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K-12AllBetter Lessons, easy to use lesson plans that align with standards.
10/13/2018 10:06:117-12Computer Express Coding Class is a 30 hour course. Break it up into chunks each weekHow does coding support critical thinking development?
11/17/2018 6:58:086-12Computer ScienceTechnology teacher (MYP-DP) permanente a nuestros alumnos.
11/17/2018 6:59:23Not grade level specificComputer ScienceProfesora de educación en la especialidad de cómputo e informática
10/12/2018 11:10:343-12ELAA Google A Dayhttp://agoogleaday.comThis is a great WEEKLY activity with students. This provides 3 questions a day (so you can do it daily if you want) that are COMPLEX that require multiple Google searches to find the answer. It helps with reasoning skills, close read, searching skills (an essential 21st century skill), and more. Add this each week to the student learning logs.
10/15/2018 7:03:483-12ELACiting Social Media your students in the habit of making claims and supporting with evidence (DOK 3). Social media is here to stay, every day in the news there is an article about what someone famous is tweeting. Thus, it's important to know how to cite social media posts. Are tweets news?
10/18/2018 19:45:267-12ELAMemes Linked to Obesity changes come fast and furious. Memes are popular amongst young people. Are they dangerous? Have students write an argument paper about the danger of memes. Do memes cause obesity?
10/24/2018 6:25:52Not grade level specificELACommon Lit text-dependent questions to hold students accountable for high-level reading and writing.How do we support students with reading choice?
11/28/2018 12:30:074-6ELACommon Sense Media Digital Passport the 21st century students need to know how to navigate the web and use digital tools safely. Assign students to complete the digital passport activity from Common Sense Media to help them be prepared for a connected world. How do we keep our children safe in a digital age?
12/1/2018 8:28:459-12ELA, Digital Literacy Digital CitizenshipDigital Cit and Dig Lit with new students. Four themes contain four "bytes". Each byte is about 1-2 hours. Have students start with "Innovation" and "Copy/Paste Culture". Students put "Reflect, Watch, Discuss, Engage, Share" on a google slide deck. What’s the difference between being inspired by others’ creative work and copying others’ creative ideas? What crosses the line legally?
10/25/2018 7:30:366-12ELA, MathPixar in a Box"When am I ever going to use this?" This Khan Academy course shows students how to use the math they learn in school to make animation videos. Great 21st century skill building and math context. What does the Little Toaster (Pixar short film) have to do with math?
10/12/2018 18:01:053-12ELA, Math, Social ScienceOct 10: NYT What Is Going On in this Graph is a FREE weekly resource to get students analyzing graphs and using real data. Have students make observations and inferences about this graph and then create a headline to describe the graph. How do charts enhance my understanding of the world?
10/12/2018 11:15:553-12ELA, SciencePulse Trackers on Inanimate Objects is a news article to have students read and discuss the implications.Can we rely on technology to help us to make life decisions?
10/25/2018 9:44:157-12ELA, ScienceHow Hot is Your Home Town? events article by the New York Times but it is INTERACTIVE. Use real data, spark conversation.How Hot is Your Home Town?
10/12/2018 11:13:343-12ELA, Social ScienceNew York Times What Is Going on in This Graph? is a WEEKLY resource put out by the New York Times. It uses REAL DATA of what is going on in the world and asks the students to ANALYZE. Every week students can analyze the graph with their parent or someone.
10/12/2018 18:04:269-12ELA, Social Science, ScienceA Black Scientist Has Never Been Awarded a Science Nobel Prize the movie Hidden Figures. A movie about African American women who were essential to the NASA space program. Read this article and discuss. race influence scientific achievements?
10/19/2018 7:52:263-12ELA, Social Science, ScienceMembeme for Vocabulary Instruction Root instruction. Give students a a root to explore using the frayer model. With practice student will be able to make sense of unfamiliar words.How do Greek and Latin Roots help a reader clarify unfamiliar words?
11/17/2018 6:58:51Not grade level specificEmpresariadoSunat slowly
11/3/2018 8:03:039-12Foreign LanguageZambombazo on Twictionary: Funny and interesting tweets on basic language topics for Spanish class. "I use @Zamb0mbazo Twiccionario pages to teach grammar inductively. Ss highlight the verb conjugations then place them on the subject pronoun chart. Takes a bit longer, but the information really sticks bc Ss worked for it."How do we go beyond the worksheet to engage students in Spanish instruction
10/16/2018 5:56:09Not grade level specificMathDatabase of Math Lessons Burns lessons are included in here. Look for her lessons in particular. When calculators and apps can quickly solve math problems and show the steps how do we shift to critical thinking instead of procedural step following?
10/18/2018 15:48:44Not grade level specificMathMathematical Practices Poster Kaplinsky is THE expert in DOK (critical thinking) for mathematics. Most math problems are DOK 1 (out of 4). Follow steps and procedures is actually low critical thinking. Notice NONE of the mathematical procedures says "Show your work." This poster helps you to keep in focus that students should be doing these practices when they are doing math problems. In this link Robert Kaplinsky puts the first mathematical practice into easier to understand wording. How do we change traditional math problems to reflect the 8 mathematical practices?
