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Knowing both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress Classification systems, and how to read their call numbers, facilitates information literacy, a critical skill for 21st century life. High schoolers, who may be familiar with Dewey, learn to navigate the LCC system, compare the two in a Venn diagram, and create call numbers for books and subjects in their class schedules. Links in the resource are missing; we've added 3 so everything you need is a click away.
Perform a virtual dissection of the human eye through this exploration by using a software tool and the Internet. Young scientists will complete a physical dissection of a cow or sheep eye. Students explore the geometric shapes of the eyes, and test for colorblindness. They will also use manipulatives to create a model of the human eye.
Have your students reflect on their learning styles as they discuss learning styles of others. They will follow different types of directions to test their own strengths in an analysis of styles and then compose a reflection of their results. Tip: Great begining of the year activity.
Explore a new environment and become familiar with it through research. Older students will research an organization, write on their findings, create interview questions, and conclude with a final paper. Note: This lesson assumes that the student already has an internship. There are some great ideas included, along with a rubric, however it would be helpful to add more information in order to make this meaningful to learners.
Learners use their higher-order thinking skills to understand how visual images have been used to tell stories. They analyze a Lakota tipi that tells a story through paint and artistry. They then make miniature tipis using butcher paper and sticks. Each tipi is decorated to tell a creative or personal tale.
Develop letter-writing skills by adapting appropriate language conventions according to context. Young authors will write standard friendly and business letters, and send a business e-mail to a state's Department of Tourism to request information. This could be made into a unit to promote communication skills.
Students determine one specific interpersonal goal they can work toward. In this self-reflection instructional activity, students complete several activities about interpersonal skills such as analyzing which skills are needed in the workforce, setting a personal skills goal, and writing a reflective journal entry about the goal attempt.
Consider the images, ideas and words connected with America with your class as they design a new American passport for the 21st century that reflects an individual vision of and for America. Students reflect on the image of America portrayed by the "American Icon" passport and the power that such images have in creating a vision of America in the rest of world.
Research characteristics of slavery during the 19th century by reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Also view several informational texts, pictures, story illustrations, and primary source documents. Pupils write an expository paper describing 19th-century slavery and create a PowerPoint presentation or poster board display.