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Sound Waves

Sound Waves (Science - Middle School)

Learn about sound waves, which move vibrations from one place to another through liquids, gases and solids, with this interactive lesson.

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Like Items (Math - Grade 8)

Like Items (Math - Grade 8)

After their carts collide in a hardware store, two teachers discover that they both bought the same items in different quantities. With limited information, this video demonstrates how to use an equation to determine the cost of each item. Regents Review materials are designed to help high school students prepare for New York State's Regents exams.

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Turn Your Smartphone into a Science Lab (Science - Grade 7)

Turn Your Smartphone into a Science Lab (Science - Grade 7)

In this video from Inside Science, see how researchers at the University of Washington turn your smartphone into a microscope.

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Mission US - A Cheyenne Odyssey (Social Studies - Grade 6)

Mission US - A Cheyenne Odyssey (Social Studies - Grade 6)

In Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey, players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne's persistence through conflict and national transformation.

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Rosa Parks (Social Studies - Grade 7)

Rosa Parks (Social Studies - Grade 7)

This interview with civil rights activist Rosa Parks describes her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her refusal sparked a massive bus boycott that lasted 381 days, ending on December 21, 1956, after the United States Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation on city buses was unconstitutional.

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The Really Big Shoe Sale (Math - Grade 6)

The Really Big Shoe Sale (Math - Grade 6)

Use what you know about percents, ratios, and proportions to figure out the sale price in this real world application of math. See if you can figure out how they calculated the correct price for the shoes Carla likes. Combining percents can be tricky!

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How to Avoid Inappropriate Shifts - No Nonsense Grammar (ELA - Grade 7)

How to Avoid Inappropriate Shifts - No Nonsense Grammar (ELA - Grade 7)

Watch out for inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person! A shift is when there is a disparity between the perspectives, from first person, second person, and third person. It is important to maintain perspectives when referring to the same people or things.

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The Inca's Sacred City of Cuzco (Social Studies - Middle School)

The Inca's Sacred City of Cuzco (Social Studies - Middle School)

At its height in the 14th century, the Inca ruled an Empire of 12 million people, in an area that encompasses six modern South American nations. Archaeologist Noah Corcoran-Tadd describes a ceremonial network based on the sun that allowed the Incan government to monitor its vast expanse. Using history records and GPS mapping, Corcoran-Tadd discovered sacred markers, called huacas, which formed a network defining the wider sacred world within the Empire. The huacas converge on the Temple of the Sun in Cuzco, the center of the Empire.

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Constitution Challenge

Constitution Challenge (Social Studies - Grades 5-8)

In the form of a game show, this project features both “the man of the street” and student contestants as they answer questions about the constitution.

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Accessible Shapes: Geometry (Math - 6th Grade)

Accessible Shapes: Geometry (Math - 6th Grade)

Students will learn about spatial visualization; surface area and volume; and the study of lines, angles and two- and three-dimensional shapes.

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Getting the Nomination (Social Studies - Middle School)

Getting the Nomination (Social Studies - Middle School)

Learning how the Native people of Nevada used the natural materials and resources that were available to them for clothing and shelter helps build an understanding of how resourceful, creative, and inventive Native people of Nevada needed to be for survival. Listen to Leah Brady, Shoshone Historian, describe how Native Americans used the plants that were available to them.

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Suffrage - Soldier and Citizen (Social Studies - Middle School)

Suffrage - Soldier and Citizen (Social Studies - Middle School)

This excerpt from the full length documentary Soldier & Citizen gives a brief historical overview of the woman suffrage movement. Experts include Dr. Carole Bucy, professor of history at Volunteer State Community College and Davidson County Historian; Dr. Lisa M. Budreau, senior curator of military history at the Tennessee State Museum; and Ronald R. Krebs, Ph.D., professor of political science, University of Minnesota.

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March 12, 2020 - News Quiz (Social Studies - Middle School)

March 12, 2020 - News Quiz (Social Studies - Middle School)

This episode features stories about the 2020 presidential primaries, NASA's new Perseverance rover, a COVID-19 update, artificial intelligence for firefighters, 3D printed plant-based steak, the 2019 Global Recording Artist of the Year, a pricey British sheepdog, hippos and more. News Quiz is KET’s weekly 15-minute current events program for students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an Extra Credit report.

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An Artist in the Family (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Constitution Challenge (Social Studies - Grades 5-8)

In the form of a game show, this project features both “the man of the street” and student contestants as they answer questions about the constitution.

