Classic Simulations: Educator Resources

For each of our Classic Simulations, we provide information on the Common Core alignments, web resources for teachers, and downloadable resources for students.

Common Core Alignments

Download the PDFs to get a list of the CCSS alignments for each individual simulation. You can also watch brief overview videos by clicking on the images.

The Alicia Leary Progress Foundation

For middle and high school students.

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The Chelsea Bank

For upper elementary and middle school students.

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The Community Clinic

For upper elementary and middle school students.

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The Green Mountain Paper Company

For middle and high school students.

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The Kalliope Performing Arts Center

For middle and high school students.

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The Sports Network

For middle and high school students.

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West End Law

For middle and high school students.

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What's Up Magazine

For middle and high school students.

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Complete Learning Environment Tools

Teacher's Handbook - 1

This offers teachers everything they need to support and enhance students’ learning as they advance through the workplace simulation software. It expands upon our core simulation guide by providing additional teacher resources, such as a comprehensive differentiated-instruction strand to help teachers effectively support all types of learners, episode assessments, and other valuable instructional and assessment tools.

Teacher's Handbook - 2

This handbook includes materials designed to help students make meaningful connections to the simulation across content areas. It focuses on the content areas of literacy, math, science, and social studies. All Teacher’s Handbook 2 components—Literacy Links, Math Links, and Projects—follow or extend the topic of the simulation industry.

Simulation Guide

This core teacher’s handbook provides everything teachers need to help students prepare, apply, review, and extend their experience on the software.

The Simulation Guide includes the following main sections:

Getting Started
Navigation Guide
Sample Teacher Planners
Episode Guide (with Resources)

Student Handbook

This handbook places students in a central role in the virtual workplace, giving them typical job-related problems to solve. It includes all student print materials. Teachers can either collect the handbooks to evaluate student work or they can ask students to remove and turn in specified pages.

 

Student Workbook

This workbook gives students typical workplace problems to solve. For every episode in the simulation, students get interdisciplinary activities to prepare them for the simulation and to provide support as they apply their problem-solving skills to an episode activity. The workbook also features review and extend activities.

Nonfiction Library

Among the varied text types in our literacy-rich program, we offer a simulation-theme-related library for independent reading. The Nonfiction Library contains five copies of each of five titles, used for independent reading, and 25 copies of a sixth title, which can be used for whole-class reading.

Supplies and Manipulatives Kit

This kit includes 16 different types of classroom supplies for students to use as they extend their simulation experience by completing content-area projects and other activities. Each classroom kit provides students with all the materials they need, including scissors, index cards, calculators, and math cubes, to enhance their experience with our program.

Web Resources for Extending Learning

Visit the web resources below to extend learning on specific topics and industries. We also offer PDF downloads of student resources related to simulations.

The Alicia Leary Progress Foundation

Civic Practices Network

The site offers essays and opinions on democracy, citizenship, and a civil society.

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The Council on Foundations

A philanthropy industry organization, the Council offers on its website a list of publications that explain different types of foundations and the practice of grant-making.
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Kettering Foundation

This foundation is a research organization dedicated to encouraging citizens to shaping their collective future in a democracy.
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Learning To Give

Here you will find a wealth of K-12 content-area lessons focusing exclusively on areas of philanthropic interest, such as conservation, economic systems, concepts of social contract, and justice.
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The Chelsea Bank

Careers in Banking

This site gives a rundown of the skills necessary to find a career in commercial banking, the job options available, and typical salaries per job role.
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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The educational resources found at this site include a lesson plan on the connection between education and earning potential, a budget game, and a comprehensive history on American currency.
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Money Instructor

This is a good general resource for information on debt and credit management, budgets, insurance information, business plans, and homes and real estate.
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Junior Achievement

This site has a great simulation, “JA Middle School”, in which students learn how to identify sources of personal income, how to use different payment methods in addition to learning how to better understand the costs and benefits of using credit.
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The Community Clinic

PBS Teachers: Health Resources

Resources on this site discuss current topics such as the U.S. health-care crisis, dating violence awareness, health-insurance options, and philanthropic efforts to improve health across the globe. Learn More

Teachers First: Top Health Resources

This site assembles grade-level appropriate websites for teaching all aspects of health to middle and high school students.

