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2nd Grade Unit on Seed Dispersal, Plant Life Cycles and Pollination
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This unit focuses on the diversity of life at Hartje School Forest and centers around NGSS Standards on Ecosystem Interactions, Energy and Dynamics. Field experiences in observing and recording the diversity of life, seed dispersal methods, plant pollination, and plant life cycles will support science disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and hands-on engineering practices.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Technology and Engineering
Education
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
Life Science
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Formative Assessment
Interactive
Interim/Summative Assessment
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Lesson
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Author:
Amy Workman
Stacy Stecker
Date Added:
08/02/2019
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 10: Publishing and Celebrating
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Overview: Students will review how to use Google Docs and type their final draft. Students will also learn how to insert a picture into a Google Document to support their opinion. In addition, students will share their writing using an author’s chair. Student writing will then be hung in the hallway.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. I can write an opinion piece and support my opinion with reasons.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/29/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 1: Fact or Opinion
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Overview: Students will begin to explore opinion pieces by reviewing the difference between a fact and opinion.Building Into W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.Building Into: I can write opinion pieces and support my opinion with reasons.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/13/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 2: Brainstorming Ideas
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Overview: Students will brainstorm and then choose a topic for their opinion paper. Students will then brainstorm a list of reasons that support their topic.Building Into W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. (I can write opinion pieces and support my opinion with reasons.)W.3.1b: Provide reasons that support the opinion. (I can provide reasons that support the opinion.)

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/14/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 3: Writing a Strong Opinion
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Overview: Students will craft a strong opinion using the topic they chose on Day 2, the list of reasons they brainstormed on Day 2, and the stoplight model.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. (I can write an opinion piece and support my opinion with reasons.)W.3.1a: Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons. (I can introduce a topic by stating an opinion and using an organizational structure to list reasons.)

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/14/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 4: OREO Writing
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Overview: Students will use the OREO strategy to outline their opinion paper. Outlines will include the students opinion statement, 3 reasons, and an example or detail for each reason.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. (I can write an opinion and support my opinion with reasons.)W.3.1b: Provide reasons that support the opinion. (I can provide reasons tht support my opinion.)

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/14/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 5: Writing a Hook
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Overview: Students will write the introduction to their opinion paper. Students will choose a strategy to hook their reader and then rewrite their opinion statement as their introduction statement.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. (I can write an opinion piece and support my opinion with reasons.)W.3.1a: Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons. (I can introduce a topic by stating an opinion and suing and organizational structure to list reasons.)

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/14/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 6: Using Transition Words to Craft the Body
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Overview: Students will write the body of their rough draft following their OREO prewriting page and transition words and phrases.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. I can write opinion pieces and support my opinion with reasons.W.3.1b: Provide reasons that support the opinion. I can provide reasons that support the opinion.W.3.1c: Use linking words and phrases (eg. because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reason. I can use linking words and phrases to connect opinions and reasons.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/28/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 7: Writing a Conclusion
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Overview: Students will finish drafting their rough drafts by adding a concluding statement.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. I can write opinion pieces and support my opinion with reasons.W.3.1d: Provide a concluding statement or section. I can provide a concluding statement

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/28/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 8: Focused Editing
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Overview: Students will use COPS and the focused edit strategy to practice editing and then edit their opinion paper.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. I can write opinion pieces and support my opinion with reasons.W.3.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3 here.) I can develop and strenghten my writing by planning, revising, and editing with the help of my peers and an adult. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/28/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 9: Focused Revising (and Editing)
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Overview: Students will use a focused revising choice board to guide peer writing conferences. The teacher and students will use a focused revising choice board to guide teacher writing conferences.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. I can write an opinion piece and support my opinion with reasons.W.3.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3 here.) I can develop and strengthen my writing by planning, revising, and editing with the help of my peers and an adult.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/29/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit Outline
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This is the outline for a third grade writing unit on writing opinion (persuasive) papers. The lessons and materials are linked to the outline, but they also uploaded in a PDF format as sperate lessons in WISELearn. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/29/2020
5th Grade Historical Literacy Units
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5th Grade Historical Literacy Curriculum outlines the content of social-studies integrated units taught within the readers' and writers' workshop framework and taught daily for 90 minutes. Each six week unit contains standards, teaching points, vocabulary, and assessments. Readers' and writers' workshop naturally differentiates for all learners. By June of 2020, each unit will have a slide deck associated with it that contains the teaching points, integrated grammar work, vocabulary, and strategies for partner practice. Our district places careful emphasis on vocabulary, as we have a high percentage of English Language Learners.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Curriculum Map
Formative Assessment
Author:
Jennifer Mortensen
Date Added:
09/26/2019
5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Handouts
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These handouts accompany the 5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Lesson Plan. The handouts give criteria for identifying areas of erosion and non-point source pollution entering waterways on school property, slope and soil suitability criteria for situating the rain garden, and data collection procedures for phosphate testing. The handouts also include guidelines and criteria for the final poster presentation design and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning, as well as rubrics for scoring and guidelines for peer feedback.

