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3 Great Lesson Plans on Copyright - Common Sense and Bronwyn H.

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Using the three lessons in this article, help your students learn about and respect the need to understand copyright and fair use. Let's Give Credit for second grade teaches students...more
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Using the three lessons in this article, help your students learn about and respect the need to understand copyright and fair use. Let's Give Credit for second grade teaches students why it is essential to give credit and how to give credit the right way through role-playing activities as detectives. A lesson plan for fourth graders guides students through the rights and responsibilities involved with using images. The Four Factors of Fair Use provides middle school students a framework for understanding fair use, copyright, and domain. Create a free account to access the lessons and materials shared. All lessons correlate with national standards, including ISTE, Common Core ELA, and CASEL.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (90), STEM (265)

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Include the shared lessons and activities as part of your digital citizenship curriculum. Use the provided handouts to guide students toward extended learning and discussion of proper digital citizenship practices. For example, second-grade students complete a Digital Citizens Report handout, and as an extension, ask students to create a list of credits for some of their commonly used online sites such as PBS Kids Reading Games, reviewed here or Scratch, reviewed here.
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WE Library of Resources - WE Charity

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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning...more
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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning Center, then use the links to find lessons, courses, and videos that share ideas for teaching gratitude, making connections, and building healthy relationships. Click on any lesson to download the PDF. Most lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards and ideas for differentiation.

tag(s): conservation (84), cross cultural understanding (156), emotions (47), financial literacy (92), french (74), mental health (34)

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Discover the many ready-to-go free lesson plans for use in your classroom for all different subjects. Collaborate with another classroom in a different country to complete lessons and compare understanding of different cultures. During lessons, have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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Reading Treks: Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber - TeachersFirst

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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based upon Sue Macy's book, Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber. Using a map created with Google...more
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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based upon Sue Macy's book, Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber. Using a map created with Google My Maps, reviewed here and the accompanying Teachers' Guide that includes lesson activities, you and your students will explore the roles of persons in the newspaper business, learn about behavioral expectations of the period, and learn about people covered in Miss Mary's stories. Activities in the Teachers' Guide include correlations to Common Core Standards, National Curriculum for Social Studies, National Core Standards for Visual Arts, and Social Justice Standards.

tag(s): careers (139), sports (78), women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Take advantage of the many lesson ideas in the Teachers' Guide to bring this story to life and provide activities that correlate with the book's story of a pioneering woman sportswriter. Find many more resources and teaching suggestions by visiting TeachersFirst Special Topics pages of Changemakers - Women in Stem reviewed here, Changemakers - Women for Freedom reviewed here, Changemakers - Pioneering Women reviewed here, and Changemakers - Young Women Who Have Changed the World reviewed here.
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An Educator's Guide to Orange County Diversity - Heritage Museum of Orange County

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An Educator's Guide to Orange County provides many lesson plans and resources based upon Orange County's efforts to share information responsibly and work towards social justice. Although...more
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An Educator's Guide to Orange County provides many lesson plans and resources based upon Orange County's efforts to share information responsibly and work towards social justice. Although created with a focus on Orange County, many lessons are adaptable for use with students in any location. In contrast, other lesson plans can be used without adapting to local needs. Most lessons include a PDF containing lesson information and a slide presentation; others include graphic organizers and student handouts. The resource portion of the site consists of walking maps, links to local archives, and social media projects. Lesson plans include correlations to Common Core and Social Justice standards.

tag(s): 1800s (73), 1900s (73), agriculture (49), california (16), climate change (88), commoncore (75), cross cultural understanding (156), cultures (132), diversity (38), gold rush (15), immigrants (33), railroads (14), westward expansion (38)

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Use these guides as created or adapt the lesson plans to develop social justice lessons based on your local history. Visit the OK2Ask archive of Jumpstart Student Research Projects with the Edge Browser, reviewed here to learn tips and tricks to support students when conducting research using the Edge Browser. As a final project, ask students to use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create a virtual field trip through your town or state that includes links to videos and images that share the story of your location.
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Pear Practice - Pear Deck

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Pear Practice is a gamified learning experience that promotes collaborative learning and independent practice using tools provided by Pear Deck, reviewed...more
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Pear Practice is a gamified learning experience that promotes collaborative learning and independent practice using tools provided by Pear Deck, reviewed here. Use Pear Practice to create learning experiences or choose from the large selection of activities in the practice sets. When creating a set, Pear Practice allows members to create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawing, and drag-and-drop questions. Once a practice set is chosen, create an assignment for individual practice or start a live practice by choosing one of the game mode options. Options within live practice activities allow educators to set time limits for questions, allow guest students not in Pear Deck classrooms, and create random groups. Students join activities using the unique code or by sharing a link. When sharing as an assignment, specify a start and ending date and assign an accuracy goal for students to achieve. Students can retake the assignment as often as needed to meet the accuracy goal. Many activities in Pear Practice's public library correlate to Common Core Standards.

