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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Just Make a Mark and See Where it Takes You 
Description: In this lesson the teacher will need a copy of the story “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The lesson incorporates several skills associated with the College- and Career Ready-Standards.  This lesson is great if a teacher wants to incorporate several skills at one time into a lesson. The story is about a reluctant learner who lacked self-confidence.  A teacher encourages the learner to believe in herself and believe she can draw. The teacher asks the learner to, “just make a mark and see where it takes you.” This lesson is hands-on, inquiry, whole group, and small group aspects. The lesson is designed to be completed in 3 days.


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Subject: Science (K), English Language Arts (K)
Title: "Panda"-mania!
Description: In this lesson students will discover the many different ways animals change as they get older. Students will explore specifically the life of a baby panda; his looks, behaviors, and his characteristics.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: "Thank You Ma'am": Defending or Prosecuting Roger
Description: Students will write a three-paragraph letter to a judge either in defense of or prosecution of Roger from the short story "Thank You Ma'am." Students will engage with the text as they cite evidence in support of their arguments. Students will get to present their letters to a mock jury and try to win their case for or against Roger. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6)
Title: Socratic Seminar About Non-Conformity
Description: Students will participate in a Socratic Seminar to discuss the idea of non- conformity as a relative theme in the novel Stargirl. Students will refer to text annotations and class discussions (completed TPFASTT optional) to make contributions to the student-led discussion.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Dance Moms Reality or Fatality
Description: Students will view a reality television episode and read a news article related to reality television. Then students will complete a graphic organizer to create an argument for or against children participating in reality television. Students will apply supportive details for writing a persuasive paragraph. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: The Traveler's Gift: What's in the traveler's suitcase?
Description: After introducing the novel The Traveler's Gift  by Andy Andrews and reading chapters 1 and 2, students will be given this graphic organizer as an ongoing "during reading" guide while finishing the novel.  This could also be used as an after reading activity.  It helps students keep track of the characters met in the novel, and the lessons they taught the main character. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: "The Princess Bride" Chapter 1: As You Wish
Description: Before, during and after reading activities for Chapter 1 of "The Princess Bride" for students to cite textual evidence. A journal entry at the beginning of lesson to generate pre-reading ideas, during reading questioning, and after reading activity to teach citing evidence. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Slithering Snake Don't Mess With Me
Description: This lesson encourages students to evaluate how the setting influences the characters interactions sand how that motivation propels the plot in Rudyard Kipling’s, Rikki-tiki-tavi. They will also evaluate the effectiveness of Kipling’s use of personification. During this lesson, students will, students will annotate the text through coding, create trading cards for the characters , compose an exposition, and produce a brochure based on a focused research assignment.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: A Good Reason to be Mad
Description: Students will be able to apply problem solving strategies similar to problems they will encounter while reading Romeo and Juliet.  This lesson should be used as a pre-reading activity before reading the play. Students will rank reasons (good and bad) to be angry. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: A Note of Thanks: Explanatory Writing
Description: The students will compose a thank you note using the following RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) model. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (10)
Title: A Tale of Two Slaves: A Lesson in Predicting, Summarizing, Making Connections, Questioning, and Comparing/Contrasting  (Part 2)
Description: Students will read and discuss the similarities and differences of two characters from the same historical era. Students will collaborate to write two paragraphs in which the characters are compared and contrasted. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10)
Title: A Tale of Two Slaves: A Lesson in Predicting, Summarizing, Making Connections, Questioning, and Comparing/Contrasting--Part 1
Description: Through purposeful discussions using strategies to improve comprehension, students will make inferences and connections to a complex text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), English Language Arts (2 - 3)
Title: A Weed is a Flower
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to identify the main purpose of a text and distinguish it from their own point of view with the book A Weed is a Flower:  The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki and other informational texts. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (4), Mathematics (4), Social Studies (3 - 4)
Title: Alabama, The River State
Description: This lesson is an introduction to the abundant water resources in Alabama. Concepts include: water is essential for life and water is a natural resource we must preserve and protect.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3)
Title: Alike...but yet Different!
Description: In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the themes, settings, and characters in stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: All-American Diva, Ruby Bridges
Description: In this lesson, students will discover the impact Ruby Bridges made in history when she became the first black child to attend a white school.  Your students will be sure to fall in love with the story Ruby has to tell and how this child's courage changed life in the United States.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing Visual Text
Description: Students will analyze visual text, reflect, and generate effective focus statements. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan. 


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), English Language Arts (1 - 2)
Title: Are You Jumping for Joy or Pitching a Fit?
Description: What makes you jump?  When someone scares you?  When you are fuming mad? When you are excited about scoring a goal?  In this lesson, students will explore all the reasons that make us jump.  The students will write a poem about a time they jumped and make a simple collage of themselves jumping.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Argument Essay Speed Dating 
Description: Students will use peer evaluations as a means of strengthening an argumentative essay.  Student will revise essay and prepare the assignment for final submission. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: Beyond Plot Summary Part 1: Critical Thinking and Writing About Plot Development
Description: Students will delve into discussion and writing about plot development, including generating their own reflections, original ideas, and influences on how events interact and shape character, mood, tone, and conflict. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: Beyond Plot Summary Part 2: Critical Thinking and Writing About Plot Development
Description: Using the plot development toolkit, students will identify and explain plot development of a class text, including generating their own reflections, original ideas, and discussion regarding how events interact and shape character, mood, tone, and conflict. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Blogging the Home Front
Description: Students will create a journal of their fictionalized experiences on the home front of World War II. The journal will be presented in a blog format, dated correctly with images. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Building Everlasting Relationships: Understanding Subject-Verb Agreement in Sentences.
