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CISD Slam Dunk Lessons

The following lessons were created by Canyon ISD teachers and are based on Jamie McKenzie's Slam Dunk Lesson module. To read more about Jamie McKenzie's research and lesson modules, visit his website at

9th - 12th Grade LessonsK - 4th Grade Lessons

7th - 8th Grade Lessons

Staff Development
5th - 6th Grade LessonsSummer Assignments

9th - 12th Grade Lessons

Name characteristics of 45-45-90 triangles and determine the pattern for finding the sides of such triangles without using the Pythagorean Theorem.
Created by Linda Moore for High School Mathematics Students

Automoble Insurance
Investigate automobile insurance premiums, and discover how age and other factors affect your rate.
Designed by Lori Garner (RHS) for Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, or Math Models students

This is an activity that covers information on the four ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus River Valley, and China. The students will create a travel brochure on their favorite civilization.

Designed by Rebekah James for High School World History Students

Students will compare/contrast four genres of Civil War literature, analyzing their historical, political, cultural, and literary significance. They will then construct a letter of recommendation or a PowerPoint presentation to persuade the Smithsonian Institute to include their literary choice in a time capsule.

Created by Michelle Johnson for 11th Grade English Students
Is a cockroach merely an insect who enjoys midnight snacks or is it a household nuisance and a disgusting creature?
Created by Renee Sprinkle for 9th Grade English Students

What are communicable and non-communicable diseases?
Created by Derek Skloss for 9-12th Grade Students
History is the facts. Literature is the story. See how culture of their day influenced these famous writers of American literature. it's like looking into a time capsule.
Created by Sue Hair (RHS) for 11th grade English students.

The Crucible

Students will study The Crucible by participating in the following Slam Dunk Lessons.

Introduction to The Crucible- Who was Arthur Miller and why did he write, in the 1950s, a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692?


The Puritans

The Witch Hunts

Whatever happened to the Puritans? Did they die out? Are they still around? If so, what are they like and what are they doing?

Created by Michelle Johnson and Sue Hair for 11th Grade English students.

Music has the power to stir the emotions of all. The right song can be played on the radio, and one experiences an instant mood change in response! This slam dunk lesson brings four musical selections, from four different musical periods, together and allows students to experience music in a unique way. This also allows students' feelings toward music to be validated and affirmed. Through this lesson, students are encouraged to further develop their love of music and open their minds and souls to experience music in all of its many dimensions.
Designed by Nathan Russell

Ninth graders will identify their favorite children's book and use them as a springboard to identify how authors engage and entertain readers. Students will also analyze elements of style used by Susan V. Bosak in her book, Dream.
Created by Kim Beth Buchanan for 9th Grade English Students
Egypt vs. Roman
Who had the best architects and geometers? Investigate the pyramids and aqueducts and make your own decision.
Designed by De-Vonna Clark for 7th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math or High School Geometry
To learn more about fresco artist and their art, participate in this lesson.
Developed by Linda Podzemny for High School Art Students

A great tool for post introduction into genetic mutations. The use of the PBS website and resources provides the students with an internet lab that allows them to explore the issues of genetic mutations and how they directly and indirectly effect the students. It is accompanied with a worksheet assessment.

Created by Steven Singleton for High School Students
What do Superman, Michael Jordan, George Bush and Odysseus have in common? Participate in this lesson and discover the answer.
Developed Kari Gibson for High School English Students Studying The Odyssey

King Authur

In this lesson, students will discover character traits King Arthur required of any man who became one of his Knights of the Round Table. Students will also compare and contrast their findings with their own view of people who live now, determining if chivalry still exists today, and concluding with their idea of whether King Arthur and his ideas are fact or fiction.
Created by Tammi Fritz

Discover which theory of light is better...particle or wave.
Designed by Stephen Mathews for High School Science Students
Practice using English and metric systems of measurement in this Slam Dunk Lesson.
Designed by Jennifer Cornwell for High School Science Students
Investigate medication levels numerically and graphically in order to draw conclusions about maximum safe dosages.
Created by De-Vonna Clark for Algebra II, Pre-Calculus or Math Models Students
If you could add another president to Mount Rushmore, who would it be? Research Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan as you concentrate on leadership qualities.
Created by Kim Beth Buchanan for High School Students
Created by Tammi Graves for 10th graders

This activity identifies the physiological changes that occur in each major body system in the elderly utilizing a bubble chart.
Created by Julie Gwyn for grades 11/12 Heath Science Technology students.
Political Scandals
The Teapot Dome Scandal, Watergate and Lewinskygate are political incidents impacting American politics. Participate in this lesson to learn more about these scandals.
Designed by Kim Beth Buchanan for High School Students
An economics lesson designed to reinforce the concept of price ceilings and price floors by engaging students in higher level thinking about the long-run.
Created By: Scott Nickson for High School Students
How have marriage and social customs changed since the Victorian Era?
Created by Donna Cavrich for High School English Students Studying Pride and Prejudice

How would Romeo and Juliet have been different if it were written as a comedy?
Created by Amy McFatridge for 9th Grade English Students
Investigate the major world religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Created by Andrew Neighbors and Kurt Richardson for High School Students

An introduction to an important movement in American thought, which impacted literature, religion, and history.

