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Summarizing

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Courses
American Literature, Composition, Creative Writing
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

In this lesson, students will connect to the essential question, "What do the effects of life events look like?" through the skill of summarizing. To answer that question, students will summarize a slam poem, a short story, and a recent Presidential Speech. To make a personal connection to the skill of summarizing, students will write a tweet that reflects their own life event. To summarize the lesson, students will write a summary of what the effects of life events look like to them.

Ace in the Hole

Newton's First Law of motion

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Courses
Algebra 1, Earth Science, Geometry, Physical Science, Physics, World History
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

Students explore projectile motion using Newton's first law of motion.

Active Shakespeare

 Making Shakespeare Accessible 

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Courses
A.P. Literature and Composition, British Literature
Duration
55 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 3 class periods

Students will be introduced to Shakespeare's language through a hands-on approach; they will then decipher the Prologue to "Romeo and Juliet" and translate the text into their own words. Students will then make connections by looking at real-world examples of themes showcased in the Prologue. By doing this, students will feel more comfortable with the language and make real-world connections as they read the play.

ADA Accessibility

Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Courses
Pre-Calculus
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will explore angles of incline on different wheel chair ramps by researching ADA's accessibility standards, measuring different surfaces of a ramp, and uncovering missing angles using inverse trigonometric functions. Students will have the opportunity to suggest their own ideas regarding accessibility and will use their mathematical findings to support a written argument. Additionally, students will be able to use mathematical findings in order to justify a written argument. 

Aliens: We Come in Peace

Experimental Design/claim/evidence/reasoning

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Biology I
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will participate in a set of observational experiments, designed to help them come up with "good" evidence to back a claim they present. Students will learn about how to overcome flawed predictions with evidence and design good reasonable explanations. 

All Charged Up

Electrostatics

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Duration
110 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 4 class periods

Students will be able to explain the fundamental concepts involved in electrostatics, such as: charge, friction, conservation of charge, laws of attraction, and Coulomb’s Law.

All Shook Up

Earthquakes

Grade Level(s)
8th
Subjects
Science
Duration
160 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will examine various forms of earthquake data ranging from intensity, magnitude, and first person accounts to explore what factors contribute to the damage caused by earthquakes and how geologists use this information to pinpoint epicenters and focus of an earthquake. Students will analyze first person accounts and damage reports to determine earthquake intensity as well as looking at USGS data.

All Work and No Play

Work and Energy

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Physical Science, Physics
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 3 class periods

Students explore conservation of mechanical energy and the relationship that it has to do with work.

American Exclusivity

CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT 

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
100 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 2 class periods

Students will examine primary resource documents to help their understanding of the Chinese Exclusion Act and immigration concerns today. 

American Industrialists: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry?

America’s Industrial Transformation

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
120 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

In this lesson, students will analyze the different perceptions of four major big business leaders of late 19th century United States. Students will discover that these big business leaders in American society are viewed by historians in two roles: robber barons or captains of industry. Students will learn how the big business leaders organized their companies and utilized philanthropy, which will allow students to formulate their own conclusions as to whether John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J.P. Morgan helped or harmed the country.

A Multimodal Approach to Edgar Allan Poe

Using drawing to understand an author's style

Grade Level(s)
7th, 8th, 9th
Subjects
English
Courses
American Literature
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

In this lesson, students use drawing to help them understand key events and analyze the mood and style of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." 

Analyzing the 'I Have A Dream' Speech

civil rights Movement:  Martin Luther King

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will compare and discuss the text of the I Have a Dream Speech with the video of Dr. King speaking. Students will summarize the intent of the speech. Students will also write an essay to determine if Dr. King’s dream has been realized. They will use content from the speech and current events to support their claim. 

Angles and Sides, Sides and Angles

Triangle congruence

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

Students investigate triangle congruence and complete proofs using the theorems they verified.

Annotating a Text

Style and syntax

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Courses
A.P. Language and Composition, American Literature
Duration
100 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

While analyzing an article, students will complete a quick-write exercise. To encourage student thinking about the topic, activities will teach predictions based on the title, to read and mark the text using specific annotation strategies, and collaboration with peers to deepen understanding. Students will also reflect on their learning to determine how an author's writing style gives meaning to a text.  This lesson may be adapted to fit any text with a particular style and/or features that teachers would like students to analyze.

Antigone's Themes Today

the greek drama Antigone

Grade Level(s)
10th
Subjects
English
Duration
240 minutes
Time Frame
4 - 5 class periods

Before, during, and after reading the play "Antigone" by Sophocles, students will use pre-, during-, and after-reading strategies from Kylene Beers's text, "When Kids Can't Read." Students will not only focus on comprehension of the play, but also on meaningful and relevant themes. 

