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Teacher's Guides

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Art
National Gallery of Art — Welcome to a place where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum. This website has many resources available for teachers!

Elmer's Glue Teacher's Resources — Get teacher's guides from Elmer's Glue! Lots of fun activities for teacher's and their students.



Health
Dole 5 A Day — Dole Food Company provides nutrition education materials free to elementary schools in the United States — this website provides lots of educational resources for teachers.



History
Declaration of Independence — The Declaration of Independence: A Living Blueprint for Democracy is a lesson plan created by Scholastic. It has activities, reproducibles and other materials to enhance your social studies curriculum. Available for both Middle School and High School students.

The History Channel Teacher's Guides — The History Channel offers several free teacher's guides that can easily be ordered. These guides are high-quality and are very informative.



Language
Eats, Shoots and Leaves — A Teacher's Guide to this book. Why commas really do make a difference. We have this book available at: Eats Shoots and Leaves



Science
Building Big — BUILDING BIG is a great opportunity to get kids thinking about structures they see every day. You can use the television series and Web site to increase students' awareness of their built environment and the impact of technology on society, while teaching basic physical science concepts. This Educators' Guide is a Web version of the printed Activity Guide created for the BUILDING BIG television series. We have this book available at: Building Big Book

Science and Math for Young Children— This handbook from University of California, Berkeley highlights the educational philosophy and practice of GEMS programs and outlines successful strategies for building on play and creativity, using questions effectively, assessing learning, and reaching all students. The handbook features numerous examples from GEMS guides as well as additional PEACHES units that may become GEMS guides in the future, along with anecdotes and comments from teachers involved in the program. A special section describes the strong emphasis placed on mathematics and a sample activity provides educators new to the program with an example of a typical lesson. This book is now out of print but is available as a free PDF download from this link. The PDF size is 8.7 MB.

The Greens PBS Program— The Greens, a PBS Web site that encourages kids to explore sustainability and take action wherever they can, is offering free Activity Guides to educators working with 9 to 12-year olds. How-to information pairs hands-on activities to deepen kids understanding of topics like recycling and global warming with campaigns to reduce junk mail and get drivers to stop idling cars. The Greens Activity Guide contains leader notes, handouts, and how-to information for activities that allow kids to first learn about a problem and then engage in a hands-on activity that can help solve it. Activities can be conducted over separate one-hour sessions and address: Cutting down on trash: Kids make a garbage dump pizza and then start a BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag campaign. Recycling and reducing: Kids make their own recycled paper and then launch a Reduce Junk Mail campaign. Global warming and carbon footprints: Kids investigate the greenhouse effect and then they take action to reduce carbon emissions through a no-idling campaign.



Social Studies
Build it With Lincoln Logs — This teacher's guide was created by the Chicago Historical Society and contains a lesson regarding Toy Advertising using Lincoln Logs and actual Lincoln Log ads used in 1950-1960. This lesson is intended for children in 3rd through 5th grade, but could easily be adapted for other age groups as well.



Miscellaneous Topics
Yale Teachers Institute— Each teacher participating as a Fellow in an Institute seminar prepares a curriculum unit to be taught in the following year. These units are intended primarily for use by Fellows and their colleagues who teach in the New Haven Public Schools, but they also provide concrete examples of ways in which teachers have drawn material from Institute seminars for use in their own school courses. Click on Curriculum Units & Guides to the Units for the teacher's guides available.




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