Created by Michelle Johnson for English III students.

7th - 8th Grade Lessons

For Japanese-Americans was it really the home of the brave and the land of the free?
Created by Sandy Heiman for 8th Grade English Students
Students will explore the seven major biomes and water ecosystems. They will also analyze human impact on the biomes and marine ecosystems.
Created by Ed Berngen for 7th Grade Students
Defining a character with textual evidence and commentary.
Created by Amy Monk for 7th Grade English Classes
Learn more about the Comanche Tribe by participating in this Slam Dunk Lesson.
Created by Allan Kuethe for 7th Grade Texas History Students
What if Texas was annexed by England or France?
Created by Allan Kuethe for 7th Grade Texas History Students
Reviews the main function of the skeletal system specific examples
Created by Keegan Buchanan for 8th Grade Health Students

The Giver

Pretend you are a comfort item from Lois Lowry's book, The Giver.

Created by Babs Lombard for 7th Grade English Students

This slam dunk lesson is an introduction to The Giver and utopia through research on utopian societies.
Created by Alison Kirkpartick for 7th Grade English Students

Discover two methods to find an imperfect square root.
Created by Ronda Rose for 8th Grade Math Students
Use primary documents to analyze whether President Abraham Lincoln truly believed in the idea that "all men are created equal."
Designed for 8th Grade Social Studies Students (Document Based Questions)
Created by Almeda Boehning

Participate in this Slam Dunk Lesson to learn about mean, median, mode and range.
Created by Aaron Couch for Junior High Math Students
Why is it important to me, as a scientist to learn metric units?
Created by Karen Payne for 7th Grade Science Students

Discover more about the author, Patricia Polacco, by taking part in this lesson.
Created by Karen Brooks for 7th & 8th Grade Students

Learn more about the periodic table by participating in this Slam Dunk Lesson.

Created by Marylin Winders for 8th Grade Science Students
Einstein, Mendel, Mendeleev, Newton, Pasteur

You will research and design a magazine cover of your favorite scientist - FUN!

Created by Leslie Storer for 7th Grade Science Students
Why is it so hard for new theories to be accepted? Participate in this lesson to find the answer.
Created by Judy Glueck for 8th Grade Science Students
Distributive Property is used throughout Algebra One. Being acquainted with how and why it works makes understanding more clear as students move to A-1, and transition from real numbers to variables.
Created by Ronda Rose for 8th-9th Grade Algebra

Study the literary devices that Natalie Babbett's uses in her book, Tuck Everlasting.

Designed by Babs Lombard for 7th Grade English Students

Students investigate the physical properties of elements and create a “Who am I?” riddle on the element of their choice.
Created by Lola A. Henning for Middle School Science and High School Chemistry

5th - 6th Grade Lessons

Participate in this Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which includes constructing houses with angles.
Created by Sian Ramirez for 6th Grade Math Students
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson encountered many prejudices and obstacles in his life and career. Participate in this lesson to learn more about Jackie Robinson's life and character.
Created by Darcie Milsow for 5th Grade Language Arts Students
What matters most? Sixth grade students will explore life for children in different parts of the world during World War II and decide which issue most impacted their lives.
Developed by Kathy Langford for 6th Grade Language Arts Students
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different time period? After reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Bud, Not Buddy, and Crispin, which one of these three time periods would you most like to live? Why?
Created by Monika McGibboney for 6th Grade Language Arts Students
The hurricane in The Cay changed Phillip's life. How would a natural disaster change your life?

Created by Monkia McGibboney

Created for 6th Grade Language Arts Students

This lesson is about finding the difference between three elements on the periodic table and explaining how we would live without them.
Created by Rhonda McClendon for 5th Grade Science
And the winner is...Students explore four contemporary poets and determine which one is best for luring other six graders into fun with poetry.
Designed by Kathy Langford for 6th Grade Language Arts Students
What would it be like to live during the Civil War era?
Designed for 5th Grade Language Arts
Developed by Tina Renteria and Cathy Adkins
Participate in this Slam Dunk Lesson to learn more about everyone's favorite book, Where the Red Fern Grows

Created by Darla Nickell for 5th Grade Language Arts Students

K - 4th Grade Lessons

Students imagine they are a spider and want to become a family pet! By using scientific facts, students organize and create a convincing letter as to why they would make a nice family pet.
Created by Maya Waddell for 2nd Grade Students

Wow! You get to choose a pet of your very own.
Created by Kristin Dow for 3rd Grade Students

Students will decide which woman (Helen Keller, Clara Barton, Anne Sullivan, or Harriet Tubman) should be the next nominee for the American Women Hall of Fame.
Created by Janet Plaster for 3rd Grade Students

This lesson is based on the CScope lesson "Something Fishy." It allows you to view real world aquariums across the United States to observe a real working system. It provides two worksheets and the assessment for the unit.


This lesson is over bats echolocation and writing for different purposes to different audiences.

