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Introduce your class to the Civil Rights movement and its importance to our nation. After watching a short video clip, scholars gather in groups to discuss and write about concepts related to civil rights. Subsequent days find students reading from various authors during the 1960's, researching activists, organizing a rally, and creating PowerPoint presentations. Links to videos and resources do not function.
Two activities are included in this resource. In the first, junior geologists model sedimentary rock layers, apply the Law of Superposition, and demonstrate folding and faulting of the Earth's crust. The model is technically a sandwich. If you have learners with peanut allergies, make sure to substitute cream cheese or sunflower butter for the peanut butter layer. In the second activity, a timeline of geologic history is created.
Seventh graders examine historical perspectives. In this historical writing instructional activity, 7th graders discuss their definitions of history and then discuss perspectives of history. As a culminating activity, students write narrative stories about historical happenings.
First graders summarize similarities and differences of life in England and America for the Pilgrims by reading a mini-book. Then, they write a journal entry in first person on what it is like to be a pilgrim in England and in America. Finally, 1st graders list 3 facts learned about the pilgrims from the Thanksgiving mini-book and decide where they would rather live as a pilgrim and why.
Young scholars analyze fiction and nonfiction writings to discover the importance of animal habitat preservation. After defining habitats and biomes, they create a list of these environments using books they have read. In cooperative learning groups (first and fourth grades), they design KWL charts for polar bears and penguins. Using shoe boxes, students create dioramas depicting their chosen habitats containing various environmental factors such as food, plants, and animals.