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Prufrock Press Inc., 2007 - Education - 96 pages
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Balances, the first book in the Multiage Differentiated Curriculum Kit for Grades 4-6, asks students conceptual questions in regard to balance such as, "Is it possible for our world to ever again be ecologically balanced?" or "What's the connection between the inner ear and seasickness?" The books in Prufrock's new Differentiated Curriculum Kits employ a differentiated, integrated curriculum based on broad themes. This all-in-one curriculum helps teachers save planning time, ensure compliance with national standards, and most importantly, pique their students? natural excitement and interest in discovery. By participating in the wide variety of activities in the Multiage Differentiated Curriculum Kit for Grades 4-6, students will discover the balance that exists around them and gain a lifelong desire to learn. In this book, students will examine the universal concept of balance from many different and exciting perspectives. Balance in art, government, diet, mathematics, and even elevators will be studied. "Balances," along with the other books in the Multiage Differentiated Curriculum Kit for Grades 4-6 ("Choices," "Explorations," "Questions," and "Viewpoints"), makes teaching advanced learners easier!

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Planning Materials Page Unit Planner and Overview 7
Enduring Understandings and Generalizations 8
Guiding Questions 9
PreAssessment 11
Balancing Imagery in Literature 12
Balance of Power 16
Scales of Justice 18
Off Balance? 20
Seasickness and Gravity Houses 50
PostAssessment 53
Simulation of Legislative and Executive Branches 54
Judicial Branch Simulation 56
Code of Journalistic Ethics 57
Dog Bite 58
Biopoem Format 59
Plan Your Amazing Animal Amusement Park 60

Fair and Balanced 22
Balancing Act 24
A Delicate Balance 26
Population Balance 28
Could It Ever Happen? 30
Nutritional Balance 33
A WellBalanced Equation 36
Going Up Going Down 39
Balancing Amusements 43
Analyzing Shapes in Architecture 46
Writing Evaluation Rubric 61
Presentation Rubric 62
Blank Evaluation Rubric 63
Generalization Rubric 64
Balances Concept Cards 65
Journalism Scenarios 66
Ecosystem Scenarios 67
World Council Roles 68
Balances Learning Loop Cards 69

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Debbie Keiser is author or coauthor of more than two dozen books, including Solving the Research Puzzle, Earth Central, Ph.D.: Doctor of Sciences, and several titles in the popular Differentiated Curriculum series. She was the cofounder of former publishing house, McGee-Keiser Academic Enrichment Programs, based in Plano, TX. Sarah Wolfinsohn is coauthor of Thinking Outside the Bean: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Mexican Jumping Beans and More and several titles in Prufrock Press's Differentiated Curriculum and Multiage Curriculum series.

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