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LESSON PLAN OF THE DAY ARCHIVE

Balloon Volleyball
Stuck indoors? Set up a net, blow up a balloon, and play balloon volleyball. (Grades 3-12) 12/03/2010

Guide Word Game
Students locate dictionary guide words in this timed team game. (Grades 3-8) 12/02/2010

Bury Those Negative Thoughts
This powerful activity will help bury students I cant thoughts and build perseverance. (Grades K-12)

Biograph Chat
Conduct interviews with historic figures in a TV talk-show format. (Grades 3-12) 11/30/2010

Getting Started With Essays
Reading an essay about teen issues inspires reflective writing about ones own life. (Grades 6-12) 11/29/2010

Rosa Parks Changed The Rules
Recognize the anniversary of Rosa Parks historic bus ride (December 1) by completing a diagram of the bus. (Grades K-5) 11/24/2010

Synonym Match Game
Challenge students to find the matching synonyms. Synonym list included. (Grades 3-12) 11/23/2010

5-Minute Mug Cake (An Easy Chocolate Gift)
An easy recipe makes a great holiday gift for kids to give. (Grades K-12)11/22/2010

Thanksgiving Placemats: A Community-Service Project
Make Thanksgiving placemats as a community service project. (Grades PK-12) 11/19/2010

Where in the World?
Find the country names that match the latitude and longitude points, solve the riddle. (Grades 3-12) 11/18/2010

You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving
Learn the truth about the First Thanksgiving. (Grades 3-8) 11/17/2010

Penny Power
Pennies can be used for everything from teaching probability to challenging students creativity. (Grades 3-12) 11/16/2010

Design a Navajo Rug -- A Lesson in Symmetry
Create a Navajo rug; a lesson in symmetry. (Grades 3-8)11/15/2010

Anti-Smoking Letter Writing Campaign
Celebrate the Great American Smokeout (November 18) by having students write a letter to encourage a friend not to smoke. (Grades 3-12) 11/12/2010

Speed State-ing
Tons of fun resources for teaching students U.S. states names and locations. (Grades K-12) 11/11/2010

Lewis and Clark's Journey West: A Timeline Activity
Recognize the anniversary (November 18) of Lewis & Clark reaching the Pacific. (Grades 3-12) 11/10/2010

Riddle BINGO
Play a fun thinking game, Riddle BINGO. A great reward activity! (Grades 3-8) 11/9/2010

Smoking Danger Demonstration
Recognize the Great American Smokeout (November 18) by demonstrating the dangers of smoking. (Grades K-12) 11/8/2010

How Did Civil War Soldiers Battle Boredom?
Battling boredom in Civil War days; a Venn diagram activity. (Grades 3-8) 10/29/2010

Parachute Drop
Follow directions to create parachutes that safely carry paperclip passengers. (Grades K-4) 10/28/2010

The Story of Louis Braille
Learn about Louis Braille's system for the blind. Use an online Braille translator. (Grades 3-8) 10/27/2010

Where Are They Today?
Explore the history of native peoples of the United States. (Grades 3-8) 10/26/2010

Taking Stock in the Stock Market
Track the ups and downs of the stock market -- and the reasons for those fluctuations too. (Grades 4-12) 10/25/2010

Fun With Origami!
Hands-on activities teach about origami, an Asian paper-folding art form. (Grades 3-12) 10/22/2010

"War of the Worlds": A Broadcast Re-Creation
Relive -- and re-create -- the panic-causing 1938 radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds." (Grades 6-12) 10/21/2010

What Is Your B-estimate? (Making Best Estimates)
Estimate the number of kernels on an ear of corn. Plus more estimating challenges! (Grades 2-12) 10/20/2010

Going Batty
Use maps to find the answers to questions about bat habitats in the United States. (Grades 3-12) 10/19/2010

Capital Ideas (for Teaching State Capitals)
Ideas and resources for teaching state capital names and locations. (Grades K-12) 10/18/2010

Autumn Colors Shine Through
Let autumn shine through with colorful window decorations. (Grades K-5) 10/15/2010

Im Not Good at
A powerful activity to help bury students' "I'm not good at" and "I can't" thoughts. (Grades K-12) 10/14/2010

Riddle BINGO
A fun game for exercising students higher-level thinking skills. (Grades 3-8) 10/13/2010

Halloween Party Alternatives from UNICEF
Replace your Halloween party with a valuable service-learning project. (Grades PreK-12) 10/12/2010

Math on the Move
Reinforce any math skill. Get kids moving with this math active-ity. (Grades K-12) 10/11/2010

Im Not Good at
A powerful activity to help bury students Im not good at and I cant thoughts. (Grades K-12) 10/08/2010

Celebrate Character Counts! Week In October
Ten ideas for celebrating Character Counts Week (October 17-23). (Grades PreK-12) 10/07/2010

The Pumpkin in the Jar -- A Riddle Story from the Philippines
Solve the riddle in this cause-and-effect folktale from the Philippines. (Grades 3-8) 10/06/2010

Facing Fire Facts
Read graphs about fire safety statistics; answer questions about them.(Grades 3-8) 10/05/2010

Sybil Ludington: The Other Paul Revere
Learn about Sybil Ludington, a young girl who is often called the other Paul Revere. (Grades 3-8) 10/04/2010

Celebrate Character Counts! Week In October
Ten ideas for celebrating Character Counts Week (October 17-23). (Grades PreK-12) 10/01/2010

Im Not Good at
A powerful activity to help bury students Im not good at and I cant thoughts. (Grades K-12) 09/30/2010

Oink! -- A Math Game
Students aim to hog all the cards as they practice math skills. (Grades K-12) 09/29/2010

Facing Fire Facts
Read graphs about fire safety statistics; answer questions about them.(Grades 3-8)
Wednesdays Lesson Plan of the Day 09/28/2010

