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Desmos Classroom Activities
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At Desmos, our mission is to help every student learn math and love learning math. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a collection of unique and engaging digital activities, which are free for you and your students. Access to most activities requires a free account.

Permitted use: a) as an end user, for your personal, non-commercial use or (b) as a teacher, for academic use by you and your students in individual classes

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Desmos Inc.
Date Added:
03/16/2020
DocsTeach
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Remix and Share
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Docs Teach is the online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives.
* Choose from thousands of primary sources for use in classroom activities.
* Find and use activities crafted by educators using documents from the National Archives.
* Create your own interactive learning activities.

Subject:
U.S. History
Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Primary Source
Author:
United States. National Archives and Records Administration.
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Elections and Voting Teacher Resources
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It is important to educate future voters about the issues, processes, and impacts of voting in elections. These resources include links to lesson plans, videos, games, and printables to assist teachers K—12 to promote civic participation and voting.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Jerry Price
Zac Murphy
Date Added:
04/23/2020
English Language Arts Core Instructional Materials Options
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No Strings Attached
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These are full-course openly licensed resources for districts interested in exploring OER options when considering core instructional materials for district adoption. Course materials are available for online viewing or download.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/18/2020
GeoGebra - Classroom Resources
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Find free activities, simulations, exercises, lessons, and games for math & science!

GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. GeoGebra is a rapidly expanding community of millions of users located in just about every country. GeoGebra has become the leading provider of dynamic mathematics software, supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and innovations in teaching and learning worldwide.

You are free to copy, distribute and transmit GeoGebra for non-commercial purposes. Non-commercial use is subject to the terms of our GeoGebra Non-Commercial License Agreement.

Subject:
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson
Simulation
Author:
GeoGebra Team
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Math Snacks
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Read the Fine Print
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Math Snacks is a fun and interactive educational series. This website contains five animated videos focusing on key mathematical concepts included in the Common Core curriculum for grades 4-8. Each interactive is beautifully illustrated, contains audio, and is supported by supplementary printable resources. All learner resources are available in both English and Spanish. Teacher guides as well as teaching videos support classroom implementation. A powerful supplementary tool for educators teaching about ratios, rates, scale factor, unit conversion, and the number line, as well as a source for children's educational entertainment at home.
Math Snacks was developed by the Learning Games Lab located at New Mexico State University.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
NM State Learning Games Lab
Date Added:
11/30/2018
Mathematics Assessment Project
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The Mathematics Assessment Project is part of the Math Design Collaborative initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project set out to design and develop well-engineered tools for formative and summative assessment that expose students’ mathematical knowledge and reasoning, helping teachers guide them towards improvement and monitor progress. The tools are relevant to any curriculum that seeks to deepen students' understanding of mathematical concepts and develop their ability to apply that knowledge to non-routine problems.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson
Author:
Shell Center for Mathematics Education
University of California Berkeley
University of Nottingham
Date Added:
03/17/2020
Mathematics OER Core Instructional Material Options
Conditions of Use:
No Strings Attached
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These are full-course openly licensed resources for districts interested in exploring OER options when considering core instructional materials for district adoption. Course materials are available for online viewing or download.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson
Module
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/17/2020
OSPI 3-5 Science Home Learning Resources During COVID-19
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No Strings Attached
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This document provides some learning resources associated with each of the 3-5 Science Content Learning Standards. They are intended to serve during this “stay at home” time, which includes all Washington schools. They are not intended to replace or be equivalent to face-to-face learning. Please feel free to use the resources or to make adaptations.

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Date Added:
04/14/2020
OSPI Continuous Learning Resource Suggestions
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No Strings Attached
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In response to school closures due to COVID-19, OSPI content experts have curated a selection of links to external organizations providing high-quality online educational materials – courses, lessons, videos, physical and outdoor activity suggestions, etc. Please note that in many cases, these resources are free to use online but are not openly licensed for wide scale reuse and adaptation.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/23/2020
OSPI K-2 Science Home Learning Resources During COVID-19
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No Strings Attached
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This document provides some learning resources associated with each of the K-2  Washington Science Content Learning Standards. They are intended to serve during this “stay at home” time, which includes all Washington schools. They are not intended to replace or be equivalent to face-to-face learning. Please feel free to use the resources or to make adaptations

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Date Added:
04/08/2020
Open Middle
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Challenging math problems worth solving.

