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EngageNY

EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 3: Understanding Perspectives: Slavery—The People Could Fly

For Teachers 7th Standards
What makes stories powerful? That’s the question seventh-graders consider in a three-unit, eight-week module. Scholars analyze how Frederick Douglas, in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, uses figurative language and word...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 3, Unit 2: Case Study: Analyzing Author Craft and Purpose in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th Standards
The 16 lessons in the Module 3, Unit 2 collection continue the study of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and the language Douglass uses to develop his purpose in writing. Both the mid-unit and final assessments require...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 3, Unit 3: Writing a Narrative Based on an Event from the Life of Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th Standards
Unit 3 of Module 3 collection of eleven lessons has seventh graders crafting their own children’s picture book. Patterned after Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery, the illustrated children's book they read in Unit 2, writers...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 3, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Powerful Stories—Slavery in America

For Teachers 7th Standards
An awareness of historical context and author’s purpose are key to understanding informational text. The 15 lessons in the Module 3, Unit 1 collection provide seventh graders with background information about slavery and the debate over...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2a, Unit 3

For Teachers 7th Standards
The final unit in Module 3A focuses on research skills. The 10 lessons in the collection have students examining how businesses can impact working conditions. Using a case study of the garment industry, class members learn to gather...
12 Items in Collection
Lesson Planet

Equality & Human Rights Commission: Secondary Lesson Plans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of 12 instructional activities helps young people develop the five core social and emotional learning competencies identified by CASEL. Videos, slides, activities, games, news articles, and discussions target life skills. In...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 1, Unit 2: Case Study: Survival in Sudan

For Teachers 7th Standards
The second unit in a three-unit module introduces readers to the skills they need to determine the theme of a novel. Through close reading, discussion of related informational text, and evidence collection, students analyze how Linda Sue...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2b, Unit 1: Working with Evidence: Identity and Transformation - Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
To prepare for a study of George Bernard Shaws' play, Pygmalion, students examine informational texts that explore the concept of personal identity. Pupils perform a close reading focusing on text-dependent questions, make inferences,...
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Social & Emotional Learning in Middle School: Relationship Skills

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
The 21st century has brought many changes. Helping middle schoolers develop the relationship skills they need to be successful at home, in school, in their communities, and in the workplace is the focus of this collection of lesson and...
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Speaking and Listening: 6th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th Standards
Inspire scholars to listen intently and speak loud with a collection comprised of lesson plans and activities designed to meet the needs of sixth grade's Common Core English language arts: Speaking and Listening standards. Resources can...
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Reading Literature: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Seventh grade is a great opportunity to take your literature unit to the next cognitive level. Challenge middle schoolers with a collection of Common Core aligned projects, lessons, and activities, all designed to enhance the learning...
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Random Acts of Kindness: Coping With Stress

For Teachers 7th Standards
Middle school is a stressful time in many adolescents' lives. Teach them healthy coping skills and ways to identify, decrease, and balance the stressors in their lives with a series of engaging lessons.
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The Internet: Fact or Fiction?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle school students will love this five-part unit which engages them in considering the finality (and sometimes falsehood) of things posted online. They fact check online news articles, find videos and full standards-aligned lesson...
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Speaking and Listening: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Seventh graders practice important discussion skills, adapt their language to suit the situation, and prepare well-structured presentations with multimedia elements. Use a collection of Common Core-designed lessons and activities to work...
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Middle School Internet 101

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Looking for ways to help middle school students understand their role as digital citizens? Look no further—this five-part unit walks learners through creator's rights, searching strategies, scam awareness, more. They (and you!) will love...
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Middle School Internet 102

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Have your middle school students really assessed their media habits? Use this five-part unit to establish some goals of effective media use, clarify online ethics, keep kids safe, and consider the pros and cons of an online alter-ego. 
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A Christmas Carol - The Story

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Thirty-six pages familiarize scholars with the story and vocabulary of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. After reading and listening to an abbreviated version of the holiday tale learners show what they know about the sequence of...
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Ready, Set, Respond!

