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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
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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
Adaptive Radiation: Darwin's Finches
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Finches on the Galapagos Islands have evolved to exploit almost every possible niche. This diagram shows the range of food sources available on the island and the different beak shapes adapted to exploit each of them.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
African American History and Culture in the United States
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Our Teacher's Guide offers a collection of lessons and resources for K-12 social studies, literature, and arts classrooms that center around the achievements, perspectives, and experiences of African Americans across U.S. history. Below you will find materials for teaching and learning about the perspectives of slaves and free African Americans during the American Revolution, the work of the Freedman’s Bureau during and after Reconstruction, the artistry of Jacob Lawrence, the reality faced by African American soldiers returning home after fighting in WWI, the songs and efforts of the Freedom Riders during the long civil rights movements, and the works of Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Maya Angelou.

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History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Date Added:
11/19/2020
All About Earth's Climate
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In this informational text, elementary school readers learn about the difference between weather and climate and about components of the climate system. The text can be used to practice visualizing and other comprehension strategies. Available in K-2 and 3-5 grade bands and as an illustrated book as well as a text document, the story appears in the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
All About Icebergs
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This article provides an overview of icebergs' formation and characteristics and the hazards associated with icebergs.

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Earth and Space Science
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:
Alison Schirmer Lockman
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Allopatric Speciation
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These images from the Smithsonian Institution depict Nancy Knowlton's work with snapping shrimp in Panama. Knowlton found that the closing of the isthmus -- dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean -- resulted in new species of shrimp.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Alt HealthWatch
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Articles on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Access is limited to Ohio PreK-12 educators, students, and parents.

Subject:
Health and Physical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Date Added:
05/05/2020
American Chestnut Tree
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This annotated slideshow adapted from KET's Electronic Field Trip to the Forest illustrates how blight decimated the American chestnut tree and the methods scientists use to identify and pollinate the remaining trees to create blight-resistant trees.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Kentucky Educational Television
Author:
KET
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Date Added:
08/25/2008
Anarctica: King of the Cold: Grades 2-3: Text Only Version
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This informational text explains that while both the Arctic and Antarctica are cold, Antarctica is much colder and drier - a polar desert. The text is written at a grade two through grade three reading level. This is a PDF containing the informational text and a glossary.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
08/17/2010
Anrarctica: King of Cold: Grades 4-5: Text Only Version
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This informational text explains that while both the Arctic and Antarctica are cold, Antarctica is much colder and drier - a polar desert. The text is written at a grade four through grade five reading level. This is a PDF containing the informational text and a glossary.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
08/17/2010
Antarctica Geologists Find a Balmy Day on the Lake-14 Million Years Ago
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This article describes a discovery of moss and ostracod fossils that led to a better understanding of Antarctica's climate history.

Subject:
Physical Geology
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:
Carol Landis
Date Added:
03/01/2009
Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal!
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The Bedouins of ancient Arabia and Persia made poetry a conversational art form. Several poetic forms developed from the participatory nature of tribal poetry. Today in most Arabic cultures, you may still experience public storytelling and spontaneous poetry challenges in the streets. The art of turning a rhyme into sly verbal sparring is considered a mark of intelligence and a badge of honor. Students will learn about the origins and structure of Arabic Poetry.

Subject:
Arts
Literature
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
11/19/2020
Are You Ready? INFOhio Supports Student Learning with Robust Infrastructure
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This is one in a series of Teach With INFOhio blog posts which aligns INFOhio's resources and web-based tools with Future Ready's Framework. The series of blog posts for Future Ready will be completed by August 2019.

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Accountability
Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking
Information, Media and Technological Literacy
Interdisciplinary, Project-based, and Real-World Learning
Problem-Solving and Communication
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Emily Rozmus
Date Added:
04/05/2019
At HOme in the Cold Readers Theater Script: Grades 4-5
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This Readers Theater script includes parts for 8-9 students. It is based on the Feature Story, At Home in the Cold and discusses various adaptations that allow animals to survive in the cold oceans of the Arctic and Antarctica. The script was written for students in grades 4-5.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
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
Nicole Luthy
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold Choral Reading Script: Grades K-1
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This script for choral reading was written to be used with two groups of students. The script is based on the Feature Story, At Home in the Cold and discusses various adaptations that allow animals to survive in the cold oceans of the Arctic and Antarctica. The script is appropriate for use with students in grades K-1.

