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Introducing Recycling

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students study environmental issues of excess garbage and learn about recycling. In this recycling instructional activity, students discuss recycling and read a story about too much garbage. Students write a persuasive essay about the...
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Finding Main Ideas

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Elementary schoolers read paragraphs one at a time in order to pick out the main ideas. They choose which sentences are most important in a paragraph. This type of exercise prepares learners to identify the main idea in longer narratives.
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America Grows - Trailblazers Pave the Way

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students study the time period after the Revolutionary War when people were striving to move away from the coastal areas and look for pathways to the west. Westerward expansion is a central theme and students use a variety of resources...
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Pets Around the World

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students communicate via e-mail with other students to learn about pets, animals of interest , and geography from different parts of the world. Vocabulary focuses on rural, urban, and suburban areas.
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Endangered Animals: Hawaii

For Teachers K - 5th
Students locate regions in Hawaii where specific endangered animals live. They describe habitats, identify reasons why the species has become endangered, consider how a healthy environment for wildlife contributes to a healthy...
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Magical Maps

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss the importance of using maps and how they are used. After they listen to a folktale, they develop their own story line maps and write their own folktale to accompany a map. They also identify and locate the seven...
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The Geography - Writing Connection

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students examine and describe the four physical systems of the Earth. Using two of the systems, they practice their writing skills and use vocabulary associated with the different types of landforms. They predict the types of shelters...
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A Chemist in My Class?

For Teachers 1st
First graders in kindergarten science class discuss matter. They make predictions and then identify mystery items in brown paper bags as either solid, liquid, or gas by using their senses. They discuss that a chemist is a scientist that...
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Angular Momentum (Automaticity)

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders experience practicing with a wide variety of vocabulary terms that relate to the Vista/Module "Angular Momentum:" momentum, inertia, force; motion, direction, centripetal force; angular momentum, gyroscope, resist. They...
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Skeeterville

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore insect life by participating in a role-playing activity. In this mosquito life lesson, students listen to a role-play scenario in which they must protect a town from mosquitoes by creating a field guide about the insect....
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Portrait of a Friend

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students complete a graphic organizer about themselves and write a short auto-biography. They share their work with a classmate and draw a portrait of a classmate be displayed in the classroom.
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Ask a NASA Engineer

For Teachers K - 6th
Pupils develop questions to ask a NASA engineer to email them. After emailing the quesitons to the volunteer, the answers are sent to the class via the same method. To end the lesson, they formulate more questions and repeat the process.
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Saturday Sancocho

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders identify the economic principles and processes that are helpful to producers and consumers when making good decisions. Students will read, comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate literary text as well as explain how...
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How is a Crayon Made

For Teachers 1st
First graders discus crayons and what they believe they are made of. They view a chunk of paraffin. the teacher tells students that paraffin is made from the same oil that is used to make gasoline for cars. They discuss how the increase...
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A New coat for Anna

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders participate in a bartering activity. They discuss the problems of bartering. Students read the book "A New Coat for Anna," by Harriet Ziefert. Students discuss the bartering Anna's mother did. They record the trades made...
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Taxi: A Book Of City Words

For Teachers 1st
First graders engage in a literature study that helps them to focus on the concepts of goods and services. They describe the various skills people may need at home, school, and work. Students create a map of businesses found in the city.