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Who needs bees? We do! Kids get a chance to understand the pollination process, and the important role bees play in our environment. They play a really great game that shows them how bees normally act versus how bees act when temperatures are warmer than they should be, with the added strain of pesticides thrown in. After the game, they discuss what they learned and fill out an ABC brainstorming worksheet on pollination and create a food web based on the game experience.
Middle schoolers develop strategies for what to do when they come upon words in a text that they don't know. After a class discussion, pupils are given a selection of text that contains some very difficult words. They are instructed to put sticky notes near the words they don't know, and to write down a prediction of what the word means on the note. They look up the words in the dictionary to check their predictions, and complete a new word brainstorm worksheet that's embedded in the plan.
Learners identify the desired features of an aircraft and the limits that they, the Wright Brothers, or NASA scientists might face in designing one, and methods to solve these. They review parts of an airplane and what makes it fly. They construct an airplane using everyday materials. They chat with real scientists through a webcast interview and read bios about the scientists with whom they chat.
Use the power of the pen to persuade others to get involved in community issues! Individuals reflect on personal service learning activities and the writing process. They compose essays regarding service to others. While designed for high school classes, this could easily be adapted to middle school or even elementary levels.
Seventh graders research specific cultural and scientific legacies of African, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Arab, and European civilizations. In this World History lesson, 7th graders create a visual presentation of their civilization. Students present their presentation to their class.
Use photographs to trigger memories. Writers use a personal photograph as a starting point for an autobiographical writing exercise. They complete brainstorming activities that have them study their photograph before actually putting pen to paper. The brainstorming worksheets are included as PDF files.
Fourth graders explore the genre of biographies. In this biographies lesson, 4th graders gain knowledge of the importance of biographies and what information they give us. Students brainstorm historical figures they want to know more about and carry out a discussion about these people.
Amateur poets explore alphabetical poetry. They choose a topic and brainstorm vocabulary that relates to the topic using each letter of the alphabet. The class then generates ideas for a group alphabet poem. After creating one as a whole group, encourage learners to write their own alphabet poem!
Students explore the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) as they relate to reducing waste and having a positive impact on the environment. In this the three Rs lesson plan, students create a picture illustrating what they love about nature. Students discover actions they can take to reduce waste and create an environmental poster for the classroom.
First graders brainstorm words relating to Pilgrims, write list of necessary items to bring on trip to New World, write paragraphs in journals from Pilgrim children's perspective about leaving their homes, write and sign Mayflower Compact, and write descriptive paragraphs about Pilgrim's first winter in New World.
Eighth graders explore the causes of conflict in the oil producing country of Nigeria. In this World History lesson, 8th graders create a research paper or presentation that explains the challenges faced by the Nigerians. Students investigate possible solutions to solve these problems in Nigeria.
Students create their own clay sculpture with imaginary or realistic animal features. After drawing at least three sketches, they complete an animal sculpture brainstorming activity. They identify functions of pre-Columbian animal sculptures and reasons why the animals were depicted.