenge for elementary learners when helping other writers or readers finish a task, as a center activity, or in...
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Probability: The Study of Chance

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students do a variety of activities in learning the basic principles of probability.
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Reading / Resources List Australian History

For Teachers 6th
Part of a unit on Australian colonial history, here is a reading/resource list to use when studying the First Fleet, early settlers of Australia, and their interaction with indigenous Australians. Containing both fiction and nonfiction,...
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Friendship Wreath

For Teachers K - 3rd
Learners create a Friendship Wreath with different types of collage items (sparkles, string, stickers, tissue paper etc.)
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Maps as Pictures of the Earth

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Pupils identify a map as a picture of the Earth and locate land and water on globe and map.
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Introducing Rhythm: Half-, Quarter-, and Eighth Notes

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Here's a quick, kinesthetic activity to introduce basic rhythms to pre-literate musicians. This resource should strengthen brain development that connects the body to later literacy skills, and your kids should have fun doing it!
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Classification of the Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students learn that the planets of the solar system can be classified in different ways; by size, by composition (or what they are made of), by distance from the Sun, and by history (when they were discovered). The resource provides both...
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Math Through Literature

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Young learners complete and create addition and subtraction facts up to 20 using the illustrative book Counting Wildflowers.
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Math through Rhythm

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students use the elements to make movements according to the particular rhythm given. They also develop an understanding of how music can be used in learning math.
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Fractions

For Teachers 4th - 5th
You could take the idea here literally and make "Rain Forest Popcorn Treats" with your young mathematicians. Or you could just do the math. How many batches of snacks do you need to make to feed a class of 37 on a field trip? And how...
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What's the Solution?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Red cabbage is more than just a garnish for your salad. When blended into juice, it is a practical and inexpensive acid/base indicator. Demonstrate chemical reactions by mixing red cabbage juice with either vinegar or baking soda. Small...
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Getting Personal/Concept Mapping Narratives : Language Arts, Creative Writing, Peer Editing

For Teachers 4th - 9th
After reading and discussing examples of personal narratives, groups of students highlight elements of the text that emphasize setting, conflict and private thoughts. Class members then work independently to create a concept map of a...
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Partner Christmas Story

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Add some spice to your writing! Writers work with descriptive details, action verbs, and transitions in this writing activity. Working in partner pairs, writers from fifth to tenth grade write a two or three paragraph story, with each...
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Persuasive Writing: A Kinesthetic Approach

For Teachers 5th - 10th
For? Against? Or somewhere in between? Faced with a proposition (Students should wear uniforms in school!) pupils position themselves along a continuum. Those for the proposition meet in one corner of the room and prepare their arguments...
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Holes

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students read summaries of the chapters in the book Holes and complete discussion questions on each chapter. In this Holes lesson planet, students have 50 chapters to answer questions on.
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Learning to Use the Library OPAC

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students are introduced to the "Online Public Access Catalog" (OPAC) system of library management. For this introductory unit, students are shown three ways to search for a book, video, etc on the OPAC. Following a teacher demonstration,...
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Weather's Outer Limits

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students make educated guesses and explain their reasoning and compile, graph, and map weather data. They then study environmental weather extremes on earth and discover that many variables determine climate.
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Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-How Dogs Really Work!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students read How Dogs Really Work! by Alan Snow. They complete a variety of cross-curricular activities surrounding the study of dogs as pets. Included are reading, art, math, science, writing, social studies, and library connections.
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Case Tools

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students use CASE Tools in order to develop skills that are relevant in the world of technology and business. They will practice the new skills in mock type of projects that are relevant to real life scenarios.
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Mixing Soap with Water and Pepper

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students are shown a demonstration.The actual science happens because the soap breaks the surface tension of the water, like popping a balloon. It is the water that moves, not the pepper that is floating on it.
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Introduction to Correct Posture for Singing

For Teachers 12th
Singing is serious business. Get those backs straight, those feet on the ground, and those eyes facing forward, because today's lesson plan is about proper singing posture. Twelfth graders do a vocal warm up exercise after practicing...
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Falling for Rapunzel: Dramatic Play