Parts of Speech Game
Students win this game by matching words on the teachers list. (Grades 2-12) 09/27/2010

Read-a-Thon
Read books to raise funds for the school library. (Grades K-12) 09/24/2010

P Is for Poetry
Young students, ESL students build vocab as they create simple ABC poems. (Grades K-12) 09/23/2010

Think Twice for Rice: A Grammar and Vocabulary Game
This game offers fun and learning as it helps to feed hungry people around the world. (Grades 3-12) 09/22/2010

Earn Spelling Points!
More than 20 activities for spicing up your weekly spelling lessons. (Grades K-12) 09/21/2010

Nouns Around the World
Use online translators to explore nouns and foreign languages. (Grades 3-8) 09/20/2010

The Week That Was
A weekly writing assignment results in a year-end volume of work that documents students' writing progress. (Grades K-12) 09/17/2010

Then and Now
Compare, contrast current and historical maps of your community. (Grades 3-12) 09/16/2010

Sum of the Square
Practice adding a column of numbers. (Grades 3-5) 09/15/2010

Read a Fall Foliage Map
Use a color key to read a fall foliage map. Printable work sheet included. (Grades 3-8) 09/14/2010

High and Low Temperatures (A Monthly Bulletin Board)
Plot daily high/low temps on this bulletin board. Follow-up activities included. (Grades K-12) 09/13/2010

Graph the Results: Applesauce Taste Test
Make three kinds of applesauce, hold an applesauce taste test. (Grades PreK-8) 09/10/2010

Fall-Leaf Sun Catchers
Use pipe cleaners and tissue paper to make eye-catching fall leaf sun catchers. (Grades K-8) 09/09/2010

Did You Know...
Take a true-false quiz about Hispanic history. (Grades 6-8) 09/08/2010

5-Minute Writing: A Daily Activity
Use a daily 5-Minute Writing period to help build better writers. (Grades 3-12) 09/07/2010

How Well Do You Follow Directions?
Teach valuable lessons about listening and following directions. (Grades K-12) 09/06/2010

Tracking Falls Falling Temperatures
Reinforce many skills by tracking falling temperatures this fall. (Grades 3-12) 09/03/2010

Heads Up for Open House
Create a fun display for Open House Night. (Grades K-8) 09/02/2010

Pinwheels for Peace
Create "pinwheels for peace" to celebrate International World Peace Day September 21. (Grades K-12) 09/01/2010

Lesson of the Day
Five quick games build reading skills. (Grades K-8) 08/31/2010

Lesson of the Day
Use tiny pieces of state maps as clues to figuring out the state. (Grades 3-12) 08/30/2010

Where Do Words Come From?
Discover the foreign-language roots of English words. (Grades 6-12) 08/27/2010

Heads Up for Headlines!
Write headlines that express the main ideas of news stories. (Grades K-12) 08/26/2010

A "Typical Day Then and Now
Celebrate Grandparents Day (Sept. 12). Students compare their "typical day" to a grandparent's childhood. (Grades K-8) 08/25/2010

Goldilocks: The Sequel
Write a sequel to the classic story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." (Grades 3-8) 08/24/2010

President Jefferson's Cipher: Cracking the Code
Crack the code President Jefferson used to communicate with Lewis & Clark. (Grades 3-12) 08/23/2010

Where Do Words Come From?
Discover the foreign-language roots of English words. (Grades 6-12) 08/20/2010

Heads Up for Headlines!
Write headlines that express the main ideas of news stories. (Grades K-12) 08/19/2010

A "Typical Day Then and Now
Celebrate Grandparents Day (Sept. 12). Students compare their "typical day" to a grandparent's childhood. (Grades K-8) 08/18/2010

Goldilocks: The Sequel
Write a sequel to the classic story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." (Grades 3-8) 08/17/2010

President Jefferson's Cipher: Cracking the Code
Crack the code President Jefferson used to communicate with Lewis & Clark. (Grades 3-12) 08/16/2010

Experiencing Slavery and Imagining Freedom
Read slaves personal accounts of slavery; write a slave's account of freed

(Grades 3-12) 08/13/2010

Stage a Debate: A Primer for Teachers (Lincoln-Douglas Debate Format)
Ten strategies for creating lively debates in the classroom. (Grades 3-12) 08/12/2010

Guess-timating Fun
Fun activity reinforces estimation, number lines, mean, median, more. (Grades K-12) 08/11/2010

Create a Word
Have fun making up new words, writing definitions for them. (Grades 3-12) 08/10/2010

Puzzle Race Builds Cooperative-Group Skills
A puzzle race builds cooperative group work skills. (Grades K-8) 08/09/2010

Getting-to-Know-You Crossword Puzzle
A class crossword puzzle makes a great back-to-school activity or bulletin board. (Grades K-12) 08/06/2010

Presidential Timeline
Create a Presidents of the United States timeline. (Grades 3-12) 08/05/2010

Got the Time? (Math Word Problems)
Word problems put students' time-telling skills to practical use. (Grades 3-8) 08/04/2010

Kudos by Kiddos
Students design and award medals for their favorite children's books. (Grades 3-12) 08/03/2010

Simon Says "Who Are You?"
This Simon Says game highlights students similarities, differences. (Grades K-5) 08/02/2010

Copy-Paper Scrap Projects
Turn scrap paper into a lesson in following directions. (Grades 3-8) 07/30/2010

Rockin' Rhythm Band
Create rhythms from ordinary objects. (Grades K-12) 07/29/2010

Graphing Greenery
Plot on graph paper the coordinates for the shape of a leaf. (Grades 3-8) 07/28/2010

Fabulous Firsts in African-American History
Learn about famous firsts in African-American history. (Grades 3-12 07/27/2010

Spelling BINGO
Review spelling words by playing Spelling BINGO. (Grades K-12) 07/26/2010

