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Hometown Heroes

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Transform studying about veterans in a textbook to personal interviews with veterans in the community. Four varying lesson plans make up an entire unit or individualized learning based on your class's needs. Exercises include researching...
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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 instructional...
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Pocket

For Students K - 12th Standards
Can't read this now, I'll have to check it out later. A teacher's time is always limited. So often as we peruse the web for personal and professional content, we come across sites and information that we cannot immediately browse. Enter,...
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The Science of the Sun

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
There's more to that glowing ball of light in sky than most children realize. From the overall structure of the solar system, to the changing of the seasons, these hands-on lessons open the eyes of young scientists to the important role...
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Soda Straw Rockets

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science lesson! Beginning with a discussion about rockets and gravity, young scientists go on to complete a series of worksheets about net forces...
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Noodling Around: Powers of Ten

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
How many noodles long is your classroom? Find out when engineers of all ages explore measurement through the use of pool noodles. With the noodles pre-cut to certain metric lengths, the activities could be used to introduce the metric...
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Seeds

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
What does a seed need to grow into a plant? What is inside a seed? In a fun and engaging lesson, young scientists learn all about what it takes for a seed to become a plant as they listen to a story, examine the inside of a germinated...
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Arthur's Perfect Pet

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Choosing the perfect pet is a difficult decision to make. After a class read-aloud of the book Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown, children participate in correspondence with Arthur, writing letters back and forth as they help him...
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Heart and Lungs

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
With a partner, youngsters measure their pulse and breathing rates, both at rest and after running in place for a minute. While this activity is not novel, the lesson plan includes a large-scale classroom graphing activity and other...
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What Are You Up To?

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Beware, this lesson requires the assistance of a class pet! Observation and predictions are key components of the scientific mind; they are also the focus of a fun lesson. Little learners discuss their daily routine, then they turn their...
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Wild in the Schoolyard

For Teachers K Standards
Stake a few plots around the playground and conduct a scientific investigation! Budding scientists discuss what is alive, what is not, and what they think they'll find on the school playground. After a quick discussion, they head out...
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Circles of Life: Writing About Wildlife

For Teachers K Standards
Take little ones outside for a scientific observation and investigation. The class treks through the school yard to observe living things in the environment. When they return to class, they engage in a think aloud activity, are...
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A Hundred Bales of Hay

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
This lesson combines math, visual arts, and language arts activities that all focus on the making, and baling of hay. The activities can be adjusted to address different age ranges. Most of the activities focus on gaining...
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Caves

For Teachers K - 4th
Explore caves with your class! Your scholars will participate in scientific observation, research, inference and deduction, reading, vocabulary, and writing activities about caves with this lesson plan. This resource contains five...
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Pop Can Hero Engine

For Teachers K - 8th
Hang a soda can from a string and watch it spin by the force created by water streaming out of slanted holes. This plan provides background information, detailed materials and procedures, discussion questions, a lab worksheet, and...
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About Frogs

For Teachers K - 2nd
Following a reading of Frogs by Gail Gibbons, young scientists write about one fact they learned from the reading to include in a class book about frog facts. Class members illustrate their sentences and add a title page and a table of...
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What Do You See at the Pond?

For Teachers K - 2nd
With What Do You See at the Pond?, young readers explore pond life and practice reading strategies. Learners first make predictions and then read the simple story independently. After a second read-through with a partner, kids come...
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Questioning

For Teachers K - 2nd
Practice making predictions by looking at the cover of a book. You can use The Hungry Thing, as suggested here, or any other book you may be reading in class. Use the predictions to talk about good reading strategies. A chart is included...
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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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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

For Teachers K - 1st
Wow! Here is a most-impressive series of lessons and activities that revolve around the classic story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The purpose of the lessons are to provide an agricultural theme in the reading, writing, and science...
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A Whole Lotta Changin' Goin' On

For Teachers K - 2nd
Here's a fabulous lesson on the life cycle of a butterfly. Youngsters are able to identify and understand the four stages of life. They construct models of a caterpillar and write a sequence story about the life of a butterfly. This...
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Plant Part Exploration: Stems

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Explore water transport in plant stems using this fun experiment! Your scientists will start by reading Stems by Vijaya Bodach. Then, activate prior knowledge about plant stem functions and water transportation. Demonstrate this concept...
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Word Steps

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Blending basic CVC letters to make words is one of the first steps to independent reading. Provided here are several images of stairs and several letters to cut and arrange. The learner rearranges the letters to form CVC patterns, sounds...
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Plant Part Exploration: A Closer Look at Roots

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Learning about plants can be exciting and highly engaging for children of any age. They read the book What do Roots Do, discuss vocabulary, explore roots by digging up weeds in the garden, and write a poem that answers the five w's; who,...
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Potato Exploration: Projects All About Potatoes!

