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Here is a perfect lesson to use during Black History month, or around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The lesson has pupils compare the lives and contributions to society of George W. Carver, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, each pupil is assigned the task of creating one slide in a class-constructed PowerPoint presentation on a famous black American. The instructions for what should be included on each slide are clear, and the presentation should turn out to be enriching for all who see it. A highly recommended social studies lesson!
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.
Tenth graders deliberate about what to do with the Alsace-Lorraine. In this World War I lesson, 10th graders analyze documents about the future of the Alsace-Lorraine at the Paris Peace Conference. Students collaborate to decide what to do about the piece of land and submit written proposals that they compare to the Treaty of Versailles.
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.
Students examine Canadian assimilation policies of the First Nations. In this Canadian history lesson, students participate in talking circles, listen to guest speakers,and take field trips to local museums and sites of interests to discover more about First Nations culture.
Fourth graders conduct online research to create a timeline of ten US Presidents. In this historical events lesson, 4th graders find online information about the birth dates and birth states of ten US Presidents. This information is presented in a color-coded timeline representing presidents from the North and South.
Students 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.