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Problem-centered lesson on the Pythagorean Theorem
This lesson is designed to help students give meaning to solving problems using the Pythagorean Theorem in a useful and meaningful situation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Mathematics)
By Brent Bustle.
Biodiversity in your backyard
Biodiversity in Your Backyard designed to help teachers of elementary-aged students to explore the topic of biodiversity and expand their knowledge of life science.
Format: article/online course
Picture this
In The First Year, page 4.5
I have one picture of my students that I absolutely love. In the background of the photo, you can see the west wall of our classroom. That wall was covered in positive messages I had posted throughout the year, all intended to help students stay focused and...
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Current events in Africa
In this lesson for grade seven, students find two news stories about a current event in Africa: one from an American media source and one from an African media source. Students compare the two to gain an understanding of cultural bias and perspective.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Shane Freeman.
Integrating character education: A lesson on responsibility
Activity on the character trait of responsibility.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By Cheryl Stafford.
Comparing resumés
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.1
In this lesson plan, students will work in groups, acting as hiring committees for a college newspaper staff. Students will use two candidates' resumés to determine which applicant is the best fit for the job.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
A crash course in ESL
"A Crash Course in ESL" will prepare you to work with ESL parents and create a welcoming environment for ESL students.
Format: article/online course
Undersea exploration
Students explore the lifeforms and land formations under the ocean. The three ocean levels and their respective lifeforms are investigated and discussed, focusing on shape, form, and color. Students will gain a better understanding of the connections between the science and arts curriculum.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Visual Arts Education, Dance Arts Education, and Music Education)
By Russ Johnson.
Media mind control
Some research studies indicate that the common portrayal of violence on television has desensitized children towards it. The purpose of this lesson is to help students redevelop their sensitivity towards violence and develop a critical attitude towards the purpose of violence in television.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–9 Guidance)
By Linda Nelson.
AOWS2: Nation in conflict - Founding figures of America in a global context
Not your old style history class. History teachers love to tell stories. And, students love to hear stories. However, listening to stories is not the same as doing history. We want our students to experience history. This online course studies methods of engaging students in the doing of history using primary sources.
Format: article/online course
AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
This online course emphasizes the connections between AP United States and World History through a study of the colonial period and slave trade, westward expansion, and immigration.
Format: article/online course
Finding an emotional outlet you can get into
In The First Year, page 3.8
If you don't take care of yourself and respect your own needs, you can't meet your students' needs, either.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Giving meaning to volume and surface area
This lesson is designed to help students give meaning to volume and surface area by solving problems using a meaningful situation rather than formulas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics)
By Grayson Wheatley.
Museum exhibit design
In Alternative discussion formats, page 6
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 4.6
Designing museum exhibits encourages students to think creatively and to use a wide range of thinking skills.
Format: activity
By Kathryn Walbert.
Chem-speak (introduction to chemical equations)
Students will understand what constitutes a chemical reaction and how chemical equations represent chemical reactions by means of discussion and demonstrations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Brenda Rock.
Teaching with disturbing images
Photographs are especially powerful tools for explaining current and historical events — not least horrible or brutal events, such as war, genocide, famine, terrorism, slavery, and lynching. In fact, photographs are often used specifically to raise an...
By David Walbert.
Time - Light and shadow (visit)
This lesson focuses on light and shadow. Students will examine several paintings at the Ackland Art Museum for light and shadow.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Visual Arts Education)
By Denise Young.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Students will examine language in three different versions of the traditional "Gruff" tale. These will be compared and contrasted through Venn diagrams. Each text will be introduced, examined, and contrasted in a different lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Sandra Doyle.
Translations, reflections, rotations
This lesson will allow students to explore translations, reflections, and rotations using a resource of Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop Interactivate Your Math Students. Students explore the world of translations, reflections, and rotations in the Cartesian coordinate system by transforming squares, triangles and parallelograms. Parameters: Shape, x or y translation, x or y reflection, angle of rotation. (Italics are a direct quote from Shodor.org.)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Deborah Bourne.
Marc Brown author study: Arthur's Nose
Using the book Arthur's Nose by Marc Brown students will respond to the story through art, music, and in written form.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Visual Arts Education and English Language Arts)
By Kathy Palmore.