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Fourth graders explore the life of the inventor of Kool-Aid to unearth concepts of a market economy. Vocabulary presented helps support the learning process.
Fourth graders conduct Internet research on George W. Norris and identify his accomplishments. They analyze their research information, list George W. Norris's character traits, and create a flipbook.
Fourth graders delve into a hunt for information on an African American activist from the state of Nebraska. Primary and secondary sources of data are utilized in this search.
Study word choice and connotation in advertising. Readers examine campaign ads, both negative and positive, from the 2006 mid-term election. They read and discuss an article and analyze a campaign of any candidate they choose. Finally, they develop storyboards for positive campaigns. With a little more prep time (check for current ads online), the resource could be easily updated to cover current election campaigns. 
Build a class synonym list and enrich your classroom vocabulary! Learners choose any word, think about what it means to them, and build synonym poems around their words. This is a great way to encourage an understanding of word connotations and relationships.
Sympathetic, sarcastic, insensitive. Clarify for your learners the ways that writers use language to reveal their purpose in writing and their attitude toward their subject. Expand upon the presentation by including additional specific examples of the terms discussed and by asking your viewers to craft their own.
Even though pennies seem to be relatively thin, stack enough of them into a single stack, and you could have quite a high stack. Enough so, that the final result can be a surprise to you as well as your class. This activity centers around using fractions, very large numbers, and unit conversions to describe length. Extensions to include scientific notation are also explored. 
Use this artistic activity in a unit about word choice or as part of your ongoing vocabulary development routine. Helpful for both narrative and informational text, the approach prompts middle schoolers to create art from words to express meaning and connotation. Engage your artistic learners by honoring their need to create beauty as part of their learning. 
A key element of literary criticism is the analysis of diction and tone. The 26 slides in this presentation model for scholars the questions to ask when forming an analysis. Loaded with examples and practice exercises, the presentation could be used with any class involved with literary criticism.
A new close reading approach is introduced as learners continue with the novel Eagle Song in the twelfth lesson of this unit. This reading comprehension strategy focuses on identifying the character, setting, motivation, problem, and resolution in a text. The teacher first exposes the class to this strategy in a guided practice rereading of the Iroquois Constitution, originally covered in the previous unit. Using a graphic organizer, the class identifies the the specific elements of the writing in order to better understand its meaning. Young scholars then work independently, rereading specific sections of Eagle Song as they practice using this new technique. Though the lesson is specifically designed for this novel, the reading strategy it teaches can be applied to any text. 
Disguises and role playing are the focus of a resource that uses Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Henry IV, Part I, to demonstrate how we all play many parts in our lives; how we all are “merely players.” The many activities ask class members to work in groups, pairs, and individually to create roles and reflect on the implications for the characters and themselves. A wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, wonderful resource.
Designing or finding high-interest, engaging activities to extend learning opportunities can be a challenge. Whether or not you plan on using The Fantastiks, try to remember to never say no to adding this menu of activities to your curriculum library. Learners gather background information, investigate and take a stand on the controversy surround the play, design posters, sets, and brochures, respond to questions, and select an essay prompt.  Although designed for gifted learners as extensions beyond the standard curriculum, the activities could be adapted for use in any classroom and with any play. Rubrics are included for each assignment detailed in the packet. You need not be sixteen years old to enjoy these enrichment activities.
Using or considering using Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? Then this packet is a must for your curriculum library. The examination of how Hurston combines folklore and folk language to create the voice of her characters, will not only help readers comprehend the dialogue, but will also reveal her mastery of traditional literary techniques. The final assessment asks individuals to apply what they have learned about how Hurston captures the voice and culture of an African American community to her short story, "Spunk."
Expose your class to Shakespearean language with a manageable excerpt from As You Like It. A wonderfully comprehensive plan, this resource requires pupils to use higher-level thinking skills to interact with a complex text and connect literary devices to thematic meaning. Middle schoolers will examine diction, imagery, sound devices, figurative language, and more through the six provided activities.
Probability prevails in this assignment as youngsters determine the probability of finding a blue pen in a cereal box when they can come in blue, green, yellow, or red. Learners set up a simulation to determine the outcome of compound events.
Seventh grade statisticians randomly select five states and then determine the mean area. The class then works together to create a dot plot of their results. 
In a fun and interactive two-day lesson, learners sort anole lizard pictures by appearance. Next, they watch a video about the anoles and re-sort based on the information in the video. In addition to physical characteristics, budding biologists look for DNA differences between the anoles and create an evolutionary family tree.
A comprehensive resource gets fourth grade physical scientists making observations about the period of a pendulum and then applying knowledge to a playground swing. Through seven different stations, they will record observations and measurements about how the pendulum works. You will find everything you need except the stopwatches, meter sticks, graph paper, and the pendulums themselves. Otherwise, find printable handouts, detailed teacher notes, procedures, and a slide show presentation for conducting this with your class. 
To examine the “New English” Chinua Achebe uses in Things Fall Apart, readers complete a series of worksheets that ask them to examine similes, proverbs, and African folktales contained in the novel. Individuals explain the meaning behind the comparison in the similes, identify proverbs explaining what they say about the values of Igbo society, and analyze African folktales. Groups compare and consider their findings before the whole class discusses how Achebe uses “the English language to tell an African story.”
“I am. I think. I will.” Seek the secrets of words. Ayn Rand’s Anthem provides the text for a series of exercises that ask readers to analyze how Rand uses antimetabole, epistrophe, parallelism, and repetition to create meaning. Using the provided worksheets and graphic organizers, individuals explain the meaning of passages, analyze how Rand uses various grammatical devices to underscore her point, and then create their own examples. 

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