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100 Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers
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This article includes the URL and description of 100 free web tools that can be used by all teachers. The tools are categorized into search engines, math and science, games, templates and lesson plans, and more.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
John Costilla
Date Added:
02/09/2021
ADHD: Current Research and Teaching Strategies for Reading and Writing
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This article provides an overview of current research about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as strategies to help students with ADHD with reading and writing.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Robert Payo
Date Added:
12/01/2009
Adventures in ABC & 1, 2, 3
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This activity is an indoor/outdoor activity that incorporates both literacy and scientific observation to make an ABC book based on Antler, Bear, Canoe by Betsy Bowen. Family participation is encouraged.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Julie Roettger
Date Added:
02/24/2021
American Politics Group Data Projects
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SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

Subject:
Government
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Analyzing Data on American Political Divisions
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Students conducted data analysis about American political divisions and created two papers from this data analysis. Sutdents were assigned to group projects involving data analysis assigned chapters in MICROCASE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, a textbook that includes access to a variety of datasets.

Subject:
Government
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Analyzing the Last Five Years of the US Economy for an Intermediate Macro Course
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Intermediate students are asked to analyze data on the components of consumption and investment expenditures and explanatory variables based on textbook models of each. Students look for rough correlations between the explanatory and dependent variables.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Economics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Greenlaw
Date Added:
02/24/2021
The Anatomy of a Rate Law
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This assignment teaches geochemistry students to explain the mathematical forms of rate laws, and organize paragraphs in their writing assignments properly.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Barry Bickmore
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Annotate Text in Google Docs
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Increase your understanding of what you read by making digital notes in an article. Time to complete: 45-90 minutes

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Technology
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Google
Provider Set:
Applied Digital Skills
Date Added:
05/03/2022
Arctic and Antarctic Birds: Unit Outlines
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This article assembles free resources from the Arctic and Antarctic Birds issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and 3-5.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Terry Shiverdecker
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Argument Wars Extension Pack
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Make your students' game play more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Argument Wars. This easy-to-use Extension Pack helps you give context and purpose to the game, as well as reinforce and assess the game concepts. That means deeper learning for students, and best practices around game-centered learning for you!
Extension Packs require PowerPoint and are designed for use with projectors or interactive whiteboards. LESSON OBJECTIVES: Explore the nature of court cases about constitutional rights *Analyze the kinds of support used to argue a constitutional rights case *Identify appropriate arguments for landmark Supreme Court cases

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
iCivics
Date Added:
03/25/2022
Assessing the Measurement and Validity of Ambiguous Concepts in Ethnic Conflict Datasets
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This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. It also encourages them to think critically about data quality and measurement challenges when using large datasets.

Subject:
Social Studies
Government
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Devashree Gupta
Date Added:
02/24/2021
The Aurora: Inspiration for Art and Poetry Integration
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This article lists seven art techniques and four poetry types that can be used to depict and describe the aurora.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Authoring Open Textbooks
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This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/06/2019
Backyard Bugs
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This video segment from Wild TV takes a closer look at backyard bugs, their habitat and characteristics.

Subject:
Arts
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
08/26/2008
Bernoulli's Balloons
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Demonstrate Bernoulli's Principle using balloons and and pop cans. Real world concept of lift can be applied to an airplane demonstration.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jon Howard
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
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This mini-lesson covers the basics of the Supreme Court's decision that overturned "separate but equal" in public schools. Students learn about segregation and "equality under the law," and they use what they learned to craft compound sentences following a structured format. LESSON OBJECTIVES: Describe segregation and the 14th Amendment "equal protection of the law" *Identify the main arguments put forth in the case. *Describe the Supreme Court's decision and analysis. *Identify the impact of the Court's decision. *Write compound sentences

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
iCivics
Date Added:
03/25/2022
Building an Electoral Dataset and Testing Hypotheses with the Data
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Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, and mass behavioral characteristics for a set of countries.

