The life cycle of a seed
This lesson integrates science into the language arts block. Students will read about plant life cycle events and then write their own books about the life cycle of a plant.
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Vessels in Greek art, the visit
This lesson focuses on the uses, shapes, importance, and historical storytelling on Greek vessels in art.
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Exploring pumpkins
This lesson will allow students to use a variety of methods to explore pumpkins.
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The problem with parallax
Students will increase their understanding of astronomical measurements by using parallax to measure distances on their school campus. They will also gain an appreciation of the difficulties with such measurements by statistically analyzing the class' results.
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A renaissance of jazz and poetry
The Harlem Renaissance was the birth of a creative plethora in all fields of art for African Americans. The poetry and jazz composed during or inspired by this era naturally complemented each other. Furthermore, many of the themes from the musical and literary worlds are universal and provide a great lesson on how two different works can have a parallel theme.
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Periodic table
This lesson provides knowledge about periodic law, groups and periods. Students will be able to identify and label each group with their names. Students will be able to relate atomic number and atomic masses of different elements of periodic table. Students will also be able to discuss periodicity of different properties of elements.
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Is it a duck? Is it a chick?
Students will compare and contrast the characteristics of a chick and a duckling by using a Venn Diagram.
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Oodles of ordinals
Children will integrate Math, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, and Music to discover, explore, practice and enjoy the ordinal numbers "first" through "tenth."
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Mathematical translations
This lesson develops knowledge of algebraic expressions and their verbal equivalents. Students will establish a foundation for future Algebra I tasks by identifying mathematical symbols and expressions through group work and individual tasks. This lesson contains modifications for the novice high English Language Learner (ELL).
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Saving the environment through picture books
This lesson looks at environmental issues and man's relationship to the environment over time using main ideas and supporting details. The content comes from two picture books: "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky" and "A River Ran Wild".
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Zoo integrated unit
The unit uses the North Carolina Zoological Park as a teaching tool rather than as a nice place to visit. It can be used by a single teacher or multiple teachers of different subjects, and it is aimed at 7th and 8th graders.
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Birds of a feather, an interdisciplinary unit: Math/Science wing
This lesson is part of an interdisciplinary unit on birds which contains math/science and language arts components. In the math/science wing, students will prepare frequency tables and construct a circle graph of the species of birds observed at bird feeders.
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Leap frogs tend toward the center?
Students learn the meanings of the central tendency concepts range, mean, median, and mode. They will make origami frogs, jump them across a track and record the length of their jumps and the total number of jumps across trials.
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Posing a Scenario and "Looping" to Provide Focus in a Cause/Effect Essay
Most of us are familiar with the idea that in narratives a writer chooses a "hot spot" or critical incident to serve as the focus of the work. Teachers of expository writing also must assist students in finding the "hot spot" or focus of their essays. Use this exercise to help student focus on one aspect of the essay.
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Observing connections: Art, poetry and the environment
Students will explore the poem of Pat Lowery Collins, "I Am An Artist" and create their own poem from what they see and experience. They will then illustrate their poems with a visual design. This is the first lesson in a series of three in which students are creating art based on their observations: Lesson 1 Observing Connections--Art, Poetry, and the Environment; Lesson 2 Observing Connections--Changing Landscapes; Lesson 3 Observing Connections--North Carolina Pottery and Face Jugs
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Walk Two Moons: An Integrated Unit
"Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech is a bittersweet story of a teenager who desperately wants to be reunited with her mother. This unit is an integrated study combining setting, theme, point of view, character, and plot with geography and geometry.
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Using RAFT to determine how to write an informational essay
Students will use RAFT as a tool to determine how to write an informational essay. They will also design a graphic organizer for the assignment as well as compose a rough draft. This is the second lesson in a series of three based on the LEARN NC 9th grade writing exemplars.
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Atmospheric Pressure
Did you know that air has weight? This illustrated essay from the NOVA Web site explores conditions that affect air density and atmospheric pressure.
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Phases of the Moon
This site contains a series of visualizations of the sun, moon and Earth System and how they relate to the changing face of the moon. Animations are in the form of Java applets, forms for field observation of the moon, and a collection of exercises and PDF versions of background material. There are practice questions and quizzes that discuss the animations.
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Vacation II
'Connors creates a fantasy vacation in limitless circumstances by constructing a travelogue that moves from New England forests to the bottom of the sea, to outer space and to all corners of the world. The artist uses video effects such as computer-assisted animation, editing processes, and sophisticated matting techniques as metaphors for perceptual experience.' Using both miniature sets and still and moving images of various environments, Betsy Connors evokes both real and virtual spaces.
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