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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
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)

This professional development will provide participants with literacy strategies to use in their classrooms as they implement document-based questions (DBQs). Read more »

Professional Learning

Tag Target Audience

  • All Staff or Teachers

Tag Calendar Placement

  • Planning/Collaboration/Conference Time

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Increase Teacher "Toolbox"
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Time Frame 120-150 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
Critical Thinking Cube

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This is a writing activity that enables students to have fun while practicing different levels of critical thinking, from lower order to higher order. Students construct cubes to examine a topic of study from six different perspectives. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Small Group

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 20 - 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Analyze, Brainstorming, Collaborate, Compare & Contrast, Conversation Starter, Critical Thinking, Elaborate, Evaluate, Identify, Interpret, Persuade, Recognize, Speak & Listen, Summarize, Synthesize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
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)
Mistaken for the Enemy

The Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th Grade

This lesson addresses the circumstances that led up to the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. It asks students to consider the impact that internment had on the lives of those who were detained. Students will have opportunities to look at photos from internment camps and... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Mistaken for the Enemy

The Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th Grade

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USH.5.1C
More 2 Periods
Time Frame 90 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 150 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Say Something!

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 4th - 12th

This reading strategy has students pause to discuss a text, optionally using specific sentence starters. It also can be adapted for math. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Small Group (at least 4)

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Explore/Learning Activity, Explain/Closing

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 20 - 30 Minutes, More Than 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Analyze, Collaborate, Critical Thinking, Identify, Interpret, Speak & Listen, Summarize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 4th - 12th
Are You Parallel?

Parallel lines

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 9th

The lesson focuses on an extension of slope and equations by introducing parallel lines. The goal is for students to understand which characteristics make a line parallel and apply that knowledge to real-world scenarios. After completing the lesson, students will be able to define, recognize, and create... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Are You Parallel?

Parallel lines

Course Course

  • Algebra 1

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 9th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • A1.A.4.2
More 90 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)