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Tornado

Nature's Weather Clues Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the clues nature provides for changing weather.  Excerpted from Eyewitness: Weather Brian Cosgrove

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Olympics

Modern Olympic Beginnings Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the beginnings of the modern Olympic Games. Excerpted from Eyewitness: Olympics Chris Oxlade

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Minerals

More About Minerals Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the different kinds of minerals. Explain how some minerals are used and how to identify them.  Excerpted from

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Rocks

Intro to Rocks Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to rocks. Explain what rocks are made of, the three different ways in which they form, and some of the ways in which surface rocks can be broken down. 

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Elephant

Characteristics of Mammals Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the defining characteristics of mammals.  Excerpted from

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Volcano

Exploding Mountains Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to exploding mountains. Teach students the destructive power of volcanic eruptions.  Excerpted from

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Bird

Adaptations: Bird Beaks Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the different types of bird beaks. Teach them that different beaks enable birds to eat different kinds of food. Excerpted from

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Tornado

The Restless Air Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the importance wind has on weather.  Excerpted from Eyewitness: Weather Brian Cosgrove

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Knight

Knights of the Middle Ages

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to knights, the brave warriors on horseback who fought in western Europe from about 800 to the 1600s. Teach students about some of the milestones required to become a medieval knight and the duties required of the position. 

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Crown

Life in Medieval Times Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the different roles people held in medieval society.  Excerpted from Eyewitness: Medieval Life Andrew Langley

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Water

Intro to Water Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to ocean and fresh water distribution. Teach them that water is constantly moved around the planet via the water cycle.  Excerpted from

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Desert

Introducing Deserts Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the ecosystem of deserts. Introduce students to plant and animal adaptations that help organisms survive in the harsh desert environment. 

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China

The Beginnings of Ancient China Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to ancient China. Teach students about the unification of ancient China in 221 B.C. under the Qin dynasty.  Excerpted from

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Ocean

Ocean Zones Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the main zones in the ocean. Teach them about the characteristics of different ocean zones.  Excerpted from

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Rain Forest

The Amazing Rain Forest Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the importance of rain forest biomes. Teach students that rain forests support a wide variety of plants and animals. Excerpted from

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Ancient Greece

Life in Ancient Greece Mini-Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the life in ancient Greece. Teach them how the roles of men and women were different during ancient Greek times.  Excerpted from

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Papyrus

The Scribes of Ancient Egypt Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the scribes of ancient Egypt. Remind them that scribes played an important role in ancient Egyptian society.  Excerpted from

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Pharaoh

The Age of the Pharaohs Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the history of ancient Egypt. Help students understand the rule of pharaohs and the building of pyramids.  Excerpted from

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Space

Astronomy Through the Ages Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to the eight major planets in our solar system. Remind them that our knowledge of the solar system continues to grow and change as new data is discovered. For example, Pluto was recently re-classified as a dwarf planet.

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Flowers

Pollinator Pals Lesson

Use this mini-lesson to introduce students to plants and pollination. Remind them that each plant adapts in its own way, and attracts different pollinators.  Excerpted from

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