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
When faced with a difficult situation, do you respond selfishly, face it head on, or ignore the problem? This game encourages learners to evaluate the wide range of reactions we can have to problematic situations, and how our responses...
2 In 2 Collections
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Understanding Shakespeare - "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind"

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Expose your class to Shakespearean language with a manageable excerpt from As You Like It. A wonderfully comprehensive plan, this resource requires pupils to use higher-level thinking skills to interact with a complex text and connect...
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The Impact

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learn about the destruction of the rainforest by analyzing statistics. Young learners make an original line graph showing destruction in the rainforest. Additional activities include making a collage, sequencing Dr. Seuss' The Lorax,...
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The Troubled Elections of 1796 and 1800

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Congress does more than create new laws. Political scientists delve into the elections of 1796 and 1800 to understand how political parties, the Electoral College, and personal agendas affected the election process. The resource also...
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Global Warming and the Paris Agreement

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Global warming: a political debate or a scientific fact? Young historians read text, complete activities, and participate in group discussion to understand the political debate surrounding global warming and the US decision to withdraw...
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Automation and the American Worker

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A thought-provoking resource examines the future of automation and the effects on employment. Academics read informational text, complete written prompts, and participate in activities to understand automation and the possibilities for...
2 In 2 Collections
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Analyzing Douglass’s Purpose: Learning to Read

For Teachers 7th Standards
Three for three. Groups of three complete Analysis note catchers that cover excerpt three of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Before beginning, learners discuss group work by looking at the excerpt analysis role document and...
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Introducing Historical Context: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th Standards
Is it possible to judge a book by its cover? Scholars analyze and make predictions using various cover images of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. They then discuss the difference between autobiographies and biographies....
2 In 2 Collections
EngageNY

Coda: What Gives This Story Power? Re-Examining Powerful Stories

For Teachers 7th Standards
Writers consider what makes a story powerful as they listen to a short story about Frederick Douglass. Once finished, small groups complete a worksheet to analyze what makes the story so enduring.
2 In 2 Collections
EngageNY

Preparing for the Mid-Unit Assessment: Planning the Children’s Book

For Teachers 7th Standards
Pupils complete a My Children's Book Plan worksheet to carefully prepare for a narrative writing project. Scholars also continue working in their groups from lesson plan two, using their scavenger hunt worksheets to discuss what makes a...
2 In 2 Collections
EngageNY

Mid-Unit Assessment Part 1: Writer’s Roundtable

For Teachers 7th Standards
Hear ye, hear ye, it's time for a writer's roundtable! Scholars clarify their thinking about their narrative writing project by engaging in a fishbowl discussion about their plans. As members within the inner circle discuss the topic,...
1 In 1 Collection
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World Café about Pygmalion

For Teachers 7th Standards
Round and round you go. Scholars participate in a World Cafe to discuss Pygmalion. As they circulate around to different groups, they talk about three main questions that pertain to the actions of Eliza and Higgins. After circulating,...
2 In 2 Collections
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Setting a Purpose for Research: Introduction to Media Literacy

For Teachers 7th Standards
What does that picture say? Young historians take a close look at a British advertisement from 1890 to determine the role of gender in advertising. They discuss the implications about women portrayed in the images. Pupils then further...
3 In 3 Collections
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Performance Task: Planning the Final Brochure

For Teachers 7th Standards
Partners use a Brochure Planning Guide to create brochures giving advice to consumers about products based on the research they finished about working conditions. After planning the brochure, they complete a sketch outline and then begin...
2 In 2 Collections
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World Café to Analyze the Characters in Lyddie

For Teachers 7th Standards
Order up! Welcome to the World Café, where scholars engage in small-group discussions based on Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie. As pupils circulate around the room, they talk with classmates about the novel's characters, setting, and...
2 In 2 Collections
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Generating Reasons: Should Lyddie Sign the Petition?

For Teachers 7th Standards
Scholars synthesize evidence from Katherine Paterson's Lyddie to create a list of the pros and cons of Lyddie signing a petition about working conditions. They use the Lyddie's Decision anchor chart to record their thoughts and ideas...
2 In 2 Collections
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Forming Evidence-Based Claims: Should Lyddie Sign the Petition?

