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"Now, more than ever, we need a Moonshot in education: A pedagogical breakthrough so extraordinary that student learning and achievement are exponentially boosted in such a way that assures our students are fully prepared for the VUCA [Volatile, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity] future" (Magana,... Read more »

Got Culture?: A Look at Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic Diseases

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

This lesson aims to help students develop an understanding of zoonotic diseases. In this lesson, students will explore how zoonotic diseases spread. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I, Environmental Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS1-1, LS1.A, B.LS1.1, B.LS1.1.2, B.LS2.2 , EN.LS2.2
More 3-4 periods
Time Frame
Woman Crush Wednesday: Jane Cooke Wright

Understanding Mitosis

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

This lesson is part of the "Woman Crush Wednesday" series that looks at the ways female scientists have shaped our views of science. In this biology lesson, students will explore the many contributions of Jane Cooke Wright, with special attention on her study of the impact of uncontrolled cell division... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS1.4 , B.LS1.4.1
More 60-120 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Woman Crush Wednesday: Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Ecosystems

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

This lesson is part of a series, titled "Woman Crush Wednesday" in which we look at how female scientists have shaped our view of science. In this biology lesson, students will explore the contributions of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the interconnectedness of an ecosystem, and endangered species. Read more »

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS2-6, HS-LS4-5, B.LS2.6 , B.LS4.5
More 60 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)
Woman Crush Wednesday: Rachel Carson

Biological Unity and Diversity

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

This lesson is part of a series, titled "Woman Crush Wednesday" in which we look at how female scientists have shaped our view of science. In this biology lesson, students will explore the contributions of Rachel Carson, the impact of human activity on our ecosystem, and how organisms develop resistance... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Woman Crush Wednesday: Rachel Carson

Biological Unity and Diversity

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, B.LS4.3 , B.LS4.4 , B.LS4.5
More 100 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)
Going Viral

Solving Equations

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 9th

This lesson focuses on teaching students how to solve algebraic equations using student-friendly language. Students will try to solve viral math posts in groups. Then, they learn the Do/Undo method, practice with sample problems, and evaluate how viral math posts can be written and solved. Students... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Going Viral

Solving Equations

Course Course

  • Algebra 1, Middle School Mathematics, Pre-Algebra

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 9th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 7.A.3.1, PA.A.4.1, A1.A.1.1
More 90 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)
TIP Chart

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

By using a TIP (Term, Information, Picture) chart, students collaborate to construct shared understanding of new vocabulary that they encounter in a unit. TIP charts contain multiple representations of each word and can be referenced throughout the unit. This strategy is designed to increase students'... Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Explain/Closing

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Analyze, Collaborate

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Five Whys

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This problem-solving strategy allows students to analyze a problem in order to find its root cause. Students are prompted to actively reflect on and examine the problem, while teachers passively facilitate. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Problem Solving

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This strategy serves to create common classroom procedures—such as what to do when entering the classroom—by using student group discussion to collaboratively develop. Classrooms that use this strategy can develop a positive classroom culture and increase student agency by enabling and encouraging participation... Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Collaborate, Problem Solving, Student Choice

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

This social-emotional learning strategy allows students to analyze abstract behavioral terms, empowering students to identify the concrete characteristics of behaviors. This skill is useful in setting classroom norms and resolving conflict. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Collaborate, Problem Solving, Student Choice

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th