What's the Hold-Up?
Learners explore the current plan by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to retain underperforming third graders in public schools. They research and debate social promotion versus retention.
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Fixing Comma Splices and Run-Ons Worksheet
Approach run-on sentences, comma splices, and sentence fragments with humor. The worksheet is made up of two exercises, which are, in turn, each made up of a series of somewhat silly sentences that need punctuation help. For the first...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Slavery: No Freedom, No Rights
How do statements made by well-known early American leaders, as well as provisions in the founding documents of the United States hold up to the practice of slavery? Here is a resource that includes reading materials, worksheets, and...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What Can We Learn From the Past?
What would future archeologists learn from your scholars' personal belongings? Have them bring in a box of "primary sources" from their home. Discuss the difference between observations and inference, using some of your own items to...
7th - 11th Social Studies & History
Matilda - The Platinum-Blond Man
Before reading Chapter Six, "The Platinum-Blond Man" in Matilda, readers preview the illustration of Mrs. Wormwood dropping her plate of food, and think about what may have happened to cause the scene. After reading the chapter, class...
3rd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Royal Seal What Can It Tell Us?
Analyze the images and details of the Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth I, and discover clues that reveal how one of the greatest monarchs in the history of England wished to be seen and respected. This is a great way to discuss how even to...
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Context Clues: Synonyms
What do you do when you find a word that's not familiar to you? Help readers use context clues when encountering unfamiliar words with a grammar activity. They note the parts of the sentences that show the meaning of the word, write how...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
NYPL Biblion: World's Fair
Explore the digital stacks of the New York Public Library. Made up of over 700 primary and secondary sources, the app opens a door directly into the past. Users will be fascinated by this archive, which documents the World of Tomorrow.
6th - 12th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Adaptable
Great Minds: Glenn Seaborg, Shaking Up the Periodic Table
Only one element on the periodic table has ever been named after someone still living. Seaborgium is an element with atomic number 106 and was named after Glenn Seaborg. He was a co-discoverer of 10 different elements now on the periodic...
5 mins 9th - 12th Science