tag(s): assessment (145), differentiation (83), quiz (65), quizzes (87), Teacher Utilities (146)

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Include Pear Practice as part of your ongoing practice and formative assessment activities. Browse the site's public library to find many activities for all grade levels and subjects, then edit questions to fit your needs. Use this feature to differentiate practice materials and games to accommodate the different needs of your students. Create sets that meet your specific needs as you become comfortable using Pear Practice. For example, generate practice sets for multilingual learners to learn vocabulary before beginning a new unit or make a set for students needing additional math facts practice. Include a link to assigned Pear Practice activities on your class website or parent newsletter for at-home practice.

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Reading Treks: A Walk in Harlem (Ana & Andrew) - TeachersFirst

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Let TeachersFirst Reading Treks be your guide to a virtual field trip based upon the novel A Walk in Harlem (Ana & Andrew). In this story Papa surprises Ana & ...more
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Let TeachersFirst Reading Treks be your guide to a virtual field trip based upon the novel A Walk in Harlem (Ana & Andrew). In this story Papa surprises Ana & Andrew with a visit to New York City's Harlem, where they see where famous African-American artists lived during the Harlem Renaissance. Use our robust Instructional Guide and the accompanying Google Map with students in grades K-3. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks, here.

tag(s): black history (125), cross cultural understanding (156), harlem (8), new york (22), reading strategies (99), renaissance (32), virtual field trips (79)

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Investigate many suggested classroom uses for this resource in the Instructional Guide (PDF). With younger students, use Flip, reviewed here as a video response platform for students to share what they learned and what surprised them about the Harlem Renaissance and the artist's described in the book.
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Retro Report Education - Retro Report

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Retro Report is an independent, non-profit newsroom sharing over three hundred videos and lessons focusing on bringing history to life for students. Browse through the home page to...more
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Retro Report is an independent, non-profit newsroom sharing over three hundred videos and lessons focusing on bringing history to life for students. Browse through the home page to explore by subject or periods including America's Rise to Power 1890-1945, The Postwar Era 1945- 1980, and The Modern Era 1980- present. Visit the link on the home page to explore all topics, then use the options to search for specific terms, filter options by type of activity, or select from tagged subjects and topics. Another helpful option is the collections; choose this link to find collections curated for AP classes, topics such as 9/11 and The Supreme Court, and current topics including political ads and extremism. The lesson plans include links to all materials, including handouts, videos, and primary source documents. Lessons also correlate with Social Studies and Common Core Literacy Standards. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): 20th century (59), advanced placement (26), bill of rights (28), black history (125), civil rights (195), cross cultural understanding (156), cultures (132), difficult conversations (58), drugs and alcohol (27), environment (238), freedom of speech (13), media literacy (103), native americans (91), news (229), politics (113), primary sources (117), psychology (67), sept11 (18), supreme court (27), terrorism (41), world war 1 (72), world war 2 (150)

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High school social studies teachers will want to bookmark and save this site as an excellent resource for lessons and videos to accompany current lessons. Use the lessons to differentiate activities based on student interests. For example, when teaching about the Bill of Rights, offer groups of students different topics to explore from the provided lessons, including the Pentagon Papers, evolution in science class, conspiracy theories, and Waco as a 2nd amendment battleground. Use Padlet, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here as a curation tool for you and students to gather resources related to their topic. Ask students to share their findings using a presentation tool like the ones found at Canva Edu, reviewed here, which includes options for adding links to resources shared.

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3 Act Math - When Math Happens

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3 Act Math shares problems to complete 3 Act Math tasks for grades 4 - high school students, including geometry, algebra 2, statistics, and calculus. 3 Act Math tasks consist ...more
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3 Act Math shares problems to complete 3 Act Math tasks for grades 4 - high school students, including geometry, algebra 2, statistics, and calculus. 3 Act Math tasks consist of three parts - an engaging and perplexing problem to spark curiosity, collecting data and solving the problem, and the teacher revealing the answer to the problem and reflecting upon student activities. After selecting and opening the problem, each activity shares resources such as videos broken down by acts. All materials are available to download as a single Google file and are correlated to Common Core Standards. Learn more about 3 Act Math by taking the free workshop on this site, including links to additional lessons for grades K and up. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): critical thinking (110), Problem Based Learning (12), problem solving (225), statistics (115)