Subject:
Government
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Alfred Montero
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
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This mini-lesson covers the Supreme Court's decision about limiting government restrictions on campaign contributions. Students learn about campaign finance, Super PACs, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act), and the First Amendment. Students compare campaign tactics, and evaluate the cost and effectiveness of reaching a large audience. LESSON OBJECTIVES: Describe the rights protected by the First Amendment *Identify the main arguments put forth in the case *Define corporations, Super PACs, campaign finance, and the Federal Election Commission *Describe the rationale behind the Supreme Court's decision *Identify the impact of the Supreme Court's decision on political campaigns

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
iCivics
Date Added:
03/25/2022
Clapper v. Amnesty International (2013)
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This mini-lesson covers the basics of the Supreme Court's decision that determined the government's ability to conduct electronic surveillance of its citizens. Students learn about the First Amendment right to free speech, the Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable searches, national security, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Students evaluate different forms of government monitoring, and provide their perspective on whether government surveillance is a necessity for national security, or a violation of people's privacy and individual rights. LESSON OBJECTIVES: Describe the rights protected by the First and Fourth Amendments *Identify the main arguments put forth in the case *Analyze the conflict between ensuring national security and protecting individuals' rights *Describe the rationale behind the Supreme Court's decision

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
iCivics
Date Added:
03/25/2022
Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Issue 20, June 2010
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, highlights resources that help elementary teachers learn about climate change and teach their students important foundational concepts.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
The Ohio State University
Date Added:
02/09/2021
College Access Readers
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This resource guide begins by outlining the theory underlying the literacy work and then lays out the framework for the supports included in the Readers series. Subsequent chapters describe and illustrate the specific content literacy and language development strategies that have been chosen as being of particularly high impact. Although most of the strategies can be used in multiple ways, we have chosen to present them as occurring "Before, €During€ and After Reading" because of the importance of this mental model in effective content literacy instruction.

Subject:
Arts
Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Bay Waters, Louise
Date Added:
08/24/2010
Commonsense Composition
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This textbook follows California Language Arts Standards for grades 9-12 to provide a generalized understanding of composition and to serve as a supplementary aid to high school English teachers.

Subject:
Arts
Language, Grammar, and Vocabulary
Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Bruno, Crystal
Date Added:
08/20/2010
Comparing Journalistic Reports to Primary Sources of Research
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A set of three short writing assignments were designed to encourage students to think critically about the way that scientific research is reported by the popular media and the reasons that research may or may not be reported in a way that could be construed as misleading.

Subject:
Psychology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Mija Van Der Wege
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI).
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This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth and development as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a big debate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita as a measure of development.

Subject:
Mathematics
Economics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Meherun Ahmed
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Convene the Council Extension Pack
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Make your students' game play more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Convene the Council. This easy-to-use Extension Pack helps you give context and purpose to the game, as well as reinforce and assess the game concepts. That means deeper learning for students, and best practices around game-centered learning for you!
Extension Packs offer Google Slides and are designed for use with projectors or interactive whiteboards.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
iCivics
Date Added:
03/25/2022
Counting Grizzly Bears: An Exercise in Historical Reasoning
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This assignment engages students in an environmental history class in the use of quantitative data, and raises questions about the nature and meaning of that data, and how it might be utilized.

Subject:
Mathematics
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
George Vrtis
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Court Quest Extension Pack
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Make your students' game play more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Court Quest. This easy-to-use Extension Pack helps you give context and purpose to the game, as well as reinforce and assess the game concepts. That means deeper learning for students, and best practices around game-centered learning for you!
This Extension Pack uses Google Slides and is designed for use with projectors or interactive whiteboards. LESSON OBJECTIVES: Distinguish between the federal and state court systems *Identify the types and levels of courts within each system *Evaluate case scenarios to send citizens to the correct court

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
iCivics
Date Added:
03/25/2022