February 25th, 2020

Middle School Resource: Reading Online Informational Text by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

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Middle School Resource

Reading Online Informational Text

This is part of a unit addressing the skill of reading non-fiction and informational texts both in print and online. I have started with a focus on reading textbooks in social studies and science. Mid-way through the unit, I make a transition to “everyday, real world” reading. The sections of an article have been taught. By the end of the unit, the students will be able to identify the sections, explain the importance of each and demonstrate how they would use them.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3 and more!

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February 18th, 2020

Middle School Resource: Envisioning Equality by Discovery Education

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Middle School Resource

Envisioning Equality by Discovery Education

Students will identify important civil rights leaders and describe the life and legacy of a particular civil rights leader.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.5.6.c, SS.5.6.c.1, SS.7.7 and more!

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February 11th, 2020

Middle School Resource: President George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech (1789) by NARA

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Middle School Resource

President George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech (1789) by NARA

Students can read George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech as an online interactive document.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.5.6.a.1, SS.7.5.b.1, SS.7.5.c.2 and more!

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February 4th, 2020

Middle School Resource: Personal Stories and Primary Sources – Conversations with Elders by Library of Congress

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Middle School Resource

Personal Stories and Primary Sources – Conversations with Elders 

Learning history from real people involved in real events brings life to history. This project provides a means to learn about the twentieth century from real people and primary sources.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.SSP.5.1.2, SS.SSP.6.1.2, SS.SSP.7.1.2 and more!

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January 21st, 2020

Middle School Resource: Habitats Of The World by Discovery Education

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Middle School Resource

Habitats Of The World by Discovery Education

Students will understand that earth supports many different animal habitats, each of which has distinct features and distinct plant and animal populations.  They will also learn that animals and plants are adapted to the conditions of the habitats in which they live.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.2.LS.4.1, S.3.LS.4.3, MST4.E.PS1.1 and more!

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January 14th, 2020

Middle School Resource: Forest Whitaker: Growing Up with Dr. King by History.com

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Middle School Resource

Forest Whitaker: Growing Up with Dr. King 

This video, from History.com’s archives, focuses on Forest Whitaker reflecting on the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.8.9.a.1, SS.E.1, SS.E.1.1 and more!

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January 7th, 2020

Middle School Resource: Power Writing – Writing to Inform by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

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Middle School Resource

Power Writing – Writing to Inform 

Students will learn to use writing techniques to write an organized logical paragraph when “Writing to Inform.”

Related NY State Academic Standards: W.5.2, W.5.2.a, W.5.2.b and more!

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December 17th, 2019

Middle School Resource: Why December 25th by History.com

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Middle School Resource

Why December 25th by History.com

This three minute video, from History.com’s archives, focuses on why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th since it is not Christ’s actual birthday. It also describes how the Christmas traditions we know today came to be.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.SSP.6.2.6, SS.SSP.7.2.6, SS.SSP.8.2.6 and more!

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December 10th, 2019

Middle School Resource: Origins of Hanukkah by History.com

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Middle School Resource

Origins of Hanukkah by History.com

This video, from History.com’s archives, focuses on the history of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.5.5.a.1, SS.6.4, SS.6.4.a and more!

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December 3rd, 2019

Middle School Resource: What is Health? by ECSDM

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Middle School Resource

What is Health?

Students will define health/wellness and they will list various events that affects all three aspects of their health. Students will also analyze how each aspect of health affects the other.

Related NY State Academic Standards: HPF.HE.I.1.1.C, HPF.PE.I.1, HPF.FC.I.1.1.C

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