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It is so important for learners with multiple disabilities to learn how to communicate for both social and functional reasons. Each child will choose a topic from the list and generate five questions related to that topic. They'll split up into small groups and carry on a structured topical conversation. The conversation variations include abstract concepts, telephone skills, and interview skills.
Conduct a written literary discussion and diminish stress about public writing. Class members, already arranged into literature circles, compose and post responses to novels, signing with initials or class number. The process continues until each member of each literature circle has had a chance to contribute to the conversation several times. The anonymity of the conversation gives every learner the chance to participate and interact with literature in a low-stress environment!
Do schools need written constitutions? Fourth graders dive into this constructive conversation by answering, sharing, and discussing five relevant prompts. The written conversations protocol, a highly effective discussion management strategy, is included in additional materials. This plan is the second in a larger comprehensive unit.  The School Survey Data referenced is available in the previous instructional activity. A link to the unit overview is available in additional materials as well.
Use the given tasks and detailed teacher's commentary to introduce your 8th graders to the Pythagorean theorem and its converse. Embedded links to information about Egyptian geometry make your presentation interesting. Consider giving your class members a 12-inch piece of yarn with which to demonstrate a right triangle and the Pythagorean theorem triples the way that this ancient culture did.  
Students participate in a literature circle with others who have read the same book. Individually, they write a journal entry about some aspect of the book and others respond to their writing or enter a new entry about another topic. They discover how to participate in a conversation without talking.
Students may review measurement, and metric system conversions by measuring one another and the world around them.
An example of unit conversion using drug dosage is the focus of this video. Sal, the all-knowing pre-algebra guide, takes a problem from a nursing class to show the process of unit conversion within an algebraic expression. This helpful video contains examples and hints that are well-paced for all learners.
Elevate young scientists' skills with unit conversion using the stair-step method. Detailed instructions and a neat stair-step diagram are on the first page. Four pages of practice problems follow, mostly with real-world applications. All science students need to be able to convert units in the metric system, and this is an outstanding tool for teaching or practice!
Quick, how many miles in a light-year? Or, how many light-years in a mile? Or, what is the current exchange rate between the US dollar and the Japanese yen? If you need to do a quick conversion between units, then this app maybe just the one for you or your classroom.
In this writing a conversation instructional activity, students use the conversation map to identify the greeting, starting comment or question, body, short explanation, and farewell and then use them to create a written conversation. Students write 21 answers.
Fifth graders practice using measuring tools by creating conversion flash cards.  In this measuring lesson, 5th graders identify the different measurements often used when cooking and create cards which describe the conversion ratio into another measurement unit.  Students are quizzed on their ratio knowledge afterwards.
A colorful "Math Card" provides a reading passage on the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales. Instructions are given for converting from one to another. There are before, during, and after reading questions to answer either in writing or in a class discussion. Instructions for two different approaches for teaching this lesson are given to you as a teacher. One focuses on asking questions, while the other uses mental images. With each, there are further suggestions for differentiation. Use this as an introduction to temperature conversion.
In one period, your class can gain a better understanding of the importance of quality conversation. To begin, they brainstorm a list of what makes for a good conversation, and then work in pairs to present a skit of a hypothetical scenario that the rest of the class analyzes. It includes two extension activities and all of the necessary handouts.
In this unit conversions activity, students calculate and convert measurements from one unit to another. They complete 109 short answer and problem solving questions involving unit conversions.
Students examine the efficiency of energy conversion as a consequence of the laws of thermodynamics by measuring the power radiated by a light bulb. Students compare the electric power input and the power radiated in order to calculate the efficiency with which the bulb converts electric energy to light.
In this electrical activity, students draw a schematic design and build a circuit board to grasp the understanding of power conversion circuits before answering a series of 30 open-ended questions including analyzing schematics. This activity is printable and there are on-line answers to the questions.
Learners participate in a conversation about money. In this money conversion lesson students discuss money in a variety of related topics. They respond to a conversation between a bank manager and a poor parent as well as decide what should be done with amounts of money.
This lesson plan gives some preliminary activities to ease students into Shakespeare's language while creating some original conversations. Students will not have any trouble performing these conversations because they will have created them.
Students investigate unit conversion.  In this unit conversion instructional activity, students will build models of square and cubic centimeters using grid paper and generate formula tables for converting units of area and volume.  The tables will be used to solve real-life problems.
Young scholars explore the concept of measurement as it relates to equivalencies. They complete simple conversions using visual models of measurement units, and  record their answers in a two-column table.

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