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Students read the book Icky, Sticky Gloop by Morgan Matthes. In this scientific exploration lesson, students compare the fictional character in the book with Benjamin Franklin (both are inventors). They discover why and how inventions are created as a class through discussions generated from reading the book.
Young scholars interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this inventions lesson, students research inventions that have impacted the lives of people as well as the inventors who created them. Young scholars create PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
Students use at least one database to find relevant materials on their topic. In this African American History lesson plan, student record relevant information in their own words and prepare a 1-2 page biographical sketch on an African-American pioneer in science, inventions, discovery, or the arts.
Students use mystery novels to focus on the history and ethnicity of different regions of the United States. As a class, they are introduced to the elements of a mystery and compare them to the other types of novels they have read. In groups, they discuss the characters, setting and plots of the novels while researching the historical events occuring in the text.
Students are introduced to the code systems and art of cryptography. As a class, they review prior knowledge and brainstorm lists. Using the internet, they research the history of codes and determine how they are structured. They also try to solve a Edgar Allan Poe mystery.