January 25th, 2023

Middle School Resource: Becoming Barack Obama by History.com

Middle School Resource Becoming Barack Obama by History.com This video, from History.com’s archives, focuses on how Barack Obama’s childhood helped to make him who he is today. Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.5.6.a.1, SS.7.5.b.1, SS.8.9.a.3, and more! Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher […]

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January 18th, 2023

Middle School Resource: Circles of Magnetism I by Exploratorium

Middle School Resource Circles of Magnetism I by Exploratorium In this experiment, you’ll learn that compass needles are little magnets that are free to rotate. Compasses allow us to observe the direction of a magnetic field. Normally, they respond to the earth’s magnetic field, orienting themselves parallel to magnetic field lines. If we create a […]

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January 11th, 2023

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: Close observation is an important tool for social scientists and for others who comment on American society. The laws that leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. worked for are in place but don’t […]

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January 4th, 2023

Middle School Resource: Classroom Idea: Understanding Equivalents

Middle School Resource Classroom Idea: Understanding Equivalents In this activity, students are given a grid that is 10 x 10, instructed that the grid contains 100 squares and that the entire grid is equivalent to one with each square equivalent to 1/100 or 0.01 or 1%. Students are given a series of fractions in groups […]

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December 28th, 2022

Middle School Resource: New Year’s Day Feast by History.com

Middle School Resource New Year’s Day Feast by History.com This video, from History.com’s archives, focuses on the tradition of feasting on the first day of the year. Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.6.3.b, SS.6.3.b.1, SS.SSP.7.2.2, and more! Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher […]

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December 7th, 2022

Middle School Resource: What’s My Line?

Middle School Resource What’s My Line? In this activity, students will research a career and write and answer questions about a job, using a foreign language they are studying. Activity: Teacher explains the major idea of the 1950s-1960s television show “What’s My Line?” (Students sit on a panel and ask questions of the “guest” to […]

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November 30th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Classroom Idea: Exploring Fractions with Pattern Blocks

Middle School Resource Classroom Idea: Exploring Fractions with Pattern Blocks Activity: Using pattern blocks, students can discover the relationship between multiplication and division of common fractions by noting that 1/3 x 1/2 is equivalent to 1/3 ÷ 2. Using the commutative property, 1/3 x 1/2 = 1/2 x 1/3 or 1/2 of 1/3. If a […]

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November 23rd, 2022

Middle School Resource: Snow Day- Get the Word Out!

Middle School Resource Snow Day- Get the Word Out! Objective: Students will construct a system, using basic mathematical computations that will notify students of a snow day. Activity: Teacher introduces the task of designing a system for informing all of the students in class of a snow day in a timely manner. Students are divided […]

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November 16th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Thanksgiving Becomes a Holiday by History.com

Middle School Resource Thanksgiving Becomes a Holiday by History.com This three-minute video, from History.com’s archives, focuses on how Thanksgiving became an official national holiday and how some of the Thanksgiving traditions that we know today came to be. Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.3.MOV.5.b.2, SS.SSP.3.3.3, SS.SSP.4.2.1, and more! Be sure to check out our Educational […]

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November 9th, 2022

Middle School Resource: Veterans Day Observance

Middle School Resource Veterans Day Observance Objectives: Students will gain an awareness of various employment opportunities at a hospital. Students will become aware of the importance of veterans. Activity: Students write letters to local veterans’ medical facilities, inviting them to send representatives to their class. Teacher works with hospital staff to ensure that representatives from […]

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