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  • A "Sense"sational Christmas (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)
    Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: You can’t stop teaching the standards at holiday time, so why not integrate science, health, social studies, and language arts while involving a Christmas theme? Christmas is rich in its appeal to the senses, so these hands–on activities will stimulate

  • A Colony Is Born (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What influenced the early colonists to make the decision to settle in the New World? What difficulties did they encounter and how were they able to rise above the adversities to secure a strong foundation for our great nation? Come explore Colonial Ameri

  • A Counting We Will Go (Authored by Lore Davis.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Do you ever get tired of using the same old things to teach children how to count? This unit offers opportunities to use fun objects to teach and reinforce these skills. What do you think children would enjoy more, counting cubes or counting objects such

  • A Television In My Room (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How can students show that they are responsible? This unit integrates science, mathematics, and language arts contents to help students discover ways they can show they are responsible enough to have televisions in their rooms.

  • All About Me (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)
    Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do first graders like to talk about when they come back to school in August? You probably guessed it. They like talking about themselves! So, why not start the year off letting them do just that as you can get to know them, too! Help students cel

  • America Gears Up (Authored by Richard Johnson.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work through a series of lessons on the Industrial Revolution in the United States in preparation for a presentation that answers the essential questions for the unit. The essential questions for this unit revolve around the idea that historical c

  • Announcing World War II (Authored by Richard Johnson.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this unit, students get an overview of World War II while practicing their listening skills. They focus on selected events and situations from World War II that correspond with those that occur in the novel, [Jacob Have I Loved], by Katherine Paterson.

  • Bedlam in Bedrock (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Bedlam in Bedrock explores the Earth's surface and how it changes over time. Students perform experiments to discover how forces change the Earth's surface. Students create projects using reference materials to obtain information and use sketches

  • Challenging Math Poetically (Authored by Sharla Shults.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lyrical mini-unit focuses on the integration of mathematics and technology. A myriad of concepts are reviewed, reinforced, introduced and practiced while encompassing a method of making math problems set in a real-world context unique and interesting

  • Common Cents (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)
    Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Kindergarten students enjoy this imaginative hands on unit on money. Over the course of a week they learn about money through teacher instruction, hands-on activities, group games, manipulatives and role-play. The concepts of exchanging money for

  • Confronting Sexual Harassment (Authored by Russell Sabella PhD.)
    Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This unit involves students in specific activities that reinforce communication strategies for preventing conflict primarily dealing with sexual harassment. Students learn concrete facts about sexual harassment and dispel myths that can lead to disrepect,

  • Data, Detectives and Decisions (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Data, Detectives and Decisions involves students in mathematical problem-solving processes. Faced with the dilemma, “How much time should the average fifth-grade student spend on homework to make good grades?” students begin generating, collect

  • Dog Gone "Paw"erful Writing (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research a dog breed and create note cards to reflect a variety of research and information. Students then develop a five-page PowerPoint presentation that reflects the information. Students present their topics to the class using their PowerPoi

  • Easy Essays in Three Steps (Authored by Dawn Capes.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Does the FCAT writing section have you worried? Maybe you're not thrilled about your students'essays? This nine day mini unit is designed to help students understand and refine essays created for the writing section of the FCAT. Students should have a b

  • Eye on the Sky (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this unit, students learn about the sky. They learn why we have day and night, why the sun is important, and why the moon doesn’t always look the same. Students also investigate the stars and planets. All the lessons are literature-based with ha

  • Filling Up Florida (Authored by Shari Rodgers.)
    Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this mini-unit, students study factors controlling Florida population growth and related environmental impacts. Students research natural community types and make maps (including a life-sized Florida) to be used as part of a role play/simulatio

  • Fun Photosynthesis! (Authored by Stephanie Callaway.)
    Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Give your students a chance to be the sun! Creative dramatics are used to internalize knowledge of the process of photosynthesis. Students analyze and predict the relevance of photosynthesis as it relates to the food chain and survival of all organisms. St

  • Geo Jammin By DeSign (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Slide, flip, and turn students' thinking into the world of spatial relationships and geometric design with directed inquiries in song, dance, literature, games, poetry, and history. Develop students' understanding of symmetry by investigating lines of symm

  • Geo Jammin' (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Theater, Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Turn a classroom nuisance into a delightful geometry unit assessment tool! With puppetry, poems, and geoboards, students move from understanding basic shapes to sorting, describing, identifying, and demonstrating attributes of two- and three-dimensional f

