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Grades K–5

English Language Arts

A Harry Potter Discussion Guide

Theme, setting, characters and more

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A Lesson on Identity

Tie in books, activities and technology with this ELA lesson on identity.

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Creating Student Videos

Put your students in the director's chair.

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Cultivating Observation and Inference Skills

This easy-to-teach activity builds science skills in a playful way.

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ELA Instruction With an English Twist

Liven up your common and proper noun instruction with a British accent!

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Exploring the Power of Words

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a multi-genre approach.

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Graphic Organizers for Personal Narratives

Help your young writers organize their thoughts.

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Novel Study: The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Use historical fiction to celebrate cultures and hone Common Core skills.

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Reading Informational Text: Discover Pumpkins

A kindergarten lesson combining literacy, science and math

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Reading Informational Text: Jump Into Fall

A feature article, skills builder and lesson plan

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Reading Informational Text: Mmm, Mmm, Apples!

A feature article, skills builder and lesson plan

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

An unlikely fictional friendship makes for rich curriculum connections.

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Sample Text-Based Questions, 2-3

Sample questions to assess understanding of nonfiction texts

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Sample Text-Based Questions, 4-5

Sample questions to assess understanding of nonfiction texts

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Sample Text-Based Questions, K-1

Sample questions to assess understanding of nonfiction texts

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Starting a Class Book Club

How a teacher draws on the CCSS to set up student-led author studies

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Teaching With Goosebumps

Lessons and activities for Grades 3-5

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The ABC's of Apples

A feature about apples reinforces phonics and letter recognition skills.

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Using Context Clues: Pass the Bugs, Please!

A lesson plan, feature article and skills sheet

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Using National Geographic to Teach Informational Reading

A 3-2-1 strategy for building knowledge of social studies and science

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Using National Geographic to Teach Text Features

Integrating science and social studies into the ELA classroom

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Math

Baby Elephant Rescue

Drawing diagrams to develop a conceptual understanding of multiplication

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Fraction Fun With Educreations

Students show how they solve complex Math problems.

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Math Night for Common Core

Bringing the Math message home

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Math: Subtraction Applications Activity

A lesson plan, feature article and skills sheets

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Science

A Week of Winter Weather

Students explore weather through investigation, vocabulary and poetry.

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Common Core: Reading in Science Class

Activities to help you bring literacy lessons into the science lab

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Earth Science: Ancient Army

A lesson plan, feature article and skills sheets

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Koala Caretakers

An article about saving the koala offers a lesson in collecting evidence.

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Life in the Arctic Tundra

Take your students on an imaginary expedition with these nine activities.

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Science Lesson Plan: Animals, Grades K-1

This lesson serves as an introduction to an animal unit for grades K-1. The

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Science Lesson Plan: The Solar System, Grades 4-5

This lesson serves as an introduction to an astronomy unit for grades 4-5.

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Science Lesson Plan: Water, Grades 2-3

This lesson serves as an introduction to a water unit for grades 2-3. 

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Tracking Turtles

This science lesson focuses on close reading and text features.

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What Are Insects?

A curated list of read-alouds accompanies this guidebook with activities.

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Social Studies

A Guide to Teaching about Civil Rights

Books and text-based questions for students of all ages

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A Guide to Teaching About War

A Core-ready discussion guide for students in Grades 1-12

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An Educator's Guide to I Survived

Core-ready classroom activities for the best-selling book series

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Analyzing Visuals: Floating Schools

A feature article, lesson plan and skills sheet

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Escape to Freedom

A lesson on Harriet Tubman's bravery

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Hispanic Heritage Resources

Lesson plans, book lists, crafts and biographies

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Reading Across Genres

Using Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges as a mentor text

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Explore the legacy of one of America's greatest icon. 

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Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage

Lesson plans, teaching resources and a slide show

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Social Studies Lesson Plan - U.S. Presidents: George Washington, Grades 4-5

This lesson serves as an introduction to a unit about U.S. presidents and

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Social Studies Lesson Plan: Community Helpers, Grades K-1

This lesson serves as an introduction to a community helpers unit. The CCSS-

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Social Studies Lesson Plan: Freedom Leaders (Ruby Bridges), Grades 2-3

This lesson serves as an introduction to a U.S. history unit. The CCSS-

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Understanding Characters and Cultures

A lesson designed for use with The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora

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Women's History: World Traveler

Paired texts introduce students to aviator Jerrie Mock.

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World War II & Holocaust Resources

Thematic lessons and teaching ideas

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Grades 6–8

English Language Arts

Citing Text Evidence: Two Days With No Phone

A lesson plan, skills sheet and feature article

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Creating Student Videos

Put your students in the director's chair.

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Cultivating Observation and Inference Skills

This easy-to-teach activity builds science skills in a playful way.

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Exploring the Power of Words

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a multi-genre approach.

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Graphic Organizers for Personal Narratives

Help your young writers organize their thoughts.

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Letters to Poets

Students explore poems through discussions and letter-writing.

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Novel Study: The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Use historical fiction to celebrate cultures and hone Common Core skills.

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Starting a Class Book Club

How a teacher draws on the CCSS to set up student-led author studies

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Math

Major League Umpires Still Call the Shots

New replay rules in baseball help students understand ratio concepts.

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Math: Percent of a Number—Americans for Darth Vader!

A lesson plan, feature article and activity

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Science

Biotechnology: Back from the Dead

A lesson plan, feature article and persuasive writing prompt

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Common Core: Reading in Science Class

Activities to help you bring literacy lessons into the science lab

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Drones Take Off

The use of drones and how to write arguments for and against them

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Social Studies

"Crusader for Justice"

A classroom play about investigative journalist Ida B. Wells

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A Guide to Teaching about Civil Rights

Books and text-based questions for students of all ages

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A Guide to Teaching About War

A Core-ready discussion guide for students in Grades 1-12

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Hispanic Heritage Resources

Lesson plans, book lists, crafts and biographies

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Narrative Nonfiction: The Titanic

Paired texts, a lesson plan, and skills sheets

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Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage

Lesson plans, teaching resources and a slide show

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The Exploits of Nellie Bly

Our special newspaper spotlights reporter Nellie Bly.

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The Real Cost of Fashion

A feature article, map, lesson plan and skills sheet

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World War II & Holocaust Resources

Thematic lessons and teaching ideas

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Grades 9–12

English Language Arts

Exploring the Power of Words

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a multi-genre approach.

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Letters to Poets

Students explore poems through discussions and letter-writing.

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Social Studies

A Guide to Teaching about Civil Rights

Books and text-based questions for students of all ages

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A Guide to Teaching About War

A Core-ready discussion guide for students in Grades 1-12

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Hispanic Heritage Resources

Lesson plans, book lists, crafts and biographies

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The Exploits of Nellie Bly

Our special newspaper spotlights reporter Nellie Bly.

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Turning Points in History

Feature articles, questions and a quiz

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World War II & Holocaust Resources

Thematic lessons and teaching ideas

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