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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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Public Resource 5 April, 20115 April, 2011
Students will complete in depth research of the Hershey organization, including the amusement park, hotel, museum, and factory. Students will find the cost for the class to visit Hershey. Students will take a virtual tour of the factory, take a virtual ride on the rollercoasters, and gather information about the rollercoasters. Finally, students will reflect on their learning in writing.
Grades: 3-8
Subjects: Math, Science, English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E1, E2, E6, E9, M6, M8, M12, M13, M25, S1, S3, S15
Submitted By: Shannon Tooley, A. B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary, NC
Public Resource 20 April, 201120 April, 2011
Students will work with a partner to construct and use a clinometer to determine the height of their school building. Students will use the Internet and materials provided by the teacher to assemble this instrument. Students will make accurate measurements, create diagrams, and use appropriate trigonomic ratios to solve the problem posed to them. Students will present their findings in a formal written Lab report.
Grades: 8-10
Subjects: Mathematics
Essential Skills: E25, M55
Submitted By: Raleigh Charter High School, NC
Public Resource 24 June, 201224 June, 2012
Careful Construction Company (CCC) has recently conducted an annual review of their performance and progress to goals. Based on this data, they have become aware that they are not completing projects on time which prevents them from staying within budget due to the additional labor costs. CCC has contracted with the Get it Right engineering firm to create a machine that will assist them with lifting some of the heavy loads required to complete projects in a timelier manner by reducing the a...Read more
Grades: 3-5
Subjects: Science, English Language Arts, Math
Essential Skills: E1, E6, E9, M12, S1, S3, S4, S12, S15
Submitted By: Venola Mason, SPN Campus
Public Resource 16 January, 201016 January, 2010
Physics and Algebra students will work cooperatively in groups of four to predict the theoretical flight path of a projectile (a "Flying Monkey") and compare the actual flight path to the predicted pattern. The flights will be video recorded against a background grid to aid in recording launch angle and elastic stretch length. The students will develop an oral presentation to compare the predicted and experimental outcomes, and explain similarities and differences.
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Physics, Algebra II
Essential Skills: E6, E8, M10, M11, M21, S1, S3, S4, S6, S12, S13, S15, S61
Submitted By: Jeff Vogus, Suzi Bender,,, Mount Union Area High School, PA
Public Resource 24 June, 201224 June, 2012
Camp was chosen to be the setting for this health lesson that will be co-taught using station teaching. It will require students apply math, reading, and writing skills to gain information that will then be used to create their personal action plan for wellness. The rationale for choosing this topic includes all of the reasons listed below.
• Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
• In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or ob...Read more
Grades: 3-5
Subjects: Science, Math, Language Arts
Essential Skills: E1, E6, E8, E9, E16, E18, M6, S1, S3, S4, S15
Submitted By: Jill White and Jill Hay, SPN Campus
Public Resource 24 June, 201224 June, 2012
Students will work individually and in groups to process a focus question presented by the teacher. They will examine information from several sources (video clip, article, images of functional magnetic resonance imaging ) to analyze and integrate for the purpose of ultimately creating a presentation on the topic of how emotions impact learning for their choice of audiences.
Grades: 11-12
Subjects: Science, English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E2, E16, S12
Submitted By: Margaret Glick
Public Resource 24 June, 201224 June, 2012
Students will work in small groups to construct and analyze paper airplanes to discover what – if anything – they have in common with the way real planes work. Students will be assigned specific roles as a “flight crew” member and be responsible for fulfilling those specific duties. They will summarize their findings in writing as they answer the focus question: How is the construction of a paper airplane connected to the mechanics of a real airplane?
Grades: 6-8
Subjects: Physical Science, English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E9, S15
Submitted By: Bernie Lambert, SPN Campus
Public Resource 24 June, 201224 June, 2012
Read the articles on watering requirements for crops. Select one of the given land plot reports and design a Center Pivot Irrigation System(CPIS) that will water the land using the dimensions provided in the land reports. Create a one-page proposal that includes drawings and recommendations supported by calculations to result in the maximum amount of areas for profitability. Your report should cover the maximum amount of area for profitability of the crops.
Grades: 9
Subjects: Math, Science
Essential Skills: E7, E33, M3, M4, M18
Submitted By: TJ Mears
Public Resource 10 September, 201310 September, 2013
Students will read the book Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! as a class and discuss family relationships. Students will then break down an element into its individual parts and represent it like a family. Finally students will break down the Periodic Table into its groups and discuss how each group is a family and why.
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Subjects: Science, Math, ELA
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Submitted By: Cassie Davis, Karen Bayer, Amanda Isaacs, Mackenzie Middle School, TX
5 April, 20105 April, 2010
This lesson is designed to help students develop the basic math skill of preparing and interpreting a bar graph. Creating graphs will introduce students to one way of displaying and analyzing real-world data.
Grades: K-4
Subjects: Mathematics
Essential Skills: E1, E3, E6, E10, E16, E20, E31
Submitted By: Wilson Elementary School, FL

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