Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Small Literature Groups

Small book groups select their own book, read them aloud, discuss them, write letters to a "Book Buddy" and produce a culminating project.

Systems and Interactions

Use Playdoh® and wax paper to simulate the collision between two tectonic plates.

Tableaux With a Twist

A variety of classroom experiences are designed to help students access the novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, and interact with it in meaningful ways. 

Teaching Geography: Global Forces / Local Impact - Why Do We Measure the pH and Alkalinity of the Streams Near the Capital Area Greenbelt Trail?

Visits to local water quality monitoring sites facilitate investigation of human impact on water quality through the use of GIS software.

Teaching Multigenre Writing: Laurie Swistak's Lesson

Gather facts on a topic, formulate questions and decide which writing genre or format to use to answer the questions.

Teaching Multigenre Writing: Mary Cathryn Ricker's Multigenre Unit

Produce an autobiographical booklet that includes at least 15 different genres—from poems, memoirs, letters and personal narratives to maps, photographs and drawings.

Teaching Persuasive Writing: Jenny Beasley's Editorial Unit

Choose an issue confronting the community and use persuasive strategies and techniques to write editorials.

Teaching Poetry: Jack Wilde, Distinguishing Poetry and Prose

Discover the differences between poetry and prose using the poem "The Truth About Why I Love Potatoes" by Mekeel McBride.

Teaching Poetry: Vivian Johnson's Lesson on Line Breaks

Read, discuss, write and share poems that exemplify the use of line breaks in poetry. 

Touring a French City

Students make buildings unique to the French culture and are assessed on cultural understanding, based on their explanation of what made their building uniquely French.

Up, Down, Right, Left - Function Families

Study quadratic functions by examining the family of functions described by = a (x - h)2 + k. 

Variation, Heredity and Evolution

Grow "fast plants" and measure the variation in height. Calculate the average height with different numbers of plants to show the importance of sample size.

Very Varied - Inverse Variation

Compare the heights of a fixed amount of water poured into cylindrical containers of different sizes to the area of the containers' bases.

Whole-Class Literature Discussion

Thought-provoking questions are required for class, during which there are critical literature discussions, focusing on the conflict and characters’ actions in the novel.

Whole-Group Seminar Discussion

As the class discusses Langston Hughes’ short story, "Passing," in a seminar, they react and respond to the unique perspectives on equality and oppression.

The X Factor - Trinomials and Algebra Tiles

Factor trinomial expressions of the formx2 + bx + c. Use algebra tiles to identify the binomial factors and the graphing calculator to verify the result.

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