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Students make bracelets representing the cycles of life. They write short papers or draw pictures to explain the meaning of the term "life cycle." They devise their own research question available in the Farmer's Almanac. They create posters to illustrate the different life cycles, using the color designated to represent each cycle as the predominant color.
Students explore cycles in nature. In this cross curriculum agriculture lesson, students define "cycle" and research weather and planting folklore. Students make a bracelet in which individual colored beads represent the many "cycles" of life, including people, water, plants, soil, day, night, air, and sun. Students participate in an experiment or website activity, read related text, or sing a song for each of these cycles. Background information for the teacher is included.
Discover Oklahoma's first farmers. Read about 14 different agriculture workers and their contribution to Oklahoma's farming. After reading, have your class complete several activities such as researching an agriculturist, writing a research paper, creating a wanted poster, and working on an Oklahoma map. Note: There are a variety of cross-curricular applications provided in this resource.
Through a guided, non-fiction reading lesson, readers respond to a variety of informational texts and narratives about dirt and animals that dig. Learners match digging animals with their physical traits, write an expository piece about a digging animal, locate facts and opinions within the text, and practice other non-fiction reading strategies. They also perform experiments involving dirt and make pottery using clay.
The story of Christopher Columbus has fascinated young historians for centuries; use this vocabulary-in-context strategy to dive into Kimberly Weinberger's picture book about this classic explorer. Begin by introducing the new words: cloth, faraway, honor, natives, and possible. Go over word meanings before reading the story aloud, asking kids to indicate when they hear one of these words. There are comprehension questions for each of these words to get scholars making connections to familiar concepts, and the graphic organizers will help visual learners.
Learners read a passage (included) about America, its land, and seas. Students think about the meanings of the words contrasts, vast, grasslands, fertile, bayous, glaciers, tundra, and plateaus. They label illustrations with the correct vocabulary words and complete several other activities. They finish by writing the vocabulary word on the line next to its meaning.