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What is Home?
Learners discover the concept of a "home" by conducting interviews. In this community lesson, students discuss what the word "home" means to them as well as research Habitat for Humanity. Learners interview home renters as well as Habitat for Humanity home owners and discover what "home" means to them.
The Hydrologic (Water) Cycle
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
Extra Credit: It’s No Fairy Tale
Students discuss their knowledge of payday loans and credit cards. In this Economics lesson, students complete a read an article and Q&A activity in groups, and play a vocabulary bingo game and a quiz game on payday loans. Students review a case study on payday loans and calculate the costs of credit usage. Students write a final chapter for the case study based on their findings as an assessment.
A Case Study: Gross Domestic Product - March 2002
Students gain access to easily understood, timely interpretations of monthly announcements of rate of change in real GDP and the accompanying related data in the U.S. economy. They categorize items into GDP categories.
Photography As A Documentary And Expressive Art Form
Sixth graders conduct historical research and consider the importance of photography as a data collection device. In this instructional activity on historical documentation, 6th graders formulate questions regarding historical documents in order to better interpret visual media as a mode for transmitting facets of history. Students will work in groups to discuss and research primary and secondary source documents.
Town, Tales, and Timelines
Second graders study Ancient India, Ancient China, and/or Modern Japan in an integrated unit lasting between 6-9 weeks. Economic concepts are taught for each country, and the art teacher integrates art from these countries culminating "town simulation event."
Charity Begins At Home
Students read and discuss "Prosperity Extends Its Reach, but Not Far Enough to Benefit All," and examine the difficulty, for the working poor, in making ends meet, and propose philanthropic solutions.
Savers & Borrowers: Financial Markets in the United States
Investigate the current financial market and have your class explore savings, borrowing, financial markets, mutual funds, and the stock market. This four-part instructional activity is designed to help students become knowledgeable and informed consumers.
E.T., Are You Out There?
Research the necessary components of a planet that supports life after reading the article "All of a Sudden, The Neighborhood Looks a Lot Friendlier" from The New York Times. After finding their information, middle and high schoolers create short science fiction stories in which they incorporate their research.
What price Freedom! Civil War and Reconstruction
Fifth graders become familiar with the events of Reconstruction and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. In this reconstruction lesson plan, 5th graders work in pairs where each student creates a building with blocks and draws it. Their partner then reconstructs their building. Students use primary sources and gather facts about the Reconstructive Period after the Civil War.
200 Years and Counting: How the U.S. Census Tracks Social Trends
Students examine the process of census taking in the United States. In this "200 Years and Counting" lesson, students examine the data collection process, look at an example of a census form, analyze data, and learn what the information is used for.
When the Winds Blow
Students examine the impact of hurricanes on people and government agencies. They describe the current weather, explore various websites, read and discuss articles, complete a crossword puzzle, and complete a media comparison chart.
Seventh graders explore the geography of Eastern and Western Europe. They compare and constrast the culture of Jewish people from Eastern and Western Europe. They analyze deportation and confinement in concentration camps, using personal testimonies.
Tracing the Roots of Racism in America
High schoolers explore race relations. In this race issues lesson, students examine primary resources and the story of Emmett Till in order to understand the White, Euro-centrism of American history.
Idiom Quizzes - S
For this identifying idioms online/interactive worksheet, learners choose idioms to replace the words and phrases in parentheses in sentences. Students choose 55 answers.
Whose History Is It Anyway? Patterns in History
Read and examine primary source material in order to analyze, synthesize, and debate information about the Great Depression. Critical analysts research various source materials related to the Great Depression. They work in teams to debate both affirmative and negative positions on a given topic.
To Get the Right Answers about College: Ask the Right Questions
Students survey college students. In this lesson, students explore typical costs. They examine education loans. Students complete a FASFA form and write an essay describing plans for obtaining money for college expenses.
Building Tolerance for Poverty in Math
Students explore approximate and exact solutions. In this interdisciplinary instructional activity, 6th graders will be placed in 'family groups' to create a budget that is subject to random events as chosen from the 'things happen' box. This instructional activity involves decimal notation, practice of basic math skills, and a discussion on tolerance for poverty.
Idiom Quizzes I
In this identifying idioms in an online/interactive instructional activity, students read sentences with expressions written in brackets and choose the expressions that best replace those expressions. Students choose 21 answers.
The Movement Beyond Martin
Students investigate the context, issues, important people, and outcomes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. They attempt to answer the essential question, "Would the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's have happened if Martin Luther King, Jr. had never been born?" They research primary and secondary sources.