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Reading Treks: Around the World Right Now - 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 and suggestions for using the trade book, Around the World Right Now. Travel through each of the 24 time zones and experience the people, places, and things that exist there. Introduce geography and time-telling as well as the richness and diversity of life on Earth. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades K-5. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, National Association for Music Education, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): landmarks (24), time (138), time zones (10), virtual field trips (66)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Take pictures of students' shadows at different times throughout the day, then create collages using PhotoCollage, reviewed here, to share their observations. Enhance learning by doing this same activity at different times during the school year to explore if the length of shadows changes with the seasons. After finding the hidden clocks on each page, challenge students to create their own hidden clock images then create a class book using Book Creator, reviewed here, for students and family to view online.
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Reading Treks: The 57 Bus - TeachersFirst

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7 to 12
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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, The 57 Bus. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): courts (18), emotions (42), racism (21), social and emotional learning (17)

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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 timelines of the important events during the period of this story that took place in 2013. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps that include information about hate crimes around the world. As students conduct online research, use Fiskkit, reviewed here as a collaborative discussion tool. Use Fiskkit to share the link of any online article with students, then the site's tools provide the opportunity to highlight and add comments to areas within the article by users.
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Reading Treks: Buffalo Dance The Journey of York - TeachersFirst

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10 to 12
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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 Buffalo Dance The Journey of York. Get to know York, the only enslaved man on the Lewis and Clark expedition, through these poems that provide insight into how and what York may have felt and thought. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 10-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1800s (54), commoncore (94), explorers (73), lewis and clark (19), poetry (223), westward expansion (34)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). As a class, discuss social justice situations within the school, the community, state, nation, and the world. To enhance learning and the discussions of online information, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion tool. Fiskkit allows you to highlight and add comments to online articles. Have students share their written work, including poems, to PorfolioVillage, reviewed here. Portfolio Village includes free resources for creating and sharing online portfolios that include images, written work, and video making it perfect to use for sharing student work during parent conferences and when submitting college applications.
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Reading Treks: Refugee - 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 and suggestions for using Refugee, written by Alan Gratz. Use the robust teaching guide with students in grades 6-9 as they learn about the struggles of Joseph and his family as they escape from Nazi Germany. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): europe (74), germany (30), immigrants (25), immigration (66), world war 2 (145)

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Take advantage of the many ideas offered on this Reading Trek to enhance and extend student learning. Use virtual field trips offered online to take students to places around the world to learn more about world populations and immigration. This TeachersFirst Special Topics page provides a curated list of free virtual field trips from around the world. Offer students a variety of digital storytelling tools to share their knowledge of immigration. Some free options include Wakelet, reviewed here, UtellStory, reviewed here, and Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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Reading Treks: Every Single Second - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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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, Every Single Second. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 5-9. 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): family (60), racism (21), virtual field trips (66)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using content from the book as an inspiration to have students create a timeline of their friends. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some Little Italy locations. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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Reading Treks: The Journey of York The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition - 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 and suggestions for using the trade book The Journey of York The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. York, the only enslaved man on the journey, did not choose to go. Slaves did not have choices. However, his contributions to the expedition were valuable, and this is his story. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 2-6. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1800s (54), commoncore (94), explorers (73), lewis and clark (19), native americans (85)

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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 timelines of the important events throughout the time of Lewis and Clark's explorations. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools at located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Lewis and Clark's travels.
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Reading Treks: American Born Chinese - 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 and suggestions for using the trade book, American Born Chinese. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 7-12. 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): cross cultural understanding (148), racism (21), virtual field trips (66)

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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 research places and events discussed in the book to create interactive timelines. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools at located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of the locations shared. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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Reading Treks: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles - TeachersFirst

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K to 4
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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, Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades K-4. 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): elections (77), virtual field trips (66), womens suffrage (29)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the book as a starting point to locate primary sources to teach about voting in the United States along with life during the early 1900s. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Alice Burke and Neil Richardson's travels across the country. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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Reading Treks: Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still - 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 and suggestions for using the trade book Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still. This biographical picture book is about Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian gymnast, who had seven perfect scores in the 1976 Olympics. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades K-5. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): biographies (92), commoncore (94), europe (74), sports (103), women (103)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Include this book with others to share with your students when teaching about biographies and famous women. After learning about biographies, enhance learning by having students write biographies for other famous women athletes or famous people from a unit you are studying. Help students organize information and write biographies using resources found at Read Write Think, reviewed here. Search for the Bio Cube, reviewed here, that helps summarize information, or use the interactive Timeline reviewed here,to aid students in visualizing and creating a sequence of events. After completing their research, ask students to annotate an image using ThingLink, reviewed here. Include links to websites, text, and other information to share their biographies. Use Book Creator, reviewed here, to compile biographies created by your students into one digital resource for all to use. Book Creator allows you to add images, drawings, videos, and more to share a complete multimedia experience with their readers.
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Reading Treks: Bud, Not Buddy - 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 and suggestions for using Bud, Not Buddy with students in grades 3-7. Take advantage of the robust teaching guide. This historical fiction novel takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during the time of the Great Depression. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): civil rights (133), cultures (119), great depression (30), michigan (4), racism (21)

