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Lanning, Lois A.; Brown, Tiffanee – Corwin, 2019
A Concept-Based Curriculum is designed to help students uncover important, transferable understandings about what it means to be a capable reader, writer, speaker, viewer, listener, and thinker. But, too often, a well-designed, conceptual curriculum does not translate into conceptual teaching. "Concept Based Literacy Lessons" helps…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Curriculum, Concept Formation, Instructional Design
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Like, Christopher; Morgan, Jeffrey; Escalada, Lawrence; Burns, Les – Physics Teacher, 2019
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) require teachers to think very carefully about the structure of lessons, which content must be taught to allow students to achieve NGSS expectations, and how content is delivered. With the standards' focus on three-dimensional learning and the use of relevant phenomena, most teachers are urged to make…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Units of Study, Standards
Jones, Richard C.; Bagheri, Nazgol – Geography Teacher, 2019
This exercise introduces students to the observation that warming is unequal at the level of regions and countries, helps them analyze why this is so, and encourages reflection on actions by specific countries. In addition, students will uncover the relative roles of methane and carbon dioxide in local warming, the role of greenhouse gas emissions…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Climate, Environmental Education
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Gunning, Amanda M.; Marrero, Meghan E.; Buonamano, Christina; Somers, Vita – Science and Children, 2018
Waves and sound are rooted in children's everyday experiences. This topic naturally extends to other topics, such as instruments and music, which children find very interesting. As children often see science as separate from their daily lives, it is important to help them make real-life connections. The unit begins with children's observations,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Units of Study, Standards, Grade 1
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La Luzerne-Oi, Sally; Korschenmann, Jean – English Teaching Forum, 2018
English language teaching (ELT) textbooks, especially reading textbooks, often include biographical reading passages (Tomas, Kostka, and Mott-Smith 2013) with accompanying pre-reading questions, post-reading comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and prompts for writing or discussion. Teachers often begin reading lessons by providing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Textbooks
Glynn, Cassandra; Wesely, Pamela; Wassell, Beth – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2018
The second edition of "Words and Actions" features an expanded framework, a variety of new unit, lesson, and activity examples from different languages and levels, and additional content on how social justice education fits within the context of contemporary approaches to language instruction. The revised text provides concrete examples…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Guidelines
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Murphy, Beth; Hedwall, Melissa; Dirks, Andrew; Stretch, Elizabeth – Science Teacher, 2017
Reading provides a unique window into the history and nature of science and the norms of scientific communication and supports students in developing critical-reading skills in engaging ways. Effective use of reading promotes a spirit of inquiry and an understanding of science concepts while also addressing expectations of the Common Core State…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Molecular Structure, Science Education History, Content Area Reading
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Concannon, James; Brown, Patrick L. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) challenges science teachers to think beyond specific content standards when considering how to design and implement curriculum. This lesson, "Windmills by Design," is an insightful lesson in how science teachers can create and implement a cross-cutting lesson to teach the concepts…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Design, High School Students
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DeSantis, Larisa; DeSantis, Derek – Science Teacher, 2017
This article describes a lesson in which high school biology, ecology, environmental science, anatomy, and physiology students can devise hypotheses and test them with scientific data, identify unanswered questions, and design an additional study to answer those questions. This module connects students with exciting research and current science…
Descriptors: Animals, Death, Biodiversity, High School Students
Clementi, Donna; Terrill, Laura – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
The second edition of "Keys to Planning" builds upon the information shared about effective curriculum, unit, and lesson design by introducing current research and thinking related to curriculum design. The information presented in this second edition also captures insights and suggestions from classroom teachers who have attended…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Lesson Plans, Curriculum Design, Teacher Attitudes
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Colantonio, Arturo; Galano, Silvia; Leccia, Silvio; Puddu, Emanuella; Testa, Italo – Physics Education, 2017
In this paper, we present a teaching module about stellar structure, functioning and evolution. Drawing from literature in astronomy education, we designed the activities around three key ideas: spectral analysis, mechanical and thermal equilibrium, energy and nuclear reactions. The module is divided into four phases, in which the key ideas for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Units of Study, Astronomy, Science Activities
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
"Composting" is a way to purposefully use the process of decay to break down organic materials in a location where the resulting mixture can be harvested for enriching garden soil. The large body of literature about the science of composting provides many options for early childhood educators to choose from to incorporate into their…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Soil Science, Concept Teaching, Educational Resources
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Rehmat, Abeera P.; Owens, Marissa C. – Science and Children, 2016
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue shares information about a unit promoting scientific literacy and the engineering design process. The integration of engineering with scientific practices in K-12 education can promote creativity, hands-on learning, and an improvement in students'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Engineering Technology, Integrated Activities
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
Keeping track of the weather is especially important in communities where severe weather endangers property and lives. Science education may mean talking with children about scary or tragic events. Although teachers should not avoid teaching about severe weather events, they can be sensitive to students' fears and stress by first asking families…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Educational Resources
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Bondy, Jennifer M.; Pennington, Lisa K. – Social Studies, 2016
This article aims to broaden the ways we conceptualize citizenship and implement citizenship education in social studies. To do so, the authors explore media texts as a curricular and pedagogical site for teaching lessons about citizenship. Specifically, the authors investigate how media drafts the boundaries of citizenship for Latin@ youth, and…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Social Media, Mass Media Use
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