Constitution Day Lesson Plan

The Constitution Lesson Plan

The Constitution Lesson Plan

Lately, there has been a lot of criticism about social studies instruction. It is all well deserved. There is no excuse that we don’t do a better job teaching history to help students build background knowledge and relate the past to the present. Without knowing the past, the present is disconnected. This is especially true when it comes to teaching the U.S. Constitution, textbooks teach it in isolation, when they teach it at all. Knowing that the Bill of Rights exists is great, but what good is it if students don’t understand why it is there or how does it apply and evolve in nation’s courts. One idea to start with would be to have American social studies textbooks written by our own curriculum writers. Teaching social studies with a goal of creating informed citizens instead of test takers.

The Constitution Lesson Plan

The Constitution lesson plan

The United States Constitution Lesson Plan-

This pack includes:

the big ideas in the Constitution (limited government, checks and balances, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, etc.), the background history, comparison of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the purpose of the Constitution; the Bill of Rights and the use of amendments in everyday life, the differences between Federalists and Anti-Federalists,  the roles of each branch of government, assessment, & answers.

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Social Studies Units & Lesson Plans

Maps Lesson Plan

Maps Lesson Plan

Maps Lesson Plan 

  • cardinal directions
  • locating coordinates
  • map related vocabulary
  • reading maps
  • creating maps
  • spatial reasoning

 

 

Natural Resources Lesson Plan

Natural Resources Lesson Plan

Natural Resources Lesson Plan

  • natural resources background information
  • natural resources vs. manmade resources
  • natural resources and products in everyday life
  •  living & non-living natural resources
  • natural resources; water, forest and minerals resource, charting

Science Resources – Lesson Plans & Units

Elementary Science Resources – Lesson Plans & Units 

Natural Resources Lesson Plan

Natural Resources Lesson Plan


Natural Resources Unit – Renewable, Non-Renewable and Flow Resources;

  • background information
  • natural resource charts
  • new vocabulary
  • multiple choice assessment
  • comprehension and discussion questions

 

 

 

 

Rain Forest lesson plan

Amazon Rain Forest Unit and Rain Forests Magic Tree House

 Amazon Rain Forest Unit & Rain Forests Magic Tree House Guide

  • geographical location of the Amazon Rain Forest
  •  biodiversity
  •  tropical rain forest layers and its characteristics
  •  importance of conservation
  • deforestation causes and effects
  • tropical rain forest foods
  •  video resources
  • fun facts
  • multiple choice assessment with answers
  • vocabulary
  • word search
  • KWL chart
  • Tropical Rain Forest Culmination Project

 

Animal Adaptation - Physical & Behavioral Lesson Plan

Animal Adaptation – Physical & Behavioral Lesson Plan

Animal Adaptation – Physical & Behavioral Lesson Plan 

  • Mimicry – defensive and aggressive
  • Camouflage
  •  Instinct
  •  Hibernation
  • Migration
  • Living in Groups

 

 

 

Science Reading Text for Gifted and Enrichment Instruction

Science Reading Text for Gifted and Enrichment Instruction

Science Reading Text – Gifted and Enrichment Instruction

  • ” Animals That Live Forever” – biological immortality;  senescence
  • “Types of Hibernation”
  • Animal Adaptation”

 

 

 

Animal Classification Lesson Plan

Animal Classification Lesson Plan

Animal Classification Lesson Plan 

  • -classification of vertebrates and invertebrates
  •  vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
  • cold and warm blooded animals
  • invertebrates: insects, spiders, crustaceans, mollusks and coral
  • Interactive learning content
  • visual examples
Free Interactive Science Notebooking Download

Free Interactive Science Notebooking Download

FREE Interactive Notebooking for Science & Social Studies

 

 

 

 

 

Reptiles and Amphibians Lesson Plan

Reptiles and Amphibians Lesson Plan

Reptiles and Amphibians Lesson Plan 

  • reptiles and amphibians – similarities , differences and their characteristics
  •  life cycles,
  • complete and incomplete metamorphosis
  • adaptations
  • venn diagram,
  • KWL chart, &
  • post lesson assessment.
Food Chain Lesson Plan

Food Chain Lesson Plan

Food Chain Lesson Plan 

  •   Insect habitat
  • The role of insects in the food chain
  • Producers and Consumers in the food chain
  • Energy transfer of the food chain
  • bees in the food chain
  • Insect body parts
  • Metamorphosis
  • Insect Life Cycle
  • Interdependence of organisms on one another and their environment

 

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The 3 Best Reasons To Try The New Themify.me Builder

As an avid user of WordPress since the earliest days I have been tracking some of the builders and have been impressed with a few over the years.themify builder v4

One company with many excellent themes and plugins is Themify.

They recently released their new V4 of their page builder and the TLDR version.

What I like the best are:

1) Ken Burns Effect

This allows the background images to pan, zoom and fade, and will be familiar to all of us original iLife Mac enthusiasts and Documentary fans.

2) Mobile Support for Video Backgroundsthemify video background support

Everyone knows that mobile web traffic is continuing to rise and is the default traffic source majority leader for most websites. The addition of video backgrounds for mobile is something I look forward to putting to good use with Builder V.4.

3) Video Tutorials

Many builders and themes lack support. With this release Themify has an accompanying series of video tutorials to help you learn the new interface. There are so many new features and this is an excellent way to get started with the Builder V4. The YouTube Channel with the tutorials is available here.

Other notable features:

User Editing Detection

57+ Predesigned Rows

140+ Predesigned Layouts

Gutenberg Compatibility (which will be the default wp editor shortly)

Read More Buttons (expands a text section)

Classic Drop Cap enabled in Text Mode

Alert Module (for promos and other important messages)

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Towers Falling – Novel Guide

"Towers Falling" by Jewell Parker Rhodes - Novel Guide

“Towers Falling” by Jewell Parker Rhodes – Novel Guide

Towers Falling” by Jewell Parker Rhodes is a beautiful realistic fiction novel. Ideal coming of age story that masterfully intertwines a number of themes; homelessness, friendship, social groups, character growth, american history, kindness, and the list goes on. This is a cross curriculum novel that is liked by both boys and girls (and their teachers :)).

A true American gem! 

5 Stars

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

 

"Towers Falling" by Jewell Parker Rhodes - Lesson Plan

“Towers Falling” – Lesson Plan

Transitional Words

Transition Words

Transition Words Classroom Sign

 

Transition Words Classroom Sign

Transition Words Classroom Sign

Transition Words Classroom Sign

Transition Words Classroom Sign

Transition Words 1Transition Words 2

FTCE – General Knowledge Math Exam Prep

FTCE - General Knowledge Exam Math

FTCE – General Knowledge Exam Math

FTCE- General Knowledge Math Exam is notoriously hard to pass. It has the lowest passing rates, yet there is no test prep guide that adequately prepares teachers for the exam. Not sure why that is the case. Decode Learning has been providing FTCE test prep for the southwest FL teachers. Also, there are different locations throughout the state, as well as, workshops offered by school districts.

This prep guide focuses on application// word problems that teachers have the most trouble with.

 

 

FTCE - General Knowledge Exam Math

FTCE – General Knowledge Exam Math