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
How many potatoes tall are you? Unearth this rich resource! A reading of John Coy’s Two Old Potatoes begins a cross-curricular exploration of potatoes. Class members read, write, weigh, measure, and experiment with potatoes. Additional...
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The Properties of Water

For Teachers K - 8th
What are the properties of water? Lead your class through a series of activities to answer this question. Discuss findings and interpretations with the class as a whole, encouraging them to speak in complete sentences and to make...
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The Little Red Hen

For Teachers K - 1st
Young readers access prior knowledge of how wheat becomes bread. Using "The Little Red Hen" story, learners make predictions of the events. Extension activities include singing a song about the story and making a list of ways to help...
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AWARD CERTIFICATE FOR A CHARACTER

For Teachers K - 1st
Connect to real-world experiences by having your primary learners create an award certificate based upon literal and inferential information from a story. They present the award to a character from a story and explain the criteria used....
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Chrysanthemum

For Teachers K - 2nd
Our uniqueness should be celebrated, not teased. The story Chrysanthemum addresses having a distinct name and dealing with different perceptions. Pre- and post-reading questions are listed to help your learners understand and make...
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Macaroni Math - Unit Overview

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
It's not just for lunch, mini mathematicians make use of macaroni to model addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10. They place macaroni pieces on their desk and take away to model subtraction, then write subtraction story problems....
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Mixing in Math: Growing Plants

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Whether you have your class plant seeds or begin when sprouts are visible, math skills are used here to predict and track growth over time. Straw bar graphs show plant height on a given day while the graph as a whole shows changes over...
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Lesson Plan: Plant Life Cycles

For Teachers K - 5th
Young scientists view videos to watch the changes through the life cycle of a plant. Then they will germinate seeds on a sock and in a plastic bag. Finally, they answer questions about the sequence of plant growth and record changes in...
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Flower Power

For Teachers K - 1st
An engaging, multi-session art and science lesson awaits your class. Within this lesson, you'll find everything you need to implement the plan. They go on a nature walk around their school, and must identify many living and non-living...
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Let's Read!

For Teachers K
The activation strategy used to begin this lesson is an "Item Box." This box is full of various, random items which pupils must pull from and name them out loud. After this quick activity, they will participate in a PowerPoint activity...
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Fun With Shapes

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Check out this absolutely fabulous lesson on shapes for kindergarteners! Students randomly choose a shape out of a can, and stand together in their "shape group." They complete a worksheet embedded in the plan on the four basic shapes...
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Dust Catchers

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
In class, your emerging environmentalists construct dust catchers. They take them home for a week or two, and then bring them back into class to examine under a magnifier. From this activity, they learn what makes up dust and that...
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Food Waste and the Environment

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Out of sight out of mind can be a dangerous habit. Learners investigate the life of food waste after it leaves people's homes and its impact on the environment. They complete a series of three activities that involve building a mini...
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Food Waste and Natural Resources

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
There is a limited supply of natural resources. Pupils complete a series of activities to investigate the natural resources used in food processing. They consider food waste to draw conclusions about the amount of resources used...
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Trees of the Midwest

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
All trees are not created equal. A set of three wildlife conservation lessons has learners examine the characteristics of individual trees. They look at the life cycle of the tree using a story and reference a field guide to identify...
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Animal Diversity and Tracking

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
What exactly are those glowing eyes in the night? Learners run an experiment to attract local wildlife and then document the number of visitors by identifying their tracks. They then analyze the data to draw conclusions about the types...
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Narrative STEM Lessons

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Read on if engineering interests you. Instructors peruse a set of narrative STEM lessons for grades K-6. All activities are based on reading a children's book and then solving a problem using the engineering design process.
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STEM Narrative Curriculum Design Challenges

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Picture books provide great learning opportunities for STEM. A curriculum resource document gives several lessons in each grade level for K-6. The activities have learners read a book before applying the engineering design process to...
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The Micro and Macro World Around Us

For Teachers K - 12th
Don't let your eyes play tricks on you ... use scale to keep your eyes in check! Young scholars observe images without scale and try to identify the structure. Then, they look at the same image with a scale bar and assess whether their...
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What’s In Your Neighborhood?

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Chart your way to an understanding of nanoscale. Using a Google map, learners estimate a radius around their location of 1,000 and 1,000,000 meters. Predicting what 1,000,000,000 meters would look like takes them off the charts!...
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Shrink Me!

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
The incredibly shrinking meter—decimeters to centimeters, to millimeters, and now to nanometers! Learners may have a difficult time visualizing particles on a nanoscale. Help them see a little clearer using a well-designed lesson that...
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Amazing Birds

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
What's so amazing about birds? Find out just how amazing birds are with a physics of animal behavior unit created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Have learners explore and tap into their observational skills and notice how birds fly, what...
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Makerspace Playbook

For Teachers K - 12th
Make the most of project-based learning with Makerspace. A playbook shows instructors and other interested parties how to set up a Makerspace and Maker community to foster STEM projects. It gives ideas for startup activities and for...
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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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Welcome To Your Senses

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell—oh the world of senses! What do these five senses have to do with the brain? The answer: everything. Explore how the brain sends and receives messages by having the class participate in several sense...
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Create Dynamic Art Using the Eclipse!

