Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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The Phone Bill Problem - Linear Functions

Write an equation of a linear function when given a set of data. Interpret the meaning of the slope and y-intercept and then use the equation to find other values of x and y. 

Plate Tectonics

Use interactive, computer-based inquiry to create models of plate interactions and record explanations of the models.

Preparing for Group Discussions

Use Post-It™ Notes to record reactions while reading and share these notes during discussion.

Civics: Public Policy & the Federal Budget

Create, present, revise, and defend a Federal budget, and then reflect on what was learned.

Reader Response: James Welch

James Welch's work is further understood by focusing on specific compelling and significant words.

Reader Response: Keith Gilyard

Small groups discuss several of the poems, and create their own visual "poemographies" in response to Gilyard's work.

Reader Response: Mourning Dove

In a traditional "lodge," students become part of a clan and members of a tribe who create and tell stories of their own.

Reader Response: Pat Mora

Poems written in response to Pat Mora's collection My Own True Name are shared at a local café.

Reading Workshop

The class works on individual goals, preparing literature log entries in writer's notebooks and developing a literary poster and a presentation based on a novel.

Responding to the Arts

Contains 4 lessons: Researching Clues, Musical Cues, Vaudeville, Critic School

Civics: Rights and Responsibilities of Students

Write summaries of Supreme Court cases that involve the constitutional rights of students. Role-play with lawyers presenting a hypothetical case to justices who deliberate and present their opinions.


Examine rocks that contain fossils, observe their characteristics and research to find out what kind of rock it is.

Russia - Capitalizing on Geography

Why are cities located where they are? What geographical information can explain the location of Russian cities?

Russia - Yours, Mine, and Ours: Determining Boundaries

Learn about conflict by participating in a role-playing activity in the context of the fictional region of “Ugeria".

Scale Model of the Solar System

Draw scale models of the solar system and then go out to the playground. Establish the Sun’s position and ask students to stand where they think the planets are in relation to it.

Skeeter Populations and Exponential Growth

Exponential functions are used to represent population growth.

Small Literature Groups

Small book groups select their own book, read them aloud, discuss them, write letters to a "Book Buddy" and produce a culminating project.


Compare the soil on school property to that of six very different locations. Then, try to guess where the soil was obtained.

Sports in Action

Students begin with learning and practicing German vocabulary, move to understanding and re-creating a new TPR story, and then finish by writing down the story in their own words.

Sports Stats

Students learn to discuss their sports likes and dislikes in German. They then apply their knowledge of numbers in German to interpreting graphs.

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