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Junior ecologists examine Arizona's biotic communities and research an animal or plant that is found in this community. In this lesson, learnerss write a narrative essay about their assigned animal or plant. They research online and in texts to determine relevant information. Finally, a class booklet containing all of their reports is compiled. It would make a wonderful showpiece for an open house!
Is journalism more or less reliable with the influx of Internet sources? Learners investigate the issues of freedom of speech, journalistic ethics, and social responsibility in the age of Twitter and Facebook. After examining the Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, and the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, class members engage in socratic seminars and develop speeches in which they present their views on the responsibilities of today’s journalists.
Take advantage of Banned Book Week to pique young scholars' interest and get them reading! Create a classroom display of previously banned books and allow each member of your class to choose one to read. After they have read their book, get into the school library and do some research. Why was the book banned? Who was behind the censorship? As a final assessment, class members write a persuasive essay defending their book or urging the school or local library to ban the book.
Students examine the unique and diverse historical artifacts that people have designed to fulfill their everyday needs in extraordinary ways. They identify ways humans have used design throughout history to enhance the ways they meet their basic needs. Students analyze why people have a need to design new objects and new technologies to meet their basic needs. They also develop an appreciation for the unique and diverse artifacts that people have created to meet their basic needs.
Here is a full-fledged investigation of light waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, and element spectra. Physicists research a scientist that contributed to our understanding of the behavior of light. They take notes on your lecture, and then they experiment in the lab with the spectra of different elements. They use equations to calculate wavelenghts. Although the instructional activity write up and handouts are not the most attractive, they are comprehensive and make a complete mini-unit on electromagnetic spectra.
Physics fanatics will light up over this mini-unit! Through a series of demonstrations, laboratory activities, and research reports, they learn the relationship between light and atoms, the behavior of waves, and the reason for element spectra. Scientific inquiry is practiced throughout. Take a look at this detailed lesson plan to see if you have the required equipment to put it to use with your advanced physics learners.
Good introductory paragraphs hook the reader’s attention, explain the purpose of the paper, express the writer’s opinion about the topic, and indicate the main arguments that the writer will use to support the opinion. Follow the script provided by this resource to model for your class crafting an introductory paragraph. Young writers then use this formula to develop the introductory paragraph for their research papers.
A lesson on the holiday known as Boxing Day is here for you. In it, middle schoolers read a passage about the history of the holiday, then complete some reading comprehension worksheets embedded in the plan to reinforce what they have read. Internet research is required in order to complete one of the assignments.
Provide your class with a list of possible topics (three are included here, but they're not exactly gripping), and polish their persuasive writing skills. This plan really emphasizes the prewriting process, and several graphic organizers are included. There are organizers that focus on your learner's position and the opposing position.
Students determine how the world may function as a village. In this global studies lesson, students watch "If the World Were a Village." Students research topics from the book of the same title and determine how the world could apply the lessons taught within the village on a global scale.
Here’s a great adjunct to a study of the stories of Flannery O’Connor. It offers background information on O’Connor, research topics, links to research sources, and a list of terms associated with her writings. For those living in the Milledgeville area, information about tours of Andalusia, O’Connor’s home, is also provided.
Explore the amazing temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. Your class starts by investigating the animals and plants of the Northwest, specifically Washington, and then they research an animal population common to the area. In small groups, they create informative presentations that address research topics as well as to provide suggestions on how to conserve the region.
Divide your geography class into groups and have each research an assigned region. The result of this project is a regional magazine that addresses the five themes of geography. Many valuable resource links are embedded into the page including sample calendars for timing, book lists, evaluation forms, handouts, and more!
Learners research the Lakota tribes, culture, art, and family life. They analyze an installation piece created by a Lakota Indian, and connect what they see to the concept of home. They engage in a discussion, creative writing activity, and finish by making a tipi that tells the story they wrote, and present it to the class. This does not include a rubric.
Students research plants. In this researching instructional activity, students watch a video about the different ways to research a topic before writing about it. Students use the information gathered in this video to learn more about plants. Students also conduct observational research about plants.
Students read King Lear and analyze British literature to write an argumentative essay on a contemporary issue. In this literature analysis lesson, students read King Lear and participate in a class discussion of filial responsibility. students consider the idea of filial responsibility in contemporary society and research the topic. Students organize ideas into an argumentative essay.
A great resource for your unit on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Small groups conduct research about related topics (list included), write papers, present PowerPoint slide shows, and take a student-created test. Fill in a few gaps to support writing and presentation skills if you have grade-level writers. Project will take several weeks with library research, computer lab time to write and create slide shows, and to give presenters class time to practice.