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Contributor: WGBH Educational Foundation-grayscale


Funder: Walmart Foundation-grayscale


Funder: Leon Lowenstein Foundation-grayscale

Funding for the Walmart Middle School Literacy Initiative is provided by the Walmart Foundation.

Early funding for Inspiring Middle School Literacy was provided by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation.

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These online self-paced lessons for blended learning, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8.  Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic.


Each lesson addresses a range of literacy strategies, which are listed in the accompanying teacher's guide.

Graphing Distance and Time: Travel


Self-Paced Lesson

Graphing Distance and Time: Travel

In this blended lesson designed to enhance literacy skills, students learn how to read and interpret a distance–time graph.

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Views: 6267
  • Favorites: 280
Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers: Recipes


Self-Paced Lesson

Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers: Recipes

In this blended lesson designed to enhance literacy skills, students examine how to multiply fractions by whole numbers in the context of a recipe.

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Views: 7134
  • Favorites: 254
Population Sampling: Fish


Self-Paced Lesson

Population Sampling: Fish

In this blended lesson designed to enhance literacy skills, students learn about population sampling by watching how a Native American tribe measures the number of fish in their lake.

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Views: 5774
  • Favorites: 271
Ratio and Proportional Reasoning: Food Labels


Self-Paced Lesson

Ratio and Proportional Reasoning: Food Labels

In this blended lesson designed to enhance literacy skills, students learn how to use fractions to interpret the nutritional information contained on food labels.

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Views: 5926
  • Favorites: 352
Unit Conversion: Water Use


Self-Paced Lesson

Unit Conversion: Water Use

In this blended lesson designed to enhance literacy skills, students examine how to use fractions to measure and help conserve freshwater resources.

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Views: 3068
  • Favorites: 239