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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
Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations
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In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) to discuss and deconstruct complex text. The new core standards emphasize the importance of developing students' speaking and listening skills as well as helping them access complex text through reading, re-reading, re-thinking, and re-examining.The purpose of this lesson is to get the students to focus and stay on topic while they talk. As a result, students are required to think more extensively about a topic by repeatedly reading and discussing with others.

Subject:
Speaking and Listening
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Amelia Bedelia Up Close! Closely Reading a Classic Story
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Through a close reading of "Amelia Bedelia", students reread the material to discuss text-dependent questions, promoting deep thinking about the text and its characters.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Analyzing the Stylistic Choices of Political Cartoonists
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Students explore and analyze the techniques that political (or editorial) cartoonists use and draw conclusions about why the cartoonists choose those techniques to communicate their messages.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Applied Digital Skills: Create a Presentation
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This 45-90 minute Google Applied Digital Skills lesson includes videos, lesson plans, and rubric. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students. It teaches transitions and animation along with collaboration.

Subject:
Business and Information Technology
Speaking and Listening
Information and Technology Literacy
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Jane Strong
Date Added:
04/12/2018
Audience & Purpose: Evaluating Disney's Changes to the Hercules Myth
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What drives changes to classic myths and fables? In this lesson students evaluate the changes Disney made to the myth of "Hercules" in order to achieve their audience and purpose.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
A "Brief, Urgent Message": Theme in Slaughterhouse-Five
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As a culminating activity for "Slaughterhouse-Five", students make a compilation album (a CD with 6-8 tracks) that reflects their analysis, understanding, and reaction to the ideas in the novel "Slaughterhouse-Five".

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction
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Students work as a class to explore a character in a book they have read by identifying traits and finding textual references to support their choices.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Remix
Cardboard Boat
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Students will collaboratively design and construct a cardboard boat using a variety of tools and methods which will float and hold 1 human in the school pool.

Subject:
Education
Character Education
Speaking and Listening
Geometry
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blake Jersey
Lynn Aprill
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry
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Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost's "Choose Something Like a Star" to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's "Sick"
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Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Comparing a Literary Work to Its Film Interpretation
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Students will really get into the swing of things as they analyze the text and film versions of Edgar Allan Poe's story, "The Pit and the Pendulum."

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies
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Students compare and analyze novels and the movies adapted from them. They design new DVD covers and a related insert for the movies, reflecting their response to the movie version.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading
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What if students could see the relevance of their school curriculum to real-world, interesting, STEM-related careers? Let's help them create a great future!

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Creating Text Sets for Whole-Class Instruction
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Students are more likely to meet Common Core expectations for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language if they are working with texts on a regular basis. Organizing a curriculum around a series of text sets can provide those opportunities for students. This organization is supported by the PARCC Model Content Frameworks.

Subject:
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Louisiana Department of Education
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Creating Text Sets for Whole-Class Instruction
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Students are more likely to meet Common Core expectations for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language if they are working with texts on a regular basis. Organizing a curriculum around a series of text sets can provide those opportunities for students. This organization is supported by the PARCC Model Content Frameworks.

Subject:
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Louisiana Department of Education
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
11/02/2017
Critical Reading: Two Stories, Two Authors, Same Plot?
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Students make predictions about the stories and analyze story elements, compare and contrast the different stories, distinguish between fact and opinion, and draw conclusions supported by evidence from their readings.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography
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Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make text-self-world connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Fact Fragment Frenzy
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Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
The History Behind Song Lyrics
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Students research the items listed in the song ŕWe Didn't Start the FireĚŇ by Billy Joel, noting their historical relevance, and then document their findings using an online chart.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat"
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Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat" is used as a primer to teach students how to analyze a literary work using plot, theme, characterization, and psychoanalytical criticism.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Language  and Power in The HandmaidŐs Tale and the World
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Students work in small groups to examine Margaret AtwoodŐs use of and observations about language in The HandmaidŐs Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion
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In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Lead4Change Student Leadership Lessons
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A Leadership Curriculum with a Community Service Framework can help achieve and strengthen SEL and leadership skills necessary in today's world. Whether your group meets virtually, in-person, or a blend of the two, this program is set to go!

How do you find the time and resources to integrate leadership training and community service into the curriculum? With Lead4Change it’s easy!