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NEA Drug Prevention Resources

Sponsored by the National Education Association, resources about drug, alcohol, and smoking prevention, including links to relevant websites, free lessons, and access to videos are offered.
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The Finance Center

Bankrate

Bankrate, Inc. is an independent, objective aggregator of financial rate information. You can use this site to provide students with up-to-date interest rates.
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Jump$tart Coalition

This organization was founded to address the concern that too many high school students are graduating with no knowledge or skills in personal financial management. It recommends best practices for teaching financial literacy, and provides national standards in K–12 Personal Finance Education.
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My Money

The U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission presents sound consumer information on all aspects of personal finances, including budgeting, financial planning, and starting a small business.
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Financial Literacy in Action

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Literacy in Action is a series of project-based learning activities for high school students using the Internet.
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The Green Mountain Paper Company

Shout Learning

This site gets students to use technology to understand some of the world’s most serious environmental problems.
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United States Department of Agriculture: Forest Service

In “Smokey’s Resources,” you’ll find downloadable lessons and activities on forestry, ecosytems, and other aspects of conservation.
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Smithsonian National Zoological Park: Conservation Central

Six downloadable learning modules explore different habitats. The site also includes a history of forest-dwelling people.
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Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree and the World Forestry Center have joined forces to create a learning module, including background information and student activities, that provide a framework for exploring forests around the world.
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The Kalliope Performing Arts Center

Alvin Ailey Arts in Education

Committed to bringing dance into the classrooms, communities, and lives of people throughout the world, Ailey Arts in Education includes special performances, lecture-demonstrations, technique classes and curriculum-based residencies.
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Childdrama.com

This site has free lesson plans for creative classes exploring movement, role-playing, writing, and other aspects of dramatic performance.
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The Sports Network

The Learning Page

Here you’ll find a lesson for high school students that links several social studies topics, such as American studies and race relations, to the career of Jackie Robinson.
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Sports and Science

This site focuses on the Winter Olympics and demonstrates how athletes, whether or not they are aware of it, apply science to their sport. It discusses such principles as biomechanics, linear kinematics, and projectile motion. Units on various topics related to sports and science are provided.
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The Interactive Television Dictionary

This interactive dictionary provides definitions for a wide array of television and cable-related terms.
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Cable in the Classroom

An industry-wide philanthropy, Cable in the Classroom collaborates with public schools to bring cable programs to the classroom. Among other features, the site provides professional development for teachers, as well as national standards, and information relevant to content areas.
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What's Up Magazine

Kid Blog

Blogs have become an important means of communication for journalists and the public alike. Through Kid Blog, you can set your class up with a blog and discussion forum that is totally secure and that you control.
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High School Journalism

This site provides a robust archive of lessons submitted by journalism teachers nationwide. Lessons focus on media, design, editorial writing, interviewing, journalism ethics, and reporting.
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Center for the Digital Future

Associated with the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, the website of the Center for the Digital Future presents results of research into all aspects of digital media and how it affects the way we live and receive information.
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FactCheckEd

Helping students to “see through the spin,” this site provides teachers with reliable sources of statistics, as well as lesson plans and teacher guides on such topics as “Building a Better Argument” and “The Language of Deception.”
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West End Law

Our Courts: 21st-Century Civics

Founded by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Our Courts is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Find lesson plans and games for middle school students on wide-ranging topics related to the U.S. Constitution, government, the judicial process, and civics.
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American Bar Association Division for Public Education

The volunteer professional association for lawyers has a division serving students and teachers. At its website, you’ll find many valuable teaching resources, including lessons, publications, and conversations on the U.S. Constitution.
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American Immigration Council

The Community Education Center strives to promote a better understanding of immigrants and immigration by providing educational resources that inspire thoughtful dialogue, creative teaching, and critical thinking. The website of the Council has a teacher-resources area offering workshops, lessons, resources, and book reviews related to the U.S. immigrant experience and immigration law.
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Teaching Tolerance

A popular project of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, Teaching Tolerance offers comprehensive classroom materials: a magazine, a professional development program, classroom activities, and teaching kits.
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