Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Gray Whales: Whose Point of View? The Journey of Three Generations

Read the "Whale Journey" picture book about the gripping tale of the life cycle of the gray whale. Choose one of the whales in the story for a writing activity.

Great Expectations

Allow students to become active learners and even teachers as they read and understand Great Expectations.


Draw what a groundwater table might look like. Then use groundwater models to test the drawing.

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

Encourage students to find the voice in the novel and to experience it through various projects.

Hassan's Pictures - Linear Programming and Profit Lines

Find the feasible region in a linear programming problem, graph a family of profit lines and find the optimum point.

Historical References in the Arts

Contains 4 lessons: Influences of the Past, The Power of Costume, Magritte and Nikolais, Art Historian Role-Play

Holidays and Seasons

Students learn the months of the year in German and identify holidays while associating them with a particular product in the target culture.

Hot Dog Sales - Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities

Provides an introduction to solving equations and inequalities numerically (using a table), graphically, and algebraically.

Independent Reading

The goal of this lesson is to help students recognize that reading books can help them understand their own lives

Inquiry: Esmeralda Santiago

Use an inquiry approach to explore the novel and engage students in a dramatic reading of several sections of the chapter "The American Invasion of Macún."

Inquiry: James Baldwin

Research topics related to three works by James Baldwin and collaborate to produce group web sites.

Inquiry: Rudolfo Anaya

See a mural that depicts struggles of Mexican Americans and stimulate questioning, discussion, and research about Anaya's work.

Inquiry: Tomás Rivera

Students question the translator of ...y no se lo tragó la tierra... (And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) by Tomás Rivera, conduct Internet research, and interview Mexican immigrants who work in their school.

Interpreting La Belle et la Bete

Understand different tenses, particularly the past tense, while discussing Beauty and the Beast in French.

Latin America - Mexico: Motive to Migrate

Consider the several push-pull factors involved in the migration of Mexican workers to the Maquiladoras of Monterrey, and to the U.S. for seasonal work, then back home to north central Mexico.

Latin America - Volcanoes, Trenches, and Plate Boundaries

Study the locations of trenches and volcanoes and learn the relationship between them. Discuss the pros and cons of living near a volcano.

Left Hand, Right Hand - Solving Systems of Equations

Compare the speed at which you write with your left hand to the speed at which you write with your right hand In order to understand the three different types of possible solutions to a system of two equations with two unknowns.

A Lesson Before Dying

Invite an author to read their work and answer students’ questions. Also invite community members to discuss experiences similar to those in the novel.

Life Cycles (Session 3)

Observe adult, larvae (mealworms), and pupae of the darkling beetle. Monitor over the next several days and determine the life cycle.

Life Cycles (Session 4)

“Mystery objects” – a brine shrimp egg and a seed that looks similar – are placed in both salt water and soil to see which thrives in each environment.

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