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Elements of Poetry (ELA - Middle School)

Elements of Poetry (ELA - Middle School)

In this interactive lesson, discover how literary techniques like figurative language, imagery, and symbolism contribute to the overall meaning of a poem. Explore how a poet establishes and builds on a theme. Learn how to tell the difference between tone and mood. Through a close reading of Maya Angelou’s famous poem “Caged Bird” (1983), practice unpacking the language of poetry while learning about some of the various tools a writer can utilize when writing a poem.

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Symbolism - Keely's Mountain (ELA - Middle School)

Symbolism - Keely's Mountain (ELA - Middle School)

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students are introduced to Keely, who feels that her identity as a Nipmuc Native American is weakened because there is no strong Nipmuc community around her. The video Keely made when she was young and felt discouraged is countered by her positive thoughts about identity when she is older. Students develop their literacy skills through an English language arts focus on symbolism. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities.

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How to Write an Argumentative Essay (ELA - Middle School)

How to Write an Argumentative Essay (ELA - Middle School)

Building an argument takes planning, skill, and a good topic. This engaging video demonstrates with clever illustrations and narrative coaching, the steps in building an exemplar essay, from creating a hook and analyzing evidence, to convincing the audience with an actionable conclusion.

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Video Production - Behind the Scenes with the Pros (ELA - Middle School)

Video Production - Behind the Scenes with the Pros (ELA - Middle School)

KET producer, writer, and host Renee Shaw discusses the importance of good writing skills in production.

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Plotting Pairs of Coordinate Points — Cyberchase (Math - Middle School)

Plotting Pairs of Coordinate Points — Cyberchase (Math - Middle School)

Students watch a set of Cyberchase video clips which show that between two points there is exactly one line, and that if two lines intersect, they intersect at a point. These ideas are used to motivate students to learn to plot points in all four quadrants, draw line segments connecting pairs of points, and find the coordinates of the intersection.

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Can You Solve This Pier Puzzle? (Math - Middle School)

Can You Solve This Pier Puzzle? (Math - Middle School)

This math brainteaser challenges you to find a simple, elegant solution to a seemingly complex problem! Can you figure it out?

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Beat the Odds (Math - Middle School)

Beat the Odds (Math - Middle School)

Develop, use, and explore experimental probability models. This interactive exercise focuses on calculating the probabilities of random events and playing a game where you bet virtual money on the outcome of random events. This video was submitted through the Innovation Math Challenge, a contest open to professional and nonprofessional producers.

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Making Stuff Faster: The Math behind Package Delivery — Nova (Math - Middle School)

Making Stuff Faster: The Math behind Package Delivery — Nova (Math - Middle School)

Learn how UPS, a global package delivery company, has developed an algorithm to schedule routes for its delivery trucks in this video from NOVA: Making Stuff Faster. Host and technology columnist David Pogue examines how difficult it is to find the most efficient way to visit multiple locations—a mathematical challenge known as the "traveling salesman problem." UPS has developed a system that breaks the problem down into smaller problems so that a computer can approximate the best solution without having to do an astronomical amount of calculations.

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Introduction to Data Analysis (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Introduction to Data Analysis (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Line Plots, Bar Graphs, Histograms and Circle Graphs (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Line Plots, Bar Graphs, Histograms and Circle Graphs (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Stem-and-Leaf Plots, Box-and-Whisker Plots and Scatter Plots (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Stem-and-Leaf Plots, Box-and-Whisker Plots and Scatter Plots (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Doing Data Projects (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Doing Data Projects (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Probability (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Probability (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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Reclaiming Habitat for Honey Bees (Science - Middle School)

Reclaiming Habitat for Honey Bees (Science - Middle School)

Explore the role of pollinators in the ecosystems they are a part of. In this interactive lesson, students will develop a written response to one of three questions about the importance of honeybees. They will gather evidence from reading assignments and video segments about Coal Country BeeWorks’ efforts to reclaim surface mining sites. Those efforts and the introduction of new colonies of honeybees have been mutually beneficial in Eastern Kentucky.

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Why isn't there an Eclipse Every Month? (Science - Middle School)

Why isn't there an Eclipse Every Month? (Science - Middle School)

Investigate how the orbits and relative positions of the Moon, the Sun, and Earth produce eclipses using this interactive lesson. Students will work with a variety of models of the Earth–Sun–Moon system to understand the mechanics of lunar and solar eclipses and explain why they are rare.