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Introduce 3 Act Math into any math classroom as an engaging way for students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. When introducing 3-Act Math activities, use Google Slides, reviewed here as a visual tool to reinforce the concept of the tasks. Create a three-slide presentation with a slide for each act that includes the video, questions, or supporting images used for the task. For younger students, ask them to share their responses and ideas and add that information to your presentation. For older students, add a slide for each student or group to share their responses. Extend learning by asking students to share reflections on the activity, including discussions of their predictions - what worked, what didn't, and how they made adjustments throughout the activity. Share those reflections as part of your original slide presentation, or ask students to use a video creation tool like moovly, reviewed here to share their problem-solving steps.
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Reading Treks: Blue Sky White Stars - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Blue Sky White Stars. Though the grade level for this almost wordless picture book is PreK-3rd, this tribute to the American flag with its themes of freedom, unity, and strength will appeal to older students and adults, too. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades PreK-3. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): preK (257), virtual field trips (79)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create digital books sharing their knowledge of American symbols using Book Creator, reviewed here. Using a map and locales, trace and then calculate distances between American symbols. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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Reading Treks: Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay - TeachersFirst

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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based on Susan Hood's book Ada's Violin. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed...more
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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based on Susan Hood's book Ada's Violin. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here as the basis for a virtual journey that tells how music transformed the lives of children and teens living on the edge of a landfill just outside Paraguay's capital city. Activities correlate to Common Core Standards, National Standards for Social Studies and Visual Arts, and Social Justice Standards. In addition to teaching ideas for working with the map, this Reading Trek also includes extension activities and links to additional helpful resources.

tag(s): preK (257), recycling (45)

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Take advantage of the many lesson ideas in the Teachers' Guide to bring this story to life and provide activities that correlate with the book's theme of recycling and reusing materials. As students read the book, create a timeline of events using a simple timeline creation tool such as the one provided by Read, Write, Think, reviewed here to help students follow the sequence of events in the story. After engaging students in learning by creating recycled instruments, have students write and record a short soundtrack to accompany the story. Share Soundation, reviewed here with students to create and record music from their computers using virtual tools.
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Great resource to engage students in reading! Kelly, IN, Grades: 0 - 5

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Civics Renewal Network - The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Univ of Pennsylvania

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This site is provided by an alliance of thirty-seven non-profit, non-partisan organizations to offer free online civics resources to classrooms. Curated collections include voting and...more
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This site is provided by an alliance of thirty-seven non-profit, non-partisan organizations to offer free online civics resources to classrooms. Curated collections include voting and elections, media literacy, subjects to learn at home, teaching the 19th Amendment, controversial topics, and a Constitution Day toolkit. In addition to selecting topics, you can view the information by choosing from narrower topics, including citizenship, history, branches of government, and more. Use the dropdown box for Collections at the top of the page to find resources correlated to Common Core, NCSS, and National Standards for Civics and Government. Links to resources include videos, free online courses, classroom presentations, and many other tools for classroom civics lessons. Note: the vast majority of items included are free; however, a few link to resources require payment.

tag(s): branches of government (62), constitution (88), democracy (19), elections (80), electoral college (22), media literacy (103), politics (113), supreme court (27)

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Include the Civics Renewal Network with your other resources for teaching civics content. Include activities on this site as part of self-guided lessons created using Microsoft PowerPoint Online, reviewed here, or add to classroom lessons created with NearPod, reviewed here. Extend student learning by asking them to become creators using a digital storytelling tool such as Elementari, reviewed here. Elementari includes features that bring students' stories to life, such as animations, font choices, and drag-and-drop text.
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Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad - TeachersFirst

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Follow along on this Reading Trek virtual journey of resources about Harriet Tubman's life. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed...more
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Follow along on this Reading Trek virtual journey of resources about Harriet Tubman's life. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, that will help students understand the life and times of Harriet Tubman. Activities correlate to Common Core Standards, National Standards for Social Studies and Visual Arts, and Social Justice Standards. In addition to teaching ideas for working with the map, this Reading Trek also includes extension activities and links to additional helpful resources. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): african american (111), black history (125), civil rights (195), diversity (38), racism (76), slavery (76), women (137)

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Include some of the suggested classroom uses for this resource found in the Instructional Guide (PDF). This book and the suggested activities work well as part of lessons on racism, slavery, and African-American history. Consider using the historical information from the book and other primary sources to create timelines with your students showing the important events during the story. Find various free online timeline creation tools located here. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to have students create simple videos using just photos and their own voices.
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Indigenous Peoples of the Americas - The Kennedy Center

