April Highlights

This April we are highlighting the following topics:

  • World Health Day
  • Early Childhood Education
  • National Parks
  • Earth Day
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • PDTV: 2021 UCET Recap
  • PDTV: Use Tech to Make Time
  • SGeN: Episode 7: Thank a Librarian
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Art and Ecology
Read the Fine Print
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Artists are often particularly keen observers and precise recorders of the physical conditions of the natural world. As a result, paintings can be good resources for learning about ecology. Teachers can use this lesson to examine with students the interrelationship of geography, natural resources, and climate and their effects on daily life. It also addresses the roles students can take in caring for the environment. Students will look at paintings that represent cool temperate, warm temperate, and tropical climates.
In this lesson students will: Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards; Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Gallery of Art
Date Added:
07/02/2018
Earth Science for Middle School (Student's Edition)
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CK-12 Earth Science For Middle School covers the study of Earth - its minerals and energy resources, processes inside and on its surface, its past, water, weather and climate, the environment and human actions, and astronomy.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Brainard, Jean
Sandeen, Julie
Date Added:
08/22/2010
The Ecological Cost of Dinner
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This lesson is about the flow of energy in ecosystems. The setting is Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, where students will learn about the first Thanksgiving meal in America, celebrated in 1621 by early American settlers and Wampanoag Indians. By examining this meal and comparing it to a modern day Thanksgiving celebration, students will be able to explore the way in which food energy moves and is transformed in an ecosystem. The learning goals focus on the movement of energy from one feeding level to the next within a food web, the way in which energy changes form, and the inefficiency of energy transfer, which in turn affects the availability of food energy for organisms at the highest feeding level. The lesson is directed at high school level biology students. Students should be familiar already with food webs, food chains, and trophic (feeding) levels. They should also be familiar with the general equations for photosynthesis (CO2 + H2O => C6H12O6) and cell respiration (C6H12O6 => CO2 + H2O), and understand the basic purpose of these processes in nature. This lesson can be completed during one long classroom period, or can be divided over two or more class meetings. The duration of the lesson will depend on prior knowledge of the students and on the amount of time allotted for student discussion. There are no supplies required for this lesson other than the downloadable worksheets (accessed on this BLOSSOMS site), paper and some glue or tape.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Leslie Reinherz
Date Added:
12/10/2020
Ecological Tipping Points: When Is Late Too Late?
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The major goal of this lesson is to provide students with some of the tools they will need to analyze and solve the many complex problems they will face during their lifetimes. In the lesson, students learn to use Flow Charts and Feedback Diagrams to analyze a very complex problem of ecological sustainability. The lesson looks at a specific case study—from my home town in the Philippines—of the Live Reef Fish Trade now threatening survival of the Coral Reef Triangle of Southeast Asia. Live reef fish have long been traded around Southeast Asia as a luxury food item, but in recent decades trade in fish captured on coral reefs has expanded rapidly. Although the trade has provided communities with additional income, these benefits are unsustainable and have come at considerable cost to the environment. This lesson begins by having students analyze a familiar or personal problem, using Flow Charts and Feedback Diagrams, and then moves on to the application of those tools to a complex environmental problem. The lesson could be completed in a 50-minute class session, but using it over two class sessions would be preferable. Everything needed for the lesson is downloadable from the BLOSSOMS website, including blank Flow Charts and Feedback Diagrams, as well as articles on the Philippines case study from the World Wildlife Fund and the United States Agency for International Development.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Fred Pontillas
Date Added:
12/10/2020
Geography of Utah. Utah's National Parks and Recreation. Canyonlands National Park.
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The significance of -- Canyonlands National Park -- is discussed in this media item extracted from the 22-part video series THE GEOGRAPHY OF UTAH, conceived and written by Albert L. Fisher, PhD (University of Utah). The series encompasses the political, cultural, historical and sociological geography of the state of Utah. It describes the activities, the land and the people. Much of the video material was videotaped on location throughout the state of Utah, giving the student and interested viewer valuable field trip experiences. === Needles rock formations from Needles Overlook in Canyonlands National Park. ===

Subject:
Social Studies
Provider:
Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia
Provider Set:
Geography of Utah
Author:
Fisher, Albert L.
Date Added:
10/08/2018
Geography of Utah. Utah's National Parks and Recreation. Navajo sandstone.
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The significance of -- Navajo sandstone -- is discussed in this media item extracted from the 22-part video series THE GEOGRAPHY OF UTAH, conceived and written by Albert L. Fisher, PhD (University of Utah). The series encompasses the political, cultural, historical and sociological geography of the state of Utah. It describes the activities, the land and the people. Much of the video material was videotaped on location throughout the state of Utah, giving the student and interested viewer valuable field trip experiences. === Navajo sandstone, Zion National Park's dominant formation, is 2000 feet thick. The Navajo sandstone rests on a layer of the Kayenta sandstone and other sedimentary formations. ===

Subject:
Social Studies
Provider:
Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia
Provider Set:
Geography of Utah
Author:
Fisher, Albert L.
Date Added:
10/08/2018
Get Set 4 Kindergarten
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This amazing guide to school readiness includes four sections that change monthly: kindergarten skills readiness, getting ready to read, health and wellness, and an information printout. Notably, each section includes book and website recommendations.

