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Students investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. For this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Students create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
Students research agricultural products of the Midwest. In this Midwest lesson, students watch a video about the geography of the Midwest, discuss how topographical features were formed and review the agricultural products the Midwest is known for. Working in groups students make a billboard advertising an agricultural product found in the Midwest, and present it to the rest of the class.
Students investigate the geography and agricultural products of the Midwestern United States. For this US geography lesson, students watch and discuss a video that depicts the Midwest of the US as the breadbasket of the country. They make billboards which advertise an agricultural product that would be associated with this part of the country.
Students research marine ecosystems by creating class presentations. In this oceanography lesson, students research the different locations of marine sanctuaries by identifying them on a transparency map in class. Students create posters and a 5 minute presentation on their selected sanctuary to show their class.
Students infer the cause of a shipwreck based upon information about artifacts found in the wreck. In this marine archeology lesson, students use an inventory list to infer the cause of a shipwreck. Students discuss the maritime technology used in the nineteenth century.
Fifth graders research the evolution of transportation systems. In this transportation lesson, 5th graders research the early methods of transportation and the technology that advanced the systems. Students work in groups to present their research to the class and describe how their mode fits into a period timeline. Students predict as a class the future of transportation.
Students examine the long history of Michigan. In this Michigan history lesson, students create string timelines of history for the state that reach back to prehistoric times. Students discuss archaeological finds in the state and visit the state historical museum to examine artifacts.
Who were the Iroquois, and how did they compare with the Romans? Attached is a three-page article and a set of accompanying questions. Only four questions are included, but you could require your readers to write two or three comprehension questions on his or her own. What information did they deem important?
As teachers incorporate more informational text across content areas, young math scholars may benefit from this brief activity on exploring nonfiction in mathematics. Pre-, mid-, and post-reading questions accompany a one-page article on iceberg hunting. Three writing exercises, including one word problem, round out this activity.