Puzzles With Partners
A fun reward activity involves puzzles and cooperative groups. (Grades K-12) 07/23/2010

Headline News
Create simple stories using words cut from newspaper headlines. (Grades 3-12) 07/22/2010

Be on the Lookout!
Create Wanted posters for destructive bugs. (Grades 3-8) 07/21/2010

Honor Your School and Community Heroes
Students create special event or award to honor a community hero. (Grades K-12) 07/20/2010

Magic Sum
Learn a "magic" trick as you practice two-digit addition. (Grades 3-8) 07/19/2010

The Mail Race
Students write friendly letters to random schools; track responses on a map. (Grades 3-8) 07/16/2010

Five Spelling Games
Spice up spelling routines with these five activities. (Grades K-8) 07/15/2010

Working on the Slant
Learn about slant by comparing how several newspapers cover a story. (Grades 3-12) 07/14/2010

Globe Game
Challenging Globe Game develops geography skills. (Grades K-12) 07/13/2010

Lewis and Clark and the Native Americans
Learn how the Lewis & Clark expedition impacted Native tribes. (Grades 6-12) 07/12/2010

Do the Hokey Pokey in Many Languages
Do the hokey pokey -- in many languages! (Grades K-8) 07/09/2010

How Long Does Trash Last? (A Cooperative Learning Activity)
In this cooperative activity, learn how long trash lasts. (Grades 3-8) 07/08/2010

"Place the State" Game
Can students correctly place all 50 states on a U.S. map? (Grades 3-8) 07/07/2010

Popcorn Math
Use popcorn to teach a wide range of math concepts. (Grades K-8) 07/06/2010

Breaking the Code
Learn about the importance of cryptography during WWII. (Grades 6-12) 07/05/2010

Fun With Numbers
Use Lakota Indian number words to solve math problems. (Grades 3-5) 07/02/2010

Around-the-Room Review
The around the room review game engages everyone. (Grades K-12) 07/01/2010

Where in the World?
Locate famous landmarks around the world; develop research skills. (Grades 3-8) 06/30/2010

"We Love to READ" Bulletin Board
Bulletin board makes perfect backdrop for mini book reports. (Grades K-5) 06/29/2010

The Presidential Campaign Game
Experience the presidential campaign process. (Grades 8-12) 06/28/2010

Editorial Cartoons
Study editorial cartoons; create your own. (Grades 9-12) 06/25/2010

Just a Minute!
This activity helps students put one minute in perspective. (Grades K-12) 06/24/2010

Book Report BINGO
Book Report BINGO offers a variety of book report approaches. (Grades 3-12) 06/23/2010

Money Math Match
Hunt for the classmate who holds a bag of coins of equal value to yours. (Grades K-5) 06/22/2010

Lewis and Clark: Equipping the Expedition
Learn about preparations Lewis & Clark made to equip their expedition. (Grades 3-12) 06/21/2010

"Carousel Brainstorm" Book Report
A fun way to review a book the whole class has read. (Grades K-12) 06/18/2010

Write a Caption!
Write captions for amusing photos. (Grades 4-12) 06/17/2010

Retablo-Style Self-Portraits
Celebrate Frida Kahlos birthday (July 6). Create self-portraits in the style of her art. (Grades 3-12) 06/16/2010

Australia: Lessons About the 'Land Down Under'
Learn about Australias culture, geography, language (Grades K-12) 06/15/2010

Proverbs of One World
Create a book of proverbs that offer lessons of tolerance and respect. (Grades 3-12) 06/14/2010

Popcorn Science
Five simple science experiments explain what makes popcorn pop. (Grades K-12) 06/11/2010

World War I Art and Artists
Learn about the artists behind paintings of World War I. (Grades 9-12) 06/10/2010

Huey and Louie Meet Dewey
Use this work sheet and resources to teach about the Dewey Decimal System. (Grades 3-8) 06/09/2010

Student Learning-Strengths Inventory
Take an inventory of your students learning strengths. (Grades K-12) 06/08/2010

Holiday Greeting Cards: A Graphing Activity
Create a graph to show the holidays that account for the most greeting-card sales. (Grades 3-12) 06/07/2010

Folktale Writing
Author helps students write folktales of their own. (Grades 3-8) 06/04/2010

You Can Count on Spelling
Scrabble spelling offers spelling and math practice. (Grades K-12) 06/03/2010

Civil War Photos Tell a Story
Write a story about one of Matthew Bradys Civil War photographs. (Grades 5-12) 06/02/2010

20 Field Day Activities Any Kid Can Do (And Do Well!)
Twenty PE activities any student will enjoy. (Grades K-8) 06/01/2010

Soccer Spelling
Capitalize on World Cup excitement. Combine spelling and soccer in this fun game. (Grades K-5) 05/28/2010

Roman Numeral Math
Solve simple math problems using Roman numerals. (Grades 3-12) 05/27/2010

Hang a Flag Mural
Greet school visitors with a student-created flag mural. (Grades K-12) 05/26/2010

Pet Pellets
Create an advertising campaign for a new pet food. (Grades 3-12) 05/25/2010

Round-Robin Reading Quiz
A cooperative reading strategy that works. (Grades K-12) 05/24/2010

Teaching About Tolerance Through Music
Analyze Peter, Paul and Mary lyrics with themes of tolerance. (Grades 3-12) 05/21/2010

Those Tear-Me-Apart, Put-Me-Back-Together, Never-Be-the-Same-Again Blues
This powerful activity illustrates how words can hurt -- or heal. (Grades PK 8) 05/20/2010

Mysteries in the Bag
Build a mystery story around a bag of evidence. (Grades K-12) 05/19/2010

"Photograph Math" Word Problems
Students write their own problems and stage photos to illustrate them. (Grades K-12) 05/18/2010

Global Economy: A Simple Activity
Explore where in the world things we use come from. (Grades 3-12) 05/17/2010

