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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: Evelyn Knapp

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

A World of Readers: Libraries Around the World

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In this lesson, students visit library websites from a variety of places, including Hong Kong, Kenya, and Scotland, to develop a global perspective and a broader understanding of the types of library services available throughout the world. They discuss services offered in their community and then form questions regarding the availability of library services in other parts of the world. Working in groups, students access library websites to answer teacher- and student-generated questions. When they have completed their research, students share their findings with classmates and compare the services available in distant libraries to their local services.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Helen Hoffner

STEM Inquiry Lesson Template

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This template supports STEM teachers and librarians in working collaboratively to create lessons that build science practice and STEM inquiry skills in alignment with state and national science standards, and that address the Common Core literacy shifts around close reading and building textual evidence.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Megan Simmons

African American Soldiers in World War I

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This collection uses primary sources to explore the experiences of African American Soldiers in World War I. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Material Type: Primary Source

Author: Jamie Lathan

Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales

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In this lesson, students will read two traditional fairy tales and their Wild West versions. Students engage with the text by talking back to characters in Cinderella, dramatizing events in Bubba the Cowboy Prince, inserting themselves into the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and critiquing and controlling story elements in Little Red Cowboy Hat. After comparing and contrasting Little Red Riding Hood and Little Red Cowboy Hat, students plan and create an original fractured tale.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Stephanie Affinito and Emily Manning

CS Fundamentals 4.17: Digital Citizenship

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In collaboration with Common Sense Education, this lesson helps students learn to think critically about the user information that some websites request or require. Students learn the difference between private information and personal information, distinguishing what is safe and unsafe to share online. Students will also explore what it means to be responsible and respectful to their offline and online communities as a step toward learning how to be good digital citizens.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Web Development Lesson 2.5: Digital Footprint

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As students have recently spent some time thinking about the actual content that will go into their personal website, this lesson takes a step back from the unit-long project (publication of a personal website) to help students articulate what personal information they choose to share digitally and with whom. It also reinforces the notion that much of the information that they choose to share digitally falls largely out of their control the moment it is released. Students begin by individually identifying appropriate audiences with whom they would be comfortable sharing given pieces of personal information. They then look at several social media pages to determine what sorts of information people are sharing about themselves or one another. Last, students reflect on what guidelines they think are appropriate for posting information online. The ultimate point of this lesson is not to scare students, but rather to experientially bring students to realizing precisely what level of control they don’t have in releasing information into the web.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads

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This lesson is designed to assist students through multiple sessions with identifying relevant propaganda techniques in literature, discussing persuasive elements found in print and non-print media and composing a persuasive essay. Lesson is appropriate for use with a provided list of novels to include Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Junius Wright

Sight Word Poems for the Library

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Work In Progress: These short poems feature sight words and introduce Kindergarten and First Graders to basic Library concepts. I pair them with activities from Write-N-Seek Sight Words by Immacula A. Rhodes (New York: Scholastic, 2017) to introduce the topic of the lesson and to activate prior knowledge. How I use them: As students are coming in and finding their seats, they pick up a copy of the sight word poem that has one of Rhodes’ activities on the other side. They begin doing the activity while we are waiting for everyone to get seated. Once everyone is seated, I direct them to flip over to the sight word poem side. It’s OK that they didn’t all finish the activity. They can finish it later or use it to engage with caregivers at home. I encourage the students to read the poems over and over again with their caregivers in order to help them develop fluency in reading. For Kindergarten, I read the complete poem, then I have them echo-read line-by-line. For First Grade, I read the complete poem, then we all read the poem together. Reading the poem first helps prepare the students for success in the choral reading. I never ask students to cold-read aloud in the media center. Reading aloud is a stressful and embarrassing task for many students and I don’t want them to associate the library with stress and embarrassment! Reading the poem with expression is important. It helps engage the students and echoing the expression helps them develop fluency and comprehension for their own reading. The poems are designed to introduce library lessons and serve as my Activator for the lessons. Classroom teachers sometimes follow up by having students work in pairs to practice reading the poems with expression. I hope you find these poems contribute to your students’ success!

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Vocabulary

Author: MARGARET SULLIVAN BRANNON