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Literature, Art and Other Disciplines [electronic resource]

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Teachers explore various ways in which students can use the fine arts to express their impressions of a text, and why this kind of activity should be encouraged to make sure that every voice in the classroom is heard. The group also looks at ways to expand meaning by interweaving literature with social studies and other disciplines, and the value of doing so. Several classroom projects demonstrate how learners expand their growing interactions with texts as they work in the fine arts.
Online
2003
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Food for Thought [electronic resource]

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Observes Nanette Respess' fifth grade class in Huntsville, Alabama as they learn about testing procedures and nutrition as they test liquids and foods for different nutrients. Shows the students testing foods for the presence of glucose, starch, protein and fats as part of an embedded assessment. Finally, the students apply their knowledge to everyday life by reading nutrition labels to plan healthy menus.
Online
1999
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Completing the Circuit [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Teaching

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A group of practicing teachers and a group of science educators discuss the electricity unit used in Linda Block's fourth grade class in Castro Valley, California, in which students investigated the principles of electricity. Offers insights into the key topics in inquiry-based science, answering students' questions, teacher resources, assessment, teaching strategies, educational goals and integrating subjects.
Online
1999
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Applying Themes and Disciplines [electronic resource]

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Working from the NCSS themes and standards, the onscreen teachers identify approaches to integrating disciplines while teaching Social Studies content. Classroom video segments illustrate effective strategies for teaching across the curriculum and provide an opportunity to reflect on teaching practices. The session ends with the teachers developing a lesson plan that incorporates a variety of themes and disciplines.
Online
2003
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Using Resources [electronic resource]

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Focuses on how to make the most of the resources that can be used in teaching Social Studies, from artifacts and primary sources to children's literature and the Internet. An adaptable mini-lesson uses children's literature to examine what constitutes a good citizen, resulting in a lively debate among the onscreen teachers.
Online
2003
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Historical Change [electronic resource]

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In David Kitts' First Grade class on the Santo Domingo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, Native American students study the history of farming through a lesson that compares farming in Eighteenth Century New England to current practices in the Midwest. The lesson uses literature and the study of various farming tools and products to illuminate the changes that have taken place in the industry over time and in different parts of the country. Includes group activities and discussions.
Online
2003
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Migration From Latin America [electronic resource]

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In Mavis Weir's 10th Grade History class at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, California, students explore the various reasons people emigrate from their homeland. The class is broken up into six separate groups, each representing a different Latin American country with its own set of resources. Using both primary and secondary sources, students examine the economic, political, and environmental circumstances that cause people to emigrate. Each group presents their findings through a variety of creative presentations that include theatrical skits, artwork, and music.
Online
2003
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Subjects Matter [electronic resource]

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Surveys how foreign language teachers promote language learning within the context of other curriculum areas, such as Geography, Science, and Language Arts. A look at the research helps teachers address the balance between grammatical form and content in the language classroom.
Online
2004
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Chicken Pox [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates teaching French I in kindergarten. Features Jai Scott's French immersion class that uses the topic of chicken pox from an Arthur book, a French song and total physical response (TPR) movements to learn new vocabulary for the parts of the body. Follows the class as it practices emerging literacy skills by matching vocabulary labels to a drawing of a person.
Online
2003
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Mapping Planet Earth [electronic resource]

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Highlights teaching French I in grade 2. Demonstrates how Stephanie Appel connects her French lessons to content and teaching materials in the general classroom curriculum. She employs Total Physical Response (TPR) movements and map activities to practice vocabulary for the planets, continents, and oceans.
Online
2003
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Family and Home [electronic resource]

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Illustrates teaching French I in grade 5. show how Debra Terry's students integrate vocabulary about the family by creating an imaginary family tree. Then they develop more complex ideas by describing the location of family members in different rooms of the home. For homework, students write about activities that take place in each room.
Online
2003
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Holidays and Seasons [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates teaching German I for grade 3 by showing Margita Haberlen's lesson which combines the topics of seasons and German holidays to reinforce basic reading skills, build cultural knowledge, and introduce more abstract thinking. Uses a Venn diagram, students compare aspects of Fasching and Halloween.
Online
2003
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Sports Stats [electronic resource]

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Shows how in German I, grade 5, Amy Garcia's students write in journals, listen as classmates share their sports preferences, take a poll on sports likes and dislikes, and record the class results on a graph. Using a chart showing the favorite sports of young Germans, Ms. Garcia makes connections to math by having students analyze the data.
Online
2003
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Daily Routines [electronic resource]

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In Japanese I for grade 5, the lesson focuses on the daily routines of individuals in Japan and the U.S. Margaret Dyer uses a variety of activities including total physical response (TPR), modeling, paired practice, and student-led charades to introduce and review new vocabulary and concepts.
Online
2003
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Fruits of the Americas [electronic resource]

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In Spanish I for grade 4, teacher Carina Rodriguez combines visual media and multisensory activities in a vocabulary-building lesson about familiar and new fruit. Students learn what country the fruit comes from, try to identify the fruit solely through touch, and taste the fruit to categorize it as sweet or sour.
Online
2003
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Communicating About Sports [electronic resource]

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For Chinese I, grade 6 demonstrates how Jie Gao's students develop interpersonal communication skills as they state their sports likes and dislikes, in paris and in small groups. They practice writing Chinese characters for an ongoing activity, a letter they are composing and sending to Chinese students. At the end of the lesson, the students create skits to perform for their classmates.
Online
2003
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A Cajun Folktale and Zydeco [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates French I for grade 8. After preparing her students for new vocabulary, Paris Granville retells a Cajun folktale while students act out the story. Students then create a story map to delve into the different story elements. Ms. Granville introduces zydeco music and the instruments typically used to create it, such as the washboard, accordion, and spoons.
Online
2003
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Touring a French City [electronic resource]

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Shows a lesson plan for French I, grade 8. Prior to this lesson, Robin Neuman's students researched French architecture and constructed a model of a French city on the classroom floor. During the lesson, students take turns role-playing tourists asking for directions and tourist bureau agents giving directions and describing the buildings and the city.
Online
2003
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Hearing Authentic Voices [electronic resource]

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For Spanish I, grade 8, Davita Alston's class engages in mock phone conversations, brainstorms about how American teenagers occupy their time and reviews a video of Spanish-speaking youths discussing their leisure activities. Later, two native Mexican students visit the class and answer questions about how they spend their free time in Mexico.
Online
2003
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Food Facts and Stories [electronic resource]

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For Spanish I in grade 8, students use math and science skills as they interpret nutritional information in a Spanish-language McDonald's menu. John Pedini's lesson integrates authentic materials, makes connections to other academic areas, and develops interpretive and interpersonal communication skills.
Online
2003