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Classroom Video: Think Pair Share

Reptiles, Time For A New Outfit

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrate Classification
Big Idea: Scientist develop models in order to explain phenomena
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SM EDP in their own words

Science vs. Engineering Project - Presentations

7th Grade Science » Unit: Introduction to 7th Grade Science
Big Idea: We can plan our own investigations using our own scientific method and engineering design process.
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Respect and Responsibility

The activity has them leaving the classroom and requires the students to work independently from the teacher. In order to make this a positive experience it is important to lay down clear expectations. In the first few days of school we cover respect and responsibility as being expectations. I remind my class that the expectations I have for them is that they can have fun while learning. Respect is following directions, being polite, and in this case being mindful of others in the building who are working. For example, they will visit a part of the school where others might be, they need to not distract and be good observers. I ask them how they can demonstrate responsibility and I add to their ideas on how it pertains to this lesson. After each expectation is given I always give the opposite example of what is NOT expected. It helps make the message more clear and gives them a model of what not to do.  

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Follow the Leader: Following Directions

4th Grade Science » Unit: Opening Science
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Index Master

Eliciting Student Ideas: What is Heat? What is Temperature?

8th Grade Science » Unit: Heat Transfer and Interactions of Matter
Big Idea: Need a lesson to find out your students ideas about heat and temperature before digging into content? This is the one.
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Classroom Video: Think Aloud

Investigating Worms Part 2

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Structures
Big Idea: How can you conduct an experiment to answer your questions about worms?

Classroom Video: Exit Tickets


7th Grade Science » Unit: Evolution
Big Idea: Derived characteristics in organisms may be used to determine evolutionary relationships
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One on one conferencing at the end of unit 1

It's the end of unit one and I have a good idea who my strugglers are. Formative Assessment with good feedback and scaffolded material with be essential to keep these students from falling behind. I also make appointments for one on one conferences so that I can make students understand what their particular responsibilities are, apart from those of the entire class. Here are some tips to follow to yeild the best results.....

  • Convey a strong message to students about their strengths as well as the areas where they need to improve. 
  • Make students understand that they will need to put in a bit more effort in order to improve in these areas and that I will be there to support and guide them throughout. Students need to start feeling accountable for their progress. 
  • I ask students questions about how they feel about the class so far, what kinds of things are troubling them and what things do they like about the class thus far.
  • Begin working on  goals, short term and long term together during the conference.
  • Agree on some of the actions students will take to achieve these goals throughout the year.


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Rational or Irrational (Day 2 of 2)

8th Grade Math » Unit: Number Sense
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What's With That Crazy Nye Guy? Weathering One More Time! Day 1

4th Grade Science » Unit: Weathering
Big Idea: Students grappling with understanding effects of weathering on the Earth's surface benefit from this video as they jigsaw their new information to prepare for a group presentation.
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Gravity Powered Marble Mover (Day 1)

5th Grade Science » Unit: Motion, Forces and Interactions
Big Idea: Students earn points for adding in a variety of ramps, loops, and jumps into the structure they build to move their marble to a cup.
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Complex Ratios pose a problem

Identify the Constant of Proportionality From a Graph

7th Grade Math » Unit: Proportional Relationships
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Modified Jigsaw: Cheating in School

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Mini Unit: Academic Dishonesty
Big Idea: Cheaters never win...or do they? Let's check it out.
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"Only Vaulting Ambition": Marital Discourse between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (1.4.55-60-7)

12th Grade ELA » Unit: Oh, Horror! Horror! Horror! "The Tragedy of Macbeth"
Big Idea: Conflict in literature articulates arguments we can analyze and construct.
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Terrific Two!

Kindergarten Math » Unit: Introducing... the Numbers!
Big Idea: When working with students with limited early academic backgrounds, it's easy to say, "Two is TOO hard to learn so early in the year!" Two is tough!!! Sometimes it can look like a backwards S, other times a Z, other times something else that DOESN'T rese
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Fractions on a Number Line - Beyond One Whole

3rd Grade Math » Unit: Fractions
Big Idea: When the numerator has a greater value than the denominator, the fraction represents a number with a value greater than one whole.
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Student Presentations

     Students were shy at first to expose their traditions to others.  However, as they began to see their classmates take interest in their presentation, they were comfortable to share more information.  This is the beginning of sharing prior knowledge that will lead to more discussions as students gain practice in this collaboration.

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Researching Our Class Culture: Pakistan

2nd Grade ELA » Unit: A World of Difference
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Where to Begin?? The Compare and Contrast Pretest

4th grade ELA » Unit: Beyond the Venn Diagram: Learning to Write A Compare and Contrast Paragraph
Big Idea: Being able to describe similarities and differences leads to a greater understanding of all text types.
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Video--Yo, I'm a Flower Rap

BEEing a Bee!

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
Big Idea: A bee is instrumental in pollination! The children will create a simple model of a bee and then mimic its function in plant pollination.
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Planning with Peers

Investigating Rates of Reactions, pt 1

High School Chemistry » Unit: Kinetics and Equilibrium
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Investigation Chart

Evidence or Inference?

4th Grade Science » Unit: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Big Idea: Students choose between three different experiments to help them understand the difference between scientific evidence and inference.
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Engineering Project: Balloon Car

5th Grade Science » Unit: Scientists at Work
Big Idea: Students act just as real scientists do, to create and test a vehicle they have designed, that is powered by only a balloon.
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