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    Art On Trial (A Mock-Court Activity)
    Diane Franken, who teaches at Lincoln Academy of Integrated Arts in Davenport, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students take on different roles as they determine which work of art will be constructed in their community park. (Grades 3-12)


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    Mr. Mascot's Magical Musical Tour
    Melanie E. Shaw, who teaches at Vogelweh Elementary School, a Department of Defense school in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland Pfalz (Germany), submitted this lesson in which a class mascot leaves clues. Where in the U.S. or world is it? (Grades 3-12)

    Seven Wonders of the World
    Priya Ravikumar, who teaches at DAV Public School in Mumbai, Maharashtra (India), submitted this week's lesson in which students explore the Seven Wonders of the ancient and modern worlds. (Grades 3-12)

    Plains Indians Pictographs
    Laura Wolfram, who teaches at Horace Mann School in Bronx, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students design their own pictograph sentences on scraps of "buffalo hide."

    Reconstructing Artifacts
    Michelle Gay, who teaches at Foley (Alabama) Intermediate School, submitted this fun, hands-on activity, in which students learn about an archaeologist's work. (Grades K-12)

    Jah's Mural
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    Students study cave paintings of early humans and create their own! (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Tapestry in the Middle Ages
    Submitted by Ashlynn J. Neel
    Students learn about the use of tapestry in the Middle Ages and then weave their own tapestry. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)


    FOREIGN LANGUAGES

    Mi Perro Perdido (My Lost Dog)
    Sonya Darnell, who teaches at Pickens (South Carolina) High School, submitted this lesson in which students earn bonus quiz points for following foreign-language directions. (Grades 3-12)


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    In the Pumpkin (Dans la Citrouille)
    Barbara McLaren, who teaches in Ontario, Canada, submitted this lesson for harvest time; students learn foreign language vocabulary words for a variety of vegetables. (Grades 3-8)

    3R Activity (Reading-Relating-Responding)
    Fatih Durmus, who teaches at Ozel Kasmoglu Coskun Lisesi in Istanbul, Turkey, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a fun cooperative-group reading-comprehension strategy. (Grades 3-12)

    100 Famous Quotes Game
    Doug Evans, who teaches at Nagoya International Junior/Senior High School in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan), submitted this lesson in which students compete in teams to learn 100 famous quotes. (Grades 3-12)

    Tomie dePaola's Adelita: A Bio Poem
    Christopher Lucero, an education student at Long Beach State in Long Beach, California, submitted this week's lesson in which students write a bio poem about the main character in Tomie dePaola's Mexican Cinderella story, Adelita. A nice lesson for Hispanic Heritage Month. (Grades K-2)

    At the Dinner Table: A Foreign Language Lesson
    Adrien Morel, who teaches at E.W. Stokes School in Washington, D.C., submitted this hand-on activity, in which students learn the foreign language vocabulary for a dinner-table setting. (Grades K-3)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Rob Ford submitted this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    The "Me" Quilt
    Judith Rohlf submitted this semi-glyph activity, students share their interests and characteristics by making patches about themselves. The patches are then pieced together to make a class quilt for a wall or bulletin board. The quilt serves as a jumping stone for many other activities. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    What's Happening?
    Debbie Brown submitted this lesson in which students play a grammar game in which they practice using verbs and adverbs. Younger students can play the game to learn to identify verbs and adverbs in English. Older students might play the game to practice using verbs and adverbs in a foreign language. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)


    LANGUAGE ARTS

    Who in the World Is....?
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students scan the newspaper for information. (Grades 3-8)

    Geo-Critters (Geometry Critters)
    Loretta Greenough, a student at the University of Idaho, submitted this lesson that integrates literature (The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka) and math as students create geometry critters from four shapes. (Grades 2-5)

    Following in Their Footsteps
    Patti Stephenson, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this lesson in which students read a biography and look for the positive character traits they might "follow" in their own lives. (Grades 3-12)

    Comparing-Contrasting With Cookies
    Lesley Roessing, who teaches at Ridley Middle School in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson that offers a fun compare-and-contrast activity using Girl Scout cookies to ready students to write more complex comparisons of characters, literature (Grades 3-12)

    Appetizing Adverbs
    Laura Graham, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this appetizing lesson that teaches the concepts of verbs and adverbs. (Grades K-5)

    Vivid Descriptions and Works of Art
    Megan Wynne, who teaches at St. Joseph School in Hawthorne, California, submitted this lesson in which students test their vivid-writing skills with an art activity. (Grades 3-12)

    Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
    Michele McKinnon, who is interning at Liberty Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland, submitted this lesson, which uses a popular childrens book about Abe Lincoln to teach the five parts of a letter. (Grades K-5)

    Snowy Similes
    Cindy Behnke, who teaches at Gateway Pointe Elementary School in Higley, Arizona, submitted this lesson in which students work cooperatively to develop an understanding of similes and how they can be used to improve writing. (Grades 3-8)

    Treasured Comments
    VaRng lesson that teaches the concepts of verbs and adverbs. (Grades K-5)eane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students fill treasure chests with positive, self-esteem-building comments about each other. (Grades 2-5)

    A "F"able: Making Plurals
    Linda C. York, who teaches at Wateree Elementary School in Lugoff, South Carolina, submitted this weeks lesson, which uses a fable to teach how to make plurals of words that end in f or fe. (Grades 3-5)

    Native Americans of Our Region
    Julia Snyder submitted this lesson in which students use a variety of reading strategies to learn about Indian tribes native to their region. (Grades 3-8)

    Walk In My Shoes
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson in which students write a story from the viewpoint of a shoe. (Grades 2-8)

    Preposition House
    Colleen Moak, who teaches at Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, D.C., submitted this week's lesson, which helps students visualize how prepositions describe things in relation to one another.

    Time Line of the Year
    Lynda O'Brien, who teaches at Twin Oaks Home School in Melrose, Florida, submitted this lesson in which students create a timeline of the school year that includes photographs, work samples, much more.

    Space Travel Brochure
    Karen Hoskins, who teaches at Barksdale Elementary School in Clarksville, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson in which students create brochures that promote travel to other planets. (Grades 3-12)

    Book Buffet
    Patti Stephenson, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence Missouri, submitted this idea that she uses to pique student interest in reading books from a variety of genres. (Grades 3-12)

    Listen and Guess Vocabulary Game
    Susan Person, who teaches at Piqua (Ohio) Junior High School, submitted this game that builds vocabulary and provides a fun break too. (Grades 3-12)

    Whittling Out Haiku
    Elizabeth Jackson, who teaches as Sweetwater (Texas) High School, submitted this week's lesson in which pictures inspire haiku writing and sharing. (Grades 3-12)

    Animal Diaries
    Mary Pat Mahoney, who teaches at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students write a diary from an animal's perspective. (Grades 3-12)

    Fortune Cookies Motivate Writing
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson in which a fortune cookie motivates student writing. (Grades 3-12)

    Foreign Language Lip-Sync Karaoke Contest
    Tina Matic, who teaches at Oxford Academy in Cypress, California, submitted this week's lesson in which a lip-sync contest provides an unforgettable foreign language lesson. (Grades 6-12)

    Traveling Community Journal Project
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students' traveling journals teach them about communities and cultures. (Grades 2-8)