Are the Odds in Your Favor?

Standard 12: Gambling

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
Personal Financial Literacy
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will explore the odds of winning at games of chance and the problems associated with gambling.

Are We Golden?

Fibonacci Sequence and patterns in nature

Grade Level(s)
6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects
Mathematics, Science
Duration
140 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

This lesson focuses on measurements in relation to the Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio found in nature with particular emphasis on skeletal structure. 

Are We MAD?

Impact of the Cold War

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
190 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

This lesson will focus on the impacts of the Cold War era in American history. Guiding this lesson is an essential question focused on the use of fear. Hands-on activities, reading of a relevant news article, and argumentative writing will assist students in their exploration of brinkmanship and mutually assured destruction (MAD) during the Cold War. A resource page is provided for teachers who would like additional information about brinkmanship, MAD, and fallout shelters. This lesson precedes the "Fear of a Nation" lesson which will extend learning about the impacts of the Cold War. 

Arguing with evidence

DEConstructing Arguments Part 1

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Courses
American Literature, British Literature, Composition, Creative Writing
Duration
100 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will work collaboratively to examine and deconstruct published arguments based on social issues important to them. Students will then evaluate each other's analysis of published arguments and reflect on issues in today's society.

Argument is Everywhere

INTRODUCTION TO argument

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Courses
A.P. Language and Composition, Composition, Creative Writing
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

This lesson introduces the importance of argument in everyday life. Students will identify arguments in order to build an initial understanding of claims, evidence, and reasoning, and the rhetorical situation - author’s purpose, audience, and context.

As Cold As Ice

Glacial theory

Grade Level(s)
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Duration
160 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

Students will examine evidence for glacial theory and other competing theories of the early 1800’s. Students will read field journal excerpts from geologists as well as analyze the data collected from early Alpine expeditions.

A Story of Relocation 

Oklahoma Land Run

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
Oklahoma History
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will be placed in small groups and receive several maps of Oklahoma  and Indian Territory from 1820 to 1907, statehood.   The students will draw conclusions about how the maps change over time and what happens to the Native American populations as statehood approaches.  

A Trait Accompli: An Introduction to Mendelian Genetics

Mendelian Genetics

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Biology I
Duration
200 minutes
Time Frame
4 - 50 class periods

Students will conduct a data-driven lab using common human phenotypes and present their findings to their peers in a Gallery Walk. Common genetic vocabulary will be researched by students and they will present their findings to the class. Students will connect common genetic themes with their earlier research on human phenotypes to draw conclusions about why organisms look the way they do.

Awesometh Degree of a Function

Polynomials

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Courses
Algebra 1, Algebra 2
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

This lesson is an introduction to polynomials. Solving polynomials is not included in this lesson, and would be the next lesson after this one. Academic language as well as patterns in polynomial family functions is explored. Prerequisite knowledge would be an understanding of functions and exponents in general, as well as the ability to graph (or work a graphing calculator).

Back To The Future

Climate Variation

Grade Level(s)
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science, Social Studies
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will explore climate variation in various environments using EOMF (Earth Observation and Modeling Facility) GIS (Geospatial Information Science) data, weather and climate data. Students will use their observations and data to make predictions about future environmental change and possible effects on local populations. Students will analyze, interpret, and present their findings.

Barbie - Curse or Blessing?

style, format, and genre

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Courses
A.P. Literature and Composition, American Literature, Composition, Creative Writing
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

By analyzing a variety of genres, students will consider how the style, format, and genre of a text affects its meaning and effectiveness. Students will work to craft a multigenre argument and present their creations to their classmates. 

Bavaria Has Issues...

Experimental Components

Grade Level(s)
Subjects
Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

This lesson address the components of evidence used to support hypotheses. It addresses qualitative versus quantitative, as well as primary versus secondary. This would be a good lesson to start the year, and requires no prerequisite skills.

Berlin: A Tale of Two Speeches

U.S. history

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

In this U.S. History lesson, students analyze the Berlin Wall speeches of President Kennedy (1963) and President Reagan (1987) in both video and text formats. A variety of assessment options are provided for students to demonstrate their understanding. 

Between the Lines

inferences  in the narrative Life of Frederick DouGlass excerpt

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Courses
A.P. Literature and Composition, American Literature
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will practice the skill of inferencing both collaboratively and independently by using images and Chapter 1 of Fredrick Douglass's narrative. Then, students will tie the skill of noticing and understanding unstated details to the big picture of comprehension.

