Professional Learning

"I'm not a math person." Not anymore! "Growth mindset" is more than a buzz-phrase—it shapes instructional choices. This session explores what growth mindset is and how it can support reluctant math learners. The math achievement gap - and the math anxiety and frustration with that - is very real for... Read more »

Professional Learning

5E Lesson

In this lesson, students explore energy conservation based on how energy from the sun is captured and used to make chemical energy. Students also review how solar energy and the concept of photosynthesis have been used to engineer technology that could be beneficial to humans. This lesson can be used... Read more »

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You Are My Sunshine

Photosynthesis

- 10th - 12th

- Science

- Biology I, Environmental Science

- HS-PS3, HS-LS1-5, PS.PS3, CH.PS3, PH.PS3, B.LS1.1.2

2-3 class periods

100 minutes

5E Lesson
Multimodality

Students will explore the relationships between exterior angles in regular and irregular polygons to determine the sum of exterior angles, and they will apply that knowledge to solve problems. To complete this lesson, students need to know the interior angle sum theorem. See the "Department of the Interior... Read more »

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Department of the Exterior Angles

Polygons and the Exterior Angle Sum Theorem

- Geometry

- Mathematics

- 9th - 10th

- G.2D.1.3

1-2 class period(s)

80 minutes

5E Lesson

Annotating a text allows students to process information about an author’s purpose and point of view. In this lesson, students will learn techniques for analyzing a text to create an argumentative paragraph related to an author’s style. This lesson may be adapted to fit any text with a particular style... Read more »

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Annotating a Text

Style and syntax

- 9th - 12th

- English/Language Arts

- A.P. Language and Composition, American Literature

- 10.2.R.1, 10.3.R.4, 10.3.W.3

100 minutes

1-2 class period(s)

5E Lesson

This lesson begins with a discussion of how authors tell great stories. Students will hear two stories about dogs, one told from the first person and the other from the third person point of view. Students will use a Card Sort activity to discover how to tell the difference in point of view and will... Read more »

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The Dog's Story

Point of View

- 3rd - 4th

- English/Language Arts

- 4.3.R.2, 4.3.W.2, 4.4.W.2

120 minutes

1-2 class period(s)

5E Lesson

In this lesson, students use their prior knowledge to identify shapes and their attributes. "What Shape is it Anyway?" provides students with ample group discussion as well as individual assessment. The end goal of this lesson is to have students correctly identify, sort, and explain their understanding... Read more »

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What shape is it anyway?

Shapes

- Kindergarten

- Elementary Mathematics

- Mathematics

- K.GM.1.1, K.GM.1.2, K.GM.1.3, K.GM.1.6

60 minutes

1-2 class period(s)

5E Lesson

Students will investigate the similarity of reproduction, embryonic development, and DNA sequences to illustrate the indirect evidence for evolution. "How EGG-ceptional Are We?" has been scaffolded to AP Biology. Read more »

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How EGG-ceptional Are We? AP Biology

Evolution/Embryonic Development

- 10th - 12th

- Science

- Biology I

- HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4

150 minutes

2-3 class period(s)

5E Lesson

Students will investigate the similarity of reproduction, embryonic development, and DNA sequences to illustrate the indirect evidence for evolution. This lesson is adapted for a middle school class. Read more »

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How EGG-ceptional Are We? Middle School

Evolution/Embryonic Development

- Science

- Biology I

- 7th - 8th

150 minutes

2-3 class period(s)

5E Lesson

This lesson introduces and enforces the polygon interior angle sum theorem and the corresponding formula. This lesson does not include a proof related to the theorem, but it does have students critique a claim using the theorem as the reasoning foundation. Read more »

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Department of the Interior Angles

Polygons and the Interior Angle Sum Theorem

- Geometry

- Mathematics

- 9th - 10th

1-2 class period(s)

60 minutes

5E Lesson

Proofs can be difficult and require a certain mindset. Spatial reasoning and awareness is a skill that can be developed no matter the age of the student. In this lesson, spatial reasoning is refined using drawing techniques and prior knowledge of shapes, lines, and the coordinate plane. This lesson... Read more »

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Space Justification Jam

Intro to Proofs Using Spatial Reasoning

- Geometry

- Mathematics

- 8th - 10th

- G.RL.1.1

90 minutes

1-2 class period(s)