For Teachers 7th Standards
Pupils reread selected passages from Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie. After they finish, individuals gather textual evidence supporting whether Lyddie should sign a controversial petition and record their findings on graphic organizers.
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Framing Lyddie’s Decision and Practicing Evidence Based Claims

For Teachers 7th Standards
Scholars grapple with whether the title character of Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie, should sign a petition about working conditions at the factory. They engage in close reading and discussion before adding their thinking about the...
2 In 2 Collections
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Introducing Working Conditions in the Mills

For Teachers 7th Standards
 Scholars discover how working in a textile mill in the nineteenth century affected the title character from Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. Partners analyze quotes from the novel and then add evidence and questions about working...
2 In 2 Collections
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Analyzing Character: Who is Lyddie?

For Teachers 7th Standards
Character analysis can help readers feel more connected to a literary text. Scholars explore the topic by writing an acrostic poem about the main character from Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. Then, pupils watch a short video to help...
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Modeling Entry Task, Reading Notes, and Reading Strategies for Lyddie

For Teachers 7th Standards
Readers understand a text better when they discuss it with someone else. Scholars continue reading the novel Lyddie by Katherine Paterson, engaging in text-related discussions with five classmates. Next, they add to their chapter three...
3 In 3 Collections
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Setting Purpose for Research: What are Fair Working Conditions?

For Teachers 7th Standards
Life may not be fair but working conditions should be. Scholars research working conditions at Wegmans by studying the company website. They complete a working conditions anchor chart and discuss their findings in a think-pair-share...
2 In 2 Collections
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Analyzing Word Choice: Understanding Working Conditions in the Mills

For Teachers 7th Standards
Ravenous or hungry, happy or ecstatic—why does word choice matter? Scholars continue to analyze working conditions in the mill and how the conditions affect the protagonist of Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. They engage in a close...
2 In 2 Collections
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Close Reading to Learn about Lyddie’s Character

For Teachers 7th Standards
Scholars work in pairs to analyze the characters, plot, and setting of Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. Next, they apply what they learned about the characters' feelings and motivation to perform a mini reader's theater. 
2 In 2 Collections
EngageNY

Introducing the Concept of Theme: Survival in A Long Walk to Water (Chapters 1–5)

For Teachers 7th Standards
Teach the class how to survive! Scholars work together to learn the meaning of theme and determine the message  in A Long Walk to Water. After the class discusses possible ideas, they work to identify one central theme for the text. The...
2 In 2 Collections
EngageNY

World Café to Analyze Theme and Character in A Long Walk to Water (Chapters 16–18)

For Teachers 7th Standards
Here comes a surprise ending! Readers discuss their thoughts about the ending of A Long Walk to Water by answering probing questions. They participate in a World Café where they work in triads to complete a chart and a prompt during...
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Myth and Truth: The First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Encourage learners to think critically about common myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in Colonial America. They discover that behind every myth are many possible explanations—and that learning more about American history helps them...
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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Children in foster care face a lot of uncertainty in their lives. A guide for the novel One for the Murphys introduces a main character, Carley, who is thrust into the foster care system. Chapter-by-chapter questions cover key details in...
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Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever looked for a new way to teach an old concept? Scholars thinking about the rising action of a story in a whole new perspective. However, Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot! challenges readers and allows for much...
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Balancing Human Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Everyone appreciates human rights, but what happens if the rights of an individual conflict with the rights of the larger group? Scholars explore real-life scenarios and debate when to limit rights and when to strictly enforce them. The...
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Analyzing Advertising

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Are advertisements really mind games that persuade people to buy products? Scholars analyze popular ads and think about how these ads influence them. They use reading advertisement comprehension skills and work in groups to analyze...
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Be a C.R.I.T.I.C

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is it possible to teach someone to think? Find out using a thought-provoking resource! Scholars learn specific steps to employ to make them better critical thinkers. They analyze materials from stakeholders by carrying out a...
Lesson Planet

Workplace Skills

For Teachers 7th Standards
What skills do employers look for in potential employees? Introduce scholars to the skills that pay the bills during the second of six career and college readiness lesson plans. Once they have defined critical 21st-century skills, groups...
Lesson Planet

