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## From Patterns of Input and Output to Algebraic Equations

Students explore the relationship between input and output values and learn to use algebraic expressions and equations.

4-8

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## Abraham Lincoln: A Good Man? or A Good Man!

In this lesson, students use video from American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man along with primary sources to investigate the life of Lincoln and write a one page argument essay on whether Lincoln was "a good man."

9-12

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## Accidental Discoveries

This lesson will help the students understand that science theories change in the face of new evidence, but those changes can be slow in coming.

5-8

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## Acid Rock WebQuest

Acid Mine Drainage and Its Impact on Water Quality

9-12

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Students examine some of the behaviors and physical characteristics that enable organisms to live successfully in their environment.

6-8

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## Addition of Decimal Numbers and a Common Error

Students practice carefully lining up decimal places while calculating sums of decimals that total more than one.

4-7

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## Air Is Matter

Students investigate air and how it is something that occupies space, has mass, and exerts pressure.

K-2

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## Alaska Native Ways of Knowing

In this media-rich lesson, students prepare classroom science fair projects that demonstrate the application of traditional knowledge to a scientific topic.

3-12

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## Alexander Hamilton's War

This high school lesson plan explores Alexander Hamilton’s military career by examining the tactics of three major Revolutionary War battles in which he served.

9-12

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## Alexander Hamilton: Most Likely to Succeed?

Explore the conditions and circumstances of Alexander Hamilton’s youth and the strengths he carried with him into his adult life.

5-8

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## Analogies - The Baka of Cameroon, West Africa

Students complete analogies and connect them to information about the Baka of Cameroon, West Africa.

6-8

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## Analyzing and Comparing Perspectives on Issues - Gorillas

Students compare and contrast their perspectives on raising gorillas in captivity with their peers and with scientists. They summarize their perspectives and the perspectives of others.

5-12

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## Analyzing an Issue From Three Perspectives - Smoking in Public Places

Students note various perspectives on the debate about smoking in public places in NYC and create an interview to research the perspectives of peers and community members. They write a report to present their findings and opinion on the issue.

6-8

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## Analyzing Information - Can Pigs be Pets?

Students identify a main idea as well as analyze, evaluate and interpret new information, personal experiences and prior knowledge to form an opinion which they then write about.

3-5

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## Analyzing McCulloch v. Maryland

In this lesson, students watch a video segment from the PBS series The Supreme Court about the landmark case Maryland v. McCulloch while considering the powers of the national government and state governments.

9-12

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## Animal Hearing

Students explore how sound is created, the importance of hearing in certain environments and some environmental causes of hearing loss.

6-8

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## Animal Intel

In this lesson, using video segments from Nature episode “A Murder of Crows,” students will explore different aspects of animal intelligence, with a focus on crows.

9-12

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## Animal Mouth Structures

Students observe several animals' mouth structures and explore how these structures help the animal obtain, handle, and eat food.

3-5

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## Art in the Muslim World

Through the materials presented in this lesson, students will explore basic elements of Islamic art, learn about the origin and styles of the specific art of Islamic calligraphy and create their own piece of artistic calligraphy.

5-12

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## Artistic Interpretation of a Classic: The Author’s Role

This lesson uses video segments from Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet to help students explore the role of the author in relation to his/her work.

9-12

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## The Art of Forces and Motion

Students learn about Forces and Motion by creating art that helps them to visualize, identify and explain these phenomena.

4-12

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## As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You

An Investigation of Wind Power as an Energy Resource in Pennsylvania

6-8

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## A Tale of Two Heavens: Escaping North Korea

In this lesson, students will learn about the conditions in authoritarian North Korea that have compelled many North Koreans to attempt a dangerous escape to what they see as the “Heaven” of capitalist South Korea.

9-12

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## Balancing Number Sentences to Introduce Missing Values

Students learn about balancing equations and keeping an equation balanced by adding/subtracting the same amount to both sides of the equation. Students solve missing value problems and justify their solutions.

3-6

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## Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

In this lesson, students examine the basic American principles of civil liberties within the context of World War II.

9-12

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## Basic Ingredients for Life

In this lesson, students make impact craters to gain insight into how comets and asteroids deliver water and chemicals to the Earth and other places in the solar system.

