March 7th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Angle Quiz 1 by Math Open Reference

Elementary School Resource

Angle Quiz 1 by Math Open Reference

In this web-based practice, students are able to test their knowledge of angle types.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 4.MD.5, 4.MD.5.a, and 4.MD.5.b!

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February 28th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Dole – Healthy Eating

Elementary School Resource

Dole – Healthy Eating

This site offers teachers and students information about various fruits and vegetables, including history and nutritional value. Information can be used to help plan a healthy diet. Suitable for students at all levels and provides great background information for teachers and parents.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.K.LS.1.1, S.1.LS.1.1, S.2.LS.2.1, and more!

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February 21st, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Women in Business

Elementary School Resource

Women in Business

In this activity, students will gain an awareness of different occupations and changing male/female roles and how different occupations and gender roles affect the way they perceive and deal with others in the workplace.

Related NY State Academic Standards: CDOS.I.1.1.B, CDOS.I.1.1.D, CDOS.I.1.1.E, and more!

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February 14th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Election of the President and Vice President: Primary Election

Elementary School Resource

Election of the President and Vice President: Primary Election

This site provides a description of the primary election process. It includes information about the Electoral College. Links to more information about election day, the election of senators, and voting are available. There are also links on the side of the page that lead to more detailed readings about government that are better suited for older students.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.1.CIV.4.b, SS.2.CIV.3.c, SS.2.CIV.3.c.1, and more!

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February 7th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: The First African American Regiment by NGA

Elementary School Resource

The First African American Regiment by NGA

With this resource, students will be introduced to the first African American Regiment that fought in the Civil War through a memorial sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. They will compare and contrast the experiences of these soldiers through their portrayal in letters, films (the motion picture, Glory, and a documentary film), and poetry, before writing their own poem using the sculpture as their inspiration.

Related NY State Academic Standards: ARTS.VA.I.3.1.C and ARTS.VA.I.3.1.D!

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January 31st, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Origins of Black History Month by History.com

Elementary School Resource

Origins of Black History Month by History.com

This resource, from History.com’s archives, focuses on how Black History Month was first started.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.SSP.3.2.5, SS.SSP.3.3.3, SS.SSP.4.2.5, and more!

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January 24th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Blubber – Survival Adaptations and Behaviors

Elementary School Resource

Blubber – Survival Adaptations and Behaviors

The specific question for this activity is: How does blubber help Antarctic animals survive in their environment?

Materials: SciShow Kids video – How do Whales, Penguins, and Polar Bears Keep Warm?

(To see a video describing the experiment, click below)

Blubber Experiment

Each work team of 2-4 students will need:

  • 4 sandwich-size storage bags (self-sealing preferred)
  • 2-3 cups of blubber (solid shortening such as Crisco)
  • Bucket/container of ice water
  • record sheet
  • watch/clock with second hand
  • pencil/ pen
  • masking tape
  • paper towels

Procedure

  1. As a class, watch the SciShow Kids video – How do Whales, Penguins, and Polar Bears Keep Warm?
  2. Discuss some of the physical characteristics of polar animals, such as their ability to survive in very cold water.
  3. As a class, discuss the nature of the activity and record predictions about expected outcomes (the length of time one could hold hand in ice water, how it might feel, etc.).
  4. Divide class into groups of 2-4 students.
  5. Have students cover one hand with one plastic storage bag.
  6. Put a generous amount of solid shortening into another bag.
  7. Have the student put the bag-covered hand into the bag with the shortening. Knead the shortening to make sure the hand is completely surrounded by shortening.
  8. Wrap masking tape around the portion of the bag covering the wrist to seal the bag.
  9. Cover the other hand with 2 bags without shortening (control).
  10. Place the hands simultaneously into a bucket of ice water. Other team members time and record how long each hand remains under water until it feels cold.
  11. Have partners switch roles and repeat the investigation.
  12. In groups and then as a class, discuss the results and observations. Compare with predictions made prior to the activity.

Variation:

  1. Fill a sandwich-size plastic bag with shortening and two sandwich-size bags with ice.
  2. Student places one bag of ice on partner’s hand.
  3. Place the bag of shortening (blubber) on the partner’s other hand. Place the second bag of ice on top of the bag of shortening.
  4. Time and record how long before each hand feels cold.
  5. Have partners switch roles and repeat the investigation.
  6. Students record their observations in their journal/record sheet and discuss the role of blubber in penguin survival.

Extension:

Place one sealed bag of ice and one sealed bag of blubber in the container of water. Drop equal weights gently on each bag.

How much weight can each bag hold before it sinks to the bottom? Why is the blubber important to the survival of the animal?

(Thanks to the Gulf of Maine Aquarium for the basis of this activity.)

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.2.LS.4.1, MST4.E.LE.1.1, MST4.E.LE.3.1, and more!

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January 17th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Definition of a Point by Math Open Reference

Elementary School Resource

Definition of a Point by Math Open Reference

This web-based resource provides a definition of a point, a practice exercise for moving points, and links to other pages within the website that provide information on coordinate geometry.

This interactive application can be enlarged for use on a classroom projector. All materials found on this page are also accessible to the students from home without the need to login.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 4.G.1, 6.G.3, and MST3.4.G.2!

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January 10th, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Learning To Respect Each Other by Discovery Education

Elementary School Resource

Learning To Respect Each Other by Discovery Education

In this activity, students will understand the following:

  1. Dr. Martin Luther King was a strong advocate of nonviolent protest and fought for civil rights for all Americans with an eloquence that can be found in speeches such as his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
  2. Throughout U.S. history, certain groups of people have been discriminated against for characteristics as superficial as the color of their skin. That racism still exists despite the passage of laws that make it illegal.
  3. Stereotypes can lead people to make unfair judgments about individuals and groups.
  4. Segregation is hurtful and unfair to those discriminated against.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.3.CIV.8.b, SS.3.CIV.8.b.1, SS.4.3.b.3, and more!

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January 3rd, 2022

Elementary School Resource: Pippin’s Story by NGA

Elementary School Resource

Pippin’s Story by NGA

In this activity, students will learn about the life and painting style of African-American artist Horace Pippin. They will discover how to “read” the clues in his painting Interior and write a story about the work. By solving counting and time problems, students will also create their own “secret number” painting.

Related NY State Academic Standards: NAS.VA.Cr2.1.1.a, NAS.VA.Cr2.1.3.a, ARTS.VA.E.1.1.A, and more!

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