Professional Development

Statistics: Steppin' Out

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Using this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of statistics by having students construct box and whisker plots to analyze and compare data sets. This resource group is part of the Mathline Middle School Math Project.

Becoming Green Energy Experts

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This Michigan State University/Lansing Boys and Girls Club partnership demonstrates the powerful result of giving youth the science background and tools they need to carry out investigations of their own design, and to communicate their knowledge in their own voice.

Creating Vodcasts | Media Arts Toolkit

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Music educator Michelle Lewis teaches her students how to create vodcast music lessons. Lewis hopes that their vodcast YouTube channel will help students in schools without a music program learn music concepts.

Preparing to Teach (Odd Squad) | Teaching Tips

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In this segment, a 1st grade teacher shares her pointers for preparing lessons that integrate common core standards with supporting PBS KIDS video clips and games.

Addressing Issues of Sexuality with Students who are Visually Impaired – Jeff Migliozzi

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English teacher Jeff Migliozzi encourages introducing children early to concepts they will need to understand and master in adolescence and adulthood in these videos produced by Perkins School for the Blind. His six-part discussion explains the importance of giving children who are visually impaired the information they cannot observe on their own.

Place Value Chart: Modeling 2-Digit & 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction

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Becoming comfortable with two-digit and three-digit numbers is an important skill in second grade. Your child will master addition and subtraction problems within one-thousand. But, how your child learns to understand addition and subtraction is very important. 

If you look closely, a place value chart is a helpful tool to use before your child uses the standard algorithm. The place value chart teaches your child why the standard algorithm works. How powerful!

Ask a Scientist: Why Did You Become a Scientist?

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This video features Dr. Pat Becerra discussing why she became a scientist, why she likes to study the eye, and encourages girls who are interested in science to pursue their passion. In the National Eye Institute Ask a Scientist video series, NEI scientists answer questions from kids about vision, optical illusions, science careers, and more. If you or your children have questions to ask our scientists, tell us on Twitter! You can tweet your questions to @NatEyeInstitute with the hashtag #AskAScientist.

MEECS Energy Resources l Michigan's Energy Mix: Video Lesson 2

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Students will categorize Michigan’s energy resources in to renewable and non-renewable resources while working in pairs. (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 2 from lesson 2 of the MEECS Energy Resources Unit.)

 

MEECS Energy Resources l Hydro Power: Video Lesson 3

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Students will identify how hydroelectric facilities use water pressure to work. They will make a makeshift dam using common household materials to help them understand how the water pressure is harnessed to turn a turbine. They will discuss how water pressure, the flow of the water, and distance using gravitational force creates electricity.

6th Grade Explicit Comprehension Lesson: Informational Text Structure: Sequence

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Discover how a 6th grade teacher helps her students build comprehension skills by learning to identify sequential structure in science text.

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