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SciGirls: Habitat Havoc (Science - Middle School)

SciGirls: Habitat Havoc (Science - Middle School)

Seeing women who have succeeded in STEM helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of the lab. The SciGirls talk with a mentor working in the field of ecology about her project comparing native willow trees and non-native palm trees. They also get some ideas about what they can study.

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Aquaponics: Reducing Impacts of Overfishing (Science - Middle School)

Aquaponics: Reducing Impacts of Overfishing (Science - Middle School)

Analyze data that convey the effects of decades of fishing and learn how one girl designed an aquaponics system as a solution to overfishing in this PBS KIDS video. This resource provides opportunities for students to visualize and analyze data on a human impact to ocean life as well as obtain and communicate information about a design solution to help alleviate the effects of overfishing.

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Change your Mind: Appeal to Emotion (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Change your Mind: Appeal to Emotion (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Students will be bombarded with persuasive techniques in all aspects of their life. They need to recognize the persuasive techniques that are being used to manipulate their thinking and how they can use these same techniques to influence others.

Appeal to Emotion considers the effects of emotional pleas on the audience. Whether using powerful new images or words in text or speech, appeals to emotion are powerful.

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Change your Mind: Appeal to Logic (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Change your Mind: Appeal to Logic (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Students will be bombarded with persuasive techniques in all aspects of their life. They need to recognize the persuasive techniques that are being used to manipulate their thinking and how they can use these same techniques to influence others.

Appeal to Logic shows how rational arguments and the use of facts, figures and statistics can help to support one’s position.

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Change your Mind: Appeal to Authority (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Change your Mind: Appeal to Authority (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Students will be bombarded with persuasive techniques in all aspects of their life. They need to recognize the persuasive techniques that are being used to manipulate their thinking and how they can use these same techniques to influence others.

Appeal to Authority shows how an expert can be used to provide credibility or importance to a product or service. The expert can be real or perceived.

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Change your Mind: Loaded Language (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Change your Mind: Loaded Language (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Students will be bombarded with persuasive techniques in all aspects of their life. They need to recognize the persuasive techniques that are being used to manipulate their thinking and how they can use these same techniques to influence others.

Loaded Language deals with the concept of purposely using connotations, or the meanings that words have beyond the dictionary definitions, to persuade or manipulate people’s thinking.

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Change your Mind: Bandwagon (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Change your Mind: Bandwagon (ELA - Grades 8-10)

Students will be bombarded with persuasive techniques in all aspects of their life. They need to recognize the persuasive techniques that are being used to manipulate their thinking and how they can use these same techniques to influence others.

Bandwagon shows how the need to be part of the group can be a very convincing tool of persuasion.

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The Tell-Tale Heart (ELA - Middle School)

The Tell-Tale Heart (ELA - Middle School)

Explore Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,“ in this video from the American Masters film Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive. Discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout ask students to analyze the work while also learning more about the art of writing a short story. Students are asked to consider why the story remains popular today, connections to music, and how Poe hooks readers from the very first sentence.

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Identifying Fake News (ELA - Middle School)

Identifying Fake News (ELA - Middle School)

What is “fake” news? How do we know it’s false? Use these resources from Common Sense Education to help students investigate the way information is presented so that they can analyze what they read and see on the Web.

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Elements of Poetry (ELA - Middle School)

Elements of Poetry (ELA - Middle School)

In this interactive lesson, discover how literary techniques like figurative language, imagery, and symbolism contribute to the overall meaning of a poem. Explore how a poet establishes and builds on a theme. Learn how to tell the difference between tone and mood. Through a close reading of Maya Angelou’s famous poem “Caged Bird” (1983), practice unpacking the language of poetry while learning about some of the various tools a writer can utilize when writing a poem.

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Who Was Alexander Hamilton? (ELA - Middle School)

Who Was Alexander Hamilton? (ELA - Middle School)

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about the early life of Alexander Hamilton and his achievements as an adult during the Revolutionary War and in the Washington administration. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on how Hamilton’s role as an outsider shaped his beliefs about the powers of the federal government. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Restaurant (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Restaurant (Grades 3-6)

Restaurants and school cafeterias buy and prepare large quantities of food every day. How do they know what to buy and prepare when they don’t know exactly how many people are coming to dinner?