10/18/2018 15:54:34Not grade level specificMathWhat is NOT Math Modeling of the 8 mathematical principles is Model with Mathematics (Practice 4). The word "Model" could mean a lot of different things including a photo shoot! It is often confusing what we think of as modeling for math as to if it is indeed. Check out this article by Robert Kaplinsky, math expert, explaining what kind of modeling your student should be doing. In what ways can students model mathematics in meaningful ways.
10/19/2018 7:43:437-8MathGrades: 6-8 Open Up Resources Math Up Resources is completely free and aligns to the 8 mathematical principles. It is updated math curriculum. How do we provide students modern math curriculum that looks differently than when we went to school?
10/21/2018 15:45:416-9MathPut Points on the Line is an excellent resource for teaching math. It takes students from doing math to exploring math. Try out this Desmos activity to get students started at looking at linear equations. What causes points to line up "straight"
10/23/2018 20:04:24Not grade level specificMathMath: What do you notice? What do you wonder? article offers a suggestion for teaching math that starts with asking students what they notice and what they wonder before they dig in. How do we help students ask questions with more confidence
10/27/2018 14:43:349-12MathConsumer Math Curriculum and Business lessons to applying mathWhat resources can I use to help me student apply their math to the real world?
11/3/2018 8:24:266-12MathGroove Pizza by Google Pizza is a playful tool for creating grooves using math concepts like shapes, angles, and patterns. Start working with one of the "specials" pizza presets and add/remove "toppings" to adjust the groove, or click on the "Shape Pizza" tab and drag various shapes onto the big circle to play and explore math-inspired grooves. Share your creation on social media, or continue your groove over at the online digital audio workstation at does music relate to math?
11/21/2018 15:29:3910MathLeaning Tower of Pisa leans less at angles and angle something can lean at and still stand. If the leaning tower of Pisa doesn't lean will anyone care?
11/17/2018 7:10:217-12Math, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2
11/17/2018 6:59:47Not grade level specificMath, Physics, Algebra, Geometrylicenciada de educación secundariacreación de libros virtualesno
11/3/2018 8:14:499-12Math, ScienceExploding Pumpkins Time-bomb is an class activity that uses scatterplots, relationships to predict when a pumpkin explodes. You can run this activity with or without a pumpkin!How many rubber bands does it take to make a pumpkin explode?
11/17/2018 6:59:203-12Math, Social Science, Science, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Computer ScienceSingapore math How learn maths?
10/12/2018 17:58:089-12Not subject specificFree MIT Courses's (Massive Online Open Courses) traditionally have a low completion rate but having a teacher/parent set goals with the student makes it happen. These free course can be used with your student to supplement their learning.
10/12/2018 18:12:08Not grade level specificNot subject specificCK12 Online Textbooks has digital and customizable online textbooks for just about any grade level or subject area. How can digital textbooks go beyond paper textbooks?
10/16/2018 5:58:237-12Not subject specificThe Great Courseshttp://thegreatcoursesplus.comThese are video courses taught by some of the best lecturers in the world.
10/17/2018 5:52:19Not grade level specificNot subject specificSpaced Repetition from Quizlet Quizlet to help your student practice ideas. Instead of concentrating learning a topic in one sitting, how can we space it out and keep revisiting it to improve learning?
10/27/2018 4:11:14Not grade level specificNot subject specificWhat is PBL? Project Based Learning? blog posts gives an overview of what PBL is and some project suggestions. Real life is project Based so why are we giving students boring rote math problems? Consider how to have your student involved in solving a real world problem.How do we make school more like the real world?
11/14/2018 11:15:12Not grade level specificNot subject specificUsing the 2018 California Wildfire Tracker real data! Get beyond the fake contexts in the textbook and apply the learning objective of the day to what is going on in the world. In the 21st century there are great interactive digital resources that make learning better. How can you use this interactive map of the 2018 California Wildfires to teach...anything?! How can you be cross curricular? are the California Wildfires impacting your community?
11/17/2018 6:57:53Not grade level specificNot subject specificHeadmistress
10/12/2018 18:11:057-12ScienceSleep Deprivation Can Be Deadly. Here's What Sleeping Less Than 7 Hours Per Night Does to Your Body And Brain students design an experiment to demonstrate the impact of sleep deprivation. Should schools change their hours to allow teenagers to get more sleep?
10/14/2018 11:47:413-12ScienceScience this week: Oct 14, 2018 science textbooks are immediately outdated. Every day scientists discover things. Review what is going on in science this week with your children.
10/28/2018 10:27:339-12ScienceBiology: Interdependence of Things Quiz your student on their understanding of this Biology concept. Review they get incorrect and retake. How are organisms interdependent on each other?
11/3/2018 8:10:066ScienceCould a statue's shadow move? lesson to help kids explore the suns position in the sky. Could a statue's shadow move?