    Our Dinopals With WordArt
    Marci McGowan, who teaches at H. W. Mountz Elementary School in Spring Lake, New Jersey, submitted this lesson in which students listen to a Jane Yolen story then create a dinopal of their own. Included: Easy tech integration activity for first graders. (Grades K-3)

    Beanie Baby Biographies
    Mary Pat Mahoney, who teaches at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas, submitted this lesson in which students develop a biography for a Beanie Baby. (Grades K-5)

    Back-in-Time Travel Brochure
    Brett Sidle, who teaches at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake, Michigan, submitted this lesson in which students learn about history by creating back-in-time travel brochures. (Grades 6-12)

    A Seashell Lesson: Writing for Detail and the Scientific Process
    Jayme Steighner, who teaches at Gregory Elementary School in Wilmington, North Carolina, submitted this lesson in which seashells are used to teach students about the importance of including detail in their (science) writing. (Grades 3-8)

    Puzzling Clue Vocabulary
    Elizabeth Eaton, who teaches at Savanna Ridge Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Florida, submitted this lesson in which students "puzzle" over the connection between clues as they review or build vocabulary. (Grades 3-12)

    Hog Dog Writing
    Barb Frye, who teaches at Titusville (Pennsylvania) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which a hot dog is used as a metaphor and assessment checklist for good student writing. (Grades 3-8)

    Showing and Telling: The "Outburst Writing" Activity
    Colin Bridgewater, who teaches at The American School in London (London, England), submitted this lesson in which he stages an elaborate ruse in order to teach kids an important lesson in good writing.

    Packing Nouns
    Sharlene McIntyre, who teaches at Arthur Williams Middle School in Jesup, Georgia, submitted this lesson, which reinforces students' knowledge of nouns. (Grades 3-8)

    Drawing a "Life Map"
    Lindsay Bigham, who teaches at Liberty (South Carolina) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which students create "life maps" of their lives. This can be used as a prewriting activity for writing autobiographies. (Grades 3-12)

    Oreo Cookie Writing
    Mark A Schneberger, who teaches at Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) Community College, submitted this lesson in which Oreo cookies teach a valuable less about good writing. (Grades 3-12)

    Stir Up a Character Analysis Recipe
    Mary Pat Mahoney, who teaches at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students stir up character analysis "recipes" for characters in literature/history. (Grades 3-12)

    Game Board Review
    Kris Gazdziak, who teaches at Naperville (Illinois) Central High School, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a great review game for all grades, all subjects. (Grades K-12)

    Wall of Peace
    Mary E. Noyes (with Barrie Citrowske), who teaches at Minneota (Minnesota) Public School, submitted this week's lesson in which students' essays are used to build a classroom Wall of Peace. (Grades 5-12)

    My Alphabetical Autobiography
    Leah Bivins, who teaches at Colfax Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, which challenges students to create A to Z autobiographies. (Grades K-12)

    Picture a Tarantula
    Leigh Lewis, who teaches at Wynne (Arkansas) Junior High School, submitted this week's lesson. Students draw a picture of a spider based on a detailed description. How close will their drawings come? (Grades 3-8)

    3R Activity (Reading-Relating-Responding)
    Fatih Durmus, who teaches at Ozel Kasmoglu Coskun Lisesi in Istanbul, Turkey, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a fun cooperative-group reading-comprehension strategy. (Grades 3-12)

    Cooperative Group Spelling Game
    Jane York, who teaches at Chimneyrock Elementary School in Cordova, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun and active game that can be used to reinforce spelling or vocabulary words. (Grades 3-8)

    Fear Factor Fun
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students create and write vivid descriptions of new "Fear Factor" stunts they create. (Grades 3-12)

    Character in a Bag
    Miranda Babin, who teaches at Southdown Elementary School in Houma, Louisiana, created this lesson in which pairs of students use clues from a paper bag to cooperatively develop a mystery character and produce a PowerPoint about the character. (Grades 3-12)

    100 Famous Quotes Game
    Doug Evans, who teaches at Nagoya International Junior/Senior High School in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan), submitted this lesson in which students compete in teams to learn 100 famous quotes. (Grades 3-12)

    Celebrate Abe Lincoln: A Primary Timeline Activity
    Martha Leslie, who teaches at Centennial Elementary School in Graham, Washington, submitted this lesson in which students create simple timelines based on the life of Abe Lincoln. Other projects include painting Lincoln portraits. (Grades K-2)

    Interviewing Famous Leaders in History
    Lisa Auanger, a teachr at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia, submitted this lesson in which students research famous leaders (e.g., U.S presidents, Roman emperors, English monarchs) and create a realistic interview based on that research. (Grades 5-12)

    Sequencing The Mitten
    Nicole Tyminski, who teaches at McKinley Elementary School in Westfield, New Jersey, submitted this week's lesson, which teaches sequencing skills using The Mitten by Jan Brett. (Grades K-2)

    Filling in the Holes, 20 Years Later
    Glenda Smith, who teaches at Glenpool (Oklahoma) Middle School, submitted this week's lesson in which students draw conclusions about what the main characters in Louis Sachar's Holes will be doing 20 years into the future. (Grades 3-8)

    Perfecting My Pal's Poe Paragraph
    Kathryn Donlin of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pennsylvania) submitted this week's lesson in which students study the opening paragraph of one of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, the use some of the same elements Poe used to create their own great opening paragraphs. (Grades 9-12)

    Meaty Words
    Angie Morris, who teaches at Bellflower (Missouri) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson, which focuses on choosing the "meaty words" when summarizing a piece of text; a good introductory lesson to note-taking too. (Grades 3-8)

    Get the Ball Rolling: Fun With English-Language Idioms
    Cindy Kimbrell, who teaches at Rusk Elementary School in Midland, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students think about multiple meanings of some English-language idioms. (Grades 3-12)

    The Cowboy Life
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson in which students choose from a wide variety of activities aimed at "spurring" interest in cowboy life and the Old West. (Grades 3-8)

    Amusing Animal Adaptations
    Jeana Carlson, who teaches at Navarro Elementary School in Bryan, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students write creatively as they use their knowledge of animal adaptations. (Grades K-5)

    Take Five: Writing a Color-Coded Paragraph
    Brenda Armstrong, who teaches at Ann Whitney Elementary School in Hamilton, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which a traffic light's colors serve as a tool for writing strong paragraphs. (Grades K-4)

    Tomie dePaola's Adelita: A Bio Poem
    Christopher Lucero, an education student at Long Beach State in Long Beach, California, submitted this week's lesson in which students write a bio poem about the main character in Tomie dePaola's Mexican Cinderella story, Adelita. A nice lesson for Hispanic Heritage Month. (Grades K-2)

    A Symbol of Myself
    Tammy Buehler, who teaches at Forest Park Elementary School in O'Fallon, Missouri, submitted this week's lesson in which students create a clay "symbol of myself." Nice open house display idea. (Grades 3-8)

    The Perfect Teacher
    Linda Mauriello, who teaches at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun activity that will help teachers drive home the concepts of mutual respect and high expectations. (Grades 9-12)

    Faces Bingo
    Laura E. Lambert, who teaches at Marion C. Seltzer Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio, submitted this week's lesson in which students match classmates' name cards with their pictures on a bulletin board. (Grades K-2)

    "Me" Resource
    Julianne Z. Cugini, who teaches at St. Louise de Marillac School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson in which students create "Me" entries for a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, newspaper... (Grades 3-8)

    Summer Camp in the Classroom
    VaReane C. Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson, in which students team up to create summer camping adventures. (Grades 3-12)

    Sports and Hobby Math
    Melissa Thomas, who teaches at Dacula (Georgia) Middle School, submitted this lesson, in which students write about ways in which they use math in a favorite sport or hobby. (Grades 3-12)

    Invent a Holiday
    Katrina Stroup, who teaches at Alcorn Central School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this lesson, in which students create a new holiday worth celebrating. (Grades 3-12)

    Mother's Day Trip
    Rox-Anne Cox, who teaches at Albia Community School in Albia, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students send their mothers on a special Mother's Day trip. (Grades 3-8)

    Writing a Character Sketch
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this lesson, in which students use a graphic organizer to learn to write a character sketch about someone they know. (Grades 9-12)

    Pizza Biography
    Jennie Griffin, who teaches at Rockvale (Tennessee) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create pizza box biographies.