How to Write a Memoir

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Who are we and what shapes our identities? Seventh graders work to answer this question as they learn how to write a memoir. Full of non-print resources and supplemental texts that range from fiction to non-fiction, scholars write their...
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Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
I Have A Dream ... that after the lesson, all individuals master the reading, writing, researching, listening, and speaking skills the biography project helps them develop. Martin Luther King, Jr. serves as a topic example for a model...
Lesson Planet

Thomas Jefferson's Library: Making the Case for a National Library

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The United States Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. But such was not always the case. The library was destroyed during the War of 1812. In a persuasive letter to Samuel H. Smith, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his...
Lesson Planet

Your Environment, Your Health: The Great Debate—Bottled Water vs. Tap Water in Our School

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Should bottled water be sold in schools, or should they only provide tap water? The summative unit in the six-part series encourages scholars debating this topic. The lessons teach how to build an argument, how to gain background...
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Care vs. ‘Over’ Care Activity

For Teachers 7th Standards
It's important to care about topics in your life, but caring too much about details can lead to unnecessary stress. Seventh graders explore the things that make them feel stressed out and decide whether they can reduce the amount of...
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Stressed Out

For Teachers 7th Standards
Feeling stressed out? Your middle schoolers probably are, too. An engaging activity helps them identify the biggest stressors in their lives, and to explore the most beneficial ways to manage them for a happy and well-balanced way.
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Educating Children about Autism in an Inclusive Classroom

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
How do we meet the needs of learners with autism? Find out with an in-depth study that offers a thorough explanation of autism—what it is and how unique every individual's case may be, nine lesson plans spanning from kindergarten to 12th...
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Seed Dispersal

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Engineering challenges are not just man-made ... nature has its own set of them. A hands-on STEM activity has groups designing a seed dispersal system. Each group can only use one sheet of paper — a tough task!
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Circle of Pong

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
A STEM lesson plan presents a simulation of placing a scientific instrument in a lava flow. Teams design and build a device that can place a ping pong ball in a cup from a distance of at least three feet. They test and refine the device...
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Human Body Exhibit

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Explore human anatomy and physiology using models. Scholars study systems of the human body and design a display for a museum exhibit. To complete the activity, individuals create analogous models of their chosen human body systems.
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Float a Boat

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Build a floating vessel capable of carrying cargo. Groups create a vessel that floats and can carry at least 10 pennies to model a mass transit system. After learning about buoyancy, density, and energy, they redesign their vessels in...
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Engineering for Mesopotamia

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use engineering principles to solve issues in farming. The STEM project teaches scholars about several challenges encountered by farmers in ancient Mesopotamia. They design machines that could overcome these challenges.
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Bobsled Blitz

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Design an aerodynamic bobsled. Groups create a bobsled that meets certain constraints from everyday materials. After learning about friction, aerodynamics, acceleration, and terminal velocity, pupils get a chance to improve on their...
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Analogous Models

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What goes into a museum display? A secondary-level STEM project prompts groups to design a museum display for the Tech Museum of Innovation. They create an analogous, interactive model illustrating a science concept to complete the lesson.
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Tree House Escape

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Use simple machines to escape from a tree house. Pupils learn about simple machines and how they are useful in everyday life in a STEM lesson. Groups then design a device to rescue a friend stuck in a tree house.
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Pump it Up!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Create a model of the circulatory system. A STEM activity prompts groups to learn about the circulatory system and fluid pressure. They build a device that applies these concepts to move fluids.
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Motion Commotion

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Ever wonder what it would be like to be Rube Goldberg for a day? Scholars learn about simple machines and how combining them creates complex machines in a STEM activity. They use everyday materials to build machines to ring a bell along...
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Magnet Circus

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Explore applications of magnetic force. Groups learn about magnetism and create a circus act using magnets in the STEM activity. They attempt to create a perpetual motion machine that makes use of magnetic force.
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Exploring Buoyancy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Dive into a STEM lesson! Scholars learn about positive and negative buoyancy and how they relate to concepts of density and pressure. They design a device that can dive into water to pick up an object.
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Rover Landing

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Model the landing of the Mars Rover using an egg. The STEM activity has pupils create a landing device for a falling egg to simulate the landing of the Mars Rover. They test their devices through experimentation to safely land the device.
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Listening Devices

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
What noise is coming from that box? Teams design and build a device that hears a noise from inside a box. Groups must complete the task within a time limit and use the STEM design process. Participants must be able to hear the sound well...
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Freestanding Structures