The name “Open Middle” might sound like a strange name for a website about math problems. However, it references a very specific type of problem we try to encourage here. Most of the problems on this site have:
* a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem.
* a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer.
* an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Open middle problems generally require a higher Depth of Knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding. They support the Common Core State Standards and provide students with opportunities for discussing their thinking.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Author:
Nanette Johnson
Open Middle
Robert Kaplinsky
Date Added:
03/17/2020
Public Television - At Home Learning
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No Strings Attached
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We’re excited to announce a partnership between the public television stations across Washington and OSPI.  Your local public television station is offering educational programming for students in grades 6–12 from 9:00am–2:00pm daily.  These educational programs (programs like NOVA and The American Experience) have curriculum and discussion guides available for students, teachers, and families.

Subject:
Applied Science
English Language Arts
History
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
04/15/2020
Reading in the Time of COVID-19: Free access to online reading
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No Strings Attached
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Free reading options for all Pre K - 12 students. Sites include access for English learners as well as students with reading barriers. Opportunities are highlighted for online reading, downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, apps to read content on smartphones/tablets, and read aloud stories for our youngest learners.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Barbara Soots
Molly Berger
Aira Jackson
Karma Hugo
Date Added:
04/07/2020
SFUSD Math Elementary School Closure Lessons
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No Strings Attached
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In preparation for school closures, SFUSD has produced 10 days of activities that teachers can choose to assign to students for them to complete at home. The stand-alone activities are designed for students to do on paper without technology and are available to all under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

All Elementary lesson plans and student pages (both English and Spanish versions) are Google Docs located in grade-level Google Drive folders that you can access using the links below. Secondary lessons contain proprietary content that is licensed by SFUSD and therefore can not be shared.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
San Francisco Unified School District
Date Added:
03/17/2020
Science OER Core Instructional Material Options
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No Strings Attached
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These are full-course openly licensed resources for districts interested in exploring OER options when considering core instructional materials for district adoption. Course materials are available for online viewing or download.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/17/2020
Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State
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Washington requires the inclusion of tribal sovereignty curriculum in all schools. The Since Time Immemorial instructional materials have been endorsed by all 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington. This curriculum uses an inquiry, place-based, integrated approach and has comprehensive materials for grades K-12.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson
Module
Unit of Study
Provider:
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Author:
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Pubic Instruction
Date Added:
05/22/2017
SolveMe Puzzles
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Use logic to solve visual, interactive mathematical puzzles. Create your own puzzles to share with your friends or the SolveMe Community.

Permitted Use: free online - not under an open license

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Author:
Education Development Center
Heinemann
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
03/17/2020
The State We're In: Washington
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The State We’re In: Washington is an online and printed educational publication written by Jill Severn for the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund. Part of a larger Civic Education Project, this instructional resource establishes the link between public participation and effective government. Colorful graphs, historical photos and thought-provoking illustrations help to describe the basics of government, and the connection between a governing authority and culture and economy. Young readers and adults alike will gain a robust sense of past and present tribal governance and their relationship to state and local government in Washington.

Teacher guides to accompany this resource as well as translated versions are available on the OER Commons Washington Hub.

Subject:
Education
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund
Author:
Jill Severn
League of Women Voters of Washington
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Washington C3 Hub
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The Washington C3 Hub is designed to support teachers with high-quality instructional materials aligned to our state learning standards and reflective of the C3 Framework. Here you will find inquiries developed by teachers in districts around the state as well as other helpful materials to help embed proven social studies instructional practices into K-12 classes.

Individual resources from this site can be found in the grade band subfolders. You may also view other states' sites on the main C3 State Hub site located at: http://www.c3teachers.org/state-hubs/

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Varied WA districts
Date Added:
11/02/2018