June 6th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Building Our Community

Elementary School Resource

Building Our Community

In this activity, students explore career interests and choices in a “What do I want to be when I grow up?” activity. A social studies unit on communities intertwines career choices with a hands-on project of building a community with job sites. To connect the school-based activity to the real career world, people in the career choice areas are invited to the classroom to be interviewed. A tour of the community, by the students, is open to the school.

  • Students brainstorm career choices, choose a career they would like to have as an adult, and draw pictures of themselves engaged in the career, adding descriptive text.
  • Students study the different parts of a community, identify the businesses found in the community, and build a model community (3-D interactive), including job sites for their listed careers.
  • To gain awareness of their chosen career and the skills necessary to be successful, guest speakers (representing each career) visit the classroom. Students interview and present the information they gained.
  • Students conduct “tours” of their community.

Related NY State Academic Standards: W.2.7, W.2.11, SL.2.3, and more!

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May 30th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Symbols of USA

Elementary School Resource

Symbols of USA

This site contains printable symbols such as the bald eagle, liberty bell, American Flag and the Statue of Liberty. There are also descriptions of each and activities related to the symbols. Additional links on this site leads to American songs and the history behind their lyrics. There are detailed art activities that can be done in the classroom in relation to American symbols.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.K.ID.3.b, SS.K.ID.3.b.2, SS.1.ID.2, and more!

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May 23rd, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Writing Strategies by Discovery Education

Elementary School Resource

Writing Strategies by Discovery Education

In this activity, students will:

  • Learn how descriptive words make stories clearer and more interesting.
  • Write stories using descriptive words

Related NY State Academic Standards: W.K.2, W.K.8, W.1.2, and more!

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May 16th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Life Cycles by Discovery Education

Elementary School Resource

Life Cycles by Discovery Education

In this activity, students will:

  • define the terms “genes” and “heredity”
  • identify learned and inherited behaviors; and
  • describe and compare family traits and characteristics.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.3.LS.3.1, S.3.LS.3.2, S.4.LS.1.1, and more!

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May 9th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Writing with Beans

Elementary School Resource

Writing with Beans

In this activity, students will use navy beans to spell different words. The teacher preprints the words on tag board with the corresponding picture – for example, spell the word apple and glue a picture of an apple. Using liquid Elmer’s glue, go over the letters of the preprinted letters on the card. The child places the beans on top of the glue to form the letters. You can use color words, children’s names, simple objects, or any word related to the theme you are working on.

Related NY State Academic Standards: L.PK.2.b, ELA1.E.SW2A, ELA1.E.SW2A.PK.01, and more!

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May 2nd, 2022

Elementary School Resource: A Passion for Fractions by Teaching Channel

Elementary School Resource

A Passion for Fractions by Teaching Channel

This lesson idea video focuses on multiplying a fraction by a fraction.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 5.NF.4.b, Math.MP.2.1, Math.MP.3.1, and more!

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April 25th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: The Elements of Art: Color by NGA

Elementary School Resource

The Elements of Art: Color by NGA

In this activity, students will be introduced to one of the basic elements of art—color—through an analysis of works of art by Monet, Matisse, and Kandinsky. Class discussion focused on these paintings will help students understand how artists use color to convey atmosphere and mood. They will then test their color expertise by completing a downloadable worksheet and coloring a photograph of Rouen Cathedral.

Related NY State Academic Standards: NAS.VA.Cr3.1.1.a, and NAS.VA.Re9.1.2.a!

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April 18th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: The Food Pyramid by Discovery Education

Elementary School Resource

The Food Pyramid by Discovery Education

In this activity, students will:

  • Understand that a human body needs food to function properly.
  • Identify the food categories used in the USDA food pyramid.
  • Chart the foods eaten during one day and describe how well they adhere to the food pyramid.

Related NY State Academic Standards: HPF.HE.E.1, HPF.HE.E.1.1.B, HPF.HE.E.1.1.C, and more!

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April 11th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Introduction to Recycling by ECSDM

Elementary School Resource

Introduction to Recycling by ECSDM

In this activity, the students will be able to dictate or write a sentence using the word recycle in the correct context (I can recycle…I will recycle…I like to recycle …etc.) and they will be able to identify in an illustration at least three different objects that can be recycled.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.K.ESS.3.3, S.K-2.ETS.1.1, S.3.LS.4.4, and MST4.E.LE.7.1!

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April 4th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Vocab with Rock, Scissors, Paper by ESL-KIDS

Elementary School Resource

Vocab with Rock, Scissors, Paper by ESL-KIDS

In this activity, lay the flashcards in a straight line on the floor. Assign two teams and have them line up at each end of the flashcard line. When you say ‘Go’ the first member from each team starts to walk from their end of the line, straddling the flashcards, reading the vocabulary out loud as they walk. When the two students meet they have to Rock, Scissors, Paper, the losing student goes to the back of his/her line and the winning student continues along the flashcard line. The second student from the losing team starts walking and reading the vocabulary until the two students meet and Rock, Scissors, Paper, and so on. Give points for reaching the opposite end of the line.

Related NY State Academic Standards: ESL.E.PK-1.4.1.2, ESL.E.PK-1.4.1.9, ESL.E.2-4.4.1.2, and ESL.E.2-4.4.1.9!

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