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My goal is that my students have fun while learning valuable life skills. I design lessons that help them be independent, life-long learners. Students take ownership in their learning as they create their own questions and are motivated to assist in finding their own answers! Lessons are created primarily for middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), but many are easily adaptable to upper elementary or secondary learners.

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My goal is that my students have fun while learning valuable life skills. I design lessons that help them be independent, life-long learners. Students take ownership in their learning as they create their own questions and are motivated to assist in finding their own answers! Lessons are created primarily for middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), but many are easily adaptable to upper elementary or secondary learners.
Real World Math - How Architects Use Math in their Career
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Real World Math - How Architects Use Math in their Career

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Are your students always asking "When will be ever USE this??" This short activity shows students a real world use for the math skills they learn every day. This project has students finding area, square footage, perimeter, etc. of a house design as they solve problems to decorate the home. Lesson Includes: • Teacher & Student Resources • How Architects Use Math Activity/Handout • How Architects Use Math Activity Answer Key • Math Formula “Cheat Sheet” This lesson was designed for 7th and 8th graders, but would also be appropriate for upper elementary grades.
Planets and the Solar System - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt
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Planets and the Solar System - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

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In this lesson, students learn about the Solar System as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. This activity is perfect for a science or technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. This is also a great lesson to leave for a substitute teacher! Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Learning about the Solar System WebQuest Activity (print and editable digital files included) • Learning about the Solar System WebQuest Answer Key
Fun Facts about Halloween WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt
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Fun Facts about Halloween WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

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In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Halloween as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Halloween WebQuest Activity • Fun Facts about Halloween WebQuest Answer Key
Exploring Careers: Landscape Architect - Career Simulation
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Exploring Careers: Landscape Architect - Career Simulation

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Learning about Careers – Landscape Architecture Simulation project gives students an opportunity to experience what Landscape Architects actually do. This is perfect for a technology, business or marketing class, or a class that focuses on careers. Students use Web 2.0 tools (Plan a Garden, Small Blue Print Planner, or Sketchup to design an amazing outdoor area for a home. This project was created for a grade 7-8 Career Exploration class, but could easily be adapted for older students. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher & Student Notes and Resources • PowerPoint Presentation (teacher led introduction to the career) • Landscape Design Simulation Lesson Expectations, Instructions and Rubric • Sample Designs
Computer History - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt
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Computer History - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

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This short computer research WebQuest/Scavenger Hunt is a fun activity to lead into a unit on the history of computers and technology. It is also a great quick activity to fill a day prior to starting a new lesson or to use with a substitute teacher. The lesson includes student handouts, teacher resources, and a grading key for the teacher. This lesson was created for middle school, but would work well with upper elementary or early high school also.
History of Apple - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt
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History of Apple - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

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In this lesson, students learn interesting facts about Apple as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. This is a great activity for a history, business or technology class. It���s also a great activity to leave with a substitute! Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • History of Apple WebQuest Activity • History of Apple WebQuest Answer Key
History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project
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History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project

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What student does love games – especially video games! In this lesson, students learn more about the origin and history of video games. Students choose a time period in history from a provided list, research that era, and then choose the software they will use to showcase their research. Students can choose to create a presentation, a brochure, or a video using Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Adobe Spark, eMaze, Canva, etc. (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. A full list of software/technology options is listed in the student lesson instructions and includes links to tutorials. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, career exploration class, Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications class, or any technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for individual lesson • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for partner/team lesson
First Day of School - Skyscraper Team Building Activity
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First Day of School - Skyscraper Team Building Activity

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This project is a great way to get students moving, interacting and working as a team the first day of school. It also is an exceptionally memorable activity that students remember and talk about throughout the year. Set the tone of your classroom as a student led, cooperative and supportive classroom as students work together to build a skyscraper that will withstand wind using limited supplies. You can use this as a first day of school activity or as a one-day activity at any time during the year. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades. Files included: • Teacher Instructions • Skyscraper Building Activity Instructions (printable for teams and display sized, suitable for a projector or SmartBoard) • Team Drawing Sheet
Learning Google Sheets - Beginner Lessons, Tutorial and Activities
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Learning Google Sheets - Beginner Lessons, Tutorial and Activities

