TeachersFirst Winning Lesson Plans

These lesson plans were among the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst in 2002.

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I Am the Words and Pictures I Create - TeachersFirst

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4 to 6
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This interdisciplinary lesson uses writing and art as a way to build a sense of community both within and outside the school. Students write and share across grade levels, and ...more
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This interdisciplinary lesson uses writing and art as a way to build a sense of community both within and outside the school. Students write and share across grade levels, and they include images and/or drawings as additional means of expression. Finally, the resulting works are collected and added to a real or virtual library. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst in 2002. TeachersFirst editors have since added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): communities (35), creative writing (166), expository writing (44)

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Use this model of write/collaborate/share for any writing project and to build relationships across grade levels.

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Parts Wanted: Advertising for Cells' Organelles - TeachersFirst

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6 to 10
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This lesson plan/project is a creative, engaging way to assess students knowledge and comprehension of cell's organelles and their functions. This lesson plan was one of the winners...more
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This lesson plan/project is a creative, engaging way to assess students knowledge and comprehension of cell's organelles and their functions. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst in 2002. TeachersFirst editors have since added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): cells (102), organelles (6)

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Use this plan as is or adapt the idea for other science concepts.

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Shop Til You Drop - TeachersFirst

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6 to 8
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A math and consumer science lesson that lets students build a budget and and menushop to fit their allotted funds and menu. Designed for use on-line, this unit could ...more
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A math and consumer science lesson that lets students build a budget and and menushop to fit their allotted funds and menu. Designed for use on-line, this unit could also be done off-line using newspaper sale advertising. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): money (193)

In the Classroom

Teachers may also find this lesson useful with older special education or life skills students. Technology options include using web sources for shopping information and coupons and for creating the student projects.

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Take a Walk in my Shoes - TeachersFirst

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7 to 9
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A lesson that uses the original partition of Israel in 1947 to examine the cultural conflicts in the middle east. Students use a series of role plays to understand the ...more
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A lesson that uses the original partition of Israel in 1947 to examine the cultural conflicts in the middle east. Students use a series of role plays to understand the issues and emotions that abound in the region. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): israel (17), palestine (7)

In the Classroom

Ths lesson plan include student handouts and technology options for students to share their projects several ways. Teachers can easily differentiate the challenge level of projects by specifying which tools to use.
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Perfect Mate - Romeo and Juliet - TeachersFirst

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9 to 12
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Here's a lesson unit that lets students design a perfect mate, then compare it with their parent's concepts. Sounds strange, but this teacher-tested lesson has proven immensely popular...more
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Here's a lesson unit that lets students design a perfect mate, then compare it with their parent's concepts. Sounds strange, but this teacher-tested lesson has proven immensely popular with teachers, parents, and students alike. This lesson plan, one of TeachersFirst's long-popular resources, was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): romeo and juliet (6), shakespeare (131)

In the Classroom

The survey handout included in this lesson makes it a perfect starter for the study of Romeo and Juliet. As you read the play, you could extend the idea by having students complete the same survey as Montague or Capulet parents!
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Music is Poetry - TeachersFirst

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6 to 8
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson ...more
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): poetry (228)

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Conforms to Florida language arts standards. Technology options include using an interactive whiteboard.

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Life's Instructions - Collecting Family Sayings in a Student Publication - TeachersFirst

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9 to 12
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A writing and research project that involves gathering family sayings and working them into a student-created publications. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan...more
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A writing and research project that involves gathering family sayings and working them into a student-created publications. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): family (59)

In the Classroom

This unit works well with a study of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography or other biographical or autobiographical works. Technology optins include using web resources for research and web-based tools for creating and sharing the student projects.

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Genetic Phenotypes of the Super-heroes - TeachersFirst

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7 to 9
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This unit lets students relate physical characteristics to genetic and environmental factors. Phenotypes are the physical characteristics that we develop from our genotype (our genetic...more
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This unit lets students relate physical characteristics to genetic and environmental factors. Phenotypes are the physical characteristics that we develop from our genotype (our genetic makeup). Both the environment and our genotype interact to make us what we are. Any genetic unit can incorporate this lesson as an activity to introduce genotype and phenotype. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): genetics (90)

In the Classroom

Students this age will love the technology options in this lesson plan. Don't be afraid to learn some of the newer tools together.

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Greek vs. Contemporary Architecture - TeachersFirst

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10 to 12
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A lesson examining the differences between classical Greek building styles and those of contemporary architects. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored...more
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A lesson examining the differences between classical Greek building styles and those of contemporary architects. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): architecture (84), greek (41), greeks (30)

In the Classroom

The possibilities for this lesson expand exponentially with the use of web-based resources for images, research, and creation of student projects. Many of the activities would also be well-suited for interactive whiteboard.

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I've Got the Blues - TeachersFirst

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1 to 3
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An interdisciplinary unit for second graders dealing with "blue themes" in literature. The unit uses Blueberries for Sal, Jamberry, and several other books to build "blue" connections....more
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An interdisciplinary unit for second graders dealing with "blue themes" in literature. The unit uses Blueberries for Sal, Jamberry, and several other books to build "blue" connections. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

In the Classroom

This collection of "blue" activities gives teachers many choices. You may even want to invite some parents in to help with some of them, especially if students use the computer to create projects.

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