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Students explore how certain foods come to be certified "organic." They write the words "organic" and "synthetic" and given the definitions of each. Students are given dictionaries. They are asked: "What is organic food?" Students grow fast growing plants like lettuce or radish, using commercial fertilizer and organic fertilizer (compost, water from a fish tank, etc).
Gold or Garbage: Website Credibility Evaluation
Young scholars conduct Internet research on website credibility. They write a speech demonstrating how to separate quality websites from unreliable websites.
Diversiones Culturales - Artistas
Students use resources provided in the library to research an artist who has impacted their area of art. They then take their information and create a PowerPoint presentation and translate the Spanish for the class so they are all acquainted with the artist being researched.
Animal Research: A Multimedia Approach
Explore the animal kingdom from the safety your classroom. Intended to build on previous learning about ecosystems, this lesson plan involves students working in pairs to research their favorite animal and present their findings to the class. Though this resource includes a only very general procedural outline, it does provide key steps and considerations needed to support learners' success. This project is very reliant on technology, so be sure you have access to computers, Internet, word processing and presentation software, and a projector. If unfamiliar with any of this technology, be sure to provide your class with the necessary supplemental lessons. A great idea for a collaborative project that can be applied to a variety of different subjects.
Human Sexuality Presentations
Students examine human health by researching the internet. In this human sexuality lesson, students utilize the web to locate a website which contains information about a certain sexual aspect. Students create a group presentation on one subject from a list of human sexuality topics and participate in a class discussion regarding the web presentations.
Would You Consent?
Tenth graders investigate the concept of humans being the subjects tested in studies. The ethical considerations are presented in depth. Along with the information students study informed consent by role playing the process.
Young Artists Compete! - Activity 1
Learners research available young artist competitions in their region in order to present information to the class. This introductory lesson to performance competitions can be used alone or with the second activity provided.
Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!
Here is a fantastic instructional activity that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze and define food rituals. In small groups, they conduct research on one religious holiday and use their research to construct a menu, which will be used as the basis of large-group discussions on the similarities and differences in each religious holiday. A well-thought-out instructional activity that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
Weather: A Global Awareness Tour
Upper graders and middle schoolers make up a scenario of planning outdoor concert locations for their favorite musical group. They do this by looking into the weather patterns in a variety of tropical regions. They research where and when severe weather happens in these regions, and work together to come up with a proposed itinerary for their band that should keep them "dry" during their performances. A great teaching idea, and a wonderful lesson plan!
Social Studies: Art of the Revolution
Fifth graders view a slide presentation of Revolutionary period paintings and engravings and list them on a timeline of the American Revolution. They conduct Internet research on various artists. Students apply 18th century art techniques to pencil sketches of available engravings and paintings.
Escudo de Armas ( A Personal Coat of Arms)
Learners use online research to find out about coats of arms. They create their own coat of arms reflecting on their interests and personality and then present them to the class.
Students research an animal using online research .They create a multimedia riddle using the information and share it with the class.
Genetic Research and Liberties
Young scholars examine civil liberties issues in relation to genetic research, and discuss how genetic medical information may be used. They present personal viewpoints about genetic research as it relates to civil liberties
Temas contraversiales del mundo hispanohablante:Controversial Themes of the Hispanic World
Eleventh graders brainstorm controversial themes of Spanish-speaking countries. They read articles written in Spanish. They discuss the articles, practicing their Spanish speaking skills. Students conduct research and design a presentation about one of the themes from above.
Young scholars explore, listen to and analyze songs that helped define rock and roll music. They read and discuss the article, "They're All Oldies, Dad Included." Research on contemporary artists is conducted and then the students choose who they believe should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Human Cloning, Genetic Engineering and Privacy
Review the aspects of human cloning and the moral issues associated with it. Individually, your students will keep a list of the articles related to this issue and research issues related to the ethic issues people are concerned with. After reading various linked resources, they participate in a debate which they state their argument on the right to privacy in issues associated with cloning and genetic engineering.
Students develop an ability to distinguish between simple error, misconduct and fraud. Students are lead to consider a widening circle of the consequences of misconduct and fraud. They expand their knowledge on the self-regulating nature of scientific research.
Genetic Disorders and Infectious Diseases
Students investigate genetic disorders and infectious diseases. They research genetic disorders and infectious diseases to complete graphic organizers, creative posters and a research paper.
Kids research aspects of African art and culture as it is seen in Africa and in Puerto Rico. They use their findings to write comparative essays and to create comparative art pieces that represent African groups in each geographical location.
TNN: The Notables Network
Seventh graders investigate the qualities, characteristics and skills that effective leaders possess and use. They research the backgrounds and contributions of world leaders (past and present) and then assess the significance of their accomplishments.