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Gold Seal Lessons

The Successful Practices Network is committed to incorporating rigor and relevance into classroom instruction. This strong focusis built on the understanding that when a rigorous curriculum is tied to real-world application, students are more motivated to learn and therefore develop a deeper understanding of the content, which leads to greater retention of the information over time. SPN in partnership with educators across the country develop model lessons that reflect this pedagogy.


Each lesson is designed to teach to specific standards/benchmarks/objectives and centered around a highly motivating theme, activity, or project. Lessons are typically multidisciplinary and deal with real-world situations or problems. Additionally, Gold Seal Lessons should challenge students to learn and perform in a variety of different ways. They may be asked to research, write, compute, model, demonstrate, build, survey, or report in a variety of academic, technical, work, or community environments.


Members can search, access, and download approximately 2000 Gold Seal Lessons. Lessons are searchable by content area, grade level, standards, and keywords.



  • Gold Seal Lessons provide teachers model, proven lessons ranging from one day to three weeks that they can implement
  • Because the lessons are aligned to standards, teachers can access alternative methods for teaching and assessing topics that they have identified as needing improvement in their own teaching
  • Teachers seeking to improve their students’ engagement find examples of relevant activities
  • Members are able to share Gold Seal Lessons with colleagues online through the network
Please feel free to use the Featured Lessons by accessing the link below. For more information please contact Grethel Torrico-Lara at

Please note, by submitting a lesson to the Network for editing and inclusion in the database of Gold Seal Lessons the author grants consent that the lesson may be used by the Successful Practices Network.  As such, the Successful Practices Network may distribute, repurpose, sell or reproduce lessons to fit the needs of the organization at present or in the future.   

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16 January, 201016 January, 2010
Students will develop an understanding of how investigators use bloodstain patterns to analyze a crime scene. Students will construct, perform experiments and analyze blood spatter of motion, angle of impact, single drops and multiple drops.
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Forensic Science,Math, Biology
Essential Skills: M1, M14, M28, S4, S12, S15, S18
Submitted By: Leslie McKinney, Walker Freshman High School, LA
25 February, 201025 February, 2010
Students will learn about solids through direct personal experiences with real objects. After developing an enriched understanding of the objects\' properties, they will explore, compare, and share their findings with classmates. They will also participate in an activity that uses the solid materials provided to construct a tower to show how properties of solids can be used in our everyday lives.
Grades: K-4
Subjects: Science, English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E1, E6, E8, E9, E16, E18, S1, S3, S15, S27
Submitted By: Holly Saunders, Elkstrand Elementary, IA
12 August, 201012 August, 2010
The children will choose which crawfish will win (red, blue, yellow or green). They will create a banner or flag. Students will observe the race, cheer for their crawfish, and evaluate which crawfish was first and last.
Grades: Preschool-1
Subjects: Math
Essential Skills: E16, E18, M1, M8
Submitted By: Summer Knight, Renee Zeringue, Mel Landry, and Nicole Landry, Napoleonville Primary, LA
27 January, 201027 January, 2010
Students will work in small groups to design and construct an earthquake resistant building out of spaghetti and marshmallows. The building must meet specific requirements: height, cost, earthquake resistance, etc. The building will be tested by shaking the base to simulate earthquakes of different magnitudes.
Grades: 8-10
Subjects: Engineering/Physics
Essential Skills: E1, E9, S15
Submitted By: Craig Beals, Billings Senior High School, MT
25 July, 201225 July, 2012
Students will write a friendly letter to their family. They will prepare an envelope to be mailed to their home address. Students will walk to the post office, practicing pedestrian safety along the way. Finally, students will purchase a stamp at the post office and mail the letter.
Grades: 1-3
Subjects: English Language Arts, Math
Essential Skills: E1, E3, E6, E9, E10, E16, E18, M1
Submitted By: Melissa Assels, Isanti Primary School, MN
5 August, 20115 August, 2011
The students will begin the lesson process by creating scale diagrams. They will apply proportions and analyze the mathematics of scaling. They will then apply these techniques to predict the diameter of the sun. The students will apply these techniques to images from microscopic to astronomic scales using images from NASA’s outreach programs. The students will then examine satellite images of their own school building and grounds. They will determine the actual sizes of various items ...Read more
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Physics, English, Mathematics
Essential Skills: E1, E8, M1, M3, M6, M11, S4, S15
Submitted By: A. Marancik, High Point Regional High School, NJ
9 July, 20129 July, 2012
Students will be introduced to three-dimensional shapes. Students will go on a three-dimensional shapes hunt within the classroom and will graph the shapes they find. Students will bring in a real life example for each three-dimensional shape and will write an application to the shapes museum director explaining what their shape is and what it looks like.
Grades: 1-5
Subjects: Mathematics, English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E1, E6, E9, E10, E16, E18, M4, M26
Submitted By: Andrea Wotachek, Cambridge Primary, MN
2 May, 20112 May, 2011
Students will work collaboratively to demonstrate mastery of solving quadratic equations. Students will write an article simplifying the directions for analyzing and solving quadratic equations, including those with complex number results. Students will formulate a theory for predicting when each of their described methods is their “method of choice” for solving a quadratic equation and will create a graphic organizer such as a flow chart or flow map to show their recommendations. Stude...Read more
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Algebra
Essential Skills: E1, E6, E9, E14, E28, M10, M25, M33, M38, M47
Submitted By: Mary McClure, Cabell Midland High School, WV
16 January, 201016 January, 2010
On an individual basis, students will read and respond to a series of articles concerned with career awareness and the impact of body art in the workplace. Students will contemplate and articulate their personal opinions as it relates to body art in the workplace through the completion of response worksheets. Students will gain job-interviewing skills and advice.
Grades: : 11
Subjects: Career Preparation, English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E2, E3, E4, E5, E10, E21, E23, E24, E32, E35
Submitted By: Suzanne M. Hall, Mid-Coast School of Technology, ME
12 March, 201012 March, 2010
Students are to present a reenactment of a conversation that might have taken place in the office of President Gerald Ford in March of 1974. He is considering conditional amnesty for those who fled to Canada to avoid the draft. In addition to President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the conversation will include two former Vietnam War protesters who believe that the Canadian exiles should receive some type of clemency and two veteran representatives that do not favor an...Read more
Grades: 7-12
Subjects: American History,English
Essential Skills: E6, E7, E8, E9, E10, E17, E19, E24, E33, E36, SS12, SS31, SS38, SS48, SS59
Submitted By: Martha Biggs, Olathe East High School, KS

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