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Chemistry hopefuls experience four different types of chemical reactions: single displacement, double displacement, synthesis, and decomposition. They will apply identification tests to the products as well. While this is absolutely a comprehensive chemistry lab, it is also designed to address the Common Core initiative for science literacy. You will appreciate the ease in teaching the lesson due to the well-thought-out plans provided.
Reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck with your class and looking for an extension activity? Incorporate art and drama as a way of further exploring the themes presented in this work of literature. Start off in groups, each receiving a different piece of artwork to critique and discuss in light of the social issues depicted in The Pearl. Or if a dramatic activity sounds more appealing, use the Role Play Scenario worksheet include here to get students up from their seats and acting out how social issues may affect their own adolescent lives. Note: To complete the lesson as written, you will need several additional materials that are not included.
Analyze and create a well-known, but little studied form of literature: the fable. After learning important vocabulary associated with this genre, use the well-known fable, The Hare and the Tortoise to illustrate the various parts of a fable. This collaborative work as a class should prepare your class for the next creative step: writing and performing their own fable! This resource is great because in addition to an easy-to-follow lesson plan, it provides all the worksheets, graphic organizers, and rubrics students need to feel supported. Note: You will need to provide fables for your class to work with, as this resource only contains the one.
Introduce your class to the world of economics in this ELD lesson plan, which takes them through a market simulation. They work in teams to create businesses and produce products or services. Each team must buy materials as well as pay off loans and make hourly wages. This is supposed to last for two weeks, with the tasks of each day carefully detailed in the plan. It states that the lesson plan is for 2nd and 4th grade, but it might be more successful in a junior high or high school class.
If a blue jay could talk, what would it say? Find out by reading Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-jay Yarn" with your class. Make sure to discuss dialect beforehand and adopt the accent while you read. Compare and contrast American English and dialect by examining quotes and filling out a Venn diagram. Once your learners have a grasp of dialect, and once you have modeled how to write in dialect, have pairs compose and perform brief fables that feature birds that speak in dialect.
Middle schoolers work in groups to expose healthy plants to various environmental conditions. Each group is assigned a different amount of lemon juice to add to their water source, simulating acid rain. Some water is administered through the soil to the roots, and some is dropped onto a single leaf daily. Every other day over a two week period, they record their observations. An organized lesson plan is provided for the teacher and links to handouts are provided for investigators.
Using the Bohr model, review the structure of an atom with your young chemists. Groups will then work together to research a scientist who contributed to our current atomic theory: John Dalton, J.J. Thompson, Ernest Rutehrford, or Niels Bohr. They record the information on a chart and then present it to the class. A grading rubric is included for your convenience.
What a great idea! The game "You Sank My Battleship" is perfect for understanding the coordinate plane and ordered pairs. Gung-ho battle masters plot ordered pairs using the coordinate plane to determine in which quadrant these ordered pairs lie. They show mastery of plotting ordered pairs to sink the opposing team's battleship.
In the second of a two-part instructional activity, young learners act out the story of The Three Little Pigs. After reading an alternate version, class members use a Venn diagram to discuss how the wolf's feelings differ from those of the pigs. In the culminating activity kids make a triorama where they record similarities and differences in the stories and draw the characters. Suggestions for adaptations, extensions, and resource links are included.
Sixth graders demonstrate understanding by creating a visual product. They will read The Big Balloon Race, by Eleanor Coerr and create a chart using vocabulary from the book. They also write a poem on hot air balloons using the newly acquired vocabulary. In the end, they craft their own paper hot air balloon.
Fourth graders, after brainstorming what the word "guide" means, examine how to use guide words in a dictionary to locate words. They define "guide," identify guide words in a variety of dictionaries and locate words using guide words. Each student also completes a number of practice pages of words.
What happens during a natural disaster? Science and language arts come together in this resource, which works from three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Earthquake Terror," "Eye of the Storm: Chasing Storms with Warren Faidley," and "Volcanoes"). ELD pupils will benefit from the differentiated vocabulary lists and sentence frames. The stories and provided questions help them practice sequencing events, expressing fact and opinion, and comparing and contrasting details.
From the Titanic to the Iditarod, your ELD pupils will be on a whirlwind adventure with these four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Akiak," "Grandfather's Journey," "Finding the Titanic," and "By the Shore of Silver Lake"). By practicing their conventions and vocabulary in differentiated sentence frames, they can also reinforce their literacy skills, such as expressing the author's viewpoint and finding the main idea.