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Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images

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What would Curious George do if he visited your school? What crazy adventures would he have? These and many other questions provide the framework for students to create a digital class book about Curious George‰ŰŞs adventures in their school. In this lesson, students begin by exploring a familiar character (Curious George) by using books, a website, and a graphic organizer. Students extend what they have learned by imagining what George would do if he visited their school. Students work in pairs to discuss locations in the school George might visit and what he might do in each location. Next, students take George on a trip to each location and take a photo of him posed in a humorous way. After taking pictures of the funny monkey in a variety of poses and locations, students work together to create a storyboard and then a digital "book" that tells their story.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

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The importance of reading aloud to children is an established tenet of reading instruction. This lesson supports the language development and reading comprehension of kindergarten through second graders. Through the use of the text talk strategy, students explain, develop, and expand story ideas. This lesson is designed to help students learn how to gain meaning from words that are taken out of their original context.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Introduction to Digital Citizenship: Grade 4

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This unit is adapted from Common Sense Education's Digital Citizenship Curriculum for Grades 3-5 to include ideas on how to integrate education technology, using formative and summative assessment tools, such as Kahoot! and Socrative. There is also an example of how to use a QR code linked to AnswerGarden, another type of assessment tool.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Aimee Guerrero

Relative Humidity Measurement

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Measure relative humidity in the air using a simple device made of a temperature sensor, a plastic bottle, and some clay. Electronically plot the data you collect on graphs to analyze and learn from it. Experiment with different materials and different room temperatures in order to explore what affects humidity.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration

Author: The Concord Consortium

Finding Fossils

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This OLogy activity serves as a kid-friendly how-to manual about searching for fossils. In Not Just Any Rock Will Do, kids learn that fossils "hide out" in sedimentary rock and see examples of shale and sandstone. Do's and Don'ts for Fossil Hunters gives kids practical tips and a list of fossil-hunting supplies. In Fossils You May Find, there are photos of common invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossils to guide kids. Paleontology Clubs and Web Sites lists resources to help kids determine where to hunt for fossils. In Keeping a Field Journal, kids are shown an sample journal entry that points out the types of information they should record.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Biodomes Engineering Design Project: Lessons 2-6

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In this multi-day activity, students explore environments, ecosystems, energy flow and organism interactions by creating a scale model biodome, following the steps of the engineering design process. The Procedure section provides activity instructions for Biodomes unit, lessons 2-6, as students work through Parts 1-6 to develop their model biodome. Subjects include energy flow and food chains, basic needs of plants and animals, and the importance of decomposers. Students consider why a solid understanding of one's environment and the interdependence of an ecosystem can inform the choices we make and the way we engineer our own communities. This activity can be conducted as either a very structured or open-ended design.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Christopher Valenti, Denise Carlson, Katherine Beggs, Malinda Schaefer Zarske