Description: In this technology-driven lesson, students will independently review subject-verb.  As a culminating activity, they will complete an interactive grammar lesson using English Grammar 101. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Burst the Inverse!
Description: This lesson allows students to investigate functions and their inverses by hand and using graphing calculators.  Students will also use equations and graphs.  Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures about functions and inverses. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Can you make me a quilt: Generational Gaps
Description: Skilled Black slave women on plantations and in other wealthy households also did the spinning, weaving, sewing and quilting in addition to many household duties. Their surviving quilts provide a unique history of their lives and culture. For a long time it had been commonly thought that slaves in the general plantation population didn't make quilts. The selection "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker explores the role heritage and culture play in an individual's understanding of his or her life and identity. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Collaborative Quilting with a Novel
Description: This lesson uses several strategies for scaffolding learning after reading a novel. The students work collaboratively to create Facebook profiles, Instagram profiles, plot diagrams and many other activities to evaluate their comprehension and analysis of a novel. This lesson gives students the opportunity to take charge of their learning by giving them choice. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (7 - 12)
Title: College Cost: A MAJOR Expense!
Description: Students will choose a college based on their career goals and aspirations. In this lesson, students will select a career field, choose a field of study (major), and research college cost. Students will learn how to chart, graph, analyze and present the total cost of college in a spreadsheet. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 9)
Title: Come to My City!
Description: Students will create a travel brochure for either their hometown, a city they would love to visit, or move to as soon as possible. This activity will help them learn to research and document information in appropriate spaces. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Connotation and Denotation in "My Papa's Waltz"
Description: Students will review the meanings of connotation and denotation.  Students will apply knowledge of connotation and denotation to "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Conversations with Sharon Draper
Description: In this interactive lesson, students will develop questions to ask Sharon Draper, author of Copper Sun about her book. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Creating Interactive Maps of World War II
Description: Students demonstrate the scope, locations, and events of World War II by creating an interactive map showing the theaters of the war using Google Maps. These maps will not only show event locations of the European and Pacific Theater, but will allow students to relate the details, causes, and ramifications of these events through images and text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12)
Title: Creating Line Charts: Lines over Time
Description: Students will select three colleges or universities that they would consider attending. Students will then conduct an online research on the average temperature Highs and Lows for each location over a 12 month period. Next, students will create a line chart illustrating the average temperature highs and lows for each university and then answer 10 questions based on their research (information in the chart). This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), Literacy Standards (6-12) (9 - 10), English Language Arts (9)
Title: Creating Voki to Describe the Digestive System
Description: Students will create a digital presentation using a Voki on the digestive system, organs, and accessory structures. This is a part of the unit on digestion and metabolism, and is performed at the beginning of the unit with additional content afterwards, especially on metabolism, nutrition, and digestive disorders. It involves the use of technology to research, create, and display a presentation. It may be completed individually or in small groups. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5)
Title: Disappearing Acts: Why Would a Mother Leave--Issues That Students Have Faced in the Past and Present
Description: Use literary elements to show students' similarities and differences of today's society to the past. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Disputes! Disputes! Disputes!
Description: This lessons provides students an opportunity to read a selection about extended family feuds. The lesson details a boundary dispute that has been longstanding for three generations. Students will discover how two families solve this longstanding dispute. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (7), English Language Arts (7)
Title: DNA/Genetics through Protein Synthesis
Description: In this lesson, we will be challenged to find the answers to various questions about DNA and how it is associated with genetics. Questions will be prompted and proctored through Voicethread. This activity will take place through a series of teacher prepared questions related to the basic structure of DNA. From here questions will move to the relationship between DNA and RNA and finally the relationship between DNA and its role in genetics. The outcome of this lesson will be that students will garner a deeper understanding of what DNA is and how it affects them on a microscopic level through a macroscopic level. At the conclusion of the lesson students will be challenged to write an original response to the essential question of "what is genetics and how does it affect me" as viewed through the lens of the DNA molecule. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8)
Title: Do You See What I See? Asian or American 
Description: Interactive unit that encourages students to evaluate the effect of the inclusion of figurative language in Amy Tan’s nonfiction narrative essay Fish Cheeks paired with the poem Face It by Janet Wong. This lesson will assist students in understanding the power of language. Students will be compelled to write by the conclusion of this lesson.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Does Size Matter?
Description: This lesson allows students to add and to subtract Matrices.  Students can use graphing calculators to input Matrices.  Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Down with the Nouns
Description: Students will learn nouns by using an interactive sorting game. Students will compete with each other by putting noun cards down on the floor categorized by person, place, animal, or thing. Students will have to read and sort the cards. The student with no noun cards first, wins! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8)
Title: Drill and Kill No More - Incorporating Verbs, Adverbs, and Prepositions Within the Context of Argumentative Writing
Description: The technique known as "Drill and Kill" is not effective for the retention of grammar skills. Students are more apt to remember grammar skills when the skills are taught in connection with writing. The following lesson demonstrates a better way. Yes, the skills must be taught first; however, the “dril,l skill and kill” method is only 15% of the lesson. The first thing you must do is correlate the different genres of writing with the grammar concepts that go with them. This lesson will show teachers how to teach adverbs, verbs, and prepositions within the context of an argumentative paper. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Ducks, Frogs, and Hogs: Creating a Menu for the Duck Commander Family
Description: In this lesson, students will create their own expository/informational texts based off of the nonfiction book Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty. Students will choose one character from the book and create a menu based on the character's personality and lifestyle. Students will use the culture of the text and other details to support their ideas for menu options. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Edmodo That!: Interactive Discussion for Monster by Walter Dean Myers.
