Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Relationship Between Scientific Graphics and Text

In this activity, explore the important connection between graphics and text in science writing by annotating a graphic and text about asteroid impacts and mass extinctions on Earth.

Repeating Decimal Rings

The process of converting fractions to decimals can help clarify the relationship between the two. Investigate the repeating parts that emerge when you expand sevenths and 13ths fractions into decimals.

Report Your Sightings

Observe various migratory species (hummingbirds, butterflies, etc.) and report their sightings online. Share and review the sightings with other students/classrooms to track hemispheric migratory patterns.

Representing Different Styles of Data

This activity explores how to interpret different styles of representing data, focusing on data related to the thinning ozone layer.

Respond to Student Writing: Cell Phones

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's essay on cell phone use in schools. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Respond to Student Writing: Skates 280

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's essay on an experience at a skating party. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Respond to Student Writing: The Watch Glass

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's poem comparing school to a watch glass. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Responding to Works of Art

Learn how to respond to artwork by describing, interpreting meaning and evaluating effectiveness of the piece. You can modify the technique for your students.

Rock Cycle Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge of rocks and the rock cycle. Take this 15-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

The Rock Cycle Diagram

Put your knowledge of rock types and geologic processes together to identify the different parts of the rock cycle. Answer a series of questions to complete the rock cycle diagram.

Running a Function Machine

The connected machine is a single function that takes an input, runs it through the network inside and produces an output. You control a network of function machines along with the input and the operation performed by each machine to solve problems.

Shadows

Can you judge an object by its shadow? Use your mental rotation skills to determine if a shadow can be produced by a particular shape.

Skimming, Scanning, and Interpreting

Text accompanied by questions leads students through process of skimming (glancing through text for main idea), scanning (searching text for specific information) and interpretation (grasping and reacting to the deeper message).

Slicing Solids

A cross section is the face you get when you make one slice through an object. See how many shapes you can make when you cut different cross sections of a cube.

South Africa Timeline

This timeline provides insight into the long history of struggle of the black population of South Africa. Follow the centuries of European wars and colonial rule and the policies that led to apartheid.

Spelling Bee

Contestants in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence.

Spiraling Content Across Grade Bands

Read a lesson description from each grade band (elementary, middle, high school) and adapt the content from that grade band to the other two. Choose the same language and/or culture as the sample descriptions or one your are more familiar with.

Start Your Rock Collection

Click on a rock in the landscape to learn more about it. Then add it to your collection.

Stellar Spectra

When the light of a star passes through a spectrograph, elements of that star reveal a specific signature. Compare the spectra of four elements and a star to identify which elements you can detect in the star's atmospere.

Subdividing Area

To find the area of a shape, surround the shape with a rectangle, determine the areas of the rectangle and subtract the pieces of the rectangle that are outside the original shape. Use this geoboard to create shapes and determine their areas.

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