For Students K - 12th
What happens to light as it passes through a hole? This is the main question centered around the designing of a solar eclipse dynamic art piece that uses a solar eclipse and paper to create a pinhole projection of the art.
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Perfect Pair

For Students K - 12th Standards
What makes number pairs perfect? The resource provides five problems regarding perfect pairs of numbers, the definition of which changes in complexity with each task. Solutions require pupils to apply number sense and operations, as well...
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Part and Whole

For Students K - 7th Standards
Now you'll never have trouble cutting a cake evenly again. Here is a set of five problems all about partitioning shapes into a given number of pieces and identifying the fractional amount of each piece. As learners progress through the...
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Fractured Numbers

For Students K - 12th Standards
Don't use use a fraction of the resource — use it all! Scholars attempt a set of five problem-of-the-month challenges on fractions. Levels A and B focus on creating fractions and equivalent fractions, while Levels C, D, and E touch on...
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Diminishing Return

For Students K - 12th Standards
Challenge individuals to compete as many tasks as possible. Lower-level tasks have pupils apply costs and rates to solve problems. Upper-level tasks add algebraic reasoning and conditional probability to the tasks.
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Double Down

For Students K - 12th Standards
Double the dog ears, double the fun. Five problems provide increasing challenges with non-linear growth. Topics include dog ears, family trees and population data, and geometric patterns.  
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Piece it Together

For Students K - 12th Standards
Score some problems all related to soccer balls. The first few problems focus on pattern blocks to see relationships between figures. More advanced problems focus on actual soccer balls, the patterns on the balls, and their volumes and...
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Lyle's Triangles

For Students K - 12th Standards
Try five problems on triangles. Levels A and B focus on shapes that can be created from right triangles. Level C touches upon the relationship between the area of a six-pointed star and the area of each triangle of which it is composed....
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Cubism

For Students K - 12th Standards
If cubism were a religion, would you follow it? Lower-level tasks focus primarily on counting the number cubes in a structure and relating the number to surface area. As learners progress to higher-level tasks, isometric drawings and...
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The Cat in the Hat Activity Exploring Weather

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Observe different types of weather right in your classroom! Here, pupils look at clouds, rain, snow, wind, and hot and cold temperatures, and observe these weather patterns at school. They keep track of their observations in a worksheet...
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Tough Boris

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Read through Mem Fox's 10 reading commandments and obtain an abundance of strategies to develop a love of reading in young learners. Additionally, use Tough Boris by Mem Fox to promote early literacy with a read aloud and an assortment...
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Weather or Not, Seasons Change

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Embark on a year long investigation of the seasons with this 10-lesson earth science unit. After being introduced to different types of weather and the tools used to measure it, young scientists perform fun hands-on activities that teach...
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Making Math Meaningful and Enjoyable

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Your young learners will enjoy mathematics that is meaningful correspondence as they play their way to a deep mathematical foundation. Organized around the math standards, this appropriate sequence of conceptual, preschool...
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Shape Sorting: Looking for Green!

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Young mathematicians rotate, flip, and sort their way to an understanding of the different attributes of geometric figures. Using transparent yellow and blue shapes, children try to match congruent figures together to create...
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Rocks and Minerals in Our Lives

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
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,...
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Exploring Animal Camouflage

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Uncover the hidden mysteries of the animal kingdom with an elementary science lesson on camouflage. After spending time outside investigating animals in their natural habitats, the class creates a terrarium in order to observe the...
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My Foot and the Standard Foot

For Students K - 2nd Standards
Young mathematicians put one foot in front of the other as they learn how to measure length in an elementary math lesson. Using paper cutouts of their own feet, children measure classroom objects as they discover the importance of...
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Weather Watch Activity Guide: Groundhog Day

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Exactly what do groundhogs know about weather? Not as much as your science students will after completing these lessons and activities that cover everything from the earth's rotation and the creation of shadows, to cloud...
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Career Activity File

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th Standards
Pupils design career portfolios, which will demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their schooling and personal endeavors, using the wide variety of worksheets and activities provided in this resource.
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Rain Forest Teaching Curriculum

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Take young naturalists on an exploration of the world's tropical rainforests with this extensive collection of lessons and activities. Whether its creating leaf and flower prints or investigating the absorption spectrum of chlorophyl,...
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Studying Grassland Ecosystems

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
At first glance, grassland ecosystems might seem dull and uninteresting, but once you start to explore it's amazing the things you'll find! Through this series of engaging lessons, activities, and experiments, elementary students examine...
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Recycling

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Knowing what can be recycled or reused and what has to be thrown away is difficult for children. This conservation lesson teaches young learners to distinguish between different kinds of waste by first sorting through used classroom...
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Recycling

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Raise young children's environmental awareness with this early elementary recycling lesson. After discussing garbage and the importance of recycling, students perform a variety of activities that explore different ways of recycling and...
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DIY Sun Science

For Students K - 8th Standards
Get an up-close-and personal look at the sun from the safety of your classroom with this fun science application. Offering numerous activities, images, and videos, the resource supports children of all ages as they learn about the sun.
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Field Day Scarcity

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Introduce young mathematicians to concepts of financial literacy with this open-ended word problem. With seven dollars to spend during field day and given a list of available items and their prices, children must determine how they want...
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Patriot Day September 11, 2011

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
While many of our students may recognize the date of September 11, 2001 in the United States, most will not be able to personally recall what transpired. On Patriot Day, introduce your young learners to the events, aftermath, and...
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Weather Graph Data

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Teaching young mathematicians about collecting and analyzing data allows for a variety of fun and engaging activities. Here, children observe the weather every day for a month, recording their observations in the form of a bar graph....
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How Does Your Garden Grow?

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
What to do, bunnies are getting into the garden and eating all the carrots! After reading the story Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! the class works together to design a device that will keep those bunnies out of the garden. They get together in...
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Gases Matter

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
As a demonstration or as a hands-on activity, your class watches as the combination of vinegar and baking soda produce carbon dioxide gas. The intent of the lesson is to help youngsters understand that gases occupy space. It is included...
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Do Plants Need Light?