We understand the choices you have as you try to give your students the best educational leadership experience; which is why all of our materials are aligned to current education standards. The lessons have been used and approved by over 11,000 educators and road-tested by 1.8 Million students since 2012. The lessons in the program have been carefully aligned to the WI State Standards for CCTS. The alignment allows teachers to plan strategically to incorporate the Lead4Change lessons seamlessly into their classroom and expand to meet classroom needs.

We know you don’t want to leave your students' future up to chance. By using the FREE Lead4Change program, you are creating transformation in your students and real change in your community. Your students will remember you, and this experience, for a lifetime!
• Certificates of completion for all students
• Graduation Honor Cords for seniors
• School Certification after 2 years
• Based on leadership principles from the book, 'Taking People with You,' by David Novak
• Full teacher and student lesson plans are accessible on the website
• After completing the lessons and a project, students share their leadership story by entering the Lead4Change Challenge and become eligible for charity and school grants up to $10,000.

This free program integrates into core classes but also fits well for advisory time, CTE classes, association/clubs, and more.

Full teacher and student lesson plans are accessible on the website: Lead4Change.org. This is a free program perfect for advisory time, clubs/associations, CTE classes, and any subject area!

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Family and Consumer Sciences
Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship
Speaking and Listening
Economics
Material Type:
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Module
Student Guide
Author:
Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning
Date Added:
07/30/2018
LetŐs Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace
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Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Menominee Ethnobotany 10 Community Presentation
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Students will present what they have learned about their plants, prayer, the Menominee language, and the traditional uses of plants by the Menominee people.

Subject:
Speaking and Listening
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Art and Design
Art History
Global Education
Biology
Botany
Ecology
Environmental Science
American Indian Studies
Ethnic Studies
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Grignon
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Mindful & "Kindful" Lessons in 10
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These primary level mindfulness lessons are based upon self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.  The intent of these lessons is to provide a brief, beginning of the day warm-up activity/skill. There are a total of 10 minilessons sessions the first five lessons are based on the brain. Students will study and learn about the brain parts and how each part has a special job. The second five lessons in this unit are based on mindful awareness. These lessons will start the process of teaching children how to attend to the here and now of people, environment, concerns and challenges in a nonjudgemental way. Students will be reflecting on their thoughts and actions.

Subject:
Health Science
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Melissa Buck
Patti Maala
Date Added:
07/27/2018
Modeling Academic Writing Through Scholarly Article Presentations
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Students prepare an already published scholarly article for presentation, with an emphasis on identification of the author's thesis and argument structure.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Myth and Truth: The Gettysburg Address
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By exploring myths and truths surrounding Abraham LincolnŐs Gettysburg Address, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding this famous speech from the Civil War era.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Name That Chapter! Discussing Summary and Interpretation Using Chapter Titles
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Students name unnamed chapters in a novel they are reading. They discuss possible chapter names, considering accuracy, word choice, and connotation, before settling on a choice.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Narrative Structure and Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved
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Using Beloved as a model of a work with multiple narrative perspectives, students use a visualizing activity and close reading to consider ways in which subjective values shape contradictory representations.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
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
Native American Cultural Children's Stories
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The cultural children's story project allows students to explore Native American culture through a new lens by authoring and illustrating children's stories that teach children between the ages of four and six a lesson or tale unique to Native cultural traditions. The exemplar stories are laminated, bound, and given as gifts to an area elementary school with a primarily Native student body. Student authors read the stories to the children, and the books become part of the children's classroom library. The children learn cultural traditions from a young age and see their mentors (often Native students as well) as role models and writers. The authors learn the skills to develop their stories from conception to publication to presentation.Cultural Children's Story Video Lesson

Subject:
Character Education
Early Learning
English Language Arts
Literature
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
World Languages
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Martha Handrick
Date Added:
05/07/2018
Now Go Lead, Student Leadership Lessons
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Make the Lead4Change Student Leadership Program the best new idea for your school this year!  Leadership + Service = Measurable Change.  FREE lessons and amazing outcomes. Students lead, lives are changed.  Get started today with ready-to-use lessons, resources and more at Lead4Change.orgTry Lesson One now!  To access the rest, register at www.lead4change.org/join.    In the meantime, check out the 1-minute video  What is Lead4Change?

Subject:
Family and Consumer Sciences
Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship
Character Education
School Counseling
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Julie Bealke
Date Added:
08/29/2018
The Passion of Punctuation
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Using published writers' texts and students' own writing, this unit explores emotions that are associated with the artful and deliberate use of commas, semicolons, colons, and exclamation points (end-stop marks of punctuation).

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017