    Poetry Shopping Spree
    K. Pittman, who teaches at Pickens (South Carolina) High School, submitted this lesson in which students go on a "poetry shopping spree."

    In Search Of Wisdom: An Interview With An Elder
    Leah-Rae Bivins, who teaches at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson, in which students interview an elder, then write and present a narrative in that person's voice. (Grades 6-12)

    The Power of Mental Images: Visualizing Literature
    Stiles X. Simmons, who teaches at Mann Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan, submitted this week's lesson, in which students learn and practice a new reading strategy: visualization. (Grades 3-5)

    Grab a Story and Go!
    Kamese Fogg, an education student at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland, submitted this shared-writing activity emphasizing the importance of continuity in short-story writing. (Grades 3-12)

    Picture This!
    This lesson, in which students write text for picture books, was developed from ideas presented by teachers Kellie Slaughter of Belmont Hills Elementary in Smryna, Georgia, and Katrina Stroup of Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi. (Grades K-8)

    The ABC Project
    Beverly Thomas, who teaches at the Alief Hastings Ninth Grade Center in Houston, Texas, submitted this week's lesson, in which older students create ABC books for younger students. (Grades 3-12)

    Spell, Shoot, and Score
    Cynthia Mackel, who teaches at Rosemont Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, submitted this week's lesson in which students play a fun game to review their spelling word lists. (Grades K-5)

    Plains Indians Pictographs
    Laura Wolfram, who teaches at Horace Mann School in Bronx, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students design their own pictograph sentences on scraps of "buffalo hide."

    Hands-On Outlining
    Jessica Maroney, who teaches at Armstrong Elementary School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun hands-on activity to engage students as they learn about outlining. (Grades 3-8)

    Team Up for Sports Marketing
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create and market their own sports franchises. (Grades 3-12)

    Spelling Relay
    Caroline Lowther, who teaches at Captain James Cook Elementary School in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), submitted this week's lesson, in which students participate in a spelling relay contest. (Grades K-12)

    Red Square, Red Square, What Do You See?
    Susanne Shorday DiMarco, who teaches at Abington Presbyterian Nursery School in Abington, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create a book in the style of Eric Carle that reinforces color and shape awareness. (Grades PreK-2)

    Writing Descriptions of "My Favorite Place"
    Michael Pratley, who teaches at Frankfort (Michigan) High School, submitted this lesson, in which a special exercise helps students focus on imagining and then write excellent descriptions. (Grades 3-12)

    ABC Book of Tongue Twisters
    Marci McGowan, who teaches at H.W. Mountz Elementary School in Spring Lake, New Jersey, submitted this lesson, in which students study alliteration and create a class ABC Book of Tongue Twisters. (Grades K-8)

    Spelling Clue Race
    Miriam Arvinger, who teaches at Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, North Carolina, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a motivating way to review spelling words. (Grades 3-12)

    Spelling Review Game
    Andrea Hazen, who teaches in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, in which students play a fast-paced BINGO-like game to review the week's spelling words. (Grades K-8)

    Aesop's Fables
    Michelle Stiglitz, who teaches in Staten Island, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use Aesop's fables as a backdrop for a lesson in citizenship and letter writing. (Grades 3-8)

    The Great Kapok Tree: Teaching About Conflict in Literature
    Karen Garcia, who teaches at Parkview Elementary School in Opa-locka, Florida, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use The Great Kapok Tree and a graphic organizer to illustrate the role of conflict in literature. (Grades 3-8)

    Survivor in the Classroom
    Mary E. Noyes, who teaches at Minneota Public School in Minneota, Minnesota, submitted this week's lesson, which presents a series of challenges to students. Could your students survive? (All grades)

    Using the Senses to Write Descriptively
    Joanna Wolanski, who teaches at Evergeen Elementary School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson, in which students learn to improve their writing by including information from all five senses. (Grades 3-8)

    Famous African-American Fabric Portraits
    Doris Metcalf, who recently retired from the Florence (Alabama) City Schools, submitted this lesson, in which students create a fabric-portrait exhibit of famous African Americans. (Grades 6-12)

    Abraham Lincoln: An Internet Buddy Activity
    Peggy Chauncey Cramer, who teaches at Hamilton Elementary School in Kentwood, Michigan, submitted this week's "Internet buddy" lesson in which younger and older students team up to learn about Abraham Lincoln. (Grades K-8)

    When A Story Met A Sandwich
    Kym Rodriguez, who teaches at Kalles Jr. High School in Puyallup, Washington, submitted this lesson, in which a sandwich serves as a metaphor for good writing! (All Grades)

    Human Nature: Good or Evil?
    Patricia Rose Pflaumer, who teaches at Abington (Massachusetts) High School, submitted this week's lesson, in which students debate the question Is human nature inherently good or inherently evil? (Grades 6-12)

    Fractured Fairy Tales
    Linda Bray, who teaches at Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this week's lesson, in which students write their own fractured fairy tales in the style of Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. (Grades 3-8)

    Paper Bag Book Report
    Linda Bray, who teaches at Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this week's lesson. Students promote community literacy by creating "paper bag book reports" and workers at a local grocery store pack customers' groceries in them! (Grades 3-8)

    Comparing Cinderella and The Rough-Face Girl
    Submitted by Kellie Replogle, a soon-to-be teacher from Holland, Ohio
    Students in grades 1-3 use a Venn diagram to compare two popular children's stories -- Cinderella and the native tale The Rough-Face Girl.

    Acrostic Book Report
    Submitted by Marci McGowan, H. W. Mountz Elementary School in Spring Lake, New Jersey
    Students use the letters in a book's title to write an acrostic book report. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Comparing Two Poe Classics
    Submitted by Alexis H. Groah, Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester, Virginia
    Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two classic stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
    (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Mystery Lessons
    Submitted by VaReane Hesse, Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School
    Students assume the identity of private investigators as they read, solve, and write mysteries.
    (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Survival Experts
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students create brochures to educate others about safety during a natural disaster.
    (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Shaving Cream Spelling
    Submitted by Catina Stewart
    Engage students in spelling practice by having them write their spelling words in shaving cream.
    (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Sharing Under the Sea
    Submitted by Danielle Walchesky
    Children need to learn to share and express their feelings appropriately. This lesson fosters communication, builds social skills, and stresses the use of polite manners.
    (Grades Pre-K-2)

    Fraction Spelling
    Submitted by Spring Charles
    Students create fractions to represent the number of vowels and consonants in each spelling word.
    (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Getting-to-Know-You List Poem
    Submitted by Ruth Henck McCreery
    Students construct and illustrate a list poem that expresses personal likes and dislikes.
    (Grades 6-8)

