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Lesson Plan Ideas with Common Core Correlations

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"We offer these lesson plan ideas to help teachers cover important skills in English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Each SKILLS-BASED IDEA and CONTENT-BASED IDEA suggests specific ProCon.org topics and resources that are particularly well-matched to the lesson and designed to help you meet multiple curriculum goals."

 

 

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ProCon is one of my favorite websites. The mission of the site is to promote 'critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisian, primarily pro-con format." There are 52 controversial topics that are available, and they have just released 20 lesson plans. Seventeen of the lesson plans are skill- based and three are content-based. The lesson plans are geared to learners in grades 5 - 12. Below is a list of two skill-based lessons and two content-based lesson, along with the grade levels.

 

Skill-Based (material quoted from site):

 

* Critical Thinking Quotes - Engage students in a metacognition exercise about critical thinking and also practice research and informational writing skills using ProCon.org's collection of critical thinking quotes. Grades 9 -12.

 

* Main Ideas of Visual References - Use charts and graphs on ProCon.org to engage students in a visual literacy exercise. Grades 6 - 8.

 

Content-Based

 

* Exploring Controversial Issues in Literature - To introduce a novel, use ProCon.org to help students build background knowledge and examine the novel’s controversial issue(s). Grades 5 - 10.

 

* Drug Ads Over Time: Analyzing Historical Images - Use ProCon.org's Gallery of Drug Ads to give students an opportunity to practice ad analysis and recognize how methods and messages have changed over time. Grades 5 - 10.

 

To access the 52 issues that have detailed information and provide references (and links) to the materials used click on the Home page and you will find topics in Education, Elections & Presidents, Health & Medicine, Media & Entertainment, Money & Business, Politics, Religion, Science & Technology, Sex & Gender, Sports, and World/International.

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 7, 7:44 AM

Beth Dichter's insight:

ProCon is one of my favorite websites. The mission of the site is to promote 'critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisian, primarily pro-con format." There are 52 controversial topics that are available, and they have just released 20 lesson plans. Seventeen of the lesson plans are skill- based and three are content-based. The lesson plans are geared to learners in grades 5 - 12. Below is a list of two skill-based lessons and two content-based lesson, along with the grade levels.

Skill-Based (material quoted from site):

* Critical Thinking Quotes - Engage students in a metacognition exercise about critical thinking and also practice research and informational writing skills using ProCon.org's collection of critical thinking quotes. Grades 9 -12.

* Main Ideas of Visual References - Use charts and graphs on ProCon.org to engage students in a visual literacy exercise. Grades 6 - 8.

Content-Based

* Exploring Controversial Issues in Literature - To introduce a novel, use ProCon.org to help students build background knowledge and examine the novel’s controversial issue(s). Grades 5 - 10.

* Drug Ads Over Time: Analyzing Historical Images - Use ProCon.org's Gallery of Drug Ads to give students an opportunity to practice ad analysis and recognize how methods and messages have changed over time. Grades 5 - 10.

To access the 52 issues that have detailed information and provide references (and links) to the materials used click on the Home page and you will find topics in Education, Elections & Presidents, Health & Medicine, Media & Entertainment, Money & Business, Politics, Religion, Science & Technology, Sex & Gender, Sports, and World/International.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 8, 12:44 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Great skills building via content-based articles that center on hot topics in the news related to science concepts (and others).

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Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning

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"We recently discovered the Bay Area’s Prospect Sierra School’s interesting learning model that prioritizes 6 ideas for learning in the 21st century. There is, of course, no single “best” way to pursue “21st century learning”–nor any learning at all for that matter. But seeing the way other inspired educators pursue the idea can teach each one of us a lot. In this model, we appreciate the inclusion of self-knowledge, as well as moving past the idea of content to true disciplinary knowledge–seeing knowledge in context and application."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 26, 2014 9:22 PM

This post shares another visual that provides one model of learning in the 21st century. Specifically, it prioritizes six ideas:

* Disciplinary Knowledge - "Build and apply content knowledge to think deeply and act as a practitioner of the discipline"

* Self-Knowledge - "Experiment and create, while embracing failure as an opportunity for growth in order to design new ideas and solutions."