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Learning Google Sheets - Beginner Lessons start students with no previous knowledge of Google Sheets on a path of learning the most important and frequently used commands to give them a quick start. Each lesson has a short, step-by-step tutorial that includes screenshots to walk students through the new tools they will use in the lesson. Then, they are given a creative task to solve, using those skills to create a spreadsheet. There are five lessons, each taking no more than two class periods. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • 5 Mini Lessons with Tutorial and Creative Project including rubrics
Basic Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
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Basic Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

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Basic Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro gives students a step-by-step lesson to learn the basic skills needed for video editing: Adding and editing files, working with audio, creating titles, and rendering and saving your project. The lesson provides step-by-step instructions and also includes links to tutorials students can use as they need to complete the lesson. Students create a short project as they follow the mini-lessons and then demonstrate their learning through a short creative project at the end of the tutorials. This lesson was created for an 8th grade class, but is appropriate for any age group that are first time users of Adobe Premiere Pro. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Adobe Premiere Pro Step-by-Step Tutorial • Basic Adobe Premiere Pro Editing Project Expectations & Rubric Note: This was created for use with Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.
Famous Fashion Designers - Research & Presentation Project
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Famous Fashion Designers - Research & Presentation Project

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In this lesson, students learn about famous fashion designers, their work and how their work influenced society. Students choose a fashion designer of interest (on their own or from a provided list) and then research specific information about them, creating a presentation in software of their choice (Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, or a variety of free Web 2.0 tools). Perfect for business, history, social studies, family and consumer science, fashion design or career exploration classes. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in any secondary classroom. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student instructions, expectations and grading rubric • Suggested list of famous fashion designers
Technology Then & Now: A Team History / Research Project
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Technology Then & Now: A Team History / Research Project

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In this lesson, students use critical thinking and research skills to determine how a specific form of technology evolved. Working with a partner or small group, students start with where their chosen technology was prior to 1900 and then take it through 5 more steps of evolution to the present day. Students use the Internet for research to determine what had to happen between each step to move their technology to the next iteration. Worksheets are provided for six high interest topics, with an editable blank form (PowerPoint) if the teacher chooses to add another topic (or let students choose a different topic). The worksheets are two pages (print front and back). Resources for the teacher and students include a short list of Internet sites as a starting point for each research topic. A sample completed worksheet is also included for one topic. Topics included are: • How We Listen to Music • How We Watch a Movie • How We Take Photographs • How We Communicate on the Telephone • How We Research Information • How We Tell Time This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Technology Then & Now Student Expectations, Instructions and Grading Rubric • Technology Then & Now Student Worksheets (6 topics, plus an editable blank – both color and black and white versions of each) • Sample Project
Pixel Art in Microsoft Excel
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Pixel Art in Microsoft Excel

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Need a fun way to introduce Microsoft Excel to upper elementary or middle school students? This great lesson incorporates art as students learn the basics of Microsoft Excel. First, they'll create a quick pixel art from a given example and then they'll create their own! These are also fun lessons to use if you just need something for a one day lesson. This download includes: 1. Teacher & Student Resources 2. Introduction to Excel Pixel Art Lesson (Excel Project) 3. Legends and Sample Pictures for 6 Additional Pictures I've used this with 7th and 8th graders who used their free time to create even more art! I hope your students have as much fun as mine did learning Excel!
Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering
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Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering

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In this project based learning unit, middle school/early high school students learn about city planning and architecture as they research and design their own city. In addition to using Internet search skills, they'll utilize CAD skills using Sketchup (free download) and finally build the city from chipboard and other recyclables and name their final creation. . Unit download includes: 1. Teacher Resources and Materials List 2. Expectations and Overview of the Unit 3. Introduction to City Planning (research and vocabulary) – includes key 4. “What’s in the City” – team worksheet 5. Project Proposal – group planning worksheet 6. Create the City in SketchUp (CAD) 7. Building the City Information (hands on construction) 8. Student Team Work Log 9. Student Daily Work Log 10. Building scale information and examples 11. Sketchup and Building Examples 12. Project Written Reflection I've used this lesson with an 8th grade Engineering class and every year students start work on this BEFORE the bell they enjoy it so much! I know your classes will enjoy it too!
Creative Design Projects - 8 Projects for Fashion, Interior & Graphic Design
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Creative Design Projects - 8 Projects for Fashion, Interior & Graphic Design

