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100 Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers
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This article includes the URL and description of 100 free web tools that can be used by all teachers. The tools are categorized into search engines, math and science, games, templates and lesson plans, and more.

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Education
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
John Costilla
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Active Participation: Ensuring Student Engagement
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This article describes covert and overt active engagement strategies for use with elementary students. Find the Question templates are included for use with informational text.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Clarissa Reeson
Tracey Allen
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Activities for Identifying Similarities and Differences
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This article discusses the four forms of identifying similarities and differences: comparing, classifying, creating metaphors, and creating analogies and how these strategies can be used in an elementary classroom.

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Education
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
03/01/2008
All About Icebergs
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This article provides an overview of icebergs' formation and characteristics and the hazards associated with icebergs.

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Environmental Science
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Alison Schirmer Lockman
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arctic Survival Skills: Traditional Inuit Games
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This article describes several traditional Inuit games and provides background information and resources for incorporating them into a lesson or unit on Inuit culture.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arctic and Antarctic Birds - Issue 11, February 2009
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, explores the amazing birds that live in or migrate to the polar regions. The issue was co-produced with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In addition to content knowledge articles and lesson plans, the issue includes information about bird-themed citizen science programs from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Engineering
Education
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
The Ohio State University
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arctic and Antarctic Birds: Unit Outlines
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This article assembles free resources from the Arctic and Antarctic Birds issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and 3-5.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Terry Shiverdecker
Date Added:
10/17/2014
As Big as the Ocean: Creating Murals
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This article discusses how to use murals as an interdisciplinary, cooperative activity to blend science, art, and math concepts.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Assessment Strategies: Rubrics
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This article provides an overview of using rubrics as a method of assessment and discusses technological tools that facilitate the creation of rubrics.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
10/17/2014
At Home in the Cold
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This article reprints and links to informational text about the adaptations that allow mammals and fish to survive in polar oceans. Versions are available for students in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Related science and literacy activities are included.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
10/17/2014
The Aurora: Inspiration for Art and Poetry Integration
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This article lists seven art techniques and four poetry types that can be used to depict and describe the aurora.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Beyond Data Collection: Analysis and Identification of Patterns
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This article provides a brief discussion of the importance of teaching students to analyze data and representations of data as well as two resources that can help teachers implement these strategies into their instruction.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Bibliotherapy: Helping Students, One Book at a Time
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This article provides an overview of how teachers can use bibliotherapy to help students deal with social, emotional, and behavioral issues.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Campus-Level Decision-Making Practices: Principals and Teachers Differ in Their Views
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With the implementation of site-based decision-making occurring in schools, the extent to which teachers perceive their involvement in decisions on planning, budgeting, curriculum, staffing patterns, staff development, and campus-level organization and the extent to which teachers’ views of their involvement in these activities are congruent with the views of principals, is largely unknown. Examined in this study were the views of 288 principals and teachers at high performing schools and low performing schools concerning shared decision-making practices in the areas of: planning; budgeting; curriculum; staffing patterns; staff development; and, organization. Statistically significant differences were present between principals and teachers in all six decision-making areas, with principals viewing teachers as having significantly more involvement in these decisions than was perceived by teachers. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Carmen Tejeda-delgado
Cindi Noel
John R. Slate
Michelle Brown
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Cause and Effect Relationships in Play, Picture Books, and Text
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This article provides links to six web sites that provide an overview of cause/effect relationships, graphic organizers, and teaching strategies for elementary teachers.

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Environmental Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Climate Change: Virtual Bookshelf
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This article features children's literature about weather, climate, and climate change. What’s the difference between weather and climate? How do scientists observe, measure, and predict weather phenomena? How is Earth’s climate changing, and why? This month’s bookshelf will help students develop a solid grasp of weather-related concepts. It will also introduce students to global warming and climate change and inspire them to do what they can to combat the problem.

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Ecology
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kate Hastings
Date Added:
06/01/2010
Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Issue 20, June 2010
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, highlights resources that help elementary teachers learn about climate change and teach their students important foundational concepts.

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Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
The Ohio State University
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Unit Outlines
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This article assembles free resources from the Climate Change and the Polar Regions issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Climate Literacy in the Elementary Classroom
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This article provides five strategies for building the foundation for climate science literacy in the elementary grades.

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Environmental Science
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Mark S. McCaffrey
Susan M. Buhr
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions About Fossils and the History of the Polar Regions
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This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the history of the polar regions, fossils, and geologic time. The article provides ideas for formative assessment, teaching strategies, and the National Science Education Standards.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions About Rocks and Minerals
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This article discusses geologic misconceptions held by teachers and students and provides resources for formative assessment and teaching correct concepts.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions About States and Changes of Matter and the Water Cycle
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This article lists common misconceptions about states and changes of matter and the water cycle. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions About the Polar Regions: Geography and Mapping
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This article describes common misconceptions about the Arctic and Antarctica and how to test and teach for student understanding.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions about Birds
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This article discusses misconceptions about birds (and penguins in particular). It provides tools for formative assessment and ideas for teaching correct scientific concepts.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions about Day and Night, Seasons
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This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the cause of day and night and seasons. The article provides ideas for formative assessment, teaching strategies, and the National Science Education Standards.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions about Light, Heat, and the Sun
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This article lists common misconceptions about light, heat, and the sun. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions about Mammals
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This article lists common misconceptions about mammals. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions about Polar Weather and Climate
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This article lists common misconceptions about weather, climate change, and the polar regions. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions about Weathering, Erosion, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes
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This article lists common misconceptions about weathering, erosion, volcanoes, and earthquakes. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Cool Facts about Heat
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The author explains heat transfer and how it applies to living in extremely cold environments.

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Environmental Science
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Stephanie Chasteen
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Cooperative Learning and Elementary Classrooms
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This article highlights the five essential components of cooperative learning, provides a quick overview of the research behind the strategy, describes three of the most common types, and offers ideas on how to get started using cooperative learning at the elementary level.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Creating Equitable and Just Classrooms with the Teaching Tolerance Project
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This article provides an overview of Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center that provides educators with free resources around the areas of equity, justice, and tolerance.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Creating Readers Theater Scripts from Informational Text
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This article discusses how creating Readers Theater scripts from informational text can improve fluency and build comprehension.

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Reading Informational Text
Life Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Nicole Luthy
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Creating an Equitable Classroom through Establishing Respect
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This article discusses the importance of student feedback in creating a respectful, equitable classroom.

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Environmental Science
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Felicia Moore Mensah
Janell Catlin
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Culturally Responsive Teaching
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This article provides an overview of culturally responsive teaching and highlights resources for more information.

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Environmental Science
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Curriculum Compacting
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This article describes how curriculum compacting can be used to meet the needs of gifted students within the regular classroom.

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Environmental Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Tamara Fisher
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Density in the Making: The Changing Face of Polar Glaciers and Icebergs
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In episode seven of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears podcast series, learn how scientists can get a first-hand look at changing polar icebergs and glaciers and what these changes can teach us about density.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Mary Miller
Robert Payo
Stephanie Chasteen
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Determining Importance: Helping Students Recognize Important Points in Content Text
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This article describes the reading strategy of determining importance and provides templates and guidance for teaching this content area strategy to elementary students.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Clarissa Reeson
Tracey Allen
Date Added:
10/17/2014