June 21st, 2017

High School Resource: Ancient Creature of the Deep

High School Resource

Ancient Creature of the Deep

This activity will have students learn about fossils and the evolution that certain species have taken over thousands of years. The students will compare the coelacanth to an eel, and a shark. They will be able to see the similarities and differences in all three creatures’ anatomy. The students will also research other ancient fish and do a jigsaw so that every student learns about the different fish. This activity involves student research using the internet to find resources.

Related NY State Academic Standards: MST4.C.LE.LE.3.1, MST4.C.LE.LE.6.2

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 20th, 2017

Middle School Resource: Discovering Dinosaurs by Discovery Education

Middle School Resource

Discovering Dinosaurs by Discovery Education

Students will:

-explain that scientists have theories about what dinosaurs were like but that they don’t really know for sure
-describe how evidence is used to try to determine what a dinosaur looked like and how it behaved
-use evidence to support a theory about dinosaurs
-explain that when two scientists disagree about a theory, they can still both be practicing good science

Related NY State Academic Standards: MST4, MST4.E.LE.1.2, MST4.E.LE.2.1, and more!

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 19th, 2017

Elementary School Resource: Dinosaur Poetry

Elementary School Resource

Dinosaur Poetry

This teacher resource gives you ideas on how to help your students with writing a funny dinosaur poem. Can be used as a writing activity when studying dinosaurs. This Resource is appropriate for grade level(s) 2.

Related NY State Academic Standards: ELA2.E.SW2C, ELA2.E.SW2C.02.02

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 14th, 2017

High School Resource: Writing Short Stories: The Fun Way by ECSDM

High School Resource

Writing Short Stories: The Fun Way by ECSDM

All students have great creative short stories implanted in their minds, however, many of them lack the confidence to write the story down.

Here is a fun approach to engage students in the creative writing of original short stories that involves the entire class in the process.

Using the elements of a short story – character, conflict, and resolution – students are introduced to the writing monster “C-Gor”, an acronym for character, goal, obstacle, and result, along with a fun approach in brainstorming ideas for creative writing.

During the introduction of the writing monster “C-Gor” using SMART Board technology, the entire class brainstorms together to create an interesting collage of ideas that, through the use of a code, can be combined into an interesting short story.

Once the lesson is complete, students will be able to use the technique to breakdown the invisible wall that is traditionally known as “writer’s block.”

Related NY State Academic Standards: W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3.a, W.9-10.3.b, and more!

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 13th, 2017

Middle School Resource: Write a concluding paragraph by LearnZillion

Middle School Resource

Write a concluding paragraph by LearnZillion

In this lesson, you will learn how to write a concluding paragraph by restating your claim and reasons and ending with an action point.

Related NY State Academic Standards: W.7.1.e

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 12th, 2017

Elementary School Resource: Write a strong opening by LearnZillion

Elementary School Resource

Write a strong opening by LearnZillion

In this lesson you will learn how to pull in the reader by writing a strong opening and thesis.

Related NY State Academic Standards: W.5.1.a

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 7th, 2017

High School Resource: Classroom Idea: Math and Time

High School Resource

Classroom Idea: Math and Time

  • Have students make multiplication and addition charts for a 12-hour clock, using only the numbers 1-12.
  • Have students determine if the system is closed under addition and multiplication. If not, they should give a counterexample.
  • Have students determine if multiplication and addition are commutative under the system, and if not, give a counterexample.
  • Have students determine if there is an identity element for addition and multiplication, and if so, what are they?
  • Have students determine if addition and multiplication are associative under the system, and if not, give a counterexample.
  • Does each element have an additive and multiplicative inverse?
  • Determine if multiplication is distributive over addition (if not give a counterexample) and if addition is distributive over multiplication (if not, give a counterexample).

Related NY State Academic Standards: MST3.C.NN2.MA.C, MST3.C.OP3.MA.D

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 6th, 2017

Middle School Resource: Making a Sun Clock by Exploratorium

Middle School Resource

Making a Sun Clock by Exploratorium

An activity in which students build a sundial to illustrate how people used shadows to tell time before there were clocks.

Related NY State Academic Standards: MST4.E.PS1.1

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

June 5th, 2017

Elementary School Resource: Koo Koo for Clocks by NYSATL

Elementary School Resource

Koo Koo for Clocks by NYSATL

In this Learning Experience, students design and make clocks.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 1.G.3, 2.G.3, 3.NF.1, and more!

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!

May 31st, 2017

High School Resource: My Solar System by PhET

High School Resource

My Solar System by PhET

This simulation will allow students to build their own solar system of a sun, planets and moons, and watch their paths as they move about one another. With this orbit simulator, you can set initial positions, velocities, and masses of 2, 3, or 4 bodies, and then see them orbit each other.

Related NY State Academic Standards: MST4.C.ES.PS1.1

Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!