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Students research one of the Plains or Northwest Native American tribes that the Oregon Trail travelers might have encountered in their journey west. For this American history lesson, students research the tribes, complete a journal entry for the topic, read a book about the topic, and make a digital scrapbook for the topic. Students may also take part in food tasting of the time and create crafts from the era.
Eighth graders research historical events in specific West Virginia counties. In this local history lesson, 8th graders create a timeline using Excel of 10 events in the history of the county. Students create a bibliography of the sources where they obtained the information found in their timelines.
Young scholars research world culture by collaborating on a performance with their class. In this harmony lesson, students practice using singing techniques to accompany the voices of their classmates and create melodies from a list of different songs. Young scholars read music books and listen to sample songs from around the globe before performing their own versions.
Students compare and contrast the Vietnamese and American plans for government. In this government systems lesson, students analyze and compare excerpts of the 1945 Vietnam Declaration of Independence, the Vietnam Constitution of 1992, the United States Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution. Students write analyses based on their findings.
Courteous behavior is highlighted in these Dr. Seuss-themed activities. Learners eat green eggs and ham, watch a video, and complete a graphing activity. Your class can do research on the author, complete activities related to the book Oh the Places You Will Go, and make their own Dr. Seuss book with rhyming words and illustrations.
First graders explore Canadian history by investigating the First Nations. For this Canadian heritage lesson, 1st graders identify the contributions made by the First Nations to the country of Canada. Students collaborate to create a class book which demonstrates the legacy of the aboriginals.
Students examine the Great Lakes Basin and water conservation. In this Great Lakes and water instructional activity, students study the location of the lakes before reading the book, The River Ran Wild. They discuss the associated vocabulary and in small groups talk about how stewardship can help save the Great Lakes. Students make water conservation posters to be displayed in the school.
In this cooperative learning activity, class members design tickets and posters, write a news story and a newspaper article about James and the Giant Peach, then match phrases from the book that have the same meaning. This lesson corresponds with chapters 18-23, but it is useful at other points in the reading.
In this literature response activity, students learn about the phenological sayings (pertaining to climate clues) in Chapters 1 and 2 of the book Our Only May Amelia. Students also place assorted items in a bowl and pick them up with chopsticks. Students fill out a chart with foods that might be eaten with different utensils.
Two pages of exercises pertain to chapters 1-3 of The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene. In the first, practice reading and comprehending the informational text of food wrappers. In the second, identify the difference between wants and needs. This is one section of a larger unit on the book.
Good readers visualize what they are reading. Help your pupils develop this skill with pages drawn from an entire book devoted to the use of Graphic Novels in the classroom. The four included pages focus on conveying time, writing dialogue and narration, script writing and editing, and the use of symbols, colors, balloons, and boxes to tell a story. Class members then select a passage from a story and create their own graphic novel pages.
Eighth graders engage in a lesson that is intended to develop the skills of research to find the proper resources needed to find information. The lesson includes dialogue boxes that is intended for the teacher to use for direct instruction. Students obtain information and construct a bibliography.
Students discuss the importance of communication and writing in their daily lives. In groups, they use the internet to research the development of letters, alphabets and writing materials. They trace the spread of the Latin language through trade and identify how it is still used today.
Students are introduced to the genre of detective fiction. Based on their reading level, they are given a different series of books to read. For each story, they are to make predictions and practice decoding messages. To end the lesson, they discuss the reasons why the character committed the crime.
Students participate in various activities to improve the development of their writing and printing skills. In this writing and printing skills lesson, students read about the development of writing in Ancient Egypt and the production of books. Students complete multiple activities for the lesson.