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
What a way to teach the parts of a play! Use Michelle Anthony’s adapted script of Falling for Rapunzel to demonstrate for your young readers the differences between stories and dramas. While no lesson plan is included, the script could...
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A Creative Way to Comprehend the Elements of a Short Story

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Introduce your secondary readers to the elements and characteristics of short stories. As a class, they read a short story answering questions as the story continues. In groups, they complete post-reading activities and compare their own...
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A Barn Guide to History

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students use the internet to research the history of their local area through the use of barns. In groups, they discuss the importance of the barns in their community and develop an interpretation of the history of various barns to...
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Pyramid Building: How to Use a Wedge

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the simple machine of a wedge. In this wedge lesson, students test wedges on different materials including wax, soap, clay and foam. They learn how a wedge was used to build the ancient pyramid and modern day skyscrapers.
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Student Designed Investigations Part 4 - Poster Presentations/Science Fair

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Third through fifth graders prepare posters to present at a science fair. Working with a partner, pupils conduct investigations and  prepare a poster to present their findings. They rehearse their presentations, and add visual aids;...
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Poverty within Our Community

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Use statistical data to identify and explain poverty. Middle schoolers give and implement possible solutions to poverty. They read statistics concerning poverty and create graphs and charts to illustrate what they have read. A great way...
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The Beauty of Beethoven

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Listeners interpret Beethoven's Fifth Symphony using excerpts from Plato about beauty and its purpose. High text complexity in Plato is appropriate for strong readers, older students, musicians, or philosophy classes. Lesson has easy...
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Gentlehands Accordion Book

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Essentially an essay or extended response assignment, this lesson contains five different writing prompts about the novel Gentlehands by M.E. Meaker. Readers then complete handmade accordion books. The writing prompts may be useful, as...
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Christmas Remakes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
"The first hotel," the agents did say, "was to certain poor travelers in fields where they strayed." Start the holiday season with this Christmas activity, which incorporates several important language arts skills. Students begin by...
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Ecology and Sustainability

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Collaborative groups research an assigned strategy for contributing to the health of the environment. They collect ten facts and then create a poster or PowerPoint presentation to share with the class. Use this as an opening activity for...
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Prepositional Boogie

For Teachers 4th - 6th
It's like Simon Says with grammar! Prepare some phrases yourself (example phrases are included here), and have kids do the things you say. For example, you could say, "Kids are under the desk." 
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Writing Character Editorials

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Should Goldilocks have entered the bear's home? Select a popular children's story (like Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and model taking a stance either supporting or challenging the protagonist's actions. Then, after they understand the...
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Tomatoes Take Over the Earth!

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Count the seeds in one tomato and then work out the potential population of tomato plants for three generations. Technology is included by having the class use an Excel spread sheet to perform the calculations. The laboratory exercise...
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Do Something About… Eating Healthy - Vital Vitamins

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The two-day "Vital Vitamins" lesson from Do Something, Inc. is all about vitamins. Learners pair up to research a specific vitamin. There are two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble. They research and write an information card on...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 3: Nutritious Choices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Day 3: Nutritious Choices is the third lesson of ten in this nutrition unit by Do Something, Inc. The focus this time is sugar. How much sugar does the average American consume in a year? Ask your class to make some guesses and then...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 4: International Food Day

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Day 4: International Food Day, is the fourth lesson in a series of ten lessons from Do Something, Inc. There are some good ideas here that revolve around discussion and research of foods from other cultures. Visit a website to make...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners calculate where they fall on the body mass index (BMI) spectrum and then examine the New Food Pyramid to plan a daily eating and exercising plan.
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Lesson 8: Action Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Check you heart rate, evaluate your current level of activity, figure out calories burned based on the activities you do. Then put together an action plan of activities to do on a regular basis to maintain physical fitness. Lesson 8...
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Health Careers

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Salaries, accreditation, and health technologies, sounds like career exploration time! Kids examine everything one needs to know before going into a health career. They explore the requirements and salaries earned by EMTs, massage...
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Winter Stations

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
This is not a lesson, but four drills to practice a few skills, based on a holiday theme. Two of the games have the players practice underhand tossing, and another game has them dribbling and shooting a basketball. These seem like fun...
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What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