1-6

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## Basketball as a Context for Percentages

Students learn to associate simple fractions (25%, 50%, 75% as well as 20% and multiples) of wholes with equivalent percentages in the context of basketball scores and stadium capacity.

5-8

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## Be a Bee

Students learn about the importance of the honey bee and other animals to the production of foods that are closely linked to human survival.

5-6

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## Being Human

Using segments from the PBS program The Human Spark, students explore the question “What makes us human?”

5-8

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In this media-rich lesson featuring LOOP SCOOPS videos, students learn about the biodegradation timeline for various biotic and abiotic materials in products, and consider the disposal options that would help reduce waste and pollution.

3-4

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## Bioengineered Foods?

Students compare the processes of selective breeding and transgenic manipulation of plants. They consider the pros and cons of growing genetically modified crops.

9-12

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## The Biomass Balancing Act

An investigation of biomass as a sustainable energy resource.

6-8

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## Biomes

Students collect information about different biomes. They learn how to read a climograph. Teams research different biomes and present to the class.

9-12

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## Bird Brained

Using selected segments from the Nature episode “Ravens,” this lesson will explore some of the more commonly accepted indicators of animal intelligence as demonstrated by the raven, the most brainy of all birds.

9-12

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## The Birds and the Beaks

This Nature lesson explores different adaptations and variations in birds. It focuses on bird beaks, migratory patterns, and the ability of birds to co-exist with humans.

9-10

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## Birth, Growth, and Development

By examining the developmental stages of animals, students learn about the life cycles of living things.

K-2

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## Black Pioneers: Building African American Communities During the Jim Crow Era

Students are introduced to all-black, self-sustaining communities established as a response to the imposition of Jim Crow laws and practices.

9-12

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## Blue Ribbon Readers: Determining Important Ideas

In this WPSU lesson Determining Important Ideas, elementary students explore how to become better readers through the identification of main ideas, supporting details, and author’s message. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

K-5

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## Blue Ribbon Readers: Drawing Inferences

In this WPSU lesson Drawing Inferences, elementary students will practice drawing inferences or making predictions before, during and after reading, and then validating them. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

K-5

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## Blue Ribbon Readers: Making Connections

In this WPSU lesson Making Connections,elementary students will move toward understanding and comprehending text more effectively by making connections with their own background knowledge. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

K-5

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## Blue Ribbon Readers: Monitoring and Repairing

In this WPSU lesson Monitoring and Repairing,elementary students will identify words that are not known to them and decode or replace them in a variety of contexts. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

K-5

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In this WPSU lesson Questioning, elementary students explore how to become better readers through questioning before, during and after reading stories. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

K-5

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In this WPSU lesson Synthesis, elementary students will explore how to become better readers by using contextual clues to predict an outcome, putting stories in order and assembling sentences. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

K-5

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In this WPSU lesson Visualizing,elementary students will practice creating vivid sensory images, a critical key to reading comprehension. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

K-5

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## Bouncing Science

In this lesson, based on the Science Friday segment Physics of Basketball, students explore the properties of various balls from different sports, and discuss why the design of each ball is suited to its associated sport.

6-8

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## Breaking it Down - Weathering and Erosion

This Nature lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth’s landscape.

9-12

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## Breaking Things on Purpose

*Materials such as metals (aluminum, iron, copper, etc.), ceramics (silicon carbide, porcelain) or polymers (milk jugs made of polyethylene) are tested by scientists and engineers to reveal certain mechanical properties such as the maximum stress a material can withstand. The stress at which a material breaks is a measure of its strength. In this lesson you will be testing the strength of a delicious material you know as chocolate!

9-12

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## Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Russian/Chechen relations are the focus of this lesson on nationalism, separatism, and terrorism. (Chechnya)

9-12

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## Bringing Up Birdy

This lesson from Nature uses the eagle to model universal avian life stages.

2-3

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## Building Blocks of Matter

Structure of matter.

6-8

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## Building Venn Diagrams

Students utilize Venn diagrams in an introduction to prime numbers, prime factorization and determining least common multiple (LCM) and greatest common factor (GCF).

4-8

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Students apply the basics of credit to managing a small business.

7-12

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In this lesson, students learn about loans, interest on and repayment of loans through a model small business interactive.