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Turn your classroom into a greenhouse with a lesson on plant growth. First, investigate the different parts of seeds, identifying the seed coat, cotyledon, and embryo. Then plant the seeds and watch them grow! Measure the new plants...
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Animals' Needs

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Explore the wonderful world of earthworms as your class learns about the requirements of animal life. After building soda bottle terrariums, students observe worms over the course of a couple weeks, building an understanding that all...
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Needs of Plants

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
What better way to learn about plant life than by creating a class garden? Young botanists start with a brief discussion about radishes before planting seeds and watching them grow. To determine the importance of water, sunlight, and...
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Plant Parts You Eat

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Plants provide a variety of delicious foods essential for human survival. In the fourth lesson of this series on food science, young scientists investigate common fruits, vegetables, and grains in order to determine which plant part is...
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What's That Food?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Get things cooking with the first lesson in this series on the science of food. Working in small groups, young scientists make and record observations about different mystery foods. These descriptions are then shared with the class and...
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What's Is Soil Made Of?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second instructional activity of this series on the science of food. Investigate where plants and animals get the minerals they need to live in this two-part exploration of...
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How Do We Use Water?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Send youngsters home to survey how they use water in their homes. Then bring them together to discuss which uses are essential for our health and which are not. A helpful video offers teaching tips for this lesson plan, and a...
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Spiders in Space

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Does a spider spin its web differently in space? What other ways might microgravity affect an arachnid? Pick a topic to research, plan an investigation, and follow astronauts on the International Space Station as they perform some of the...
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Butterflies in Space

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
How does gravity affect the life cycle of a butterfly? Learn first-hand what types of investigations astronauts perform in space by following along with one of NASA's experiments. Create butterfly habitats in the classroom with specific...
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The Human Body

For Students Pre-K - 6th Standards
Examine the systems of the human body with a bold, charming, and kid-friendly application. This noteworthy tool is certain to get kids interested what goes on inside of them! The eye feature uses the tablet camera to view images and show...
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How Long is a Minute?

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
What can you do in a minute? To better appreciate how long they should be brushing their teeth, young learners time each tother performing a variety of different tasks for one minute. First, however, learners record their day one...
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Arctic Animals: How Do They Measure Up?

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Young scientists grab their measuring tapes, rulers, and yard sticks as they see how big Arctic animals really are. To conceptualize the trait of height or length, each small group will measure out the entire length of an arctic animal....
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What Would Happen?

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Nothing says classroom fun like an invertebrate and a magnifying glass! Snails, earthworms, and roly-poly bugs become the center of attention as pint-sized investigators hone their inquiry and observation skills. They are guided through...
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Snakes and Lizards Length and Movement

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Snakes and lizards can be very tiny or very long. Your class will get out their rulers to see just how big snakes and lizards can be. They discuss several different reptiles by reading the included animal fact cards, then each small...
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Notice and Wonder

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Pint-sized zoologists practice the art of observation. They take notes, pictures or written, as they observe an animal for a period of time. This can be done at the zoo, with a visiting classroom animal, or perhaps at the humane society....
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Shapes

For Teachers K - 2nd
Expose youngsters to 3-D objects in a hands-on learning activity involving marshmallows and toothpicks. Engage your young mathematicians by introducing them to 3-D shapes by means of a story book. Explore 3-D shapes by manipulating...
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Kodomo No Hi: Children's Day Celebration

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Children's Day is a beloved Japanese holiday with many colorful and engaging traditions. On this national holiday celebrated yearly on May 5, children are honored for their strengths and given good wishes for happiness. Your younger...
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Lesson 2: Shapes

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Shapes are really neat, and here's a activity that will help learners identify shapes through song, touch, and sight. They sing a shape song as they bounce different shapes around in a parachute. They then read a story and feel each...
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Big and Small

For Teachers K - 6th
Sorting big and small objects builds spacial reasoning classification, and visual discrimination skills. Your class will read a story about big and small bubbles, practice identifying big and small objects, then sort big and small balls...
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Button Math

For Teachers K - 2nd
Use buttons, cards, and dice to perform simple math problems! This inventive instructional activity should be quite engaging for young learners. Kindergarteners use buttons to help them understand the concepts of greater than, less than,...
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Three Cornered Hat

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Triangles are the star of the show in a resource designed for pre-K and kindergartners. Learners discover that triangles all have three sides, and three corners. They identify shapes in the classroom that are triangles, make their own...
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Your Five Senses

For Teachers K - 12th
Students identify the five senses. In this biology instructional activity, students participate in an experiment and use their five senses to identify various substances.
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Where Is Away?

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explore garbage. In this landfill lesson, students investigate how much garbage is collected in landfills on average each day. Students discover hazardous materials that are disposed of improperly and the effects of these...
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Conserving Water through Art!