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How high can you go? In a STEM design challenge, teams design and build a structure using only dowel rods and rubber bands. The goal is to build the tallest freestanding structure using all of the dowel rods. Teams present their designs...
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Balloon Astronaut

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Design protection from high-speed particles. The STEM lesson plan highlights why astronauts need protection from space debris. Pupils use the design process to design, build, and test a spacesuit that will protect a balloon from a...
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Fishbowl Discussion

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Filter young teenagers' opinions and perspectives with a classic fishbowl discussion. Given any topic relevant to your curriculum, a group of class members engage in discussion for their peers to observe.
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Literature Circles

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Get learners excited about reading with literature circles! Small groups discuss the day's reading in various roles, including Discussion Director, Summarizer, Word Wizard, Literary Luminary, Travel Tracer, Connector, and Fact Finder,...
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Philosophical Chairs

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Introduce classes to a discussion technique that encourages a respectful conversation of topics on which reasonable people disagree. Participants develop their critical thinking skills by actively listening to the views of others,...
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Propaganda

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How does propaganda influence our vote? Through grand conversation, scholars gain information about what is and how to identify the different ways propaganda is used in a presidential election. Using their new-found knowledge, citizens...
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Carousel Brainstorming

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Conduct the cooperative learning strategy, carousel brainstorming, with the help of a step-by-step plan for implementation. Scholars work collaboratively to think of, and write, information and thoughts that come to mind when discussing...
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Teaching Debate to ESL Students

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Language learners use the debate format to practice formulating, expressing, and defending their ideas. Working in teams, class members develop resolutions, use opinion indicators to express their opinions and reasons, and prepare...
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The Lightning Thief: During Reading Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
After reading up to page 371 of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, get insight into how Percy felt making a major decision through active discussion strategies that enable both academic and thoughtful...
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4 Corner Debate

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Strongly agree? Agree? Disagree? Or strongly disagree? Here's a 4 Corner Debate format that requires class members to collaborate and build an argument to support their stance on a controversial issue.
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7th Grade ELA "I Can" Statement Posters

For Teachers 7th Standards
Help your seventh graders relate the ELA Common Core standards to their own learning with these "I Can" statement posters. Each standard has been translated into a statement that pupils can understand and placed on its own page for easy...
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7th Grade ELA Common Core Checklists

For Teachers 7th Standards
Track your class's progress on all of the ELA Common Core standards with these handy charts. Along the left side, each seventh grade identifier is listed along with the full text of the standard. As you teach, reteach, assess, and...
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Create Your Own Country Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Young scholars demonstrate their knowledge of geography with this fun, collaborative social studies project. Working in small groups, students develop their very own countries, writing descriptions of their physical location, social...
3 In 3 Collections
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Our Classroom Constitution

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Develop a system of classroom rules created by the kids, for the kids with this three-part instructional activity series on the US Constitution. After learning about the structure of the Constitution and the government it established,...
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Initiatives and Teamwork

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
After your next group project or collaborative assignment, have your learners reflect on what it was like to work with others. They will answer questions on what parts of the process they did and did not enjoy, whether or not they were...
3 In 3 Collections
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A Creator’s Responsibilities

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Want to keep your learners from plagiarizing? Here is one way to tackle the topic and relate it not only to plagiarizing text, but also to pirating music and video productions. Class members discuss the topic, watch a video about...
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The Reality of Digital Drama

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Why is drama queen a title but not drama king? Explore peer drama with your class, covering both reality television and real-life Internet interactions. Pupils discuss drama as a general term before watching two videos while taking...
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Edgar Allan Poe Short Story WebQuest

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your class to Edgar Allan Poe with a series of mostly self-guided tasks and assignments. Class members follow the list of tasks, starting by watching a video with background information and ending with a compare-and-contrast...
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Scams and Schemes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Identify theft is a real problem that many people will face in their lives. Help your learners protect themselves from identity theft with the activities described here. Pupils explore the strategies employed by identity thieves and try...
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Gender Stereotypes Online

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Activate thinking about gender preconceptions, both offline and online. Class members participate in a couple of introductory activities to help them understand gender stereotypes before creating avatars that represent these stereotypes....
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Strategic Searching