Beyond the Slinky

qualitative Characteristics of waves

Grade Level(s)
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Physical Science, Physics
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 4 class periods

Students will participate in several investigations focused on waves and their characteristics.

Blackout Poetry: Re-envisioning Writing

Poetry

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th
Subjects
English
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

This lesson allows students to reflect on and discuss their perceptions about writing. Shifting the focus from writing from scratch to using words already written as a starting place, students engage in reading and creating blackout poems from newspaper articles. Students also practice listening and speaking skills as they read and present their creations. Ultimately, students will determine if and how their perceptions about what writing is changed as a result of this lesson. 

Brother, Can You Loan Me a Dime?

standard 3: banking & financial services

Grade Level(s)
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
Personal Financial Literacy
Duration
70 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

Students will explore various lending institutions such as banks, credit unions, and payday loan companies to find out what those institution's requirements are when lending money. They will also investigate and draw conclusions about making minimum payments on credit cards.

Brushstrokes

communication/Using descriptive language

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th
Subjects
English
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

In this lesson, students listen to a song while completing a painting activity. Students collaborate to paint a list of descriptive words on their canvases, based on the song. Considering the song lyrics as poetry, students complete analyses of the song, focusing on descriptive language and sensory details. Finally, students then create their own poems, modeled after the song lyrics. Throughout this lesson, students focus on various modes of communication and how different mediums affect understanding and interpretation. 

Building Arguments with Evidence

Constructing Arguments part 2

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English, Social Studies
Courses
A.P. Language and Composition, A.P. Literature and Composition, Composition, Creative Writing
Duration
100 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

This lesson is designed to take place after completion of another K20 lesson, "Deconstructing Arguments." Students will read an article from the "New York Times" and integrate knowledge of key terms to construct an argument based on a claim, evidence, and reasoning. 

Can You Tell Me Tales?

themes in literature

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
English
Duration
200 minutes
Time Frame
4 - 5 class periods

To activate prior knowledge and introduce two tales from "The Canterbury Tales," students complete an Anticipation Guide before discussing theme statements from the tales. Then, students work collaboratively to read the tales and compile two-column notes during reading. Students revisit their Anticipation Guides and two-column notes, deciding if and how their opinions have changed and why or why not. Finally, students reformulate the text by creating a video retelling the tale and adapting it to modern times. At the end of the lesson, students metacognitively reflect on their learning. 

Cat Fishin'

tracking population decline using biology and algebra

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th
Subjects
Mathematics, Science
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students explore causes for the decline in number of giant catfish of the Mekong River system and interpret a set of data taken from 2003 regarding the size and mass of catfish that were caught and tagged. They will display their knowledge in the form of tables, graphs, and pictures.

Character Recipe Cards

the great gatsby and the sense of taste

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th
Subjects
English
Courses
American Literature
Time Frame
- 2 class periods

In this lesson, students will explore how the sense of taste functions in The Great Gatsby by composing recipes that make connections between culinary creations and character.

Chicken Truck

Writing Algebraic Expressions

Grade Level(s)
6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects
Mathematics
Duration
70 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

Chicken trucks are known to transport thousands of live chickens. Students will use mathematical reasoning to calculate the number of chickens in a truck of known dimensions, given a photograph, which was taken while travelling I-40 in Oklahoma. Students will extend their understanding by writing a mathematical expression to solve for the number of chickens for a transport vehicle of any size.

Civil Rights for All

Civil Rights Movement

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
180 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

This lesson looks at the effects and impact of the Civil Rights movement on other social issues such as the Women's Liberation Movement, the United Farmer Workers coalition, and the American Indian Movement.

Coffee Conundrum

exponential decay

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students explore exponential functions by investigating exponential decay.

College Admissions, Part 1 

10th Grade pre-campus visit learning activity

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English, Social Studies
Courses
Personal Financial Literacy
Duration
50 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

This lesson places students in the role of a college admissions officer in order to help them better understand admissions requirements, the admissions process, and how to fill out a good college application. 

College Admissions, Part 2

10TH GRADE Post-CAMPUS VISIT LEARNING ACTIVITY

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English, Social Studies
Courses
Personal Financial Literacy
Duration
40 minutes
Time Frame
1 - class periods

After students have participated in the campus visit, you may want to follow up the lesson with a short activity that personalizes the experience.