Subject:
Geology
Hydrology
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Interim/Summative Assessment
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Reference Material
Rubric/Scoring Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Amy Workman
Date Added:
08/02/2019
5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Lesson Plan
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This lesson engages 5th grade students in identifying areas of erosion and non-point source pollution entering waterways on school property, making a claim on the most suitable site to locate a rain garden by conducting field tests on slope and soil type, and testing
for the presence of phosphates in waterways on school forest property. Students then compete in a rain garden design challenge using their data to create a poster presentation, including a map and claim evidence reasoning, for the best rain garden design plan, scored using a rubric.

Subject:
Geology
Hydrology
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Interim/Summative Assessment
Lesson Plan
Rubric/Scoring Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Amy Workman
Date Added:
08/02/2019
6th Grade Historical Literacy Units
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5th Grade Historical Literacy Curriculum outlines the content of social-studies integrated units taught within the readers' and writers' workshop framework and taught daily for 90 minutes. Each six week unit contains standards, teaching points, vocabulary, and assessments. Readers' and writers' workshop naturally differentiates for all learners. By June of 2020, each unit will have a slide deck associated with it that contains the teaching points, integrated grammar work, vocabulary, and strategies for partner practice. Our district places careful emphasis on vocabulary, as we have a high percentage of English Language Learners.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Curriculum Map
Formative Assessment
Author:
Jennifer Mortensen
Date Added:
09/26/2019
ABC Graffiti
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Students rotate through a circuit of ABC posters every 3-8 minutes, generating words or phrases for each letter of the alphabet related to the topic provided.

This teaching strategy/activity can be used as an introduction to a lesson or as an evaluation/assessment.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Lindsay Hawkins
Lindsay Williams
Date Added:
05/23/2018
Arts Integration in Elementary Curriculum
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This open textbook was created with the support of an ALG Textbook Transformation Grant. Topics include art integration, music integration, physical education / dance integration, and the theoretical foundations of arts integration in education

Subject:
Elementary Education
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
David Browm
Molly Zhou
Date Added:
09/29/2015
Book Interest Survey
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The Book Interest Survey is a great resource to use in the beginning of the year to get to know your readers. This is also a way for students to self reflect about their own interests to be engaged in their reading.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Information and Technology Literacy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Katie Powers
Date Added:
08/02/2019
Chief Oshkosh
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This unit focuses on the historical connection Chief Oshkosh had on the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin with a focus on understanding timelines, cause and effect skills, and strengthening personal letter writing skills

Subject:
Elementary Education
American Indian Studies
Material Type:
Interactive
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Author:
Beth Waukechon
Date Added:
06/30/2018
EducationCloset
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This is the world's largest site for arts integration and STEAM in K-12 education. Contains standards-aligned lesson plans, free printables, online courses, certification and conferences for professional development credit. They cover arts integration, advocacy, research, assessment, classroom management, curriculum, organization, PBL and the arts and classroom strategies.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Fine Arts
Dance
Media Arts
Music
Performing and Visual Arts
Theatre
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Studies
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Alternate Assessment
Assessment
Curriculum Map
Formative Assessment
Full Course
Interim/Summative Assessment
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Reference Material
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Susan Riley
Date Added:
08/05/2018
Goal Setting
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We know how important it is to help students set academic goals so they can monitor their learning. This resource can be used for any subject area. It explains the steps for creating a SMART goal, and encourages students to self-reflect.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
Physical Education
English Language Arts
Fine Arts
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Formative Assessment
Self Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Katie Powers
Date Added:
08/02/2019
High Quality Resource Selection & Implementation Plan
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Indian Community School, Inc has developed a process to select high quailty resources for K4-8th grade Science teaching and learning.  The plan will be used to implement new Science resources in the 2021-2022 school year.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Elementary Education
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reference Material
Author:
Melissa Deutsch
Date Added:
05/19/2020
Introduction to Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Standards
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This resource shows how a teacher educator can unpack a general overview of the connect, explore and engage strands of Wisconsin's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability (WELS) Standards. While pre-service teachers will undoubtedly become immersed in WELS standards during their science and science methods courses, the integration of WELS standards from the very beginning of their teacher certification program is a proactive approach to learning.   The placement of WELS standards into the beginning of their program will hopefully increase the likelihood these future educators will  value this integration as a natural part of their teaching requirements rather than as an additional concept to squeeze in.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Learning Task
Author:
Corey Thompson
Date Added:
06/24/2020
Introduction to IMET St. Croix Central Units of Study Reading Standards
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Three resources are included that all provide great tools and links.  These will help provide your school district a guide to aligning your essential standards to the Units of Study for Reading.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Curriculum Map
Reading
Reference Material
Author:
Shelly Clay
Date Added:
05/27/2020
Introduction to Units of Study for Writing
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This is a quick overview for teachers of the Units of Study for Writing structure (K-8). There is also reference to upcoming professional development surrounding the Units of Study for Writing. This was used for a 20 minute staff meeting presentation prior to implementing the Units of Study for Writing.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Megan Elmhorst
Date Added:
01/16/2020
Investigate the Materials Presentation
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This is the third presentation in a series on the materials adoption process. This presentation leads participants through the process of utilizing the EQuIP rubric to evaluate lessons and units. In the session, participants build knowledge of the rubric and then use it to evaluate specific resources. Additionally, the presentation includes a focus on surface level literacy learning that is described in the book Visible Learning for Literacy.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Annie Kongshaug
Date Added:
05/07/2020
Remix
Keep Calm and Save the Bats!
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In this series of activities, students build their background knowledge about bats through a variety of media and texts (Activity 1), play games to learn more about how bats interact with their prey and how they use their bodies, and choose an action(s) to help make the world a better place for bats, and therefore, humans (Activity 2). My students decided to create educational posters convincing people to help bats, plant a bat garden, build a bat house, and adopt-a-bat. They also wrote persuasive letters to hang the bat house on our school, which they presented to the administration (and the project was approved - in addition to which the principal asked us to create additional educational materials to teach the school community - teachers, students, other staff - and families about the benefits of bats).

