21st Century Themes Teacher Resources
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Weather: A Global Awareness Tour
Upper graders and middle schoolers make up a scenario of planning outdoor concert locations for their favorite musical group. They do this by looking into the weather patterns in a variety of tropical regions. They research where and when severe weather happens in these regions, and work together to come up with a proposed itinerary for their band that should keep them "dry" during their performances. A great teaching idea, and a wonderful lesson plan!
USA Today: Global Awareness Edition
Bring global awareness into the classroom. Young politically minded learners read an article about the ban on arms sales to China and discuss political concerns about this issue. They research other embargos on foreign trade and use a graphic organizer to consider the impact of having it lifted would produce.
Entrepreneurship: merit badge
The Boy Scouts of America need to know their stuff to get an entrepreneurship merit badge. Test your class or use some of the questions from this eight page packet. They'll fill out short answer questions about entrepreneurship in order to get a merit badge, or to show what they know.
New! Inspired Innovation
Throughout time, innovators have taken basic ideas and changed them into creative and cutting-edge designs. Kids tackle the topic of innovations in relation to traditional or creative objects. They discuss traditional Navajo pottery then examine a piece that has been changed by a creative thinker. They engage in artistic innovations of their own as they make window hangings based on traditional Navajo designs, but with new and unusual twists.
Investigating the Climate System WEATHER
Young scholars research, interpret, and become able to explain general characteristics of weather in tropical regions. Students observe and compare tropical and mid-latitude weather patterns.
KOREAN TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS
Students identify and evaluate Korea's role in inventions in Asia. In this Korean Invention lesson, students complete a chart of innovations and discuss where they are from. Students read about Korean inventions and complete a chart. Students discuss their findings and create a timeline of Korean inventions.
Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? | How Incentives Affect Innovation
Students focus on the role played by a nation's institutions in generating creativity, invention and innovation, and analyzes how innovation promotes the economic growth that raises standards of living and alleviates poverty.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Classroom
Inspire critical thinking and facilitate collaboration with opportunities for entrepreneurial innovation!
The 2010 immigration bill passed in Arizona provides class members with an opportunity to examine various perspectives of the immigration debate by watching news videos, reading interview, editorials, and viewing images. Discussion questions, activities, and assessment strategies are included in the richly detailed plan.
Electric Car: American Industry and Innovation
Explore the concept of electrical cars through technology and language arts activities. Learners will research advancements in car building and watch "Electric Car: American Industry and Innovation." They will then create marketing campaigns to sell the cars. Handouts and resources are included.
Entrepreneurship: Will it Work?
Consider to possibility of starting a business as a way to examine the concept of entrepreneurship. Learners develop and analyze feasibility studies, marketing strategies, proposals, and local census data all needed when starting a small business.
Mapping World Heritage
World heritage sites can be found around the globe. Many of these sites are noted for their importance in representing culture and location. Each activity included in this resource focuses on latitude/longitude, map skills, finding locations with coordinates, and discussing the importance of historic site preservation. The activity includes a video, web links, and several handouts, as well as vocabulary and teaching notes.
Innovations That Stand the Test of Time
Students create a class presentation that explains the value of an innovation to society. For this design innovation lesson, students discuss relationships among math, science, technology, and engineering, read a story about design innovations, and explore a website. Students discuss 5 inventions as a class and choose one to present in a group project.
Understanding Agricultural Innovation
Students explore agricultural innovations. In this agriculture lesson, students investigate innovations in industrial agriculture and write about the positive and negative impacts of the innovations.
Making Informed Environmental Decisions
Using an actual case study about the Lake Turkana Dam, class members examine the controversy surrounding the issue. Pupils take on the role of one of the stakeholders, discuss the multiple perspectives involved, explore the geography of the area in question, and compose decision statements. A very detailed plan complete with additional materials, this would be great in an environmental studies class or in a humanities class. Since the lesson plan is based on close analysis of given materials, science and English teachers could collaborate to make it happen!
Lesson 1: Confronting Climate Change: Seeing
Examine the effects of climate change on the water cycle in the first of three lessons using the IBM THINK app, which walks through the process of innovation. Learners look back through history to see which tools might help them study climate change, then perform a controlled experiment simulating the hydrologic cycle under different environmental conditions.
Innovation for Good
Many historical innovations were created for the common good. Get your students ready for life as a critical thinker with this lesson which defines the differences between innovation and invention. They will conduct Internet research, engage in a class discussion, and then create a virtual innovation. They will describe the problem their innovation was designed to solve, how it works, and why it's innovative.
Students explore teen entrepreneurs. In this teen entrepreneurship lesson, students examine teen entrepreneurs and answer questions about the real-word situations. Students role play and explore the basic characteristics of an entrepreneur.
Innovation of Our Generation
Young scholars identify the innovations that have impacted their lives. In this inventions instructional activity students write and present a speech on the greatest innovation of their generation.
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
Students watch a segment of the PBS Ken Burns JAZZ documentary about Buddy Bolden creating the "Big Four." They compare and contrast the rhythms of marches and jazz based on the examples in the film, and explore notation, subdivision of notes and the altered and innovative rhythms found in jazz music.