Classroom Resources

In this short clip, Oscar shows students how to use greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols as they explore what goes on in the North Control Room.

Grade(s)

K, 1, 2

Subject Area

Mathematics

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Meet all of your favorite REACH with STEM animals here in one lesson! Hear their voices, read along, and learn to compare two texts on the same topic. Use the lesson scorecard on page 2 to track your progress with the REACH with STEM series.

This resource provides students with a variety of informational and fictional texts on the same topic which could be used to compare and contrast.

Grade(s)

2

Subject Area

English Language Arts

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Verbals are verbs disguised as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. Verbals come in three forms: gerunds, infinitives, and participles. Gerunds are verbs that end in "-ing" and function as nouns. Participles end in "-ing," "-ed," "-d," "-t," "-en," "-n" and function as adjectives. Infinitives are the base form plus the word "to" and function as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. This resource provides instruction and practice in identifying verbals. 

Grade(s)

8

Subject Area

English Language Arts

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Students will learn how to determine an author's purpose. The author may be trying to inform, entertain, persuade, or describe. Students will be better able to draw conclusions and make inferences from this lesson.

Overview
Using a 2-column chart, students scaffold their thinking and draw conclusions about the author's purpose.

Why is this an important concept?
When students can identify whether an author's purpose for writing a text is to inform, persuade, entertain, or describe, they are better equipped to evaluate its content as they make inferences and draw conclusions.

Grade(s)

3, 5

Subject Area

English Language Arts

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this video lesson, students revisit some situations that can be modeled with quadratic functions. They analyze and interpret given equations, write equations to represent relationships and constraints (MP4), and work to solve these equations. In doing so, students see that sometimes solutions to quadratic equations cannot be easily or precisely found by graphing or reasoning.

Grade(s)

9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

Mathematics

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this interactive activity, students must figure out who won the race by comparing their times. This interactive exercise focuses on using what you know about ordering decimals, number lines, and rounding to the tenths place and then asks you to think about what numbers could be rounded to get a certain decimal.

Grade(s)

5

Subject Area

Mathematics

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this interactive lesson, students will apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions. They will also interpret the division of a unit fraction by a non-zero whole number, compute such quotients and interpret the division of a whole number by a unit fraction, and compute such quotients.

Grade(s)

5

Subject Area

Mathematics

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

This media gallery is designed to assist students, teachers, and parents in successfully completing an original composition for the WQED PBS KIDS Writers Contest. These resources can be used with students in grades K-5.

The gallery includes many resources that students could use to draft and refine a narrative.

Grade(s)

1, 2, 3, 4

Subject Area

English Language Arts

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

The focus of this video lesson is writing expressions to represent situations. Students write expressions to represent operations with numbers and with letters standing in for numbers. Students can also choose to represent expressions with tape diagrams (MP5).

Grade(s)

6

Subject Area

Mathematics

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Students will watch a video that shows kids camouflaging themselves in order to blend into nature so they can watch wildlife. The kids follow a sequence of steps in order to camouflage themselves. The students will take notes on this process and write a paragraph that conveys the steps in proper order.

 

Overview
Students watch a video segment, take notes and using a time-order organizational structure, write a paragraph about how to camouflage themselves.

Why is this an important concept?
When learners can take ideas and sort them by order according to time, they can better comprehend the complexity, sequence, and relationships among the ideas. Noting the relationships among ideas leads to the ability to generalize, categorize, sort, evaluate, and understand new information.

Grade(s)

5

Subject Area

English Language Arts

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Many jobs in the manufacturing industry require writing emails, reports, and updates. The first thing employees should consider when they start to write anything for work is audience and purpose, so they are sure to use the most appropriate language and format. This resource provides instruction and discussion in considering your audience when crafting workplace documents. 

Grade(s)

6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Subject Area

English Language Arts

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Healthcare workers often write reports, charts, and emails. Writing clearly and accurately is critical to patient care and success in the medical field. This resource provides instruction and discussion about the audience, purpose, and functions of workplace documents. 

Grade(s)

9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

English Language Arts

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

This novice-mid to novice-high Spanish activity encourages students to gather information from heritage speakers about how various holidays are celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Students gather information from the video recordings and compare their findings to celebration practices from within their own culture and eventually plan a party of their own. This full class period activity includes various stages requiring students to work individually, in pairs, and in groups. 

Grade(s)

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

World Languages

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

This interactive game from WNET Thirteen“For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. Players encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.  A brand-new version of this game is now available! Teachers will need to register to play this game.  The game can be played in a whole group setting or individually.  Teachers can also download a teacher's guide.

Grade(s)

10

Subject Area

Social Studies

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this PhET activity, students will construct series and parallel circuits using available materials. Students will explore how resistors, batteries, and various types of insulators and conductors affect circuits. Students will explore Ohm’s law by  determining how resistance affects circuits by utilizing voltmeters, ammeters, and charts to measure voltage and current. Students will prove Kirchhoff’s laws by demonstrating that current is equal on each side of a node and that the sum of voltage differences is 0. This activity can be used to introduce a unit on circuits or to reinforce students’ knowledge of circuits.

Grade(s)

9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

Science

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this PhET activity, students will be able to visualize chemical reactions by viewing 3D representations of atoms and molecules. Students will balance chemical equations by adding or taking away certain numbers of molecules to demonstrate that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction. This activity can be used to introduce the law of conservation of mass or to reinforce the skill of balancing equations.

Grade(s)

9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

Science

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this PhET Activity, students will explore the relationships between the pressure, volume, temperature, and density of ideal gases. As an extension, students can visualize, using graphs, how the temperature and pressure of a gas impact the speed and kinetic energy of particles. This activity can be used as an exploratory introduction to the behavior of gases, as a digital lab, or to reinforce student knowledge of confined gases.

Grade(s)

9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

Science

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this PhET Activity, students will model molecular shapes by creating 3D ball-and-stick images. Students will explore the effects of adding and removing bonds and/or lone pairs of electrons. Students will also utilize models of real molecules to analyze their electron and molecular geometries and bond angles. This activity can be used to introduce molecular shapes or to reinforce student knowledge.

Grade(s)

9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

Science

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

In this PhET Activity, students will generate data from a population of rabbits in different environments. Students will introduce mutations and/or environmental factors that affect rabbits’ traits and adaptations. Students will analyze the generated charts and graphs to evaluate how different traits and adaptations caused the population to change over time due to natural selection. This activity can be used as an introduction to natural selection or as a virtual inquiry lab.

Grade(s)

9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area

Science

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource
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