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Encourage students to work through the layers of the Great Depression and Life in the 1930s, exploring these periods of history using primary sources. Use this curated list of primary source resources to engage students in learning about the past through comparisons to current day life. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers to compare and contrast the different periods. Engage students as they explore events shared in the book through the use of bite-sized podcasts using Synth, reviewed here. Synth is an easy to use audio tool that encourages students to share their thoughts and learning reflections in 256 seconds or less.
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Reading Treks: Mr. Popper's Penguins - 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 and suggestions for using the trade book Mr. Popper's Penguins. In the book, Mr. Popper is a poor house painter who receives a penguin as a gift. He alters his home to accommodate two adult penguins and ends up with ten baby penguins. Once Mr. Popper realizes how funny the penguins are, they begin a comical cross country tour performing in large theaters. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 3-5. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1930s (15), animals (327), antarctica (29), habitats (115), virtual field trips (66)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). This Reading Trek aligns well with lessons on Antarctica, explorers, and animals. Use TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here, to create a complete unit based on activities and suggestions found in the Reading Trek. Add videos, quizzes, and other activities into your Blendspace to create a blended learning experience for your students. When using videos within your Reading Trek, engage students by taking advantage of features found within playposit, reviewed here, to insert teacher and student comments.
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Reading Treks: A Year Down Yonder - 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 and suggestions for using the trade book, A Year Down Yonder. Use this historical fiction book to help students to learn about the Great Depression in a small town in Illinois. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 4-8. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1900s (46), commoncore (94), great depression (30)

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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 timelines of the important events during the Great Depression. Class Tools, reviewed here has an easy to use timeline creator or choose from other timeline creation tools located here. Use TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here to share additional information and activities related to the Great Depression. Include videos, links to primary source documents, and websites appropriate for your students' grade level. Differentiate learning by customizing Blendspace activities to match your students' interests and ability levels.
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Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist and Human Rights Activist - PBS Learning Media

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Learn about Sojourner Truth and her fight against slavery along with her support for women and equal rights using primary sources in this lesson provided by PBS Learning Media. The...more
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Learn about Sojourner Truth and her fight against slavery along with her support for women and equal rights using primary sources in this lesson provided by PBS Learning Media. The lesson includes a video and two primary source documents - a photo of Sojourner Truth and excerpts from her most famous speech. Information is correlated to National Standards for History, Civics and Government, Common Core State Standards, and College and Career Readiness Standards.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (133), civil war (152), women (103)

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Take advantage of this free lesson to introduce students to Sojourner Truth, Civil Rights, or Women's Rights. Share the lesson into your Google Classroom account using the provided link. Extend this lesson using technology to motivate and engage students as they learn more about each topic. Create an entire unit that includes this lesson within Actively Learn, reviewed here. Include links to additional online resources, have students take notes, and include assessments all within the Actively Learn framework. Use the many resources found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to help students organize and share information. For example, use the Bio Cube with students to organize biographical information on Sojourner Truth or have students use the Comic Creator to tell the story of Sojourner Truth. For a complete multimedia presentation, ask students to use Book Creator, reviewed here, to share their information about Women's Rights. Book Creator offers a variety of options to include in the digital books such as video, images, audio, and more.
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Reading Treks: Malala's Magic Pencil - 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 and suggestions for using the trade book Malala's Magic Pencil. Told from Malala Yousafza's point of view, this delightful picture book describes how Malala wished for a magic pencil and what she would do with it. As a little girl, she wishes to stop time in order to get more sleep, but as she becomes an older girl, she wants to use her magic pencil to bring peace to the world. Learn how Malala works to change the world without a magic pencil. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades PreK-8. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): asia (75), cross cultural understanding (148), virtual field trips (66), women (103)

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Investigate many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). With younger students, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response platform for students to share how they would use a magic pencil. Use Flipgrid with older students and ask them to generate specific ideas to address local or world issues. Extend learning by asking older students to research cultural concerns around the globe then use Story Maps, reviewed here, to tell their story through combining maps with text, video, and additional interactive content.
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Reading Treks: March, Book One - 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 and suggestions for sharing the autobiography of Congressman John Lewis. View the robust instructional guide for suggestions to use with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (133), congress (44)

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Using the Reading Trek, explore the periods of the 1930s and 1960s using maps and other non-fiction resources. Engage students and use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share resources with students. Organize information within the Padlet using columns to sort content by decade. Be sure to allow comments to encourage student discussion and collaboration. Enhance learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Use the infographics as an alternative to a book report and ask students to share important places, dates, and historical characters to tell the story of John Lewis.
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You CAN Do the Rubik's Cube Program - You Can Do the Cube

