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10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas
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Looking for ways to plan project based learning activities? Suzie Boss suggests borrowing ideas from your colleagues and adapt or remix to fit your context.

Suzie borrowed ideas from professional development and learning conferences for teachers who may need a boost to get their project-based learning off the ground.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Author:
Suzie Boss
Date Added:
11/29/2019
Animal and Plant Cell Models
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In this activity, students will work in collaborative groups to create 9M x 9M models of plant and animal cells. Class population can be split into 2 or 4 groups, with half the students constructing animal cells and the other half constructing plant cells. Students must organize and assign duties, provide materials for this activity, and write a written report. They will also give "Cell Tours" to other students and/or classroom guests.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
OER
Author:
Becky Salo, Minneosta Science Teachers Education Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Become a Character: Adjectives, Character Traits, and Perspective
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Students match the character traits of a character in a book they are reading with specific actions the character takes. Students then work in pairs to "become" one of the major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using Internet reference tools to compile lists of accurate, powerful adjectives supported with details from the reading. The lesson uses The Scarlet Letter as an example, but this activity is effective with any work of literature in which characterization is important.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Traci Gardner
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Ben Franklin's Teaching Guide
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A teaching resource for actiities, research assignments, writing prompts and cooperative activities for Ben Franklin including Poor Richard's Almanac.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS
Author:
PBS
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Big Business Monkey Business
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In this lesson, students work in cooperative groups to prepare presentations on business organization and Big Business during the second part of the Industrial Revolution (1860-1910) in the United States.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Beacon Learning Center
Date Added:
03/31/2017
Book Report Alternative: Creating Reading Excitement with Book Trailers
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After reading books, students share book talks through digital storytelling. First, students plan scripts and then find images to illustrate their scripts. They also add text, narration, music as well as pan and zoom effects. Finally, the joy of reading is prompted through the sharing of the students' digital stories.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Kathy Wickline
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!
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By mimicking popular websites that relate the plot of movies, television shows, and real life events in reverse, students have the opportunity to review the plot in a more creative and challenging fashion. Using a snowclone (a verbal formula that is changed for reuse), students complete the phrase "If you read ____ backwards, it's about ____" to comment on the plots of novels.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Kathy Wickline
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Chromosomal Abnormality Investigation
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In this lesson, students will research a variety of chromosomal abnormalities and resulting syndromes to determine risk factors and contributors of the abnormality, and characteristics of the syndromes.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Date Added:
01/11/2017
A Clever War: Scientific and Technological Advances in World War I
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This lesson explains how World War I led to significant advances in science and technology. Students will review a series of primary photographs and artifacts that will illustrate new aspects of warfare. Their ultimate goal is to write an essay that will explain how warfare changed from a technical perspective.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
nhd.org
Date Added:
06/19/2017
Create Your Own Inferno
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In this activity, students create their own personal inferno journeys that reflects a real-life situation they may have faced or might face, that highlights a time where guidance might be needed to reach a better understanding.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Storyboard That
Author:
Storyboard That
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading
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In this lesson, teachers scaffold student reading of websites that highlight science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. Before choosing a text for close reading, the teacher models how to "read" the variety of texts and features of different websites, including images and interactives. Then the teacher models a close reading with students, setting a purpose and asking text-dependent questions to help students find evidence, use inferencing skills, and peer edit.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Deborah Kozdras
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Creating Psychological Profiles of Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird
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This lesson asks students to explore the motivation behind characters' actions in To Kill a Mockingbird. Students first engage in a freewrite activity. They then do research and creative thinking to design a poster and plan a presentation representing a psychological profile for a selected character, while determining what specific factors (such as family, career, environment, and so forth) have the greatest influence on the characters' decision making throughout the novel. The groups present their findings to the class by assuming the persona of their character and explaining the psychological factors influencing their behavior in the novel

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Laura A. Gibbons
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Critical Thinking Quotes
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This lesson and resource engages students in a metacognition exercise about critical thinking and also practice research and informational writing skills using a collection of critical thinking quotes.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ProCon.org
Author:
ProCon
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Dark Ages
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The past is often neatly partitioned in time periods and eras with generalized names meant to characterize what life was like during that time. In this multi-day lesson, students question the validity of using ?Dark Ages? to describe Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. In the process, students examine a variety of primary and secondary sources highlighting different social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental facets of life in Europe during this period.

Subject:
Social Studies
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Stanford History Education Group
Author:
Reading Like a Historian
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Exploring Energy Conservation With Rulers and Cars
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In this lab, students will investigate the law of conservation of energy. Student teams must develop and carry out a lab procedure to achieve the stated goal of finding the maximum conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy. Using a ruler and a toy car, students will work collaboratively to design a lab that will demonstrate the change from one form of energy to another based upon the law of conservation of energy. Teams will then develop a hypothesis for maximizing the amount of energy transfer and create a procedure for proving the hypothesis. Once they run their lab, students will work independently to create formal lab reports that summarize the activity.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Science
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
OER
Author:
Stephen Schaack, Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Feudalism in  Medieval Europe
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Students will explore the world of Medieval Europe. They will learn the way the people lived and how Phragmites was part of this world. Students will then be assigned a social class role in the system of feudalism and research information about their character's privileges and disadvantages. Students will experience the feudal system through activities and presentations to relay what they learned to their class. Students may choose a variety of creative outlets to express their character's life in their own creative way with a group or separately.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of Georgia
Author:
Louise Wootton
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Food Trucks with Greek Allusions
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Students will perform several tasks during this assignment. They will:-Create allusions based on Greek muths-Research -Apply information learned  through research to their project idea-Create a website using propaganda tecgniques-Create a presentation to promote the food truck 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Christina Speiser
Date Added:
08/18/2019