Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Scaling the Area of a Community Garden

Calculate the area of a rectangle and a triangle as you change one or both of their dimensions. While looking at representations of several different rectangles and triangles, represent your findings in a table and determine if there is a pattern.

Sharing Cookies

Each of three groups of students tried to figure out how five people can share eight cookies. Observe as the groups comes up with very different solutions.

Skimming, Scanning, and Interpreting

Text accompanied by questions leads students through process of skimming (glancing through text for main idea), scanning (searching text for specific information) and interpretation (grasping and reacting to the deeper message).

Sorting Buttons

Buttons with various characteristics need sorting. Solve using one-circle, two-circle and three-circle Venn diagrams.


This online music creation studio enables users to create, edit, mix, and share music using functionality similar to GarageBand. It offers entry points for beginners through advanced students who may or may not read music, and can be used as a tool for group composition or for recording and sharing ensemble music.

Spiraling Content Across Grade Bands

Read a lesson description from each grade band (elementary, middle, high school) and adapt the content from that grade band to the other two. Choose the same language and/or culture as the sample descriptions or one your are more familiar with.

Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration

Join the celebration by creating paper butterflies that will migrate to their counterparts in Mexico for the winter. Children in Mexico who live beside the monarch's winter sanctuaries send them north in the spring.

Tangram Puzzle

Move, rotate and flip seven shapes to form a square. As you work, think about the geometry connections included in the task of making this tangram square.

A Typical Week

Explore several representations of how you spend your time during a typical week and compare them to those of another teacher. Which representations are easier to compare?

Unit Prices

Work with widgets and milk cartons to think about unit pricing problems and reflect on the various strategies you used to solve these problems. Then create your own unit pricing problem.

Unity and Diversity

Analyze teaching strategies used in four classroom examples. Describe how the teachers incorporated themes of unity and diversity into their lessons and compare your answers to the sample answers provided.

Using Artifacts

View an engraving and two photographs from U.S. history. As you view these resources, think about what you can identify and interpret through the images, and what kinds of questions you might generate if you were using these images to teach your students.

Using Hexominos to Manufacture Boxes

Which hexomino net wastes the least amount of paper and yields the most boxes per sheet? Comment on how concepts such as area, spatial visualization and relationships among geometric shapes are all involved in solving this problem.

Using Your Day To Inspire Writing

Scroll through the events from a single day of a writer/teacher. Roll over each event to see how it sparked ideas for writing topics and genre(s).

Valentines Cards

How many valentines are exchanged if each of your 24 students gives a valentine to everyone else in the class? Think about how you would solve a similar problem for a school of 1,000 students.

Valuing Diversity in Learners

Study four types of learners (heritage language learners, those with learning disabilities, with different learning styles and in different levels)and the issues related to each. Read strategies of other teachers and describe strategies you might use.

The Village/State

Student groups have created ads for the new village/state they are creating to entice others to join them. Read one of the ads and work backwards through a series of prompts to determine the ad's audience, purpose, genre and theme.

What Do Revision Choices Reveal?

Read two pieces of authentic student writing before and after revision. Notice the highlighted areas in each draft and identify how they reflect specific revision strategies the students have learned and applied.

What's Your Definition of Arts Integration?

Start this workshop by defining what arts integration means to you. Then continue on as you explore different approaches to arts integration to expand and deepen your understanding.

Word Tiers

Identify three tiers of vocabulary words that present new vocabulary for your students, and then categorize words by tier in order to focus your teaching.

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