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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Students must learn to Speak Up! and become proactive self-advocates for their own medical care. This unit guides students to manage the process of informed consent so they can have the best medical communication, clarity and care possible. Critical
Subjects:
Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Health
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.75
5
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Economics for Everyone – Set A Apply sound economic thinking right away - buy the bundle for less than the single lessons! This 4-lesson bundle will help the next generation develop critical thinking about everyday economics and perhaps avoid any
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Fun Stuff
$5.00
12
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Shake up the note taking process with Note Taking QUICK TAKES! Traditional outlining and the Cornell Method have their place, but student engagement and easy-to-remember formats make note taking more effective and fun. Try these flexible notetaking
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Study Skills, For All Subjects
Grades:
8th, 11th, Homeschool, 4th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Interactive Notebooks, Mnemonics
$3.50
Digital Download PDF (0.74 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
A determined pup plays with the scientific method to get the results he wants – a game of fetch. 5-page illustrated story / 5 student activity pages This illustrated story will help students enjoy, infer, and identify key elements of scientific
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Mini-Course, Research
CCSS:
RL.2.3, RL.2.6, RL.4.1, RI.3.3, RI.3.7
$8.00
4
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Goal: The brain craves novelty. Capture this driving thirst to help students avoid zoning out during videos or recorded lectures by interjecting some playful pondering into their viewing and thinking habits. Videos and recorded lectures are packed
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
8th, 12th, Homeschool, 4th
Types:
Movie Guides, Activities, Study Guides
$3.50
Digital Download PDF (0.98 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This original Halloween poem is a ghoulishly funny treat for students 5th gr. & up. The two related worksheets will trick them into a sweet dose of reading comprehension, vocabulary practice, poetry appreciation, key-word summarization, and
Subjects:
Poetry, Halloween, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.7.4, RST.6-8.7
$2.00
9
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This bunny slopes bunny talks to readers! So comparing conventional and unconventional norms in books is fun & easy. This unit's 10 pages of printable activities keep up the fun while students practice ELA K1-6 basics like: prepositions,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Literature Circles, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.K.1, L.K.2, L.K.4, L.K.5, L.K.6
$2.65
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Use one picture book to stimulate cross-curricular critical thinking. This printable, interactive foldable creates 6 panels of kidlit analysis integrated with other subjects, topics, & skills. Save time & stimulate students' neural networks
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Literature, General Science
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Interactive Notebooks, Printables
$3.00
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Peer teaching helps everyone! After all, if you can teach something, you truly understand it. Put another way, teaching something is learning it twice over. Students use these simple, flexible, evergreen forms to research Important Questions, write
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subjects, Career and Technical Education
Grades:
8th, 10th, Homeschool, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Graphic Organizers, Printables
$1.75
2
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Youngsters who understand economics grow to become “capable of making better decisions as savers, investors, borrowers, voters, and participants in the global economy.” (Council of Economics Education) BARTER is a fundamental element of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Economics
Grades:
8th, 3rd, 5th
Types:
Activities, Mini-Course, Printables
$10.00
Digital Download PDF (10.78 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Citizens of all ages need to understand the Constitution. This 8-page mini-unit allows some 'friendly tinkering' in order to better understand this critical document. Students will translate the Preamble from emojis, describe important topics in
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Civics, Elections - Voting
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Multimedia
$2.00
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Don't sequester your students' chance to master the basics of economics. Lesson Set B (a follow up to Set A) will pay dividends for their critical thinking and economic savvy. These 'lesson's are more like mini-units...what a bargain! Lesson 5 -
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Mini-Course
$5.00
2
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Focus on Eye Contact reinforces the basic triad of Executive Function, working memory, flexible thinking, and inhibitory control, with emphasis on social cues, annotation, key words, and shades of meaning.Students will read short research-based
Subjects:
Life Skills, Oral Communication, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Mini-Course, Printables
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (0.40 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Analogy: Learning song lyrics is like learning schoolwork routines.Made you think, right? As in... Is it true? Does it apply to you? To others? How?Executive function skills can be tricky for students to care about, mull over, apply, and master.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Study Skills, For All Subjects
Grades:
9th, Homeschool, 4th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Minilessons, Study Guides
$3.25
Digital Download PDF (2.31 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Ss explore 8 basic economics terms while also practicing foundational word study and phonics skills with reading comprehension. SET 1 TERMS: economics, want, need, goods, services, surplus, wealth, opportunity cost Each puzzle page has a brief
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Economics , Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, Homeschool, 4th, 7th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Printables
CCSS:
RF.4.3, RF.4.4c
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (9.04 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Most students actually like to quote relevant verses, critique artists, emulate rhythm or style, relate entire anthologies to various worldviews, and create personally meaningful (play)lists of any genre’s masters. They also tend to revel in themes
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.6, RL.9-10.7
$6.75
Digital Download PDF (2.00 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Writing or interpreting messages and reviews involves identifying key details, making a point, being succinct, knowing your audience, editing, and more. Write Now Set B offers 18 serious and silly Message & Review Templates to help Ss practice
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Creative Writing, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 12th, Higher Education, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Minilessons, Printables
$3.25
Digital Download PDF (1.64 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Making lists involves brainstorming, prioritizing, key words, editing, and focus. Write Now Set A offers 18 serious & silly List Templates to help Ss practice these core composition skills. With low-pressure, well-structured prompts Ss will make
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Creative Writing, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 12th, Homeschool, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Minilessons, Printables
$3.25
Digital Download PDF (1.97 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This 5th installment of the Economics for Everyone series reinforces earlier concepts (Lessons 1-4) and offers concise definitions for natural, human and capital resources. Engaging interactive tasks involve critical thinking and career exploration.
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
9th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Minilessons
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (1.44 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Need some big league plays to motivate students to practice writing essays? World Series Writing Workouts by Katie Engen offers eight classroom-ready pages of Cracker Jack ideas! The Teachers Playbook (page 1) summarizes the workouts &
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, ...
Types:
Fun Stuff, Handouts, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.6.2, W.11-12.1
$2.00
1
Digital Download PDF (2.01 MB)
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I bring 25+ years of experience to creating cross-curricular, multi-modal materials that are useful in various settings. My writing is inspired by the many students from across the full spectrum of academic levels and special needs that I've had the pleasure to meet while involved with classroom teaching, tutoring, outdoor education, homeschooling, public outreach, professional development, and curricular support. Visit my blog: http://crossingthecurriculum.wordpress.com Logo art (heart) credit: http://openclipart.org/user-detail/10binary

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With one foot grounded in classroom practicalities and the benefits of fundamental skill mastery, I also aspire to teach with this passage from 'Theophilus North' by Thornton Wilder in mind: "If I had a student whose mind and heart was absorbed by birds, I would build French lessons about ostriches and starlings. Learning takes wing when it's related to what's passing in the student's inner life."

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