For Teachers K - 4th
Students study water conservation. In this water conservation lesson, students investigate the scarcity of water and determine reasons for conserving water.  Students estimate how much water they use in one day and identify ways to...
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Different Strokes For Different Folktales

For Teachers K - 1st
Young readers use graphic organizers, such as Venn diagrams and story maps, to analyze a variety of folktales and the elements of a story. They use writing, sequencing activities, and creative art to identify the morals learned from a...
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How to Make a Wind Vane

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students measure the direction of the wind. In this Science instructional activity, students make their own wind vane. Students discuss the importance of wind direction and speed.
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Caring for Bicycles

For Teachers K - 2nd
Do you ride a bike? Explore maintenance and safety with the book Caring for Bicycles. This instructional resource walks young ones through the steps of checking a bicycle. As this is a nonfiction text, features such as diagrams, charts,...
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Hooked on Hummingbirds

For Teachers K - 5th
How does a hummingbird fly? What does it like to eat? Young zoologists research the characteristics of the hummingbird. They then hang bird feeders and prepare flowers and plants to attract hummingbirds.
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Mapping Your State's Role in the Vietnam War

For Teachers K - 12th
Students recognize reasons to celebrate Memorial Day. Students create a map of victims of the VIetnam War. Using the internet, students research information about soldiers from their state who were killd in action in Vietnam. Students...
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Weather is the Word-O

For Teachers K
Kinder science can be fun and cross curricular. Young weather watchers visit several websites, read a series of weather-related books, conduct an experiment, and use HyperStudio to illustrate their favorite type of weather. 
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We Are All Authors: Create a Book

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Every child is an author with this engaging reading activity. First the class reviews the various parts of a book such as the title, author, dedication, and author-biography. Then each individual will choose a story of their own to...
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The Art Lesson

For Teachers K - 3rd
Explore visual arts and illustrations by reading a picture book with your class. Begin by reading the book The Art Lesson about a writer and illustrator who collaborate on their books. Next, have your class answer study questions about...
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Anticipatory Set Picture Walk

For Teachers K - 3rd
Take young learners on a picture walk! First, they will make predictions about a story, its plot, and its characters by perusing the pictures. Then, after reading, they identify supporting details and assess whether their predictions...
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Map It Out

For Teachers K - 4th
Explore how illustrations add to a story. Young learners will look at picture books to see how the pictures tell the story. They create illustrations to go with a chosen story, and then flip the activity so they have to write a story to...
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The Best Main Idea

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
What is the main idea? Interest your young readers with this fun introductory lesson! After selecting several items from a paper bag, the teacher leads learners to determine the big idea for those items. This concept is then applied to...
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Lesson 3: Labeled Diagrams

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Examine the book Stargazers by Gail Gibbons. Young readers will practice reading and interpreting information from diagrams in this informational text. They work together as a class on this skill and then move into independent practice....
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Newcomers

For Teachers K - 3rd
Explore emotions associated with moving to a new home with young learners. First they listen to the books Painted Words/Spoken Memories by Aliki and Going Home by Eve Bunting. Then they are invited to share their experiences as well as...
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The "Runningest" Piece - Frederic Remington's - The Cheyenne

For Teachers K
Students study a sculpture to identify the sense of movement it represents. In this art appreciation instructional activity, students look at images of Remington"s, "The Cheyenne." They examine the texture, color and sense of movement...
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Tomato Exploration

For Teachers K - 2nd
Create tomatoes in 15-20 minutes using this fun and interactive lesson plan! Learners listen to a book about tomatoes (recommendations listed), and focus on the vocabulary word tomato. They count the syllables and practice the plural....
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How to Hide in the Ocean

For Teachers K - 8th
Students observe and discuss the advantages of camouflage, then try their hands at designing a well-camouflaged fish.
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The Case of the Hungry Stranger

For Teachers K - 2nd
Introduce your readers to the mystery genre with The Case of the Hungry Stranger. Learners help solve the mystery, making inferences as they read and answering comprehension questions altogether. The writing assignment asks beginners to...
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A Box for Bobo

For Teachers K - 2nd
Encourage sharing and collaboration among your young ones. Read A Box for Bobo and discuss what happens when Raf, the main character, does not share with his friend Bobo, and later wants what Bobo has. Prediction and reading...
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My Community Book

For Teachers K - 3rd
Young learners examine different places in their neighborhood using informational texts. First they identify a place that they like to play and predict if it will be in the nonfiction book Community at Play.They will share their favorite...
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What is a Philanthropist?

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
What does a philanthropist do? Help your class explore philanthropy using character development and literacy ideas. Learners will define and give examples of philanthropy, listen to The Lion and the Mouse, discuss how the characters help...
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Folklore for Primary Students

For Teachers K - 2nd
Study folklore and its various criteria with your class. Young readers write original folktales and create visual displays. Individuals present their works to the rest of the class and compare the features of their stories with the...
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Dressing Up

For Teachers K - 2nd
Did you ever play dress up? Tap into your learners' imaginations with the story Dressing Up. Young ones visually explore the costumes displayed and answer reading comprehension questions. After reading, they get to add their own pretend...
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A Surprise For Jack

For Teachers K - 3rd
Work on making inferences with your class by reading A Surprise for Jack. Some vocabulary and rhyming words are listed along with quite a few reading comprehension questions. Learners demonstrate their understanding in a class discussion...
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Let's Get it Together! Reading to Learn

For Teachers K - 4th
Let’s learn about frogs! Young readers are led through “Freaky Frogs,” a non-fiction article. Teach learners how to edit an article so there are fewer details to sift through. After talking through the article, they learn the six steps...
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Sound Blending Lesson Plan

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Mr. Snowman wants to help emerging readers understand compound words, so he segments some familiar words to help them see that they are made of two distinct words. Learners repeat the words, both segmented and blended, and observe them...
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Same and Different Through Music and Art

For Teachers K
This lesson is intended for a music class but would be a great way to teach compare and contrast to any class. Kindergarteners dance the Hokey Pokey to four different styles of music and examine two paintings of Humpty Dumpty, then...
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Group Product-Pitch Presentation

For Teachers K - 12th
Are you just about to teach persuasion in your class? If so, you should consider this short unit. In small groups, learners create a product, develop a magazine ad for the product, and pitch this product to the class using a visual...
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Get in Shape with Geometry

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Using geoboards, computer programs, and hands-on manipulative materials, elementary schoolers engage in a study of two and three-dimensional geometric shapes. This lesson is chock full of good teaching ideas on the subject, and the...
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I Can Build It.....Yes I Can!