* Innovation Creation - "Recognize one’s emotional, physical, and learning needs, strengths, and challenges to nurture personal growth and resilience"

* Collaboration - "Share knowledge and resources, building on a diversity of ideas and experiences to achieve group goals and interdependence"

* Responsibility - "Understand one’s impact and influence in a local and global community; cultivate compassion, and take positive action"

* Communication - "Express ideas effectively through varied means of presentation; understand one’s audiences, actively listen; and build connection"

Additional information on each of these six ideas is included in the post.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 27, 2014 1:08 PM

There is no single best way to learn which suggests teaching remains central in the process.

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Neil Gaiman's Eight Rules of Writing

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 28, 2014 11:06 PM

It is always interesting to read rules of writing that are written by authors. This list of 8 rules comes from Neil Gaiman, an author that some students may recognize. It also lets students know that published authors go through the writing process in a similar way to students.

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Author of 'The Graveyard Book'

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Bloom's Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 28, 2014 9:41 PM

This pdf file is fairly large and looks at the original version of Bloom's Taxonomy but it is an in-depth look that moves from the lower ordering thinking skills to the higher order thinking skills and includes a definition for each level as well as:

* Key Words - an extensive list for each level

* Actions and Outcomes for each level

* Questions specific to each level

To access the full pdf: 

http://educatingmatters.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/blooms_taxonomy_teacher_planning_kit1.pdf 

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Common Craft Explains Primary and Secondary Sources

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"Understanding the differences between primary and secondary sources can be a challenge to some middle school and high school students. "


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 1, 2014 9:10 PM

Help your student learn the differences between primary and seconary sources by sharing this video by Common Craft. What makes primary resources important? When it is better to use secondary resources? How to they interact with each other? This two minute video will provide an overview that will help your students deepen their understanding. 

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A Tool for Self-Assessment & Reflection

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"I have been working on a tool for students to do a self assessment/reflection and feedback...The tool is based around the work of Stephen Dinham which is used be DET NSW and New Zealand eductors John Hattie & Helen Timperley."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 4, 2014 9:21 PM

Andrew Church has created a tool for Self-Assessment and Reflection that asks students to answer 4 questions:

* What can I do? ((How am I going?)

* What can't I do? (How am I going?)

* How does my work compare with others? (How am I going?) 

* What can I do better? (Where do I go next?)

And then students are asked to look ahead with this question:

* What are my next steps? (What actions are you going to take as  a result of your reflections? Who can help me? Where to next?)

You can download two versions of this as a pdf file. One is in portrait mode and one in landscape mode. Church also asks that you provide him with feedback.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, April 5, 2014 1:29 AM

"I have been working on a tool for self assessment/reflection and feedback...This particular tool is based around the work of Stephen Dinham  and John Hattie & Helen Timperley."

Carol Thomson's curator insight, April 6, 2014 3:35 PM

Have been looking for something i can use with students that they understand and dont panic about.

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Five Quick Things Teachers Can Do to Increase Vocabulary Awareness - The Reading & Writing Project

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Education Week: Spotlight on Instructional Coaching

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Instructional coaches can play a key role in schools, helping teachers in the classroom while planning and strategizing with school leaders.

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Check out these seven articles on instructional coaching....

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iPad Setup and Management for Classrooms

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Matt Gomez is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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Content area reading strategies ms

1 Middle School Edition: CONTENT AREA READING Purpose: The students will learn, practice, and internalize strategies that are essential life-long learning skill
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Amazing Site for Inquiry in Early Childhood: 50 Great Wonders From Wonderopolis For Primary Grades

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I have written several posts (here, here, and here) about using Wonderopolis in my classroom so I decided to put together some of the top wonders for young children. They now have over 968 "wonders...

