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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

4.NBT Millions and Billions of People

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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: Historians estimate that there were about 7 million people on the earth in 4,000 BCE. Now there are about 7 billion! We write 7 million as 7,000,000. W...

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Illustrative Mathematics

Critical Media Literacy: Commercial Advertising

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Studying the influence of mass media on our lives allows students to view advertising in a new light. This lesson provides students with the opportunity to look at mass media in a critical way. Students become aware of the tremendous amount of advertising that they are exposed to on a daily basis. By looking at advertising critically, students begin to understand how the media oppresses certain groups, convinces people to purchase certain products, and influences culture.

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Author: Laurie A. Henry Ph. D

Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups

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In this lesson, students read Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco to identify words that are unfamiliar to them. Working collaboratively in small groups, they discuss the meaning of these new words, using context clues from the text, prior knowledge, and both print and online resources. Students then apply their knowledge of the new vocabulary to further their understanding of the text.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Peggy Harper

1.OA Domino Addition

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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: Materials A large set of dominoes to affix to a whiteboard or place in a pocket chart, or a regular set to use on a document projector. One set of domi...

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Illustrative Mathematics

The Comic Book Show and Tell

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In this lesson, students will draft a comic book script based on a general prompt (e.g., A super hero saves the day!) and explore basic information about comics and comic book writing. Then, based on the detail and description in the script, students will create the page layout and images of a peer's comic book script. Next, students edit the first drafts of their scripts upon seeing how well the artists were able to match their visuals with the visions the writers had in their head as they initially composed the script. Last, students will share their revised scripts with classmates and discuss how the drafts differed.

Material Type: Lesson Plan