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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.
“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.”
This math packet includes four different activities which puts linear equations and line of best fit in the context of real world applications. Each activity uses a different linear math modeling equation and asks the learners to complete several questions. And grading will be a breeze, because answers are included.
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.
Read and analyze a variety of Shakespearean and contemporary puns using Visual Thesaurus computer software. Middle and high schoolers analyze a pun as a class; in small groups they analyze a Shakespearean pun using contextual clues and the Visual Thesaurus. Each group then writes an original pun.
What's the best resource to use when looking up words? Use Visual Thesaurus to see a word's meaning. The class accesses the interactive website and then compares and contrasts the difference between using a traditional dictionary and the Visual Thesaurus. They compare and contrast the process for using each resource and create an informational word poster.
If you teach AP English language and composition and are looking for a way to address the differences between written and spoken arguments, consider this lesson. Over the course of three days, class members research Charles Darwin or John Paul II, write a speech in the voice of their subject, determine the two best writing samples through consensus, and analyze these for diction, syntax, bias, and figurative language. Lastly, they write either a timed or take home comparison essay.
This is a multi-faced unit that looks at circles, arcs, sectors, cylinders, cones, spheres, and hemispheres. The formulas for finding length, area, surface area, and volume are discussed with an eye towards an intuitive understanding. Vocabulary is also stressed. This unit is organized to easily use only the parts you need.
Word relationships, connotation, and denotation are the focus of an activity to teach the use of a thesaurus. Scholars seek out vocabulary words to replace common starter words; they use the new vocabulary words to write three grammatically correct sentences that demonstrate the different connotations of each.
These four lesson plans build algebra skills for working with numbers in exponential form and for examining triangles. Be aware that in the text, scientific notation is referred to as index notation and the laws of exponents as the laws of indices. Learners perform operations with numbers in this format, investigate graphs of given equations, use scientific calculators to evaluate expressions, and then calculate the angles and sides of congruent or similar triangles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This short probability question may look simple at first, but it is actually quite complex! Learners must understand independent events in context and must take into account several different scenarios. Use as an individual assignment for advanced learners, a group activity, or during a lesson.
Geometers explore symmetries of isosceles triangles by using rigid transformations of the plane. They complete four tasks, including congruence proofs, which illustrate the relationship between congruence and rigid transformations. The activity requires a thorough understanding of the definition of reflection about a line and is better suited for more sophisticated geometry students.
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.
The laws of exponents are written on a handy reference sheet. Note that since this worksheet was written in the UK, powers or exponents are also called indices (singular: index). If this does not pose a problem for you, the concepts and practice problems still apply. A total of 22 pages of examples and exercises are included in this comprehensive resource.