Gold Seal Lessons
The Successful Practices Network is committed to incorporating rigor and relevance into classroom instruction. This strong focusis built on the understanding that when a rigorous curriculum is tied to real-world application, students are more motivated to learn and therefore develop a deeper understanding of the content, which leads to greater retention of the information over time. SPN in partnership with educators across the country develop model lessons that reflect this pedagogy.
Each lesson is designed to teach to specific standards/benchmarks/objectives and centered around a highly motivating theme, activity, or project. Lessons are typically multidisciplinary and deal with real-world situations or problems. Additionally, Gold Seal Lessons should challenge students to learn and perform in a variety of different ways. They may be asked to research, write, compute, model, demonstrate, build, survey, or report in a variety of academic, technical, work, or community environments.
Members can search, access, and download approximately 2000 Gold Seal Lessons. Lessons are searchable by content area, grade level, standards, and keywords.
- Gold Seal Lessons provide teachers model, proven lessons ranging from one day to three weeks that they can implement
- Because the lessons are aligned to standards, teachers can access alternative methods for teaching and assessing topics that they have identified as needing improvement in their own teaching
- Teachers seeking to improve their students’ engagement find examples of relevant activities
- Members are able to share Gold Seal Lessons with colleagues online through the network
Please note, by submitting a lesson to the Network for editing and inclusion in the database of Gold Seal Lessons the author grants consent that the lesson may be used by the Successful Practices Network. As such, the Successful Practices Network may distribute, repurpose, sell or reproduce lessons to fit the needs of the organization at present or in the future.
In a group setting, students will identify a community problem or issue. Students will then research the issue, develop a solution, and then present the solution to the class. Student learning will be evident through the group presentations. The presentation will include an in-depth analysis of the problem and explain, in detail, the group's proposed solution, showing an understanding of the importance of civic participation. If possible, local representatives with vested interests in ...Read more
In this lesson, students will review their knowledge of density, mass, volume, and pressure. They will apply these concepts while designing a model boat. Students will construct their model, float it in water, and see if it can hold weight. Finally, students will reflect on their learning in writing.
Students will read the play Julius Caesar and engage in a variety of activities to assure comprehension, develop vocabulary, and provide opportunities for analytical and interpretive work. Students will use the Internet to research theme parks to prepare for a creative-interpretive activity: a Julius Caesar Theme Park.