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5th Grade/Literacy (Learning about reading strategies: Prediction, Connection, Visualizing, Inferencing, Summarizing, and Question)

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This unit features multiple types of reading strategies. The unit focuses on specific lessons to target reading strategies students use in the literacy class. For example,  predicting before reading the book, making connections (self, text, to the world), visualizing the story, inferencing with background knowledge, summarizing the important details of the story, and asking questions to monitor comprehension.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Hiroaki Totsuka

Figurative Language

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Learn to determine the meaning of figures of speech, like similes and metaphors, that authors use in poetry. You will also be able to analyze how these word choices reveal an author’s tone, or attitude, in a poem. You will also be able to analyze how these word choices reveal an author’s tone, or attitude, in a poem. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan


Girls Who Build: Make your Own Wearables Workshop

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The Girls Who Build: Make Your Own Wearables workshop for high school girls is an introduction to computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering through wearable technology. The workshop, developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, consists of two major hands-on projects in manufacturing and wearable electronics. These include 3D printing jewelry and laser cutting a purse, as well as programming LEDs to light up when walking. Participants learn the design process, 3D computer modeling, and machine shop tools, in addition to writing code and building a circuit.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: David Scott, Elizabeth Astle, Gavin Lund, Katy Olesnavage, Kristin Railey, Leslie Watkins, Mike Gibson

12 Days of Christmas

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This is a fun and creative way to explore the 12 Days of Christmas. This lesson reinforces numerical order, repetition within a song, and group effort. It's also very cute to see the creative ways the students “become” the 12 Days of Christmas. Composition with instruments is also involved.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Anissa Sanz


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In this activity, students explore the various ways in which organisms reproduce. Students discuss the role reproduction plays in the cycle of life. They observe that no individual organism lives forever and that, to carry on their species, organisms must pass their genetic instructions on to the next generation. They learn that single-celled organisms reproduce asexually, by dividing and producing two identical copies of themselves. They learn that many plants reproduce sexually, often using complex strategies that have evolved over millions of years. Finally, they explore the pros and cons of asexual and sexual reproduction and the reasons both strategies persist.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: WGBH Educational Foundation

All Families Are Different, Yet the Same

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In this lesson, students will compare and contarst their personal traditions and celebrations with those of others in their class and community. Students will participate in a whole group discussion of their families and complete a graphic organizer with family facts. Next, students will compare their organizers with other students' work and note similarities and differences. Last, students particpate in a variety of activities including reading books to explore their family celebrations and compare them with the celebrations of others.

Material Type: Lesson Plan


Ancient World History, Chapter 1: Why Do We Study History?

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Ultimately, why something happened in the past is the question that history is all about. And here’s the fun part (or the hard part!). It’s up to you to answer the why question. You will read about many things that happened in the past and some reasons why people think they happened. People who look at the same facts sometimes come to different conclusions. Answering the other “W” questions will help you answer the question, why: Why did this happen? Answering Why -- that’s what thinking like a historian is about.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Amy Striegle, David Soderquist, Eric Wrzesinski, Lisa Voss, Steve Zigray, Thomas Hinken

The Last Great Race: Teaching the Iditarod

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This article gives background information on the Iditarod race in Alaska and shows how the race can be used in Grades K-5 classrooms to incorporate science, geography and language arts. The author provides links to resources that involve reading expository tests and writing assignments as well as working with real-time data. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, Jessica Fries-Gaither, National Science Foundation


Social Media Project

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Students will pick a character from whichever text they are currently reading and create a fake social media profile. This can be done digitally, though I have my students complete it on poster board. There are several templates I have come across that match up with the various forms of social media in the project instructions. Students should NOT use real social media sites to create their profiles.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Tara Stanford

4th Grade: Numbers and Operations — Fractions: 4.NF.2

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of selected math standards. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards through examples and illustrations geared to enhancing understanding. The intent of each content-focused video is to clarify the meaning of the individual standard rather than to be a guide on how to teach each standard, although the examples can be adapted for instructional use.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: The Southeast Comprehensive Center