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Accepting Ourselves and Others
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In this unit, students read the core texts The Hundred Dresses and Garvey's Choice as a way of exploring what it means to be accepting and tolerant of themselves and others. The Hundred Dresses challenges students to think about the different roles associated with bullying through the eyes of the narrator, who struggles with her own involvement with a classmate who is bullied. Garvey's Choice illustrates the way others influence the way we see ourselves, both positively and negatively, and the power of accepting ourselves by tracing Garvey's path to self-discovery and acceptance. Both texts are full of moments and messages that are easily relatable for students at this grade level. Therefore, it is our hope that the experiences of the characters in both texts will serve as a neutral launching point for deeper discussions about bullying, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness.

In reading, the main focus of the unit is on identifying and tracing the central message across a longer text. Over the course of the text, students will develop a deep understanding of each character's thoughts, feelings, and motivations, which will help them identify and explain how the central message is developed and conveyed through the characters. Students will also begin to understand how successive parts of a text build on each other to push the plot forward. Particularly with Garvey's Choice, students will analyze the genre features of novels written in verse and how each part helps build and develop the central message. This unit also focused on point of view. Students will begin to notice the point of view in which a story is told and compare that with their own point of view.

Subject:
English
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Fiction
Reading
Writing
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Assessment
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Provider:
Match Fishtank
Provider Set:
Fishtank ELA
Date Added:
01/01/2017
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Samantha Baranyk
Date Added:
12/17/2019
African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/05/2020
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Caroline Wray
Date Added:
01/06/2020
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Christopher Angeles
Date Added:
12/12/2019
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal: A Raisin in the Sun
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Caroline Wray
Date Added:
01/06/2020
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal and Independent Reading
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Danielle De Arment-Donohue
Bryan Harvey
Josh Thompson
Andrea Yarbough
Date Added:
11/21/2019
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal and in Dialogue
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.

Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Bryan Harvey
Janet Copenhaver
Date Added:
12/05/2019
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal (with Primary Source Tool)
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Remixed to add a screenshot of Primary Source Tool.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Michael Smith
Date Added:
12/12/2019
Airports and Gates: A look at globalized poetry
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This source aims to help students place Naomi Shihab Nye's poetry in conversation with other poems and reading materials, and in doing so, the goal is to help students work on synthesizing sources. The paired passage assignments are designed to offer students and teachers flexibility in accomplishing these tasks. The source is a remix. The original lesson can be found here: https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans/gate-4-naomi-shihab-nye

Subject:
Reading
Writing
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Activity/Lab
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Reading
Author:
Bryan Harvey
Andrea Yarbough
Janet Copenhaver
Date Added:
12/12/2019
"Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday" Cross-Curricular Activity
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This is a cross-curricular activity that uses the story Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday to practice money and decimal skills in addition to reading and writing skills. After reading or hearing the story, students will complete the attached worksheet. (If it's read aloud, students would need a way to refer back to the story to answer the questions. The worksheet has a mixture of reading and math questions. It can be edited if you choose. It can be used for either 3rd or 4th grade. With slight modifications, it could also be used for middle school EL students to learn about currency.  

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
Reading
Writing
ESL
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Laura Brown
Date Added:
07/24/2020
Algorithm Deli
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In this unplugged lesson, students will learn how to develop algorithms and the importance of providing specific instructions while making a simple deli sandwich. This lesson is part of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline which is partly funded through a GO Virginia grant in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.  

Subject:
Computer Science
Reading
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Rebecca Gratz
Shawn DeLuca
Date Added:
10/16/2020
Algorithm Monster (Unplugged)
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In this unplugged CS lesson, students will learn the importance of giving detailed directions when sharing ideas. This transfers to programming when students are told that when they provide instructions to the computer, they too need to be detailed and specific. This lesson is part of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline which is partly funded through a GO Virginia grant in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Subject:
Computer Science
Reading
Visual Art
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Rebecca Gratz
Shawn DeLuca
Date Added:
10/15/2020
The American Dream: Examining Literature, Statistics, and Personal Experiences
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This project can be used at the end of a unit in which the students have read and discussed a work of literature that deals with The American Dream; here that is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. It gives the students the opportunity to consider a fictional representation, examine real world statistics and facts about class and status in the United States, and draw their own conclusions based on personal interpretation, experience, and knowledge. The final product is a visual representation and written explanation of that personal interpretation.

