Resources listed in the Balances unit

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Exploring Student Interests and Building a Team Dynamic
Destination Imagination

Balancing Imagery in Literature
Poems Please! Sharing Poetry with Children by David Booth and Bill Moore Poetry Foundation website:

The Children’s Poetry Archive:

The Academy of American Poets:

Children’s Anthologies recommended for school library collections

Balance of Power
Brainpop Video How a Bill Becomes a Law

Useful for student reenactment of how bills become laws:

Facts on the three branches of government from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum:

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids:

Congress for Kids:

Kids in the House; How Laws are Made:

How a Bill Becomes a Law from Fact Monster:

How a Bill Becomes a Law from Junior Scholastic

Making a Law from Western Reserve Public Media:

Power Point Presentation for Making a Law:

United States Senate:

United States House of Representatives:

Graphic for how a bill becomes a law:

Scales of Justice
Symbols of U.S. Government; Figures of Justice: /justice.html

United States Supreme Court:

The Sequence of Events in the Criminal Justice System:

Images for Lady Justice:

Off Balance?
Brainpop Video, World War II Causes

Have students (intermediate only) read and discuss Executive Order 9066 (for primary, summarize the main ideas of the order):

Bill that apologized to the Japanese Americans passed in 1988::

Have students read the Patriot Act at the following site and then discuss why there is criticism that this act may interfere with the balance between freedom and security:

Have students visit the president’s web site and see what executive orders have been signed into law in the past year. Discuss the significance of the orders.

Executive Order 9066:

Description and Explanation of Executive Order 9066:

Supplemental Lesson Plan: The War Relocation Centers of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice (use with the attached Photo Analysis Worksheet):

List of Children’s Books:

Fair and Balanced
Code of Journalistic Ethics:

Population Balance
The Population Institute:

World Population found at:

Worldwatch Institute:

NY Times Article: New Census Finds China’s Population Growth Has Slowed

Population Balance

Route of Drinking Water :

CitizenKid Teaching Guide for If the World Were a Village:

Education World: If the World Were a Village:

If the World Were a Village Teaching Activities:

Lesson plan for using If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People:

Lesson plan for using If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People:

The World Factbook:

Nutritional Balance
food pyramid

MyPyramid for Scavenger Hunt

Comparing Harvard and Government Designs

USDA Nutrition Site:

MyPyramid Graphic Standard:

2010 Dietary Guidelines

Nutrition Information:

Balancing Amusements
Simple Machines activity:

Simple Machines description and activities:

Simple Machines game (with fun graphics):

Creative Problem Solving workbook:

Creative Problem Solving article:

10 Classic Amusement Park Rides:

Developing Creative Thinking Fluency
Techniques to Stimulate Divergent Thinking
Keeping a Journal
Mind or Subject Mapping:
  • Free Online Mind Mapping Tool:
  • Inspiration Software is also a good tool for this if it is still available in K-5 classrooms and computer labs.