Comparing/Contrasting Characters through Two-Voice Poems

CharacterizatiON 

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
English
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 4 class periods

Students will activate prior knowledge and make connections to the post-WWII era in America by looking at images from the time period. In addition, students will read poems that depict contrasting points of view from the decade (the point of view of an American versus a Holocaust survivor resettled in America.) Then, students will read the short story "Adam" by Kurt Vonnegut and complete a venn diagram with details from the story in order to track the development of characters. Finally, students will work in pairs to create and perform two-voice poems that reveal the characterization of the two contrasting figures in the story. This lesson may be adapted to fit any text where characterization plays a role.

Cumbersome Cubes

Geometry/Volume/Exponents

Grade Level(s)
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Subjects
Mathematics
Duration
75 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

Students will explore the properties of a cube and make connections to exponents through a short exploration of volume.  Students will also construction and defend a mathematical argument.

Cystic Fibrosis: A DNA Case Study

DNA Processes

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th
Subjects
Science
Duration
250 minutes
Time Frame
4 - 5 class periods

Students will use DNA processes such as replication, transcription, and translation to study the differences between healthy individuals and those with a genetic disorder (in this case, cystic fibrosis). Students will apply this knowledge to the inheritance of traits through the use of Punnett squares.

Daily Lives of Slaves

Reconstruction Era

Grade Level(s)
8th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
90 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

This lesson focuses on the daily experience of slaves in the antebellum South—their living and working conditions, family life, and treatment by their masters and overseers—and how this experience is represented in the student textbook versus slave narratives. This lesson concludes with students writing a letter to the editors of their textbook critiquing/praising the textbook’s treatment of the slave experience and offering suggestions for future editions.

Deconstructing Reconstruction

U. S. History

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. History
Duration
60 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

In this lesson, students will identify the components of Reconstruction after the Civil War and determine whether reconstruction was a success or a failure. In order to do so, students will analyze primary sources from opposing perspectives on reconstruction before forming their own opinions, based on textual evidence

Derivative Grapher

Exploring functions & Derivatives

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Courses
AP Calculus
Duration
100 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

The goal of this lesson is to help students understand the relationships between a function and its derivative. Students will analyze graphs using the online platform, Desmos. Students will ultimately create their own interactive derivative grapher to better understand how derivatives work in relation to the function from which it came.

Didn’t We Already Learn That Pattern?

Functions/Arithmetic Sequences

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Duration
50 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 2 class periods

Students will explore the connections between what they know about linear relationships and extend that understanding to arithmetic sequences.

Diversity Quilt: A Lesson on Culture

primary and secondary sources

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th
Subjects
English, Social Studies
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

This lesson focuses on cultural diversity, communication, and artistic expression. Students consider aspects of their cultural identities before conducting an interview to determine a classmate's cultural traits. After reading and analyzing a piece of writing, looking specifically for cultural components, students create a visual representation of who they are in terms of their various cultural attributes. All works will be attached to create a Culture Quilt that will be displayed for all students to enjoy. Students ultimately reflect on the impact of culture and how various cultures make us who we are both individually and collectively. 

Does My Vote Count?

Electoral College

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. Government
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

Students will understand how the Electoral College works in presidential elections and identify its benefits and challenges.

Do I Have a Right?

Bill of Rights

Grade Level(s)
8th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
U.S. Government
Duration
135 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

Students will spend time exploring the Bill of Rights from the US Constitution. They will determine what each right guarantees, the reason behind the right being included in the Constitution, and examples of how the right has been protected since the amendment was written. They will demonstrate their learning through playing the icivics.org game, “Do I Have a Right? Bill of Rights edition,” as well as through group presentations.

Don't Be So Dense

relative Density

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Chemistry, Physical Science
Duration
120 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

This lesson is an investigation into the relationship between mass and volume, which leads to density. There are modifications for advanced classes as needed.

Don't Let this Happen to your Grandma!

Standard 9: identity theft

Grade Level(s)
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Social Studies
Courses
Personal Financial Literacy
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

Students will understand the essential elements of identity theft and consumer fraud. They will create a PSA poster or video about how to avoid  identity theft.

Do placebos kill minotuars?

Formulating Statistical Hypotheses and Hypothesis Testing

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics, Science
Courses
AP Statistics
Duration
180 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

In this lesson, students will explore the concepts of statistical hypotheses by looking at what a statistical hypothesis is, how they are formed, and some methods of testing them. Once they have been introduced to the basic concepts, they will be able to apply these concepts by playing Potions!, a digital game-based learning (DGBL) module, followed by a chance to extend what they've learned by applying the concepts to a real-world question.