Subject:
Arts
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:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Nicole Luthy
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold: Grades 2-3: text only version
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This informational text explores adaptations that allow penguins, whales, walruses, seals, and fish to live in the cold water of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. The text is at reading level appropriate for students in second through third grade. It is a PDF file that contains text as well as a glossary.

Subject:
Science
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:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold: Grades 4-5: text only version
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This informational text explores adaptations that allow penguins, whales, walruses, seals, and fish to live in the cold water of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. The text is at reading level appropriate for students in fourth through fifth grade. It is a PDF file that contains the text as well as a glossary.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold: Grades K-1: text only version
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This informational text explores adaptations that allow penguins, whales, walruses, seals, and fish to live in the cold water of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. The text is at reading level appropriate for students in Kindergarten through first grade. It is a PDF file that contains the text as well as a glossary.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
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
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold Readers Theater Script: Grades 2-3
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This Readers Theater script includes parts for 11 students. It is based on the Feature Story, At Home in the Cold and discusses various adaptations that allow animals to survive in the cold oceans of the Arctic and Antarctica. It is designed for use with students in grades 2-3.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
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
Nicole Luthy
Date Added:
12/17/2009
The Aurora: Fire in the Sky: Grades 4-5: Text Only Version
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This informational text explains the colorful phenomenon known as the northern lights (aurora borealis) and the southern lights (aurora australis). Students explore the cause of the aurora. The text is written at a grade four through five reading level. This is a PDF containing the informational text and a glossary.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Reading
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:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
08/17/2010
Battle on the Ballot: Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections
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In 2016, a billionaire businessman and the first woman nominated by a major party ran against each other for president of the United States. In very different ways, both candidates approached the presidency as outsiders, reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of US presidential politics. As outsiders, the 2016 candidates are noteworthy, but not unique; indeed, the 2016 race resonates with the legacies of outsiders who have come before. This exhibition explores the rich history of select individuals, parties, events, and movements that have influenced US presidential elections from the outside‰ÛÓoutside Washington politics, outside the two-party system, and outside the traditional conception of who can be an American president.

Subject:
Social Studies
American History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
DPLA Exhibitions
Date Added:
09/01/2016
The Boy Scout at the Bottom of the World
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This article profiles Paul Siple, a Boy Scout selected to accompany Admiral Byrd to Antarctica in 1928.

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Physical Geology
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:
Rachel Hintz
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Braving the Wilderness: A Polar Digital Story
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This presentation of a digital story (narration, images, and soundtrack in a short video) features the polar regions. The story was produced by the free, online magazine Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
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:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
10/17/2011
Build Your Own Standards-Aligned Digital Curriculum . . . for Free!
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Presentation delivered at OETC20.
Are you using textbooks that are more than 10 years old? Are you spending your weekend scouring the web for free instructional materials? When it comes to supplementing or building curriculum using Open Educational Resources, the challenges are many. With INFOhio, finding teacher-approved digital resources that you can use for free to build or supplement your curriculum is quick and easy. In this session, you'll dig into INFOhio's OER tools and the high-quality digital resources that INFOhio has licensed for all Ohio PreK-12 students, educators, and their parents. Using INFOhio's Educator Tools, which now includes over 70,000 lesson plans, assessments, and other instructional materials curated by education professionals, you will build a personal collection of standards-aligned lessons, labs, and other activities. Then you'll use ISearch to discover a wealth of digital content--including texts, videos, images, and more--that you can upload to your learning management system for student use. Take back your weekend by building your own standards-aligned digital curriculum for free with INFOhio's Open Educational Resources.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
INFOhio
Date Added:
02/10/2020
Burke Marshall
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As an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Burke Marshall played a key role in the federal government's efforts to desegregate the South. Representing the presidential administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Marshall mediated conflicts between civil rights protesters and southern white officials. In this interview, Marshall recalls the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1962 desegregation of the University of Mississippi.

