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Merge technology and wellness. Class members complete inquiry-based research on a personal wellness issue and create an annotated bibliography, uploading their completed work to their personal wellness websites. Prior to beginning, your class should have their own sites set up so they can upload and share their work. You might also benefit from a course management system; this resource uses moodle. You must register to view all lesson attachments.
Students determine one specific interpersonal goal they can work toward. In this self-reflection lesson plan, 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.
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.
What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Is it the same as face-to-face communication? In small groups, learners discuss the differences between digital and non digital life, how they are different and what each environment can offer. They then complete an at-home assignment where they document how much time they spend using computers, phones, or other such devices. When they reconvene, they discuss what being a good digital citizen means with regard to rights and responsibilities and then they set up a class blog or wiki in order to practice their new skill.
Bring research papers into the 21st century using this guide to Inspiration Software. If you don't have the program, take a look at the visuals and step-by-step process, which are helpful for any classroom. Using a pre-made template, learners simply research and fill in various sections to organize their findings for the perfectly structured paper. They keep track of multiple sources, write a thesis statement, take notes, include visuals and hyperlinks, and integrate ideas to form a cohesive final product.
Students discover their own skills and personal interests by surveying each other. In this vocational instructional activity, students discuss what makes them happy in life and what skills they believe they possess. Students participate in a survey in which they discover their talents and decide on an internship they would like to attend at some point.
Analyze Pythagorean triples and apply them to real world situations in this creative instructional activity. Students will investigate the Pythagorean theorem and its history through a powerpoint presentation with audio and video clips. Their final project is to construct origami models of triangles. Links are included to the resources.
Students investigate how to reflect in order to learn from experiences. In this reflection lesson, students talk about what it means to reflect on something before they write a journal entry and a peer review of an entry. They develop a mid-year reflection of their work by reading over their daily journal entry.
Students examine the ways that people learn. In this multiple intelligences lesson plan, students complete a self evaluation where they complete two documents on multiple intelligences. Students evaluate and reflect what they learned about multiple intelligences and what they learned about themselves.
Students examine the contributions of entrepreneurs from United States history. They read a biography of an American entrepreneur, and in small groups design and present a project related to their selected entrepreneur. As a culminating activity, students write an essay describing the characteristics of entrepreneurs from the past that would still be successful in the 21st century.
Students explore higher education by utilizing graphic organizers. In this career training lesson, students investigate the information age and how technology enhances today's job market. Students identify the need for graphic organizers and analyze how they can use them in their everyday lives.
Learners discover their family history. In this genealogy lesson, students participate in a discussion about family history and why it is important. Learners create a family tree and present the family tree to the class. Students write a reflection about what they learned from this activity.
Students consider how their math, science, and technology education is preparing them for future success and discuss their opinions and findings with peers. They suggest ways that technology and Internet use can be improved in their school and engage in civic responsibility by participating in school site decision-making.
Trace Columbus' voyages by locating them on 21st Century maps. Using a navigators lesson, 4th graders will examine the Age of Exploration and trace Columbus's routes accurately on laminated world maps using different maps. Note: You will need to provide a map for this activity.
A natural disaster could strike at any time: do your learners know the school and community emergency plans? Start the school year by honing research and speaking skills in a practical way with this preparedness lesson plan. Youngsters examine possible natural disasters for their area (could incorporate science) and investigate plans in the event of one happening. They create a news broadcast, which can be aired during morning announcements to inform the school of ways they can be prepared.