Dragon Delivery

biology - Genetics traits

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Duration
275 minutes
Time Frame
4 - 5 class periods

Students will model Mendel’s Law of Segregation and Independent Assortment using Popsicle sticks to represent diploid autosomes and sex chromosomes. By the end of this lesson students will produce unique paper baby dragons.

Driving Rationally

Introduction to Rational Functions and Asymptotes

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Duration
120 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will examine a problem about driving speeds to investigate a rational function.

Drought and the Dust Bowl

Climate, Ecosystems, and Human Impacts

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th
Subjects
Science, Social Studies
Courses
Biology I, Environmental Science, Oklahoma History, U.S. History
Duration
325 minutes
Time Frame
6 - 8 class periods

This multi-standard, extended lesson uses the phenomena of the Dust Bowl to understand ecosystem stability and human impacts on the environment. Students examine art, plant-soil interactions, climate data, and agricultural practices to develop concept maps synthesizing the ecosystem-based causes of the Dust Bowl. These concepts are then applied to explain the Earth ecosystem in the movie Interstellar. The lesson concludes with students writing a claim-evidence-reasoning statement about what ecosystem/human factors prevented another Dust Bowl event during the severe drought of the 1950s.

Energy Crisis

Science Literacy

Grade Level(s)
11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Duration
200 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 5 class periods

Students will research, present, and analyze the pros and cons of various forms of alternative energy.

EROSION: Beauty or Beast?

Science

Grade Level(s)
4th, 5th
Subjects
Science
Duration
120 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students explore water erosion and investigate erosion and weathering in different types of soil. Funding provided by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2013-69002-23146 from the ​USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Ethos, Logos, Pathos

persuading your audience

Grade Level(s)
10th, 11th
Subjects
English
Duration
180 minutes
Time Frame
3 - 4 class periods

In this lesson, students become more familiar with identifying, locating, and analyzing persuasive techniques in writing and multimodal compositions, including their own, by evaluating commercials, infomercials, and eventually a speech for these techniques. Using their new knowledge, students will have the opportunity to create their own infomercial for a made-up product, taking into account ethos, logos, pathos, audience, and structural elements (like the Call to Action) to persuade the audience to buy their merchandise.

Expository Tasks

INTRODUCTION TO EXPOSITORY

Grade Level(s)
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
English
Duration
minutes
Time Frame
3 - 5 class periods

In this lesson, students will explore various types of expository writing. The expository forms of description, sequence, comparison, cause/effect, and problem/solution writing will be experienced through engaging tasks and collaborative activities. 

Family Ties

Exploring Families OF functions

Grade Level(s)
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Mathematics
Duration
120 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

Students will be able to identify the family to which a function belongs using properties like maximum and minimum points, intercepts, asymptotes, and symmetry.

Filling Our Land with Landfills

Solid Waste Disposal

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Environmental Science
Duration
250 minutes
Time Frame
4 - 5 class periods

This lesson is intended for AP environmental science, and the workload reflects that. For non-advanced courses, there are modifications to make the lesson suited for your classroom. The students will learn about the purpose of a landfill. The students will also learn about the features of a well-designed landfill and possible problems that can occur if the landfill is improperly constructed or has a structural breakdown. Finally, the students will research alternatives to landfills and present an argument for landfills or one of the alternative solutions for waste disposal.

Flying the Write Way

Experimental Design: Procedural Models

Grade Level(s)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Biology I, Biology II, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Physics
Duration
50 minutes
Time Frame
1 - 3 class periods

Students will practice procedure writing by writing and then identifying key details needed in order to make detailed instructions.  They will also practice procedure writing by creating detailed instructions and having participants test out their instructions while giving feedback. 

Fragrant Pheromones

Experimental Design

Grade Level(s)
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects
Science
Courses
Biology I, Biology II
Duration
200 minutes
Time Frame
4 - 50 class periods

Students will practice experimental design by identifying key elements of an experiment such as a hypothesis, the variables, and a conclusion based on experimental scenarios. They will also design an experiment (through guided inquiry) centered around termite pheromones, then create and share their results in a lab report.

Freedom and Restraint 

Elements of Fiction

Grade Level(s)
11th
Subjects
English
Courses
American Literature
Duration
150 minutes
Time Frame
2 - 3 class periods

In this lesson, students will read two texts that depict the role of women in American society during the 19th Century. Kate Chopin’s fictional, “The Story of an Hour,” and John H. Young’s, “Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society,” will be used to analyze elements of short story fiction and compare depictions of the role of women and their expanding freedoms from the 19th Century until today.

From Another Dimension

Intro To Dimensional Analysis