    Desktop Spelling
    Submitted by Tara Snider
    Students have fun while reviewing spelling words.
    (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Persuasive Writing -- Commercial Style
    Submitted by Tara Snider
    Students develop persuasive writing skills as they write TV commercials.
    (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Call Me
    Submitted by Crystal Schweickert
    What is the real story behind all those 10-10 numbers we see advertised on TV? In this WebQuest project, students write essays to persuade their families to use a particular long-distance phone plan. Students will compare a 10-10 plan to a regular long-distance plan. They will develop equations and graphs for both of the plans and use this information to support their essays.
    (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Biographical Poems
    Submitted by Monique Arnold
    Students learn about themselves by researching others. They also learn that they are not all that much different from the people they research! (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Paul Revere, American Patriot
    Submitted by Steven Vetter
    Students learn about Paul Revere by examining first-person accounts, works of historical fiction, a popular narrative poem, and other resources. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Creating and Presenting Haiku With Kid Pix
    Submitted by Denise Stumpf
    Students learn about the history and characteristics of haiku and use Kid Pix to present original haiku. (Grades 3-5)

    Memorializing September 11, 2001
    Submitted by Doris Metcalf
    Students design monuments honoring the memories of people killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Grades 3-12)

    Proverbial Picture Pages
    Submitted by Doris Metcalf
    This lesson uses African proverbs to inspire creative thinking and creative writing. (Grades 3-12)

    Has the Cat Got Your Tongue?
    Submitted by Jacqueline Miller
    Students work to improve their enunciation skills and to communicate effectively by taking part in a tongue-twister speaking competition. Then they write tongue twisters all their own! (Grades 3-5)

    Clear the Cobwebs!
    Submitted by Pam Gregory
    This lesson provides a fun way for students to brush up on material after a weekend or before a test. (Grades K-12)

    A Mirror Into History
    Submitted by Monique Arnold
    Students write biographical poems about historical figures. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Fiction Elements in Hatchet
    Submitted by Iylene Dew
    Students create PowerPoint Presentations as they read Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Holiday Card Grammar
    Submitted by Kristi Collins
    Students brush up on grammar while recycling old holiday cards. (Grades 9-12)

    Story Totems
    Submitted by Angie Cook
    Students write stories about animal ecosystems and paint animal pictures on narrow wooden boards. (Grades 9-12)

    Autobiographies: A 'Jigsaw Puzzle' Prewriting Strategy
    Submitted by Carla Kinnard
    In this lesson, students use pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to help organize written autobiographies. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Create a Holiday
    Submitted by Lorri Vaccher
    Students work cooperatively to design new holidays. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Vocabulary Zoo Game
    Submitted by Brandyn Petraschuk
    This lesson provides a fun way of focusing students' attention and building vocabulary. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    This lesson involves students in examining all sides of the Columbus debate. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Making Sense of Islam
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    In this lesson, students cooperatively in learning about the Muslim people of today. (Grades 9-12)

    Knighthood and Chivalry
    Submitted by Carla Kinnard
    Students prepare for their own initiation into knighthood. (Grades 9-12)

    Story Maps and Boxes
    Submitted by Patricia A. Fry
    Students create story maps to share information about books they have read. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Communication Comparisons
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students use online and print resources to research different methods of communication, use graphic organizers to compare the methods, and share their findings with classmates. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Use Boolean Search Terms to Shorten Web Searches
    Submitted by Mary Carter
    Students learn to use Boolean search terms and make Web searching more efficient. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Learning About Trees
    Submitted by Ana Villaviencio
    Young students study trees and write descriptions of trees to include in a class book! (Grades K-2)

    Watch The Birdie
    Submitted by Mary Carter
    Students complete a unit of activities about birds. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Research, Writing, and the 'Isms'
    Submitted by Paula Guhin
    Students collaborate in pairs to research any of these art styles: realism, impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism, cubism, futurism, or surrealism. They create original short stories, poems, or personal essays and illustrate the written work with artwork in the style of their chosen "Ism." Using desktop publishing, students edit their work into book. Each participant receives a laminated, bound copy. (Grades 9-12)

    Yummy Venn Diagrams
    Submitted by Joe Kirstein
    Try a fun writing activity using cookies and crackers! (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Pen Pal Letters to Soldiers Overseas
    Submitted by Diane O'Malley
    Students write letters to soldiers overseas with correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Students learn three facts about the geography of the area where the pen pal is located and about the pen pal. (Grades 3-5)

    On the Track With NASCAR
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students will learn about stock car racing while developing skills in language and math. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    The "Me" Quilt
    Submitted by Judith Rohlf
    In this semi-glyph activity, students share their interests and characteristics by making patches about themselves. The patches are then pieced together to make a class quilt for a wall or bulletin board. The quilt serves as a jumping stone for many other activities. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Create - A - Story
    Submitted by Miriam Arvinger
    Students use characters, settings, and plots to write original stories. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    What's Black and White and Read Later?
    Submitted by Denise Dejonghe
    Students learn what makes "lasting news" as they work in groups to create a newspaper about the year in which they were born (1986, 1987, or 1988). (Grades 6-8)

    My First PowerPoint Presentation
    Submitted by Jean Napier-Faeih
    Students integrate technology, language arts, and art to create a PowerPoint presentation. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Are You Ready for Some Football?
    VaReane Heese
    Students improve basic language and math skills while learning some facts about football and famous players. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Biome Bazaar
    Submitted by Kimberly Emanuel
    This lesson simulates a field trip in which students visit various biomes and perform several sensory activities to learn about the world's ecological communities. (Grades 6-8)

    Author, Author
    Submitted by Albert Baggetta
    This plan that can be used over the entire semester or throughout the year as an extra cC84B4Bit plan that helps familiarize your students with the classic authors, encourages organization and strategy. Kids love to collect, and if you capture their attention early enough they might even do it on their own. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Poetry: A Picture of Your Feelings or No, Virginia, Poetry Doesn't Have to Rhyme
    Submitted by Sue Atkins
    After a series of lessons on poetic elements, a review presentation is given. The class goes on a field trip. Students paint a picture and write a poem about most memorable spot on the trip. (Teacher's note: We visited a rock mine to see the contrast between a mining operation and an on-site nature trail.) (Grades 3-5)

    Applying Character/Setting to Play Readings
    Submitted by Elyssa Waldman
    Students identify two elements of a play (character/setting) in the text of a book. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Adjectives in Poetry
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    Students will read selected poems from the book Beast Feast by Doug Florian.Students will be asked to identify at least two to three keyword facts about each beast highlighted in the poems. (Grades 3-5)

    Highway of Words
    Submitted by Cindy Folga
    Reading is similar to driving. Both require sign awareness. This lesson will enhance the students' awareness of reading and allow them to hear the difference between a reader who follows signs and one who does not. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    If I Had Been at Ellis Island
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students explore and share feelings about what it might have been like to enter the United States as an immigrant. (Grades 3-5)

    "The Giving Tree Gives"
    Submitted Theresa Santiago
    This lesson is a language arts activity that helps Pre- Kindergarten to grade two children, Special Ed students, and Bilingual (LEP) children learn about poetry and science. (Grades Pre-K, K-2)

