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Know Ohio: How Ohio’s Cities Got Their Names

Know Ohio: How Ohio’s Cities Got Their Names

Explores how some Ohio cities were named after settlers, figures in history, other cities from around the world or by incorporating words from other languages. More unusual city names were created by local lore or the personal preference of the settlers. What is the name of your city? Why do you think that’s the name of your city? If you could rename the city, what would you name it and why?

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Digital Skills

Leaping into Rational Numbers (Grades 5-8)

Solve puzzles and graph the solutions on an online number line.

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Supporting Instructional Videos:

Teaching and Learning About "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"

Teaching and Learning About "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"

Explore how to introduce Reconstruction using video from “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” with specific pre- and post- viewing techniques.

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Designing a Human Model

Designing a Human Model

A seventh-grade teacher describes the digestion model she uses with her students in this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science.Chrambach thought of ways in which students could learn through experience what is otherwise an abstract and complex topic. Using a mix of store-bought items and classroom resources, she designed a model that was of appropriate complexity for the subject and for the students.

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Questioning Strategies with Reflection and Absorption

Questioning Strategies with Reflection and Absorption

In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Physical Science, teacher Nadine Coletta asks her sixth-grade class guiding questions throughout various phases of an experiment on light absorption and reflection. By not giving answers herself and by asking students to explain their reasoning, Coletta explains that she can gauge what they understand about a concept as well as any misconceptions they might have.

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Balloon Joust

Balloon Joust

Design a balloon duel and investigate thrust. Experiment with the design process and forces in motion in this activity from Design Squad Nation.

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Gathering Data to Analyze

Gathering Data to Analyze

Count and chart the numbers of raisins in different boxes to see variability. Then graph data given on a line plot to visualize the variation. This media gallery features two, complementary, interactive exercises working with similar data sets and focuses on the different ways to analyze the same data. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

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