7-12

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## The Buzz about Fact and Opinion

Students differentiate between fact and opinion on a handout with statements about bees.

3-5

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## Calculating Elapsed Time

Students practice the concept of time passage by counting, subtracting and regrouping in base 60.

2-5

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## Campaigns for Economic Freedom

This lesson plan explores the economic impact of racial discrimination and campaigns for jobs and justice.

9-12

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## Capturing Renewable Energy

Students investigate renewable energy sources and how to transition from an energy source to a usable, on-demand power source.

6-12

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## Careers in Science

In this media-rich lesson, students explore careers in science through profiles of Alaska Native scientists. They consider how traditional ways of knowing and Western approaches to science can complement each other and allow students to incorporate their own interests when considering careers in science.

6-12

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## Catching a Kidnapper

The students learn about body matches and measuring one part of the body using another body part. They learn about non-standard measures and relative measurement.

2-5

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## Cause and Effect Relationships - Silence of the Bees

Students write an essay that synthesizes the cause and effect relationship the disappearance of bees will cause.

6-8

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## Cell Replication

Students explore the structure and function of cells and mitosis.

6-8

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## Cell Replication and Cancerous Cells

Students explore mitosis and learn about uncontrolled cell division, or cancer.

9-12

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## Cellular Structure and Function

Students explore cell structures, the role of the membrane, and the similarities and differences among specialized cells.

9-12

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## Cellular Structure and Function

Students explore the structure and function of the cell, the cell as the common unit of life, mitosis, and specialization.

6-8

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## Chain Reaction

This inquiry-based Nature lesson plan will challenge students to design and conduct scientifically valid experiments to evaluate hypotheses regarding an animal’s expected behavior in response to changes in its environment.

9-11

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## The Changing Face of War

In this lesson students watch and discuss videos from the PBS series Women, War & Peace to explore what warfare in the “new world order” means for the millions of people—especially women—affected by today’s intense but often obscure conflicts.

9-12

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## Changing Materials Without Touching - Levers, Actuators and Exciting Materials (HS)

In this lesson plan, Changing Materials Without Touching - Levers, Actuators, and Exciting Materials, high school students learn that heating up a material can rearrange its atoms, and change its properties. The change in the material (a nitinol wire shortens due to heat) activates a lever that exerts force.

9-12

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## Changing Materials Without Touching - Levers, Actuators and Exciting Materials (MS)

In this lesson plan, Changing Materials Without Touching - Levers, Actuators, and Exciting Materials, middle school students learn that heating up a material can rearrange its atoms, and change its properties. The change in the material (a nitinol wire shortens due to heat) activates a lever that exerts force.

6-8

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## A Character's Perspective - Colonial House

Students watch a video segment that shows the reactions of colonists and native people when they encounter one another for the first time during a colony settlement reenactment. Students then select a character and write a letter from that character’s point of view that describes the meeting.

6-8

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## Character Development - Nanavi, A Girl from Benin, West Africa

Students use a chart to track character development and write a statement to express the ways in which a particular character from West Africa has changed.

5-8

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## Character Development: Cancer - A New Treatment

Students will answer questions about what motivated chemical engineer Mark Davis to search for a better treatment for his wife's cancer. They then complete a journal entry in which they compare his motivations and goals to those they’ve established for themselves.

6-12

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## Character Development - Flora

Students create and present a timeline of important events and changes in a character’s development over time.

6-12

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## Character Motivation - Sapelo Island Culture

Students write a poem (using simile and flashback) about the culture of Sapelo Island. They read their poems for an audience.

6-8

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## Charles Darwin

Students learn about Charles Darwin -- his personal history, his strengths as an observer and independent thinker, and how he developed the theory of evolution.

9-12

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## Cheesy Chemistry

Students will learn how to make a simple cheese using kitchen utensils and household ingredients in this lesson based on the Science Friday video Cheese: Not the Same Mold Story.

6-8

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## Choosing a STEM Career

Students will view video clips about graduate and middle school students with interests in STEM careers and compare technologies from yesterday with today. They will explore careers on-line before writing about their futures as STEM professionals.

6-12

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## The Circulatory System

Students explore the interrelationship of structure and function in the circulatory system.

