Beaver Valley IU

Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit is one of 29 PA Intermediate Units participating in the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Unit’s OER implementation. This group provides a space to collaborate, evaluate, share, develop and promote the free and open use of educational resources by and for LEAs in Pennsylvania.
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Oh the places you’ll go… - Mariah Brown Published

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Discover what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. The interest profiler will help a student decide what kinds of occupations and jobs they might want to explore based on interests. As a class, they will view “Success in the New Economy.” Students will complete an online interest assessment using the Pennsylvania CareerZone online mini assessment. Based on their results, they will explore and pick 3 careers within the identified areas of interest.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Larissa Mallon

What’s Out There? - Laurel Michele Published

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1. Students will identify different manufacturing vocations.2. Each student will research one vocation.3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the vocation by preparing a presentation board and speechfrom the information they research and dressing up like the employee to share their information withthe class.4. Students will collect data on each vocation as the other students share their information.5. Students will compare the various skills to find the common themes.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Larissa Mallon

Post Secondary Education Vs Employment - Richelle Montgomery Published

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Students will apply research skills in searching for a job.Students will design a budgeting plan, based on average pricing for the city in which they live. This will include mortgage rates (with 0% down) vs. renting, health insurance, car loans, gasoline, car maintenance, student loans, utilities (gas, electric, water & sewer, phone, cable, gas), groceries, medical expenses, child care, miscellaneous,  emergency fund, savings account. Students will be able to analyze, compare, and contrast the pros and cons to two different post secondary plans. Post Secondary Education:, including school of choice, rate of student loans based on income, and research in desired profession (using the low average income to average income as a reference point). 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Larissa Mallon

Thinking Critically about Idiomatic Expressions in Spanish - Jason Hank Published

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The purpose of this lesson is to model for students critical thinking strategies necessary to effectively translate seemingly simple, but surprisingly complex phrases from Englsih to Spanish.  Students will use online resources such as Google Translate, Linguee, and WordReference Forums to find and evaluate usages of the phrasal verb “is on” with regards to television and movies “being on”.  While “is on” is only one example of a phrasal verb, the hope of this lesson is that students will begin to think more critically about what they are trying to translate from English to Spanish. It is also hoped that they know what tools to use (and how to use them) in order to assure that they are saying what they want to say accurately with regard to not only grammatical conventions of Spanish, but also with regard to how Spanish is actually spoken by native speakers of different countries and regions.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Larissa Mallon

A collaborative approach to engage students in industry-wide skills, foundational skills, and essential skills needed to prepare students for today's workforce. - Jamie Kuriger Published

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Students will be engaged in cross curricular activities that focus on industry wide skills, foundational skills and essential skills for today's workforce (based off of the 13 effective practices for implementing PA CEW standards).

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Larissa Mallon

What are Employers Looking for? - Gayle Marshall Published

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Students will participate in a group discussion during a power point that reviews some of the non academic skills needed on the job. Students will then gather information to determine if they can demonstrate the skill. This information will be used to build awareness for basic non-academic job skills and/or to build strong answers for interview questions. The final activity will be a mock interview where students will interview each other to practice articulating their responses.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Larissa Mallon

Save the Stuffed Animal! Push & Pull

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Students develop an understanding of the concepts of "push" and "pull" as they "save" stuffed animals from danger using LEGO MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robots. After learning more about the concepts through a robot demonstration, students explore the concepts themselves in the context of saving stuffed animala from the table edges. They choose to either push or pull the animal to safety, depending on the orientation of the robot and toy. They see the consequences of their choices, learning the importance of understanding these force concepts and the differences between them.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Monique Moore, Ursula Koniges

Free online computer science books

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Freebookcentre.net's computer science section contains links to many technical books offered free online, either as html pages or downloadable pdfs. Books are arranged by subject: Data Structures and Algorithms, Compiler Design, Object Oriented Programming, Operating Systems, Computation Theory, Artificial Intelligence, and others.

Material Type: Lecture

Plots: Grasping Freytag’s Pyramid Published

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This seminar focuses on the standard plot line. More than just a beginning, middle, and end, plot lines follow an arc with identifiable actions along the way. In short stories, plays, novels, movies, etc., the Freytag Pyramid structure is recognizable. Throughout this seminar, you will use prior knowledge of plot lines to connect to new reading, along with creating your own plot line with identifiable parts. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Deanna Mayers, Bonnie Waltz, Tracy Rains