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Upper elementary and middle schoolers examine the role of Chinese immigrants in America. They investigate literature, history and cultures of Chinese-Americans. This ambitious plan takes two weeks to complete, and it brings in elements of science, and history as well as language arts. Many fine activities and websites are embedded in this 11-page plan.
A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures is par-for-the-course for most fifth grade classrooms. This set of lesson plans is worth looking into if you are a fifth grade teacher! In them, learners focus on the geography and culture of the Meso-American civilizations. They engage in hands-on activities and a host of language arts-based activities that require them to listen, write, read, and speak in front of others. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fine series of plans.
What a lovely way to incorporate artwork into your language arts lesson. View artwork in illustrated manuscript pages, depicting insects, animals, plants, flowers, and ornate writing in the Getty Museum. Practice using figurative language to describe the rich resources and then create a work of art that illustrates a figurative saying with a drawing of flora and/or fauna, and text written in ornate script. Contains links to relevant botanical and insect drawings.
Young language arts learners write and illustrate a short fantasy story based on the book Corduroy. First, learners need to develop a character. Then, through their writing and illustrations, they take their characters on adventures through the Getty Museum. The perfect post-field trip activity, learners could complete this creative project after any field-trip!
Kids fight obesity by comparing the USDA food intake suggestions to what they personally consume throughout the day. They watch a video, read texts, and explore related vocabulary which they use as they compose an oral presentation. Hand outs and video links are included.
In order to investigate cetntripetal force and angular momentum, youngsters compare the motion of erasers hung from a string. It is not clear what type of Amish toy is needed in the warm up activity, so you may not be able to use it. The activity that follows is simplistic, but serves its purpose of getting physical science learners to investigate circular motion. Two language arts, a social studies, and a math activity are also suggested as cross-curricular supplements.
If you happen to live in Indiana, or a neighboring state, and are planning a field trip to the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, then this lesson plan will suit your needs quite well. In it, suggestions for activities before, during, and after the visit are clearly spelled out for you. There are language arts, science, and math ideas present, as well as a twelve-question quiz at the end.
Here is a fabulous activity on the Earth's radiant energy system. This amazing, 31-page document is chock-full of great activities, worksheets, lab sheets, quizzes, rubrics, and assessments. Learners model and explain cloud formation, calculate incoming and outgoing radiation, identify aerosols in the earth's atmosphere, and make climate predictions. This is one of the finest educational resources I've come across! Highly recommended for your upper-elementary and middle schoolers.
Students will compare their lives to that of Ruby Bridges after they listen to her story and draw conclusions from their own experiences. For this Language Arts lesson, students will be able to understand that African Americans used to not be allowed to do the same things as Caucasians. As a class, you will brainstorm similarities and differences between the students lives and that of Ruby Bridges
Elementary schoolers take a look at the work of sculptor Roxanne Swentzell. They pay particular attention to her work, Mud Woman Rolls On. Then, the young artists use clay to create a sculpture of their own which has the theme of a storyteller. All of the instructions and materials needed to implement the instructional activity are clearly laid out for you in the plan. The pieces of art that kids make during the activity will become instant family treasures.
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.
Are you looking for a cross-curricular activity between science and language arts, or a writing project for your environmental science class? Examine water as a scarce natural resource instead of taking it for granted. Middle schoolers identify the traits of potable water, and research local water sources to determine if they are impaired or not.
Students identify story elements in books by Patricia Polacco. In this story elements lesson, students listen to Lightening Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco before discussing its story elements. They fill in a story elements chart as a group before working with a partner and ultimately, independently on the same task with different books.
Examine the use of exaggeration in narrative writing. Elementary scholars listen to a read aloud of Patricia McKissack's, A Million Fish... More or Less, before defining the word exaggeration. They record the use of exaggeration in the book, and then write a narrative story that uses it.
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!
Youngsters learn about community through exploration of their own neighborhood.In this lesson about community, young scholars create a community in their classroom. Students think about what their community looks like by making a map. Young scholars create a class newspaper to understand how people in the community get information. Students are challenged in multiple disciplines including social studies, language arts, and art, as they go through six activities to create their class community.