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Read about the Book Club program and see what everybody's talking about. Created by Dr. Taffy Raphael and a team of classroom teachers, this literature-based curriculum develops the reading, writing, and conversational skills of students in grades four through eight. Visit Planet Book Club or Order Books and Materials.
Our annotated history unit covers the early years of United States expansionism. There's also a Lesson Plan available for the unit.
The Great Strike tells the story of textile workers who joined together to protest a pay cut in the winter of 1912. The two-month work stoppage, which later became known as the Bread and Roses strike, drew national and international attention for its scale and tactics, and it helped bring about changes that improved the lives of working people for years to come. Students will learn about the conditions that led to the strike, the risks and hardships strikers endured, and the impact of their efforts. By analyzing this historical event, they will develop an understanding of civic and economic issues that remain relevant today. The unit may be used as a supplement to a U.S. history unit on the Industrial Revolution or Progressivism, or as a stand-alone unit for exploring broader social studies themes and developing literacy skills.
This model promotes student responsibility for learning within a teacher-supported context. It includes a sample eighth-grade science unit on the nervous system.
Even the youngest learners can discover our solar system through this interactive exploration.
Students can explore the universe through their Web browsers. A fully developed Lesson Plan accompanies the activity.
Guide your students through the Civil War era with this upper-elementary level literature unit.
Anyone can become a World Wide Web author with this simple, step-by-step guide.
Small Planet regularly scours the web to find free resources for educators.
Your students can safely surf through these educational (and fun) sites that we've reviewed for appropriate and reliable content.
This site provides general information and links on how to help your child develop reading skills and how to get involved and foster literacy.