Write anonymous questions for "Dear Know-It-All," an imaginary advice columnist. Then respond to one question in the form of a letter.

## American Robin: A Robin's Menu Through the Seasons

Explore and write about what kinds of plants and animals robins eat.

## American Robin: Build a Robin's Nest

Ask questions before reading about how robins build nests, revisit the text for details, reflect on what's learned and get Writer's Woskshop ideas.

## American Robin: Eggstra! Eggstra! The Story Behind a Robin's Eggs

Read about how the way robins lay eggs is different from other birds.

## Be Direct - Oil Spills on Land

Direct variation is taught using a simulated oil spill, using toilet paper tissues (to represent land) and drops of vegetable oil (to simulate oil).

## Bigger and Smaller - Exponent Rules

Use a scene from Alice in Wonderland to introduce negative exponents and the rules for dividing powers.

## Book Buddies

Book Buddies read together and write down responses. They join another pair and use their diverse responses as springboards for conversation.

## Book Clubs

These activities are designed to help pupils focus and develop their thinking about the literature which enriches the discussions.

## Bouncing Ball - Function Families

Explore quadratic functions by using a motion detector known as a Calculator Based Ranger (CBR) to examine the heights of the different bounces of a ball.

## Bridge to Terabithia

See the setting through visualization and drawing. Hear the dialogue by playing "Who am I?"

## Building Viewpoints

Use cubes and grid paper to interpret shapes in both two and three dimensions.

## Causal Patterns in Density

Use brass and aluminum cylinders while controlling for mass and volume to make the property of density more obvious.

## Causal Patterns in Ecosystems

Demonstrate the invisible role of decomposers in a food web, using glass worm tank and bread mold activities.

## Ceremony

Understand Ceremony in the context of the “monomyth,” as defined by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

## Challenges with Sinkers

Manipulate aluminum foil and clay to make shapes that sink slowly.

## Civics: Civic Engagement

Define a project and meet with a community partner. Present the community problem and proposed solutions to a special session of the city council.

## Classifying Living Things

Record student observations on the similarities and differences between plants and animals on a Venn diagram and determine the basic needs of each.