Description: In this technology-integrated lesson, students will have several opportunities to collaborate and discuss their individual thoughts and findings after reading the novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers using Edmodo. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Elephants, Tigers, and Gamecocks... Oh my!  Where will you go to college?
Description: Students will research various colleges of their choosing in order to best prepare for post-secondary endeavors.  The research will be conducted using a handout with specific questions for students to answer about each college. Students will present findings in a Microsoft Publisher brochure.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Reading Foundations (Intervention) Lesson: Short /u/
Description: If you have been looking for a template to keep your small group instruction explicit, effective, yet rigorous, you have found the right lesson. This lesson has been developed according to the ARI- Intervention Module. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6)
Title: Exposed - Personal Narrative Writing
Description: Students will be able recognize characteristics of a personal narrative. Students will recognize the traits of good writing. Students will write, revise, and publish a personal narrative.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Extracting Iron from Cereal
Description: Several breakfast cereals contain iron as a mineral supplement. The iron is in the form of iron powder, and can be extracted from a suspension of crushed cereal in water using a magnet. Iron reacts with acid in the stomach and is eventually absorbed through the small intestine. If all the iron from the body were extracted, there would be enough for two small nails. Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Factorials: Let's have a Dinner Party!
Description: In collaborate groups of four, students will act out a dinner party where four dinner guests will attend. The students must act out the different ways to arrange four dinner guests.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Fakebook: Analyzing point-of-view in Duck Dynasty
Description: Students will analyze the varying points-of-view in a text by creating two Fakebook pages delineating separate points-of-view. Students will be able to represent two individual people from the text by using a format that they are familiar with and that they enjoy. Students will enjoy creating top friends, uploading photos, and creating posts about individuals in a text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12)
Title: FBLA: Here We GROW Again
Description: Students will learn about the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Organization. This lesson will also allow students to learn about the roles of FBLA officers as well as know and understand general members’ expectations. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12)
Title: Find Out the Latest Innovation and Learn a New Language: Speak MLA!
Description: Students will learn about new and developing technologies. In a Microsoft Word document, students will write a two page essay explaining three new and developing technologies that they have researched on the Internet. A minimum of three sources must be cited and the essay will be formatted in MLA style. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Health (K), Technology Education (K - 2), English Language Arts (K)
Title: Find the Fat
Description: Students will experiment with and evaluate healthy and unhealthy foods. Students will take digital pictures and view during a class discussion about fat content in foods. Students will watch a video about healthy eating and exercise and respond to the experience through writing and drawing.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), English Language Arts (6)
Title: Forecasting Statistics
Description: Students will research the ten day weather forecast. They will document the high's for ten days as well as the low's for ten days. Once students document this information, they will find the mean, median, mode, and range of the data collected. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5)
Title: Frog Level: Quoting Accurately from a Text to Determine the Setting of a Fictional Narrative and Writing Explicit and Implicit Setting Clues in a Narrative
Description: This lesson will help students learn to quote accurately from a text when searching for clues as to the setting of the narrative fiction, chapter book Frog Level. Clues include both explicit descriptions of place, time, and socioeconomic status, as well as inferences drawn from events and the dialogue/narration of the first chapter of Frog Level. The assessment will include the students' quoting specific text from the first chapter to support their ideas of the setting of the book. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Get a JOB!
Description: Students will practice reading comprehension with job applications. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Giddy Up Cinderella
Description: Students will read two different western versions of the story Cinderella. They will engage in activities where they will compare and contrast different versions of the story.  Students will participate in listening, speaking, and writing activities that require them to reflect on the stories. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6)
Title: Glog a Plot
Description: Students will use the Web 2.0 tool Glogster at glogster.com to create a book report, or the tool may be used to create a summary poster for a short story. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Grendel and the New Kid
Description: Students will compare/contrast Grendel from Beowulf to a new student in school who has been bullying students in the school. Students will create graphic organizers and compose explanations of the situation and come up with possible solutions.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), Social Studies (6)
Title: Having Your Say: Opinion Writing with Text Based Support
Description: A reading and writing connection lesson designed to help elementary students learn about writing opinions based on textual evidence. This lesson is designed to link social studies with the literacy block. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (3)
Title: Hear! Here! Homophones
Description: Students will be shown an online slideshow to teach homophones. Students will practice correctly identifying and using homophones to enrich their vocabulary. Students will participate in learning activities that promote a better understanding of the correct spellings and meanings of homophones. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), English Language Arts (5)
Title: Henry "Box" Brown
Description: This can be an extended literature connection (the book is useful but not required to use this lesson plan).   The book Henry Brown's Box, the Slave who Mailed Himself to Freedom, is the basis for this lesson.   In Henry's later life, he was an international speaker, describing his courageous journey to become free. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Hey, dude, watch your tone! Introducing the literary element of tone.
Description: Lesson to introduce the literary element of tone. The lesson will also allow students to apply their knowledge of mood and audience to determine the tone of a text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: How Big Should it Be?