For Teachers K
Kindergartners listen to a story read by their teacher, then use magnetic shape pieces to construct simple designes. They "build" their own house using pre-cut paper shapes. This age-appropriate lesson plan would be an excellent choice...
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Color the Snow

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Are your teaching in a cold and snowy environment? If so, then try out this fun activity with your class. You mix a variety of colors in large jars to show learners the difference between primary and secondary colors, then let them mix...
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Growing Minds: Garden Planning

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
School gardens are rich in cross-curricular learning opportunities! Excellent ideas put learners in charge of organizing and planning. Begin with a book about gardening (recommended titles provided), and discuss learners' prior knowledge...
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Humourous Head Planter Spike: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers K - 8th
What a great activity. Kids create humorous ceramic character (heads) spikes to enliven a planter. Modern art is full of expressive and exaggerated forms and your class gets to create them out of clay. This would be a lovely activity to...
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Season Tiles: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers K - 3rd
Each color holds its own feeling and these feelings are used to describe the four seasons. Youngsters create a color palate based on the four seasons, assigning various colors to each season. They each create four clay tiles, painting...
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Shape Collages

For Teachers K - 2nd
To reinforce shape recognition and identification, little learners create a shape collage. They name each shape as they go, gluing or pasting them onto bright paper. They discuss collage techniques and are encouraged to use their shapes...
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Case of the Missing Pumpkin

For Teachers K - 6th
Scientists define and discuss decomposition, and watch pumpkins decompose and return to soil in classroom experiment. They record the date the experiment began, chart changes in pumpkins on a calendar, count how many days it takes...
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Letter Cube Blending

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Emergent readers use a letter cube to identify, blend, and make words. They roll each of the three letter cubes, mark down the letters they rolled, then blend the letter sounds together to make a word. They record each word on a...
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Feed the Animals

For Teachers K - 1st
Kindergarteners sort picture cards based on the number of syllables they count as they say the name of the food item on each card. They feed the animals by sorting the pictures into boxes, each box contains only picture cards that have a...
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Syllable Graph

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Kids make a picto-graph based on the number of syllables found in each picture card. They choose a card, say the name of the object on the card, break the word into syllables, count the syllables, then glue to picuture onto the number...
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Hungry Letter Mouse

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
The little letter mouse makes this a very cute and kids friendly activity. In pairs, learners take turns writing and identifying letters on a white board. Learner one writes a letter, learner two finds in on the alphabet strip. If he is...
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The Sound Game

For Teachers K - 1st
Pre-readers get a better understanding of phoneme segmenting and counting by playing a board game. They pick an image card from the stack, say the name of the object, break the word down into segments, then move their piece that number...
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Silent "e" Changes

For Teachers K - 1st
Get that silent e under control! Engage early readers in a silent e activity to help them understand the changes an e can make to a simple word. With the provided cards, they read and write each word as it appears without the silent e....
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Rhyme Pie

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Being able to recognize rhyming words is a step closer to understanding the phonemic blends that are necessary for building early reading skills. Little learners use the provided picture cards to make a rhyming pie. They glue rhyming...
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Clapping Names

For Teachers K - 1st
Want to know what to do with those left over class pictures? Use them to help kids practice identifying and counting out syllables. Images of classmates are cut out and placed on a chart, then learners clap and count the syllables in...
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Phoneme Quest

For Teachers K - 1st
In this phonics activity, little learners glue picture cards under the initial, medial, and final phonemes represented by the lead sound cards. An image of a shark broken into three parts represents the initial phoneme /sh/, the medial...
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Pocket Rhymes

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Rhyming is fun and it helps build phonological awareness that is key in early reading. Learners use a pocket chart and a set of 40 cards that make 20 rhyming sets to practice recognizing rhyming words. Peer one picks a card from a bag...
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Three-In-One

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Here is a really cool activity that builds early reading and writing skills while allowing learners to differentiate between real and nonsense words. They use the provided pack of alphabet cards to construct basic cvc words. In addition,...
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Final Phoneme Find

For Teachers K - 1st
Perfect for a learning center or independent practice, this phonics activity engages listening skills and concentration. Pre-readers listen to a teacher-made recording and use the provided worksheet to number the final phonemes they...
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Sand Paper Words

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners use a stack of words embellished tactile elements, such as sand paper, to practice high frequency words. They trace the tactile surface of each letter in the word, write it on their paper, then find and glue that word from a...
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Final Phoneme Pie

For Teachers K - 1st
Words are interesting things - you can change them entirely by adding or subtracting phonemes. With this in mind, emergent readers change the pictures on their phoneme pie by removing or adding various final phonemes.A fun way to build...
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Sentence Graph

For Teachers K - 1st
Intended for use at a learning center, this activity helps pre-readers segment sentences while building good listening skills. A child listens to a series of sentences you've recorded, then mark all the words they hear on the provided...
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Bag of Sounds