Make a Music Video
Create a short music video for a familiar children's song. (Grades K-12) 05/14/2010

Mapping the Most Common U.S. City Names
Map locations of the most common U.S. city names. (Grades 4-12) 05/13/2010

Five-O
Use logic and deductive reasoning to guess a vocab word in this team game. (Grades 3-12) 05/12/2010

"Mind Reader" Math Trick
A math-based card trick to convince their friends that they can read minds. (Grades 3-12) 05/11/2010

Wind and Wings
Experiments help students understand the principles of flight. (Grades K-8) 05/10/2010

Map Projections: The Grapefruit Activity
Hands-on activity teaches about different map projections. (Grades 6-12) 05/07/2010

The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans
In, time for Memorial Day, inspire students to write letters to veterans at local hospitals. (Grades K-12) 05/06/2010

Candy Colors: Figuring the Mean, Median, and Mode
Count candies by color; then calculate mean, median, and mode. (Grades 3-12) 05/05/2010

Rock My World
Hands-on activity demonstrates how continents, oceans formed. (Grades 6-8) 05/04/2010

Four Corner Fun: A Review Game
Multiple-choice questions are center stage in this review activity. (Grades PK12) 05/03/2010

Spelling Takes a Hit!
This game puts the active in spelling active-ity! (Grades K-5) 04/30/2010

What Did It Cost 100 Years Ago?
Compare prices of goods today and 100 years ago. (Grades 3-12) 04/29/2010

Civil War Photos Tell a Story
Write a story about one of Matthew Bradys Civil War photographs. (Grades 5-12) 04/28/2010

Math Madness: A Game for Small Groups
Adapt this active game for any math skill you are teaching. (Grades K-12) 04/27/2010

Earth at Night
Identify 10 cities on an Earth at Night map. (Grades 3-12) 04/26/2010

A 'Teacher Appreciation Week' Card For the Teacher
A nice project for art class; every student creates a different card for the teacher. (Grades K-8) 04/23/2010

Crazy Laws: There Must Have Been a Good Reason?
Investigate some crazy laws on Law Day, May 1. (Grades 5-12) 04/22/2010

Write a Teacher-Appreciation Letter
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by having students write a letter to a former teacher. (Grades 3-12) 04/21/2010

Fifty States Field Day
Fifty States Field Day exercises geography skills. (Grades PK 12) 04/20/2010

Lesson of the Day
Read and reflect on the letters of President Harry Truman, whose birthday is May 8. (Grades 6-12) 04/19/2010

Using Graphic Organizers to Generate Genre Definitions
Use a graphic organizer to form definitions of a variety of literary genres. (Grades 3-12) 04/16/2010

Draw Like an Egyptian
Learn how to draw like an Egyptian. (Grades K-12) 04/15/2010

Create a Graph Online
Students create beautiful graphs with an easy-to-use online tool. (Grades K-12)04/14/2010

Civil War Slang
Explore slang words and phrases used during the Civil War. (Grades 6-12) 04/13/2010

Arbor Day Across the United States -- A Color-Key Map Activity
Use a color key map to learn about planting times in the U.S. (Grades 3-8) 04/12/2010

"Giggle Poetry" Theater
Perform silly poems as theater during Poetry Month. Scripts provided. (Grades 3-8) 04/09/2010

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Recognize the anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake (April 18) with this comprehension activity. (Grades 4-12) 04/08/2010

Earth Day Jeopardy
Play this Jeopardy-like game on Earth Day, or anytime. (Grades 3-12) 04/07/2010

Water Use Around the World
Compare your water use with water use in other places around the world. (Grades 3-12) 04/06/2010

You Be the Editor
Student-editors work in teams to correct errors in this fast-paced activity. (Grades K-12) 04/05/2010

Postmark U.S.A.
Collect postmarks; track them on a classroom map. (Grades K-8) 04/02/2010

Overflowing the Banks
Hands-on activity teaches how floods happen. (Grades 3-8) 04/01/2010

Postmark U.S.A.
Collect postmarks; track them on a classroom map. (Grades K-8) 03/31/2010

Overflowing the Banks
Hands-on activity teaches how floods happen. (Grades 3-8) 03/30/2010

Vegetable Rock Garden
Grow vegetable sections without soil. (Grades K-5) 03/30/2010

Kids Bullying Kids
Survey, discuss data about bullying in your school. (Grades 3-8) 03/30/2010

Spelling Counts!
Create and solve codes based on the numerical values of spelling list words. (Grades 3-8) 03/29/2010

The Case of the Disappearing Frogs
Students work to solve The Case of the Disappearing Frogs. (Grades 3-8) 03/26/2010

Weekly Math Challenge
Set up a Math Challenge Center in your classroom. (Grades 3-12) 03/25/2010

Students' Favorite Reading Topics
During National Library Week (April 11-17), have students survey classmates reading preferences. (Grades K-8) 03/24/2010

Up-to-Date Aesop
Rewrite an Aesop fable in modern language and a modern setting. (Grades K-12) 03/23/2010

Think About It!
Creative-thinking problems. Perfect for April Fools day fun. (Grades 3-8) 03/22/2010

Let Your Fingers Do the Estimating
Estimate the number of phone listings in you local telephone directory. (Grades 3-12) 03/19/2010

In Your Opinion: Are Athletes Heroes?
Stage a classroom debate of the question Are athletes heroes? (Grades 6-12) 03/18/2010

Backwards Day
Plan a "Backwards Day" on April Fool's Day or for a fun reward. (Grades PK - 8) 03/17/2010

"Two Diamond Baseball" Review Game
This "baseball" game can be used to reinforce skills in any subject. (Grades K-12) 03/16/2010

Bug Me While I'm Eating!
Its Nutrition Month -- compare the nutritional values of insects and your favorite foods. (Grades 3-12) 03/15/2010

