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Intended to provide teachers with ideas on how to incorporate career research and portfolio building, this instructional activity provides several learning options. The suggestions will aid learners in understanding job or career research, personal skills and abilities, and using an online format to create a career portfolio. Check it out!
Pretending they are business partners, learners answer questions about marketing to increase their non-price competitive edge. They consider using advertising to shape consumer behaviors and increase sales for their product. They come up with a jingle or slogan, a visual ad, and a radio spot to sell, sell, sell. A neat activity.
How can you foster a thoughtful learning community for your class? First, the class brainstorms a list of behaviors that will help make the classroom a great place to learn. Then learners group similar ideas together and come up with their own expectations. After each group shares, the whole class works together to create a final set of behaviors.
Finally, an astronomy lesson for the high schooler! Explorers are able to read star maps for finding objects in the night sky by determining celestial coordinates. In particular, they locate the Pleiades and read about a Navajo legend that is centered on this cluster of stars. They calculate star altitudes and predict the rising, transit, and setting times for specific celestial objects. A link for downloading the reading passage is included in this well-written lesson plan. Five stars for this stellar lesson on stars!
In a terrific case study, young scientists read a discussion about pressure cookers. They consider not only the pressure involved, but the altitude, boiling point, and cost of using such a kitchen appliance. Use this assignment as an enrichment when covering the behavior of gases with your chemistry class
Does it cost more per year to heat Bill's home in North Dakota or to cool Bubba's home in Georgia? Using heat transfer concepts, mathematical equations, and critical thinking skills, young engineers work in groups to determine who is putting out more money. This challenge would enhance any engineering design or physics curriculum by allowing learners to apply their knowledge to a real-life example.
The working conditions in the cotton mills at the turn of the 20th century are the focus of a series of activities that ask learners to examine primary source documents written from different perspectives. In the first activity, groups study a pamphlet published by the National Child Labor Committee. The included photographs document the use of children as young as eight years of age and reveal the conditions in the mills. For the second activity, groups look at a weekly newsletter published by the mill owners. Finally, the class listens to oral histories narrated by mill workers. After a whole class discussion, individuals craft a critical analysis of the documents, identifying the intended audience, the author’s purpose and the central arguments of each document. The activities would fit nicely into a study of the Industrial Revolution and the development of labor laws.
What is a mother's role in American society? According to an article in a 1845 newspaper, to the mother falls the job of daily, hourly "weeding her little garden--of eradicating these odious productions (like vice, fraud, idleness) and planting the human with the lily, the rose, and the amaranth, that fadeless flower, emblem of truth." Middle schoolers examine this and other primary source documents that detail expectations of mothers during the time period. Groups then compare these descriptions to the role as it is perceived today. The richly detailed packet includes numerous activities, links to resources, and discussion questions.
Get your class thinking about advertising with this lesson plan. Over the course of 15 days, your class will discuss advertising techniques, study the concepts of pathos, logos, and ethos, and analyze the persuasive techniques of different commercials. Links to commercials are not provided, but a unit project, rubric, and list of resources are included.
Fourth and fifth graders define the term media literacy, then come up with examples that they share with the class. The types of media studied are auditory, visual, and written. Learners get together in pairs and perform a media scavenger hunt. They search the Internet and library sources to find the examples they want to share. The worksheet that goes along with this exercise is filled out by the kids, and it has them list the author, the format, the audience it's intended for, the content, and the purpose of the message. An excellent instructional activity on media literacy for your upper graders.
Combine the study of poetry and non-fiction texts with this complete and ready-to-use six-week unit. After reading numerous poems from local writers and compiling a personal anthology, high schoolers find and read a memoir or biography of a chosen poet. As a culminating activity, they each present their poet's life and works as they attempt to answer the guiding question, “How can a poet’s life affect her or his art?”
Heroic Trading Cards? Using a suggested list, class members use the Internet to find information about a memorable leader, select and transfer images, and craft a trading card celebrating their leader’s qualities and accomplishments. A fun way to integrate technology into the classroom.
Which factor was more influential in the 1918 flu epidemic: biology, or social and political conditions? Your AP biology class will research and debate one of these positions in an interesting and challenging lesson. Intended for upper-level high school or college biology courses, the reading is quite complex and may be a bit dense for a regular biology class; however, if your learners are strong readers, allowing them to think deeply about multiple aspects of an epidemic is a great way to encourage synthesis and analysis in your scholars.
Although the intended audience is supposed to be familiar with grammar brush strokes, you could easily assign this worksheet and have writers simply combine the sentences provided to form one, sophisticated sentence. They experiment with combining two, three, four, five, and six different sentences into one sentence! Good practice!
How does one determine whether or not someone is at risk for breast cancer? Find out through a comprehensive case study involving two readings and a group activity in which learners assess four women's potential for acquiring the disease. There are many opportunities for extensions described in the teaching notes, so differentiation for this lesson is an option for those kids looking to delve deeper into the topic.
Begin this expository writing activity by reading a non-fiction book of your choice and modeling expository writing. The plan suggests The Trip of a Drip by Vicki Cobb but notes that other texts will work. Learners then choose a nonfiction book of their own to read. As they read, they complete the provided writing graphic organizer. Finally, they draft a report!
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Use a fun and creative activity to introduce junior high learners to how writing changes for different audiences and purposes. The activity begins with a reading by the instructor where teens visualize a food fight in the cafeteria. In groups, they have to come up with a creative response to a provided prompt that addresses the situation read to them. They discuss the difference in language, voice, tone, and selected information provided to the principal, parents, and a friend. Strategies for differentiation are available.
Following brief instruction about the Iran Hostage Crisis during Jimmy Carter's presidency, small groups read three-page sections from the diary of hostage Robert C. Ode. They write editorials from the perspective of either U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern or other descent or a college student at the end of the 444-day crisis. Groups read each other's editorials and complete editorial question sheets. A rubric for the editorial piece is attached.