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The First Strawberries

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore Cherokee legends. They read The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac, and then do several activities to help comprehension. They discuss the book and answer comprehension questions. In addition, they retell the...
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Warm Up with Winter Writing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Try these cool writing lesson ideas that promote creativity and increase vocabulary.
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Plan Your Unexpected Journey

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Leave your hobbit hole and start an adventure with J. R. R. Tolkien's timeless tale of dwarves, dragons, and hobbits.
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Designing Experiments - Overview

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concepts that enable them to design and conduct sound scientific experiments. They critique a faulty experiment and become familiar with some of the criteria of a good experiment. They conduct their own experiment.
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Gallery of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

For Students 6th - 8th
Art history is a wonderful topic that bridges time, context, history, and artistic expression. Help your class understand how to carefully look at an artist and his work by using this fun project. Pupils make a brochure or a price list...
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Try a Drawing Drawer

For Students 2nd - 6th
Integrating art into your classroom every day just got easier. This fantastic idea provides 43 strips intended to keep early finishers busy and to bring art into the classroom. You cut the strips, put them in a drawer, and have early...
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Use The Polar Express to Develop Rich and Detailed Writing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Bring The Polar Express into your middle school classroom to spark the creativity of your emerging writers.
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The Five-Transition Adventure Planner

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Having problems with abrupt and stunted writing? Upper elementary and middle schoolers write comic book scenes focusing on transition words. After listening to the book Meanwhile by Jules Feiffer, they participate in prewriting...
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Sentence Starters - The Passive Voice

For Students 4th - 8th
Discuss the active and passive voices with this packet. There are several exercises to complete! First, identify which sentences are active and which are passive. Then, create sentences in the passive voice with the given topic. Finally,...
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Basic English Grammar: Count and Mass Nouns

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Provide your class with a review of count and noncount nouns. With a 60-slide presentation, learners discuss count vs. noncount nouns, the use of an and a, and common words used to describe an amount. This is a comprehensive and visually...
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Gallery of Hieronymus Bosch

For Students 4th - 8th
Bosch created some of the most interesting allegorical works of his time. Expose your learners to these works by having them create a gallery brochure describing his life and art, or a fictitious price list for their next art auction....
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Gallery of El Greco

For Students 4th - 8th
A fantastic worksheet that provides two great ways to learn about the artist El Greco. Children choose to either create a brochure detailing biographical and art-related information about El Greco, or they make a pretend price list of...
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Should the Colonists Have Signed the Declaration of Independence?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Explore the Declaration of Independence in this US History instructional activity. Middle schoolers compare and contrast viewpoints of the Loyalists and the Patriots as they discuss the issue of colonial independence from Britain. They...
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Determining the Existence of Gender Bias in Daily Tasks

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Help your kids explore gender bias. Learners design and conduct a survey examining role responsibilities within families. They determine the percentage of responsibilities for males vs. females and graph the results. Then they analyze...
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Welcome to the Blogosphere

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Create a blog spot for your classroom and promote online discussions. There are several blogging websites listed here, and you can create one specific to each class or one collective site. Teach your learners how to post on the blog, and...
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Be Specific, Go West To The Pacific

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Fifth and sixth graders follow Lewis and Clark from St. Louis to the Pacific and back again. They read online journal entries made by Lewis and Clark to gather information. The official Lewis and Clark website is used by learners to...