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The Ancient God Who Rules High School

Grade(s):

12

"As a student in what is generally regarded as a rather competitive high school, I was quickly disabused of the notion that school was perfect. Staring at my classmates competing (and me as well!), I saw parallels to problems from game theory and economics.

I am only 14. The number is so youthful, so honest.

Inside Out and Back Again Poems

Grade(s):

8

These poems are based on the novel Inside Out And Back Again by Thannha Lai and preceded by students writing an essay introducing the concepts of the universal refugee experience during EL Education’s

it's all very gross to watch

Cow Anatomy - The Behind

Grade(s):

1, 2

During a spring expedition, first and second-grade students learned about the symbiotic relationships between plants and animals. Students were challenged with the task of writing a five-paragraph essay about one part of a dairy cow's anatomy.

it was rum that incited the American Revolution

Revolutionary Rum: Economic Exploration that Ignited the American Revolution

Grade(s):

8

National History Day is an annual academic competition asking students to research any historical topic and apply it to a theme. This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.

It could also lead to invisibility cloaks and quantum computers

Article Research and Analysis

Grade(s):

9

Conducting experimental work and writing lab reports are the foundation of every science class because they cultivate a student’s ability to think like a scientist, which is fundamental in understanding the processes and concepts that underlie all science disciplines.

The first step in stoichiometry is balancing an equation

Stoichiometry Experimental Design

Grade(s):

12

This lab report explores stoichiometry (a mathematical tool chemists use to analyze chemical reactions). Prior to this lab students needed to understand balancing chemical equations, mole ratios, gram to mole conversions, theoretical yield analysis.

how could we tactfully say that the ending needed to be changed?

Reflection as a Writer

Grade(s):

8

This end-of-year written reflection was created by a female student as a final class assignment, reflecting on her work as a writer across the course of the year.

I feel like a chair that no one likes to sit on

The Lonely Chair

Grade(s):

3

This poem is part of an anthology third-grade poems published in 2005.

Anthology books were sold for $2.00 with all proceeds donated the Heifer Project.

The illustration is also by the author.

the wolf doesn’t like jumping whales who are living and having fun with water

Whales

Grade(s):

2

The poem is shown in the original, hand-written version and typed version.

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