  • Going to Grandma's (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This literature-based integrated unit uses both fiction and nonfiction to explore modes of transportation and how things move. All five of the components of effective reading instruction are taught. Seven books plus an online book are included as par

  • Grammar Fun (Authored by Amanda Yates.)
    Subject(s): Foreign Language, Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is an ESOL unit for middle school students. Students learn about nouns, verbs, and adjectives in the target language. They spend time orally demonstrating knowledge of the patterns and rules governing using these words in oral language, as well as i

  • Happy, Healthy Me (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)
    Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do you know about keeping fit and healthy? In the Happy Healthy Me unit, students learn about the heart and practice positive health activities to keep their bodies strong and in good condition. They are introduced to the food pyramid and learn the

  • Historical Tool Time (Authored by Richard Johnson.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is an introductory unit focusing on the skills necessary for the study of history. The unit begins with a lesson that focuses on time, chronology, and the creation and interpretation of timelines. The unit continues with activities that promote studen

  • How Can We Move Our Principal? (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using the scenario of our principal needing our help to get around the school now that he/ she has a hurt foot, this unit combines the content of science with the skills of writing to entice students to become active learners. Students learn about simple

  • I Mean Business (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This unit provides an opportunity for students to become actively involved in a simulated business project to learn basic economic concepts. A puppet, Eco the Gecko, will be used during the first part of the unit to guide student learning concerning the

  • I'm A Poet and Didn't Know It! (Authored by Dawn Capes.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Are you tired of the eye rolling and heavy sighs that accompany your announcement of "We're going to start a poetry unit today!" Are you ready for a unit that combines a study of accomplished poets with opportunities for students to write

  • In Days of Old, Before Columbus (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In Days of Old, Before Columbus introduces third graders to developments in history prior to the Renaissance with focus on 12th century Europe (1200-1300). Students will be actively involved in learning about the feudal system of government and aspect

  • Independent - To Be or Not To Be (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: British in their language, their laws, their customs, could the American colonists fight a war with England, their Mother Country? Why were freedom and independence so important? Take students on a journey through the historical events leading to the sign

  • Industrial Times (Authored by Richard Johnson.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students follow a journalistic theme to find out about the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution. Activities, such as creating headlines, illustrations, writing and publishing articles, and participating in a Meet the Press panel discussion lead

  • Info Expo (Authored by Carol Rine.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: While working in cooperative groups, students research a topic for an expository report. Students then work collaboratively to write, edit, and revise the report to produce a polished research paper. Following the group effort, students work independently

  • Inventions and Inventors (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this unit, students use a variety of references to read and organize information and demonstrate knowledge of selected significant people, their contributions to society, and ways the contributions impacted society. Contributions in the fields of commu

  • Jacob Have I Loved - A Novel Study (Authored by Dawn Capes.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: “Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated.” Students explore the book [Jacob Have I Loved] by Katherine Patterson through a study of its setting, characters, many conflicts, and resolutions. They learn to apply quotes from the book to their own lives and wo

  • Living Things (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The purpose of this unit is for first graders to learn about living things. Students will learn how to group living things, basic needs of living things, that there are many different living things and that each has an environment. They will also learn h

  • Mr. President (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who is the man on the penny? Are there people on other pieces of our money, too? What is a president? Students learn to identify and know the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter as they explore four of our presidents. They will list

  • Mythology in the Middle (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students read two narrative reading selections and based on the reading, compare and contrast a character from each. After compiling the information about these characters, students record their findings in a T-chart and a Venn diagram. Also students

  • Native Americans (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who were the first Americans? This integrated unit on Native Americans encourages students to read informational texts to become experts on Native American culture groups from different regions and times. The unit utilizes small group work and activity c

  • Our Picnic, The Study of Matter (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Do first graders understand science concepts? This literature-based unit uses scientific inquiry and strategies of problem-based learning in helping students discover the properties of matter. Through hands-on experiences, students discov

  • Outer Space and Cyber Space (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Space travel is an exciting adventure, but what is really out there in space? In this unit, students learn about our Solar System and compare and contrast characteristics of various planets. They explore mean, median, mode, and range and use these to

  • Patterns, Patterns Everywhere (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The purpose of this unit is to involve students in the process of recognizing, extending, describing, classifying, and creating a variety of patterns. Students become pattern detectives as they participate in hands-on activities in which they look for

  • Performing on Instruments (Authored by Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo.)
    Subject(s): Mathematics, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This mini unit plan enables students to familiarize themselves with the basic buiding blocks of music (notes and patterns). They discover the similiarities of music and math through manipulatives and instruments. Students are engaged with learning expressi

  • Poetic Cause and Effect (Authored by Farrah Milby.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students explore cause and effect, making inferences, and drawing conclusions through poetry. Students write, critique, and evaluate their own writing.

