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Active Reading with American History
Explore connections within and between informational texts with this lesson plan about encyclopedia articles. Middle schoolers write encyclopedia articles focusing on topics in American history. They discuss how to determine credibility online, practice fact checking, assess their own ability to read actively and skeptically, and write memos that educate others on how to do so.
5th - 12th English Language Arts
The Civil Rights Movement Encyclopedia
Middle schoolers conduct research on the Civil Rights Movement and participants in order to create an encyclopedia with alphabetical articles about some of the leaders and the ordinary people who made a difference in the movement. The articles for the encyclopedia are written so first-graders are able to read and understand.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Learners elucidate themselves by writing up to six entries in different formats. Some formatting choices include a dictionary, encyclopedia, or atlas entry, a magazine article, a newspaper article, and a table of contents. Some structural hints are included for each of the six formats.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson 3: Encyclopedias
After being introduced to non-fiction texts, second graders meet a different type of non-fiction text that can help them locate factual information. They discuss and examine all of the features found in typical encyclopedias such as, guide words, alphabetical organization, subject and topics.
2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Taming the Wild Wiki
Take a look at the credibility of online sources such as Wikipedia. Discussion points and handouts are included to facilitate a meaningful and informative dialogue. Tips are given on how to determine if a Wikipedia article is reliable and how to find the original article being referenced.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Encyclopedia Research and WWI
Middle schoolers research World War I. In this library media lesson, students use several resources, including encyclopedias, to find out facts about World War I. Middle schoolers locate at least two encyclopedia articles and compare the information they find in both resources.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Using an Encyclopedia Scavenger Hunt
Students practice finding topics within an encyclopedia while reinforcing facts learned in the classroom curriculum. They conduct an encyclopedia scavenger hunt for topics and facts discussed in class and assess skills they need to promote research.
3rd - 4th Social Studies & History
Black and White in United States History: A Gray Area
Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new information should be used to enhance the information contained in standard texts.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification
Worms, insects, snails, and clams are all macroinvertebrates, they are also the topic of a lesson plan on aquatic animals. Kids take a trip to an aquatic environment where they each collect and contain a specimen for further examination. They discuss the nature of animal adaptations and then research the adaptive traits of their specimens.
4th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
An Encyclopedia of Animals
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book An Encyclopedia of Animals. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts
Where Your Food Comes From
For this age of globalization, the foods we eat often come from countries scattered all around the world. This research-based lesson asks young scholars to pick two of their favorite food items and investigate the origins of their ingredients.
4th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Literature biography project
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
One Man’s Terrorist…Another Man’s Freedom Fighter
Why is there no universal definition for terrorism? What tactics and objectives do terrorist groups share? Through an engaging and collaborative activity, as well as using rich informational texts and guided notes, lead your class members through an examination of the history of terrorism, as well as an analysis of major terrorist groups that exist today.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How to Cite Online Resources and Complete Bibliographic Citations
Have your young researchers write a paragraph essay after completing research using an online virtual library. They demonstrate how to write bibliographic citations for online encyclopedias, online magazines, and print resources. They then use word processing software to write a bibliography.
6th - 7th English Language Arts
Gathering And Recording Bibliography Information
Use WebQuest of Nation Parks to research the physical, historical, geographical, and ecological aspects of various National Parks. Pupils use the site to explore the importance and process of creating a bibliography. Instruction is focused on bibliographies for books, magazines, encyclopedia articles, and web pages.
5th - 6th Technology & Engineering