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Connecting Classrooms, Sharing Real Data
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This article describes six collaborative and real data projects that engage elementary students in collecting and sharing local data and communicating with students across the country and world.

Subject:
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:
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Hands-on Science and Literacy Lessons About Birds
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This article provides links to lessons and units about birds, bird characteristics, and penguins. Ideas for literacy integration are included, and all lessons are aligned to national standards.

Subject:
Life 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
INFOhio Learning Pathways Class: What is Inquiry?
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This free, self-paced INFOhio Learning Pathways class introduces participants to the inquiry process and the INFOhio tools and resources that support students as they question, discover, learn, and grow. After successfully completing the final quiz, earn a certificate for four contact hours.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
INFOhio
Date Added:
02/13/2020
INFOhio and Inquiry Team Up for HyperDoc Slam Dunk!
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HyperDocs are digital lessons created with Google Apps for Education that engage and challenge learners to explore, analyze, and synthesize information. INFOhio has teamed up with inquiry to create two content-specific HyperDocs using INFOhio digital content. Participants will advance down the court by learning how to use all-star content, and proven powerhouse practices for a common goal. Discover how to use the inquiry process and the HyperDoc template to create your own lessons using quality INFOhio content and strategies that will connect students with critical thinking and collaboration for a winning outcome!

Subject:
Education and Training
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Ohio EdTechs
Provider Set:
Digital Learning Day 2018
Date Added:
02/22/2018
ISearch Bingo for Grades 6-8
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Revised with assistance from INFOhio Users Council members, ISearch BINGO can be broken into 3 separate activities which are listed below. Review the activities, and then download and print the documents you need.

Subject:
Critical Thinking
Information, Media and Technological Literacy
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Cathie Cooper
Date Added:
06/10/2019
ISearch Exploration: Grades 6-8
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INFOhio Users Council member and Ohio school librarian Amy Keister from Louisville City Schools created this activity perfect to get middle school students started in ISearch for exploration and research. Download and print to reproduce.

Subject:
Information, Media and Technological Literacy
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Cathie Cooper
Date Added:
06/10/2019
ISearch Jigsaw Puzzle (Famous Ohioans): Grades 4-8
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INFOhio Users Council members created this Jigsaw puzzle about Famous Ohioans.  Students use ISearch to find the answers (and cite their sources) to the questions, then work together in groups to solve the Jigsaw Puzzle.

Subject:
Information, Media and Technological Literacy
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Cathie Cooper
Date Added:
06/10/2019
IWonder Genius Hour Teacher's Guide
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IWonder is INFOhio’s home for educational and engaging websites for students to explore! The IWonder Genius Hour activity leads students through the inquiry process, helping to strengthen their research skills.

This Teacher's Guide includes standards covered, lesson planning ideas, the time needed to complete tasks, and suggested assessment rubrics.

Use these additional documents:
https://www.infohio.org/document-library/item/iwonder-genius-hour-worksheet-editable-version
https://www.infohio.org/document-library/item/iwonder-genius-hour-worksheet-pdf

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
INFOhio
Date Added:
03/09/2020
Kids Becoming Scientists through Schoolyard Inquiry
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This article provides an overview of scientific inquiry and how citizen science programs run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provide opportunities for inquiry about birds.

Subject:
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:
Jennifer Fee
Date Added:
02/01/2009
The Polar Express Delivers Equity in the Kindergarten Classroom
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This free, online article, developed for elementary teachers, describes a Kindergarten polar science, standards aligned, unit centered on The Polar Express developing literacy, math, and science skills.

Subject:
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:
Mary LeFever
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Science Notebooks: Integrating Investigations
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This article reviews the book "Using Science Notebooks in Elementary Classrooms" by Michael Klentschy and provides basic information about the role of notebooks in instruction and assessment.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
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:
02/09/2021
Snow Shelters and Long Underwear: Project-based Polar Learning
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A middle school teacher uses class projects to introduce students to the principles of insulation.

Subject:
Physics
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:
Eric Biederbeck
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Students Research Bird Behavior in Cold Weather
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This article details an investigation designed and carried out by fourth-grade students about bird behavior in cold weather.

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:
Jennifer Fee
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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This seventh grade annotated inquiry provides students with an opportunity to explore how words affect public opinion through an examination of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Students will investigate historical sources related to the novel and reactions in the North and South in order to address the compelling question, “Can words lead to war?” This query takes advantage of the mixed messages students often receive about the power of words. Students’ understanding about how words can make a difference is often grounded in discussions of words used to bully, instead of the power of words to encourage reform. This is an ANNOTATED inquiry with additional information on the questions, tasks, and sources within.

Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
C3 Teachers
Date Added:
02/12/2021
Understanding Seasonal Change, Polar Extremes in Seasons, and the Aurora: Content Knowledge for Teachers
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This free, standards-based website developed for elementary teachers provides hand-picked, reviewed, on-line resources to enhance teacher content knowledge regarding reasons for the seasons.

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:
Mary LeFever
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Using Icebergs to Teach Buoyancy and Density
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This article highlights activities for elementary students that model icebergs and develop an informal understanding of the concepts of buoyancy and density. Suggestions for inquiry-based activities are included.

Subject:
Physics
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
The Water Cycle and the Polar Regions: Hands-On Science and Literacy
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This article highlights hands-on and inquiry-based science lessons that teach about the water cycle and provides lessons that integrate literacy skills with the science investigations.

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:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
02/09/2021