Subject:
English
Reading
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Danielle De Arment-Donohue
Date Added:
02/06/2020
American Revolution
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In this unit students continue the exploration of factors that influence change by examining the events that led up to the American Revolution. Over the course of the unit, students will build a deeper understanding of the significant ideas and values at the heart of the American Revolution, what drove the colonists to seek independence, and how conflict between England and the colonists ultimately influenced change in our country. Students will see the American Revolution from multiple perspectives, starting with analyzing the difference in perspectives between the British and the colonists and how each side's actions often instigated each other. Students will also explore how class structure influenced colonists perspectives. Later in the unit, students will think about the perspectives of black people, women and Native Americans who were forced to choose a side and why they may have had a different point of view of the events of the revolution.

An important part of this unit is pushing students to focus on seeing history from multiple different perspectives. The core text Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began offers one perspective on events, however, the prespective is limited to that held by white elite colonists. Therefore, students also read excerpts from A Young People's History of the United States in order to build a deeper understanding of all sides of the Revolution.

Subject:
English
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Fiction
Reading
Writing
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Match Fishtank
Provider Set:
Fishtank ELA
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Ancient Egypt
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In this unit, students explore ancient Egypt. Over the course of the unit students learn and explore different characteristics of ancient Egypt and what the ancient Egyptians valued. Through learning about the daily routines, structures, and rituals of ancient Egypt, students will be challenged to draw conclusions about what the civilization valued and how those values compare to society today. Students will also learn about the role that mummies and pyramids played in ancient Egyptian society and why archeologists and scientists have been intrigued by them ever since. In second and third grade, students will continue their exploration of ancient civilizations by learning more about ancient Greece and ancient Rome. It is our hope that this unit, in conjunction with the others in the sequence, will help students understand and appreciate early civilizations that have had a lasting impact on the world.

In reading, this unit focuses on understanding the reasons and evidence an author uses to support points in a text. Being able to determine the reasons and evidence an author uses to support a point requires a deep understanding of cause and effect, informational text features, using illustrations to learn new details, and identifying the main topic and key details. These strategies have been introduced and practiced in previous units and should be reinforced and highlighted as needed in order to synthesize and identify the reasons an author uses to support points in a text. An additional focus of this unit is on using details from two texts to build a deeper understanding of content. Students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between texts at the end of the unit but should be challenged to notice similarities and differences as they encounter new texts over the course of the unit.

In writing, students will continue to write daily in response to the text. At this point students should be fluid in writing about the text in a structured way. Therefore, the focus of this unit is on pushing students to include the best and most accurate evidence and then to explain the evidence with inferences or critical thinking.

Subject:
English
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Fiction
Reading
Writing
Material Type:
Assessment
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Match Fishtank
Provider Set:
Fishtank ELA
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Ancient Greece
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In this unit students explore ancient Greece. Over the course of the unit students learn and explore different characteristics of ancient Greece and its values. Through learning about the daily routines, structures, and rituals of ancient Greece, students will be challenged to draw conclusions about what the civilization valued and how those values compare to society today. Students will also learn about many different gods and analyze the role gods played in ancient Greek society. At the end of the unit students will be challenged to compare and contrast the role of the Olympics in ancient Greek society with the modern-day Olympics. It is our hope that this unit, in conjunction with others in the sequence, will help students understand early influences in the world.

The mentor text for this unit, Ancient Greece and the Olympics, allows students to practice multiple informational reading strategies independently and in partners. Over the course of the unit students will practice the spiraling strategies of determining the main topic and details, using context clues to figure out unknown words, analyzing illustrations, and using text features to deepen understanding of a text. An additional focus of this unit is on describing how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text. Over the entire unit students should be challenged to think critically about the reasons authors include in a text to support a particular point and why those reasons support the point. Another focus of this unit is on comparing and contrasting the most important points presented across two texts on the same topic. It is important to note that in order for students to successfully analyze authors' use of reasons and to compare and contrast across texts, students must be able to determine key details. Plan small-group remediation or reteach for students who are still struggling with this concept.

Subject:
English
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Fiction
Reading
Writing
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Match Fishtank
Provider Set:
Fishtank ELA
Date Added:
01/01/2017