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Business, Art, Graphic Arts and Technology classes will love these design lessons! Eight different lessons to create high interest projects in the areas of Fashion Design, Interior Design and Graphic Design give students a choice of which activity they would enjoy. Or, if you prefer, you can choose one or two to assign to your class. Each lesson gives an option that students can do on the computer or without any technology at all. Included in this download are the requirements for each of these lessons and resources for ideas, along with a rubric and sample completed lesson. Students choose from: 1. Create a fashion from duct tape. 2. Create a fashion collage 3. Revise and remake a historic fashion 4. Create a logo 5. Use typography to create a graphic alphabet 6. Create a poster 7. Design a piece of furniture 8. Remodel/redesign a bedroom Each project takes 2-3 (50 minute) class periods. This lesson was created for an 8th grade Principles of Arts, AV Technologies & Communications class, but would be suitable for any secondary classroom.
Digital Citizenship & Social Media
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Digital Citizenship & Social Media

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In this lesson, students learn more about how social media works and appropriate and responsible use of the medium. Included with the lesson is a fun, quick, WebQuest to use as a warmup to the lesson to help students improve their Internet search skills. Next, students work in small teams to research one area of digital citizenship and create a poster in Microsoft Word or Powerpoint to showcase their learning. Finally, students look at their own digital footprint and create a graphic that shows how they want to be perceived online in the future. These project are great to print and display in the classroom or hallway! This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Social Media WebQuest • Fun Facts about Social Media WebQuest Answer Key • Digital Citizenship Poster Lesson Instructions, Project Expectations and Grading Rubric • Team Sign Up Sheet • Sample Poster Project (non-editable .pdf) • My Digital Footprint Project Instructions, Project Expectations, and Grading Rubric • Footprint Template (editable Microsoft PowerPoint file)
Famous Entrepreneurs and Their Impact on Society - Research & PowerPoint Project
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Famous Entrepreneurs and Their Impact on Society - Research & PowerPoint Project

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In this lesson, students learn about famous entrepreneurs, their work and how their work influenced society. Students choose from an entrepreneur of interest (on their own or from a provided list) and then research specific information about them, creating a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. Perfect for business, history, social studies or career exploration classes. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in any secondary classroom. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student instructions, expectations and grading rubric • Suggested list of famous entrepreneurs
The Physics of Geodesic Domes - STEM Design and Construction Project
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The Physics of Geodesic Domes - STEM Design and Construction Project

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Product Description This project lets students learn about the physics and math behind geodesic domes as they research and create one with their team. After introducing the lesson with a short video (link included in resources), students work with their team to design and build a geodesic dome. First, students create the model using Sketchup (free downloadable CAD software available at: http://www.sketchup.com/download?sketchup=make). Then, using their design, they build the structure to scale with their team. Next, students present their project to the class and explain their design choices. Finally, students reflect on and summarize their learning with short answers to questions about the experience and what they learned. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for Sketchup CAD drawing • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for building project • Team Sign Up Sheet • Reflection Questions
What's Inside the Computer?: Learning about the Parts of the Computer
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What's Inside the Computer?: Learning about the Parts of the Computer

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Inside the Computer: Identifying Parts of the Computer project helps students understand what is inside the computer as well as where peripheral devices plug into the computer. Used in conjunction with learning how to do their own troubleshooting, this is a perfect introduction lesson for a technology class, or any class that is using 1:1 technology. As an introduction to the lesson, the teacher can show a short video about the computer’s interior parts (included in the resources), or let students examine the parts of an open computer in the classroom. Obtain an old computer that can be touched without concern for damage either from an old computer you may have or ask parents for a donation. In my classes, we use both the video and the hands-on activity since students love taking things apart! The second part of the introduction involves showing students where things plug into the computer. This is a great start to helping them become more independent computer users by learning how to troubleshoot basic problems with their computers to make sure the peripheral device is plugged in! Again, demonstrating on an actual computer in the classroom is best as the exact locations for plugging in varies by computer. Finally, have students demonstrate their understanding by completing the two worksheets included. Depending on time and your preference, they can complete labeling the parts inside the computer after the first portion of the introduction and then complete the second part of the worksheet that has them label where things are plugged in after you review that with them. Or, if you prefer, you can do both parts of the introduction and then let them complete both worksheets at the same time. Worksheets are editable and students can complete them on the computer or you can print them and let them complete them if you prefer. The project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be adapted for upper elementary or high school students. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher & Student Notes and Resources • Parts Inside the Computer: Student worksheet (includes answer key) EDITABLE PowerPoint • Where Do We Plug Things In: Student worksheet (includes answer key) EDITABLE PowerPoint