For Teachers K - 5th
A simple tag game wherein players try to get from one end of the gym to the other without being caught by Mr. Fox. The players call out - what time is it Mr. Fox? Mr. Fox replies with a time and the players take that many steps forward....
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Scooter Basketball Idea

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Scooter basketball is played with a big blow up beach ball. Players sit on square flat PE scooters and pass the beach ball around, trying to score. Of course, there are two teams and two different goals, which are made of a hula hoop...
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Olympic Opening Ceremonies

For Teachers K - 6th
Plan and play three days of Olympic games at your elementary school. This set of plans is based on the Winter Olympics. Pick and choose what you might use for your location, for the available space you have, for the different grade...
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Beginning of the Year

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Welcome back your foreign language speakers with this quick re-introduction to the target language. While originally designed for a Spanish classroom, this idea could easily be adapted for any foreign language class. Create your own key...
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Langston Hughes' Poetry

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Reflect upon the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance by looking at some of Langston Hughes' works. "I, Too" and "American Heartbreak" are mentioned, as well as work by Malcolm X and Smokey Robinson. Specific questions help guide discussion...
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American Literature Poetry Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce your class to American poets with this 8-day research project. After reading sample poems, learners choose a poet to research. In the computer lab, scholars complete guided online research that they put together into a final...
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The Great Gatsby Book Cover Symbolism

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Integrate art with The Great Gatsby. Have your learners use their knowledge of symbolism in the story to create a book cover with paper and markers that illustrates symbols they find pertinent. Furthermore, scholars will write a 350-500...
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Rorschach Spots

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Analyze high schoolers' personalities with this activity. You are supposed to begin by teaching who Rorschach was and how his inkblot tests were designed to interpret personality. Unfortunately, this information is not furnished....
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Igor Stravinsky: The Composer and His Impact

For Teachers 12th
An internet-saturated learning experience helps high schoolers construct and support opinions about the impact of 20th-century composer Igor Stravinsky. They read a biography online, listen to compositions, watch YouTube videos, and view...
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Main Ideas and Supporting Details

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Get your learners to think about the structure of writing with this activity concerning main ideas and supporting details. Each class member selects a story to read and fills out a graphic organizer listing the main idea and details in...
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Pick a Playwright

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have your learners investigate playwrights. In order to prepare for the final PowerPoint, scholars do online research on a playwright and read a play written by this playwright, focusing in particular on one character in the play. When...
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That's Me! No It Isn't!

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Have you ever read a story and identified closely with one of the characters? After reading several short stories or novels in your class, have scholars choose a character they identify with and write an essay comparing themselves to the...
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Islam: Origin, Expansion, and Division

For Teachers 8th - 10th
A simple lesson plan for teaching about Islam and its spread throughout the Middle East, this resource incorporates elements of geography and culture into a lecture and map-reading activity. Begin by activating students' prior knowledge...
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Special Ed Lesson: Rain Cloud Activity

For Teachers 1st - 5th
What is rain and where does it come from? Help your special-needs class understand the weather concepts of rain, clouds, and the water cycle with this introductory activity. They view a PowerPoint video (not included), answer questions...
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Earth Day Jeopardy for Special Ed grades 3-12

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Get your special-needs learners all set for Earth Day! Use these developmentally appropriate questions and answers related to Earth Day concepts, which include recycling, conservation, pollution, and ecology. Note: Check out...
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Antonyms 1 Level 8

For Students 9th - 11th
Intermediate and advanced English language learners will benefit from reviewing some of these words. For each of the 10 words provided, learners have to select the antonym from a list of five choices. Example words include agony,...
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Division of Syllables in Spanish

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Have your Spanish language learners compile a list of at least 20 words they currently know. After having a class discussion and having learners add words to their list, the teacher will guide them in dividing syllables. They take a...
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Bullying Skit with Music

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Enhance learners' engagement with a musical lesson about bullying. First, scholars listen carefully as Andy Sauer describes different bullying situations in his song, Walk In My Shoes. Then, act out each scenario to reinforce the...
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Establishing a Strong Authorial Voice, Worksheet 2

