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    When you compact your curriculum you are meeting many standards in the same lesson. Suppose your LA literature has a focus on insects. After reading stories the natural extension is to investigate insect adaptions.

    The lesson you might assign to your students is for small groups to create an imaginary insect with pattern blocks, naming the insect and insect parts. This meets so many standards! In math, the students are using shapes and patterns. In science, they are applying an understanding of insects and physical features. In language arts, the learners are creating names based on prior knowledge and diagramming and labeling features. In social studies and character education, they are making decisions as a team what to create, taking turns, participating in the outcome, and hopefully using polite behaviors!

    You can extend this type of learning with graphs, creative writing, and personal evaluation of team involvement. Good stuff! Hope that helps!

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