Description: This lesson will allow students to become familiar with the concept of equivalent ratios and similar objects. Through an open investigation, students will develop methods to find equivalent ratios. This is a lesson to be used as part of a unit with Painter Problems and How Far Can You Leap found in ALEX. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: How Do Functions Behave?
Description: In this lesson, students will conduct a collaborative investigation to independently discover the leading term test for end behavior. They will work with their classmates to discover the principles governing the end behavior of polynomials. They will present their findings concerning end behavior and will be asked to justify their conclusions.  Students will create an Educreations video to present and record their findings. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: How Far Can You Leap?
Description: This lesson will allow students to become familiar with the concept of unit rate. Through an open investigation students will develop methods to find unit rate with a table, equivalent ratios, or an equation. This is a lesson to be used as part of a unit with "Painter Problems" and "How Big Should It Be?" This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: How will you face DEATH?
Description: This lesson can be tied to "Story of an Hour" through theme and connection to death. This lesson allows students time to think about the inevitability of death, life itself, and the survival extinct. The story is "The Law of Life" by Jack London. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Human Angles
Description: This lesson is designed to get your students moving! The lesson focuses primarily on transversals and angles. Students will be able to identify and relate some angles to cheer moves.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: I Am Not My Hair:  A Lesson in Self-Image
Description: Featuring the India.Arie song "I Am Not My Hair," this lesson takes students through the pre-writing, production, and editing phases of an informative essay. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Literacy Standards (6-12) (11 - 12), Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: I'm Going to Design a "'STUD'y Muffin"
Description: This lesson is an introduction to help students see how people think and react to certain things. This lesson highlights the differences between observational study, experiment, and survey, including biased and unbiased statements. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: I'm Walking Through Functions
Description: The students will participate in a gallery walk of functions with their group.  The students will identify the graphs and list the key features of the graphs.  The graphs will include square root, cube root, piecewise, step, and absolute value functions.  The key features could include the x and y intercepts, domain and range, symmetry, and end behavior.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), English Language Arts (6)
Title: If I Could...I Would
Description: This cross-curricular lesson is designed to encourage students to apply measurement skills to real world encounters such as frogs and baseball. A literature text will be utilized to initiate students' thoughts to real world situations, and will follow with application of their physical abilities to the math standards. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Inferencing Detective
Description: Students will learn to make inferences based on evidence and prior knowledge about their teacher (by looking at objects), classmates (by viewing drawings or PowerPoint), and a reading passage. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 7)
Title: Interactive Poetry - Learning Poetic Elements and Structure Through Exploration
Description: This is an online exploration poetry lesson.  Students will navigate through the interactive PowerPoint presentation and complete different tasks while acquiring knowledge on the various aspects of poetry. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Introduction to The Princess Bride
Description: Introduction to the novel through a slideshow and video. Literary terms, author information, and activating prior knowledge will begin an exciting unit comparing The Princess Bride to a fairy tale. Students will also be able to identify the fantasy genre after viewing chart (see attached). This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), Science (6)
Title: Is My Vari"able" to Stand?
Description: This cross-curricular lesson is designed to require students to apply algebra to a real world, natural disaster situation. Students will be asked to design a treehouse including a ladder. Students will set up an algebraic equation and solve for the variable. Will their treehouse be able to withstand a "jelloquake"? Students will test the strength of their treehouse and ladder in science class. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 10)
Title: Is this FAKE?
Description: Students will take a trip back in time and look at the lifestyles and classes of people in the late 1800s. Using a WebQuest, text, and graphic organizers, students will learn about the class systems in the 1800s and how the use of symbolism increased the point of interest within the story. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow:  A Career Exploration Lesson for Middle-Schoolers
Description: Through multiple lessons, middle school students will explore career choices, set educational goals, and create a media project in which they share information about their chosen career. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: It's All in the Family
Description: Students will be motivated to learn how to build new linear functions from existing linear functions.  Students will bring pictures of themselves and their parents from home to personally involve them in the lesson.  Students will learn to use the patterns inherent in functions to quickly and accurately graph linear functions.  This lesson will only deal with vertical shifts and the steepness of the line.  Horizontal shifts will be dealt with in future lessons. In addtion, in future lessons  students will transfer this knowledge to also graph exponential, quadratic, and absolute value functions. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Jump at 'de Sun!  Let's become Zoraheads!
Description: Students will learn about Zora Neale Hurston as the beginning of a unit on Their Eyes were Watching God. Using the essay "How it Feels to be Colored Me," students will discuss the use of metaphors in correlation to Hurston's life. Students will also construct a poem using metaphors pertaining to their own lives.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Lay It on the Line
Description: This lesson allows students to explore their surroundings to locate and prove the presence of perpendicular lines. Students will use the corner of a ruler as a tester to determine right angles contained in classroom items. It can be included in a unit on geometry and measurement.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8)
Title: Lemon Brown, Group Work, and Literary Elements
Description: In this lesson, students will work together to find textual evidence of literary elements.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), Science (1)
Title: Let’s Plant a Garden with Frog and Toad
Description: Interdisciplinary ELA and science lesson where students explore the social ethics and dynamics of friendship. Students will also discuss, compare, and contrast the differences of toads attempt to plant a garden to the actual needs of a developing seed.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Let's Describe! (Adjectives Lesson)
Description: Students will learn what an adjective is and how to categorize adjectives using an interactive sorting game. Students will compete with each other by categorizing adjectives by color, shape, size, and kind. Students will have to read and sort the adjective word cards. The student with no adjective word cards first, wins! Furthermore, students will use magazine photographs to describe nouns and write sentences. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Let's Go Shopping
Description: Students will be given a task card stating how to spend a certain amount of money. Students must look through sale papers, find the items to purchase, add the totals, multiply quantities, subtract from the total, and write a check to purchase the items. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Let's take a walk...Peter Jenkins style.
