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Every Day Edit - "Hammerin' Hank" Aaron
In this everyday editing learning exercise, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about Hank Aaron. The errors range from capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
Young scholars examine the concept of competition as it applies to the Olympic games. They determine the differences between the modern and ancient Olympic games by looking at and comparing images of both. They draw pictures of themselves competing in the Ancient Olympics.
New Kids in The Hall
Students assess the role of statistics in determining those athletes chosen to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They work in small groups to calculate, chart, and graph various statistics for different Hall of Fame members.
Changes for African Americans in Virginia
Fourth graders research slaves in Virginia during the Civil War. In this changes for African Americans lesson plan, 4th graders view images and discuss how their position and power has changed over time.
Here is a lesson plan designed to be an ongoing task for the entire year. Each day of the week, learners must perform research to answer a simple historical question. This particular lesson plan covers the month of April, but the template presented could be reproduced for each month of the school year. There is an answer key provided.
Students complete a variety of activities (using the Washington Post Newspaper) that reinforce concepts involved in sports writing.
Portrait of a Hero
Students examine the concept and characteristics of a hero. They brainstorm and categorize a list of heroes, develop a chart checklist, discuss real-life heroes, and create a hero hall of fame display.
BSI: Biographical Scene Investigators
Turn your middle schoolers into Biographical Scene Investigators in an investigative reporting lesson! They identify heroic individuals selected from the provided list and keep their own evidence notebooks regarding the actions of their subject. Next, they research print and Internet sources for evidence of the subject's heroic actions.
Civil Rights Wax Museum Project
Fifth graders explore the important figures of the Civil Rights movement by completing a research project. In this African American activist lesson plan, 5th graders select an individual that helped bring about civil rights during the middle 1900's. Students research their person using the web and library before acting as a "wax museum" version of their person in class.
Extend appreciation of the contributions of well-known African-Americans throughout history. First, post pictures of five individuals around the room and have groups rotate, writing what they know of that individual on the poster. The second part of the activity involves learners drawing a name of a famous African-American and creating either an acrostic poem, trading card, PowerPoint slide, or thank you card for that person. A great activity to kick-off Black History Month!
Are your young writers afraid of semicolons? Show them the proper way to use these useful punctuation points when linking ideas together. Outlining both rules and examples, this resource is a great way to show your pupils how to vary their sentence structure using semicolons.
Bigger than Life
Middle schoolers explore courage. In this moral and character development lesson, students read biographical information about Jackie Robinson and identify examples of courage exemplified in his life story.
That's Incredible Show!
Students research world records. They portray the people who broke world records. They conduct a mock interview in the classroom.
Prince Hall and His Organization of Black Free Masons in the United States
Pupils examine the life of Prince Hall who became a member of the Free Masons during the time period of slavery. Depending on the grade level, they are shown pictures or read a reference guide listing the characteristics of each philosophy. To end the instructional activity, they discuss the meaning of freedom and identify the factors one needs to feel a part of a society.
Discrimination and the Struggle for Equality: African Americans in Professional Baseball: A Reflection of the Civil Rights Movement
Students develop the ability to research individuals and summarize the basic information on that person's life. They design a logo and graphic setting for a particular set of cards and create a set of trading cards of Negro League baseball players.
Biographical Scene Investigators
Sixth graders become members of the BSI in this research simulation. They apply for Biographical Scene Investigator membership, investigate an individual, keep an evidence notebook and write an investigator's report.
Famous African Americans (Black History Month)
Seventh graders choose an artifact to create about an Influential African American. They create a vanity plate highlighting something learned during this lesson using a provided template.
Pupils research significant historical sites of Alabama and share their results through a videoconference with students from other states. They listen to the book, "Crazy for California," conduct Internet research, evaluate a survey sent to pupils in another state, and perform a version of Amazing Alabama by videoconference.
Women and the Negro Baseball Leagues
This lesson plan is designed to raise awareness of women's importance and contributions to society and to the preservation of history. Women played, coached watched, and supported the game of baseball. Students research players, coaches, and wives that supported baseball and their impact on the Negro League Baseball League.
A Hero Biography Project
Fourth graders study historical significant people born in January and February and note their accomplishments. Using given websites, 4th graders collect biographical information and participate in activities about a specified hero. They create an illustrated report about the chosen hero and share it with the class.