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

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.

English Language Arts | 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th


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

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 … Continued

English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies | 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th


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

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 … Continued

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


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

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 … Continued

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


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

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 … Continued

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Research and justify selection | Building Personas Using Historical Figures | 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Students choose a significant person from history and conduct online research to develop and share a unique persona profile of that individual.

English Language Arts, Social Studies | 11th-12th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Write explanatory paragraph | Understanding satire | 6-12

Students will learn more about the meaning, structure, and satire used by “A Modest Proposal” and craft a satirical essay about a chosen issue.

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Practice perseverance | Try a New Strategy | 3-5

Students will set a foundation for using multiple strategies and perseverance to pursue difficult tasks or answers. This activity asks students to perform engaging “minute to win it” games to perform challenging tasks and altering approaches to better reach ideal outcomes.

English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies | 3rd - 5th


Practice perseverance | Try, Try Again! | K-2

Students will perform a challenging task that will require perseverance. You will then engage in a conversation about what perseverance is and when or how they may need to use perseverance in their lives (both in and out of school). Students will identify and share more examples of when perseverance … Continued

English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies | Kindergarten - 2nd


Test and improve prototypes in a design process| Saving the 3 Little Pigs | K-2

Students will utilize the Engineering Design Process to build strong houses for the 3 Little Pigs. The students will work to build the strongest houses they can with the materials from the story (straw, sticks and bricks) to withstand the breath of “The Big Band Wolf” (hair dryer).

English Language Arts, Science | Kindergarten - 2nd