MSDE Inspired Designers

The goal of the Inspired Designer project is to increase the quantity and access to relevant high-quality educational resources. The group will create, revise, reuse and/or remix open educational resources. All published resources developed by the Inspired Designers are evaluated and vetted by MSDE for instructional use by Maryland educators.
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Learning Centers Suggested Materials

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This document provides suggested materials for the learning centers from Supporting Every Young Learner: Maryland's Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy Birth to Age 8. The centers included in this document are Art, Blocks/Construction, Dramatic Play, Literacy, Language and Writing, Mathematics/Problem Solving, Music and Movement, Science and Investigation, and Technology.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Kristin Johnson, MSDE Admin, Cheri Helmstetter, Amy Toms, Bob Wagner

Dramatic Play Center- Campout

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This resource provides an overview of using your dramatic play center with a camping theme. The background, purpose, materials, and question starter prompts are provided. A list of children's literature related to the theme is also part of the document. In addition, downloadable camping center signs and student recording sheets are embedded.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: MSDE Admin, Cheri Helmstetter, Amy Toms, Kristen Johnson, Bob Wagner

Dramatic Play- Fitness Center

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This resource provides an overview of using your dramatic play center with a fitness theme. The background, purpose, materials, and question starter prompts are provided. A list of children's literature related to the theme is also part of the document. In addition, downloadable center signs and student recording sheets are embedded.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: MSDE Admin, Cheri Helmstetter, Amy Toms, Kristen Johnson, Bob Wagner

Grade 8 Does Speech Matter Lesson #1: Booker T. Washington Autobiography (MDK12 Remix) Published

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This multiple day lesson focuses on Booker T. Washington’s life as a slave and as a free man trying to receive an education.  Students will read chapters 1-4 of the text to gain an understanding of the obstacles that Booker T. Washington encountered and what motivated him to pursue his education.  Students will identify the central ideas in the text and participate in a discussion which will inform their routine writing. Image source: "Bookert T Washington" by Harris & Ewing from the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Library of Congress.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Laura Knapp, Kathleen Maher-Baker

Grade 7: Consequences Lesson Plan #3 Published

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In this lesson, students will read chapters 9-14 in James L. Swanson’s, Chasing Lincoln's Killer to analyze and discuss how Swanson presents the repercussions of John Wilke’s Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  Students will also compare Swanson’s account to a multimedia version of Booth’s escape after the assassination of Lincoln. Cover image source: "John Wilkes Booth Wanted Poster" edited from the original from the Library of Congress at https://www.loc.gov/item/96521960/

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Michael Griffith, Kathleen Maher-Baker

A World Of Words - Words Matter: Unit Introduction, Day 1 (MDK12 Remix) Published

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This lesson is an introduction to the unit, World of Words, in which students will consider the power of words and the relationship between words and actions in human relations.  Throughout the unit, students will study The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and other shorter works to examine the effective use of rhetorical strategies authors use and that students have at their disposal to make their communication (both written and spoken) more effective as well. Image source:  "Words Have Power" by geralt on Pixabay.com.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, April Fleming, Kathleen Maher-Baker

Examining Human Compassion (Remix) Days 3-6: Southern Gothic Literature Published

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During days 3-6 of the unit, students will complete a short, focused research assignment to learn about the characteristics of Sourthern Gothic Literature and to begin to view To Kill a Mockingbird through that lens.  As is true with the rest of the unit, the three day time frame is a suggestion only and can be adjusted based on your schedule and the needs of the students.Image source: "Mockingbird" by skeeze on Pixabay.com.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, April Fleming, Kathleen Maher-Baker