Subject:
Arts
American History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
11/19/2020
Can SpaceX's BFR send the first humans to Mars?
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Students first read an article on how SpaceX's reusable rockets could revolutionize space travel. They then conduct an investigation with straw rockets and a rubber band to test how elastic potential energy is converted into gravitational potential energy. Students then read an article on the new SpaceX rocket design that could take hundreds of people to Mars and discuss where humans should explore in outer space.

Subject:
Measurement and Data
Science
Earth and Space Science
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Lesson
Reading
Student Guide
Author:
Chris Anderson
Date Added:
08/23/2019
Can You Read a Tree?
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In this nonfiction story, young readers and listeners learn how scientists use cross sections from trees to reconstruct past climates. Versions are provided for readers at two levels, k-2 and 3-5, and in text-only and illustrated formats. The story is also available as an electronic book with recorded narration. An original story is a regular feature of each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The story can be used in science and literacy lessons and activities throughout the magazine.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Chemistry Education Resources
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The ACS Education Division is making educational resources available by topic to aid parents and teachers in student enrichment during this time of distance learning. We have bundled materials from the Reactions Video series, C&EN, our magazines within the Education Division and our portfolio of hands-on activities for students in grades K–12 and beyond. These resources focus on five topics — The Earth, Water, Food, Health & Your Body, and The Periodic Table — and put a spotlight on the connection between chemistry and everyday life.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
American Chemistry Society
Date Added:
10/20/2020
Class Admin Guides
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Follow the link to find the Class Admin Guides. This guide provides administrators support articles for LTI and permissions.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Class Technologies Inc
Date Added:
07/28/2021
Class Student Guides
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Follow the link to access the Student Guides for Class. Guides are customized for operating system and device. Users can choose among macOS, Windows, iPad and Android/Chrome. Student Guides detail the steps for the following student uses of Class.

- Installing Class

- Launching Class

- Joining Class

- Access LMS 

- Chat 

- Check Grades

- Raise Hand and Feedback

- Take and Assessment/Quiz/Test

- Take a Poll

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Class Technologies Inc
Date Added:
07/28/2021
Class Support
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The Class support page will take you to resources to help you install and use Class with students and instructors.
Install Guides are provided for macOS, Windows, iPad, and Android/Chrome.
Student Guides are provided for macOS, Windows, iPad, and Android/Chrome
Instructor Guides are provided for macOS and Windows.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Class
Date Added:
07/28/2021
Climate Literacy in the Elementary Classroom
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This article provides five strategies for building the foundation for climate science literacy in the elementary grades.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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:
Mark S. McCaffrey
Susan M. Buhr
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Climate Misconceptions: A Top 10 List
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This article discusses ten common misconceptions held by students and adults about climate change.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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:
Mark S. McCaffrey
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Climate Science: What We Need to Know
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This article presents the candid and informal response of a climate scientist who strives to communicate the essentials of climate change.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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:
Carol Landis
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Close Reading Exemplar: Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken (Grade 7)
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As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual information about the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the United States involvement in WWII, and the internment of Japanese in camps throughout the western United States, this lesson exemplar will allow students to participate in critical discussion of two stories that illuminate important, yet divergent, experiences of war and conflict. This lesson exemplar will push students to think critically about the experience of wartime as felt by both soldiers and civilians as they navigated specific trials that were a part of their direct or peripheral involvement in WWII. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
02/12/2021
Close Reading Exemplar: Gettysburg Address (Grades 9-10)
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This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors in a close reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Lincoln's speech through a series of text dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core State Standards. This unit can be broken down into three sections of instruction and reflection on the part of students and their teachers, which is followed by additional activities, some designed for history/social studies and some for ELA classrooms.his close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Literature
American History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
02/12/2021