11/3/2018 10:22:595ScienceIf we eat pizza, why don't we look like pizza? try to explain this phenomenon, students will develop and refine a farm model throughout each lesson. Students will see how matter is cycled through ecosystems and how energy flows from the sun to the consumers in a food chain. As students engage in the activities in this unit, the Crosscutting Concepts of Energy and Matter and Systems and System Models are emphasized.If we eat pizza, why don't we look like pizza?
11/7/2018 5:32:52Not grade level specificScienceScience Resources from NSTA beyond the textbook. These science activities can enhance your science instruction!What resources exist to help students with Science ?
10/14/2018 13:20:499-12Science, BiologyScientists Have Grown a Human Retina From Scratch in The Lab Biology students are studying what cells are and the structure of cells. Understanding cell structures leads to breakthroughs in science such as growing body parts. Discuss with your student how this connects to their understanding of Biology. does understanding the structure of cells help scientists?
10/22/2018 7:27:1412Social ScienceWhat is the impact of the minimum wage?
Do some research on the history of minimum wage. Read some recent articles on the push for $15 an hour minimum wage. Write an opinion piece, where you cite evidence from multiple sources to support your position.
Does increasing minimum wage hurt the poor?
11/28/2018 18:44:0112Social ScienceCan the government seize your Mercedes because you were speeding? specifically from the Constitution, make a claim and justify it with evidence.

Can the government seize your Mercedes because you were speeding?
11/29/2018 6:35:2612Social ScienceHow can you trick consumers into paying too much for goods? economic principles such as veblen goods and Giffen goods discuss how you can get consumers to pay premium prices for average goods. Choose an inexpensive common product and develop a fake online website to sell the product at a premium price.How can you trick consumers into paying too much for goods?
12/1/2018 9:10:596-12ELA, ScienceScience News for Students
Assign science news articles (most include videos too). Those with the pencil icon include questions. "Cool Jobs" in science is a great series.
Why do we need to know what is current in the world of science?
12/5/2018 16:39:146-12Social Science
What is going on in the news?
CNN provides a 10 minute summary of the news for students. This is a great way to get a daily dose of current events. Try to tie the current events into the learning objectives for the day.
What is going on in the world?
12/21/2018 6:55:573-12Computer Science
Holiday Activity: Easy Drag and Drop Coding
Google has a drag and drop coding activity to track Santa. Fun and easy way to kick off the holidays!
How do we support a coding mindset with our students at the holidays?
12/21/2018 18:42:217-12MathVisual Math Puzzles
Try at least one of these creative critical thinking math puzzles a week. Get beyond the typical math problems in the textbook and get the student thinking mathematically.
How can math be more creative and visual?
12/21/2018 18:49:00Not grade level specificMathMath Visuals Printouts
Take a visual approach to math. What are different ways students can visualize a math problem? Solving puzzles rather than algorithms helps students kick up their mathematical reasoning.
What are some ways I can support my student with mathematics visually?
12/21/2018 18:56:273-12
Not subject specific, ELA
4 Video Creation Lesson Plans
If we are not preparing our students for a world that includes video we are failing them. It is essential that students go beyond consuming video to knowing how to create high quality video. Try these video lesson plans to get your student going in that direction
How will an entrepreneur survive in a new business without video making skills?
12/22/2018 7:48:486-12Science
Researchers say a backpack is as effective as a parachute
Use this article to discuss science experimental design.
Would you jump out of an airplane without a parachute?
12/26/2018 17:32:159-12Not subject specific
190 universities post their courses online for free
Use this free curriculum to provide college level courses to your students.
How can I prepare my child for college level work?
1/1/2019 15:53:297Math
Isosceles Triangles in the Real World
In this lesson students explore and use the properties of isosceles triangles to solve real world problems. After learning the basics of isosceles triangles they apply what they learn to the structure of the Eiffel Tower.
How are isosceles triangles important to making the Eiffel Tower stand up?
1/3/2019 14:50:563-12ELA
How to write a thank you note
Ela activity to have students practice their writing skills in a thank you note. Combine with at least one other Ela learning objective
Why doesn't grandma send me money for my birthday anymore?
1/6/2019 10:24:52Not grade level specificMath
Calvin and Hobbs Math Cartoons
Use these comics as hooks for learning math
How can comic books support math instruction
1/6/2019 12:11:229-12MathGeometry Math Problem
This question is from the New York Regents practice website. This could make a good discussion question or check point for high school Geometry students.
1/6/2019 12:54:429-12MathUse tax brackets for Slopes
Use the Desmos calculator with the tax brackets.
Have algebra students find the *effective* tax rate for various incomes. Can compare proposals for new rates in a bracket:
What is the most effective tax rate?
1/14/2019 19:14:133-12ELAPicture Writing Prompts
The New York Times provides graphics to inspire students creative writing. They post a graphic a day.
1/16/2019 14:43:369-12MathWeekly Whys (Math)
Enhance student curiosity and get them used to justifying their reasoning. Use one of these questions each week in conjunction with your math curriculum
How do we build more curiosity into math class?
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