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Ecology
Environmental Science
Geography
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Kristin Halverson
Date Added:
06/05/2020
Know and Winnow Your Choices Presentation
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This is the second presentation in a series on the materials adoption process. This presentation guides participants as they create a vision for English Language Arts Instruction. It also includes an introduction to EdReports and guides participants through reviewing materials using EdReports. The presentation also includes the first section of a book study on Visible Learning for Literacy.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Literature
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Annie Kongshaug
Date Added:
04/30/2020
Krispy Kreme Me
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How many Krispy Kreme donuts are in this giant box? Through the use of photographs, an email from the Krispy Kreme company, and a news report, students are challenged to use estimation and measurement to determine exactly how many Krispy Kreme donuts fit into the extra large box.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Learning Task
Author:
Graham Fletcher
Date Added:
01/06/2019
Literacy Conferencing Log
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I use this resource in my classroom to conference with students, specifically in reading class. The Google Sheet includes tabs for the student's name, date, title of book, page number they are currently on, a connected standard I may be assessing at the time, and notes about their performance. Students can also read a page or two aloud as a quick fluency check.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Literature
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Formative Assessment
Learning Task
Author:
Katie Powers
Date Added:
08/02/2019
Making a Decision Presentation
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 This presentation is the fourth presentation in a series on the materials adoption process. Participants identify must-haves and nice to haves when it comes to a new resource. They also engage in possible decision-making approaches and determine local priorities in the decision-making process. Finally, the presentation includes information on how to move from surface level to deep level learning to continue the book study on Visible Learning for Literacy. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Annie Kongshaug
Date Added:
05/07/2020
Materials Adoption Process Review Presentation
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This is the final presentation on the series on the Materials Adoption Process. It reviews the materials adoption process and the resources utilized during the process.  It also includes the conclusion of the book study on Visible Learning for Literacy.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Annie Kongshaug
Date Added:
05/07/2020
Math Expressions Yearlong Staff Training
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As we begin to dive into the power of high quality instruciotnal materials (HQIM), our district needed a focused plan to support teachers with Math Expressions 2018. The outlined plan and attached resources share with viewers the commitment our district took into developing an understanding behind the WHY of HQIM and then building staff capacity to utlize the curriculum with consistency. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Amanda Killeen
Date Added:
04/27/2020
Music and the Child
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Children are inherently musical. They respond to music and learn through music. Music expresses children’s identity and heritage, teaches them to belong to a culture, and develops their cognitive well-being and inner self worth. As professional instructors, childcare workers, or students looking forward to a career working with children, we should continuously search for ways to tap into children’s natural reservoir of enthusiasm for singing, moving and experimenting with instruments. But how, you might ask? What music is appropriate for the children I’m working with? How can music help inspire a well-rounded child? How do I reach and teach children musically? Most importantly perhaps, how can I incorporate music into a curriculum that marginalizes the arts?

This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children. This book guides professionals to work through music, harnessing the processes that underlie music learning, and outlining developmentally appropriate methods to understand the role of music in children’s lives through play, games, creativity, and movement. Additionally, the book explores ways of applying music-making to benefit the whole child, i.e., socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and linguistically.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
State University of New York
Provider Set:
OpenSUNY Textbooks
Author:
Natalie Sarrazin
Date Added:
06/14/2016
Native American Biography Unit
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Students read and listen to biographies. Students will conduct a research project on a biography of their choosing, make a timeline, write a report and use it to create a seven slide presentation in Google Slides about the Native American person of their choosing.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Speaking and Listening
American Indian Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Jolene Arndt
Date Added:
08/02/2019
Post Materials Adoption Survey
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This survey asks educators to reflect on the materials adoption process and the professional development in which they engaged. When compared with the results from the pre materials adoption survey, data can be gathered on the change in teacher knowledge of the materials adoption process from start to finish.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Annie Kongshaug
Date Added:
05/07/2020