Student Resources

Student resources are interactive activities collected from around the Web. They can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of student resources by grade level or subject area below.

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Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core Exemplar

O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” reflects the true meaning of Christmas. This student resource provides English Language Arts students with an independent close reading of a Common Core State Standard exemplar text (grades 9–10) for fiction.

History & Social Studies
Stargazing Before Galileo

Stargazing Before Galileo

For thousands of years people have been looking at the night sky, trying to make sense of the objects above our heads.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

In this Launchpad, students explore a section of Galileo’s booklet, Starry Messenger, in which he describes his observations of the solar system and stars through a telescope that he made. This telescope allowed him to see the distant objects in the sky in ways that no one had ever seen them before.

History & Social Studies
Launchpad: “Speech to the Third Army” by George S. Patton, Jr.

Launchpad: “Speech to the Third Army” by George S. Patton, Jr.

Examine the rhetorical and leadership qualities of General George S. Patton, Jr. speech to the Third Army given on June 5, 1944, the eve of the Allied invasion of Europe.

Art & Culture

The Greek Theater

Welcome to the Greek Theater! Take a seat and look around. Use the EDSITEment LaunchPad to learn about the structure of the Greek theater. Click on each section of the stage in the following image to answer questions about it and write down notes. Finally, "Test Your Knowledge" about the Greek stage. These instructions are always available by clicking on the Help button. Click on Finish to print out your work.

History & Social Studies
Launchpad: “Chamberlain” by Michael Shaara

Launchpad: “Chamberlain” by Michael Shaara

This Launchpad, adapted from the What So Proudly We Hail curriculum, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance students' reading and understanding of “Chamberlain,” a chapter from Michael Shaara’s novel The Killer Angels. After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear a discussion of the story conducted by Eliot A. Cohen (Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies) with the editors of the anthology, Amy and Leon Kass.