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Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse!

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Give your pupils a front row seat at the biggest light show in the sky this year! In addition to admiring the total solar eclipse, young astronomers can explain the phenomenon with a little help from an inquiry-based lesson. The focus of...
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Lesson Plan: Becoming an Animal

For Teachers K - 5th
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their...
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A Hidden Beauty

For Teachers K - 2nd
Expose the beautiful mystery of bulbs as young botanists learn all about these fascinating plants. They glean information from a short text before observing actual bulbs (consider an onion), and comparing their findings with predictions....
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Stick Horse Rodeo

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Yee-haw! Youngsters read all about the history of rodeos in a brief informational text, which has select vocabulary words defined within the lesson. After learning about the various events, they choose one and create a poster advertising...
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President for a Day

For Teachers K - 8th
Students imagine they are president of the United States for one day! students study general information about the duties of the president of the United States. They create a schedule for one day as president.
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Games on Echolocation

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Get a little batty with life science! This fun simulation game replicates how bats use echolocation to hunt moths in their native Hawaiian habitat. After creating blind folds and discussing some basic principles of echolocation, learners...
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Pollinator's Journey: Grades K-4

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
What's it like to migrate as a pollinator? Teachers provide direct instruction about the roles of pollinators such as butterflies on plants along with the threats they encounter. The class then acts out a story of the migration of bats...
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Habitat for Sale

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Where would this animal like to live? Pupils choose an animal and write an ad to advertise that animal's habitat or home. For a little fun, learners create the newspaper ads to provide enough detail for classmates to guess what animal...
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What is a Constellation

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
Why do some stars in a constellation appear brighter than others? Using a get-up-and-move astronomy activity, scholars explore perspective and the appearance of constellations in the sky while developing an understanding of the...
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Eclipse Activity Guide

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Ever made solar s'mores? Or recreated the solar system using peanuts? Astronomers young and old investigate all things solar using a variety of activities. Explore how the sun works, types of light it emits, and methods of charting the...
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How Do Jaguars and Howler Monkeys in Belize Depend on Us?

For Teachers 1st Standards
How does weather play a role in the lives of land and sea creatures? Find out with a lesson focused on habitats and the ways animals from different homes are connected. Here, learners explore how the life of a jaguar and howler monkey...
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Who Speaks for the Trees?

For Teachers Pre-K - 8th Standards
Help young conservationists appreciate the important role that trees play in ecosystems around the world with this collection of six engaging activities. From a shared reading and class discussion of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, to in an depth...
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Handing Out Germs

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
You've been infected! Learners discover how easily germs can spread through a simulation in which classmates interact and exchange notecards that have been "marked". 
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All the Water in the World

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
In a cross-curricular instructional activity linking math and science, examine the percentages of earth's water supply with your elementary kids using pasta or dixie cups of water. Younger learners focus on identifying local water...
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Be Prepared for an Earthquake

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Earthquakes can be frightening and dangerous, but being prepared can make a world of difference. Perform an earthquake simulation during which the class practices how to drop, cover, and hold on as you read a script describing what might...
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Nocturnal Animals

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
How do those nocturnal animals see in the dark? This perplexing question does have an answer. First, little ones use their sense of touch to determine the name of a mystery object, then they listen closely to identify various animals by...
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Sets and the Venn Diagram (Beginner)

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Venn diagrams are helpful in understanding the idea of a set and using attributes to sort items. This basic plan is an introduction with an added bonus of an applet that can be used to demonstrate the activity. If a classroom of...
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Act it Out: Dramatizing Asian American Stories

For Teachers K - 12th
Read and act out folktales, fairy tales, or myths from various Asian American cultures with your class. Each group reads a story aloud and then works together to create a short play or skit about the story. Suggestions for stories are...
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H2O to Go to Go

For Teachers K - 8th
Youngsters engage in a relay race where they dip a sponge in water, run to a bucket, and squeeze out the sponge. They have five minutes to take turns transporting water to the goal. Whey the time is up, each team measures the total...
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Language Arts: Stick Puppet Show

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners create short stories and make stick puppets to act it out. After editing their stories, they glue used CDs or DVDs to popsicle sticks and decorate them as the story characters. Finally, students present their puppet shows to...
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Desert Drama

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners read both fiction and nonfiction books with desert themes. Then they write desert stories and reports, reviewing texts for information to include in writing. Students also design desert scenes with details and setting elements...
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Lesson Plan: How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote...
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Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Teachers K - 2nd
Primary learners will embrace diversity and celebrate multiculturalism through these engaging activities. Which include reading the story Martin Luther King and singing the song "A Man Named King." They will also explore the concept of...
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Podcasting for Reading Fluency

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Nothing helps you identify your reading fluency like hearing yourself read aloud! Increase reading fluency and expression by having young learners podcast a weekly high interest piece of literature. Assign a different star or featured...