  • Shapes Are Everywhere at School! (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)
    Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This math mini-unit involves students in hands-on activities where they learn to recognize two- and three-deminsional shapes, their similiarities and differences. The lessons provide many opportunities for students to sort shapes according to geometric sha

  • Sky High Counting (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you wondered about the day sky and night sky? This integrated unit actively involves kindergarten students in understanding the day sky, night sky, and movement of the sun across the sky as they learn to count to ten. Students also use literatur

  • Speak for Yourself (Authored by Carol Rine.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Speak For Yourself asks the guiding question, "What does it take to make a good speaker?" Students formulate a working definition of what it takes to make a good speaker as they work through the course of the unit. By analyzing famous speeches, role-playin

  • Statistical Sleuths (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)
    Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Statistical Sleuths involves students in mathematical problem-solving processes. Faced with dilemmas such as, how much time an average eighth grade student should spend on homework, students formulate and test their hypotheses using mock statistics and

  • Students as Historians: Investigating the Gulf War (Authored by Francis Sicius.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this unit, students use facts and opinions, as well as primary and secondary sources. They explore the detective work of historians as they investigate the Gulf War from different perspectives and interpretations. Students use a variety of media for re

  • The Inside Story -- Cells, Organs, and Systems of the Human Body (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: You know that the human body is a wonderful system of interrelationships, but have you wondered just how your body works? Through various activities, students learn that cells are the basic unit of life. Cells work together to form tissue. Tissues w

  • The Math Connection (Authored by Sharla Shults.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: ‘When are we ever going to USE this MATH?’ How many times have you heard this question? Students delight in challenging the teacher for reasons or justifications of the material taught. What better way to answer this question than to allow students to r

  • Twin Traits (Authored by Melinda Dukes.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Explore the Nature vs. Nurture controversy. Participate in hands-on activities to discover how variation in species is due to exchange and interaction of genetic information from parent to offspring. An experimental design on identical twins concludes

  • Wanted Dead or Alive (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)
    Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: (Co-authored by Summer Zephyr and Lois Walsh) This is a real-world, problem solving activity of math. In the occupation of forestry land management, decisions that are not based on accurate resource measurements may lead to serious errors, misjudg

  • We the People (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What are the rights and responsibilities of citizenship? Who are your state and local elected officials? Which officials can you turn to for help? This integrated unit uses reading strategies, reflection activities, and graphic organizers.

  • Weather Trackers (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)
    Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a second grade unit on weather called Weather Trackers. Students experience fun, fascinating facts about weather through hands-on activities about the rain cycle, measuring rain with a rain gauge, conducting experiments with temperature and m

  • Wellness Wonders (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)
    Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students incorporate listening skills, expository writing, graphing skills, and surveys to learn about wellness strategies and health information. Students then use what they have learned to create individual action plans and record progress towards perso

  • What Makes Me Who I Am? (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this Beacon Unit Plan, students begin to understand who they are by first analyzing their genetics, and second, by taking a closer look into their cells and how these cells interact within the body. The students are formatively assessed throughout the

  • Where is Japan? Basic Map Skills (Authored by Sandi King.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The purpose of this integrated unit is for first graders to learn basic map skills and use these map skills to solve a problem. The unit presents the scenario of a Japanese first grader who is looking for an American pen pal. The students use maps and glo

  • Where We Come From (Authored by Suzan Smith.)
    Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Can you roll your tongue? Do you have a widow's peak? In this unit students explore genetics and inheritance in an exciting way. Labs and hands-on, interactive activities include creating Marshmallow babies from an envelope of chromosomes,

  • Where's the Heart of Florida? (Authored by Julie Thompson.)
    Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Should the capital of the state of Florida remain where it is in the 21st century? Would another location better represent the "heart of Florida?" In this Problem-Based Learning (PBL) unit, students engage in an authentic setting to research the history

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