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Can you solve the Rubik's Cube? This campaign is based on the goal of teaching 8-18-year-olds how to solve the Rubik's Cube and gain a sense of accomplishment and pride. ...more
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Can you solve the Rubik's Cube? This campaign is based on the goal of teaching 8-18-year-olds how to solve the Rubik's Cube and gain a sense of accomplishment and pride. Guides share the secrets to solving the cubes in 2X2, 3X3, and 4X4 formats. In addition, the site contains guides for lesser-known versions of the Rubik's Cube. The Educator's Guides include lessons aligned to Common Core Standards as well as STEM/STEAM Standards. Use the information on the site to borrow a class set of Rubik's Cubes for free through their Cube Lending Program, just pay return shipping.

tag(s): critical thinking (124), logic (248), problem solving (295), STEM (218)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and classroom lending program to bring Rubik's Cube problem-solving activities into your classroom. This resource may be the perfect solution for students who struggle academically to achieve success uniquely. Prepare students for the cubes' arrival by brainstorming ideas on how to solve cubes (keep in mind there are different versions). Find a YouTube video with master Rubik's Cube solvers to promote interest in the activities. When the cubes arrive, use them as a problem-solving center by providing the solution guides for students to follow. As students become proficient in solving the puzzle, enhance their learning by asking them to use a video explainer tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to share their tips and successes. Challenge students to share their cube-solving speed by posting a chart for each of them to add their fastest times.
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Reading Treks: Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson Co-Discoverer of the North Pole - 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 story of Matthew Hensen and his work as an assistant to Admiral Peary and their journey to the North Pole. The Instructional Guide offers robust activities for use with students in grades K-6. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): arctic (47), black history (73), civil rights (133), explorers (73)

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Take advantage of the many ideas found in this Reading Trek to teach students about cultural prejudices and exploration of the North Pole. Enhance student learning by having them research and create a Then and Now Chart/Venn Diagram to compare and contrast sea travel for merchant ships. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here. Ask students to create their own digital book sharing their journey to a difficult environment using Write Reader, reviewed here, for younger students or Book Creator, reviewed here, for older students.
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Reading Treks: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom - TeachersFirst

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6 to 12
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks are a way of creating a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This ...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks are a way of creating a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Trek provides activities correlated to the author's story as she participated in the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The teaching guide includes many teaching suggestions for grades 6-12 correlated to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (133)

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Take advantage of the many teaching ideas found on the PDF Instructional Guide. Engage and help students understand and discuss online content using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion platform. Enhance learning by having students create a Civil Rights timeline of the top ten to twenty events using Timeline JS, reviewed here, and annotate each event with their reasons for choosing it. Timeline JS also allows for students to annotate with music, photos, videos, and more. Use Story Maps, reviewed here, and have students to create digital stories including text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content.
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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans - Cooper-Hewitt & The Smithsonian Institution

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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's...more
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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's filters to search for lessons by content and grade level or sort by newest first to find the most recent additions to the collection. Each lesson is correlated to Common Core Standards and includes attachments with supplemental materials when indicated as part of lesson activities.

tag(s): commoncore (94), preK (283), Teacher Utilities (91), teaching strategies (35)

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Bookmark this site to find lessons to supplement your current curriculum in any subject. As you plan and teach any of these lessons, consider different options for using technology to enhance and extend student learning. Take advantage of the many resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here, for your or your students to create quizzes, graphic organizers, timelines, and more. As you include the lessons into your teaching unit, use bookmarking sites to organize information for your students. Symbaloo, reviewed here, is excellent for use with younger students because of the simple, easy to follow design. For older students, try SearchTeam, reviewed here. Search Team includes tools for you to collaborate and add notes while saving and sharing resources. Extend learning for students of all ages with Edublog, reviewed here. Consider using Edublog for students to write blogs, respond to their peers, and interact with a larger global community.

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Garden Activity Guide: Soil - The Nature Conservancy

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In this lesson plan, students use analysis techniques to learn about different types of soil and examine the relationship between plant growth and healthy soil. Links to resource materials,...more
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In this lesson plan, students use analysis techniques to learn about different types of soil and examine the relationship between plant growth and healthy soil. Links to resource materials, including videos, student handouts, and extension activities, are all included. Activities include student research and analysis of dry and moist soil features. Extension activities guide further learning through the examination of natural water filters and garden habitats. Lessons are correlated to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): habitats (115), plants (178), soil (21), water (141)

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Take advantage of these hands-on investigative lessons to engage students in learning about types of soil. Have students document their learning by taking pictures and sharing videos of their investigations on your class website. Instead of printing student handouts, engage students by having them input information using mobile devices and classroom computers. Use a data visualization tool such as Chart Gizmo, reviewed here, to create customized graphs and charts. To create a customized learning unit for your students, use TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here, to share websites, upload documents, and view videos all in one learning space.
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