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Functional Classroom Design
Students work in groups to design an effective and functional classroom. In this classroom design activity, students discuss community and make a mental map and sketch of their classroom. Students complete a handout about the design process and then use the steps to design their own classroom. Students create their designs and present them to their class.
Wind Through Your Socks
Students collect and graph data. In this algebra lesson, students investigate speed and distance and their application in the real world. They relate concepts of algebra and geometry as it relates to distance, vectors and speed.
Power of Germs
Students view the film, Guns, Germs, and Warfare. They create projects based on the impact of germs on the development of societies and countries.
Cause and Effect
In groups, learners they look for key words to help locate a cause and effect relationship. They create a t-chart with the information they discover and share it with the class.
We Are Colony! Settlement Design
Students explore government systems. In this colonial America lesson, students consider colonial settlement needs as they design settlements that can sustain themselves and meet the needs of colonists.
Packing for a Transcontinental Expedition
Students investigate what kinds of supplies would be needed for a trans-continental expedition. They watch a video about the Lewis and Clark expedition, develop a list of supplies, create a graph, and compare/contrast their list with the list of supplies collected by Lewis.
Lesson Plan: Global Warming
Students explore the concept of global warming. In this climate change instructional activity, students explore the provided links to PBS NOW sources and research the greenhouse effect and the effects of global warming. Students support their stances on the issues as they write persuasive papers and complete a final project of their choosing.
Testing DNA and the Death Penalty
High schoolers explore issues surrounding death penalty debate and participate in a values-clarification activity to help them form their opinions on this topic. They create a talk show to discuss issues involved with DNA testing and the death penalty.
Development of Democracy: American Revolution
Eighth graders investigate the major events leading to the American Revolution and American democracy. They play the game Capture the Flag, read text and answer discussion questions, and complete a graphic organizer.
Indentured Servitude and Immigration
Students examine indentured servitude. In this Teaching Tolerance instructional activity, students compare indentured servitude of colonial America to the undocumented immigration of today. Students write reflections regarding how they feel about immigration.
What’s So Bad About “That’s So Gay”?
Students explore the concept of inappropriate language. For this prejudice in language lesson, students examine how the phrase "That's so gay" is language that hurts others.
The Sunni/Shia Split in Iraq
Young scholars examine the historic Shia-Sunni conflict to assess its present-day status in Iraq and determine how it might play out in postwar Iraq. In this World History lesson, students research the factors that contribute to the current schism between the two groups in Iraq. Young scholars predict the status of the Shia-Sunni relationship in postwar Iraq.
South Africa Lesson Robben Island: Prisoner Nelson Mandela
High schoolers read the Robben Island experience section of Nelson Mandela's biography. They investigate the emotional aspects of Nelson Mandela's and others' political imprisonment.
A Race to Watch: Campaign 2008, The Role of Technology and the Internet
Learners listen to a statement about the role the Internet plays in the political process and respond by placing a card under the appropriate agree/disagree sign at the front of the room. Students brainstorm reasons to select their choice. They read an article "Presidential Campaigns Explore a New Medium." Learners discuss the article. They visit websites of their choice of candidates to see how the Internet is being used.
LESSON PLAN: CONTROLLING NUCLEAR WEAPONS: DEBATING THE NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY
Ninth graders examine various nuclear weapons. In this American Government lesson, 9th graders conduct primary source research to investigate nuclear weapons and the international nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Students compose a written response about what they learned about nuclear weapons and the Nonproliferation Treaty.
Testing the Hypothesis
Middle schoolers create and conduct various experiments to determine the origin of a family artifact, and then determine whether their results were successful. Students summarize their results and evaluate whether their hypotheses were correct.
Interviewing A Parent
Students conduct an interview with a family member to research their family history. They prepare a list of questions, conduct the interview, and determine which house to visit for an artifact search.
Students research safe driving habits. They complete a team project about safety hazards and learn strategies to avoid hazard or injury while driving. They practice making appropriate decisions while driving.
Controlling Nuclear Weapons: Debating the Non-proliferation Treaty
Learners brainstorm about their prior knowledge of nuclear weapons and answer questions related to nuclear weapons based upon this brainstorming.
Before We Travel, We Research
Students conduct research on a historical site in preparation for a field trip. In small groups, they conduct research, and present the information to the class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation or poster.