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It's all about using peer resources in this writing process instructional activity, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise" giving compliments about the novel they read. Then, writers let their inner editors out by first coming up with goals for their finished piece. By working through the packet, they come up with stylistic and content-related revisions, leaving the grammar edits for later. Finally, release the eager editors upon their drafts to revise, revise, revise!
Students explore biodiversity and populations using Alaska's wildlife as their focus. In this environmental statistics lesson, students examine the concept of exponential growth in a population and calculate the change in population. Students compare reproductive rates to rates of population. They describe their graphs and three factors that affect the rate of population growth.
Every good novel needs a solid beginning! Setting the stage can have your budding authors stumped, so use this lesson to get them thinking. After examining the plot rollercoaster image (included) they consider the four places their story could start: beginning, inciting incident, middle, and end. A fun aspect to this lesson is having groups secretly write beginnings to a familiar story from one of these four points. After reading them aloud, the class guesses which beginning they wrote. Writers complete a worksheet applying these ideas to their own novels.
Students explore a new home and design some of its electrical features. They construct a model of the electrical features and consider accessibility for the handicapped into the room. In groups, students analyze the advantages and disadvantages of sources used to generate electricity. They write a letter to the Mayor supporting their choice for an energy source.
Fourth graders build language skills in the context of creating a classroom magzine. They participate in activities which help students communitcate ideas and information for a variety of purposes and for specific audiences using the conventions of written language; read materials for different purposes; express, respond to, and communicate ideas, topics, and opinions in oral and visual formats.
Students complete activities to study the traveling Jewish theatre and the ideas of tolerance. In this theatre study lesson, students read information about the Traveling Jewish Theatre and learn about the project to unit artists from the US and the Middle East, Jews and Muslims, and Israelis and Palestinians. Students complete several activities to learn how theatre can help students explore important social issues.
In this lesson, young scholars properly use a taxonomic key to identify benthic organisms. Students go onto collect aquatic macroinvertabrate and then ennumerate all organisms colelcted. The culminating activity is the Project Watershed database to copmare properties of a stream.
Students classify living things according to their characteristics and functions. They observe living things grow, move, use food, and adapt to changes around them. As the students work through the subtasks in this unit, they make connections between the natural and human effects on living species.
Students create a presentation and package of materials based on their research to be presented at a fictional science conference. Given a specific scenario, students research various body systems and how they work in conjunction. Their findings are presented to the class at their science conference.
With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw inferences. Read a historical document containing various perspectives on Columbus' journey to find new land. Use those documents as the basis for a Readers Theater performance focused on British colonization and commerce.
Students watch a video about wild stallions and conduct research about wild horses and wildlife photography. Students explore the relationships between animals and humans and conduct Internet research about the treatment of wild horses in the United States. Students create a mock newscast about their findings.
Any preschool teacher would be thrilled to have a resource like this one. It includes activity ideas, discussion leads, book suggestions, and a glossary for learners ages 2 - 5. The entire booklet focuses on ways to teach young children about the five themes of geography in a fun and developmentally appropriate way. The resource is a little old, but the ideas and activities are great. There is enough here for an entire week of activities.
Students perform a series of experiments which show that plants require nutrients in certain quantities. They also cooperatively read materials on the nutrient requirements of plants, fertilizers, composting, and soil management, and students identify plant nutrient deficiencies using a specialized key. Students apply their knowledge to vote on mock ballot propositions that relate to agricultural and urban water issues.
This unit of lessons is designed for 7th through 9th graders. They are introduced to the world of agriculture and the genetic research and various technologies that are associated with agriculture. Pupils work together to come up with a genetically altered product. This incredible, 96-page plan is chock full of great teaching ideas, activities, assignments, worksheets, rubrics, video links, and website links that make implementation feasible.