Description: Students will complete a research-based creative project that has them envisioning where they would go and what they would if they walked across America like the author Peter Jenkins in the novel A Walk across America.  This project is cross-curricular as it has students working on budgets, using maps and place-specific information, and writing narratives.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (1)
Title: Let's Throw Paper!! Addition Game
Description: Students will throw addition problems or answers (on paper) across the classroom and find the matching problem or answer! Students will use mental math to compute the matching answer. Students will quietly walk around the classroom to find the person with the matching paper. Let’s throw math around! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Life Lessons: Understanding Theme
Description: Students will learn how life lessons are conveyed through texts to connect, analyze, and evaluate how authors use theme as a literary element and comprehend various texts. Using a graphic organizer and specific texts, students will analyze various components of theme and understand its impact in real life situations. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), Social Studies (6)
Title: Life Then and Now
Description: Students have read the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and will compare and contrast the relationship of the blacks and whites in 1930s to the relationship of blacks and whites in 2013. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Listening Comprehension Read Aloud- Who Was Ruby Bridges?
Description: Listening to narrative text offers students a chance to go beyond decoding and word meaning. Listening as the teacher reads a story gives gives students an opportunity to appreciate, draw significance and meaning as well as informal practice using  story elements. Listening to read-a-louds gives the teacher the opportunity to model "close" reading skills as well as model thinking. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (K)
Title: Little Quack
Description: After reading the book, Little Quack, students will explore and recreate a picture from the story using several different textures. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6)
Title: Live at Five! The Devil's Arithmetic  Newscast/Podcast
Description: Four to five person teams will be created to research and present an in-depth TV news special about the Holocaust for the Passover Seder holiday.  Students will conduct research and assume a specific task of their news team to present a main story in a newscast/Podcast. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (4)
Title: Living Museum
Description: The students will research famous Alabamians, write an informative paragraph about their historical figure, and prepare a presentation for a school-wide living museum. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Look Around and What Do You See Geometry
Description: Students will learn how to identify geometric figures and their attributes in the world around them. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 4)
Title: Look Around, What do You See? Origamis!
Description: Students will make origamis using Japanese paper folding techniques. This lesson will enhance the students ability to understand geometry concepts.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (5), Information Literacy (K - 12), Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Make your Holidays Ornamentally Cellular
Description: During the holidays, the students will use clear ornaments and other craft materials to create plant and animal cells. They will be able to identify the parts of the cell and identify its functions.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Map This!
Description: Students will use mathematical and scientific tools to create a pictorial representation of their school grounds. Students will learn and use appropriate vocabulary for this task. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Marine Ecology Video Scavenger Hunt
Description: In what complex ways do different species interact in order to survive? Students analyze videos to make observations about species, populations, and communities of organisms and discuss their symbiotic relationships. Then they create a hypothetical marine ecosystem and describe the adaptive, trophic, and symbiotic relationships between the biotic and abiotic components of the ecosystem. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Matrices, We Don't Die, We Multiply!
Description: This lesson allows students to Multiply Matrices by scalars and Multiply Square Matrices.  Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Michael Phelps.... or not?
Description: This lesson is created to have students compare themselves to Michael Phelps and the features that make him such a good swimmer. Students will measure their height and arm span and graph them on a coordinate graph. Students will then compare their height and arm span to their classmates' to see who might be the best swimmer in the class! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: More than The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: Although Christopher Paul Curtis 's The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a read for Social Studies and English Language Arts in Grades 6-8, it can easily addressed as a reading assignment for grades 9-12 depending on the end result(s) desired of the teacher.  The study of Curtis' novel can be the primary text to foster a journey from poetry to fiction to music to history to food and finally, to writing.  This novel makes references to the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church and the four little girls who perished that Sunday morning.  This is a good lesson to study history, geography, and writing. Various discussions may arise in relationship to bullying, sibling rivalry, growing up, and Civil Rights. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Move Over Real Housewives: Meet the Real Pilgrims of Canterbury 
Description: Using an online blog, students will learn about the pilgrims in Chaucer's The Prologue of the Canterbury Tales. Students will understand how what an author choses to include or not include reveals the author's attitude about a subject. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (K), Arts Education (K), Character Education (K - 12), Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: Movin' With My Maraca!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the art of movement while also learning how to imitate a steady beat using a self made maraca. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: My License to Drive
Description: Students will summarize information found in the Alabama Driver Manual and share their findings in a multimedia presentation.  Students will be responsible for self scoring and peer scoring the multimedia presentations. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8)
Title: Narratives & Grammar: There's More to the Story
Description: For this lesson, a mystery, a type of narrative realistic fiction, will be composed. Since strong adjectives and adverbs will support a mystery, they will be incorporated into the writing. What should a good narrative contain? This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Never Forget Birmingham's Morning Glories
Description: Although The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a great read for Social Studies and English Language Arts students in Grades 6-8, it can easily be addressed as a reading assignment for Grades 9-12 depending on the end results desired of the teacher. Here, the teacher can travel back and forth from poetry to fiction to music to history to food, and finally to writing. This novel has references to the 16th Street Bombing and the four little girls who perished that Sunday morning. This is a good lesson to study history and geography with regard to writing.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Nothing's Great About Daisy
Description: Students will learn about life during the 1920s in the United States. The students will analyze how the setting, the characters and the plot of The Great Gatsby impacted the overall novel. At the completion of the lesson, the students will be asked to write a character analysis. By teaching the acronym “STEAL” which stands for Speech, Thoughts, Effects on Others, Actions, and Looks, students gain a tool they can use to analyze characters and the methods an author uses to develop the character. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: Nouns and Pronouns and Verbs Oh My!
