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Sixth graders research various inventors and their inventions. In this inventions instructional activity, 6th graders print and cut out pictures of inventions with their inventors. Students play a matching game to match up the picture of the inventor with the appropriate invention.
Young scholars identify inventors and their inventions. In this technology lesson, students review a biographical sketch of Thomas Edison and brainstorm other inventions. Young scholars use the Internet to search who invented specific inventions and their countries of origin. Students complete a journal entry.
Middle schoolers identify the stereotypes they are faced with on a daily basis. In groups, they use this information to identify the ways stereotypes are portrayed in movies and television. They use a video camera to record oral histories of their family members to change the stereotypes and share it with the class.
Students explore the history of the oil industry. In this history of oil activity, students reseach the history and current state of the oil industry. Students then determine whether they support the move of the oil industry into Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Students investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. For this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Students create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
Learners explore world history by participating in a timeline activity. In this time dating lesson plan, students identify the different science jobs that work towards discovering human history such as geologists and anthropologists. Learners watch a science video in class and complete a graphic organizer in class.
What a great project. Graphic arts high schoolers consider the social, political, and economic impact made by a chosen invention. They build an argument to substantiate their reasons for choosing said invention. They create an oral presentation supported by visual media to inform and persuade their peers in seeing their point of view. Great essential questions and activities foster critical and higher level thinking.
Increase comprehension, vocabulary, and an understanding of the Gold Rush. The class identifies story structure traits while reading The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman. They locate similes used in the book, research an invention from the 1800s, and post a picture on the class timeline. They build domain specific language regarding simple machines, gold mining, and early California history.
Here is a wonderful collection of lessons that focus on the music produced during the Renaissance period. Vocal music, instrumental music, and dances that were common to this era are all studied. Learners should understand the impacts that history, religion, and culture had on the art forms produced during this colorful time. Lots of opportunities to create rhythm, harmony, and melody are offered. A terrific set of plans!
One of the inventions that has greatly impacted the world is Thomas Edison's light bulb. From his incandescent bulb, to today's LED bulbs, illuminate middle schoolers with the way they convert electricity into light and heat. Handouts include reading passages, worksheets, and lab procedures for building a flashlight. This is a straightforward and well-rounded exploration of light.
The great men of science is the theme of this collection of science lessons designed for 5th graders. Galileo, Linnaeus, Just, and Julian are the scientists who are studied. Learners examine each man individually and complete activities to explore the discoveries, inventions, and contributions of each of these amazing scientists. This fabulous series of lessons would be well worth doing with your 5th grade class.
Research, art history, and web page creation! Sounds too good to be true. With tons of links and resources, the lesson provides you with everything needed to engage the class in an amazing art and research activity. They create an art history timeline, research a conceptual artist, then create a website to display the research they've gathered.
Explore the beauty of Chinese Calligraphy. This well-developed lesson plan will take your class on a journey through the history of Calligraphy, engage them in technique and style, then challenge them by having them create new strokes to create a new type of Calligraphy. Extensive background and technique information is included.
Famous people in the history of Arkansas are the focus of a history lesson for kindergartners. Pupils identify important Arkansas citizens, such as President Bill Clinton. They create an illustrated poem that features some of the prominent citizens. A clever and ambitious lesson that crosses into many different curricular areas. There is an excellent rubric to grade student work embedded in the plan.
The Maya created amazing stone carvings and sculptures, but what were they for? Kids analyze the significance and purpose of a Maya stela and then write a creative piece. They imagine they are the stela, and write a story about what life as a limestone, and then as a carved stela was like. A great writing prompt that includes art history and research!
Take a trip through history with a lesson plan on historical fiction. With instructions for games, reading activities, and literary analysis assignments, this resource would be a great addition to any reading unit with a historical fiction novel. The lesson plan is designed for The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, but you could modify the instructions for any historical fiction novel.
Students investigate U.S. history by examining technology post Civil War. In this inventions lesson, students view a slide-show of images demonstrating how the U.S. transformed into an industrial powerhouse in the late 1800's. Students create a fictitious cereal box which demonstrates the inventions and technology of the period.
Sixth graders consider how inventions fueled change. In this Industrial Revolution instructional activity, 6th graders view a PowerPoint presentation that feature technological innovations that made it possible to create goods in factories. Students then examine inventions of the time period and determine what their uses were. The PowerPoint presentation is not included.