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CELLS CSI Investigation - Examining Plant and Animal Cells
CELLS CSI Investigation - Examining Plant and Animal Cells
*TOP SELLING ITEM* In this lesson, students will be given a mystery to solve, based on their knowledge of cells. To solve the mystery, they need to know the major differences between plant and animal cells. Students apply their knowledge to a "real-life" scenario in which they must classify cells as
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Lost Colony of Roanoke Social Studies Investigation: A CSI Investigation!
Lost Colony of Roanoke Social Studies Investigation: A CSI Investigation!
Lost Colony of Roanoke Student Investigation - A CSI Student Investigation! 1:1 Google Compatible! This Lost Colony of Roanoke CSI investigation is included in the 13 Colonies Unit and the CSI American History Bundle:
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Candy Bar Elections
Candy Bar Elections
Looking for a mini unit to teach students about the election process? Look no further. . . With candy bar elections, students hold primaries and a general election while persuading their classmates to vote for the best candy in the "Chocolate" or "Chewy" parties. Includes election vocabulary, intr
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Insanity Plea -- "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
Insanity Plea -- "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
This is a fun activity to help students analyze a classic short story and practice using logical evidence and reason in persuasive writing and speech. NOTICE that this "Insanity Plea" activity is included in the Psychotic Short Stories unit, so don't purchase both as you'd be paying twice for the s
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Civil War: 3 Week Interactive Unit
Civil War: 3 Week Interactive Unit
This resource contains 15 complete lesson plans (30-45 min each), 30+ worksheets with answer keys, a powerpoint presentation, task cards, and much more! There are several original informative articles and a dozen writing opportunities. ☆Your students will be practicing impo
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Atlantic Slave Trade: A Student Investigation into the Horrors! Middle Passage!
Atlantic Slave Trade: A Student Investigation into the Horrors! Middle Passage!
Atlantic Slave Trade: A Student Investigation into the Horrors! Middle Passage! Google 1:1 Compatible! This Atlantic Slave Trade Investigation is included in the 13 Colonies Unit to save you big!
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The Trial of SpongeBob SquarePants
The Trial of SpongeBob SquarePants
The Trial of SpongeBob SquarePants is a fun activity to help students practice using logical evidence and reason (logos) in persuasive writing and speech. The Common Core State Standards for seventh, eighth, and ninth grades mention the word "evidence" nearly twenty times! But one of the things my
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Oregon Trail Simulation
Oregon Trail Simulation
Oregon Trail: Will You Survive? This fun Oregon Trail activity simulates the obstacles faced by pioneers traveling westward. This student favorite is also a great cross-curricular activity as students have to buy supplies and manage their budget. And, it fits great into any westwar
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French and Indian War: Analyze Scenarios for Causes, Guided Notes for Impact!
French and Indian War: Analyze Scenarios for Causes, Guided Notes for Impact!
French and Indian War: Analyze Scenarios to Learn Causes, Guided Notes for Impact! Google 1:1 Compatible! The French and Indian War lesson is included in the larger Causes of the American Revolution Unit, located here:
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Dust Bowl and Great Depression Dice Simulation with Narrative Writing Connection
Dust Bowl and Great Depression Dice Simulation with Narrative Writing Connection
This product is an interactive simulation using dice that demonstrates the struggle to find work during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Included in this product: - Directions for the simulation -Signs to mark locations of events in classroom -Event directions -Recording sheet -Sample recording
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Oregon Trail Westward Expansion Simulation
Oregon Trail Westward Expansion Simulation
Students will gain a first-hand experience at traveling west with this Oregon Trail Simulation Activity. Score can be kept for fun, for competition, or for points in class. Students are asked to make decisions at real-life places along the Oregon Trail. A great activity to stimulate discussion on th
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Causes of the French and Indian War: Digital Simulation
Causes of the French and Indian War: Digital Simulation
Click here to watch a video of the slideshow simulation!Really get kids excited about the French and Indian War by having them take part in a digital simulation where they get to find out why
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Black Death, 1348 CE: A Bone-Chilling Investigation on the Bubonic Plague!
Black Death, 1348 CE: A Bone-Chilling Investigation on the Bubonic Plague!
