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Structures And Mechanisms
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.
Life Systems - Plant Growth
3rd graders will participate in a variety of tasks which help them to understand the basic concepts of plant growth. Research and reporting skills are developed as they gather information from various sources related to the use of plants by humans for food, shelter and clothing, and in the production of various products.
Life in an Ecosystem
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.
Messages in Art Work
Observe images and discuss what messages they convey. In this critical thinking lesson plan, students determine whether works of art are trying to persuade their audience. They also consider the media and how they communicate messages to viewers.
Martin Luther the Rebel
In this Martin Luther learning exercise, learners examine multiple primary sources to answer questions, draw conclusions, and write support for their answers.
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.
Power vs Truth
Young scholars explore Italian politics and warfare of the High Renaissance. They explain the effects of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter Reformation.
Anticipation guide: "A Little Kingdom in Carolina"
Lord Proprietors, cazique, landgrave, leetmen? As part of an examination of the history of the Carolinas, eighth graders complete an anticipation guide, read an article entitled “A Little Kingdom in Carolina” and then revisit the guide, comparing their responses to a series of statements before and after reading the article. Learners are asked to justify their secondary responses with support drawn from the article.
Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find": Who's the Real Misfit?
Learners read and analyze the short story, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," by Flannery O'Connor. They write a one-page response, explore various websites, take an online interactive journey, and write a final assessment paper.
A Day in the Life of a Homeless Person
Students examine the day in the life of a homeless person. In this humanitarian instructional activity, students examine the life of a homeless person while discovering the importance of social justice in our society.
The Catholic Response: Counter-Reformation
In this online interactive world history activity, students answer 5 multiple choice questions regarding the Counter Reformation. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Read All About it
Learners create and publish a newspaper that reflects and explains pioneer and medieval societies. They become newspaper writers for a specific time period. They adopt a holistic approach to exploring community life in medieval and pioneer societies by integrating investigating from various subject areas and experiences. They will also identify the various sections of the newspaper and the purpose of each section.
Classroom Capers: Creating a Magazine
Fourth graders build language skills in the context of creating a classroom magzine. They participate in activities which help students communitcate ideas and information for a variety of purposes and for specific audiences using the conventions of written language; read materials for different purposes; express, respond to, and communicate ideas, topics, and opinions in oral and visual formats.
Eighth graders are exposed to different types of media in order to investigate the tendency of being exposed to a set of values that run contrary to conservative values. They role play a television program in order to communicate the values of the writers.
A Proposal to Lessen World Hunger
Fifth graders conduct research. They explore how to give an oral presentation with visual aids. Students have the opportunity to create a proposal which could help alleviate world hunger. They brainstorm different ways children could help fight hunger throughout the world. Students have the opportunity to try an informal presentation with their small group.
Life Systems- Interacting Organisms
Participate in a life science unit that examines the relationships of living organisms to each other and to their environment as well as the student's role in the cycle of life. Through hands-on activities, research, and scientific investigations they explore the problem of persistent pollutants and their harmful effects on both humans and ecosystems.
Light, Sound and Energy
The students will be given opportunities to work independently and in teacher-directed situations to study and discover the many facets of light and sound, and the uses of energy in our environment. The grade 4 students will learn the properties and characteristics of light and sound. They will construct optical devices and musical instruments that demonstrate their knowledge.
Tiny Town- Structures And Movement
Students investigate the concept of structures and how they are used in nature and the world of human civilization. The structures have various types and functions that are identified. They create mechanisms to help move objects during simple lab projects.
Introduction to the Reformation
Ninth graders investigate the Protestant Reformation. For this global history lesson, 9th graders examine the provided primary sources that enable students to create posters and presentations that reveal how Catholicism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anabaptism changed during the era.
In this online interactive history quiz instructional activity, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about King Henry VIII. Students may submit their answers to be scored.