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Goal setting | How Can I Get Stronger? | K-2

April 2, 2021

In this activity, student will learn about goal and setting goals to become stronger students and well-rounded individuals. Ideas for connections, brainstorming and keeping track of the students’ goals are included.

Create a plot-line using digital tools | Be a Savvy Reader | 3-5, 6-8

March 30, 2021

This instructional idea has students breaking down a narrative into its component parts, which is the purpose for the original outline. Next, by answering the questions and then recreating the plot line based on their responses, students are developing descriptive models for alternatives to the narrative.

Know and use a deliberate design process | Designing a Solution | 3-5, 6-8

March 29, 2021

This instructional activity walks the students through the engineering design process to create and develop unique solutions to real-world problems. This activity can be adapted for many different subject areas and grade levels. It promotes collaboration and problem-solving skills. Students will design and produce original solutions and share these solutions with their classmates.

Collaborate to solve a school problem | Become the School Librarian Team | 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

March 29, 2021

This instructional idea requires students to create a problem statement focused on increasing the amount of books their peers checkout from a classroom or school library, and that statement must include ideas for collecting and analyzing data. In a follow-up learning activity, students can implement their ideas, which will address standard 5b.

Collect and analyze data on books | Be a Hollywood Producer | 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

March 26, 2021

In this activity, students determine which book from class should be made into a movie, by gathering and comparing evidence through the internet about the profitability and customer sentiment of each book like a Hollywood Producer would. They will source their evidence evaluate its validity, ultimately making a claim as to which book should be made into a movie.

Setting personal reading goals | Building Your Library | 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

March 22, 2021

Students set a goal of reading a certain number of texts (e.g., online articles, young adult literature, short stories, etc.) over a period of time (e.g., a month, semester, or school year) and keep a reading log. In the reading log, students write an entry for each text that includes a citation for the text and their review of it, which includes what they liked and did not like about the text. By reviewing the texts after they read them, students can look back and see which texts they enjoyed, which may increase their motivation to meet their reading goal

Research mathematical principles | Math in Action | 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

March 22, 2021

Students first select a mathematical principle (e.g., law, theorem, or other property). Next, students locate an article or image that represents the principle being used in daily life. For example, construction workers using the Pythagorean theorem when determining the length of a staircase. Students will then summarize the information – the application of the mathematical principle in daily life – by making a one-minute oral presentation to their peers, which includes a visual aid. Teachers can extend this assignment by having students explain how they use the mathematical principle in their daily life.