These units on China were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing China and the world.
Project-based learning stations that help students bridge observations to algebraic concepts through semester-long inquiries (each inquiry takes about a week). Once the class has completed the eight inquiries, the teacher may guide them through the inquiries again, exploring new patterns, variables more
Using home construction as the context, students explore the processes of thermodynamics and energy efficiency. Each student will choose a region of the USA and a season (summer or winter) and design an energy efficient home. Through the course of designing their homes, students investigate the form more
Change can be measured on the long term (geologic) or the short term (human). “The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes” is a 17 minute video that explores both concepts in a fun way. If you live in the Great Lakes area, the film is a great way to get the students to think of the lakes in a new way. more
This Electricity and Magnetism unit will help students understand the world around them through inquiry and hands-on experimentation. The major concepts covered will be static electricity, current electricity, magnets / magnetic fields, and electromagnetic induction. The unit takes 3 weeks, averagin more
This lesson is the first in a larger unit on World War II and the Holocaust. Our shared text for this unit is Elie Wiesel's Night. Students will also be working in literature circles, however, to read books from this period on their own. Our strategy focus is writing responses to short-answer questi more
In this unit, students will be focusing on determining importance; summarizing; making predictions; recognizing plot structure; and identifying flashbacks and foreshadowing. Wherever possible, mini-lesson texts relate to American life in the 1930s, and all students will be reading literature circle more