Interactive Lesson Plans

Bringing TED to Your School District

Courtesy of: TED-Ed + TEDx
In this lesson you will learn the process Cajon Valley Union School District followed to bring TED into their district, and receive suggestions for integrating TED into your school district.

Experiencing Poetry through Photo Stories
Submitted by: Mike Deldonno 
Students select a famous literary poem by a published author OR write their own original lyrical poem of sonnet length. Then, using the Windows PhotoStory program, students sync images and music with the poem that capture the author's intent.

Biomes and Ecoregions
Submitted by: Megan O'hara
Students create informative presentations about specific ecoregions and biomes that summarize the information they learn over the course of six weeks of study. The student presentations are created using digital tools like Glogster, Prezi or Photo Story. 
Silent Movies & Nonverbal Communication
Submitted by: Angie Richard
Using digital tools, students can better understand how to convey a message without talking. In this lesson, students learn the importance of nonverbal communication by planning, filming, and editing a silent movie. Necessary resources include a video camera, laptops, and Movie Maker.
Successful Student Book Review Blogging
Submitted by: J. Esanu, A. Blaine and G. Chapuis
In order to promote independent reading and scaffold the language arts curriculum, students write and post book recommendations on their school-based book review blogs. This lesson uses digital resources to teach digital citizenship and encourage multiple forms of collaboration. 
Persuasive Multi-Genre Research Project
Submitted by: Susan Cole
This lesson teaches students how to write a persuasive research paper, including how to analyze, summarize, and synthesize information. Students will make logical connections (e.g., thematic links, author analyses) between and among multiple texts representing similar or different genres and technical sources.
Explore Local Habitats with Student-Created Rovers
Submitted by: R. McLelland-Crawley and D. Bugge
This is a long-term STEM problem-based unit using HS Environmental Science students to teach the content they are discovering about ecosystems and human impact on the environment to a class of first graders. External funding was also used to add the element of “maker” education into the unit.
Explore Local Habitats with Student-Created Rovers
Courtesy of: TeachingChannel
Students create superheroes who act safely, respectfully, and responsibly online. To access lessons plans and supporting materials, sign up to create a free account at  
Can You Teach A Computer to Beat You at a Strategy Game?

Submitted by: Gerald Aungst
Students will create a computer program using Scratch understand and communicate mathematical reasoning to others and through computer code. Students will also learn how to use games as applications of mathematical problems solving skills.

Hunger Games: Avoiding the Path to Panem
Courtesy of: Educurious
In this Educurious mini-unit, students use evidence from the text to infer what series of events might have led to the fictional world in the popular Hunger Games novels. Students use primary source research documents to support their analysis about how we can avoid a similar path in our world.
Founding Fathers Sound Off on Contemporary Issues
This BCPS Online Research Model (ORM) was designed for a Grade 11 English Language Arts unit on 18th century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance. Students use the ORMs in order to answer the question: How would a Founding Father respond to a contemporary American issue?