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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources...more
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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources include lessons for grades K-8 that focus on learning about indigenous people through integrating the arts with science, social studies, and language arts. Other resources include videos that feature Native Americans discussing their crafts through interviews and storytelling. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. Lessons correlate to National Core Arts Standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (156), cultures (132), dance (26), holidays (163), native americans (91), north america (14), stories and storytelling (41)

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Print lesson plans during Native American Month, as a supplement to social studies lessons about cultures and states, or during geography lessons. Lesson plans are available in PDF format or as Google Documents; save any lesson to your Google Drive as a copy of the original document and edit it to fit your curriculum or adapt it as desired to fit current lessons. Use any or all materials found on this site as a personalized learning lesson for students to complete in person or remotely. For example, add a video, poem, and reflective activity, and additional materials to a SchoolStack, reviewed here, an activity that offers students a choice of learning materials and activities. Consider asking students to work in collaborative groups to research indigenous people based on their interests. For example, have a group explore dance, another their art and sculpture, and a group that researches geographic locations of the different tribes. Ask each group to share their learning by creating simple websites made with Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Telegra.ph provides simple website creation tools without all the distractions of backgrounds, templates, and other distractions. Easily add text, images, and links to any Telegra.ph site.
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Filter Bubble Trouble - Common Sense Education

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What is a filter bubble, and why is it an important concept to understand? This 50-minute lesson plan guides high school students through a series of activities that helps them ...more
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What is a filter bubble, and why is it an important concept to understand? This 50-minute lesson plan guides high school students through a series of activities that helps them recognize and understand filter bubbles and identify strategies for escaping their filter bubbles. In addition to directions for implementing the lesson plan, other resources include presentation slides, student handouts, and take-home resources. The lesson plan aligns with Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE Standards. All materials are available in both English and Spanish.

tag(s): digital citizenship (90), internet safety (113), social and emotional learning (83), social media (54)

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Bookmark and save this lesson with other social media and digital citizenship lessons. Engage students in this lesson by assigning a Threadit activity, reviewed here, as a conversation starter. A day or two before your lesson, share a link to a Threadit with a conversation prompt using one of the provided prompts that ask students to discuss the concept of living in a bubble. As students continue their discussion on filter bubbles and view the linked video, enhance learning through using Escape Rooms that challenge students to use their knowledge to complete tasks within the Escape Room. Use Room Escape Maker, reviewed here, to create and share your Escape Room activity. Extend student learning by asking students to share Internet safety and digital citizenship tips school-wide. For example, ask students to create a monthly podcast using Acast, reviewed here, sharing advice on using social media responsibly.
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My Social Media Life - Common Sense Education

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This lesson provides resources for guiding middle-school students in learning about the role of social media in their lives, especially the effect of social media on relationships....more
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This lesson provides resources for guiding middle-school students in learning about the role of social media in their lives, especially the effect of social media on relationships. The lesson plan takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete; however, an alternative suggestion shares a fifteen-minute quick activity. Resources provided include a slide presentation, video, student handouts, and family take-home information. Also available is the correlation to Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE Standards. You will need to sign in to access this free lesson and resources.

tag(s): digital citizenship (90), social and emotional learning (83), social media (54)

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Bookmark and save this lesson plan for use with lessons on media literacy, social media, or social-emotional learning. Engage students by creating visual mindmaps or flow charts using Coggle, reviewed here. For example, create a mind map with different social platforms and ask students to share the pros and cons of using each tool. Use a flow chart to share suggestions on how to address common issues that occur through the use of social media and relationships. As a final activity, ask students to create interesting video presentations using Typito, reviewed here. Typito's drag and drop interface includes free templates, drag and drop features, and the ability to personalize and share content easily.
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My Media Choices - Common Sense Education

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This forty-five-minute lesson plan provides activities to guide fourth-grade students in learning about a "What? When? How Much" framework for use in evaluating media sources. An additional...more
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This forty-five-minute lesson plan provides activities to guide fourth-grade students in learning about a "What? When? How Much" framework for use in evaluating media sources. An additional option shares a quick fifteen-minute activity as an alternative to the complete lesson. In addition to the lesson description, resources include a slide presentation, video, student handouts, and take-home resources to share with families. Also available is the correlation to Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE standards.

tag(s): digital citizenship (90), internet safety (113), media literacy (103)

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Although created for fourth grade, this lesson works well for grades three through five, with possible adaptations for additional grade levels. First, engage students by conducting a poll or survey of the different types of media your students regularly consume. For example, use a simple polling tool such as Kahoot reviewed here, or take a more in-depth survey using Microsoft Forms, reviewed here. Instead of completing worksheets as a paper and pencil activity, convert the worksheets into an interactive document using Google Docs, reviewed here, and assign within Google Classroom. Add questions or comments to the included video using EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance learning. As an extension activity, ask students to share tips for safe media use by creating short videos to share on your class and school's websites. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to create engaging videos from scratch or by using the templates provided.
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Who Is in Your Online Community? - Common Sense

