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Students design ways to accommodated voters with disabilities. In this creative problem solving instructional activity, students use the ADA checklist for polling places and universal design principles to evaluate a polling place. They draw plans showing their improvements.
Eighth graders apply the six steps in technology problem solving as they use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Checklist for Polling Places and the seven Universal Design Principles to evaluate and make recommendations for changes in a polling place to accommodate voters with disabilities.
Here's an exciting and innovative lesson that's sure to get your charges fired up! In it, they use engineering design principles to construct and test a fully solar powered car. One caveat: the kits that each group needs to make their cars is $35.00 each (2012 prices). However, this looks to be a worthwhile investment in your middle schoolers' learning! The lesson is packed with all sorts of valuable, real-life learning and kids should be excited to test out their creations in a variety of ways. Terrific worksheets, websites, and detailed instructions on how to test the cars are all embedded in this delightful plan.
Middle school learners create original covers for fiction or nonfiction books. They access various technologies to combine text and graphics to reflect their perspective of a recently-studied work of literature. In addition, they complete a a summary and analysis of the literary work that reflects the author's intent and style.
Students explore different works of art by contemporary Canadian Aboriginal artists and express their cultural identity by creating a work of art. In this Canadian Aboriginal art lesson, students view Canadian Aboriginal art and view the techniques and effects used. Students then create their own art from family photographs and momentos.
Students work in pairs to share ideas and materials. They are seated at a large table with the following materials at hand: a variety of colored paper stock, colored markers, crayons, painting, glue and glitter pens, scissors, samples of Circle Time props. Students are given a short introductory lesson on "Circle Time", what is it? Why do we do it? Why do we use props to enhance the experience?