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Students explore the geography and history of Polynesia; become familiar with ancient and modern Polynesian culture and the relationship of Polynesian people with the sea; study American Samoa and Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary; and develop a public action plan to protect the marine resources of the area, drawing upon aspects of local Polynesian culture.
Students investigate U.S. Currency by researching American Samoa. For this monetary unit lesson, students define the reverse and obverse of a coin while completing a currency related worksheet. Students identify American Samoa on a class map and discuss their own family traditions.
Students research imports of American Samoa and Hawaii and create a map showing the major imports for both. In this economics lesson, students identify where American Samoa and Hawaii are on a map, discover what the imports for the two countries are, and then create a map that shows the major imports for each.
Third graders examine coins to become familiar with architectural structures. In this past meets present lesson, 3rd graders research and complete worksheets on Guam. Students combine their group research into pieces of the pie poster.
Students delve into diverse marine ecosystems and the problems they face. They discover students the national marine sanctuaries found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa.
Students practice reading a map. In this mapping lesson, students illustrate a map and compare and contrast the counties based on their population. Students also explore what a census is and read census data on a map. A student worksheet is included.
Young scholars build connections between census information and community decision-making by reading a reader's theater script. In this reader's theater lesson, students practice reading fluently and learn about the government. The reader's theater script is provided.
Students examine experiences had by representatives on the first day of Congress. They role-play the role of one of the members of Congress and they participate in opening day events. They complete worksheets to finish the lesson.
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars. If you live in an area that doesn't get much sun, it may be best to do this activity when you have the best chance of clear skies so the cars can be tested outside. Cover multiple Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Common Core literacy standards in a fun and exciting way.
Mt. Rushmore wasn't built in a day, but how long will it stick around? How quickly is it eroding and what causes the fastest weathering? Explore these questions and more in a fun, interactive lesson about the earth's natural processes of weathering and erosion.
In the third and final lesson in the series on the impacts of climate change, learners synthesize the knowledge they have accumulated by identifying potential areas of concern for their school due to effects of drought and/or flooding, as well as other effects of climate change, then they propose an action plan to address the issues at the school level.
In the second of three lessons about climate change, young climatologists examine the local impacts of severe storms and drought on roads, rivers, buildings, and more. Through a series of investigations, learners begin to understand the effects of a warming planet on a more comprehensible scale.
New! Arctic Food Chain
Explore the food chains that support Arctic ecosystems. A class discussion on interdependence and the different roles plants and animals play in ecosystems provides students with the knowledge to complete a worksheet asking them to create food chains involving a variety of Arctic life. To further engage students in the lesson, consider assigning each child an Arctic plant or animal and having the class arrange and rearrange themselves into food chains. This resource would fit perfectly into a unit investigating the different types of ecosystems found around the world.
From days of 24 hour sunlight, to endless nights that last for days, the Arctic is a very unique place to live. Examine the seasonal changes that occur in the northern-most reaches of the globe and the impact they have on the plants and animals living there. The included worksheet offers a number of different opportunities for learners to demonstrate their understanding of this unique region. This lesson would fit nicely in either a unit on ecosystems or weather and climate in an upper-elementary science class.
Volcanoes are one of Earth's most destructive forces, but they also have positive effects. In an engaging lesson, young vulcanologists create an active model of a volcano, perform an experiment, read articles about the effects of eruptions, and complete a graphic organizer about cause and effect. As an extension, learners can also write a cause-and-effect paragraph. Additionally, resources are included for Spanish speaking learners. Some of the grammar in the readings is incorrect, but they are Word documents, so you can correct them if desired.
What needs to be considered when designing an effective and safe chair lift? In an engaging and challenging inquiry experiment, young engineers work with teams to design and build a chair lift capable of carrying a tennis ball, a Ping-Pong ball, or a golf ball safely up a tiny mountain. Once complete, teams share their designs with each other and reflect upon their own designs, thinking about what worked well and what could be improved.
As Albert Einstein once said, "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don't work." When it comes to creating something new, it takes perseverance and the right attitude. Engineers face a variety of challenges and several iterations when designing a new structure. While there is no need to reinvent the wheel, sometimes there are modifications required when a wheel has a new purpose. Allow your middle and/or high schoolers an opportunity to work together to design and build a scale version of a ferris wheel using pasta, cardboard tubes, glue, and other basic materials.
Many hands make light work when it comes to mass production. Explore the purpose and necessary coordination for assembly lines as your class becomes a factory that is producing the hottest new toy, the Color Brick. During the first activity, each person makes their own Color Brick, then they work together in an assembly line, each specializing in a particular part of producing the toy. Once complete, your little factory workers reflect on the production process.
When it comes to structural design, one must consider form and function. For structural engineers, load-bearing is one of the most important considerations of function. Introduce your class to the topic by having teams compete for highest critical load held by a structure created from a deck of cards and scotch tape.
In the third and final lesson plan in the series, learners synthesize the knowledge they have obtained about food systems to define a problem and propose a solution. While this could be a larger world problem, by keeping it focused on food system issues on a local scale, groups can put their proposals into action in the community as a service learning project. Using the IMB THINK approach to innovation, the lessons walk your class through seeing, mapping, understanding, believing, and acting on an issue.