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Grade 1 Literacy in Social Studies: My Informational Report About Community Workers
Get ready to teach a unit about community workers that uses Common Core literacy standards as a way to connect language arts and social studies. The packet is printable and contains teaching strategies, scripted activities, and performance tasks for reading and writing with informational texts. Children will learn about and discuss the role community workers play in their everyday lives, as well as explore the use of textual evidence in their writing and their speaking. Both the reader's and writer's workshops are broken down into comprehensive tasks by day. Worksheets, graphic organizers, web links, rubric, and standard rationale are all included.
New! Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading activity does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks. Small groups work on the questions together and all pupils must decide on the author's purpose. Also included is a set of writing assignment suggestions, which could use more detail.
Direct and Indirect Characterization: A Tale of Two Cities --Mr. Lorry
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble. Provide your pupils with an opportunity to tackle complex text with a series of exercises based on a brief excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities. Brief writing assignments, a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and guided questions for the passage are included in the plan.
“. . . one man in his time plays many parts,/His acts being seven ages.” Jaques famous speech from Act II, scene vii of As you Like It sets the stage for an examination of the roles people play. Class members not only consider the roles played and masks worn by various characters in Shakespeare’s plays, but are also encouraged to examine their own. A variety of activities are included to enable learners to make text-to-self and text-to-world connections. “And so (we) play (our) part.”
Redistricting: Drawing the Lines
How can redistricting affect the outcome of state elections? How can it affect federal policy? A clip from the PBS special report, "Redistricting, Drawing the Lines," motivates class groups to investigate the origins of this political maneuver and current controversies. Handouts, extensions, activities, and rubrics are included in the richly detailed plan.
Leveled Vocabulary for And Then There Were None
Chaotic, perjury, tenacious, vague, predatory, idiosyncrasy. Using Marzano and Brown’s six steps of direct instruction for vocabulary (choose, restate, illustrate, use, discuss, play) readers of And Then There Were None engage in a series of activities to determine and clarify the meaning of level one, two, and three vocabulary drawn from Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery. The word list and suggested activities for each step are included.
New! Characterization and Nonfiction: Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?"
What does a speech reveal about the speaker? Pupils explore this question and more as they conduct a close reading of Sojourner Truth's speech. Class members activate a series of skills related to the Common Core as they analyze the text, including citing textual evidence, writing analytical commentary, using research skills, and executing a questioning strategy.
New! 6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 1: Poem
While originally created to accompany The Cay, this poetry lesson could be used on it's own, especially if you are working on dialect. Class members conduct a close reading of "When Malindy Sings" by Paul Laurence Dunbar and listen to an audio recording to get a better idea of what the dialects sounds like. After determining the main idea, partners translate stanzas and summarize the poem. Once pupils are clear on the meaning, pose the provided questions and hold a discussion.
New! 6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read
The second lesson of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and discussing literary elements such as imagery, tone, and personification. The final evaluation combines what pupils have learned about this poem, as well as the poem they studied in the previous lesson.
New! Express Yourself Lesson Seed 4
Get started with The Cay. First, provide some background information and images that relate to the novel. Then pupils can create double-entry journals. Once that is complete, read the first two chapters, encouraging individuals to record their thinking in their journals, Finally, discuss and journal about a provided statement. The class can use the sample idea organizer or freewrite.
High schoolers are introduced to the techniques associated with interpreting functions. The vocabulary associated with this technique is reviewed, then pupils view a PowerPoint (embedded in the plan), that shows how to interpret functions. Learners then break into four groups and complete the assignments given by the teacher. Fantastic lesson!
Here is a terrific lesson plan on telling time designed for 2nd graders. Learners practice how to tell time to the nearest five minutes. They learn how many seconds are in a minute, a how many minutes are in an hour, and how many hours are in a day. All of this knowledge gets put to use by playing online games on the computer, putting together flip books that are about telling time, and doing some old fashioned drill and practice. A fabulous all-around lesson that covers this important topic quite well.
Reading Poetry: "love is a place" by E. E. Cummings
Show your class how to read, and analyze poetry through the rules of grammar as you explore “love is a place” by E.E. Cummings. Some might consider this plan overbearing and beating poetry to death, which might be true, if you do all of the activities. However, the plan offers a unique way to show young learners how to read closely and deeply. The guided worksheet moves readers through the poem and has them analyze the literary devices, syntax, and grammar of the poem in search of meaning. A little part of this resource would go a long way.
Exponentials and Logarithms II
Learners are given a logarithmic function and its inverse exponential function. The task, which is to graph both compositions of the two functions, uses the inverse nature of exponents and logarithms to generalize about the properties of any two inverse functions. This activity is the second in a series of two. Note that the resource itself references only Common Core standard F-BF.4. This review, however, includes Common Core standard F-BF.5 because the task is very dependent on understanding the inverse relationship between exponents and logarithms.
Playing with values in this fruit salad problem allows learners to find out how many cherries were mixed in. Your middle schoolers can organize their thoughts in a chart before going into the equation. Eigth graders can skip the chart and go straight into equations. Ask different groups for different fruit quantities and make it a group activity.
Investigating the Climate System - Clouds
Here is a fabulous lesson on the Earth's radiant energy system. This amazing, 31-page document is chock-full of great activities, worksheets, lab sheets, quizzes, rubrics, and assessments. Learners model and explain cloud formation, calculate incoming and outgoing radiation, identify aerosols in the earth's atmosphere, and make climate predictions. This is one of the finest educational resources I've come across! Highly recommended for your upper-elementary and middle schoolers.
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System
Wow! What a lesson plan! Six terrific activities are described in great detail, in this 31-page document! Learners will model and explain cloud formation, sketch and identify certain cloud types, calculate and compare incoming and outgoing radiation, and make climate predictions based on increases or decreases in certain cloud types. I can't say enough good things about this lesson. If you are a 5th - 8th grade science teacher, check this one out for sure!
Analyzing the Language of Presidential Debates
Learners analyze the language used in political debates. In this linguistic analysis lesson, pupils study various techniques used to convey meaning and extend that knowledge with analysis of several presidential debates.
Design a Thermostat
Using a thermostat is an eco-friendly way to control indoor climate. Young engineers practice building electric circuits by designing and constructing a thermostat. Plenty of background information, a vocabulary list, links to the worksheets, and more are provided. The procedure is written as a paragraph within the lesson plan, rather than in numbered steps. The lab sheets, however, have clearly delineated steps. This is a comprehensive and practical activity to use with engineering or physics classes.
7.013 Spring 2005 Problem Set 2 - Genetics
Three pedigrees are presented for junior geneticists to interpret. Then, a double strand of DNA is printed for them to analyze. Hypothetical animal crosses are described, from which learners determine the genotypes and phenotypes of the offspring. Detailed work and thought processes are required to solve these genetics problems. The worksheet consists of a total of nine pages and makes an ideal review of heredity concepts.