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Eighth graders explore and demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to the efficient operation of mechanisms and simple machines. They design and make a mechanical toy device that moves a given object a specified vertical and horizontal distance, and investigate the efficiency of the mechanical device.
Students classify living things according to their characteristics and functions. They observe living things grow, move, use food, and adapt to changes around them. As the students work through the subtasks in this unit, they make connections between the natural and human effects on living species.
Students discover the Medieval reformation. In this ethics lesson, students simulate council and government bodies to determine responses to various opinions regarding religion and ethics. They determine what postilions to take and why based on their understanding of the period.
Learners explore the Native American and Australian Aboriginal history and culture. In this language arts lesson plan, students watch clips of the film Rabbit-Proof Fence then work in small groups to discuss and answer questions. They will complete journal entries and share with the class on the next meeting day.
This lesson plan is designed to be done at a full day retreat, but can be adapted for use within a school day setting, but needs about 240 minutes. Students participate in a variety of activities designed to encourage students to feel comfortable in school. The first activity is a film about bullying. Next students participate in a demonstration about the harmful effects of bullying.
Students explore the Aboriginal culture through reading and video. In this language arts lesson, students explore the plight of Aborigine children removed from their homes and placed in residential schools. Students watch video clips of Rabbit Proof Fence then work in groups and complete writing activities.
Students examine the underlying meaning of the phrase spoken by Pastor Martin Niemoller in 1945, "When they came for me, there was no one left to speak up." In this World History lesson, students share in a class discussion on civic and personal responsibility then complete two worksheets.