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Here is a simple yet effective learning activity sure to help foster strong phonemic awareness. In pairs, pre-readers take turns holding up objects from a bag. As one child holds up an object the other names it and says its initial...
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Vowel Stars

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Phonics is a great tool to teach both reading and writing. Learners are given a star, each star contains a c_c form in the center and vowels on each tip. They use the vowels to fill in the blank between the consonants making a simple cvc...
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Rhyme or No Rhyme

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Learning centers are a great resource, and this center idea sounds like a winner! Children listen to a rhyming song (with headphones). They clap when they hear a rhyme and shake their heads "no" when they do not. They then draw a pair of...
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Mystery Word Wall Game

For Teachers K - 8th
Practice using words found on the classroom word wall, in vocabulary lists, or on spelling lists with your class. Young readers use clues to find the mystery word in the room. They can tally the points earned from identifying words...
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Growing Minds: Cabbage Exploration

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
It's all about cabbage in this scientific observation resource! After reading a related story, learners explore three varieties of cabbage. They observe the leaves using a leaf diagram, predicting what the middle might look like. They...
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Making New Shapes

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Do your young geometers know there is more than one way to make a hexagon? Using tangrams and pattern blocks, they experiment with various methods of creating new shapes out of other shapes. First, they use two triangles. Next, pupils...
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Can You Find It?

For Teachers K - 3rd
Plan a Parts of a Book scavenger hunt. Begin by giving your young adventurers a book, and asking them to find the title, author, illustrator, and table of contents. After a discussion of the purpose of each of these items, class members...
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Worms: A Farmer's Best Friend

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
The earthworms on your school campus are an educational resource! Youngsters learn about the benefits worms bring to farmers, and listen to a book revealing the interesting truth about these slimy annelids. Then, they get up close and...
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Character Education: Honesty

For Teachers K - 5th
Primary learners read Holly Keller’s That’s Mine, Horace, analyze the text and characters, and sequence the story. After discussing the experiences Walter encounters once he tells a fib, class members use a character analysis worksheet...
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Insect Life Cycles

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Butterflies are fascinating! Their development is an intriguing example of natural life cycles. Read a book about butterflies to your learners (several are recommended), and focus on the term life cycle as you explain stages animals go...
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Counting and Cardinality

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
What a fun way to practice counting and cardinality! Print out the provided ten-frame templates in one color, and the number cards in another. Partners lay out all the cards upside down and play a matching game as they attempt to pair...
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Kindergarten: Operations and Algebraic Thinking K.G.4

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
How do we sort shapes? Using an extensive collection of cut-out shapes, your young scholars challenge themselves to sort and organize based on various attributes. A template is provided with forty-nine shapes, which you cut out for...
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Using the Sounds of Words Reading Task

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young readers demonstrate phonemic awareness in words and blends, and recognize 100 high-frequency words. Use a nursery rhyme to point out rhyming words, and change the words by putting a new letter at the beginning. Each learner will...
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Emergency Vehicles

For Teachers K - 1st
Have you ever been in an ambulance? Young learners read the nonfiction work Emergency Vehicles independently after sharing their prior knowledge on the subject. After reading, the class will come together to talk about reading strategies...
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Making Words With Short A

For Teachers K - 1st
Manipulate color-coded letters to make word families. The teacher will model basic letter changes before learners participate in six centers to strengthen their skills. They demonstrate their abilities by creating a word in front of the...
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How the story of Columbus' Discover Fits into Time

For Teachers K - 3rd
Who is Christopher Columbus and where does he fit on the timeline of history? Students explore U.S. history by viewing a slide-show of famous images. They view a PowerPoint presentation of paintings and documents showing the voyage...
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Are You Listening?

For Teachers K - 5th
To underscore the importance of practicing good listening skills class members engage in a series of activities that model poor listening skills. In pairs and then as a whole group, class members enact different, more positive techniques...
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VCe Rule Fluency

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore English by identifying word structures. Learners find many words that end with a vowel, consonant, and then an e. The class will participate in a word flash card game in which they correctly pronounce vowel-consonant words.
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VCe Rule Accuracy

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore word structure by participating in a vowels and consonants activity with young readers. They will read words their teacher points out in class and pronounce them correctly. Then they identify the words they say which have a...
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Tens and Ones Fun

For Teachers K - 1st
Youngsters use their large motor skills to build numbers to 20 in this outdoor, kinesthetic, collaborative activity. Amass cardboard boxes for groups to stack, sort, and bundle into 10s and 1s to show numbers and place value. They'll...
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Tissue Painting

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th
Let's make colors! Your class will participate in a creative art project that introduces them to the concept of color blending and allows them to discover color combinations through exploration, trail, and error. First, the teacher will...
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Mixed Bags: Fiction and Nonfiction

For Teachers K - 1st
The second in a series of three lessons from Scholastic comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction, this activity requires learners to read, write, and compare two books independently. After briefly reviewing the features of...
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Collecting Data to Learn About the People Around You

For Teachers K - 6th
Human graphs, anyone? Did you eat fruit today? What is your favorite costume? Have your K – 6 learners graph the responses. Early elementary grades may count and compare while upper grades compare responses of different groups or make...
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Find The Hidden Message: Media Literacy in Primary Grades

