Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Book Buddies

Book Buddies read together and write down responses. They join another pair and use their diverse responses as springboards for conversation.

Book Clubs

These activities are designed to help pupils focus and develop their thinking about the literature which enriches the discussions.

Building Viewpoints

Use cubes and grid paper to interpret shapes in both two and three dimensions. 

Causal Patterns in Density

Use brass and aluminum cylinders while controlling for mass and volume to make the property of density more obvious.

Causal Patterns in Ecosystems

Demonstrate the invisible role of decomposers in a food web, using glass worm tank and bread mold activities.

Challenges with Sinkers

Manipulate aluminum foil and clay to make shapes that sink slowly.

Creating a Multi-Arts Performance Piece

Apply what you have learned so far in this unit to create, critique, and revise a multi-arts performance piece.

Describe a New Substance

Weigh amounts of baking soda and vinegar then mix them together. Weigh them again afterwards. Try this with open and then closed containers.

Electrostatics Exhibits

Rub a clear plastic tube with different kinds of cloth to see how many Styrofoam chips can be picked up or moved around.

Energy Flow in Communities

Begin a simple terrarium and maintain a Communities Chart to track the feeding relationships inside. Each time something is added, the impact is recorded on the increasingly complex chart.

Envisionment Building With Literature

Focus on the ideas and questions of the class as they discuss the literature. Multiple interpretations are encouraged.

Evaporation and Condensation

Take two wet paper towels and enclose one. What will happen the next day? Watch as water droplets condense on the outside of a plastic cup filled with cold water.

Exploratory Walk

Use all five senses and observation skills to explore a familiar location.

Family and Home

Using figurines representing family members in a model house, students learn how to talk in French about family members and their activities in different rooms in the home.

Getting Started With Poetry

Demonstrate sound and effective language. Experiment with writing poems and sharing with younger students.


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

Historical References in the Arts

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

Holidays and Seasons

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

Independent Reading

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

Life Cycles (Session 4)

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

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