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Are your pupils effective online searchers? Improve their skills with the ideas presented here. After completing a KWL chart about strategic searching, class members pick up a five-step strategy for searching online. For practice, pupils...
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use the historical account of Claudette Colvin to study civil rights and connect past injustices to modern issues. As learners read, they examine chapter titles, record quotes, and participate in discussion. Next, they research active...
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Selecting the Tap: Water Safety

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Examine water as a scarce natural resource instead of taking it for granted. Middle schoolers identify the traits of potable water, and research local water sources to determine if they are impaired or not.
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Oral Presentation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Practice public speaking in this oral presentation lesson. Middle schoolers list the characteristics of a powerful speaker. They watch a video of two speakers, compare them and discuss the qualities of a good speech. Afterwards, they...
3 In 3 Collections
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Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Peers discuss cyberbullying and how they can defend their friends that may be bullied online and offline. They discover the value in showing empathy for those who have been cyberbullied. Class members then generate multiple solutions for...
4 In 4 Collections
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Forms And Norms

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
There are so many modern ways to communicate, and each form of communication requires a different style. Learners role play in pairs of how communication is most effective when texting, talking, emailing, and communicating online....
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Identifying High-Quality Sites

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use a Huffington Post article focused on false pictures of Hurricane Sandy to launch a discussion about the reliability of online information. Groups compare and contrast how print and broadcast media regulate data gathering with the...
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Sticky Sites

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
In this internet activity, students look at sites that are attractive to them and discuss why like to be on these "sticky sites." Students analyze sample sites and find the “Three C’s” that contribute to their stickiness: content,...
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Which Me Should I Be?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Adopting a different identity online can affect the way one is perceived by others. An online presentation lesson plan prompts learners to reflect on the benefits and risks of presenting their identities in different ways online, and to...
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Rework, Reuse, Remix

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Students discover how to judge whether something is protected by the "Fair Use" law by using the Four Points of Fair Use handout embedded in the plan. In this interesting and engaging lesson plan, students apply the four points of fair...
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Crawling the Web

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Choosing a search engine can often be a quick decision when you want the answer to a question quickly. Demonstrate the myriad of ways learners can find the information they need on the Internet with an interactive technology lesson....
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Privacy and Digital Footprints: Top Secret

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Young scholars research child safety by participating in an on-line tutorial activity. In this digital privacy lesson, students read a role-playing scenario regarding two young scholars who make bad decisions about their on-line safety....
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Digital Life 101

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Play the video "Digital Life 101" to launch a discusion of the responsible use of social media and online relationships. Related activities ask learners to craft a personal simile describing their media life, and handouts provide a media...
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With Power Comes Responsibility

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle schoolers identify characteristics and responsibilities they have in order to be good digital citizens. In this online lesson plan, students discuss what it means to have respect for others online.
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My Media

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
"What are your personal media habits, and how much time do you spend with different forms of media?" are the guiding questions for an examination of middle schoolers' media use. Learners use the provided worksheets to create a personal...
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Trillion Dollar Footprint

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Pupils consider what they post online and what information can be seen in the future by putting personal information online. In this digital footprint lesson plan, students discuss reputation and image for online information.
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The Ups And Downs Of Digital Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners discuss the pros and cons of relationships in the digital culture we live in. In this digital lesson plan, students watch a video and discuss how the media impacts their lives.
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Cyberbullying: Crossing The Line

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners discuss the difference between good natured teasing and cyberbullying online. For this cyberbullying lesson plan, students watch a video and think about the teens that have been bullied online.
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Secret Sharer

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Students discuss how to respect other's privacy online. In this personal information lesson plan, students discuss the reputation of themselves and others if privacy information is leaked out.
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A Creator's Rights

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Intellectual property rights are the hot new topic of debate about copyright laws. Class members watch “Nicole’s Story - Copyrighting Creative Work,” and consider what rights they have as a creator of a song. In addition, groups look at...
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CDV, CDV, What's a CDV?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your class to the Core Democratic Values. The lesson focuses on defining the Core Democratic Values and related terms. Small groups look up terms and present a song based on the information they've found. After the...