Description: This lesson will provide students with the background information needed to correctly identify the eight parts of speech. It will also help provide them with the information needed to use them correctly. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6)
Title: Now Adjectives! Now Pronouns! Now Nouns and Figurative Language! In Carols and songs, On Prepositional Phrases!  A Lesson in Parts of Speech and Figurative Language.
Description: Students will review parts of speech, and figurative language using selected Christmas songs.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Now That's Ironic 
Description: Students learn how irony, satire and sarcasm indirectly stated in a text, help to develop an author's tone. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (1)
Title: Number Carousel
Description: First grade students will be able to use various strategies and their understanding of addition to make 10 and 17 in multiple ways. Lesson will help students use 2 or 3 different numbers to make 10 or use 2 or 3 different numbers to create numbers up to 20. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12)
Title: On the Mark, Get Set, EXCEL!!! It’s Time to Buy a NewCar!
Description: Students will learn about loans and how to calculate the monthly payment on a major purchase such as a car loan, home loan, or school loan. In a spreadsheet students will learn how to calculate monthly payments using the PMT (Payment) function. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Painter Problems
Description: This lesson will allow students to become familiar with ratios. In this investigative lesson students will compare ratios and determine equivalent ratios. This is an introductory lesson to be used as part of a unit.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (8 - 12)
Title: Penny Drop That Thang!
Description: This lesson is designed to introduce and extend students' knowledge on slope and linear equations. Students will be able to differentiate finding the slope to creating a linear equation. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: PER - PIN - TIC - YOU - LER! (Part 2 to Take the Stairs Lesson)
Description: This lesson allows students to investigate the slope criteria and characteristics of perpendicular lines using graphing calculators and rectangle/square tiles.  Students will also use equations and graphs.  Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Pizza Problems: An Angle Investigation
Description: This investigative lesson allows students to identify angle measurements as part of a larger angle. Students will deconstruct 180 degree angles into equal parts.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Poetry in Music
Description: Students will identify major poetic elements in contemporary song lyrics to help them better appreciate how music incorporates poetry regularly.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), Science (1)
Title: Ready, Set, Let's Grow!
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about how plants change over time. Students will use literacy skills during a close reading to discuss the basic parts of a plant. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Rhetorical Analysis Merry-Go-Round 
Description: Students will identify the tone of an author in a piece of informational text using group discussion and analysis graphic organizer. Students will identify the rhetorical strategies an author uses and compare his/her responses with other group members in order to determine the tone.    This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), Literacy Standards (6-12) (6 - 8)
Title: Rise Up! A Look at the Lives of Aviators Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart.
Description: Text study to introduce theme. The lesson will also examine bias and prejudice faced by women in nontraditional fields. The lesson utilizes rich pictures books and primary source documents. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Roles of Women: "Story of an Hour"
Description: This lesson explores the idea of constraints and women's role in society in the late 1800s. Students will be expected to draw their own conclusions about theme and note the various stages of plot throughout the short story. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Roll 'N Round to Win
Description: This lesson is a hands-on, game-based lesson. It should be part of a larger unit of study on number sense, estimation, and/or place value. The lesson involves students in a game-based activity which gives them a concrete understanding of the relationship between number values, place value, and the accepted mathematical rule for rounding numbers. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (2)
Title: Roll an Array
Description: This lesson presents a hands-on partner activity to introduce second graders to making rectangular arrays. Students will use number dice to roll numbers and then build the coordinating array. An equation will be written to show the sum of the equal addends. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Round Robin Poetry Analysis
Description: Poetry lesson using music lyrics and traditional poetry. The lesson involves identifying vocabulary, imagery, analysis, and interpretation of poetry. Students work collaboratively to develop the meaning of poetry. Specifically, this lesson highlights Langston Hughes's poetry and the Harlem Renaissance. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Save the Elephants
Description: The students will evaluate the threat to elephants due to the illegal ivory trade. They will read an article, watch a video, and create a public service announcement to help end the threat to elephants. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Shifting to Text-Based Questioning 
Description: "A Quilt of a Country" by Anna Quindlen will be used to ask and answer text-based questions. Students will be required to identify evidence in the text to answer text-based questions which require deeper discussions and close reading. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Similes and Metaphors in Pop Culture Music
Description: This interactive lesson allows students to practice identifying and interpreting similes in metaphors in pop culture music. The lyrics from pop culture songs like, "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes, "Firework" by Katy Perry, and "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus make identifying similes and metaphors exciting for students. Students will take the similes and metaphors and work in small groups to determine meaning and analyze their overall impact on the songs. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (1 - 2), Mathematics (1)
Title: Spiders: Are They Scary or Nice?
