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Students recount their knowledge of natural resources and articulate their understanding of the multi- faceted debate that surrounds drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They then examine the complexity of drilling in the Wildlife Refuge through reading and discussing "Drill, Say Alaskans, Who Know Their Pockets Are Lined With Oil."
Discuss the work of Matthew Henson, an African American who traveled to the North Pole with Robert Peary. After reading the story "Matthew Henson" by Maryann N. Weidt, learners answer questions by drawing inferences and conclusions, paraphrasing, and identifying figurative language such as similes. This is an excellent lesson plan.
In these word meanings in context worksheets, students read the selection about the world's longest rivers and then use context clues to learn the meanings of the words Nile River, source, mouth, Amazon River, Mississippi River, tributary, Ob River, and Yangtze River. Students then label the world map with the vocabulary terms and complete three vocabulary activities. Students finish by matching the vocabulary words and their meanings to complete the crossword puzzle.
Learners investigate the greenhouse effect and examine the potential effects of climate change in the Arctic. They construct a mini-greenhouse and test its effect on temperature, analyze historical climate statistics, and conduct an experiment about the insulating properties of sea ice.
Extremely throrough and informative, this presentation details many aspects of European geography and demographics, including natural resources, climate, topography, and population distribution. This slideshow would be an excellent companion to a unit about Europe, either in relevant pieces or in its entirety. Bright maps and easy-to-read statistics make this presentation a real find for a social studies teacher.