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, May 30, 2013 11:37 PM

Learning from other educators is delicious! AN interesting way of using symbaloo

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ASCD Webinars - Lisa Dabbs, The New Teacher Tool Kit

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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We Are Teachers

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Picture a first-grade classroom, maybe even your own. Kids are gathered around the sand table, exploring the sand, letting the grains run between their fingers.
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With new learning strategies, kids tackle higher-level math - Chalkbeat New York

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Indiana’s new academic standards, which detail what children must know, call for students to not just learn facts, but understand […]
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Growth Mindset and Deeper Learning

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Teaching students that they can become smarter and learn to capabilities is at the heart of the Growth Mindset theory. Learn how schools are bringing a growth mindset into their classrooms to allow students to succeed like never before.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 27, 2014 2:28 PM

"growth mindset has the power to stick and transform how we think, act and talk in ways that propel students powerfully into their future."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 4, 11:07 PM

Deep learning, if it draws from deep ecology, is about doing things differently which does not always mean that it is about growth in the way we normally understand progress. It is about deep meaning in our learning and teaching.

 

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Planning Forms | Project Based Learning | BIE

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 25, 2014 10:15 AM

A wide array of planning forms used to support project based learning

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, February 26, 2014 6:30 PM

Check out these planning forms~

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A wide array of planning forms used to support project based learning

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Graphicacy - The Key To Visual Thinking In A Differentiated Classroom

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"In the scholastic world's quest to pinpoint new "literacies," one of the most essential skills in a student's toolkit isn't new at all. "Graphicacy" is the vital proficiency with visual inputs that all learners must master in the modern classroom. Graphicacy refers to the encoding and decoding of images, particularly in the close examination of details that construct visual meaning. It stands with literacy, oracy, and numeracy as one of the four indispensable corners of education."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 29, 2014 8:40 PM

In education we talk about a variety of literacies, and one that comes up more often today is visual literacy, which may also be referred to as graphicacy. This post explores this concept providing a historical perspective as well as links to a number of excellent resources.

There are also many visuals with the post, including the one above that looks at the many forms of graphicacy that we see in our classrooms (and provides a number of definitions). Many of these forms may be created by students using technology.

There is also a short video, To Understand is to Perceive Patterns, that looks at how patterns in nature are repeated.

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The Importance of Grit: 21st Century Skills in a Modern Economy

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What is grit? Learn more about grit and how important it is help you thrive in the 21st century in this infographic.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 3, 2014 7:38 PM

Check out this infographic that explores just what grit is and why it helps students in school (and all of us inthe 21st century). Sections include:

* What Is Grit

* Why Do We Need It

* Grit Can Make A Difference

* How Can You Get Grit

You will also find a list of references at the end of the infographic.

Daniel Garcia's curator insight, August 21, 2014 1:14 AM

"Just keep swimming!"

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Effective Classroom Management

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Instructional Time Impacts Student Outcomes > Diane Sweeney

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A new study by Jason Grissom, Susanna Loeb, and Ben Master looks at how principals’ use of instructional time impacts student outcomes.

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Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

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As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students. I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does.
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A Bloom's Digital Taxonomy For Evaluating Digital Tasks

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Blogstitute Week 1: Debbie Miller on letting kids “dig in” - The Stenhouse Blog

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A Different Approach to Formative Assessment Makes Practice Time Count

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Using formative assessment to help students focus on what they don't understand during a lesson can maximize learning for all students.
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Becky Odell's curator insight, October 29, 2013 1:39 PM

good article on formative assessment; need to share w FFC

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What routines do you follow?

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I'm curious. I know we're supposed to be saving the world and all with big, fancy, important things, but I'm wondering what kinds of routines you, my fellow educator, use in the work that you do. L...
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