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Students become familiar with the concepts of community and neighborhood and what buildings are associated with these. In this neighborhood instructional activity, students tour the neighborhood as a class, observing and taking photos of the local buildings. Once back in the classroom, students work in small groups and are assigned a public building that they are in charge of designing.
Students work in groups to design an effective and functional classroom. For this classroom design lesson, 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.

Power of Germs

6th - 12th
Students view the film, Guns, Germs, and Warfare. They create projects based on the impact of germs on the development of societies and countries.
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.
Students explore government systems. For this colonial America lesson, students consider colonial settlement needs as they design settlements that can sustain themselves and meet the needs of colonists.
Learners 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.
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.
Students explore the concept of global warming. For this climate change lesson, 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.
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.
Students examine indentured servitude. In this Teaching Tolerance lesson, students compare indentured servitude of colonial America to the undocumented immigration of today. Students write reflections regarding how they feel about immigration.
Students explore the concept of inappropriate language. In this prejudice in language lesson plan, students examine how the phrase "That's so gay" is language that hurts others.
Students 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 activity, students research the factors that contribute to the current schism between the two groups in Iraq.  Students predict the status of the Shia-Sunni relationship in postwar Iraq.
The New York Times "Education" section posts an extensive instructional activity 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 instructional activity 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.
Students read the Robben Island experience section of Nelson Mandela's biography. They investigate the emotional aspects of Nelson Mandela's and others' political imprisonment.
High schoolers 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." High schoolers discuss the article. They visit websites of their choice of candidates to see how the Internet is being used.
Ninth graders examine various nuclear weapons. For 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.
Students 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.
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.
Middle schoolers research three careers and write an essay in which they give specific information about each. In this career lesson, students use career finder to discover information about three careers. Middle schoolers will discuss each career in an essay.

Driving Safely

9th - 12th
Learners 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.