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### Types of Cells Part 1

7th Grade Science » Unit: Life is Organized: Cells
Big Idea: Bacteria and plants and animals, Oh My!

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### Socrative and Small Group Instruction

#### Coulomb's Law

High School Physics » Unit: Electrostatics and Circuits

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### Graphs of Proportional Relationships - What are the two important characteristics?

7th Grade Math » Unit: Proportional Reasoning
Big Idea: Is your graph a straight line? Does it pass through the origin? This lesson helps you determine if graphs are proportional!

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#### Build a Lightbulb

4th Grade Science » Unit: Electricity
Big Idea: A light bulb transforms electrical energy into heat and light energy. The light bulb was designed to meet human needs.

### Cells: Membrane and Nucleus Part 2

7th Grade Science » Unit: Life is Organized: Cells
Big Idea: Testing getting in and out of the cell.

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### Investigating Basic Types of Physics Graphs

High School Physics » Unit: Lessons from Galileo
Big Idea: Mathematical models are free, effective and convenient ways to analyze and interpret graphical data.

### Place Value with Decimals

5th Grade Math » Unit: Targeted Skills Interventions
Big Idea: Valuable Places!

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### Student Engagement

I was impressed with how my students were able to go to the classroom library and pick their books fairly easily.  One student prompted me to give more guidance to the class when she raised her hand and asked me how many books should they pick.  I quickly made a chart and projected it.  It said if you are reading in the JKL range you should pick 4-6 books, MNOP- 3-4 books, and QRS-2-3 and T and above 1-2.

Another thing  I did not anticipated was how much determinig the setting was going to be difficult for them.  More on this in another lesson.  I realized that students need to connect the genre and setting.  The students who were grappling with setting were students reading in the MNO range and their books had ordinary settings "Anywhere, USA.  The confusion came up when the story would be at home and then in school, etc.  My thought when I asked them to be aware of the setting was more when setting is an important element to the plot.  So this will be a lesson I will come back to in the future.

5th Grade ELA » Unit: Developing Classroom Climate Through Routines

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### Considering Time--Reflection on getting to know you activity

Although this part of the lesson took a lot of time, I thought it was important to have every student share their two truths and a lie. It was also important for them to write them down rather than simply speaking from the top of their heads. In the writing standards, Common Core requires students to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective, well-chosen details. This is an opportunity for students to write using vivid and convincing details. It helped them get to know one another, and it forced some students that would not ordinarily speak up on the first day of school to do so. It allowed them to practice descriptive or vivid writing on the first day. I also shared my two truths and a lie, and my students were just as interested in my background as they were in their peers.

Throughout the first meeting I shared things about myself including my personal likes and dislikes to show allow students to get to know me better.  It might also help to model a few responses that meet/do not meet expectations.

The student work sample shows a response to the "Do Now" and a sample of a student's  two truths and a lie at the bottom of the page. In the photo, you will also see a response to the prompt "Reading is like..." from later in the lesson.  I chose this sample because it shows our work for the entire day on one page, beginning with the interest survey.  It also shows what my students think of reading and writing before we get into it this year. Not only am I getting to know them, but they are getting to know themselves.

#### Telling Lies that Sound True: Building Classroom Community on the First Day

9th Grade ELA » Unit: The Search for Identity: Introductory Unit

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### Roll Me!

Kindergarten Math » Unit: Make it Count!
Big Idea: Students strengthen their 1-6 counting skills by rolling a die, counting the number of dots, counting out that number of objects, and recording their actions on a white board.