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How Can an Abstraction Show Me How Things Work?

Algebra I » Unit: Number Tricks, Patterns, and Abstractions
Big Idea: Abstraction is a such an interesting word, because everyone does it, yet few know what the word means.
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The Value of Connections

There are so many reasons for teaching about the Holocaust.  Obviously, if students are to be well rounded and able to make connections with real world issues  -past and present -they need to learn about them.

On the day of this lesson, one of my students said something to me that drove home the need for this type of learning and the application in real life. After reading the article "Fighting Hitler" this student raised her hand and said, "I finally get it.  The little boy wasn't wearing pajamas was he?"  Immediately, I remembered that she had recently read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and my heart fell.  She had not had the prior knowledge to make that connection when she read the book. For those who have not read the book -the boy is referred to as wearing striped pajamas by another young boy in the book who does not understand that he is a prisoner in a concentration camp wearing the standard striped clothing.

This comment made me want so desperately to pour knowledge into their minds so they can fully understand everything.  As teachers I think we underestimate the gravity of our jobs. We have the power to open so many doors and windows for our students.

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Paired Text Introduction to the Holocaust Part 1

7th Grade ELA » Unit: Informational Text - Persevering through the Adversity of our World Part 2
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More Context Needed

Well, we got through one question.   The question asks about McBride’s primary purpose, and goes on to ask if they thought it was a personal essay or a cultural study.  The question of purpose has been a challenging one for students to grapple with, because there is often more than one response (thus, multiple central ideas!) that seems plausible.   The group that worked with this question came to the conclusion that it is more of a cultural study, but it has lots of personal essay elements in it, and that it seems like he is trying to show how hip-hop music is more than just about gangs and profanity.  In trying to move students from the kind of bumper sticker central ideas I asked the students what is he trying to say about rap music, and how does he get there.  As students referred to some of the historical context that McBride provided, I found myself providing more context—their prior knowledge regarding the history of hip-hop is very limited, as is their knowledge urban America in the 1970s and 80s.  I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise—these students were all born in the late 90s—but because hip-hop is so part of our culture now, I assumed they had some knowledge of its past.  So as we looked at the succession of historical information he provides, both regarding hip-hop’s beginnings and its place in broader cultural events, I had to provide some context.  Given this, before continuing with the discussion tomorrow, we will watch part of a documentary I found on the history of hip-hop that goes into more detail about what they read.  Hopefully this visual context will help as we interpret the rest of the piece.

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Multiple Central Ideas: James McBride's "Hip-hop Planet" Day 1

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Thematic Unit: Popular Culture
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Time to the Half Hour

1st Grade Math » Unit: Measurement and Time
Big Idea: It’s about time! In this lesson students will begin to understand the concept of time and the relationship of the two moving hands on the clock.
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Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators

4th Grade Math » Unit: Fractions
Big Idea: You can add fractions with unlike denominators by finding a common denominator or by using fraction strips.
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Comparing Key Details

1st Grade ELA » Unit: Miss Nelson
Big Idea: Today we are going beyond the key details of a single text and comparing them with another text.
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Metacognition: Assessing the little voice inside their heads

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Metacognition Unit
Big Idea: Understanding the act of thinking
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Why use Journals?

Safety in Science

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Inquiry in Science
Big Idea: Implications in science have social, ethical and safety issues.
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Circuit Diagrams

4th Grade Science » Unit: Electricity
Big Idea: Scientists use symbols to share their work in a way that is easy to understand.
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