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Stake a few plots around the playground and conduct a scientific investigation! Budding scientists discuss what is alive, what is not, and what they think they'll find on the school playground. After a quick discussion, they head out side and collect items of interest found within the designated areas. Back in the classroom, they classify their items and determine how many of their items are alive and how many are not. They make observations to determine if their predictions made during the discussion were correct. A very well-written lesson, full of embedded teaching tips.
Middle schoolers participate in a layered curriculum unit about careers. The activities are varied and include the following: Using the Internet, research the career you've chosen to find out the job responsibilities, salary range, and education you will need. The teacher will provide you with a chart on which to list your data. Present your findings to the teacher.
What do families around the world have in common? Explore this theme through the popular animated film My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Mikazaki. Over the course of two days, pupils view the film, pausing to discuss their own families and the family relationships they observe in the movie. Close the activity by asking class members to compose poems about families.
“. . .different men often see the same subject in different lights. . .” but the great orator Patrick Henry used all the skills at his command to craft a speech to convince listeners to see things as he did--that liberty was worth dying for. Show your class members how to analyze this famous speech. A list of questions asks them to examine Henry’s diction, syntax, figurative language, and imagery. In addition, they look at the rhetorical devices, cadence, and theme. Consider having groups examine several aspects of the speech and report their findings to the whole class. For independent practice, individuals then examine the speeches of other famous orators.
Eighth graders consider what it takes to get through the interview process by conducting one. They create interview questions to use as they dig for the truth about first jobs and they interview each other. After the interviews they get into small groups to compare notes. Consider having learners interview an adult as homework.
Learn about the life, career, and policies established by President Andrew Jackson. Young historians can easily follow along with this resource or read about Jackson at an independent work station. Biographical information includes major battles, military and political career, as well as policies such as the Indian Removal Act.
Determine how African-Americans have broken barriers in this history instructional activity. Middle schoolers discuss the 15th Amendment and the American civil rights movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union," taking care to evaluate the speaker's argument. Then they compose essays of their own regarding social change.
Peter Weir's classic film, Dead Poet's Society, provides the text for a socratic discussion of the wisdom of the "Carpe Diem" philosophy. After viewing and discussing the film, individuals select one poem mentioned in the film and develop a presentation about the poet, his works, and one specific poem.
Middle schoolers discover why it's important to establish a positive credit history and understand the value of credit reports to lenders and borrowers. They apply legal guidelines to establish the uses of a credit report other than gaining credit. The activities outlined in the plan are thought-provoking and interesting. Financial literacy is such an important part of our kids' education. This important lesson would be a huge benefit to your middle schoolers. Highly recommended!
Young scholars investigate and report on an obscure woman writer. In this women's writer instructional activity, students research a woman whose writings are considered to be lost, out of print, or forgotten. They develop an oral presentation that includes a poster based on their research.
Students use the internet to research the job outlook for the current year. Using the information, they take notes and answer discussion questions. They choose a job they are interested in and share the results with the class to discuss how different industries are affected.
Although this lesson plan covers the rather obscure topic of the Japanese "I-novel", it also includes a great deal of historical information and material for an in-depth discussion of universal literary concepts. Specifically, young readers are asked to consider the role of personal experience in literature and how it can be used to comment on human existence and social life. Coupled with the reading of an "I-novel", the lesson could be part of an advance narrative writing unit.
Are your scholars future business owners? This college and career readiness activity will give them some poignant questions to help determine if they are budding entrepreneurs. They complete a checklist to see if they score within the range and discuss advantages and disadvantages of working for themselves. There are lists provided here to keep conversation moving. Consider using this to start a business proposal project during which kids write to investors to get their idea started.
Provide your pupils with the necessary tools and practice so that they will be well prepared for a job interview. Included in the packet are job objective, education, and cover letter worksheets. In addition, there are sample applications, practice interview questions, an interview rating sheet, a list of what to do and what not to do, and a checklist of the most common reasons why job seekers are not hired.