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K to 3
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This lesson plan for second graders guides students through the "Rings of Responsibility" as they learn to think critically about how people of different communities connect on the...more
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This lesson plan for second graders guides students through the "Rings of Responsibility" as they learn to think critically about how people of different communities connect on the Internet. In addition to the lesson plan, links on the site include a slide presentation, student handouts, and take-home resources to promote family understanding and engagement. This lesson shares a link providing correlation with Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE Standards. Free registration at Common Sense is required to access this lesson plan.

tag(s): digital citizenship (90), internet safety (113)

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Engage students in learning about the Internet with this lesson plan by using age-appropriate multimedia resources. For example, during the warmup activity, students share their ideas on "What is the Internet?" Use IdeaBoardz, reviewed here, to record student responses. As the lesson progresses, students discuss the Rings of Responsibility that begin with the individual student and build to include the world. Use CirclyApp, reviewed here to create and build a graphic visualization of the rings as you discuss them. Finally, at the end of the lesson, students share their reflections explaining the difference between their community and the world. Instead of using the paper handout, ask students to create their reflection using AutoDraw, reviewed here. AutoDraw makes it easy for even young students to add text, draw, and share simple drawings. Use the AutoDraw option to turn students' drawings into professional drawings! When finished, take screenshots of student drawings to share on your class webpage.
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Reading Treks: Henry's Freedom Box - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis...more
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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis for a virtual journey that tells the story of Henry's journey to becoming a free man. Activities correlate to Common Core Standards, National Standards for Social Studies and Visual Arts, and Social Justice Standards. In addition to teaching ideas for working with the map, this Reading Trek also includes extension activities and links to additional helpful resources.

tag(s): civil rights (195), civil war (134), diversity (38), slavery (76)

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Discover the many lesson ideas and activities found in this Reading Trek as an accompaniment to your current lessons for this novel. Incorporate Henry's Freedom Box into units when studying the Civil War, American history, civil rights, or diversity and justice. Include the shared activities along with others of your choosing to create an interactive online lesson using Curipod, reviewed here. Include videos, quizzes, links to learning activities, and much more in your interactive lesson.
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Reading Treks: Currents - TeachersFirst

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4 to 7
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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, a historical novel about three girls who live in different places but are connected by...more
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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, a historical novel about three girls who live in different places but are connected by a bottle that travels across the ocean. The Reading Trek provides a virtual field trip of resources using the Maps features of Google Maps. The Reading Trek includes a map link, KMZ file, and PDF guide for using the resources in the classroom. The list of ideas includes suggestions for working with maps based upon the novel and extension activities. In addition, find several additional resources suggested for further consideration. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): 1800s (73), civil rights (195), immigration (64), novels (31)

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Use the suggested activities as a guide to teaching Currents as part of your reading instruction curriculum, or integrate the book into Social Studies content when teaching about immigration. Use a timeline creation tool such as the ones found at Canva's Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to help students visually represent the events and interactions of the three main characters within the story. Use the model shared in this Reading Trek using Google My Maps, reviewed here, and ask students to create a virtual field trip of other novels or events studied. In addition to adding pinned locations, ask students to add photos and videos to enhance their storytelling through maps.
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The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement - EDSITEment!

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8 to 12
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law ...more
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law for all. The lesson begins with guiding questions and stated learning objectives aligned to Social Studies and Common Core literacy standards. Then, students listen to several songs from the 1960s and analyze the lyrics to understand the civil rights messages during their study of the materials. This lesson includes links to all media and music referenced within the activities.

tag(s): 1960s (27), black history (125), civil rights (195), martin luther king (43), oral history (14)

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Integrate this lesson into your teaching about civil rights, Freedom Fighters, or the 1960s to engage students in learning about this period through music. Enhance learning by dividing students into groups to analyze different songs, then ask them to share their findings with the class by sharing a presentation created using one of the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. After viewing the presentations, encourage students to look for similarities within each message. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to post a question and ask students to post responses to create a word cloud. For example, ask each group to share important words or concepts from their song, then view the word cloud to understand overlapping content. As a final activity, extend learning by asking students to create interactive timelines that include important civil rights events, 1960s music, and highlights of civil rights leaders' activities. Use a timeline creation tool such as Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or the timeline feature found in Padlet, reviewed here. Using either option, ask students to include links to videos, recordings, and discussions of the civil rights events.
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