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If your class's knowledge of the Ice Age is limited to animated movies, use this lesson plan to strengthen their knowledge. After sharing what they know about the Ice Age, young readers explore a news article seeking to dispel misconceptions created by the movie Ice Age 2. The lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Eighth grade physical science classes examine why the ice on which hockey is played is slippery. They do so by discussing phases of matter and the molecular motion in each. They read an article on a website and write out answers to 10 reading comprehension questions. Although there are no hands-on science experiences as part of the lesson, associating phases to the field of ice hockey adds a practical relationship.
Identify the unique personal attributes of your class members. Begin by viewing the Visual Thesaurus and discussing displayed attributes associated with famous American leaders. Using these identity maps as models, pupils generate nouns and adjectives that describe themselves. They use these words to create a personal identity map to share with their classmates. Consider extending this instructional activity by having each learner write a haiku about themselves.
Students study tier two vocabulary words. In this vocabulary lesson, students explore new vocabulary words found while reading Welcome to the Ice House. Students assess the meaning of their new vocabulary words and record their learning using a word journal or discovery chart.