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INFOhio Blizzard Bags Updated for 2019

Author // Erica Clay Wednesday, 02 January 2019

INFOhio Blizzard Bags have been updated for 2019. Blizzard Bags are lesson sets and learning activities that students can complete from a device at home.

INFOhio's Blizzard Bags focus on the following themes:

Grades K-3: Snow

Grades 4-5: Snow

Grades 6-8: Financial Literacy

Grades 9-12: Social Media

Note: The 9-12 bag contains tabs with different activities for grades 9-10 and grades 11-12 and two bonus “mini-bags”: Democracy and Journalism in Social Media and The Science and Math of Social Media.

Each Blizzard Bag includes:

  • A complete customizable research unit
  • Standards-aligned, cross-curricular options
  • A teacher guide
  • Low-tech/high-tech options
  • Differentiation tips
  • Templates for lesson customization
  • Material for in-class instruction or home exploration

All INFOhio Blizzard Bags support Ohio’s Learning Standards. Following the six dimensions of inquiry students create and explore essential questions, locate and evaluate information, apply and share information with others, and reflect on their learning.

How to Use the Blizzard Bags

  1. Review the tabs, especially the Teacher Guide, where you’ll find information on standards, differentiation, assessments, cross-curricular connections, etc.
  2. Consider having the students complete all the activities found on the Questioning, Locating, and Evaluating Tabs so that they have the foundation needed to complete any of the other assignments. Then choose as many activities from the rest of the tabs—Applying, Sharing, Reflecting—to meet the needs of your students.
  3. Customize the Blizzard Bag lesson as needed using the Lesson Plan Template found on the Teachers Guide tab.
  4. Use the Student Assignment Template to prepare a schedule for your students. Look at the sample schedule included for ideas. To make it easier to assign just the right amount of work, each activity includes an estimated time to complete. The template also includes ideas for using high-tech and low-tech options as needed that best meet your students’ needs.
  5. Familiarize the students with the Blizzard Bags in class. Spend about 15 minutes going over the modules, discussing your expectations, and specifying the pieces you expect them to complete.

Need even more lessons that you can use when cancellations keep students out of the classroom? Find all the INFOhio "Bags" and other high-quality lessons and activities in Educator Tools.

If you have questions about INFOhio's Blizzard Bags, contact us at support.infohio.org.

About the Author

Posted by: Erica Clay

Erica Clay has been a member of INFOhio's Instructional Team since December 2013. She earned a BA in English and Music and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. As an ILibrarian, Erica evaluates and selects digital tools and resources aligned with Ohio Learning Standards, and supports integration of those tools and resources into classroom instruction. She also collects, analyzes, and shares INFOhio usage data to inform instructional design, and writes for INFOhio's social media, blog, and news.

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