6-8

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## Co-Evolution

Students explore different types of symbiotic relationships that exist between species.

9-12

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## A Cold Reception: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the United States

In this lesson, students explore the hostile reception immigrants have often received from anti-immigrant “nativists” in an America not always eager to accept them and the change they represent.

7-9

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## Collecting and Organizing Facts From Multiple Sources - Flowering Plants

Students take notes on two videos about flowering plants and organize the information to write a cohesive essay about the topic.

6-8

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## The Colonization of the United States

Using video segments from the PBS series Finding Your Roots, this lesson explores Spanish colonialism in the Southwest; the lesson also expands the discussion to include other countries that colonized in North America.

9-12

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## Coming to America

Using video segments from the PBS series Finding Your Roots, this lesson explores why groups of people leave their native countries, often to come to the United States, and what major historical milestones prompted mass migrations.

9-12

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## Compare and Contrast - City Pigeons and City Parrots

Students take notes on similarities and differences between two types of city birds using a T-chart and then construct a Venn diagram to compare and contrast them.

4-8

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## Compare and Contrast Information from Multiple Sources - Wolong's Pandas

Students compare and contrast information from three sources to determine the reasons that contributed to panda population decline.  They draw conclusions from these sources by writing their own paragraphs.

5-7

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## Comparing and Contrasting - Explorers of Yesterday and Today

Students write essays that compare and contrast two explorers of Yellowstone National Park, Tom Murphy, a modern day explorer and photographer and John Colter, an explorer who traveled across the same area almost 200 years ago.

6-8

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## Comparing and Contrasting - Grassland, Desert, and Forest Elephants

Students use a T-chart to take notes on the similarities and differences among elephants. With partners, they organize their notes and construct a Venn diagram with illustrations.

6-8

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## Comparing and Contrasting Information and Forming an Opinion - Santiago and Morris

Students use a T-Chart to take notes and then write a compare/contrast paragraph about a therapy dog.

5-7

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## Comparing Education Around the World

Students compare and contrast the circumstances surrounding two boys’ experiences at schools in different countries.

3-5

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## Comparing the Density of Liquids, Solids, and Gases

Students compare the relative densities of different liquids and then solids, and also explore the density of air versus the density of water.

3-5

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## Condense, Combine or Categorize New Information - Your Brain and Moral Decision-Making

Students watch a video showing an experiment on how the brain responds when making moral decisions. They then synthesize information to create a summary paragraph that describes the experiment and the conclusions presented.

6-8

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## Connections Between Texts - Maya Lin and Jane Jacobs

Students write and perform a Readers’ Theater script in which two characters, Maya Lin and Jane Jacobs, talk to each other about their ideas about architecture and life.

6-8

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## Connections to Personal Experiences - Bees? Yikes!

Students make connections between a video about bees and their own personal experiences through a poem written for two voices.

5-7

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## The Coral Reef Ecosystem

Students examine a coral reef ecosystem to learn about its living and non-living parts and how they interact. They apply what they have learned to explore the world's biomes, including how the animals in each are adapted to their environment.

6-8

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## Counting and Place Value

Students explore counting through the concept of place value in our base-10 numeration system. They practice grouping in groups of ten and groups of ten tens.

2-5

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## Counting into the Ten-thousands

Students are introduced to place value into the 10,000s through the use of an abacus. They practice writing and recognizing large numbers.

3-6

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## Creating a Hypothesis - The Intelligent Robot

Students watch a video segment that discusses developing intelligent robots, and then write paragraphs that provide detailed hypotheses of results that could come from this endeavor.

6-12

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## Creating Equal Shares

Students practice fractions by sharing certain numbers of objects among different numbers of people. They begin with unit fractions and move to sharing multiple objects among multiple people, in which a < b, and to produce fractions less than one.

3-6

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## Creating Literary Texts - Finding Homes for Pets

Students write and illustrate a persuasive book to convince readers to adopt a pet.

5-7

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## Creativity in Science

This lesson will take a look at the different roles scientists play in discoveries.

5-8

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## Crescent City Gumbo: Race & Jazz in New Orleans

This lesson uses video excerpts from the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to explore the history of racial diversity and intermingling in New Orleans, and how it gave rise to the uniquely American art form of jazz.

9-12

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