Description: Children often do not understand spiders because spiders look scary. In this lesson, students will graph spider preferences and record observations of spiders in a natural habitat. Students will research spider information using the Internet. Students will illustrate a vivarium for a spider habitat, including 5 environmental characteristics. This lesson will take more than one day to complete. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), Science (2)
Title: Splish! Splash!
Description: Let's get wet and wild with this exciting unit on the ocean!  Through the use of wonderful literature, art projects, research, and much more, the students will expand their understanding of what life is like for the creatures of the ocean. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (7 - 8), Career Cluster Electives (7 - 8), English Language Arts (7), Literacy Standards (6-12) (6 - 8)
Title: Sweet History: Prezi Presentation Creation
Description: This is a great lesson for incorporating informational texts and technology into the classroom. Students will create a Pezi presentation to discover the history of candy. Students investigate informational texts to find its ingredient and slogan history. Students will need access to a computer lab and Internet access.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), Social Studies (6)
Title: Sweet Revenge
Description: Students will evaluate the information from chapters 1-3 of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, particularly how the Logan children are treated by the white students and the bus driver. They will then decide if they agree or disagree with the decision made by the Logan children to seek revenge. Students will defend and provide support for their opinion. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Take the Stairs to Slope!
Description: This lesson allows students to investigate the slope criteria and characteristics of parallel lines using graphing calculators and school staircases.  Students will also use equations and graphs.  Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Talk to the Hand
Description: Students will write an opinion piece on a controversial topic and support it with reasons and information. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Apple Pie Tree
Description: Who doesn't love an apple pie? In this story, students will observe an apple tree throughout the seasons while answering who, what, where, why, when, and how questions. As a conclusion, students will make and eat an apple pie! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (10)
Title: The Art of the Conquest of Mexico
Description: Students will explore two different interpretations of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spanish, one in art and the other in literature. The perspectives of the same events as seen by the Spanish and the Aztecs will be explored. Students will highlight portions of both pieces of art to gain perspective of both sides. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: The Comics of The Canterbury Tales
Description: Students will take their knowledge of varying tales in The Canterbury Tales and create comic strip representations of them.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Empty Pot
Description: This lesson will help students identify the moral of the story The Empty Pot by Demi. During this lesson, students will have an opportunity to discuss and write about the character trait honesty. Students will share about a time when they demonstrated this character trait. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8)
Title: The Holocaust: How Could This Happen?
Description: This lesson introduces students to the discrimination, exploitation, isolation, and execution of the Jews during the Holocaust.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Physical Education (K - 1), Mathematics (K)
Title: The Iditarod Comes to Alabama
Description: Alabama students will experience the fun of an Iditarod race, in the South instead of Alaska.  Students will "walk" from one checkpoint to another using the northern route of the Iditarod. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (2), English Language Arts (2), Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: The Life and Contributions of George Washington Carver
Description: This cross curricular lesson is a look into the life of George Washington Carver and the difficulties he overcame to be an important figure in Alabama and United States history. The students will explore and discuss the contributions he made through his studies and inventions. Students will also explore the structure and parts of a sweet potato plant and a peanut plant.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), English Language Arts (9)
Title: The Relationship between Atomic Number, Atomic Radius, and Ionization Energy.
Description: Students will determine the relationship between atomic number and atomic size to see whether there is a definite pattern. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: The Sequel: Ready, Set, Let's Grow!
Description: If you and your students were engaged with the first lesson titled "Ready, Set, Let's Grow, you will be sure to score a win with this day two plan. In this lesson, students will learn about how plants change over time.  Students will use research and collaboration skills  to discuss basic parts of a plant. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: The President's Great Idea
Description: In remembering President Kennedy's death, his quote, "A man may die. nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on," has become the theme for this year's celebration.  Banners with the end of that quote are hanging on street corners all over Boston, Massachusetts.  The JFK Library has a number of good resources reflecting on Kennedy's life.  This lesson may will address rhetorical strategies he used in his inaugural address in 1961.  This reading can come to life and address some good writing. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: This Genre Means What? - An Explorative Lesson on Literary Genres
Description: Within this technology-integrated lesson, students will use PowerPoint to create a presentation on a given genre. As a culminating activity, students will present their presentation to the class and teach their genre. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Time to Summarize: Summarizing Information from Multiple Sources
Description: Students will read an informational text and watch a video about clocks and time. Students will then use the information from both sources to develop a summary. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Tongue Twisters: Teaching Alliteration and Reviewing Parts of Speech
Description: Students will review the four basic parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) and create tongue twisters using alliteration with their names.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Trying to Make a $1 out of 15 Cents: "A Pair of Silk Stockings" 
Description: Students will analyze historical contexts, especially political and social influences of a woman in the 1890s and make real world connections to today.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10)
Title: Understanding Poetry: Annotating Puritan Poetry
Description: This lesson is part of a larger unit dealing with Early American Literature. In this lesson, students will become familiar with the figurative devices and strategies used by 17th Century Puritan poets when creating closed or fixed form poetry.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Understanding Stream of Consciousness in "Bread" by Margaret Atwood
Description: In this lesson students will explore the impact of narrative technique on a work of stream of consciousness in a modern essay.  By the end of the lesson, students will evaluate how an author uses stream of consciousness and shifts from scene to scene extending the meaning and significance of a motif. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Understanding You: Using Understood You in Fiction Writing
Description: In this lesson students will review the use of understood "you" in writing and create their own creative nonfiction essay using understood "you" as the narrative technique. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), Science (2)
Title: Using Informational Text
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about frogs and toads using the book Frogs by Gail Gibbons.  Students begin the lesson by brainstorming what they already know about frogs and toads. After reading the book, students will compare and contrast a frog and a toad by using the diagrams located in the book. At the end of the lesson students will use the information in the text to draw and label a frog and a toad. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Using Parenthesis in Numerical Expressions or, "Does it really matter what order I do this in?"
