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Making History Come Alive

Making History Come Alive

Social studies teacher and curriculum trainer Matt Moorman explains how to help students understand abstract ideas by using visual techniques, including graphic organizers and visual...

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05/19/2014
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Connecting Classrooms to the World

Connecting Classrooms to the World

Teachers at Normal Park Elementary explain how they use learning expeditions to make abstract concepts from textbooks into more memorable and understandable, concrete experiences for their...

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05/19/2014
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Student Assignment: Acme Landscaping Closure Activity

View an end-of-unit assignment from the math department at Kettle Moraine High School that asks students to explain in concrete terms the abstract concept of tangent ratios. Related...

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05/19/2014
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Graphic Organizer for Teaching Vocabulary With Visuals

Middle-school teacher Bonnie Bowen uses this graphic organizer in her classroom to incorporate the use of visuals in vocabulary instruction. Related Files: Plainwell Middle School...

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05/19/2014
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Demonstrating Thermal Layering

Demonstrating Thermal Layering

Using an aquarium and food coloring, science teacher Tasia Stamos re-creates the layers of warm and cool water in a summer lake to help her students visualize the effects of thermal...

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05/19/2014
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Cupcake Geology: Using Models to Explain Abstract Concepts

Cupcake Geology: Using Models to Explain Abstract Concepts

In this multimedia presentation, fifth-grade teacher Deb Wickerham describes how she uses models and hands-on activities to help elementary students understand complex earth science concepts. See...

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05/19/2014
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Lesson Plan: Cupcake Geology

View the lesson plan from Deb Wickerham's activity called "Cupcake Geology," which uses physical models to illustrate geologic concepts. Related Media and Files: Cupcake Geology: Using...

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05/19/2014
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