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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Writing
science, observation, physical chemical changes, inquiry, writing, candle, air pressure, condensation, physical science, earth science, life science
Students observe candle burning and going out under a jar.

1.       Place small votive candle on a small saucer with approx. 1/2 cup of water in saucer.

2.       Light candle.

3.       Place large mouth jar over lit candle, placing penny under jar's edge.

4.       Observe as light slowly goes out.

5.       Repeat several times.

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7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thEnglish Language Arts, Mathematics, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
literacy reading comprehension
Graphic depicting reasons for and results of poor reading ability in secondary school students
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7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thEnglish Language Arts, Information Skills, Mathematics, Pedagogy, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
reading comprehension literacy
PowerPoint presentation from Summer 2009 workshop:  Strategic Reading for Adolescents
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, English Language Arts, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Music Education, Pedagogy, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
Directions for using 3-2-1 summarizing strategy and Wordsplash pre-reading activity with examples
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Media, Music Education, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
literacy summarizing reading comprehension summary ticket-out-the-door
paper & pencil
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, English Language Arts, English as a Second Language, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Pedagogy, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
vocabulary before-reading strategy after-reading predicting
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thEnglish Language Arts, Healthful Living Education, Mathematics, Pedagogy, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
seminar discussion questioning question Socratic reading literacy
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thEnglish Language Arts, Pedagogy, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
Socratic seminar discussion literacy questioning rubric formative peer
This is a peer assessment instrument for use in the inner-circle/outer-circle method of conducting the Socratic seminar.
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thEnglish Language Arts, Pedagogy, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies
Socratic seminar discussion literacy questioning rubric formative assessment
This is a self-assessment instrument that may be used after Socratic Seminar for students to reflect on the quality of their preparation and participation.
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Media, Music Education, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Writing
formative assessment reading strategy after-reading compare contrast vocabulary
This is a strategy for developing concepts in any subject area.  It is used by students to compare the characteristics of various items within a topic or subject area. It can be used as an after-reading strategy and is a good instrument to collect data for formative assessment.
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4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience
Rocks, minerals, plate tectonics
Using the Inspiration program or the printed copy, students cans see the relationship between rocks and minerals.
 

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 Free Lessons in all Areas
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thMathematics, Science, Social Studies
Free Lessons in all Areas
 Science Buddies
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Information Skills, Mathematics, Science
Free Science Fair Resource for projects, activities and ideas.
 Grandfather Mountain Fall Color Report
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Social Studies
Get the lastest report on the Fall Colors or take a virtual tour of Grandfather Mountain. 
 High Country Web Cams
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience
Check out the view of Grandfather Mt., Lake James, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, etc.
 The Miracle of Fall
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience
Provided by the University of Illinois - You will find links for explaining the Fall Colors, photos of Fall Foliage, Fall Education, etc. 
 Journey North
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thInformation Skills, Science, Social Studies
A global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change
 Stopwatch on line
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Guidance, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Media, Music Education, Pedagogy, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
 Timer
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Guidance, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Media, Music Education, Pedagogy, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
Very large timer to use in the classroom for projection.
 Appalachian State University Math and Science Resources
  
K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8thMathematics, Pedagogy, Science
A website of resources for Math and Science.
 Interactive Student Notebooks
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Guidance, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Music Education, Pedagogy, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
This site allows any teacher to begin to experiment with Interactive Notebooking with their classes. This method is used as a tool for "writing to learn" by requiring students to reflect nightly on the day's lessons. Reflections and lessons are to be formative and creative.
 Interactive Notebooking-teacher site
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Guidance, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Music Education, Pedagogy, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
Teacher site for interactive notebooking, especially focusing on High school social studies/history.
 Biology Jeopardy games and templates
  
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Social Studies
Several Biology Jeopardy review games and clear template available to create your own for any discipline.
 Biology 1 Animations
  
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience
Over 100 different animation series for cells, general biology, viruses and DNA.
 Vocabulary Strategies
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Guidance, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Media, Music Education, Pedagogy, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
Cadre of vocabulary strategies for all grade levels and all subject areas.
 Wright Brothers Museum- Provided by the National Parks Service
  
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Social Studies
Plan your visit, photos/multimedia, history & culture, for teachers, for kids, news.
 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans-  Wright Brothers National Memorial
  
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Social Studies
This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into classrooms across the country.
 Snowflakes and Snow Crystals
  
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Physics
Learn about snowflakes and crystals, where they come from, how they are created and much more.
 All About Snow - Provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center
  
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience
Which city in the US has the most snow annually?  How big can snowflakes get?  Why is snow white?
 Daylight Savings Time
  
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Social Studies
History, Why? Controversy, Who Observes it? Click on "Nodes" to see a cloud view of the information. 
 The Official US Time
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Social Studies
Verify the time on your clock to insure that you have the correct time.
 Online Alarm Clock
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Guidance, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Media, Music Education, Pedagogy, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
This is a great site to use to keep your students on task and to get their attention
 Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7thScience
Where do leaf colors come from?  How do leaves change color?  Do leaves change color because of weather? Why do leaves fall? 
 ALA Great Web Sites for Kids
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Dance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Healthful Living Education, Information Skills, Mathematics, Media, Music Education, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
Web sites for children broken down by categories:  animals, the arts, history/biography, literature & languages, reference desk, mathematics & computers, sciences, and social studies. 
 Summer in The National Parks
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thScience, Social Studies
The National Park Service provides a great website that contains links to our National Parks.  This is a wonderful site to visit for planning trips.  However, if you are unable to go on a vacation this summer, you can visit our National Parks virtually through this web site.
 Interactives
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thEnglish Language Arts, Healthful Living Education, Mathematics, Science
"Interactives" provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas. It has several things that are a great review for the EOG's - 3-D Geometry and Elements of a Story. 
 Chicken Wing Dissection Lesson
  
3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thDance Arts Education, Healthful Living Education, Science
In this lesson, students see the interaction of opposing muscles, bones and ligaments.
 Chicken Wing Dissection Video: YouTube video
  
3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thDance Arts Education, Healthful Living Education, Science
Video shows dissection of a chicken wing.
 Teachers' Domain
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thDance Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, English as a Second Language, Healthful Living Education, Mathematics, Music Education, Pedagogy, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, Writing
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 Free Metric Materials by NIST
  
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thComputer Technology Skills, Information Skills, Mathematics, Science
Government site of free downloads for metric measurements along with more helpful links!
 Sheppardsoftware
  
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12thEnglish Language Arts, Healthful Living Education, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Writing
Short, free games with tutorials.
   
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