By Curriki Guest Blogger Lani deGuia
Now that the school year is into full swing, it is a great time to dive deep into your curriculum to see how you can foster critical thinking and engagement to elevate your instruction. Students are craving activities that make the content seem relevant and that allows them to connect to the topic personally and/or creatively. Here is a selection of great resources that tap into higher order thinking while staying aligned to standards!
It’s never too early to start teaching students about emotions and how to prevent bullying. This ReadWriteThink lesson plan utilizes the beloved children’s book “A Bad Case of the Stripes” to have students engage with a narrative story and reflect on it personally.
Hunger Games (Grades 6-12)
Bring one of the most popular movie series into your classroom through this collection of reading and writing activities.
The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project (Grades K-12)
Ever thought of having students draw a self-portrait when studying memoirs? Check out this collection of multiple unit ideas for each grade level that integrates art into the language arts curriculum.
The Bard: Shakespeare Up Close (Grades 9-12)
Get students to interpret Shakespeare and discover their acting abilities! In this activity, students will select their favorite scene from a work of Shakespeare, re-enact it in a modern setting, and record/edit using digital tools.
Writing (middle and high school)
Global Voices: Journalism in the Classroom (Grades 9-12)
Motivate aspiring journalists through this unit that introduces print media and the craft of writing news stories.
Persuasive Writing (Grades 6-8)
Teach students to develop and defend arguments! This collection contains multiple lesson plans and units based on persuasive writing for middle school.
The Writing Teacher’s Strategy Guide (Grades K-12)
Stumped on a new way to present writing tips to your students? This collection of instructional strategies (graphic organizers galore!) is sure to come in handy!
English Language Learners
Students will integrate real-world connections with what they are learning through the use of digital photography.
Area (Grades 3-5)
Common Core based unit for teaching area. Includes 12 lessons, hands-on activities, worksheets, and assessments.
Domino Pizza Effect (Grades 6-8)
Problem-based learning activity from Mathalicious.com that was adapted for 8th grade. Students explore linear equations, slope, and y-intercepts through data and graphing.
Linear Inequalities (Grades 9-12)
Developed using Understanding by Design by Trinity University, this 4-week unit has students investigate linear inequalities and systems of linear inequalities. Students will analyze how reasonable solutions are and discover the multiple approaches to solving a problem.
Math Focal Points (Grades 6-8)
Need to brush up on your content knowledge of math to improve your instruction? Annenberg Learner provides multiple resources to better teach math and science including content knowledge, lessons, and activities.
A Matter of Chocolate (Grades 3-5)
Cross-curricular unit thematic unit for Social Studies and Science where students explore the history and properties of one of the most adored sweet treats! The unit utilizes an inquiry-based approach with both hands-on and virtual experiences!
MedMyst (Grades 6-8)
Adventure online game where middle school students use scientific investigation to examine infectious disease outbreaks and epidemiology.
Game Design in the Science Classroom (grades 6-8)
Engaging unit where students will utilize free Scratch programming software from MIT to create their own video game. Includes teacher and student resources including formative and summative assessments.
Physics of Sailing (Grades 9-12)
6 week Problem-based learning project for high school students. Integrates real world application of Newton’s laws to sailboat design. Includes opportunities for use of technology tools Google Sketch Up and/or AutoCAD for student presentations.
The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans (Grades 3-5)
With Veteran’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity to get students to reach out to their local veterans.
Debates and the Race for the White House (Grades 6-12)
Get students involved in the current Presidential election by having them analyze the election debates.
Civil Rights Movement (Grades 9-12)
Students will examine the development of federal civil rights and voting rights through research and a Socratic seminar discussion.
10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards (all subjects)
Looking for a digital tool to help your students with collaboration, communication, logical reasoning, and more? Support your instruction of Common Core by integrating these resources!
What is your favorite class project/activity that is successful in both teaching the content and energizing student interest?