Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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.

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.

## Groundwater

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.