For Students 6th - 8th
Young writers are asked to revise and modify a series of sentences to make them stronger and relay a sense of voice. No definitions or models are given. You might use the worksheet to check for understanding after a discussion of...
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Predicting with Charlotte's Web

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students use their prediction skills to prepare five questions and answers about what may happen in the rest of the story. After they have finished, students pair up with a classmate and answer each other's questions creatively
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Wilbur's First Day

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students read Charlottes' Web, then write a short story of one or two paragraphs about Wilbur's first day in the manure pile in the cellar of Zuckerman's barn.
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Crystals, Christmas, and Science

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine how different crystals are formed, observe crystals in the making, observe with a hand lens and cite the geometric qualities, and relate the necessary natural occurrences needed to create crystals.
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A Local Ecosystem

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students use science process skills to examine a plot of ground, make a chart to illustrate findings, and write a paragraph that describes what they observed.
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Our Town Imaginary Maps

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students give a graphical interpretation of their learning. They connect setting to drama. They explain concept of staging versus setting in drama. They synthesize material related to theme and text.
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Timelines

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders create a written chronology of significant events during the Renaissance. They work with timelines as learning tools and creatively write about the Renaissance.
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Forces

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders define and give examples of forces, measure forces and discover the relationship between force and motion. They engage in a lab activity after the lecture.
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Shapes!!

For Teachers K
Students recognize and name each shape and, after doing a hands-on experiment with the different shapes, the preschool students draw each shape to the best of their ability.
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students demonstrate knowledge of the significance of songs that are used to communicate important information. They make directions to their houses using songs, and explain their significance to the Underground Railroad.
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This one is on Colonization of the English Colonies

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars study the importance of geographic location which can determine the survival and progress of a colony. They also study the basic concepts of flag design and the basic types of symbolism expressed by many flags or banners.
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Insects Science Lesson Plan

For Teachers K
Students study Insects that involves a new type of Painting and reading of "The Very Lonely Firefly" by Eric Carle.
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Penguin Theme Unit

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
This series of lessons include literature, games, homework assignments and art activities that enable the learner to explore the world of the penguin.
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Electricity: Static And Current

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain that electrons are the things that make electricity work, name and define the two basic kinds of electricity as static and current, compare conductors and insulators and construct a battery.
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Silent Ball Multiplication

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students practice multiplication facts. Without talking, students pass the ball to each other. Whatever numbers students thumbs land on when catching the ball are the numbers he or she multiplies together.
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Simple Machines Unit

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students, after sorting, categorizing, and defining simple machines, identify the 6 basic simple machines with complete accuracy.
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What Color Are Your Skittles?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students create spreadsheets, to chart the different colors in a package of Skittles. They collect data, create appropriate charts and use percentages to describe quantities.
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Changing the Freezing Point of Water with SalT

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine how salt water freezes at a lower temperature than plain water
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Egg Wrap (circumference, measurement & estimating)

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students determine the circumference of the balloon (by measuring the diameter and using the equation "circumference = D times pi"), and then use that information to estimate how much yarn they need to go around the balloon x amount of time
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Edible Atom

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students choose an element from the periodic table and design the atom complete with protons, neutrons, electrons and if you get really crazy you can have them add mesons, quarks and gluons.
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Gravity and erosion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explain how gravity affects erosion and deposition and differentiates between rapid and slow mass wasting.
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Fraction Blocks

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students identify the numerator and denominator of various fractions and create visual representations of fractions using manipulative blocks.
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Exploring Music Instruments Using the Internet Music Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore musical instruments, their sounds, and compositions for instruments by visiting websites and answering questions on a teacher made worksheet. They also perform a variety of activities with other students in the classroom.
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Multiplying Fractions

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students are introduced to the concept of multiplying fractions
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Measuring Temperature

For Teachers K - 1st
Students examine how to read from an actual thermometer and how to record the temperature. First, by coloring the paper thermometer to a temperature close to what they see on the actual thermometer.
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The Breathing Machine

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Learners become aware of the functions of the lungs in our bodies, that air is made up of gases, and that in breathing an exchange of gases takes place in the lungs.

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