21st Century Learning Skills Teacher Resources
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My Personal Wellness
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.
Entrepreneurs in History
Young scholars 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 discover their family history. For this genealogy lesson, students participate in a discussion about family history and why it is important. Students create a family tree and present the family tree to the class. Students write a reflection about what they learned from this activity.
Students Speak Up
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.
Hamlet Research Paper: Find, Evaluate, and Select Appropriate Research Sources
Help young researchers find credible sources online. Modeling with a Google search for information about Shakespeare’s Macbeth, use a computer projector or Smart Board to show class members how weak the top three search results are. Direct instruction then covers better resources that can be used to begin a research paper. Very technology-driven, the instructional activity requires computers for every student, as well as subscription databases most likely found in a library.
But Where Is It On This Modern Map? A problem-solving, mind-boggling experience!
Trace Columbus' voyages by locating them on 21st Century maps. Using a navigators lesson plan, 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.
In Case of Emergency
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. 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.
Radiation Shielding on Spacecraft
Here is a terrific science lesson for your elementary schoolers. In it, learners analyze different materials to simulate space radiation shielding on spacecraft, then select the best material to use to build one. This is a classic lesson; it is written beautifully, and everything you need to successfully implement it with your class is here. Terrific worksheets, websites, and a rubric you can use to score student work are all embedded in this fine 10-page plan.
Exploring Ecosystems Using GIS
What an incredible instructional activity for integrating technology with ecology and geography! Discuss what a preserve is, and then use National Geographic's fabulous FieldScope tool to virtually explore the Barataria Preserve in New Orleans. A printable guide walks them through the use of the program as they learn about the ecosystem represented. Enough can't be said about this well-written instructional activity and the completeness of the resources provided!
Sea Turtles and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
There are seven species of sea turtles, five of which live in the Gulf of Mexico. Young scientists learn about each and then examine the impact of the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on the populations. A video, Internet links to sea turtle information pages, handouts, and all the support you need make this a top-notch resource for your life science, biology, or environmental science classes.
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May the Force Be With(in) You
Students explore the characterization of heroes and their representation of the values and beliefs of the society in which they are created. They first examine the creation of the 'Star Wars' heroes and plots, and then develop their own 'heroes.'
Students examine the definitions and characteristics of plasma. After reading an article, they analyze new technologies to study plasma. In groups, they create a poster on how the different types of plasma work and write letters to their Congressmen about research funding for plasma.
Inspiration®: Outlining and Organizing Made Easy
The outlining process has moved into the 21st century! Although this prewriting lesson is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce learners to Inspiration® software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating an outline diagram, utilizing symbols, links, and text. Learners reorganize ideas easily using the drag-and-drop function, and they can view their outline in different formats. This would work best as an anticipatory set before letting pupils loose with this program.
Learning to Ask Questions About the Past
Eighth graders examine the role West Virginia played during the Civil War. In this research lesson, 8th graders construct and pose original questions to spark a student driven inquiry. Students will form small groups and use historical artifacts to assist them in forming research questions. This lesson incorporates a museum visit as well as the Project-Based Learning Process.
Two Truths and a Lie: Internet Research Skills
It's tough for high schoolers to assess what is a credible resource and what is not. Here, class members research a particular topic and record two facts and create one lie while documenting the sources. They then exchange these lists of truths and lies and attempt to determine, through research, what is factual and what isn't. Also included are suggestions for adapting the lesson plan to lower grade levels.
Learning Express Library Mathematics
Students login to Learning Express Library using the unique login created for him/her by the librarian and teacher in their class. In this math improvement instructional activity, students complete one or more tests that assess their mathematical abilities at the correct grade level. Students also choose to score the test and review the correct answers and the explanations provided for each problem.
Space Age Technology Comes to Earth
Students explore eight career and technical areas and make connections with business, family and consumers, and technology. They examine and describe how agriculture and natural resources impact our quality of life. They explore and identify emerging technologies and careers in agriculture.
Invasion of the Germs: We Fight Back!
Students fight off germs. For this technology skills lesson, students create claymation videos with accompanying podcasts that educate others about the H1N1 virus and methods to fight germs.
Cornell Notes with I Tunes
Note taking is an invaluable skill and requires practice. This lesson incorporates the Cornell Notes format, however the plan itself could be implemented to teach any style. The basic idea here is to use university lectures on podcasts to practice note taking during a lecture. They suggest the Justice Series from Harvard, however there are many you can find online. Learners first watch you model this as they listen to a lecture. Then, they get to choose a (free) lecture using iTunes U and take notes on it themselves.