    Does The Type of Mulch Used Affect Plant Growth?
    Submitted by Nadine LaMonte
    Does the type of mulch used affect plant growth? Use cypress mulch, cedar mulch, and pine bark. The control group is the type of plant used. The variable group is the type of mulch used. The experiment lasts for at least seven days. (Grades 3-5)

    What's All the Fuss About Harry Potter?
    Submitted by Brenda McPherson-Fry
    Students discuss what makes the Harry Potter books popular and/or controversial, create a questionnaire to learn why Harry Potter fans find the books fascinating, practice online writing skills by sending e-mail messages to friends who are Harry Potter fans, and write a screenplay based on a selected chapter of a Harry Potter book. (Grades 6-8)

    Peanut Butter and Details
    Submitted by Erin Braslawsky
    Each student will write the directions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and ask another student to follow the directions and make the sandwich. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Writing Newsletters!
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    Students listen to the teacher read the book Deadline! by Gail Gibbons and learn about newspapers. The class brainstorms differences between newspapers and newsletters. The students are then asked to choose a favorite topic and create the front page of their own newsletter. (Grades 3-5)

    "Lighthouses"
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    In this lesson the students will learn about the differences between fiction and non-fiction books. The students will listen to the book Beacons of Light by Gail Gibbons and work in cooperative groups to identify different characteristics and facts concerning lighthouses and their history. Once the students listen for information they are ready to play a trivia game. (Grades 3-5)

    Creature Feature Poetry Keyword Search!
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    Students are asked to listen for facts as the teacher-librarian reads four pre-selected poems out loud. Students will create a poster listing at least three keywords about each creature feature in the poetry. (Grades 3-5)

    Create Your Own Business!
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    In this lesson students learn how to work in cooperative groups to create their own businesses. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Left Brain vs. Right Brain -- Which Side are You On?
    Submitted by Glenn Day
    Following a lecture and student discussion about the right and left hemispheres of the brain, students determine whether they are right-brain dominant or left-brain dominant -- and what that means. (Grades 9-12)

    Spelling Kickball!
    Submitted by Debbie Martin
    This easy way to review spelling words in a kickball game format is perfect for those days when students need to get up and MOVE! (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    King Tutankhamun: Was It Murder?
    Submitted by Madeleine Decker
    This WebQuest is designed to engage students in Internet research while learning about the history of ancient Egypt. Students will read, take notes, and answer questions about a linked site. They share this information with their cooperative group and develop an essay or modify to create a PowerPoint about the results of their investigation. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Awesome Adjectives Postcards
    Submitted by Mitzi L. Vicars
    Students create a postcard by illustrating a place they would like to visit and using ten adjectives in a short message describing the pictures. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Move the Sounds
    Submitted by Jill Garofallou
    Using kinesthetic, visual and auditory modalities, students create and read words using cut out letters. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    What's Happening?
    Submitted by Debbie Brown
    Students play a grammar game in which they practice using verbs and adverbs. Younger students can play the game to learn to identify verbs and adverbs in English. Older students might play the game to practice using verbs and adverbs in a foreign language. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    And the Streets Are Paved With Gold
    Submitted by Brenda Dyck
    Using the links provided, students explore the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, New York, at the turn of the century, and answer questions that challenge them to use thinking skills from various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. (Grades 6-8)

    Get Rid of It!
    Submitted by LuAnn Lawhon
    Get Rid of It! is a matching game that can be played with the entire class. The sample game provides drill in phonics, but the game format can be used in any subject area. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    My First PowerPoint Presentation
    Submitted by Jean Napier-Faeih
    Students integrate technology, language arts, and art and create a PowerPoint presentation. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Of Mice and Men: Cast the Roles
    Submitted by Brian Ausland
    Students assume the role of casting directors and use their knowledge of Steinbeck's setting, style, and characterization to create a cast of actors and actresses for a film version of Of Mice and Men. (Grades 9-12)

    You've Got (e)-Mail!
    Submitted by Cheryl Sexstella-Wright
    Students e-mail students in other parts of the world to share information about where they live. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    The Classroom Egg Hunt
    Submitted by Judith Rohlf
    Students work together to find paper or cardboard "eggs" hidden in the classroom. Although originally designed for ESL students, this activity may be used in language arts or easily adapted to foreign language classes. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Having a Ball with Cinderella
    Submitted by Jean Crotchett
    Students read and discuss at least two versions of the Cinderella story, compare the stories using a Venn diagram, and complete a number of cross-curricular activities related to the story. (Grades K-2)

    Web Trails: An Online Adventure
    Submitted by Kelly Ickes
    Students research Iowa's parks and trails, plan a day trip to one of the places they learn about, and write a fiction story based on the information they find. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Summer Shorts
    Submitted by Patricia Fry
    Students write personal narratives about their summer vacations and present them with a new twist! (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    How Are You Doing With My Crusade? (Women's History)
    Submitted by Terrie Lynn Bittner
    Students learn about women who fought for change and explore the current status of the battles they fought. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Welcome to My Community!
    Submitted by Tasha Noe
    Students create a "Welcome to Our Community" brochure to display in the classroom. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Create a Living Museum
    Submitted by Sharon Sumner
    Students research famous people from Missouri, or from their own state, and share the information by portraying that person in a "living museum." (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    It's Raining Cats and Dogs
    Submitted by Jacqueline C. Miller
    This lesson plan teaches idioms (figurative language) in a creative, fun way. (Grades 3-5)

    Apple Adjectives
    Submitted by Monique W. Healy
    Working in cooperative groups, students will use the Dole internet site to 1) identify and alphabetize apples, 2) make a table, 3) read a table, and 4) construct a bar graph and/or a pie chart. (Grades 3-5)

    In Other Words: Using a Thesaurus
    Submitted by Cynthia H. Lynch
    This lesson is a learning center activity to reinforce lessons on using a thesaurus and on synonyms. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Mapping the Mockingbird
    Submitted by Albert Baggetta
    This lesson offers a focused approach to studying setting, using To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. (Grades 9-12)

    My Life in Math Class
    Submitted by Brenda Dyck
    At the beginning of the school year I assign "My Life In Math Class' to my grade-six math class. This is a writing assignment in which I require students to reflect on their mathematical past. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Students will use inquiry-based learning to gather information about Columbus' impact on the Americas. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Summarizing with Post-It Notes
    Submitted by Rox-Anne Cox
    This lesson plan helps teach young students how to summarize an informational article. (Grades 3-5)


    LITERATURE

    Let's Get Along
    Kristina Davenport, an education student at the University of Idaho (Coeur d'Alene), submitted this lesson in which students learn valuable lessons about getting along by reading Eve Buntings award-winning Smoky Nights. (Grades 3-8)

    Geo-Critters (Geometry Critters)
    Loretta Greenough, a student at the University of Idaho, submitted this lesson that integrates literature (The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka) and math as students create geometry critters from four shapes. (Grades 2-5)

    Following in Their Footsteps
    Patti Stephenson, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this lesson in which students read a biography and look for the positive character traits they might "follow" in their own lives. (Grades 3-12)

    Comparing-Contrasting With Cookies
    Lesley Roessing, who teaches at Ridley Middle School in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson that offers a fun compare-and-contrast activity using Girl Scout cookies to ready students to write more complex comparisons of characters, literature (Grades 3-12)

    Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
    Michele McKinnon, who is interning at Liberty Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland, submitted this lesson, which uses a popular childrens book about Abe Lincoln to teach the five parts of a letter. (Grades K-5)

