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The Water Cycle

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This lesson was developed to give participants an understanding of Earth's water cycle. In this one-hour long activity, students participate in a webquest to learn about the water cycle, and then build a mini-model of the water cycle to observe how water moves through Earth's four systems. The activity uses the 5E instructional model and is part of the "Survivor Earth" series of one-hour lessons.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Data Set, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan


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This activity is designed as a project-based learning activity. It allows students to collaborate, requires them to comprehend what they have read and engages them in critical thinking. This activity can be adjusted to fit the needs and grade levels of your students.

Material Type: Lesson Plan


5.NBT Marta's Multiplication Error

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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: Marta made an error while finding the product $84.15 \times 10$. In your own words, explain Marta’s misunderstanding. Please explain what she should do...

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Illustrative Mathematics

Hyperdoc Template for eWISE Research Model

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This resource is a template that teachers can use to create Inquiry Based Research Lessons and Units. It is a hyperdoc template that is based on the eWISE Research Model. It is broken into the 4 stages of the research model (Wonder, Investigate, Synthesize and Express). There are suggestions and details in each stage to help you plan your research unit. Feel free to copy the google doc and create your own research project.

Material Type: Reference Material, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Marley Knapp

Two Weeks of Positivity

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Teachers work hard and need to take time to take care of themselves. Here are two weeks of simple activities designed to shift your mental framework and help you respond more skillfully to difficult situations. Taking care of your own mental health helps you create a safe and welcoming environment for your students, and may help keep you from burning out. (Could be adapted for student use.)

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Jen Baker

The Industrial Age in America: Sweatshops, Steel Mills, and Factories

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About a century has passed since the events at the center of this lesson-the Haymarket Affair, the Homestead Strike, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. In this lesson, students use primary historical sources to explore some of the questions raised by these events, questions that continue to be relevant in debates about American society: Where do we draw the line between acceptable business practices and unacceptable working conditions? Can an industrial-and indeed a post-industrial-economy succeed without taking advantage of those who do the work?

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: MMS

Ozobots for Motion K.P.1.2

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These slides are used to introduce Ozobot to Kindergarten to use science motion vocabulary and explore robotics in the real world. Students explore how Ozobots use light and color sensors to "read" the information in order to move. This is a launching point for further lessons on how to color "code" the types of movement. Lessons are available at

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Tori Mazur

Language of Science: Earth Hour

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This resource supports English language development for English language learners. This lesson plan asks students to read an article on earth hour. Students complete vocabulary, comprehension, and collaborative activities. Students learn about energy conservation and the reasons for it in this lesson. Students will read, write, listen, and speak in this lesson.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Chris Cotter

Caine's Arcade PBL Remix to NC Standards

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This is a remix of Caine's Arcade PBL, orginially authored by Val Capel, Katie Johnson, and Michele Randle.  The original work was aligned to Michigan State Standards and housed in Google Drive, which made it difficult to remix on this platform.This version has been aligned to North Carolina State Standards and was created on this platform for easy remixing by others.

Material Type: Lesson Plan


100 Number Chart

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For this interactive, students place numbers on the correct spot of the 100 chart. There are two levels of difficulty. Beginner-students are given one line of the 100 chart with two missing numbers at a time & advanced-students are shown the entire 100 chart with twenty missing numbers. Students receive a funny surprise at the end of the activity.

Material Type: Interactive