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Math and Science Gumbo: Bake Shop (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Bake Shop (Grades 3-6)

There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh, hot baked goods, right out of the oven. In this section, students will learn about units of measurement, fractions and the physical and chemical changes of baking.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Pizza Shop (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Pizza Shop (Grades 3-6)

Hot, fresh pizzas are more than just delicious! Their different shapes are perfect for learning about fractions, remainders, percentage and area. Plus, a pizza’s baking process is the perfect way to learn about elapsed time.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Food Preservation (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Food Preservation (Grades 3-6)

Preserving food to prevent spoilage involves chemical and physical changes. It also requires knowledge of units of measurement, volume and food safety.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Grocery Store (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Grocery Store (Grades 3-6)

Many good recipes require the cook to purchases items at the grocery store. Smart shoppers understand unit pricing, estimation and computation, economics, multiples and the various methods used for paying for purchases.

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The Physics of Baseball: The Pitch (Grades 6-10)

The Physics of Baseball: The Pitch (Grades 6-10)

The first program in this series takes a look at the physics of the pitch. There's a lot of exciting physics to explore in the 60-feet-6-inch path from the pitching rubber — 10 inches above the playing field — to the batter standing at home plate. The Pitch takes a look at gravity, air drag and the Magnus force (three forces controlling trajectory once the pitcher releases the ball) and how the pitcher can use these forces to manipulate the path of the ball.

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The Physics of Baseball: The Hit (Grades 6-10)

The Physics of Baseball: The Hit (Grades 6-10)

The second video picks up where the first one left off; this one emphasizes the perspective of energy. The Hit focuses on kinetic energy, the coefficient of restitution and Newton's laws of motion, as well as how the quantity of energy of speed and mass changes as a result of the batter hitting the ball.

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The Physics of Baseball: Running the Bases (Grades 6-10)

The Physics of Baseball: Running the Bases (Grades 6-10)

What's baseball without players running the bases? The third program looks at how ball players apply Newton's first and second laws when they are running the bases. While base running is strictly between the runner and the clock and has nothing to do with the forces between the bat and ball, there's still plenty of physics to explore. Running the Bases takes a look at the concepts of force, mass, inertia and acceleration.

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The Physics of Baseball: The Flight (Grades 6-10)

The Physics of Baseball: The Flight (Grades 6-10)

The final program is devoted to the ball's flight after the batter's hit. The Flight takes into consideration perfect projectile motion, launch angle, air drag, turbulence, temperature, air density and, of course, the Magnus force — all the factors that go into sending a baseball from home plate over the fence more than 350 feet away.

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How Disruptions Affect Animal Populations

How Disruptions Affect Animal Populations (Science - Middle School)

Students explore the effects that ecosystem disruptions can have on animal populations. In this interactive lesson, students learn about the disruptions that have driven three species—the Madagascar fish eagle, the Iberian lynx, and the rowi kiwi—to the brink of extinction. They also discover the impacts that a shift in the population of one animal can have on others in an ecosystem.

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Gross Science | See Microbes with This DIY Phone Microscope

Gross Science | See Microbes with This DIY Phone Microscope (Science - Middle School)

Learn how to see microbes with your phone, in this episode of Gross Science from NOVA. You will need a smartphone, a laser pointer, poster tack, a piece of white paper, clear plastic packaging, a flashlight, and some water from a puddle.

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Making North America | Interactive Map

NOVA: Frozen Frogs (Science - Middle School)

Learn how the common wood frog survives the cold winter. Wood frogs are found in the northern United States and Canada and must endure freezing cold temperatures for parts of the year. In order to survive the cold, they have a special adaptation—they are able to freeze solid without damaging their cells. Sugar acts like a natural antifreeze in their bodies, allowing them to spend the winter frozen and then resume function in the spring.

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Moon Phases Simulation Viewed from Earth and Space

Moon Phases Simulation Viewed from Earth and Space (Science - Middle School)

Investigate why the Moon appears to rise in the east, move across the sky and set in the west and/or why the Moon is visible during the day and night.

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The Gold Rush (The West)

The Gold Rush (The West) (Social Studies - 8th Grade)

In 1848, pioneer John Sutter uncovered America’s first “motherlode” of gold in California, a discovery that transformed the landscape, the locals, and the lives of those who went West to seek their fortunes. In this activity, students will learn about the environmental and social changes brought about by the Gold Rush, and the experiences of white, African-American, Chinese, and Cherokee gold-seekers. As a follow-up activity, students will read primary and secondary source documents about the poor conditions and discrimination Chinese miners faced, and write a letter home from a miner’s perspective.

