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Grade schoolers read "The Decision" to practice finding the meaning of unknown words using the context clues provided. There are eight bolded words: options, procrastinated, assignment, determination, perplexed, elective, recommend, and conviction. Each word gets matched to one of the listed definitions. Consider teaching kids the strategy of placing the word's potential definition in the word's space to either eliminate or confirm the option. 
Students list memorable moments fro childhood. They complete the worksheet "Your identity, your heritage." Students look a sites regarding genealogy and discuss information about their families' genealogy or heritage. Students visit the "New Italy" website and complete a second handout.
In this language arts worksheet, students become familiar with the Dewey Decimal System of library book organization. Students study and read the information, then answer 8 questions.
Sixth graders research their roots and the culture from which they came. This is a continuous lesson as the students keep a folder to keep their research. By the end of this lesson, 6th graders are able to share their work and findings with their classmates. The purpose of this lesson is to increase cultural awareness and appreciate differences found in and out of the classroom.
Students practice descriptive writing by viewing auto-portraits of young children.  In this art analysis lesson plan, students examine an auto-portrait of their teacher as a young child and ask him/her questions about their youth.  Students utilize a Smartboard or projector to discuss descriptive vocabulary words before using them to describe their own childhood.
Young scholars write a newspaper article related to a sports event.  In this article writing lesson plan, students read sports-related articles, complete a graphic organizer to help them see the format of a newspaper article, then they work in groups to write two sports articles for their group's newspaper.  There is a link to the graphic organizer included in the lesson plan.
Students investigate how sound influences meaning in poetry by listening to sonnets. They write an analysis after listening to and reading sonnets.
Students role play an interview. After researching Audrey Tautou and the movie Amelie, pairs of students take turns interviewing each other. One plays the role of a journalist and the other plays the role of an actress. During the simulation, students speak in French. The teacher observes their proper use of questions and adjective placement.
Understanding a word's etymology can really help with decoding and building vocabulary skills. Readers compare and contrast words of similar origins but with different difficulty levels. They focus on prefixes, suffixes, and affixes. Several web links and two pages of word origins are included.
Students create a map of their community. In this mapping lesson, students identify various geographical features and the cardinal directions on maps displayed in the classroom. Students are divided into three groups to create a large map of their neighborhood. Students use butcher paper and markers to create the map.
Students design original posters that encourage good attitudes towards the environment.  In this positive environment instructional activity, students brainstorm and create a list of positive behaviors for a good environment.  Students create posters illustrating these ideas.
Students investigate editorials.  In this literacy critical thinking lesson, students compare and contrast two newspaper editorials and two letters to the editor by completing a Venn diagram. Students work in groups to write authentic letters to the editor cooperatively.
Students practice interviewing and answering questions by creating a mock talk show.  In this communications lesson, students view a classic clip of an older T.V. talk show and plan an outline of material for their own talk show.  Students each present their 20 minute talk show, with the class being the audience.
Students study the significance of flowers in art from two periods. In this Medieval and Renaissance art instructional activity, students research the presence and meaning of botanical illustrations in twelfth, thirtieth, and fourteenth century paintings. Students discuss Mary Gardens and create their own group of botanical impressionistic art.
Students consider the role of rhythm, form, diction, and sound in poetry. In this integrated arts lesson, students discuss the attributes of poetry as they analyze Shakespearean sonnets, hip hop music lyrics, and poems by Nikki Giovanni. Students then write their own poems. 
Furnish your job seekers with a resume-building worksheet that details the kind of information they must collect and shows them how to format this information into an effective resume. Sample resumes, reference lists, and lists of action words and phrases that may be used to enliven the qualifications section are also provided. A handy resource.
Students write positive sentences about their classmates.  In this describing a classmate lesson, students discuss a picture presented by the teacher.  After the teacher tells why she likes this person, students write sentences using the format: I like________________ because...  Students connect their sentences to make a short paragraph about the person they like.   Students pieces are given to student they are about.
Students discover alternative medicines from around the globe.  In this world culture lesson plan, students read text from Africa, Ireland, Tibet and Tanzania discussing known remedies to diseases.  Students discuss with each other their reactions to the articles and participate in a 5W's question game about remedies.
Students edit written work about a fashion show.  In this fashion show lesson, students write a presentation piece and works in groups of 4,6, or 8 to edit what they have written.  Students rehearse by pair sharing and give their short presentations after the six day activity.
Students explore fictional characters. In this fictional characters lesson, students hear information about a character then ask and answer questions. Students also answer true/false questions about the character and make a mini book about the character.