    A "F"able: Making Plurals
    Linda C. York, who teaches at Wateree Elementary School in Lugoff, South Carolina, submitted this weeks lesson, which uses a fable to teach how to make plurals of words that end in f or fe. (Grades 3-5)


    Book Buffet
    Patti Stephenson, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence Missouri, submitted this idea that she uses to pique student interest in reading books from a variety of genres. (Grades 3-12)

    Animal Diaries
    Mary Pat Mahoney, who teaches at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students write a diary from an animal's perspective. (Grades 3-12)

    Our Dinopals With WordArt
    Marci McGowan, who teaches at H. W. Mountz Elementary School in Spring Lake, New Jersey, submitted this lesson in which students listen to a Jane Yolen story then create a dinopal of their own. Included: Easy tech integration activity for first graders. (Grades K-3)

    Drawing a "Life Map"
    Lindsay Bigham, who teaches at Liberty (South Carolina) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which students create "life maps" of their lives. This can be used as a prewriting activity for writing autobiographies. (Grades 3-12)

    Oreo Cookie Writing
    Mark A Schneberger, who teaches at Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) Community College, submitted this lesson in which Oreo cookies teach a valuable less about good writing. (Grades 3-12)

    Stir Up a Character Analysis Recipe
    Mary Pat Mahoney, who teaches at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students stir up character analysis "recipes" for characters in literature/history. (Grades 3-12)

    Character in a Bag
    Miranda Babin, who teaches at Southdown Elementary School in Houma, Louisiana, created this lesson in which pairs of students use clues from a paper bag to cooperatively develop a mystery character and produce a PowerPoint about the character. (Grades 3-12)

    100 Famous Quotes Game
    Doug Evans, who teaches at Nagoya International Junior/Senior High School in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan), submitted this lesson in which students compete in teams to learn 100 famous quotes. (Grades 3-12)

    Celebrate Abe Lincoln: A Primary Timeline Activity
    Martha Leslie, who teaches at Centennial Elementary School in Graham, Washington, submitted this lesson in which students create simple timelines based on the life of Abe Lincoln. Other projects include painting Lincoln portraits. (Grades K-2)

    Sequencing The Mitten
    Nicole Tyminski, who teaches at McKinley Elementary School in Westfield, New Jersey, submitted this week's lesson, which teaches sequencing skills using The Mitten by Jan Brett. (Grades K-2)

    Filling in the Holes, 20 Years Later
    Glenda Smith, who teaches at Glenpool (Oklahoma) Middle School, submitted this week's lesson in which students draw conclusions about what the main characters in Louis Sachar's Holes will be doing 20 years into the future. (Grades 3-8)

    Perfecting My Pal's Poe Paragraph
    Kathryn Donlin of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pennsylvania) submitted this week's lesson in which students study the opening paragraph of one of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, the use some of the same elements Poe used to create their own great opening paragraphs. (Grades 9-12)

    The Life and Poems of Emily Dickinson
    Rhiannon Brownlee submitted this week's lesson in which students learn first about the life of Emily Dickinson, then use that information to help them interpret several of her poems. (Grades 9-12)

    Fraction Fun WithThe Doorbell Rang
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland, submitted this week's lesson in which the children's book The Doorbell Rang (by Pat Hutchins) stimulates fraction learning and fun. (Grades K-4)

    Novel Jeopardy
    A Jeopardy-style game is a great way to review the novel students have just finished studying. (Grades 3-12)

    Tomie dePaola's Adelita: A Bio Poem
    Christopher Lucero, an education student at Long Beach State in Long Beach, California, submitted this week's lesson in which students write a bio poem about the main character in Tomie dePaola's Mexican Cinderella story, Adelita. A nice lesson for Hispanic Heritage Month. (Grades K-2)

    Writing a Character Sketch
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this lesson, in which students use a graphic organizer to learn to write a character sketch about someone they know. (Grades 9-12)

    Poetry Shopping Spree
    K. Pittman, who teaches at Pickens (South Carolina) High School, submitted this lesson in which students go on a "poetry shopping spree."

    The Power of Mental Images: Visualizing Literature
    Stiles X. Simmons, who teaches at Mann Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan, submitted this week's lesson, in which students learn and practice a new reading strategy: visualization. (Grades 3-5)

    Grab a Story and Go!
    Kamese Fogg, an education student at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland, submitted this shared-writing activity emphasizing the importance of continuity in short-story writing. (Grades 3-12)

    Picture This!
    This lesson, in which students write text for picture books, was developed from ideas presented by teachers Kellie Slaughter of Belmont Hills Elementary in Smryna, Georgia, and Katrina Stroup of Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi. (Grades K-8)

    Red Square, Red Square, What Do You See?
    Susanne Shorday DiMarco, who teaches at Abington Presbyterian Nursery School in Abington, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create a book in the style of Eric Carle that reinforces color and shape awareness. (Grades PreK-2)

    First-Day-of-School Activity: The Kissing Hand
    Teachers Amanda Dobson submitted this week's lesson, which uses a popular children's book to help alleviate young students' first-day-of-school jitters. (Grades PreK-2)

    ABC Book of Tongue Twisters
    Marci McGowan, who teaches at H.W. Mountz Elementary School in Spring Lake, New Jersey, submitted this lesson, in which students study alliteration and create a class ABC Book of Tongue Twisters. (Grades K-8)

    Make Quiz Time a Fun Time
    Lisa Kwisnek, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson that provides a fun quiz game format you might use to culminate your next science, history, or literature unit. (Grades 3-5)

    Using Literature to Teach About Bullying
    Joanne Hughes, who teaches at Covert Avenue Elementary School in Elmont, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use literature to learn about different types of bullying and different ways of dealing with them. (Grades K-8)

    Aesop's Fables
    Michelle Stiglitz, who teaches in Staten Island, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use Aesop's fables as a backdrop for a lesson in citizenship and letter writing. (Grades 3-8)

    The Great Kapok Tree: Teaching About Conflict in Literature
    Karen Garcia, who teaches at Parkview Elementary School in Opa-locka, Florida, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use The Great Kapok Tree and a graphic organizer to illustrate the role of conflict in literature. (Grades 3-8)

    A Modern Pandora's Box
    Anita Wadhwa, who teaches at Lee High School in Houston, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students read the story of Pandora's Box and then create modern-day versions of boxes filled with evil and hope. (Grades 6-12)

    When A Story Met A Sandwich
    Kym Rodriguez, who teaches at Kalles Jr. High School in Puyallup, Washington, submitted this lesson, in which a sandwich serves as a metaphor for good writing! (All Grades)

    Human Nature: Good or Evil?
    Patricia Rose Pflaumer, who teaches at Abington (Massachusetts) High School, submitted this week's lesson, in which students debate the question Is human nature inherently good or inherently evil? (Grades 6-12)

    Fractured Fairy Tales
    Linda Bray, who teaches at Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this week's lesson, in which students write their own fractured fairy tales in the style of Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. (Grades 3-8)

    Using Literature to Teach About Bullying
    Joanne Hughes, who teaches at Covert Avenue Elementary School in Elmont, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use literature to explore different forms of bullying. (Grades K-8)

    Paper Bag Book Report
    Linda Bray, who teaches at Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this week's lesson. Students promote community literacy by creating "paper bag book reports" and workers at a local grocery store pack customers' groceries in them! (Grades 3-8)