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Setting in To Kill a Mockingbird

Setting in To Kill a Mockingbird (Reading/ELA - 8th Grade)

In this interactive lesson, students explore the importance of setting in literature and apply their learning to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Students are introduced to the three main components of setting: time, place, and the social conditions in the story. Using these three components as a framework, students gain a deeper understanding of setting in To Kill a Mockingbird by learning about the 1930s. A final writing assignment asks the students to write an essay synthesizing their knowledge of the time period and the book. This lesson works for students who are already engaged in studying the novel and have read at least the first two chapters.

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Equivalent Expressions Using Exponents

Equivalent Expressions Using Exponents (Math - 8th Grade)

Apply your critical thinking skills to learn about multiplication and division of exponents. This interactive exercise focuses on positive and negative exponents and combining exponents in an effort to get you to recognize patterns and determine a rule.

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Making North America | Interactive Map

Making North America | Interactive Map (Science - 8th Grade)

Discover how North America took its shape by visiting geological sites across the continent, searching for clues in the landscape, and viewing episodes from the broadcast series Making North America, in this interactive produced by NOVA.

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Auschwitz | Murals of the Holocaust

Auschwitz | Murals of the Holocaust (Social Studies - 7th Grade)

Jamner tells the story of how his mother and her family were discovered in hiding and sent to Auschwitz. He examines a concentration camp mural that in one corner shows a pile of suitcases that were taken away by the Nazis, and he describes the meaning of that image to his mother’s story. He tells the extraordinary story of how his mother and grandmother escaped the gas chamber, addressing the myth that Jews walked willingly to their deaths. He discusses a quote on the mural from Victor Frankl about what is left when everything else is taken away.

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Literary Elements and Techniques | Figurative Language

Literary Elements and Techniques | Figurative Language (Reading/ELA - 7th Grade)

Discover how authors use figurative language to enhance their writing and explore the differences between similes and metaphors in this animated video. Discussion questions below help students to further apply their understanding before analyzing a text.

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Random Sampling: How Many Fish?

Random Sampling: How Many Fish? (Math - 7th Grade)

Experiment with random sampling methodology using goldfish crackers. This video focuses on making inferences based on a set of data, finding averages, and using a ratio table to demonstrate statistical procedures used by scientists when estimating populations in the real world.

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Sound Waves

Sound Waves (Science - 7th Grade)

Learn about sound waves, which move vibrations from one place to another through liquids, gases and solids, with this interactive lesson.

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Cedar Trees and Totem Poles of Pacific Northwest Native Americans | Native America: Nature to Nations

Cedar Trees and Totem Poles of Pacific Northwest Native Americans | Native America: Nature to Nations
(Social Studies - 6th Grade)

Learn about the spiritual relationship between the Native American people of the Pacific Northwest and the cedar tree. Students will gain an understanding of the spiritual connection between the cedar tree and the people. Students will also examine the potlatch ceremony of the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe is similar to political elections in the way they celebrate leadership and provide a path to the future.

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Literary Elements and Techniques | Tone and Mood

Literary Elements and Techniques | Tone and Mood (Reading/ELA - 6th Grade)

Explore the difference between tone and mood in this animated video from WNET through definitions and examples from poetry and prose. Discussion questions below help students to further apply their understanding before analyzing a text.

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Horizontal and Vertical Distances on the Cartesian Graph

Horizontal and Vertical Distances on the Cartesian Graph (Math - 6th Grade)

Students use logic and mathematical skill to place aquatic animals at locations on a Cartesian graph with cardinal directions. Then, they determine both the vertical and horizontal distances between points. The riddles in the interactive, including one that requires an understanding of rate, have randomized values so that students can practice placing points at different locations and calculating different distances.

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The Anatomy of the Sun | NOVA Labs

The Anatomy of the Sun | NOVA Labs
(Science - 6th Grade)

In this video from NOVA’s Sun Lab, learn about the Sun’s composition and structure. The Sun is a plasma, primarily made of hydrogen with smaller amounts of other elements. Animations and images illustrate the physical and behavioral properties of the Sun’s six regions: the core, radiative zone, convective zone, photosphere, chromosphere, and corona. The two outer layers (chromosphere and corona) that make up the Sun’s atmosphere were not observed regularly until recently; they provide valuable information and may be crucial to understanding solar storms.

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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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