Grant Wood AEA

Grant Wood AEA is one of the 9 Iowa Area Education Agencies participating in AEA Learning Online’s OER initiative This group is a space to evaluate, organize, and share OER.
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What is an Atom Made of?

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In this lesson, students will learn about subatomic particles, where they are located and how to count them for individual atoms. This lesson includes using a PhET Simulation (Build an Atom) to learn about how to draw an atom.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Simulation

Author: Julie Buerman


Categories of the Periodic Table

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In this activity, students will learn the location of the following categories on the periodic table while creating their own version including a key.Categories Included:Alkali MetalsAlkaline Earth MetalsHalogensNoble GasesMetalsNonmetalsMetalloidsTransition MetalsInner Transition MetalsThe Soft Chalk Activity includes interactive checks throughout and includes information on valence electrons and determining groups and periods for elements.This activity also includes a formative assessment that students could take when they are done.  

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Interactive

Author: Julie Buerman

Immigrating to America

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Students will learn what it was like for new immigrants to come through Ellis Island's symbolic heart of American immigration at the turn of the 20th century. Through primary and secondary sources, students will discover where the immigrants were from, the reasons they left their homelands, and why they came to America. By performing dramatizations and taking an interactive tour of Ellis Island, students will relive the immigrant experience.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Rebecca Haden

Colorín Colorado

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Listen to the experts in ELL. Colorín Colorado is the premier national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. Colorín Colorado has been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country for more than a decade.

Material Type: Module

Author: WETA Public Broadcasting


Understanding hacking/trolling and providing posts & comments

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SummaryStudents will learn more about hacking and trolling in the online world. They will collaborate and build off others ideas and practice how to respond thoughtfully when creating discussions/posts/ comments. AccommodationsThis activity needs prior background that includes discussions about real news/fake news, what hacking truly means, and acting positive online, and digital literacy. This lesson allows for accommodations to be met through videos (close captioning) and completing commenting (recording it, using images/symbols).  Articles/videos can be done together or independently. Images or symbols could be added to enhance learning ( Grade Level This lesson is for 5th grade and can be adjusted for younger or older students. Time duration Estimated time: One hour (or over 2 days). Teachers chose if they want to extend this activity. Teachers can divide students into groups & assign one article/video, allow them to decide, or do all based upon preference.Materials neededAccess to computers/tablets (earbuds/headphones) & google drive or other LMS systemPadlet link separate padlets (copy/duplicate it) for multiple classesPrint an article or 2 in case the internet acts up, discussion questions posted at each table, examples of comments/responses that show 3 levels (target-exceeds, acceptable-meets, unacceptable- beginning/progressing) and rubric for self assessmentSchedule of Activities & decide on partner work (Table one does assignment #1, table two does #2, table three and four do #3, Table five does #4)

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Heather Whitman

Communication Beginnings: An Introductory Listening and Speaking Text for English Language Learners

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This textbook is designed for beginning-intermediate English language learners. It is composed of 7 chapters, each of which covers specific speaking and listening learning objectives and includes dialogues, interviews, discussions and conversation activities. Each chapter includes listening and speaking components such as dialogues, interviews, discussions and conversation activities. Each chapter also focuses on 10 target words from the New General Service List of English vocabulary. The textbook includes an audio component that consists of recorded conversations of native and non-native English speakers, as well as links to additional listening resources on the web.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Della Jean Abrams

Instruction for Diverse Groups of ELLs

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The population of English Language Learners is enormously diverse. Teachers face the complex challenge of providing them with opportunities that allow them to attain the Common Core State Standards despite their various needs and abilities. The authors offer and discuss five principles of instruction for ELLs, which can be enacted within classrooms in ways that are responsive to individual students.

Material Type: Lecture, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Aida Walqui, Margaret Heritage

Next Generation Science Standards

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Featured here are all of the NGSS videos that Achieve has created or worked with others to create. Included in this list are videos about: introducing the NGSS, the three dimensions of the NGSS, and support for instruction and instructional planning.

Material Type: Reading

Author: NGSS