Pandemic Resources for Libraries

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Learning to Learn Online

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Learning to Learn Online helps you prepare for online learning success by introducing you to the online learning environment and your role as a learner within it. As you come to understand yourself as an self-directed learner, you will also be introduced to effective learning strategies: time management for online learners, information management, professional communication, and reading strategies. Welcome to your online learning journey!

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Adam Vincent

OSPI Continuous Learning Resource Suggestions

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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.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Barbara Soots

Intro to Library Research

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Intro to Library Research is designed to teach students about libraries (specifically the University of Minnesota Libraries) and the basics of academic library research. Students will learn how to pick an appropriate research topic, how to create an efficient search strategy, how to pick the best library databases, and how to evaluate resources. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete and includes an online worksheet students should complete based on their own research topics.

Material Type: Interactive, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Kate Peterson, Kimberly Clarke, Lindsay Matts


10th Grade ELA: Information Fluency

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In this unit, students will understand where “fake news” comes from, why it exists and how they can think like fact checkers to become fluent consumers, evaluators, and creators of information. They will apply this knowledge by selecting a controversial topic to evaluate, synthesize, and analyze all aspects before sharing with a local audience.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Authors: Crystal Hurt, Beth Kabes

53 Miles per Burrito

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In this engineering, math, and sustainability project students answer the question, “Can I ride 53 miles on a bike from the energy of a single burrito?” They must define their variables, collect and analyze their data, and present their results. By the end of this project, developed by Allen Distinguished Educator Mike Wierusz, students should have all the information they need to design a burrito that would provide them with the exact caloric content necessary to ride 53 miles.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

A+ Click K-12 Math Test

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A+ Click is an interactive collection of more than 3700 math problems and answers for K-1 K-12 school program. It defines the personal level of math knowledge. You move up into the next level if you give 5 correct answers in a row. Practice makes perfect.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Game, Lecture Notes

Author: Igor Kokcharov

Auntie Doodle's Remote Learning Plan

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My niece and nephew's elementary school was closed due to COVID-19, so we decided to have weekly meetings via zoom to set up research projects and activities that they would complete. This remote learning plan includes the following projects: Animal Research via webcams, Research a Real Life Hero, Research a Country, Interview a Family Member, Perform a Play, Make Environmental Art & La Loteria Board Game.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Megan Simmons

Math, Grade 7, Working With Rational Numbers, Understanding Distance & Coordinates

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Students find the distance between points on a number line by counting and by using subtraction. They then use subtraction to find differences in temperatures.Students discover that the distance between any two points on the number line is the absolute value of their difference, and apply this idea to solve problems.Key ConceptsStudents know from earlier grades that the distance between two positive numbers on the number line can be found by subtracting the lesser number from the greater number. For example, the distance between 5 and 11 is 11 – 5, or 6. We can also state the rule for finding distance as “The distance between two positive numbers is the absolute value of their difference.” With this version of the rule, we don’t have to consider which number is greater; the result is the same either way. Using the example of 5 and 11, the distance is |11 – 5| or |5 – 11|, both of which are equal to 6.This idea extends to the entire number line, including numbers to the left of 0. That is, the distance between any two numbers is the absolute value of their difference. For example, the distance between –5 and 3 is |–5 – 3| = |–8| = 8 or |3 – (–5)| = |8| = 8, and the distance between –12 and –7 is |–12 – (–7)| = |–5| = 5 or |–7 – (–12)| = |5| = 5.Goals and Learning ObjectivesUnderstand the relationship between the distance between two points on the number line and the difference in the coordinates of those points.Find distances in real-life situations.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

OER Accessibility Toolkit

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The focus of many open education projects is to provide access to education. But what does access mean? If the materials are not accessible for each and every student, do they fulfill the mandate to deliver fully open education? The open education movement has helped people in different parts of the world access content that they would otherwise not be able to view or interact with. Open education resources reduce costs for students and allow for greater flexibility for instructors. Accessibility can help push the movement even further forward. The goal of the OER Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the needed resources needed to each content creator, instructor, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open and accessible educational resource — one that is accessible for all students.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Digital Learn

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Digital Learn is a website with a variety of tutorials for adults who are new to using computers (on topics such as introduction to email, navigating a website, and online job searching).

Material Type: Interactive

The Tangible Ecosystem

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In this workshop, we’ll learn how to highlight abiotic (nonliving) and biotic (living) factors as the key actors in the urban environment. We will understand how these environmental components interact, as well as how they are related, to form unique ecologies associated with your local community.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Sensory Nature Walk

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In this workshop, we will work to establish a keen eye—and nose, ear, and hand—when evaluating the qualities of our living world. We will use these observational skills moving forward in our continued exploration of the urban environment.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Understanding Urban Soils

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In this workshop, we will begin to understand the diverse functions and roles of soils—the foundation of all terrestrial ecosystems—and the types of life they support. We will learn to categorize various soils and the species contained therein, and begin to unravel how urban environments shape soil structure and function.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan