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Students investigate characteristics of a hero and give real life examples. For this heroes lesson, students read a variety of stories and discuss what makes people heroes. Students list heroes in our society, draw pictures of their hero and write a short sentence about why that person is considered a hero. Students also review the meaning of philanthropy, discuss why people decide to do good in their community, and complete a real heroes in our community profile.
An amazing, thoughtful, and introspective lesson awaits your art class. They listen to an interview with incarcerated prisoners to better understand the prison system and its effects on family life. They create collages related to the key issues and root causes of incarceration, as well as the power of oral history. They analyze the concept of a social community by discussing Chagall's "I and the Village."
Students participate in learning proper interview techniques to interview people in our community. They engage in this project in order to develop interviewing skills, to develop a better understanding of various jobs in our community and to develop basic word processing skills. They use a digital camera while participating in this project.
Students investigate the architecture in their hometown by visiting buildings. In this geometry lesson, students examine buildings through photographs and explain the different geometric shapes found in the architecture. Students take a field trip with their class and investigate the shapes of a church while studying the different geometric vocabulary.
Second graders read about and discuss natural features of communities. They listen to a guest speaker, such as a park ranger to expand their knowledge of natural features. They go on a field trip, if possible, to a local zoo or botanical garden and take notes during the trip. They create a four-sided pictures depicting the four seasons and the class together creates a nature center in the classroom.
First graders draw a picture. In this community helpers instructional activity, 1st graders discuss different kinds of community helpers, draw a community helper using educational software, write a sentence about their drawing and use their drawings to create a class book on community helpers.
Students investigate art in their community by taking photographs of the pieces. In this art analysis lesson, students define art vocabulary terms and discuss where in their community they can find artistic expression. Students utilize a digital camera to photograph the art they find and share it with the class.
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Students reflect on the needs of the community and of the school. In this philanthropy activity, students work in pairs to answer the questions, "Can kids make a difference?" Students understand the importance of making a difference by creating and executing a philanthropic project.
Students complete activities to learn about Earth Day. In this Earth Day instructional activity, students discuss how to protect their planet and complete a scavenger hunt on the Internet to research environmental issues. Students write a report about their research and read a statement about saving the Earth during their school's morning announcements.