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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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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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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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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.
Cathy Skinner added a Lesson

Palindrome Patterns (Part 1)

5th Grade Math » Unit: Getting Started
Big Idea: Your brain is a pattern seeking device!
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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?
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Prior Knowledge - Followup Notebook File

Systems Prior Knowledge Part 3

7th Grade Science » Unit: Life is Organized: Systems & Characteristics of Life
Big Idea: Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's off to work we go!
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Terms for signed numbers

Some suggestions about talking and writing “signed numbers”:  

  1. I always use, and have students use, the terms positive number and negative number instead of plus or minus.

  2. I try to use the word subtraction instead of minus to refer to the operation of taking away a quantity from another quantity. This is to help students distinguish between the two different meanings of the "minus" sign.

  3. We know that the minus sign (“-”) is used both as a sign of subtraction, the operation, and as a sign indicating a negative number. I like to use, and I motivate students to use in their writing, a superscript negative sign (and positive sign) to distinguish it from the subtraction sign (“-5” or “+5”)

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Those Negative Numbers

8th Grade Math » Unit: Number Sense
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Collecting Papers

Collecting Of Research Papers

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Research Paper: Influential Lives Part III
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Creating a Web-Based Research Notebook: The Basic Layout (Part 1 of 6)

12th Grade ELA » Unit: "The Medium is the Message": Modern Technology Meets Classic Research Methods
Big Idea: a simple Google Site will serve to keep all of a student's pre-research organized
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Introduction to Four Addends

2nd Grade Math » Unit: Adding Four Addends
Big Idea: In this lesson, students identify strategies to add four two-digit numbers together.
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2D & 3D Shapes

3rd Grade Math » Unit: Geometry
Big Idea: Real world examples help make the attributes of these shapes less abstract.
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Conducting an Interview

2nd Grade ELA » Unit: I Am A Biographer
Big Idea: There is etiquette involved in asking personal questions, and interviewing takes practice.
Deborah Blackley added a Lesson

“Paying Attention to Detail” Determining Importance While Reading Non Fiction Text Continued

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Determining Importance
Big Idea: How can I determine what is important and what is not when I read nonfiction text?
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Complex Tasks

Solve the Problem of Overpopulation

1st Grade Science » Unit: Create a Solution to a Human Problem Caused by Animals
Big Idea: Engage the class in a real world application experience where they solve a real issue that could effect them.
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Making the Connection!

In this section, I found it helpful to do two things as I facilitated students through the exploration activities:

      a) Continuously weave in the significance of the oscilloscope to the material presented. For instance,  while introducing the first activity, I made certain to emphasize that the data presented at the top of the sheet was produced by an oscilloscope. We, as a class then aligned the significance of the one peak on the oscilloscope's image to the vertical lines presented on the diagram via simple question prompts (eg. What do you think each line represents?, How does that compare to what we see on our papers?, etc. ). In a nutshell, it was helpful to students that they comprehended t the simplified representation of the action potential on the worksheet prior to diving into the task at hand.

    b)  Walk students through Case A on the Neuron in Series activity on the board prior to letting them complete cases b-d in partners. Demonstrate to them how to interact with the text to clarify their thoughts. For example, I read the first statement of the case, asked students where the critical information was, underlined it as per their responses with a specific color, and created a symbol (using the same color) to represent the chemical highlighted in that particular statement. Then, I asked students: "Where might I place this colored symbol on the diagram?". I allowed students to dictate it's placement and to justify it so that they continuously interacted with the text to extract and grasp information. Finally, I repeated these steps with the subsequent statements in the text. Overall, this helped students to interface with the material multiple times and mull over the material before filling in their data tables. Students found this very helpful (empowered them to be more independent) to complete the task. (See Exploration Pics 1-3)

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Lights, Camera and Action Mechanisms of Neurotransmitters

High School Science » Unit: Neurotransmitter Chemistry and Mechanism of Action!
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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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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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