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Students complete activities to compare, contrast, and draw conclusions for a lesson about the Florida Everglades. For this drawing conclusions lesson, students watch videos about a scientists study of pig frogs that live in the Florida Everglades and complete a note taking worksheet. Students draw conclusions, read independently, and draw conclusions.
How can you make the two halves symetric? Scholars use the concept of symmetry to complete five images which are only half-drawn. The fun part about this exercise is that they aren't copying geometric shapes. There is a face, sun, kite, house, and Christmas tree here, which opens up opportunities to extend this by asking kids to draw half of an image of their choice, cut off at its line of symmetry. Next, they fill in pegboards to match a pre-filled side. Make sure scholars understand that creating a symmetrical image and coloring in the same pegs aren't the same thing.
Help young mathematicians read and interpret numbers from 1 to 10 and sequence them correctly with this card game. Using a deck of cards and two to three classmates, have one player hand out ten cards to each gamer and then put the extra cards in a draw pile. Without looking, players will arrange their ten cards face-down in two rows of five cards. The first player will draw a card from the draw pile, for example, a 6 of spades. Black is now indicated as their color to play for the game. They will then replace the 6th card in their arrangement with the 6 of spades and then play the replaced card if they can, and will keeping playing until they are stopped. Player 2 will do the same. The game ends when one player has all ten cards of the correct color (black or red) sequentially placed correctly in their arrangement. Note: This game needs to be modeled with teacher support several times to help learners get the hang of it.
Geometers hit the town to examine signs and analyze their geometric shape attributes. First, review these concepts using the linked podcast and assess comprehension with the interactive shape attribute tool, also an online link. As you project these, scholars can take notes and draw the shapes. Be sure to cover shape identification as well as sides, vertices, angles, and symmetry. Give scholars guided practice with the attached worksheet, which has them find shapes in photographs. Finally, small groups search around town with digital cameras (or online if a field trip isn't feasible) to find their assigned shape(s), which they present to the class later in a slide show. The example link in the extension ideas doesn't work.
Why does Ambrose Bierce set “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” in the south during the Civil War? Why does he have Peyton Farquhar set to be hanged on a railroad bridge? The narrator of this video models how to highlight descriptions of the setting and how to use a T-Chart to sort and contrast these descriptions to reveal patterns. Viewers are then shown how to draw inferences about the story based on observations. Part of a six-part series that uses Bierce’s story as an anchor text, this video can be used alone to model the process.
Difficult redistricting concepts are covered in a context that will make it understandable to your government scholars. They begin with a KWL on the term redistricting and then watch a video to answer some questions. They analyze political cartoons using a graphic organizer (included), focusing on satire. Scholars find their own state districting boundaries and reflect on the implications. Finally, they use another handout to create their own political cartoon based on opinions they have formed about gerrymandering. Learners can also write a letter to their state legislature expressing these views. A rubric is included.
Take little ones outside for a scientific observation and investigation. The class treks through the school yard to observe living things in the environment. When they return to class, they engage in a think aloud activity, are introduced to writing with a scientific purpose, and create journal entries. The journal entries are typed and corrected by the teacher and placed on their circles of life drawings, which are based on their outdoor observations.
Now here is a really helpful lesson plan that incorporates plant parts and the all-so-important identification of poison ivy. First graders examine all the parts common to plants; stems, roots, leaves, and flowers. They then turn their attention to one plant with a poisonous touch. They read a very cute story about a pig who outsmarted a wolf using poison ivy, look at several pictures of the ivy in various environments, and then discuss why poison ivy makes you itch. The lesson plan culminates with a summative assessment where the class draws, writes, and labels mini-posters warning others about the poisonous plant.
In this drawing in science worksheet, students read about what is needed to complete a drawing in order to communicate ideas and discoveries in science. Students analyze a drawing of a volcano and indicate the problems with the drawing. They also practice drawing a ladybug and label it's body parts.