Making Generalizations Teacher Resources

Oak trees, maple, pine. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the individual trees. Yet by examining the common characteristics of these woody giants, you can formulate a broad statement that considers what different types of trees have in common. Developing critical thinking skills, analyzing information, recognizing patterns, and testing generalization is essential for 21st century learners.

Lesson Planet has a cache of resources designed to encourage these critical thinking skills in learners of all ages. Young scientists conduct experiments to determine the relative energy content of both fats and carbohydrates while geometrists use an interactive to manipulate side lengths and make generalizations about the types of special right triangles. Instructors can assess middle schoolers understanding of data distribution with a resource that asks kids to analyze and make general observations about dot plots or engage young economists in making generalizations based on the data included in charts and graphs.

21st century learners must be able to think flexibly, generalize, and apply knowledge to new situations. Apps, lesson and unit plans, activities, worksheets, and reading comprehension exercises that teach these skills can all be found in our reviewed and rated collection of resources.

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1st Grade Emergency Sub Plans

For Teachers 1st Standards
Be prepared the next time you have to call in a last-minute substitute with a collection from The Curriculum Corner that offers a variety of resources to make leaving sub plans exponentially less stressful. Included is a general lesson...
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The Periodic Table

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Whether you're giving a broad introduction to the periodic table or honing in on particular element groups, this collection will have what you need. I've put the general resources at the front, and resources that focus on particular...
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From Once Upon a Time to Denouement

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Literary analysis is so much more than comprehension questions about the story! Learn about the elements of a story with activities and lessons designed for middle schoolers, complete with important literary terms for specific books and...
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Interpret the Structure of Expressions: Common Core High School Algebra

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
One of the foundations of Algebra is the understanding of expressions and their parts. This collection focuses on the different types of expressions and while some are specific to one type of function, others blend the general idea of...
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How Do You Compare and Contrast?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How do you compare and contrast? This collection provides you with the tools to meet the many different needs your scholars have to perform successfully. With four worksheets of various compare and contrast tools, two general lesson...
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Minute Physics: Intro to Special Relativity Course

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Special relativity is a physical theory that explains the relationship between space and time. A collection of eight videos makes this complex—and at times confusing—concept a little easier to understand. Simple drawings illustrate each...
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Astronomy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Space is the new frontier and astronomers boldly go where no humans have gone before. Guided by Einstein's theories, Kepler's Laws, and knowledgeable narrators, viewers of a 10-video collection explore the Universe and learn about...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Home Sweet Home

For Teachers 1st
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this instructional activity, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Animal Encounters

For Teachers 5th
Each literary skill is linked to a part of speech in this ELD lesson plan, which works with three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Grizzly Bear Family Book, The Golden Lion Tamarin Comes Home," and "My Side of the Mountain"). Learners...
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ELD Lesson Plan: American Stories

For Teachers 4th
Ease your first graders into the first few days of school with this lesson plan, which features four stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Tomas and the Library Lady," Tanya's Reunion," "Boss of the Plains," and "A Very Important Day")....
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Generalizing

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this making generalizations activity, students read a short story, "Bake Sale", and answer questions about it. Students choose 5 multiple choice answers.
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Making Generalizations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Being able to recognize patterns, craft generalizations, and draw conclusions based on information in a text passage are essential critical thinking skills. Encourage learners to hone these skills with a learning exercise that asks them...
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Speaking Generally

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Generally, studying generalizations is a good idea, especially if such a study teaches learners how to distinguish between faulty or valid generalizations. Class members identify keywords that make generalizations either valid or faulty...
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General Relativity & Gravity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This portion of video from "The Elegant Universe" series explores the progression of our understanding gravity and general relativity. Historic photos, interviews with professors, and modern computer animations tell the story. This video...
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The Best Test of General Relativity (by 2 Misplaced Satellites)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An analysis of launched objects helps scholars understand general relativity in greater detail. These aren't just any launched objects, though! A video presentation describes the gravitation potential energy of satellites in orbit and...
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Russia's Finest General - Aleksei Brusilov

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Russian General Aleksei Brusilov served both the tsar and revolutionary Russia. His massive offensive racked up deaths and broke through the Austria-Hungarian line. An insightful video explores how Brusilov's military career parallels a...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Family Time

For Teachers 2nd
Weathering both family dynamics and sudden storms are the main topics of these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Brothers and Sisters," "Jalapeno Bagels," "Carousel," and "Thunder Cake"). Practice generalizing and sequencing events...
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Constitution Lecture 7: General Welfare

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The United States Constitution has a general welfare clause, but what does that mean? The concept of general welfare and the ways general welfare has been used (or misused) in the United States is covered with connection made to the US...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: General Motors Bailout

For Students 9th - 12th
Bestow background in big business bailouts on your scholars with this political cartoon analysis handout. Two cartoons focus on the General Motors bankruptcy, and its effect on American taxpayers. Background information gives context for...
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General and Precise Words Worksheet (Verbs)W.6.2d

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Work on developing precise vocabulary. Great for a warm-up activity or homework assignment, this resource lists 12 general verbs and asks learners to come up with a precise verb for each. Do the first few together so your class is clear...
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General Science Questions - 3

For Students 3rd - 4th
Ten questions which cover a wide range of science topics are here for you. Use this science instructional activity to challenge your 3rd graders to find the answers to these perplexing questions. The use of the Internet will be required....
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General Science Questions 1

For Students 4th - 5th
Here is a "potpourri-style" worksheet that covers many science topics. Youngsters answer 10 questions about a variety of science themes, draw the other half of an insect, and perform a math problem asking how many legs 2,313 insects...
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General Science Questions 2

For Students 3rd - 5th
Here are ten science questions that cover a variety of themes. Learners must come up with short answers for 10 questions, then locate a picture of a Portuguese Man-of-War and make their own drawing of it in the space provided. An...
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General Pyramids and Cones and Their Cross-Sections

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Are pyramids and cones similar in definition to prisms and cylinders? By examining the definitions, pupils determine that pyramids and cones are subsets of general cones. Working in groups, they continue to investigate the relationships...

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