Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Making Connections in Your Teaching

Connect teaching goals with strategies that enhance learning. Select teaching goals, review the tips provided, then brainstorm and list strategies you would use to help students make connections. Compare your answers to other teachers' answers.

MapMaker - U.S. History Interactive Maps

The maps provide an overview of key themes in U.S. history: the Civil Rights Movement, Women's Suffrage, the Mexican-American War, Westward Expansion, the Great Migration, the Great Depression, Early Explorers, Labor Movements, Native American Removal and Resettlement, and Immigration. Educators and students can customize maps by adding bookmarks, markers, and information and save them as their own.

Medieval Hats

Hats were an important part of medieval garb in the Middle Ages. Look at pictures of five medieval hats and try to determine which of the people listed wore which of the hats.

Medieval M.D.

You are a doctor in the Middle Ages with three patients to cure. Read about their symptoms and decide what medieval treatment to prescribe.

Melting Rocks

Turning solid rock into liquid magma involves changing its temperature, pressure and water content. Try your hand at melting rock to create magma.


Use a simulation to operate an elevator and see its motion. Examine the graphs that describe the motion you produce.

Monarch Butterflies

Observe monarch butterflies and report their sightings online. Share and review the sightings with other students/classrooms to track hemispheric migratory patterns.

Name That Atom

View twelve atoms each composed of different numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons. Determine whether the atom is an anion, cation or isotope and identify the element on the Periodic Table.

Newspapers: Use Your Document Detective Skills

Read three newspaper articles, one at a time, about events of historical significance. Identify the region and era particular to each newspaper article, and answer additional questions about the topic covered.

Numbers in Nature

Many Renaissance artists and architects used the concept of the golden mean which was thought to be visually pleasing. An Italian mathematician developed a series of numbers related to the golden mean; see if you can detect the pattern.

The Path of a Case

You just graduated from law school and want your first case to go all the way to the Supreme Court. Read some case summaries and pick a case you think will make it to the Supreme Court.

Periodic Table Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge of atoms, orbitals, periods/groups, characteristics of families, isotopes and relative mass. Take this 39-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

The Periodic Table

Go through the Periodic Table piece by piece and learn how it works. Also, figure out how and why elements interact to make the world you see around you.

Placing Artifacts in Time

This interactive focuses on the concept of Chronological Thinking. Using the example of Pocahontas, explore how historical representations change over time, and often reflect the period in which the representation was created.

Plate Interactions Challenge

Identify real-world cases of boundary interactions and predict the most likely future geologic outcomes. In the lightning round, unscramble four geologic terms

Plates & Boundaries Challenge

Place the names of fifteen tectonic plates on the map. Then identify the type of boundary (convergent, divergent or transform) between several of these plates.

Powerful Teaching and Learning

Read the description of each segment, then identify up to three elements of powerful teaching and learning best represented in the segment. Once you've identified the elements, explain your answers.

Problem: Cystic Fibrosis

Explore the concept of genetic inheritance. Learn how to calculate the probability that cystic fibrosis will be inherited using the Punnett square.

Put Your Money to Work

One way to be sure you'll have enough money to live comfortably when you retire is to put your money in a savings account where it will collect interest. Find out how simple and compound interest can help your money grow and calculate your own savings.

Reaction Time

You'll be challenged to test your reaction time under different conditions and then compare the results. You'll find out how processing in the brain changes reaction time under different conditions: being distracted, being presented with emotionally charged stimuli, or being faced with increasing complex tasks.

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