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24 September, 201324 September, 2013 Webinars Webinars
Linda Jordan, Director of Content Development, International Center for Leadership in Education
What is the brain health and lifestyle of your students? The goal of helping underperforming students to become lifelong learners is critical for preparing students for college and careers. In this session, participants will learn the latest neuroscience findings and how they directly apply to student behavior and learning. Instructional strategies you can use to meet the needs of at-risk student...Read more
18 September, 201318 September, 2013 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
As educators, we know that literacy skills can make or break academic performance. It’s up to us to instill good literacy habits in our students, but first, we must assess our own habits—that is, how we teach good literacy skills. With the increased literacy expectations of the Common Core State Standards, it’s essential to readying our students for college and career. Reflecting on standards and aligned writing strategies is a great first step to implementing a literacy initiative.
18 September, 201318 September, 2013 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Some educators have embraced technology while others have shied away for as long as possible. We are at a pivotal point in education where new standards call for use of technology, and rightfully so—to fully prepare students for college and career. But the onus should not be on teachers to learn technology alone. Some may need A to Z instruction, while others may be comfortable with technology but need help to reach their full capacity in using it in the classroom. Charles R. Grable, Assist...Read more
Public Resource 10 September, 201310 September, 2013 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
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
Essential Skills: 
Submitted By: Cassie Davis, Karen Bayer, Amanda Isaacs, Mackenzie Middle School, TX
17 June, 201317 June, 2013 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Students will work independently to complete an activity that allows them to differentiate the types of quadrilaterals (scalene quadrilateral, kite, trapezoid, parallelogram, rectangle, rhombus, and square) using coordinate geometry. The students must determine the shape of the figure when given four points on the coordinate plane. Using the slope and distance formulas, the students will determine how many sides are equal, how many sides are parallel or perpendicular, and how many angles ar...Read more
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Mathematics - Geometry
Essential Skills: M4, M15, M19, M34, M41
Submitted By: Amanda Hideck, Buckeye Online School for Success, OH
17 June, 201317 June, 2013 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Students will learn about the voyage of the Pilgrims and the importance of the Mayflower Compact. They will work together with a group to create their own bully-free society. Students will name their society, choose a location, and create a system of rules.
Grades: 3-5
Subjects: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Essential Skills: E1, E6, E8, E9, E16, E18, SS1, SS13
Submitted By: Jodi Newman, Whitney Elementary, WA
31 May, 201331 May, 2013 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Students will design a class literary magazine centered on the central themes and symbols found in Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. Students will first be exposed to real literary magazines like Stone Soup, a literary journal for junior high and high school students. Then, each class will brainstorm what items will be included in their own class literary magazine (i.e. Poetry, book reviews, photography, art, short story, etc…). Then, once we identify fifteen items that we wa...Read more
Grades: 8
Subjects: English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E2, E3, E6, E7, E9, E10, E13, E15, E21, E23
Submitted By: Megan Medley,, Chaminade Middle Schooll, CA
31 May, 201331 May, 2013 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Students will use the online blogging platform, WordPress, to create an online magazine. They will explore local and cultural historical concepts that are being lost and write individual articles for submission.
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: English Language Arts, Journalism, Social Studies, History
Essential Skills: E1, E2, E3, E4, E6, E7, E9, E10, E12, E13
Submitted By: Justin Crawford, Rhonda Sloan, Kathleen Reiboldt, Joplin High School, MO
31 May, 201331 May, 2013 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Students will apply characterization study techniques to create a resume for their character. The resume’s content should be based on the novel read. The students also must compose a cover letter in which their character attempts to persuade a fictional employer that he or she is suited to a student-envisioned job. Students will be instructed to use appropriate format for all documents.
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: English Language Arts, Business, Technology
Essential Skills: E1, E2, E3, E9, E12, E13, E15, E16, E20, E23
Submitted By: Susan Primm, Rhonda Sloan, Justin Crawford, Joplin High School, MO
17 May, 201317 May, 2013 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Before introducing this project, students take part in a read-aloud of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Students begin by designing a zoo on grid paper and determining the area and perimeter of each animal’s cage as well as the area and perimeter of the entire zoo. After completing their zoo designs, students write a letter to the mayor urging him to choose their zoo design for a new town zoo. Students also complete a piece of artwork of their choice to present to the mayor. ...Read more
Grades: 3-5
Subjects: English Language Arts, Math, Art
Essential Skills: E1, E2, E6, E9, E16, E18, E23, M1, M4, M9
Submitted By: Rebecca DeBoer, Whitney Elementary School, WA

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