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Brainstorming can be more than simply writing down a few ideas. Using the Inspiration Software program, learners visualize the process and learn about linking ideas to form logical relationships. Even without the program, there is still plenty to use here. Lead your class through an Inspiration tutorial where they come up with research topic ideas, create an idea web, and add images. Hyperlink ideas to online resources, and translate the visual idea map to a linear outline.
Young scholars investigate slavery in America circa the American Revolution. They will examine point- of view and perspective as they research a variety of informational resources. While this is designed to be used with the PBS video Slavery and the Making of America, it is useful even without the video. You will find a plethora of links, ideas, and resources for thoroughly and creatively covering this topic.
Practice counting in patterns and skip counting by 1, 5, and 10. Once the patterns have been taught, teams of 5 or 6 learners -- holding hands in circles -- skip count each time they collectively bounce a balloon up into the air. Early primary collaborative learning at its best: children must work together, and they get to move and play.
Have your class consider the issue of minors' accountability for their crimes. They discuss specific cases and the general issue of juvenile crime in round table discussions. Use this lesson to emphasize the rules and individual roles necessary for successful class discussion. As always, this New York Times Learning Network resource is chock full of excellent, thoughtful questions, extension ideas, and useful resource links.
Young scholars investigate the effects of types of pollution in a closed system of a glass of water. In this Earth science lesson, students use a glass of water as model for air. Young scholars introduce different materials to represent types of air pollutants. Students then consider ways to reduce their impact on air pollution.
Discover the natural resources in Iowa by studying it's history. In this environmental lesson, your students will observe a topographical map of Iowa and identify where its most valuable resources are. They complete an Iowa name matching game and other activities based on the state's history.
Students develop critical thinking and awareness about the complexity of natural resource use, wealth distribution, population densities, poverty, and the environment. They think about people living in different parts of the world and about the varying effects of population vs. consumption in rich and poor countries.