September 22nd, 2021

Middle School Resource: This Day in History: Erie Canal Opens by History.com

Middle School Resource

This Day in History: Erie Canal Opens by History.com

This resource describes what went into creating the Erie Canal and the benefits that came from building it.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.7.6, SS.7.6.b, and SS.7.6.b.1!

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September 15th, 2021

Middle School Resource: Genre Lesson: What is a Mystery? by ReadWorks

Middle School Resource

Genre Lesson: What is a Mystery? by ReadWorks

In this lesson, students will identify the elements of a mystery.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.6.1, RL.6.3, and RL.6.5!

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September 8th, 2021

Middle School Resource: Pythagorean Theorem by ECSDM

Middle School Resource

Pythagorean Theorem by ECSDM

In this lesson, students will discover the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will also use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve real-life problems.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 8.G.7, MST3.7.G.5, MST3.7.G.6, and more!

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September 1st, 2021

Middle School Resource: Sharks by Discovery Education

Middle School Resource

Sharks by Discovery Education

In this lesson, students will understand the following:

  1. Sharks exhibit a wide variety of adaptations that help them survive in their habitats.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.MS.LS.1.1, S.MS.LS.1.2, S.MS.LS.2.5 and more!

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June 23rd, 2021

Middle School Resource: Forming Plural Nouns by ECSDM

Middle School Resource

Forming Plural Nouns by ECSDM

In this lesson, students will learn the rules for changing nouns from singular to plural. Through interactive SMART Board activities, students will practice changing singular nouns to plural nouns. As a culminating activity, students will create a collage of nouns where they identify both the singular and plural form of the noun.

Related NY State Academic Standards: L.5.1, L.5.3, L.6.1, and more!

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June 16th, 2021

Middle School Resource: Migrating Math from P.E. Central

Middle School Resource

Migrating Math from P.E. Central

In this lesson, students practice estimating distance traveled while walking. This lesson can also can be used to introduce backpacking/hiking or as a daily warm-up.

Related NY State Academic Standards: HPF, HPF.PE.I.1, HPF.PE.I.1.1, and HPF.PE.I.1.1.A!

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June 9th, 2021

Middle School Resource: The Solar System – A Review by ECSDM

Middle School Resource

The Solar System – A Review by ECSDM

This lesson was formulated for use with a multi-age middle school special education science class. Students are of varied abilities functioning from a kindergarten to a third-grade level. This lesson was designed as a review for the students and to allow the teacher to see the level of understanding of the basic concepts of the solar system. More detailed lessons will follow explaining the characteristics of each of the classical planets.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.MS.ESS.1.2, S.MS.ESS.1.3, MST4.I.PS1.1, and more!

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June 2nd, 2021

Middle School Resource: Work, Culture, and Society in Industrial America by Pappas

Middle School Resource

Work, Culture, and Society in Industrial America by Pappas

This DBQ explores the world of the rural men and women who moved to the cities in search of a better life.

The Industrial Revolution began in Western Europe and eventually spread across much of the world. It transformed humanity’s age-old struggle with material scarcity by using capital, technology, resources, and management to expand the production of goods and services dramatically. In the United States, the period between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century was one of tremendous industrial and commer­cial expansion. Americans have long had faith in the idea of progress, and many people viewed this dramatic economic growth as evidence of the superiority of the American system.

But while increased production did improve the American standard of living, industrialization concentrated great wealth and power in the hands of a few captains of industry. For the thousands of Americans who actually worked in the new factories, however, this economic revo­lution often meant long hours, low wages, and dangerous working conditions. As economic growth increasingly touched every aspect of American society, then, it created both new opportunities and new social problems.

These Document-Based Questions (DBQs) feature a selection of primary and secondary documents, graphics, cartoons, tables, and graphs. Each is keyed to a historic theme and focused on an essential question of enduring relevance. They provide students with the exciting opportunity to move beyond the passive absorption of facts and enter knowledgeably into a managed archive where they can bring sound historic perspectives and analysis to bear on the challenges of the past and opportunities for the future.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RI.8.1, RI.8.3, RI.8.6, and more!

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May 26th, 2021

Middle School Resource: Word Choice in Writing by ECSDM

Middle School Resource

Word Choice in Writing by ECSDM

The purpose of this lesson is to help students choose better words when they are writing dialogue. I introduce this lesson in writing remediation lab after the Language Arts teacher has presented this skill to the entire class.

Students have a tendency to overuse the word “said” when writing a conversation. This activity helps them find more descriptive and interesting words to use instead of repeating “said.”

Related NY State Academic Standards: L.5.4.c, W.6.3.d, W.6.5, and more!

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May 19th, 2021

Middle School Resource: Fantasy Baseball and Math by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

Middle School Resource

Fantasy Baseball and Math by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

This learning experience involves two of my favorite things, fantasy baseball and math. Students participating in this learning experience will be creating a fantasy baseball team by purchasing Major League Baseball (MLB) players from a provided list. Students will compete by earning points based on real-life statistics for these players. The purpose of this learning experience is to reinforce the previously taught concept of adding fractions. Students will be working in collaboration with others to gather data and will be adding fractions with unlike denominators. The students will be gathering their players’ statistics and computing the number of points for that player based on a provided scale. The student with the most points at the end of the experience is the winner.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 7.NS.1, MST2.I.IS.1.2, MST3.6.N.16, and MST5.I.CT3.2!

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