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Monthly Activities for Grades 3-5

May 2024

May is Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Jewish American Heritage Month. Discover and celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures and experiences of these people. We’ve curated resources to use in your classroom related to these observances and more. Check out our new monthly activities below!

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Arts: Drawing a Forest Friend

In this episode of Cartoon Academy Quick Draws, Pittsburgh Cartoonist Joe Wos shows how learning to draw is as easy as ABC using the letters O-W-L to create a wise owl character.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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English Language Arts: Text Detectives

Randi House shows students how to look for clues in a text to support answers and gives students several examples of sentence starters they can use to introduce evidence from the text. Ms. House tells students a short story about Milly Hilly and then asks questions that require students to make inferences that must be […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Health & PE: Managing Intense Emotions

Your students will learn to recognize and manage intense emotions without giving in to the urge to act in impulsive ways that can make problems bigger. This video is part of the Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project, a series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Math: Odd Squad

Welcome to Odd Squad: the zaniest, craziest team of kid investigators around! Explore content below targeted at making elementary-level math a fun, imaginative experience, mixing concepts like arithmetic and geometry with fantastical storytelling.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Science: Why Summer Days Have More Daylight

Students use and develop models of the Earth–Sun systems to demonstrate understanding of how the Sun illuminates the hemispheres differently during summer and winter. Visual supports (video, images), data graphs, and informational text provide students with multiple entry points to investigating the phenomenon of the changing duration of daylight. This interactive provides the context and […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Blue and yellow fish swim in front of sea anemone.

Social Studies: Languages of the Caribbean and Central America

Students will read a description of the languages in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as the history of how these languages were disseminated. They will then complete an essay using this information and practice translating two sentences from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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World Languages: Dishes Inspired by Caribbean Heritage

Relish shares stories of cultural heritage in Twin Cities communities through the universal language of food. This sub-collection includes episodes that feature dishes inspired by Caribbean heritage, including recipes from Puerto Rican, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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