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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom
    People make the past come alive as students research and then share stories about famous Americans who promoted democratic ideals.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Teaching Synthesis with Interactive Read-Alouds of Informational Texts
    In this Web seminar, we will discuss how to explicitly introduce synthesis of nonfiction texts as well as how to plan for reading aloud a text so as to promote understanding of the author's central ideas.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings
    Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 15
    The RMS Titanic sank on this day in 1912.
    Students use the Internet Workshop model to explore web links about the Titanic disaster.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 17
    Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.
    Students discuss Benjamin Franklin's contributions to postal history, investigate the roles of the Postmaster General, and write letters to their classmates using the Letter Generator.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 27
    Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners.
    Students research different awards given by the ALA and do an activity based on one of the awards.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Traveling Terrain: Comprehending Nonfiction Text on the Web
    Students locate specific information, identify text features of nonfiction text, and write to generalize information on related topics.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Pictures to Build Schema for Social Studies Content
    How do you read an image? Students find out in this lesson in which they "read" several images of the Boston Massacre to better understand the event and recognize effects of propaganda.

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