March 9th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Alternate Exterior Angles by Math Open Reference

Middle School Resource

Alternate Exterior Angles by Math Open Reference

This interactive web-based resource demonstrates the alternate exterior angles that are formed where a transversal crosses two lines. The interactive application shows the two possible pairs of angles alternating when in animation mode. By dragging the three lines, it can be seen that the angles are congruent only when the lines are parallel. When not in animated mode, there is a button that alternates the two pairs of angles. The text on the page discusses the properties of the angle pairs both in the parallel and non-parallel cases.

The page can be enlarged to full-screen size for use with a classroom projector. After use in the classroom, students can access it again from any web browser at home or in the library with no login required.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 7.G.5, 8.G.1.a, 8.G.1.c, and more!

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March 2nd, 2022

Middle School Resource: Eating & Exercise by PhET

Middle School Resource

Eating & Exercise by PhET

This simulation will allow students to view relationships between the calories in the foods they eat, and the amount of exercise needed to burn the calories off. It also helps them explore the relationship between calories and weight, and helps explore issues like these by selecting a diet and exercise program.

Using this simulation, students will:

  • Recognize the connection between food and calories.
  • Understand the relationship between calorie intake and weight.
  • Learn about balancing diet with exercise to manage weight.

Related NY State Academic Standards: HPF.FC.I.1.1.A and HPF.FC.C.1.1.A!

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February 23rd, 2022

Middle School Resource: Betty Friedan by History.com

Middle School Resource

Betty Friedan by History.com

This resource talks about Betty Friedan, and her book The Feminine Mystique as well as her role in the women’s rights movement as a founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.8.9.b, SS.11.10, SS.11.10.b.1, and more!

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February 16th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Biography of George Washington

Middle School Resource

Biography of George Washington

This site provides a brief biography of George Washington. It also contains additional links to information about First Ladies and biographies on all of the other Presidents, detailing their lives and what they were a part of while in office.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.3.TCC.4.a.1, SS.4.4.a.1, SS.5.6.a.1, and more!

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February 9th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Rosa Parks: My Story by ReadWorks

Middle School Resource

Rosa Parks: My Story by ReadWorks

In this series of lessons, this unit explores a variety of literary concepts using the text “Rosa Parks: My Story.”

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

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February 2nd, 2022

Middle School Resource: The Harlem Renaissance by History.com

Middle School Resource

The Harlem Renaissance by History.com

This resource, from History.com’s archives, focuses on the new society that was brought to the north when African Americans started to live there.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.8.4, SS.8.4.e.4, SS.E.1, and more!

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January 26th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Passport to Antarctica Website

Middle School Resource

Passport to Antarctica Website

This website bills itself as a “pass-portal” and is a companion website for the eight-part, PBS-aired video series Passport to Antarctica. The videos explore various aspects of life in the coldest and most remote place on Earth, from the perspective of researchers and scientists who call the ice-covered continent home.

The site introduces the visitor to the various multi-media tools for exploring this mysterious and wonderful place. It has sections for students, parents, and teachers. Links to other sites and information to supplement Passport’s content make this a highly engaging and useful site, appropriate for all ages.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.1.LS.1.1, S.2.LS.2.2, S.2.LS.4.1, and more!

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January 19th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Interior Angles of a Triangle by Math Open Reference

Middle School Resource

Interior Angles of a Triangle by Math Open Reference

This interactive web page demonstrates the properties of the interior angles of a triangle. The page shows a triangle where the user can drag the vertices to reshape it. As it is being changed, the angles are continually updated, along with an expression showing that they always add to 180°.

The web page can be enlarged to full-screen size for use with a classroom projector. After use in the classroom, students can access it again from any web browser at home or in the library with no login required.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 4.MD.5.a, 4.MD.5.b, 4.MD.6, and more!

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January 12th, 2022

Middle School Resource: The End Of The Civil Rights Movement? by Discovery Education

Middle School Resource

The End Of The Civil Rights Movement? by Discovery Education

In this activity, students will understand the following:

  1. Close observation is an important tool for social scientists and for others who comment on American society.
  2. The laws that leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. worked for are in place but don’t always determine how people interact with one another.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.8.9.a.1, SS.8.9.a.2, SS.8.9.a.3, and more!

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January 5th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Heroes & Heroines by NGA

Middle School Resource

Heroes & Heroines by NGA

In this activity, students will look at works of art depicting military, religious, political, and everyday heroes and heroines and discuss their lives and the effects of their deeds. Teachers can use these lessons to introduce or examine in depth the concept of heroism through discussions of heroic actions and character.

Related NY State Academic Standards: NAS.VA.Cr1.2.7.a, NAS.VA.Cr2.1.8.a, NAS.VA.Cr2.3.8.a, and more!

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