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Eleventh graders research the acquisition of colonial outposts throughout the Pacific Ocean by the United States during the late-nineteenth century. They present their findings to the class and propose which countries or territories the United States should use for better trade relations.
Students share information about falcons, then read about how farmers are using falcons. In this falcon lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a think-pair-share discussion about ways animals are used for crop protection. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine the historical significance of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Golden Spike Ceremony in Promontory, Utah, which honored its completion. In one activity they plan and recreate a grander, more appropriate Golden Spike ceremony.
Students research some of the factors that affect the cohesiveness and integration of countries. identify, classify and explain ways in which a country's borders might affect its political cohesiveness. They label countries on a world map according to morphology categories.
Students identify the natural resources throughout the world and how people use them. Using the natural resources, they research the environmental and human impacts related to the extraction process. They choose one of their most valuable possessions and research its extraction process. They write a paragraph about the information they have gained and if they are going to continue to buy that product that harms the environment.
Second in a series of five lessons, this instructional activity encourages preteens to consider cities as urban ecosystems. First, they keep a food diary for a few days. They visit the Natrional Agricultural Statistics Service website for current data on food production. They take a virtual tour of ancient Mesopotamia and discuss how the improvement of food production is related to the development of cities. Standing alone, this instructional activity does not stand out. Check out the other lessons in the series though. You may find the mini-unit valuable. for upper elementary world history.
Second in a three-part lesson on rivers, this lesson focuses on the flooding that occurs in riparian locations. First, learners take a look at facts about the Amazon River. They read online materials and fill in a worksheet as they proceed. In small groups, they research famous flash floods. There are many resource links to reading materials, making this a terrific scientific literacy lesson in addition to it being an enhancement to your earth science curriculum.
Cities are compared to living, breathing, metabolizing organisms. Fourth in a five-part series of lessons, this one focuses on the flow of materials through a city. Links to interesting websites and images make your delivery of information more interesting. Poetry about waste brings an interdisciplinary aspect to the lesson plan, which concludes by having collaborative groups prepare presentations to the class about what they learned.
Have your class investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve Banks in this 29 page unit. They participate in a banking activity that explores the fractional reserve banking system. They identify the three basic functions of the Federal Reserve System and reflect on the validity of a dozen statements about the Federal Reserve.
Second graders define the elements of a community and identify why Trenton is a community. For this community lesson, 2nd graders observe items from Trenton, view recreation in Trenton, and an item made in Trenton long ago. Students will draw conclusion about why these things are examples of a community. Students create posters about Trenton.
Learn about the diversity of the culture of Lebanon through this series of cross-curricular lessons. Compare and contrast various cultures through activities and readings. An introduction to the culture of Lebanon is included along with explanations of food, religion, and recreation. Learners will be able to compare their own culture to that of an Arab culture.