Black Death, 1348 CE: A Bone-Chilling Investigation on the Bubonic Plague! Middle Ages! This Black Death investigation is included in two larger unit bundles, the Middle Ages Unit and the Black Death Bundle, located here:
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Day and Night Earth's Rotation Activity
Day and Night Earth's Rotation Activity
Rotation, Day and Night and Time Zones become clear with this spinning paper model perfect for Interactive Notebooks (INBs). This lesson plan and hands-on simulation involves students spinning a mini-model of the Earth as it experiences daylight and darkness. It gives kids a visual representation of
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Would You Survive Jamestown?
Would You Survive Jamestown?
A game that my students love! Would you survive Jamestown? This is a fun activity to complete a unit on the early English settlements of North America, including Jamestown and Roanoke. In this simulation-style game, students will make various choices (similar to the choices early colonists had to
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Julius Caesar Assassination: A CSI Investigation on Julius Caesar & Rome!
Julius Caesar Assassination: A CSI Investigation on Julius Caesar & Rome!
Julius Caesar Assassination: A CSI Investigation on Julius Caesar & Rome! This Julius Caesar CSI Investigation lesson is included in the Ancient Rome Unit and the CSI World History Bundle:
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Nuremberg Trial Simulation Lesson Plan for the Holocaust
Nuremberg Trial Simulation Lesson Plan for the Holocaust
Nazi Nuremberg Trial Simulation Lesson Plan for World War II This fantastic higher level thinking lesson plan has students taking the role of a jury member in the Nuremberg Trials of accused Nazi war criminals after World War II. Included are 6 short readings on Nazis who were tried at Nuremberg
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HEREDITY Creature Features - Inherited and Environmental Traits
HEREDITY Creature Features - Inherited and Environmental Traits
Use this simple but highly engaging activity to help students make the connection between inherited traits and the similarities between parents and their offspring. Students will flip a coin to simulate the genetic traits being passed on to the offspring of two made-up “parent” creatures. File In
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Roman Empire & Daily Life: Experience 5 areas of life in Ancient Rome!
Roman Empire & Daily Life: Experience 5 areas of life in Ancient Rome!
Roman Empire & Daily Life: Experience 5 areas of life in Ancient Rome! This Daily Life in the Roman Empire lesson is included in the larger Ancient Rome unit, located here:
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September 11th (9/11): First & Second Hand Account Perspectives (4th, 5th, 6th)
September 11th (9/11): First & Second Hand Account Perspectives (4th, 5th, 6th)
Students will distinguish between first and secondhand accounts as they explore and discuss 5 different perspectives surrounding the events occurring on September 11th (9/11). Written with regard to “kid friendly” understanding and sensitivity of the topic, students will collaborate in rich discuss
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PARCC Test Prep: Research Task with Three Passages/Questions and Writing Prompt
PARCC Test Prep: Research Task with Three Passages/Questions and Writing Prompt
This is a PARCC Research Task Analysis with Prose Constructed Response (Writing Task) Simulation and is designed in the exact format as the PARCC 2015 Practice Test. It consists of Three Passages, all non-fiction, with 2-3 A/B Format Questions, some that require more than one answer, and all that re
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Ancient Athens & Sparta! Compare Athens & Sparta with first-person accounts!
Ancient Athens & Sparta! Compare Athens & Sparta with first-person accounts!
