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Spark interest in a current issue while simultaneously developing a deep understanding of complex ideas. This excellent cross-disciplinary unit idea incorporates English and science in the study of the rain forest and the dangers facing it and its inhabitants. Through a series of authentic learning tasks including a research report, a poem, a travel brochure, a letter, and a puppet show, students learn declarative knowledge about the rain forest while practicing procedural English skills.
Fourth graders explore language arts by analyzing poetry styles. In this writing analysis lesson, 4th graders read several sample poems in class and identify similes, metaphors and other figurative language within them. Students analyze a song of their choice and discuss the poetic language within it before their class.
Poems carved into the wooden walls of the Asian immigrant prisons on Angel Island provide upper elementary graders an opportunity to study not only the story behind the poems but to also focus on the figurative language employed by the poets. Poems, discussion questions, extension activities, a pre-writing graphic organizer, and resource links are included. A powerful, richly detailed lesson.
Explore language arts by reading two similar stories in order to compare and contrast them in class. Young readers read two Aunt Isabel books, by Kate Duke, and discuss the main characters, plot, and setting. They complete a graphic organizer about the stories and illustrate their own depictions of the narrative. In the end, they will understand the construction behind a good tale!
Inviting parents into the classroom for an “Afternoon in Antarctica” concludes this integrated Social Studies/Language Arts unit study of Antarctica. Young explorers read books about the continent and use their research findings to build dioramas, write stories or poems pertaining to the place, and to create a power point presentation. On visiting day, class members teach parents how to use a compass and GPS and distribute penguin food during the viewing.
Intended for native Spanish speakers, this plan provides an opportunity to create a class semantic web describing the different seasons and listen to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Learners will work together to revise their semantic webs, replacing the adjectives with richer, more developed vocabulary.
Combine art and word analysis in a instructional activity about genus and species. Elementary children sleuth out the meaning of scientific names for a number of shark species using a prefix and suffix definition chart. They then draw an image of the shark based upon their "translation." Afterward, they compare their drawings with the included images. Handouts, answer keys, and extension suggestions will make the instructional activity go swimmingly.