Created by Monica Weatherly

This is an extension lesson for continents. Students will research one of the seven continents using websites, books, encyclopedias, and prior knowledge. They will display their information on a graphic organizer.
Created by Ashleigh Langen
Butterflies and Camouflage
Some butterflies have unique coloring (camouflage) to keep predators at bay. This website will ask students to create an advertisement showing their own camouflage ideas for a butterfly. An additional enrichment project is included to challenge GT students.
Designed by Janet Plaster for 3rd Grade Students
Pretend you are a meteorologist. What do you know about clouds?
Created by Elisha Briley for 2nd Grade Students
Earhart, Nightingale and Revere
Discover more about three important people who helped shape our nation as you research Amelia Earhart, Florence Nightingale, and Paul Revere.
Designed by Debbie Boyer and Saralee Wittmer for 2nd Grade Students
Using information from a biography, student will compare/contrast himself to a famous person using a graphic organizer and then in paragraph form.
Created by Becky Price for 4th Grade English Language Arts Students

This is a basic introduction to the life cycle of the butterfly for Kindergarten. It includes great video visual aids to give students a better understanding of the subject matter.
Created by Tiffany Brown for Kindergartners

Four Seasons

Students will explore the four seasons and decide which season is the most important to them.

Created by Chelsie Kinsey for Kindergartners

Students will pretend they are a Geologist and explore different types of rocks. Then they will decide if their rock will sink or float.
Created by Shiela Keys for First Grade Students
Discover how personification and character traits are shown in James and the Giant Peach.
Created by Sandy Henderson for 4th Grade Language Arts Students

Math Vocabulary
Discover math vocabulary and equations!
Designed by Tena Brunson for 3rd Grade Math Students

Learn more about the different kinds of Penguins
Created by Saralee Wittmer for 2nd Grade Students

Students will decide which part of the plant they would prefer to be, describe their function, and present it as a character from Magic School Bus. Students will also create Kidspiration or Inspiration graphic on handheld or computer.
Created by Janet Plaster for 3rd Grade Students

Selling Pumpkins

After reading The Missing Pumpkins, a Calendar Club Mystery by Nancy Star, this will be a conclusion to our pumpkin activities. In this slam dunk lesson students will create an advertisement poster to sell pumpkins for Uncle Eddy’s store. Enrichment activities included.

Created by Brooke Busby for 2nd Grade Students
Discover more about rainforest species and how they are important to people today.
Created by Brooke Barnes for 3rd grade students

Rainforest Animals

Do Lemurs and Fossas really exist?

Designed by Jana Scottfor 2nd Grade Students

Learn how the destruction of the rainforest is affecting people in finding cures for cancer and how the destruction affects the ozone

Developed by Holly Ramsay for 3rd Grade Students
Learn about the layers of the rainforest and the plants that live in each.
Created by Cheyenne Knowles for 3rd Grade Students
Don't you just love to ride an exhilarating roller coaster? Participate in this lesson to discover which roller coaster is best.
Created by Brenda Zotter for 4th Grade Math Students
Learn more about fascinating scientists by participating in one of the following lessons.
Designed for 4th Grade Students
Created by Kathleen Herring

Sir Isaac Newton, Jonas Salk and Albert Einstein

Students will identify different basic shapes and then do activities involving sorting and graphing.

Created by Joi Lunsford for 1st grade students.
Learn more about our Thanksgiving holiday as you participate in this lesson.
Created by Debbie Zermeno for 1st Grade Students

Texas Heroes
Learn more about Sam Houston, Mirabeau Lamar, and Anson Jones by participating in this lesson.
Designed by Debbie Zermeno for 4th Grade Students.
Which of your five senses are most important to you?
Created by Ellise Meador for Kindergarten Students

What Can This Matter Be?
Identify and compare solids, liquids and gases as you participate in this lesson.
Created by Debbie Zermeno for 3rd Grade Students

Third grade students research a planet from the solar system. The student uses the information to persuade a kindergartener to live on his planet while the kindergartener is on a solar system "field trip".

Created by Debra Bridenbaugh for Third Grade Students

Canyon Junior High School Pre-AP Eighth Grade U.S. History students will complete this summer assignment as part of their work for Mrs. Boehning's course. Students will utilize the skills of an historian or archivist to answer the following question: Does Abraham Lincoln deserve the title of the Great Emancipator? Students will learn about primary documents, use them to write an essay stating their answer to the question, and find an additional primary document to enhance the lesson.

Created by Almeda Boehning

Staff Development

Teachers can learn more about dyslexia by participating in this slam dunk lesson.
Created by Karen Brooks for K-12 Teacher Inservice

*The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are located at

*To see additional examples of Slam Dunk lessons, visit Bloomfield Hills School District and CAEW-BOCES.

*CISD administrators wrote an article for the online educational journal From Now On. To read this article, please visit the following site:

***To download the Slam Dunk PowerPoint template created by Tim Clarke, RIGHT click HERE, click on Save Target As:, then save it to your H: drive. Once you have saved the template, you can open it and create your own Slam Dunk Lesson.

Click here for Slam Dunk Lessons TSDC Presentation Power Point

Last Modified on August 21, 2015