Ancient Athens & Sparta! Compare Athens & Sparta with first-person accounts! This Athens and Sparta lesson is included in the larger "Ancient Greece Unit" located here:
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Biodiversity Game: Monsters in the Forest
Biodiversity Game: Monsters in the Forest
In my classroom, this game not only produced lots of laughs, but provided an excellent illustration of biodiversity within an ecosystem that I referred back to often as an example in later class periods. This game consists of two simulations. Each student during each simulation will have a card wit
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Gold Rush Dice Simulation
Gold Rush Dice Simulation
Looking for a fun and interactive way to teach your students about the California Gold Rush? This one-day simulation is an easy way to allow students to "live" the life of a Pioneer during the gold rush. Product includes: Teacher Directions, Simulation Station Cards and Directions, Recording Sheet,
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Declaration of Independence (Causes of the American Revolution) Unit
Declaration of Independence (Causes of the American Revolution) Unit
Are you ready to transform your classroom into 1765-1776 colonial America? In this 3 week unit students will adopt a colonist identity and experience the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence. ☆ Note: This unit has been recently updated. Scro
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Oregon Trail: An Interactive Social Studies Simulation & Journaling Activity
Oregon Trail: An Interactive Social Studies Simulation & Journaling Activity
Oregon Trail here we come! This interactive, simulation activity gives students a glimpse of what life was like on the Oregon Trail and it is definitely #oneofmyfavorites! By rolling dice, keeping track of supplies, and following a map, students will get to learn about this historical event in an
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Class Escape Problem Solving Game
Class Escape Problem Solving Game
Modeled after the popular "Escape" games in many cities around the country, this classroom version prompts students to work together as a class to solve puzzles, connect the clues, and crack the code! This is a great activity for the first week of school to encourage teamwork and help students get
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Minecraft Area and Perimeter Project Based Learning 4.MD.3  3.MD.8
Minecraft Area and Perimeter Project Based Learning 4.MD.3 3.MD.8
4.MD.3 - Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor. Students will pla
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Oregon Trail Westward Expansion Dice Simulation with Writing Connection
Oregon Trail Westward Expansion Dice Simulation with Writing Connection
This Oregon Trail Dice Simulation allows your students to "experience" what it was like to travel westward during the the time of westward expansion. This product is an interactive simulation using dice that demonstrates the struggle to make it to the west coast during westward expansion. Includ
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Electoral College - PowerPoint & Hands-On Activity - Fun Competition!
Electoral College - PowerPoint & Hands-On Activity - Fun Competition!
Electoral College. I've used this Electoral College activity for over a decade and it has always been a hit - especially on an election year! You are provided with a 35-slide PowerPoint that explains how the electoral college works as well as the potential flaws of the system. Students are then p
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Water Cycle Dice Simulation with Writing Connection
Water Cycle Dice Simulation with Writing Connection
Looking for a way to integrate writing into your science curriculum? This dice simulation is a great way to to reinforce the science concept of the water cycle while connecting it to writing. By performing the writing connection, students will cement their knowledge by writing creatively from the
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Gifted and Talented - Living on Your Own:  Lessons in Financial Responsibility
Gifted and Talented - Living on Your Own: Lessons in Financial Responsibility
Challenge your gifted and talented to play the “game of life” and survive financially during their first year in college. This concept-based unit allows students to “earn” an inheritance from a distant relative by repurposing items from a barn. With this “money,” students find affordable housing,
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Business Bundle
Business Bundle
This bundle provides an engaging business unit that promotes creativity. Students will: -Learn the basics of starting up a business -Brainstorm their own ideas for a business -Create a business plan -Analyze their business plan -Explore various marketing strategies -Create a marketing campaign -Lea
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Reader's Theater:  Branches of Government (intermediate grades)
Reader's Theater: Branches of Government (intermediate grades)
Students will bring the 3 branches of our government to life in this whole class script of We the People! The fast moving script reviews the roles and responsibilities of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in a fun, relaxed way! This original play contains 24 parts featuring various
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Ancient Greece Culture: Students explore 10 areas of Ancient Greek Culture!
Ancient Greece Culture: Students explore 10 areas of Ancient Greek Culture!
Ancient Greece Culture: Students explore 10 areas of Ancient Greek Culture! Google 1:1 Compatible! This Ancient Greek culture lesson is included in the larger "Ancient Greece Unit" located here:
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Founding a Colony: A Colonial Settlement Simulation
Founding a Colony: A Colonial Settlement Simulation
Colony Simulation | Colonial Simulation | US Colonies In this simulation, students will discover the challenges and triumphs faced by colonists who established colonies in the New World in the 17th and 18th century. The simulation involves group work, discussion and compromise, creativity, and crit
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Wild About Food Chains and Food Webs
Wild About Food Chains and Food Webs
I created this to give students some hands-on practice with the concepts of food chains and food webs. This will make your students THINK about food relationships in an ecosystem! During this activity, students use cards to create food chains and then work to connect and overlap the food chains to
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Alamo Reader's Theatre
Alamo Reader's Theatre
This Reader's Theatre covers the history of the famous battle at the Alamo in Texas. There are 14 characters including five Narrators, Santa Anna,Davie Crockett, Sam Houston, and Stephen Austin. This fits perfectly with a study of the Southwest Region of the United States and works with 4th-6th grad
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Would You Survive the Holocaust?
Would You Survive the Holocaust?