    Comparing Cinderella and The Rough-Face Girl
    Submitted by Kellie Replogle, a soon-to-be teacher from Holland, Ohio
    Students in grades 1-3 use a Venn diagram to compare two popular children's stories -- Cinderella and the native tale The Rough-Face Girl. (Grades K-5)

    Evaluating a Book By Its Cover
    Submitted by Steven Vetter, Manatee County Schools in Bradenton, Florida
    Students examine and evaluate book covers, then create their own cover for a favorite book. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Acrostic Book Report
    Submitted by Marci McGowan, H. W. Mountz Elementary School in Spring Lake, New Jersey
    Students use the letters in a book's title to write an acrostic book report. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Comparing Two Poe Classics
    Submitted by Alexis H. Groah, Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester, Virginia
    Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two classic stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
    (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Mystery Lessons
    Submitted by VaReane Hesse, Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School
    Students assume the identity of private investigators as they read, solve, and write mysteries.
    (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Sharing Under the Sea
    Submitted by Danielle Walchesky
    Children need to learn to share and express their feelings appropriately. This lesson fosters communication, builds social skills, and stresses the use of polite manners.
    (Grades Pre-K-2)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Paul Revere, American Patriot
    Submitted by Steven Vetter
    Students learn about Paul Revere by examining first-person accounts, works of historical fiction, a popular narrative poem, and other resources. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Spring Poetry Unit
    Submitted by Martha Leslie
    Poems and art activities transform primary classroom bulletin boards and serve as a wall-to-wall portfolio of student work -- just in time for parent-teacher conferences. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Captain Keller's Business Letter
    Submitted by Carla Beard
    Students use information from The Miracle Worker to write the kind of letter Helen Keller's father might have written to the Perkins Institution in 1887. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Children's Books Teach Diversity, Respect
    Submitted by Joanne E. Hughes
    Students compare themes, characters, settings, and other aspects of two children's books that teach diversity and respect. (Grades 3-5)

    Programs for Shakespeare's Plays
    Submitted by Carla Kinnard
    Students create theater programs for a performance of any of Shakespeare's plays. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Students examine all sides of the Columbus debate. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Story Maps and Boxes
    Submitted by Patricia A. Fry
    Students create story maps to share information about books they have read. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Author, Author
    Submitted by Albert Baggetta
    This plan helps familiarize students with the classic authors, encourages organization and strategy. Kids love to collect, and if you capture their attention early enough they might even do it on their own. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Playing Chaucer's Pilgrims
    Submitted by Kathleen Modenbach
    Students dress like Chaucer's pilgrims in the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales and act out a skit revealing Chaucer's description of each pilgrim. (Grades 9-12)

    Applying Character/Setting to Play Readings
    Submitted by Elyssa Waldman
    Students identify two elements of a play (character/setting) in the text of a book. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    The Printing Press
    Submitted by Laurie Donnelly
    This lesson emphasizes the importance of the invention of Johannes Gutenberg's printing press during the Renaissance era. (Grades 3-5)

    Baseball Fact or Fiction
    Submitted by Cheryl Sexstella-Wright
    Students learn about the history of baseball while incorporating computer skills, reading skills, and writing abilities. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    A Digital Quilt
    Submitted by Lisa Nash
    In this activity, which correlates with the book The Patchwork Quilt, by Valerie Flourney, students use digital technology to create squares for a class quilt. (Grades 3-5)

    Of Mice and Men: Cast the Roles
    Submitted by Brian Ausland
    Students assume the role of casting directors and use their knowledge of Steinbeck's setting, style, and characterization to create a cast of actors and actresses for a film version of Of Mice and Men. (Grades 9-12)

    Visual Poetry Lets Students 'See' the Words
    Submitted by LuAnn Kaiser
    In this lesson students create slides depicting visual images in a poem. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    A Walk Through the 20th Century
    Submitted by Tammy Bunton
    Each student reviews the people, places, and events of a particular decade of the 20th Century, writes a report about that decade, and creates a booth of memorabilia, music, dress, pictures and other artifacts representing the time period. Students share their booths with their classmates, and then invite the entire school to a "Celebration of the 20th Century." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Students will use inquiry-based learning to gather information about Columbus' impact on the Americas. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    DANCE & MUSIC

    Mr. Mascot's Magical Musical Tour
    Melanie E. Shaw, who teaches at Vogelweh Elementary School, a Department of Defense school in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland Pfalz (Germany), submitted this lesson in which a class mascot leaves clues. Where in the U.S. or world is it? (Grades 3-12)

    Foreign Language Lip-Sync Karaoke Contest
    Tina Matic, who teaches at Oxford Academy in Cypress, California, submitted this week's lesson in which a lip-sync contest provides an unforgettable foreign language lesson. (Grades 6-12)

    In the Pumpkin (Dans la Citrouille)
    Barbara McLaren, who teaches in Ontario, Canada, submitted this lesson for harvest time; students learn foreign language vocabulary words for a variety of vegetables. (Grades 3-8)

    Drafting a Recording Contract
    Submitted by Barry R. Hill
    Students learn about recording artist contracts and write their own contract in negotiation with another group. (Grades 9-12)

    What Do You Use to Play the Blues?
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    As part of a study of the blues, students will work in groups to design and create a musical instrument and then write a report explaining how their design met the challenge of making music from "found" materials. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)


    VISUAL ARTS

    Art On Trial (A Mock-Court Activity)
    Diane Franken, who teaches at Lincoln Academy of Integrated Arts in Davenport, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students take on different roles as they determine which work of art will be constructed in their community park. (Grades 3-12)

    Appetizing Adverbs
    Laura Graham, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this appetizing lesson that teaches the concepts of verbs and adverbs. (Grades K-5)

    Vivid Descriptions and Works of Art
    Megan Wynne, who teaches at St. Joseph School in Hawthorne, California, submitted this lesson in which students test their vivid-writing skills with an art activity. (Grades 3-12)

    Preposition House
    Colleen Moak, who teaches at Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, D.C., submitted this week's lesson, which helps students visualize how prepositions describe things in relation to one another.

    Time Line of the Year
    Lynda O'Brien, who teaches at Twin Oaks Home School in Melrose, Florida, submitted this lesson in which students create a timeline of the school year that includes photographs, work samples, much more.

    Space Travel Brochure
    Karen Hoskins, who teaches at Barksdale Elementary School in Clarksville, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson in which students create brochures that promote travel to other planets. (Grades 3-12)

    Fortune Cookies Motivate Writing
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson in which a fortune cookie motivates student writing. (Grades 3-12)

    Back-in-Time Travel Brochure
    Brett Sidle, who teaches at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake, Michigan, submitted this lesson in which students learn about history by creating back-in-time travel brochures. (Grades 6-12)

    Drawing a "Life Map"
    Lindsay Bigham, who teaches at Liberty (South Carolina) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which students create "life maps" of their lives. This can be used as a prewriting activity for writing autobiographies. (Grades 3-12)

    My Alphabetical Autobiography
    Leah Bivins, who teaches at Colfax Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, which challenges students to create A to Z autobiographies. (Grades K-12)

    Picture a Tarantula
    Leigh Lewis, who teaches at Wynne (Arkansas) Junior High School, submitted this week's lesson. Students draw a picture of a spider based on a detailed description. How close will their drawings come? (Grades 3-8)

    Fear Factor Fun
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students create and write vivid descriptions of new "Fear Factor" stunts they create. (Grades 3-12)

