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Fifth graders examine what it means to be a bystander to a situation and develop a list of synonyms for the word. They talk about different roles bystanders can have in a situation such as a fight. They work in pairs to decide how they would react in a similar situation.
Students examine drug and alcohol abuse by American teens. In this health journalism lesson, students read the USA Today article titled "Boomers Assess High School", respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article.
Students work in small groups to research the key abolitionist and their motivations. Then, they create posters to go along with the research that they found. Finally, students identify and interpret the abolitionists varied approach to finally ending slavery and the purpose for a continuum.
Explore events prior to World War II. Learners view replicas of authentic photographs and hand written documents representing the viewpoints of Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain. They discuss alternate viewpoints, consider historical information, and construct opinions about Chamberlain's actions concerning appeasement.
Students examine the arguments for and against the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. In groups, they must assign the Vietnam War a just or unjust war using the techniques used to fight and the reasons used by the government to declare war. They present their ideas to the class making sure to support their arguments. To end the lesson, they develop viable alternates to war.
Young scholars and parents define bullying behaviors and discuss effective coping techniques. In this bullying behaviors lesson, students create a role playing presentation in which they show how to diffuse explosive situations. Parents view the presentation and discuss bullying and school violence.