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Feb 22, 2011

Recommended SAS Resources

Do you need some help with content? Here are a few great SAS resources.

OnHand Schools knows that doing detailed analysis to discover where students need help is just the beginning. The real hard work and heavy lifting is what the teacher does to help students around their deficiency. Teachers are looking for actual resources that can be part of the instructional plan.

Here are five great SAS resources that may help. Be sure to check out number 4 because it is outstanding.

1. Social Studies and English – Grades 8 – 12

Original Source Materials, A Proclamation of Neutrality: One thing that is difficult to do in the classroom is to look at original source documents. Here is the Karpeles Document: A Proclamation of Neutrality made during the French Revolution. There is a very cool window to help read the words. Click on the link to see what I mean.

SAS Link: http://www.pdesas.org/module/content/resources/241...


5.4.U.A Explain how United States foreign policy is developed.

1.2.7.A Evaluate text organization and content to determine author’s purpose, point of view, and effectiveness according to the author’s position, accuracy, thoroughness, and use of logic.

1.8.7.A Develop, with teacher guidance, an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge.

1.2.11.A Evaluate and critique text organization and content to determine the author’s purpose and effectiveness according to the author’s theses, accuracy, thoroughness, logic, and reasoning.

1.2.11.E Examine and respond to essential content of text and documents in all academic areas.

2. Life Science. Grades 3 – 7

Cell Membrane: Just Passing Through: Nice model to show how materials pass through the cell. It is a simple model but it will build a solid concept of the movement mechanisms for your students.

SAS Link: http://www.pdesas.org/module/content/resources/134...


BIO.A.1.2.2 Describe and interpret relationships between structure and function at various levels of biological organization (i.e., organelles, cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and multicellular organisms).

3.Math Probability. Grades 6 -9

FIRE: a forest fire probability model. Interactive student model that shows how many trees in a forest fire may survive using the probability ratios.

SAS Link: - http://www.pdesas.org/module/content/resources/663...


2.7.6.A Collect data and estimate the likelihood of outcomes of an event.

M6.E.3.1.1Define and/or find the probability of a simple event (express as a fraction in lowest terms).

M7.E.3.1.1 Find the theoretical probability of a simple and/or compound event (answer written as a fraction in lowest terms – any compound events should be independent)

M8.E.3.1.1 Find the probability for a mutually exclusive or an independent event (written as a fraction in simplest form).

4.English, Reading, Social Studies Grades 9-12

“1984″ Macintosh Commercial Analysis Tool: Interactive analysis of one of the greatest commercials ever made. The commercial combines powerful writing with amazing imagery. In this student interactive, from a ReadWriteThink lesson, students explore the dystopian characteristics and symbols presented in “1984″. Included are the links to the actual commercial but do not show it until it’s been analyzed by the students. Be sure to look over the history of the actual commercial on the Curtis Media site below.

SAS Link: http://www.pdesas.org/module/content/resources/670...


1.9.9.B Analyze the techniques of media messages to evaluate how they influence society.

1.9.10.B Evaluate how the techniques used in media influence society.

1.9.11.B Evaluate how the techniques used in media modify traditional society.

1.9.12.B Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness, importance, and social and cultural context.

R11.B.3.1.1 Explain, interpret, describe, and/or analyze the use of facts and opinions to make a point or construct an argument in nonfictional text.


http://www.curtsmedia.com/cine/1984movie.htm (The actual commercial)

5.Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening – Grades 9-12

The Monkey’s Paw: This is a complete lesson plan based on WW Jacobs short story the Monkey’s Paw. The lesson is well done and will cover the very interesting concepts of coincidence and fate. If you don’t have a copy of the story for each student go to http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/mnkyspaw.htm and use the public domain version on the Gaslite site.

SAS Link: http://www.pdesas.org/module/content/resources/471...


1.3.7.C Interpret the use of literary elements within and among texts including characterization, setting, plot, theme, point of view, and tone.

1.5.7.A Write with a clear focus, identifying topic, task, and audience and establishing a single point of view.

1.6.7.A Listen critically and respond to others in small and large group situations.Respond with grade level appropriate questions, ideas, information, or opinions.

Audio Podcast of the Monkeys Paw: http://scaryforkids.podomatic.com/entry/2007-07-20...

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