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Virtual Ellis Island Museum Unit: Immigration Explorations, Part I
Students visit John Schick's Virtual Ellis Island Museum created by students in his classroom in order to develop criteria for their own research.
Meadows or Malls?
High schoolers explore the use of matrices and graphing calculators to solve a complex linear programming problem. They begin by reviewing homework problems in which they relate the solvability of a system of linear equations to the invertibility of the coefficient matrix. Students use graphing calulators to solve linear systems.
"Books"-Lights, Camera, Action!
Fifth graders, as part of a group effort, write a book review that includes a summary. Using appropriate multimedia software, 5th graders write and produce a commercial promoting their book to encourage others to read it.
Eighth graders investigate varous writing skills as part of larger course of study. The lesson is essentially a rough guide for conducting a class for writing. The main focus of the plan is organizing ideas using various strategies that could include outining or mind maps.
Small Group Counseling
Learners are introduced to the concept of self-esteem and discuss how it is important in friendships. In groups, they counsel one another to determine how one's personal behavior affects the others in their group. They discover the best way to make friends and solve common issues.
Immigration Explorations, Part I
Students visit a number of sites on immigration that were created by other children. They evaluate the sorts of research students carried out to create the site, how it is structured, what sort of information and graphics are included. Students use the research to guide them in conducting their own research and constructing a site.
Carbon: Structure Matters
Students read the Who We Are Section on Calfee Designs Webpage and discuss carbon usage. They work in pairs to look up the minerals diamond and graphite then create a chart on the properties of each mineral then compare how they differ and how they are alike.
The Bard in the Big Apple
Identify their feelings about Shakespeare's plays, addressing their readability and relevance to their lives. 2. Explore the effects of remaking Shakespeare plays in a modern context, as well as differences that emerge when a play is turned into a film, by reading and discussing "A Simpler Melancholy in a Different Denmark." 3. Modernize a scene from "Hamlet" by setting it in modern times.
All About Me, My Family and Friends
Students use general skills and strategies of the writing process to show their role in their family, school, friendships, the community and the world. They demonstrate their self-motivation and increasing responsibility for their own learning.
Mercer Mayer-Just Me and My ...books
Students read various Mercer Mayer books. They discuss the enhancement of family and relationships within the family. Students write a book with their peers about their relationship with a member of their family. They practice their editing skills with the writing of the books.
Students create a slide show or iMovie reflecting an animal of their choice. After choosing a biome, they research it on the Internet and write a list of the characteristics. Comparing and contrasting their biome to another biome, they create a Venn diagram using Kidspiration and take digital pictures of an animal to create an iMovie.
The Twenties, Roaring Again: An Interdisciplinary Project
Students examine the art, crime and fashion of the Roaring Twenties. In groups, they research a specific aspect of this time period and act it out for the rest of the class. They also create a PowerPoint presentation sharing their information and make a poster.
Eleventh graders examine the challenges that faced United States as a new nation. In this American History instructional activity, 11th graders study the chronology of events leading up to the expedition of Lewis and Clark. Students organize information using concept maps.
Investigating Wild Weather
Second graders explore severe weather conditions. In this science lesson plan, 2nd graders research severe weather and create a presentation.
WWW, Part1: Hypertext
Students explore the World Wide Web and its interconnecting threads providing data. The lesson was originally written for librarians with little or no net experiences.
Crossroads: Chicano Identity and Border Culture
Students identify and explore complex ways that the theme of "frontiers" or socio-political borders affect Chicano identity in the US and examine notions of "resistance" and "affirmation" as a fundamental ideology in Chicano life, history, and culture.
Building Web Pages
Students examine local community agencies and their contributions to the community. They create Web pages that profile the community agencies and their interviews with the volunteers.
Virtual Ellis Island Museum Unit: Final Reports
Students write reports of their research findings to be shared with friends and families. They develop their reports into web pages for publication on the Internet.
Essay Exchange Unit: Response to Essays
High schoolers receive and read electronic reviews of their essays.
Essay Exchange Unit: Final Drafts
Young scholars develop final versions of their position papers and add them to the school's web pages for review and feedback.