Subject:
Elementary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
01/15/2019
K-2 Computer Science Curriculum
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SFUSD's creative computing curriculum introduces computer science as a creative, collaborative, and engaging discipline to children in kindergarten through second grade.

Across 4 units and 15-20 lessons, students will learn about algorithms and programming, computing systems, the Internet, and impacts of computing, while developing strong practices and dispositions. Lessons are designed to be implemented in 45 to 60-minute periods approximately once per week.

Subject:
Information Technology Education
Educational Technology
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Author:
Adapted primarily from Creative Commons licensed resources developed by Computing At School’s Barefoot Computing Project
and MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten Group.
Code.org
Created by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Computer Science team: CSinSF.org.
Project Lead the Way
Terrapin
the Developmental Technologies Research Group at Tufts University
Zatna
Date Added:
03/21/2019
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Kindergarten Digital Citizenship
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This is a lesson plan template created by the Utah Education Network. It is meant to guide educators through creating lesson plans that contain all the necessary components for teacher and student success. Remix this template each time you create a lesson to share in eMedia.When you edit each section of the lesson template, delete the template description and add your own content. Add files and links to each section as needed. After completing each lesson plan section included in this template, you will click "next" at the top of your screen. This is when you will be asked to finalize your lesson details, including connecting it to state curriculum standards. Please do not skip any of these sections. These choices are what align your lesson to state standards and help others search for what they are looking for in eMedia.Thank you for contributing to eMedia!

Subject:
Professional Learning
Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Elaine
Date Added:
11/29/2020
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Kindergarten Favorite Food Opinion Writing
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Over the course of a week, each student will use an iPad to express their opinion on their favorite food through drawings/photos, written and spoken words. The teacher can combine the pages and recordings to create a class book read and explained from the students.  

Subject:
Elementary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Author:
Carlie
Date Added:
03/30/2021
Learn @ Home: Preschool Pioneer Tools
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In this video, Dani Sloan informs us about the resources available in Preschool Pioneer for our youngest learners. You will learn about preMedia, activity calendars, resources just for parents and online learning games.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Learn @ Home
Provider Set:
Tech Tips for Remote Learning
Author:
Dani Sloan
Date Added:
04/23/2020
The National Parks and History
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It was, and remains, the bluest blue I have ever seen. As I stood on a rock jutting out over Crater Lake, the remnants of a massive volcanic eruption 7,700 years ago, I thought about the immensity of time and history that gives this place shape and meaning. Then I leapt. The freezing cold water disrupted these thoughts for the moment, but the National Parks have a way of sticking with you.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
11/06/2019
PDTV: 2021 UCET Recap
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In this episode of PDTV, the Professional Development team recaps their virtual UCET conference experience. They chat about the flexibility of the online format, the disadvantages of technical difficulties, and more!

Subject:
Professional Learning
Material Type:
Media Object
Author:
Jared Fawson
Date Added:
03/31/2021
PDTV: Using Tech to Make Time
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On this episode of UEN PDTV, Dani Sloan and Katie Garrett from UEN go through some tech tools that help maximize time and keep things organized. Even if you are into the old-school method of writing notes down, they have a tech tool for you!

Subject:
Professional Learning
Material Type:
Media Object
Author:
Dani Sloan
Jared Fawson
Date Added:
04/09/2021
Science Core Guide: Kindergarten
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The Science Core Guides are created to provide guidance for developing effective instruction aligned to the Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards. They are intended to support teachers, administrators, science specialists, instructional coaches, parents, and other stakeholders as they plan instruction at a local level.

The Core Guides are not intended to be read from cover to cover. They are meant as a resource document to be used, when needed, to support teacher professional learning and curriculum decisions. They are not meant to be used by students, and therefore they may not be written in student-friendly language. The Core Guides are meant to inform teachers and leaders as they make science curriculum decisions.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Utah State Board of Education
Date Added:
02/16/2021
Some Good Education News Ep. 7 Thank a Librarian
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In episode 7 of Some Good Education News, we finally give both school and local libraries the shout-outs they deserve! Host Katie Blunt gets the inside scoop on how big of an impact the Salt Lake County Library system has had on our local community. Find out how you can use their services and more!

Subject:
Professional Learning
Material Type:
Media Object
Author:
Katie Blunt
Date Added:
04/09/2021
Utah OER Textbooks: Kindergarten SEEd
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Kindergarten SEEd textbook for the 2020-2021 school year. This textbook was developed to align to the Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards. (Added: March 17, 2020)

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Utah State Board of Education
Provider Set:
Utah OER Textbooks
Date Added:
03/17/2020
Yana & Egbert: Picnic Panic - EP.1
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"Picnic Panic" helps kids understand the difference between rare and common causes. Egbert Finds his picnic ruined. Who did it? They find some hairs at the crime scene and get side-tracked by half remembered stories and scary worries until the learn to focus on common causes rather than rare ones and realize that "things that happen most of the time, cause most of the things that happen."

Subject:
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Childhood Cognition Lab at MIT
Provider Set:
Yana and Egbert
Date Added:
01/03/2019