Published Lessons

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In this C3 aligned lesson, students will use mathematical thinking to compare the area of the White House to the area of a slave cabin. This lesson builds upon 4th grade math standards of area and perimeter but expands upon them to include important 5th grade standards related to fluency with decimals. To incorporate ELA and Social Studies, students will read paired-texts to learn about the institution of slavery and its relationship to the history of the White House. This lesson touches on a number of literacy standards for social studies and is an example of a math/social studies literacy block.

Explore Away!

Spyglass on a Map

In this C3 aligned lesson, students will participate in a simulation wherein they take on the role of an explorer in order to find a “bag of gold” hidden in either their classroom or playground. Afterwards, they will be broken into groups and assigned one of the major explorers of the Americas to research. Students will be asked to present information about their expeditions before conducting a gallery walk to learn about the Columbian Exchange. This lesson concludes with students participating in an interactive activity that evaluates their knowledge of the ten major explorers of the Americas.

Narrative Art – “You don’t Say”

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Students will study the work of Regionalist artists Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. After analyzing a chosen work of art, students will write dialogue based on their interpretation of the narrative art. Students will record their dialogue as a powerpoint or other type of presentation allowing the characters in the art to “speak”. The lesson should take two class periods.

Tissue Paper Collage – “Red and Blue Make Purple”

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This lesson allows first grade students to experiment with mixing colors to learn visual arts and mathematical terms and concepts. Students will create a tissue paper collage based on the work of Henry Matisse.

Road Trip: Measuring Using Map Scales


In this introductory unit on using map scales, students will use a map scale to determine the distance between two points on a map.

“Unless”: The Lorax and Human-Environment Interaction


In this Oklahoma Academic Standards aligned lesson, students will explore the geography theme of Human-Environment Interaction, to consider the relationships between people and their environment, as well as ways in which people adapt to the environment and eventually change it. Students will then relate the theme to how it applies to them and their involvement within their own community and daily life. Students will explore these ideas by reading through The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss and comparing and contrasting their daily routines with the actions of the Onceler character in the story.

Fibonacci – “Growing Patterns”

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Students will discover the Fibonacci pattern of repeating shapes and numbers through manipulatives, mathematical reasoning, poetry and art.

Facts Within Fiction – “Ebbie and Flo”


In this second grade lesson, students will compare and contrast two encyclopedia entries over the same topic (salmon), then identify the factual information contained in a work of fiction over the same topic. The lesson will conclude with students researching another topic prior to writing a narrative based with factual information woven into it.

Number Sense – “Under Construction”


Students will be able to create and illustrate a word problem using an equation with a minimum of three whole numbers that total 11.

Origami – “Fold In Meaningful Geometry Review”


Students will identify geometric shapes, lines, and angles using Origami.

Oklahoma C3/CCSS Recommended Resources

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In this download you will find links to resources for information regarding OK C3 standards and CCSS. These resources include detailed information about CCSS as well as practical resources for Authentic Implementation of OK C3 standards and CCSS.

Explaining and Reasoning – “This Is My Town”

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Students will explore the community in which they live and sort information to create a travel/ living brochure to encourage others to move to their town.

Positive and Negative Numbers – “Up and Down the Number Line”

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In this introductory lesson, students will gain an understanding about the relationship between positive and negative numbers are used together.

Supporting Main Ideas – “Bad Dog”

Bad Dog

Students will read an informational text to locate main ideas and list details. Students will then write their own “12 steps to” essay and grade each others work based on a rubric.

Copy a Snowflake


In this second grade lesson, students will work together using measuring tools to make original snowflakes from specified directions and to make specific directions for making a snowflake.

Frank’s Dog Food


In this lesson students will explore volume and capacity through modeling. Students will read the book Counting on Frank and discuss various scenarios involving volume. Students will make predictions about volume based on those scenarios. Students will experiment with grocery bags and cans to model and estimate the number of dog food cans that can actually fit in a grocery bag.

Frank’s Dog Bones


Students will explore the relationship between area and perimeter and what happens to their measurements when shape is changed in some way.

Ratios and Proportions-Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the BeanstalkInterdisciplinary Lesson

In this fourth grade lesson, students will measure a tracing of a fellow student’s body then use multiplication to convert those measurements into larger sizes creating a “giant”.

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