Best-Selling Books Bar Graph
Create a graph of the best-selling childrens books of all time. (Grades K-5) 03/12/2010

Art Imitating Life
Explore role of women by examining art through history. (Grades 6-12) 03/11/2010

Egg Hunt Reinforces Math, Language Skills
Do it indoors, or take kids outdoors for a fun learning activity and a little exercise. (Grades K-8) 03/10/2010

String Eggs
Decorate the classroom with beautiful string eggs for Easter, which is April 4. (Grades 3-8) 03/09/2010

Graphing Our Snacks
During Nutrition Month, graph the fat content of favorite snack foods. (Grades 3-12) 03/08/2010

What Happened?
Explore legends surrounding volcanoes, write your own legend. (Grades 3-12) 03/05/2010

Create a BIG Book
Create a big book edition of a favorite story. (Grades K-2) 03/04/2010

Eating Up Idioms
During Nutrition Month (March), feed your students a diet of food idioms. (Grades 3-12) 03/03/2010

Word-zles
Wordzle puzzles make fun thinking activities. (Grades 3-12) 03/02/2010

Grow a Great Spring Bulletin Board: Eggshell Flowers
Create a colorful spring bulletin board using this fun art project. (Grades K-5) 03/01/2010

Chain Together a Book Report
Students work in small groups to put together Chain Book Reports. (Grades K-12) 02/26/2010

Women's Words of Wisdom
Create a bulletin board of inspiring quotes by famous women. (Grades 4-12) 02/25/2010

Immigrants Who Built America
Explore the lives of ten immigrants who helped make American strong. (Grades 5-12) 02/24/2010

Multiple Meanings Game
Hunt for the classmate whose definition card leads to the same word as yours. (Grades 2-8) 02/23/2010

Fun Food Quiz: True or False?
During Nutrition Month (March), use this fun food quiz to test students knowledge of vegetables, fruits. (Grades 3-8) 02/22/2010

Black History Rap
Write a rap lyric about a famous African-American. (Grades 3-12) 02/19/2010

Visual Fractions Game
Create a classroom fractions competition using a Web-based game. (Grades 3-8) 02/18/2010

Plan a Read-All_Day Day
Celebrate Read Across America/World Book Day on March 2. (Grades K-12) 02/17/2010

Three-Way Match: Famous Black Americans
A unique three-way matching activity teaches about famous African Americans. (Grades 4-12) 02/16/2010

Who Wrote That?
Students have fun identifying which classmate wrote each response to a writing prompt. (Grades K-12) 02/15/2010

365 Days of African-American History
During Black History Month, create a 365-day calendar of African-American history. (Grades 6-12) 02/12/2010

George Washington Teaches Map Directions
George Washington teaches math, directions. (Grades 3-8) 02/11/2010

Word Processing Can Be Lots of Font
Fun poem activity reinforces basic word processing skills. (Grades 3-8) 02/10/2010

Langston Hughes Was a Dreamer Too
Learn how Langston Hughes expressed his dreams through poetry. (Grades 2-12) 02/09/2010

Meet Our Presidents Bulletin Board
Research and create a "Meet Our Presidents" bulletin board display. (Grades K-12) 02/08/2010

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Create an art project based on a song used to guide slaves to freedom. (Grades K-2) 02/05/2010

Secrets of the Presidents
Learn secrets of the presidents with this printable activity. (Grades 3-8) 02/04/2010

Multiple Meanings Game
Hunt for the classmate whose definition card leads to the same word as yours. (Grades 2-8) 02/03/2010

Fabulous Firsts in African-American History
During Black History Month, learn about famous firsts in African-American history. (Grades 3-12) 02/02/2010

Graph the Presidents At Inauguration: How Old Were They?
For Presidents Day, graph the presidents' ages at inauguration. (Grades K-8) 02/01/2010

Candy Heart Stories
Use the text on candy hearts to write a story. (Grades 1-8) 01/29/2010

How Tolerant Are Kids in Your School?
Graph results of a survey about attitudes and tolerance in your school. (Grades 6-12) 01/28/2010

Broken-Heart Matching Game
Reinforce skills with this Valentines Day matching game. (Grades PK-12) 01/27/2010

Coin Count & Classification
Celebrate Abe Lincoln by making penny predictions. (Grades 3-12) 01/26/2010

The Recycle Games
You know the Olympic Games. How about the Recycle Games? (Grades K-12) 01/25/2010

Everybody Is Unique: A Lesson in Respect for Others
Art activity teaches about respect for others unique qualities. (Grades K-8) 01/22/2009

The Magician's Apprentice
Performing magic tricks teaches the importance of following directions. (Grades 3-8) 01/21/2009

Pictures Tell a Story: A Lesson in Sequencing
Students illustrate sequential events in a story or in history. (Grades K-8)01/20/2009

Hoot, the Movie And Classroom Activities Too
Teaching activities to accompany the book Hoot.. (Grades 5-8) 01/19/2009

Dictionary Detective
Build students' dictionary skills with this fun activity. (Grades 3-12) 01/18/2009

Comparing Composers: Beethoven and Mozart
Celebrate Mozart (January 27) by comparing Beethoven and Mozart. (Grades 3-12) 01/15/2010

Anticipation Guides Improve Reading Comprehension
Use anticipation guides to help your students focus on content-area reading assignments. (Grades K-12) 01/14/2010

Map Projections: The Grapefruit Activity
Hands-on activity teaches about different map projections. (Grades 6-12) 01/13/2010

How Do Clouds Form?
A hands-on experiment illustrates how clouds form. (Grades K-5) 01/12/2010

Chinese New Year: A Simple Lesson in Debt, Percent, and Loan Interest
A Chinese New Year (February 14) lesson in percent and loan interest. (Grades 5-12) 01/11/2010

