Captured Wisdom in Middle School
This site presents stories about successful teaching in middle school. Learn how an e-mail list helped students write better historical fiction, or how fifth-grade students planned a virtual vacation using cd-roms, travel books, and the Internet.
Space Trader and Economics
Students will use the Space Trader software to reinforce economic skills. They must buy and sell different objects, travel to various planets and make enough money to buy a moon of their own.
Cooperation, Trust, and Interdependence
This activity involves two group initiatives designed to give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to depend on others for their safety. These initiatives will be used to explore trust, cooperation and interdependence while using problem-solving skills and effective communication.
Eroded Land, Eroded Lives: Agriculture and The Grapes of Wrath (lesson 1 of 10)
This description is of only the first lesson in the unit, to be taught before students read the novel; thus, its primary purpose is to put this novel in historical context. Toward that end, students will learn about the (unintentional) abuse of soil that allowed the Dust Bowl to be so devastating and ...
Women of the South in a Changing Society
This lesson examines the lives of women in Southern Appalachia and other areas of the south during the Civil War and focuses particular attention on analyzing the historical stereotypes of women of the 19th-century.
Students will interview a grandparent and write a news article based upon their interview. They will also do research on historical events to develop questions to be asked during the interview.
Marketing "Song of Roland--the Movie"
This enrichment and review lesson ties the French epic poem "Song of Roland" to workforce development marketing skills. It allows students to imagine themselves as entrepreneurs engaged in marketing schemes for "Song of Roland--the Movie" as they read the epic in English world literature class.
Roots: Halau 'o Keikiali'i
SPARK spends time with Kawika Alfiche, a young hula kumu (teacher) who has devoted his life to reviving ancient Hawaiian music and dance traditions. This Educator Guide introduces the Hawaiian dance form of hula, including its historical traditions, cultural significance, and present day practice as ...
Out and About: Todd Hido
Internationally acclaimed photographer Todd Hido has made a name for himself capturing unsettling images of the suburban landscape, looking for the anonymous, even mysterious aspects of American life. This Educator Guide introduces students to Hido's art and provides an historical and critical context for the artists' evocative images of Bay Area homes and posed female models.
Refugee: From Phnom Penh to San Francisco
The film "Refugee" follows three young Cambodian American men on their journey to Cambodia to find family members. This lesson challenges students to examine historical and contemporary topics from multiple perspectives.
Refugee: Revisiting the Killing Fields
The film "Refugee" follows three young Cambodian American men on their journey to Cambodia to find family members. Students are invited to investigate individual experiences and develop critical thinking skills to analyze the choices individuals have during wartime. Students will also evaluate the sacrifices and benefits of becoming a refugee in another country.
What is Matter?
Our understanding of atoms has been formed through decades of experimentation. In this activity, students learn about the historical developments of atomic theory while labeling the new discoveries.
Reading and Writing Games
Work on your reading and writing skills with these games! Talk about your favorite story character in Character Scrapbook Create silly stories with Mad Libs and Wacky Web Tales ...
Place Value Rocks!
Play these educational math games and test your knowledge of Place Value! Can you use Place Value Blocks to help you represent different digits? Test your ability to write out given numbers into sentences with Cookies! How sharp are your place value skills? Test your knowledge with Golfing with numbers!!
How much money do I have?
Students will play any of the following games to practice counting money and making change. Once completed, students will be able to apply these skills on a worksheet that will be turned in.
What is a Primary Resources
So you've been required to use Primary Sources! What does that mean? It seems that more and more, Primary Resources are required for assignments that involve historical research. This doesn't mean that a Primary Resource is necessarily more accurate. What it does mean is that your research will come from a first hand experience, rather than a second person?
Finance - Grade 10
Grade 10: Finance/ Welcome to the Grade 10 Finance Chapter, where we apply maths skills to everyday financial situations that you are likely to face both now and along your journey to purchasing your first private jet.
Extreme Global Makeover
Modernization is an important issue in the New York State Global History and Geography curriculum. Students are expected to understand how modernization may impact such areas as society, politics, the economy, and the environment. In the Global History and Geography curriculum, a study of historical examples of modernization includes examples of attempts to transform society, such as the Meiji Restoration or Kemal Ataturk. In this lesson, two PBS WIDE ANGLE documentaries -- "To Have and Have Not
Student-authored multimedia tutorials that cover a variety of study skills topics (e.g., time management, essay writing, note-taking, textbook reading)
GEOLogic: Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills. In this exercise, students are asked to match up lecturers with what day and time they teach, and how many students they have in each class based on clues given from several different perspectives. In the second part of the activity, students are asked to learn more about the historic figures mentioned by doing read