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Things to Do With a Strip of Paper: Mobius Bands

3D Objects, Sides, Surfaces, and Edges

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 10th

The main purpose of this lesson and others in the series "Things to Do With a Strip of Paper" is to explore interesting mathematical and topological structures that students of any age can enjoy. This lesson focuses on the Mobius band (or Mobius strip) and provides students with opportunities to better... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Things to Do With a Strip of Paper: Mobius Bands

3D Objects, Sides, Surfaces, and Edges

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 10th

Course Course

  • Geometry, Middle School Mathematics

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • M.6
More 100 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
No Imitations, Please!

Avoiding Plagiarism

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 10th

In this lesson, students will work in groups to annotate and summarize texts about plagiarism and its effect on learning. They will reflect on what they know about plagiarizing and how to avoid it in their writing. By teaching one another through group and class discussions, students will better understand... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
No Imitations, Please!

Avoiding Plagiarism

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Course Course

  • A.P. Language and Composition, A.P. Literature and Composition, American Literature, Biology I, Biology II, British Literature, Chemistry, Composition, Creative Writing, Earth Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Oklahoma History, Personal Financial Literacy, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History, World Human Geography, World Literature

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 8.2.R.1, 8.2.R.3, 10.1.R.1, 10.1.W.2
More 50 minutes
Time Frame 1- class period(s)

Students who become financially responsible in college will develop good spending habits that will last a lifetime. This activity allows students to understand ways in which they can change their spending habits, so that they will save money throughout college and in the years that will follow. Read more »

Educator Resource

Tag Calendar Placement

  • 1st Nine Weeks, 2nd Nine Weeks, 3rd Nine Weeks, 4th Nine-Weeks, Any time of year

User Group Group Size

  • Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10), Small Group (at least 4), Whole Class
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Time Frame 100-115 minutes

Students will listen to an engaging speech and record their thoughts. Students will then choose a topic of their interest and write down all they know about the topic in a two-minute paper. Students will learn more about preparing a speech and discuss their learning with their peers. They will create... Read more »

Educator Resource

Tag Calendar Placement

  • Any time of year

User Group Group Size

  • Medium Group (at least 10), Small Group, Whole Class

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Persuade, Present, Speak & Listen

Tag College & Career Readiness Framework

  • College Admissions Procedures, Extracurricular Activities

Tag Related

  • Argument Writing, Communication
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Time Frame 110-150 minutes
Word Warriors

The Code Talkers of Oklahoma

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

This lesson introduces students to the American Indian code talkers from Oklahoma who heroically defended the United States in both World Wars. By viewing a documentary, playing a matching game, reading an article, and analyzing an excerpt from a graphic novel, they will also learn the stories of some... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Word Warriors

The Code Talkers of Oklahoma

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Oklahoma History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • OKH.5.9
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Time Frame 90 minutes
Surviving Assimilation

American Indian Boarding Schools

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Students will understand the events and ideologies that led to the establishment of federally funded and religious boarding schools for American Indians. Students will examine the boarding school experiences of American Indians from Oklahoma and other states and territories, and they will identify the... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Surviving Assimilation

American Indian Boarding Schools

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Oklahoma History, U.S. History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • OKH.5.1, OKH.5.1B, USH.1.3C
More 2 periods
Time Frame 90-100 minutes
It's Never Too Late To Apologize

Character Development and Theme in "The Scarlet Ibis"

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

This lesson has students connect the theme of regret across poems, songs, nonfiction, and short stories to explore how social-emotional factors can affect character development and theme. Students will work independently to write their own apology note as well as write an apology from the perspective... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
It's Never Too Late To Apologize

Character Development and Theme in "The Scarlet Ibis"

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • American Literature, Composition

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.3.R.3, 9.3.R.7
More 2-3 class periods
Time Frame 150 minutes
Inflation Investigation

Inflation and Cost of Living

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Students will track how inflation has altered the cost of living from 1920 until today by examining vintage advertisements for various goods. Students will also learn how inflation continues to have an effect on the U.S. economy by watching a couple of videos and designing anchor charts. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Inflation Investigation

Inflation and Cost of Living

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Economics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • E.12, E.12.1
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Time Frame 120 minutes
HUAC v. Hollywood

The Impact of the Second Red Scare

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th Grade

This lesson will introduce students to the Second Red Scare (also known as the era of McCarthyism), the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and the public fear of communism that ran rampant in the 1940s and 1950s. Students will analyze a political cartoon that addresses the public fear... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
HUAC v. Hollywood

The Impact of the Second Red Scare

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th Grade

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USH.6.2, USH.6.2A
More 3 periods
Time Frame 120-150 minutes
Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Oklahoma History: Culture, Migration, and Tourism

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

This lesson invites students to take a virtual trip along Oklahoma's most storied roadway, Route 66. Students explore the impact that this highway has had on Oklahoma's culture, economy, and history since its construction in 1926. Students have opportunities to learn about American Indian tribes whose... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Oklahoma History: Culture, Migration, and Tourism

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Oklahoma History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • OKH.6.8
More 120 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)