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Students work together in order to become acquainted with the concept of small group communication. They define the main characteristics of a small group and discuss the different approaches of communication. The lesson includes an instructional outline for the teacher to use for direct instruction.
A viewing of the documentary War Feels Like War, launches an exploration of the importance of accurate and comprehensive war reporting. Groups investigate various news agencies and assess the factors that influence their stories. A powerful, balanced approach to a controversial topic.
Peer review of science laboratory reports? You bet! First, learners work in pairs to review a scientific article. Then they trade lab reports for peer review. Guidelines are described to help you smoothly lead them through the process. The end result, is the publishing of a classroom scientific journal! Consider doing this lesson well before your science fair so that their project reports are written by experienced and peer-critiqued young scientists!
Combine the study of poetry and non-fiction texts with this complete and ready-to-use six-week unit. After reading numerous poems from local writers and compiling a personal anthology, high schoolers find and read a memoir or biography of a chosen poet. As a culminating activity, they each present their poet's life and works as they attempt to answer the guiding question, “How can a poet’s life affect her or his art?”
Students devise a system for watering classroom plants during school year and summer breaks. In this watering system lesson, students work in teams to investigate water needs of plants and develop systems that will keep the plants watered during times when the students are not in school.
The New York Times "Education" section posts an extensive lesson on vitamin and mineral deficiencies. It involves class discussion, examination of food packaging labels, and the reading of a blog post about Vitamin D. The highlight of the lesson is that small groups each research a different nutrient and create an informative poster. In addition, they write a narrative of a person who has a deficiency of the assigned vitamin or mineral. Afterward, individuals examine each poster and take notes, then they use the notes to diagnose the patients in the narratives.
Young scholars explore the prevalence of racism and statistical segregation in America's schools. They design a project to investigate how the racial makeup of their school compares to other schools. In addition, they evaluate their design and the validity of collected data.
Students consider the impact home construction has on the environment. In this family science lesson, students use the Internet and various sources to explore the different choices in home construction. This lesson includes several online activities/worksheets, modifications, and enrichment activities.
In this collaborative project students will work together to research the effects of boxing. They will then present their information to the class and investigate possible injuries that can be sustained during boxing. Extensions: Watch parts of the movie Unforgivable Blackness by Ken Burns.
What are political parties and what so strategists do? For this political analysis lesson, students analyze political strategies to understand their strengths and weaknesses. They use key details from the text to learn how to create political strategies for both political parties.