Description: In this introductory lesson to parenthesis, students will understand how the placement of parenthesis affects order of operations. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: What are YOU made of? A study of the character of Roger from Langston Hughes' "Thank You, Ma'am"--Part 1 
Description: Students will analyze the character's motives, actions, thoughts, feelings, quotes, goals, desires, and other characters' opinions based on evidence within the text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: What Do Women Most Desire?
Description: Students will conduct survey-based research and compile data that compares the responses that the knights from The Wife of Bath's Tale received to the response of persons in modern day society.    This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), English Language Arts (12)
Title: What is Inside of a Seed?
Description: Students will learn the various components of a seed. A seed consists of three main parts: the seed coat, the endosperm, and the embryo. Of these parts, the embryo is clearly the most important. Its cells will differentiate and develop into all the different tissues that will ultimately make up the mature plant. The other parts of the seed merely play supporting roles. These roles, nonetheless, are critical to the embryo's success. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 7)
Title: What Next? There’s a Hoarder Living Next Door!
Description: This interactive lesson provides students with an opportunity to evaluate how the use of language and wordplay emphasize the theme presented in Shel Silverstein’s humorous poem, "Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout, Wouldn’t Take the Garbage Out." Students will closely read the poem and explain how the use of alliteration, hyperbole, and strong imagery assist in revealing the tone, characters, and theme. By the end of the lesson, students will have a conceptual knowledge of the distinction between alliteration and hyperbole and be able to identify explicit examples from the text.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: What you know about the Bermuda Triangle?
Description: The basis of this lesson is for students to form a connection between the importance of geometry as it relates to the Bermuda Triangle.  Students should think about the geographical locations and how they form a particular type of triangle.  Within the triangle exists a relationship between the angles and the length of the sides.  As the students reflect prior concepts and skills should come to mind to help them solve the problem. The ideas presented here can be used as the final lesson in a unit on triangles to summarize all that students have learned. Alternatively, the main problem from this lesson could be used as a final assessment activity for a unit on triangles. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: What's the Question Again?
Description: This lesson focuses on problem solving strategies with word problems that are 2 or more steps. Students are forced through the strategies to focus on the content of a problem before attempting to answer the "question" which tells what they are to solve. Visualization and communication are reinforced throughout the lesson. The strategies are generic. Included are problems for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade computation. However, these same strategies can be used for all grade levels. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (1 - 3), English Language Arts (1 - 3)
Title: Where Did My Sunflowers Van Gogh?
Description: Students will read about the life of Vincent Van Gogh and observe how the events of his life shaped his art.  Students will view various works by the artist and evaluate the changes in them.  Students will then create a still life sunflower portrait interpretation based on the works of Vincent Van Gogh. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (1)
Title: Where Oh Where Has My Addend Gone?
Description: Students will use number bonds and counters as a strategy for finding the missing addend. Students will become aware of the relationship between addition and subtraction. They will also use counting as it is related to addition and subtraction. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (3)
Title: Where on Earth Am I?
Description: Geocaching, a high tech treasure hunt, is a fun and educational way to teach latitude and longitude.   Students will learn about those imaginary lines and find their place on our planet. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8)
Title: Who Deserves to Live?
Description: This lesson introduces the short story version of Flowers for Algernon.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (2)
Title: Who is the Greatest?
Description: Students will gain more conceptual understanding of comparing 3-digit numbers. They will build numbers using base ten blocks and a hundreds chart and work with a partner to decide which number is greater. They will be making decisions about which place value to put the digits in to construct the greatest number. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who's Talking?
Description: This lesson provides an opportunity for the students to write a biography and provide an excerpt of the bio using a Web 2.0 tool. This is a week long activity using the 5 stages of writing. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Who's That Guy? The Great Gatsby Characterizater Analysis
Description: Students will use evidence from the text to write a character analysis of one of the minor characters in The Great Gatsby. Using small group discussion, a writing frame, and an interactive character map, students will analyze the protagonist in the novel. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Who's Your Mama?
Description: Students will learn about characters and their traits. Using graphic organizers and video clips, students will be able to determine character traits and the main idea of a text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3)
Title: Why Did You Write This?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn the reasons an author writes a selection. They will use various books and articles to determine the purpose of each text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Wonder Number Line
Description: This lesson allows students to become familiar with a number line. Students can explore a number line and develop knowledge of numerical concepts. While it covers a 6th grade standard, this lesson can be used as part of a 7th or 8th grade lesson on integers. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: You Sank My Coordinate Plane! (an introductory lesson in coordinate planes)
Description: If you grab a bunch of jump ropes and tell your kids you're going outside, you can trick them into thinking they are getting recess. Instead, you can surprise them with a math lesson about how to identify the points on the coordinate plane!  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Zoo of Death from Chapter 2 of The Princess Bride
Description: Students will create their own zoo of death after reading Chapter 2 of The Princess Bride. Students will list all of the five levels of the zoo of death as Prince Humperdink in the novel and create their own while researching animals and habitats and create a poster with colored pictures of animals and environments. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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