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Mistakes Help Me Learn
Mistakes Help Me Learn
Lesson Plan
Mistakes Help Me Learn
Often, it's difficult to see mistakes and failures as opportunities to grow! In this lesson, students will practice having a growth mindset and looking at mistakes as opportunities to learn. They'll consider how challenges grow their brain.
Kindergarten
Social emotional
Lesson Plan
Being Our Best Selves
Being Our Best Selves
Lesson Plan
Being Our Best Selves
Reflecting on moments when we have been at our best can be a powerful thing! In this lesson, students will reflect on how they contribute to their classroom community and when they have been their best self over the past week.
4th grade
Social emotional
Lesson Plan
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Lesson Plan
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Use this lesson to teach your students about the life of Frederick Douglass. First, they will read a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life, and then they will record important information about him on a graphic organizer. Lastly, they'll choose an important event from his life to illustrate and caption.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What Is the Area of Your Classroom?
What Is the Area of Your Classroom?
Lesson Plan
What Is the Area of Your Classroom?
Finding the area of a rectangle is a key measurement skill to know. In this lesson, your students will enjoy practicing this skill by determining the area of their classroom.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Lemonade Science
Lemonade Science
Science Project
Lemonade Science
Quench your thirst with great tasting lemonade while you explore the concepts of acid and base, and how these differ from sweet and sour.
Science
Science Project
Is a Sweet Tooth Inherited?
Is a Sweet Tooth Inherited?
Science Project
Is a Sweet Tooth Inherited?
The objective of this science project is to determine whether a sweet tooth is most likely an inherited trait or a learned behavior.
Science
Science Project
Apparent Movement of the Sun
Science Project
Apparent Movement of the Sun
The apparent movement of the sun has been used to keep time since the bronze age. In this science fair project, kids plot solar time against mean solar time.
Science
Science Project
Build a Pinhole Camera
Build a Pinhole Camera
Activity
Build a Pinhole Camera
Before digital cameras, before Polaroids, there was the original pinhole camera. Build a pinhole camera and see what true vintage photography looks like!
Science
Activity
Math Mind Magic
Math Mind Magic
Lesson Plan
Math Mind Magic
Every student can be a magician after this lesson in mentally adding and subtracting by 10. No previous magic training required!
1st grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Geometry Vocabulary: Lines
Geometry Vocabulary: Lines
Lesson Plan
Geometry Vocabulary: Lines
Perpendicular, intersect, parallel! In this lesson, students work in teams to complete a Frayer Model on each of these terms to become masters of geometry vocabulary. Teach this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson What's My Line?
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Strategies for Comparing Fractions
Strategies for Comparing Fractions
Lesson Plan
Strategies for Comparing Fractions
Help your students see the variety of strategies they can use to compare fractions! Students will compare their strategies with that of their classmates. Use this lesson on its own or use it as support for the lesson Fraction Wars.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
Lesson Plan
Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
This lesson will help students explore using a dictionary to figure out tricky words with suffixes. Use as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Elements of Fairy Tales
Elements of Fairy Tales
Lesson Plan
Elements of Fairy Tales
Use this lesson to help students identify the elements of a fictional text while gaining more knowledge about parts of speech. Use as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Summarizing Nonfiction
Summarizing Nonfiction
Lesson Plan
Summarizing Nonfiction
Use this lesson to help your ELs summarize information from a text and use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. This lesson can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Day 4 section of the Star Unit lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Expanded Form to Millions
Expanded Form to Millions
Lesson Plan
Expanded Form to Millions
Saying lengthy numbers doesn't have to be a challenge! Relate the digits in numbers to their place value to help students say the expanded form. Use this lesson on its own or use it as support to the lesson Many, Many Millions.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Caffeine and Heart Rate: What Is the Effect of Caffeine on Heart Rate?
Caffeine and Heart Rate: What Is the Effect of Caffeine on Heart Rate?
Science Project
Caffeine and Heart Rate: What Is the Effect of Caffeine on Heart Rate?
Is there a relationship between caffeine and heart rate? Students will determine the effect of caffeine on heart rate in this fun science fair project.
5th grade
Science
Science Project
Effect of Acid Rain on Dissolved Oxygen Concentration
Effect of Acid Rain on Dissolved Oxygen Concentration
Science Project
Effect of Acid Rain on Dissolved Oxygen Concentration
Use a fish tank to simulate a pond! This science fair project explores the relationship between acid rain and the dissolved oxygen concentration of water.
Science
Science Project
Beyond Just Addition
Beyond Just Addition
Lesson Plan
Beyond Just Addition
In this interactive lesson that includes the use of clock manipulatives, students will discover that addition goes beyond straightforward addition problems. Finding the elapsed time is easy with addition!
3rd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Perfect Prefixes!
Perfect Prefixes!
Lesson Plan
Perfect Prefixes!
This lesson introduces young learners to prefixes. It also gives them hands-on experience with building words using prefix and root word cards.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Popping Numbers
Popping Numbers
Lesson Plan
Popping Numbers
Pop into place! This lessons builds your students' knowledge of numbers, their place value, and how to write them correctly.
1st grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Understand Text Features
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Let's practice reading nonfiction texts! In this lesson, teach your ELs about identifying and describing text features. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Formatting Text Features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Learning About Family Traditions
Learning About Family Traditions
Lesson Plan
Learning About Family Traditions
Use this lesson to give your students an opportunity to share about their family traditions. Prior to the lesson, they'll complete a worksheet to gather information about the way their family honors their culture and beliefs with traditions. They'll bring their information back to the classroom to share with their peers.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reflection on Mindfulness and SEL Tools
Reflection on Mindfulness and SEL Tools
Lesson Plan
Reflection on Mindfulness and SEL Tools
What are the tools of mindfulness and building community that support greater ease and connection? In this lesson, students will reflect on the mindfulness and social emotional learning tools they have learned through song and sculpting.
Kindergarten
Social emotional
Lesson Plan
Bouncing Ball Physics: What is Elasticity?
Bouncing Ball Physics: What is Elasticity?
Science Project
Bouncing Ball Physics: What is Elasticity?
What is elasticity? Students will investigate how this concept applies to bouncing ball physics by testing the bounces of balls made out of different materials.
3rd grade
Science
Science Project
Thermal Conductivity of Metals: Which Metal Is the Best Conductor of Heat?
Thermal Conductivity of Metals: Which Metal Is the Best Conductor of Heat?
Science Project
Thermal Conductivity of Metals: Which Metal Is the Best Conductor of Heat?
Students will investigate the thermal conductivity of metals by learning how to measure thermal conductivity with this fun and easy science fair project idea.
4th grade
Science
Science Project

Middle School Resources

Middle school resources can sometimes fail to meet our expectations (or keep kids engaged). We offer middle school help designed for multiple types of learners. Visual learners may benefit from worksheets, while hands-on learners may find our activities more engaging. Learning about middle school science, for example, may be best explored with activities. Check out our high school educational resources to find out what's ahead.
This is it: Your student has made it to middle school. Things get considerably more complicated when your student reaches this level: Gone are the days of alphabet writing and times tables, in comes cell structure and algebraic expressions. It's no surprise that some students need help here, and we have all sorts of ways to make middle school a little less stressful. Try some of our middle school resources to boost your student's learning of these complex concepts, no matter what subject or topic they need help in. For starters, there are some printable worksheets on things like reading comprehension and subtracting fractions, and for kids that like the hands-on aspect of learning, a multitude of activities to really make these lessons stick. Middle school is a time of many changes, but with our learning materials, we can at least help make the learning part of it a little bit easier on your child.