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners practice listening to and reading various types of media and text. In groups, learners use video, newspapers, magazines, and more to compare and contrast different types of information. They identify the differences between fact...
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Let's Learn About Dentists

For Teachers K - 1st
Your class will investigate going to the dentist with this lesson plan. After discussing reasons to go to the dentist and what a dentist does for their job, pupils write about a personal experience they had going to the dentist. Two...
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Geography of Canada

For Teachers K - 5th
All about Canada! Learners explore the geography and providences of Canada by watching videos, studying maps and conducting internet research. By the end of this instructional activity, your class should be able to locate major areas and...
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Finding Nonfiction Features

For Teachers K - 1st
The first lesson plan in a series of three lessons from Scholastic on fiction and nonfiction, this plan is designed to help young readers begin to distinguish between types of books. Learners will read many books in order to compare the...
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Fraction Representations - Grade One

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Early learners identify commonly used fractions such as  halves, thirds, and fourths. There are many activities in this three part lesson plan. They use manipulatives to develop an understanding of fractions and fractional parts. They...
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Wheels All Around

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Budding mathematicians explore the concept of skip counting. They practice skip counting as they use it to determine the number of wheels that come to school at 3 different times throughout the day. They also create a data graph to show...
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The Wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe

For Teachers K - 4th
Explore European settlers by researching the history of Virginia. In this Native American history activity, students identify the famous American Indian Princess named Pocahontas, her relationship with John Smith, and her marriage to...
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Using Initial Sounds and Picture Clues to Read Unknown Words

For Teachers K Standards
Kindergarteners read the bold words that are unknown by using the strategies of initial sound and picture clues. They meet individually with their teacher in order to assess this concept. Excellent resource!
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Name that Sound

For Teachers K
Once you and your class have finished singing the vowel song, separate your class into four different centers. These centers focus on mastering vowel sound recognition. A PowerPoint, vowel cards, and vowel bingo are provided. Tip: Ask...
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Height Museum

For Teachers K - 2nd
Here is an engaging instructional activity which invites learners to cut a strip of adding machine tape that is their height. They decorate their strip, arrange the strips from shortest to longest, and then discuss predictions.
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Summarizing Stories

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story in class. Your class will read Jack and the Beanstalk in class and discuss the characters, plot, and settings. They will also read a personally chosen fairy tale on their own and...
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Where

For Teachers K Standards
Kindergartners identify where a story takes place. In this literature lesson plan, learners take a picture walk and discuss how pictures can provide clues to the location of the story. They then illustrate where a new story of their own...
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Finding Sunshine

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners discuss character traits while reading Finding Sunshine. They use word-building skills to sound out words in the story. Then they discuss how the girl helped the bird in the story and write about her feelings at various times in...
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CAN WE SWITCH GENDERS OF STORY CHARACTERS?

For Teachers K - 6th
Analyze characters and stories to identify stereotyping. Learners will examine the concept of character gender to evaluate bias in classroom story books. They are asked to read a story or play and change the gender of the character to...
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Dusty Locks and the Three Bears

For Teachers K
Read this twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Dusty Locks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell. Kindergartners listen, predict, and discuss the story. They then participate in a dramatization of the story and draw a picture to...
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Predict and Clarify with The Old Woman & Her Pig

For Teachers K - 1st
Primary readers predict and check for understanding by using comprehension strategies. Prepare readers the first day by frontloading vocabulary and using pictures to visualize the words. On the second day, read the story The Old Woman...
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Retelling the African Folktale Abiyoyo

For Teachers K
Act out the African folktale Abiyoyo. Kindergartners listen to the tale and discuss the characters, dressing as their favorite characters in order to retell and perform Abiyoyo using props. They will gain an understanding of story...
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Kids in a Booth

For Teachers K - 1st
In the story Kids in a Booth, nicknames are important tools in the characterization of the people described. Encourage your readers to pay attention to details such as names and why an author might have chosen those names. Some...
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Camping

For Teachers K - 1st
Talk about nature and hiking while you read the story Camping. Make predictions and inferences, practice reading, look for textual clues, and discuss the plot of the story based on the questions listed. Connect to your learners' lives by...
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Amazing Appetites

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Budding mathematicians investigate patterns and problem solving. They read, or have read to them, My Little Sister Ate One Hare, and construct a chart to include the quantity and types of items eaten. The chart is uses to assist learners...
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The Lost Valentines

For Teachers K - 1st
Encourage caring and helpful attitudes by reading The Lost Valentines. Perfect to read near Valentine's Day, this story focuses on a boy losing all his Valentine cards at school and getting upset. Talk about feelings and how his...
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Scare and Dare

For Teachers K - 1st
Are your learners daring each other? Approach the subject of dares with the story Scare and Dare and make connections to kids' lives. Some vocabulary and grammar practice is included as well.
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick Up the Pears

For Teachers K - 3rd
Work on making predictions and analyzing potential problems for the story Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears. Vocabulary words and questions are listed to help your learners develop inferences. Some creative writing potential is...
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Let's Celebrate Christmas

For Teachers K - 1st
A fun holiday lesson, this would be a perfect plan for right before the class holiday party. Begin by brainstorming everything your class already knows about Christmas, then read the book Christmas by David F. Marx. Include all of your...
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Let's Count to 10

For Teachers K Standards
Learners form groups of zero to 10 objects. They connect number names to groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. The comprehensive, eight-component mini unit addresses the needs of visual,...