Blog: Lessons & Activities

Grades 6-8: Mapping out a Story

Friday, December 13th, 2013

A plot diagram aids students in mapping out how a story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes. Print Five Elements of a Story (VIS454). Print one or two* poster-size copies of a plot diagram, and make a class set of 8 ½ x 11 copies.  (See an example of a plot diagram here at […]


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Grades K-5: Setting the Foundation for Reading Literature

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Use a graphic organizer to help students identify and describe the characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. (RL.1.3) Print Story House graphic organizer (ORG104) for the Perfecta™ 2400 Full Color Poster Design System.  Cut out several rectangles using the Cutout Maker Rectangle (MTH317) or use word/sentence strips. Display the Story […]


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Grades 9-12 Activity: Number Tricks & Algebra

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Challenge students to decode the algebraic equations behind number “tricks” Allow students the opportunity to collaborate with peers to develop algebraic equations that represent number operations. For this activity you will need to cut out the following numerals and symbols from your font collection: “x” or a different letter used to represent the variable (cut […]


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Grades 6-8 Activity: Logic Puzzles

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Engage students in logical thinking by giving them an opportunity to work in teams to solve puzzles while practicing math skills Mathematical reasoning involves drawing logical conclusions based on assumptions and the information provided. Give students an opportunity to practice their logical decision-making skills using educational puzzles. Look for logic puzzles that involve strategy, reasoning […]


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Grades K-5 Activity: Solving Word Problems

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Help students understand and solve word problems In this activity, students will work in pairs or small groups to solve word problems. You will need to print several copies of the Word Problem (ORG050) poster, one for the whole-class example and one for each group of students. Begin by asking students if they can think […]


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Grades 9-12 Activity: Student-centered Learning

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Implement learning centers in your high school classroom to foster multisensory and differentiated activities that can meet the needs of the diverse range of students’ skill levels, interests and needs. Who says that the fun and exciting learning that takes place in elementary school classrooms has to end there? Create learning centers in your high […]


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Grades 6-8 Activity: Setting up Students up for Success

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Students crave safety and structure at school. Establishing consistent routines at the beginning of the school year will reduce off-task and sometimes disruptive behavior throughout the year. At the beginning of the school year, explain the procedures for classroom routines, such as how to setup a notebook or journal entry page or organize a math […]


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Grades K-5 Activity: Creating Literacy Centers

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Start the school year off by creating centers that deliver differentiated instruction in a social context to students, while allowing time for you, as a teacher, to meet with small groups for guided reading. One of the keys to effective learning center instruction is to make sure that student expectations are clear during independent work […]


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