Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Advice Column

Write anonymous questions for "Dear Know-It-All," an imaginary advice columnist. Then respond to one question in the form of a letter.

Be Direct - Oil Spills on Land

Direct variation is taught using a simulated oil spill, using toilet paper tissues (to represent land) and drops of vegetable oil (to simulate oil). 

Bigger and Smaller - Exponent Rules

Use a scene from Alice in Wonderland to introduce negative exponents and the rules for dividing powers. 

Bouncing Ball - Function Families

Explore quadratic functions by using a motion detector known as a Calculator Based Ranger (CBR) to examine the heights of the different bounces of a ball.

Bridge to Terabithia

See the setting through visualization and drawing. Hear the dialogue by playing "Who am I?"

Building Viewpoints

Use cubes and grid paper to interpret shapes in both two and three dimensions. 

Communicating About Sports

Students learn new sports vocabulary in Chinese by using Total Physical Response (TPR).

Comparing Animal Skeletons

Dissect a “mystery object” – an owl pellet with bones in it. After studying the human skeleton, students can begin to identify the bones in the pellet.

Cups and Chips - Solving Linear Equations Using Manipulatives

Manipulatives visually represent the steps taken to obtain the solution to an algebraic equation.

Current Events

Learn about current events, develop opinions about them, and then express and support those opinions in writing.

Curses and Re-Curses! It's Happening Again

The class learns about basic recursion by exploring patterns in the data they generate from two simple probability-based experiments.

Describe a New Substance

Weigh amounts of baking soda and vinegar then mix them together. Weigh them again afterwards. Try this with open and then closed containers.

Earth's Interior

Simulate the wave movement caused by earthquakes with a Slinky®, use Silly Putty® to show the qualities of both liquids and solids and illustrate convection currents with a specially designed fluid.

Envisionment-Building in the Literature Classroom

Adapt any literary text to this generic lesson which reflects the key tenets of the envisionment-building approach.

Exploratory Walk

Use all five senses and observation skills to explore a familiar location.

Facilitating Discussion

Literature and extension activities are connected thematically as students examine issues related to government limits and individual rights.

Flowers for Algernon

Construct a maze and conduct time trials. Introduce the Rorcshach tests and make samples. Create a visual representation or “Body Biography” of one of the characters.

The Giver

Record personal responses to independently chosen reading material to develop understanding. Enrich this understanding with class discussion, visual transmediation and various other activities.


Draw what a groundwater table might look like. Then use groundwater models to test the drawing.

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

Encourage students to find the voice in the novel and to experience it through various projects.

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