November 28th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Investigation – Comparing and Ordering Fractions

Elementary School Resource

Investigation – Comparing and Ordering Fractions

In this activity, students will use fraction strips to compare and order fractions.

WHAT’S THE MATHEMATICS?

  • identify various ways a figure can be divided
  • order unit fractions and decimals
  • find equivalent fractions
  • recognize and order fractions with the denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12

Related NY State Academic Standards: 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2, 4.NF.3, and more!

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November 21st, 2022

Elementary School Resource: The Snowy Day by ReadWorks

Elementary School Resource

The Snowy Day by ReadWorks

In a pair of lessons, this unit analyzes the text “The Snowy Day” and integrates the non-fiction reading passage “Snow Science!”

Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.K.1, RL.K.3, RL.K.4, and more!

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November 14th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Paired Text Lesson: “The First Thanksgiving” and The Treasure by ReadWorks

Elementary School Resource

Paired Text Lesson: “The First Thanksgiving” and The Treasure by ReadWorks

In this activity, will integrate information from the non-fiction reading passage “The First Thanksgiving” and the book The Treasure to identify and compare ways of giving thanks.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RI.1.1. RI.1.2, RI.1.3, and more!

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November 7th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Veteran’s Day

Elementary School Resource

Veteran’s Day

This site provides information about Veteran’s Day. It also offers resources, lesson plans and activities for Memorial Day. There are also suggested ways for students to connect to American soldiers available on the site.

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

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October 31st, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Art Gallery: Starfall

Elementary School Resource

Art Gallery: Starfall

This page contains short, interactive books about the famous artists Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Marc Chagall, Ernie Barnes, and Dorothy Strait. In addition to helping students practice basic reading skills, these books provide worksheets where students can write personal responses to the artists’ work.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.PK.5, RF.PK.1.a, RF.PK.1.b, and more!

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October 24th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Adventures in History Series: The Canadian Shore

Elementary School Resource

Adventures in History Series: The Canadian Shore

Although divided by water, Western New Yorkers have a long history with the Canadian Shore of Ontario. Author Peter C. Andrews examines this noteworthy and historic relationship.

This pamphlet is one of twenty-seven volumes in the Adventures in WNY History Series, which were produced based on the collections and archives of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. The contents of the pamphlets, including the images, are copyrighted by the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. They can be used exclusively for educational purposes described under the federal copyright laws. Some original copies may be purchased from the museum shop.

This pamphlet is appropriate for elementary and intermediate students studying local and New York State history.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.4.6.c.2, SS.4.6.e, .8.2.b, and more!

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October 17th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Classroom Idea: Graphing Favorite Books

Elementary School Resource

Classroom Idea: Graphing Favorite Books

In this activity, let students bring their favorite books to class and show them to each other. Have them discuss ways in which the books are similar or different. Have them choose one category of difference and sort the books on those categories. The books can be put on a large floor grid and the teacher can then ask questions about the number of books in each category.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 1.MD.4, 2.MD.10, 6.SP.1, and more!

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October 10th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Harvest Halloween

Elementary School Resource

Harvest Halloween

In this activity, first-grade students are asked to work with a partner to solve a problem about buying pumpkins. The problem could be made easier or more difficult by changing the total amount of money the pumpkins cost, or by asking each pair or group of students to find as many solutions as possible.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 1.OA.2!

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October 3rd, 2022

Elementary School Resource: The History of Steamboats

Elementary School Resource

The History of Steamboats

This site provides information about the history of steamboats. It also offers information about Robert Fulton and related articles about steamboats. There are additional links on the side and bottom of the page that lead to articles about other inventors and their technology that furthered the capabilities of humans.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.3.GEO.3.b, SS.4.6, SS.4.6.c, and more!

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September 26th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: How to Write a 5 W Poem

Elementary School Resource

How to Write a 5 W Poem

This page demonstrates how to create a 5-line who-what-where-when-why poem. This form can be used both for personal narratives and as a response to a text.

Related NY State Academic Standards: W.1.11, W.2.11, W.CCR.4, and more!

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