Tissue, Please!
Teach cold-season manners with a read-aloud story, art project. (Grades PK -2) 01/08/2010

Power Problem
Calculate losses caused by a snowstorm. (Grades 3-8) 01/07/2010

Snow Paintings
Use food-coloring mixtures to paint on snow. Fun winter art activity. (Grades PK-5) 01/06/2010

Martin Luther King Jr.: Pre- and Post-Reading Activity
A pre- and post-reading exercise about the life of Dr. King. (Grades 3-8) 01/05/2010

Lewis and Clark: Equipping the Expedition
Prep along with Lewis & Clark for their 1803 expedition. (Grades 3-12) 01/04/2010

Speedy Spelling Bee
Teams of students work together in this spelling bee with a twist. (Grades K-12) 12/17/2009

Following Directions
This lesson proves that frequent practice can improve skills. (Grades 5-8) 12/16/2009

Use Literature to Teach Tolerance
Use popular literature to teach tolerance. (Grades PK 12) 12/15/2009

Hieroglyphics: It's Not Greek to Me! (It's Egyptian!)
Use hieroglyphic characters, an online hieroglyphic translator too. (Grades 3-12) 12/14/2009

The Betsy Ross Story: Truth or Legend?
Just in time for Betsy Ross Day (January 1): the Betsy Ross story -- truth or legend? (Grades 3-12) 12/11/2009

H2O to Go
Sponge relay race offers a fun way to learn math (measurement) skills. (Grades K-8) 12/10/2009

100 Years Ago in History
Start the new year by investigating events that happened 100 years ago this year. (Grades 5-12) 12/09/2009

Fact-O!
Practice math facts with this game of skill and chance. (Grades K-12) 12/08/2009

Sunrise, Sunset: Quickly Go the Days
Why does Alaska have less daylight than your state has? (Grades 3-12) 12/07/2009

Holiday Wreath Ornament
Fun holiday project: create a holiday wreath ornament. (Grades K-5) 12/04/2009

How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch
Create a play based on an Australian kangaroo legend. (Grades 3-5) 12/03/2009

Seasonal Notepad Gift
In this simple technology lesson, students create a seasonal notepad gift. (Grades K-12) 12/02/2009

Planet X
Celebrate the Bill of Rights anniversary (December 15) by writing a Bill of Rights for a colony you are founding on a distant planet. (Grades 4-8) 12/01/2009

A Musical Holiday Gift
A CD song collection by your students makes a great gift for any holiday. (Grades PreK-12) 11/25/2009

Teaching Students to Tell Time: Three Resources for Busy Teachers
Three activity sheets develop, reinforce time-telling skills. (Grades K-5) Math 11/24/2009

A Math Game for Reinforcing Computation Skills
This dice-and-math game provides practice in many math skills. (Grades K-12) 11/23/2009

Geography Twister
Students exercise while they play this fun geography game based on Twister. (Grades K-12) 11/20/09

Rosa Parks Changed The Rules
Recognize the anniversary of Rosa Parks historic bus ride (December 1) by completing a diagram of the bus. (Grades K-5) 11/19/09

Bowling Math
Keeping score of a bowling match is a fun way to learn math. (Grades 3-8) 11/18/09

"Book Report Gallery Bulletin Board
A camera is all you need to create this fun bulletin board for Book Week or anytime. (Grades PK-8) 11/17/09

May I Take Your Order, Please? (A Sequencing Activity)
Adapt this "sequencing" reading lesson to all subjects. (Grades 3-12) 11/16/09

You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving
Learn the truth about the First Thanksgiving. (Grades 3-8) 11/13/2009

Thanksgiving Feast (Read the Charts)
Learn about where some Thanksgiving foods are grown. (Grades 3-8) 11/12/2009

Graphing the Annual Food Drive
Graph the amount of food that comes in during the annual food drive. (Grades K-12) 11/11/2009

Thanksgiving Placemats: A Community- Service Project
Make Thanksgiving placemats as a community service project. (Grades PK-12) 11/10/2009

Anti-Smoking Letter Writing Campaign
Celebrate the Great American Smokeout (November 19) by having students write a letter to encourage a friend not to smoke. (Grades 3-12) 11/09/2009

Drafting the Gettysburg Address
Recognize the anniversary of Lincolns Gettysburg Address (November 19) by comparing its draft to the final version. (Grades 6-12) 11/06/2009

Turkeys Gobble Up Bulletin Board Space
Two fun ways for turkeys to gobble up bulletin board space. (Grades K-5) 11/05/2009

Lewis and Clark's Journey West: A Timeline Activity
Recognize the anniversary (November 18) of Lewis & Clark reaching the Pacific. (Grades 3-12) 11/04/2009

Design a Navajo Rug -- A Lesson in Symmetry
Create a Navajo rug; a lesson in symmetry. (Grades 3-8) 11/03/2009

Smoking Danger Demonstration
Recognize the Great American Smokeout (November 19) by demonstrating the dangers of smoking. (Grades K-12) 11/02/2009

Native American Misconceptions
Blast students stereotypes about Native Americans. (Grades K-5) 10/30/09

Wacky Word Play
Combine students' love of word games and drawing. (Grades 3-12) 10/29/09

What a Pair! A Cross-Grade Writing Activity
Young students role play being President of the United States. (Grades K-3) 10/28/09

Stage a Poetry Slam!
Stage a classroom or school-wide poetry slam. (Grades 3-12) 10/27/09

Every Day Is Presidents' Day At the White House
Older and younger students team up in this cross-grade writing activity. (Grades K-12) 10/26/09

Huey and Louie Meet Dewey
Use this work sheet and resources to teach about the Dewey Decimal System. (Grades 3-8) 10/23/2009

365 Days of African-American History
Create a 365-day calendar of African-American history. (Grades 6-12) 10/22/2009

Help Wanted: President of the United States
Learn about the Presidents responsibilities; write a want ad for the position. (Grades 3-12) 10/21/2009

