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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.

Subject:
Education
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:
03/01/2008
Choosing the Most Orange Crystal
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad must locate a crystal with the highest fraction of orange color.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
07/08/2008
Comparing Fractions With Unlike Denominators
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This lesson focuses on comparing and ordering fractions in ways that encourage deeper understanding of’ ‘number sense’ by supporting learners to consider different techniques to order and compare fractions with different numerators and denominators. The three techniques covered in this lesson are those used to compare fractions with like numerators or denominators, unlike numerators or denominators and by comparing to a 1/2 benchmark. Emphasis are placed on the two latter techniques. Activities and practice exercises involve real-world problems including sales discounts, cooking measurements and school score reports.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Author:
Rasheedat Yahaya
Date Added:
12/13/2016
Comparison/Contrast Essay
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Watch a video that explains how to write a comparison/contrast essay. Print a document to accompany the video for more practice. Comparison/contrast essays help you learn really efficiently, because they present information in a way our brains like. When we see something new, we want to know how it's similar to something we already know about, and how it's different, too. Let's say that you need to buy a car. When you look at the different models, you'll compare what's similar and different between the models. When a cell phone manufacturer comes up with a new model, they tell you what great features the phone has that people have liked before (the similarities) and what fantastic new features it has that help it stand out (the differences).

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Provider:
Love Your Pencil
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
05/16/2013
Everyday, Ordinary Olympics
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Students will use a stopwatch to time themselves performing in various events, record data, and then compare and order decimals to determine bronze, silver and gold medal winners.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Linda Hill-Wise
Date Added:
11/15/2001
Hands-On Science and Literacy Lessons About Weather and Climate
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This article provides links to standards-based science and literacy lessons about weather, climate, polar climates, and climate change.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
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I Like, I Love...- Spanish, Novice High
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In this activity, students will share their preferences based on likes and dislikes. Students will discuss their preferences on multiple different topics to include activities, food, clothing, items, etc, using complete sentences.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Amber Hoye
Camille Daw
Mimi Fahnstrom
Date Added:
12/10/2019
Identifying Similarities and Differences
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This article discusses the research-based strategy of identifying similarities and differences and provides links to web sites to develop teacher's content knowledge.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
The Polar Express Delivers Equity in the Kindergarten Classroom
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This free, online article, developed for elementary teachers, describes a Kindergarten polar science, standards aligned, unit centered on The Polar Express developing literacy, math, and science skills.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Mary LeFever
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Ranking the Rocks
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Student teams assign importance factors, called "desirability points," the rock properties found in the previous lesson/activity in order to mathematically determine the overall best rocks for building caverns within. They learn the real-world connections and relationships between the rock and the important engineering properties for designing and building caverns (or tunnels, mines, building foundations, etc.).

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Science and Literacy Lessons to Develop a Polar Sense of Place
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This article provides geography lessons to teach elementary students about the polar regions. Literacy extensions are included for each lesson.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Educator
Date Added:
10/17/2014
A Sense of Place: Virtual Bookshelf
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This article provides a list of children's literature relating to the geography and characteristics of the Arctic and Antarctica.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kimberly Lightle
Nancy Brannon
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Span. 102 Lab 5 - Me Gusta, Me Encanta.../I Like, I Love... - Novice High
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In this activity, students will share their preferences based on likes and dislikes. Students will discuss their preferences on multiple different topics to include activities, food, clothing, items, etc, using complete sentences.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Amber Hoye
Madi Goertzen
Gabby Bates
Alexis Araiza
Abby Cain
Claire Werlin
Alejandra Garcia
Sue Juarez
Mardy Morales
Borja Aguilera
Camille Daw
Mimi Fahnstrom
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Statistical Analysis of Temperature Sensors
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Working as if they are engineers aiming to analyze and then improve data collection devices for precision agriculture, students determine how accurate temperature sensors are by comparing them to each other. Teams record soil temperature data during a class period while making changes to the samples to mimic real-world crop conditions—such as the addition of water and heat and the removal of the heat. Groups analyze their collected data by finding the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation. Then, the class combines all the team data points in order to compare data collected from numerous devices and analyze the accuracy of their recording devices by finding the standard deviation of temperature readings at each minute. By averaging the standard deviations of each minute’s temperature reading, students determine the accuracy of their temperature sensors. Students present their findings and conclusions, including making recommendations for temperature sensor improvements.

Subject:
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Activities
Author:
Keith Lehman
Northern Cass
Trent Kosel
Date Added:
06/28/2017
'Where I'm From' Poems: Making Connections to Home
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This article provides a lesson plan that teaches elementary students to write poems about home using sensory language and imagery. Examples of student work are provided.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014