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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 15
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
    Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22
    The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.
    After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1
    Today is Census Day!
    Learn more about Census Day which happens every 10 years.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Tracking Argumentation across the Disciplines
    This Web seminar will examine the nature of argumentation across academic disciplines (especially social studies) and suggest questioning practices that scaffold analyzing argumentation in complex informational texts.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Unveiling Idioms: A Game of Concentration
    Brainstorm popular expressions with friends and family, then explore their meanings through game play and writing/drawing/cut-and-paste activities.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Using the RAFT Writing Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Using Word Walls to Develop and Maintain Academic Vocabulary
    In this guide, you will learn how to use Word Walls to support vocabulary development and retention.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology
    Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Young Adult Literature about the Middle East: A Cultural Response Perspective
    Adapted from Sheryl L. Finkle and Tamara J. Lilly's Middle Ground: Exploring Selected Literature from and about the Middle East, this variation on traditional literature circles exposes students to a variety of young adult fiction from and about the Middle East. Students read and share research and responses in collaborative groups. At the end of the lesson, they write a letter to welcome an immigrant student to their school and community.

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