    Circles, Squares, Triangles and Rectangles In Our World
    Ms. K. Berni, who teaches at Faith Lutheran Child Care Center in Pasadena, California, submitted this week's lesson, which offers five days of activities for teaching young students about shapes. (Grades Pre-K-2)

    Get the Ball Rolling: Fun With English-Language Idioms
    Cindy Kimbrell, who teaches at Rusk Elementary School in Midland, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students think about multiple meanings of some English-language idioms. (Grades 3-12)

    Amusing Animal Adaptations
    Jeana Carlson, who teaches at Navarro Elementary School in Bryan, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students write creatively as they use their knowledge of animal adaptations. (Grades K-5)

    A Symbol of Myself
    Tammy Buehler, who teaches at Forest Park Elementary School in O'Fallon, Missouri, submitted this week's lesson in which students create a clay "symbol of myself." Nice open house display idea. (Grades 3-8)

    "Me" Resource
    Julianne Z. Cugini, who teaches at St. Louise de Marillac School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson in which students create "Me" entries for a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, newspaper... (Grades 3-8)

    Summer Camp in the Classroom
    VaReane C. Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson, in which students team up to create summer camping adventures. (Grades 3-12)

    Mother's Day Trip
    Rox-Anne Cox, who teaches at Albia Community School in Albia, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students send their mothers on a special Mother's Day trip. (Grades 3-8)

    Pizza Biography
    Jennie Griffin, who teaches at Rockvale (Tennessee) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create pizza box biographies.

    The Power of Mental Images: Visualizing Literature
    Stiles X. Simmons, who teaches at Mann Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan, submitted this week's lesson, in which students learn and practice a new reading strategy: visualization. (Grades 3-5)

    Picture This!
    This lesson, in which students write text for picture books, was developed from ideas presented by teachers Kellie Slaughter of Belmont Hills Elementary in Smryna, Georgia, and Katrina Stroup of Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi. (Grades K-8)

    The ABC Project
    Beverly Thomas, who teaches at the Alief Hastings Ninth Grade Center in Houston, Texas, submitted this week's lesson, in which older students create ABC books for younger students. (Grades 3-12)

    Digital Scavenger Hunt
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson, in which teams of students take photos of a variety of scavenger hunt items -- for example, something that changes shape, something that flashes. (Grades 3-8)

    Team Up for Sports Marketing
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create and market their own sports franchises. (Grades 3-12)

    Red Square, Red Square, What Do You See?
    Susanne Shorday DiMarco, who teaches at Abington Presbyterian Nursery School in Abington, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create a book in the style of Eric Carle that reinforces color and shape awareness. (Grades PreK-2)

    Measurement Masterpiece
    Laura Graham, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this lesson, in which students use their measurement and estimation skills to create a "measurement masterpiece." (Grades K-5)

    Reconstructing Artifacts
    Michelle Gay, who teaches at Foley (Alabama) Intermediate School, submitted this fun, hands-on activity, in which students learn about an archaeologist's work. (Grades K-12)

    Our Changing Community
    Sharon Hall, who teaches at South Lebanon Elementary School in Maineville, Ohio, submitted this week's lesson, a hands-on project that teaches students how communities change as they grow. (Grades K-5)

    Three Healthful Meals: A Practical Food-Guide-Pyramid Activity
    Mandy Logue, a teacher at Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this week's lesson in which students create paper plate art showing a day of healthful eating. (Grades 2-6)

    A Modern Pandora's Box
    Anita Wadhwa, who teaches at Lee High School in Houston, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students read the story of Pandora's Box and then create modern-day versions of boxes filled with evil and hope. (Grades 6-12)

    Famous African-American Fabric Portraits
    Doris Metcalf, who recently retired from the Florence (Alabama) City Schools, submitted this lesson, in which students create a fabric-portrait exhibit of famous African Americans. (Grades 6-12)

    Paper Bag Book Report
    Linda Bray, who teaches at Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this week's lesson. Students promote community literacy by creating "paper bag book reports" and workers at a local grocery store pack customers' groceries in them! (Grades 3-8)

    Evaluating a Book By Its Cover
    Submitted by Steven Vetter, Manatee County Schools in Bradenton, Florida
    Students examine and evaluate book covers, then create their own cover for a favorite book. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Community Cell
    Submitted by Kimberly Emanuel
    Students complete a hands-on activity to study the parts and functions of a cell. (Grades 6-8)

    Story Totems
    Submitted by Angie Cook
    Students write stories about animal ecosystems and paint animal pictures on narrow wooden boards. (Grades 9-12)

    Jah's Mural
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    Students study cave paintings of early humans and create their own! (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Two-Dimensional Geometric Shapes
    Raymundo V. De Jesus
    Students complete hands-on activities about geometric shapes! (Grades K-2)

    Research, Writing, and the 'Isms'
    Paula Guhin
    Students collaborate in pairs to research any of these art styles: realism, impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism, cubism, futurism, or surrealism. They create original short stories, poems, or personal essays and illustrate the written work with artwork in the style of their chosen "Ism." Using desktop publishing, students edit their work into book. Each participant receives a laminated, bound copy. (Grades 9-12)

    The African American Experience: A Research Quilt
    Submitted by Kimberly Emanuel
    This activity will introduce students to the research process while investigating the contributions of key African American leaders in the 1900s. Students will construct a quilt highlighting the achievements of each individual and present this quilt to the community. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    My First PowerPoint Presentation
    Submitted by Jean Napier-Faeih
    Students integrate technology, language arts, and art to create a PowerPoint presentation. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Poetry: A Picture of Your Feelings or No, Virginia, Poetry Doesn't Have to Rhyme
    Sue Atkins
    After a series of lessons on poetic elements, a review presentation is given. The class goes on a field trip. Students paint a picture and write a poem about most memorable spot on the trip. (Teacher's note: We visited a rock mine to see the contrast between a mining operation and an on-site nature trail.) (Grades 3-5)

    A Digital Quilt
    Submitted by Lisa Nash
    In this activity, which correlates with the book The Patchwork Quilt, by Valerie Flourney, students use digital technology to create squares for a class quilt. (Grades 3-5)

    Of Mice and Men: Cast the Roles
    Submitted by Brian Ausland
    Students assume the role of casting directors and use their knowledge of Steinbeck's setting, style, and characterization to create a cast of actors and actresses for a film version of Of Mice and Men. (Grades 9-12)

    Tapestry in the Middle Ages
    Submitted by Ashlynn J. Neel
    Students learn about the use of tapestry in the Middle Ages and then weave their own tapestry. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Visual Poetry Lets Students 'See' the Words
    Submitted by LuAnn Kaiser
    In this lesson students create slides depicting visual images in a poem. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Create a Living Museum
    Submitted by Sharon Sumner
    Students research famous people from Missouri, or from their own state, and share the information. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Color It Recycled!
    Submitted by Theresa M. Santiago
    Students melt old crayon stubs and mold them into interesting shapes and characters. They can also add paper clips to create hanging ornaments! (Grades ECE, K-2, 3-5)

    Mapping the Mockingbird
    Submitted by Albert Baggetta
    This lesson offers a focused approach to studying setting, using To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. (Grades 9-12)

    Why Polar Bears Are White
    Submitted by Addie Gaines
    Students learn about camouflage as they study polar bears and their habitat. (Grades K-2)

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