The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans
Inspire students to write letters to veterans at local hospitals. (Grades K-12) 10/20/2009

Dead Word Wall Kills Overused Words
Create a Dead Word Wall to kill words overused in student writing. (Grades K-12) 10/19/2009

The Top Ten Reasons for Going Into Space
Consider the validity of the top ten reasons for going into space. (Grades 6-12) 10/16/2009

Bueno Brothers' Bean Dip
How many words can be formed from a scoop of lima bean letters? (Grades K-8) 10/15/2009

"War of the Worlds: A Broadcast Re-Creation
Relive -- and re-create -- the panic-causing 1938 radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds." (Grades 6-12) 10/14/2009

Tabloid Tales
Write a story for one of these unbelievable tabloid news headlines. (Grades 3-12) 10/13/2009

Postmark U.S.A.
Collect postmarks; track them on a classroom map. (Grades K-8) 10/12/2009

Report on a Reporter
Invite a news reporter to visit class; write news reports about the visit. (Grades 3-12) 10/09/2009

Rescuers: Those Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others
Read Holocaust rescue accounts, write reflective essays. (Grades 6-12) 10/08/2009

The Alphabet Game
Use alphabet cards to play a small-group spelling game. (Grades K-8) 10/07/2009

Saying No!
Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 18-26) by presenting plays about saying no to drugs. (Grades 3-12) 10/06/2009

Students' Favorite Reading Topics
Students survey their classmates reading preferences. (Grades K-8) 10/05/2009

Celebrate Character Counts! Week In October
Ten ideas for celebrating Character Counts Week (October 19-25). (Grades PreK-12) 10/02/2009

Halloween Party Alternatives from UNICEF
Replace your Halloween party with a valuable service-learning project. (Grades PreK-12) 10/01/2009

Where Did Foods Originate? (Foods of the New World and Old World)
Explore how New World explorers changed the Old World's diet. (Grades K-12) 09/30/2009

Space Tourism Brochure
Create travel brochures to sell tourists on the concept of space travel. (Grades 6-12) 09/29/2009

Go West With Columbus
Go West With Columbus game teaches map skills. (Grades K-5) 09/28/2009

Create a Globe
Make globes from balloons and a paper-paste mixture. (Grades 3-5) 09/25/2009

Fire Safety Songs (and Poems Too)
Songs, poems for Fire Safety Week, October 4-10. (Grades PreK-2) 09/24/2009

Catchy Captions
A lesson in newspaper photo captions and caption writing. (Grades K-5) 09/23/2009

The Million $ Mission
Calculate the quickest way to earn $1 million in one month. (Grades 3-12) 09/22/2009

The Great Chicago Fire: Did Mrs. OLearys Cow Really Cause It?
Investigate the cause of the Great Chicago Fire (October 8, 1871). (Grades 6-12) 09/21/2009

An Immigration Graph
Create a graph to show the number of immigrants by country of origin. (Grades 3-8) 09/18/2009

Graph the Results: Applesauce Taste Test
Make three kinds of applesauce, hold an applesauce taste test. (Grades PreK-8) 09/17/2009

Where Am I?
Use latitude and longitude to identify volcano locations. (Grades 6-12) 09/16/2009

Did You Know...
Take a true-false quiz about Hispanic history. (Grades 6-8) 09/15/2009

Autumn Colors Shine Through
Let autumn shine through with colorful window decorations. (Grades K-5) 09/14/2009

Bark Art
Learn about Australias Aborigines, create Aboriginal bark art. (Grades K-5) 09/11/2009

Read a Fall Foliage Map
Use a color key to read a fall foliage map. Printable work sheet included. (Grades 3-8) 09/10/2009

Tracking Falls Falling Temperatures
Reinforce many skills by tracking falling temperatures this fall. (Grades 3-12) 09/08/2009

Pinwheels for Peace
Create "pinwheels for peace" to celebrate International World Peace Day September 21. (Grades K-12) 09/07/2009

How Well Do You Follow Directions?
Teach valuable lessons about listening and following directions. (Grades K-12) 09/4/2009

Five-O
Use logic and deductive reasoning to guess a vocab word in this team game. (Grades 3-12) 09/3/2009

Civil War Slang
Explore slang words and phrases used during the Civil War. (Grades 6-12) 09/2/2009

The Week That Was
A weekly writing assignment results in a year-end volume of work that documents students' writing progress. (Grades K-12) 09/1/2009

Geography Bee
Hold a classroom Geography Bee. (Grades 3-12) 08/31/2009

Ball and Triangle Game
Create a modern version of an old Native American childrens game. (Grades K-8) 08/28/2009

Create a New Amendment
Recognize Constitution Day (September 17). Work in groups to propose a new amendment to the Constitution. (Grades 6-12) 08/27/2009

Bing!
This game combines spelling words and chance. (Grades K-12) 08/26/2009

Who Are Your Heroes?
Work sheet helps students organize their Who is my hero? thinking. (Grades 3-8) 08/25/2009

Map Your Favorite Sports Team's Next Road Trip
Use maps to chart a favorite sports teams next road trip. (Grades 3-12) 08/24/2009

Memorable Maps
Memorable maps lesson shows a year of geography skill growth. (Grades K-12) 08/21/2009

A "Typical Day Then and Now
Celebrate Grandparents Day (Sept. 13). Students compare their "typical day" to a grandparent's childhood. (Grades K-8) 08/20/2009

Getting-to-Know-You Crossword Puzzle
A class crossword puzzle makes a great back-to-school activity or bulletin board. (Grades K-12) 08/19/2009

I Think, Therefore
Use logic to complete a statement by Charles Darwin. (Grades 9-12) 08/18/2009