This is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style activity in which students will learn how difficult it was to survive through the Holocaust. This acts as a simulation and takes students through real, first-hand accounts of experiences in the camps. This was originally developed as an intro
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Pilgrim Simulation
Pilgrim Simulation
Pilgrim Simulation: This Pilgrim Simulation provides a fun, unique way for students to learn about pilgrims. This 84-page packet takes you and your students through an entire simulation in which they can truly feel like a pilgrim. They will receive an identity of one of the REAL pilgrims from the
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Crime Scene
Crime Scene
This crime scene activity involves a crime, suspects, evidence and an evidence collection packet for students. Students have an opportunity to exercise those important CCLS skills of evaluating evidence with this engaging lesson. Included in this 44 page packet is everything you need to get starte
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Cuban Missile Crisis - Simulation
Cuban Missile Crisis - Simulation
Students are placed in the shoes of President John F. Kennedy on October 16th of 1962. The students will be presented with information about the Cuban Missile Crisis. The advisors have presented you with 5 different options of potential actions to take against the Soviet Union and/or Cuba. Studen
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Westing Game Interactive Unit
Westing Game Interactive Unit
The Westing Game Interactive Unit is language arts based, with supporting lessons in creative writing, writing analysis, guided reading, math, science, and social studies. The unit consists of three phases: the scripted pre-reading simulation (a la How to Host a Murder), the reading of the Newbery A
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Ecosystems- Roadrunners and Coyotes NGSS Middle School LS2-1
Ecosystems- Roadrunners and Coyotes NGSS Middle School LS2-1
Turn your students into an active ecosystem. This activity is similar to the classic Oh Deer simulation with a roadrunner and coyote twist. This sequence of NGSS aligned activities/assessments includes two simulation activities in which students are in the roles of a population of roadrunners, a p
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Mock Trial: Class Preparation
Mock Trial: Class Preparation
This Power-Point lesson will provide students with an introductory framework from which to understand the judiciary process. Students will delve into the fundamental aspects of a courtroom such as: the basic structure and lay-out of a courtroom, the function of different roles (judge, jury, defense,
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WWI PowerPoint Simulation- America Enters the War
WWI PowerPoint Simulation- America Enters the War
Big Idea: The United States Enter WWI - Although the United States tried to remain neutral, events soon pushed the nation into World War I Objective: To better understand the reasons why America finally joins World War One along with the conditions of trench warfare students will engage in a teache
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Yellow Journalism- MAD LIBS
Yellow Journalism- MAD LIBS
Students will work in partners to complete the Yellow Journalism story of the USS Maine explosion. This quick and fun Mad Libs style activity is meant to show how inaccurate Yellow Journalism was at the time. My students loved this. I left it in an editable format. Key Words: Spanish American War;
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Ecology Lab: The Wild Bean Population - Estimating Population Size
Ecology Lab: The Wild Bean Population - Estimating Population Size
Population biologists have developed several methods for sampling a population. In this lab, the student will use the sampling technique known as the "mark and recapture method" to estimate the size of a population of wild beans! Students will compare their estimation of the population size obtain
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Phases of The Moon Wheel (multiple versions)
Phases of The Moon Wheel (multiple versions)
Put a hands on twist to learning the Phases of the Moon. With this wheel students can easily visualize how the moon changes it's state in each phase. Easily put together by connecting the two wheels with a brass fastener. Great reinforcing activity that gives clarity. Also great if your grade tak
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Lemonade Stand: An elementary economics lesson simulation in supply and demand
Lemonade Stand: An elementary economics lesson simulation in supply and demand
Looking for a "hands on" way to teach your intermediate students the meaning of supply and demand without the messiness of a real life lemonade stand? Try out this worksheet and lesson for an online simulation where students run their own lemonade stand and determine how the cost of their product as
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The Hunger Games - Tribute Simulation Game
The Hunger Games - Tribute Simulation Game
A fun, interactive, ongoing simulation activity to keep students personally invested and engaged while you study The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, or Mockingjay. This activity is intended as an ongoing simulation that could take over a month to complete, but it can also be played like a board game d
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Earth's Systems Survival Challenge Simulation
Earth's Systems Survival Challenge Simulation
The purpose of this 8-10 day project is to allow students to investigate Earth’s spheres through an interactive simulation on one of Earth’s islands. Students will begin the simulation by choosing an island. They must research the island type they will be “stranded” on to create a diorama that model
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