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Research skills are extremely important and they can be linked to any subject. Get your class thinking about scientists that study the polar region, what they do, and how they get funded to continue their research. Each child uses a worksheet and the Internet to research five to ten different polar scientists. After a week's time, the class engages in a full discussion on what they have learned about polar science, scientists, and the research process.
This lesson focuses on unit conversion, proportions, ratios, exponents, and the metric system. Discuss measurement with your math class and demonstrate how to solve several health-science word problems. Give learners a chance to visit an interactive website to practice identifying metric measurements and give them conversion problems to solve on a worksheet.
Because they have been immersed in the digital world since birth, most young people don't spend a lot of time reflecting on the immediate or future impact of the Internet. It's a high-interest topic which makes this resource all the more appealing. In it, social science classes read about and watch a video on The Internet of Things (IoT). If you are unfamiliar with this term, you're not alone. Definitions are loose, but the general idea is that the IoT includes physical objects that can digitally transfer data. It already exists, but there is a movement to expand this source of information. An example of one such device is a "smart" prescription bottle cap that keeps track of medication doses. After the class discusses the concept, controversies, and conducts additional research, they have a debate. Lastly, individuals write an evaluative essay on the potential impact of the IoT on a specific population of people. While the resource indicates that this is a 3-day lesson, I would plan for a buffer of a day or two. It includes standards, key vocabulary, a rubric, and clear instructions.
Begin this powerful study on the Guatemalan genocide with a nine-minute video clip, which can be easily found online. The excerpt introduces the class to this tragedy through a personal account, which is what they will be collecting. Discussion questions following the clip drive scholars to deeper thinking about oral histories and justice, and they view a website dedicated to keeping memories of victims alive (linked). Learners then interview Guatemalans or other members of their community, collecting oral histories and reflecting on the experience. Another site offers guidance for this process.
A comprehensive lesson on acceleration awaits your physicists and engineers! Two YouTube videos pique their interest, then sample F=ma problems are worked and graphed. The highlight of the lesson is the building of a Lou-Vee air car! Emerging engineers find its mass and compute its acceleration in order to figure out the force provided by the "engine." Math and science collide in this forceful feat!
Fifth graders study four great men of science. They explore the various discoveries they made and see how these discoveries still influence the scientific field today. The lessons combine scientific inquiry with language arts and writing activities. This wonderful, 34-page packet is chock-full of worksheets which support the activities. The scientists studied are: Galileo, Julian, Just, and Linnaeus.
Junior geologists address 50 multiple choice questions and 35 short answer questions about the earth system. Plenty of visuals are included for interpretation: diagrams, graphs, maps, photographs, laboratory setups, weather symbols, and even a reading passage. Not only could you use this as your final exam, it could also serve as a practice for an AP earth science test.
Before one can understand the military tactics practiced throughout history, he needs to become familiarized with tactics practiced in the ancient past. Learners take a critical look at the military logistics used by Alexander the Great as he conquered Asia Minor and India, and how Scipio Africanus took New Carthage from Hannibal. The lesson culminates with a research paper or presentation and a self -assessment activity. Th lesson has excellent resources, is well written, and builds a solid foundation for later learning.
The great men of science is the theme of this collection of science lessons designed for 5th graders. Galileo, Linnaeus, Just, and Julian are the scientists who are studied. Learners examine each man individually and complete activities to explore the discoveries, inventions, and contributions of each of these amazing scientists. This fabulous series of lessons would be well worth doing with your 5th grade class.
Although the article that launches this lesson is about the history of the Periodic Table, the objective is reading comprehension. Using the eight-page informational text, learners answer five comprehension questions and craft one essay. They utilize text features such as headings and graphics to more efficiently move through the questions, and mark the text as they read to note important facts. This is also a great way to teach vocabulary in context and text features. The reading is not difficult or long.
Lights, shadows, action, and inquiry await your artistic scientists. They explore the way light travels, absorbs, reflects, and transmits through shadow play. They create folktale-inspired shadow puppets, explore the science of light, and put on a shadow puppet play. Such a cool lesson!
Every topic under the sun is covered in this New York State Regents High School Examination. With the focus of earth science, participants answer 85 quesitons about the solar system, geologic time, rocks and minerals, landforms, and more! An entire year's earth science curriculum is assessed by taking this exam.
Students analyze information to determine how they can help a community that has been affected by water contamination. In this environmental science instructional activity, students watch portions of the movie "A Civil Action" and discuss specific questions in order to come up with a solution to the contamination problem.