What's in a Name?
Use clues to identify U.S. cities with unusual names. (Grades 3-12) 08/17/2009

World War I Art and Artists
Learn about the artists behind paintings of World War I. (Grades 9-12) 08/14/2009

Drafting the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence: compare Jeffersons draft with the final version. (Grades 6-12) 08/13/2009

Simon Says "Who Are You?"
This Simon Says game highlights students similarities, differences. (Grades K-5) 08/12/2009

Puzzle Race Builds Cooperative-Group Skills
A puzzle race builds cooperative group work skills. (Grades K-8) 08/11/2009

Cutting Costs With Coupons
Clip newspaper food coupons, add up the savings. (Grades 3-8) 08/10/2009

Germs Experiment 2
Use glitter to demonstrate how germs travel. (Grades K-5) 08/07/2009

Understanding Needs and Feelings
Complete this story to show how different people deal with needs, feelings. (Grades 3-5) 08/06/2009

The World Of Anne Frank
Ideas for teaching about the life and diary of Anne Frank. (Grades 6-12) 08/05/2009

Civil War Recipes
Prepare foods Civil War soldiers might have eaten. (Grades K-12) 08/04/2009

The Human Body: A Life-Size Model on Paper
Create life-size diagram of the human body. (Grades K-12) 08/03/2009

Jean C. Cotamora BSED General Science 4

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CONTENT:

Only a fool would ever deny the major differences of the teaching-learning styles and strategies of the previous and present generation. There are major differences even from the media used up to the outcome produced. The previous generation are more into content in every lesson while for now, there so much more in school than just learning but also developing necessarily values and significant skills to cope with the world. These major differences makes the gap – the “generation gap.” This gap impacts the teaching and learning process most especially if the teacher isn’t in conformity with new trend in education. Below are the defining differences that contributes to the generation gap. 

                Text versus Visuals– The previous generation were into written and tangible materials enriched with illustrations and photos while the generation now has broader and greater preference to visuals. The learners now are mostly visual learners so they understand concepts if visuals are used. There are “not so into” in reading but more on believing and understanding what they see. They tend to choose pictures over reading materials. 
                Linear versus Hyper-media – The previous generation learned in a sequential and linear manner no wonder learners before are more logical than today, they have become reflective thinkers and focused. Today, because of “hyper-media,” the learner now gets to access to information easily. It is notable that because of the learners’ random access to hyperlinked digital information, they are bored and distracted easily during classes.
Social Learning

                Independent versus Social Learners  

– The traditional way of learning is more on independent learning; the way of learning today encourages collaboration and cooperation among learners. The trend now is more social and that digital learning is better when it is done in groups. Learners can communicate in many ways, in many avenues.

Learning alone

                 

Learning to Do versus Learning to Pass the Test – The past generation are taught by teachers because the teachers back then wanted the students to pass the test – they are basically after the score (although there is still learning, short-term learning and not on the effective learning (one that really lasts for a long time – true learning). Now, acquired skill/s is/are the determining factor/s of learning. There is much more emphasis on the process than on the outcome, although the outcome is also an important determinant of learning. 

Cramming to Pass the Test
Medals

                

   Delayed Rewards and Instant Gratification 

 – Rewarding learning in the past wasn’t immediate. Medals, certificates and diplomas and other objects of gratification are given at the end. Today, rewards are immediate – right after the endeavor, the reward is given say for example. It is only at the end of the school year that the learner can get the rewards and gratification of his/her efforts; however today, rewarding is immediate, just like after playing plants versus zombies, the learner gets to know how well he/she did the game.

Instant Award

               

Fun Learning

Rote Memory versus Fun Learning – The traditional teachers obliged their students to memorize lessons and test memory (which was back then perceived as “knowledge”) through standard test. Memory back then was the measure of understanding. Today there is still an emphasis on the use of memory but learning has become fun because knowledge is not just based on memory or perhaps may no longer be on memory, but more into actions and practical applications which yields better learning and understanding because it is actual and because the learners remember things if he/she does it but because the learner gets to experience the actual thing. Learning is no longer mundane and cyclical but it has become “active.”

EXPERIENCE:

                I can say that the way I learn now is way to better than the way I learn in high school. Back then concepts about chemical reactions were made known to me through books and lectures; at this degree, I get to understand better because I made it happen and I witness how it worked. I have evolved from being an auditory learner (solely) into a visual learner. I now understand things better. All thanks to technology, there is a better and faster way of learning. I have become a better learner. Moreover, I can also attest to the gap made by technology to the teaching and learning process. Some of my teachers don’t use the available materials for digital learning for the reason that they are expensive and they should only be used some times. Now, with my learning, I get to ask questions: was that the REAL reason why? : Or was it because my teachers back then didn’t have the zest to learn how to manipulate it: Did my teachers before fail to fill the generation gap? Hmmm?

REFLECTION:

                Learning can be facilitated in many ways depending on the concept being taught. Traditional way of teaching and learning is not bad if it is just employed correctly. With the advent of digital education, the teaching and learning process have become better. However, the extent and effectivity of this digital education is also still dependent on the appropriateness of its application. The gap is not that big only if traditional teachers would just have the courage to blow to cloud of fear in front of them. They play important roles in bringing the students to the 21st century education – digital education. Students have become better in multitasking because of the avenue being opened by technology to them, to us. Hence, teachers must be the first ones to leap into this trend in education so that students will come after.

APPLICATION:

                As a future teacher, I promise to bring to my students to the 21st century education. I must never be afraid of learning what is new. I must never be the cause of the generation gap. I must make my experiences learning curves so that I may avoid committing gap mistakes. It is important for me too to consider the learning preferences of my students (whether they prefer the text ones or visuals) but later lead them into employing better ways of learning with the application of digital approach to learning.

                Howbeit, to be able to this all, it is important for me to learn and internalize first the principles of educational technology to do the right choice today and later generation.