Jamaica Teacher Resources
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Jamaica Teaches Moral Lessons
Young readers analyze a character from a story, discovering her dilemmas and problems. In this character analysis instructional activity, students analyze a character named Jamaica in a few different stories. They discover the problems she's going through and create solutions for her.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
"Stolen from Africa, brought to America,/Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival." Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldiers" provides high schoolers an opportunity to explore the rich history of the Rastafarians in Jamaica and the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800s.
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Reading Comprehension: Jamaica Louise James
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, students cut out 5 bookmarks. Each bookmark focuses on a story element in the book Jamaica Louise James by Amy Hest. Students answer the questions on the bookmarks. Included are: making inferences, drawing conclusions, details, character and predictions.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Community Symbols: Heroes and Leaders
Students research the importance of community leaders in portraits. In this art history lesson, students look at the painting "The Ascension of Simon Bolivar on Mount Jamaica" and discuss what they see in the portrait. Students research a leader in their own community and make a portrait of that person.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
ELD Lesson Plan: Around Town
Tour the town with this ELD lesson, which involves three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Chinatown," "A Trip to the Firehouse," "Big Bushy Mustache," and "Jamaica Louise James"). Learners practice their future tense and prepositions, as well as literary skills such as making judgments and inferences.
2nd English Language Arts
Making and Monitoring Predictions-Pet Advice and Jamaica Bay
Students practice making predictions. In this comprehension lesson plan, students use videos to practice making predictions about the content. Students complete a handout with details about why they made certain predictions during their viewing of the video.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny
In a fun and interactive two-day lesson, learners sort anole lizard pictures by appearance. Next, they watch a video about the anoles and re-sort based on the information in the video. In addition to physical characteristics, budding biologists look for DNA differences between the anoles and create an evolutionary family tree.
6th - 12th Science
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Novel Study
"There is something irresistible about popcorn" and about activities designed to accompany the reading of a really good book. The nine activities in this packet support the reading of Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery Award winning novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"Their Eyes Were Watching God": Folk Speech and Figurative Language
Using or considering using Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? Then this packet is a must for your curriculum library. The examination of how Hurston combines folklore and folk language to create the voice of her characters, will not only help readers comprehend the dialogue, but will also reveal her mastery of traditional literary techniques.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
This resource is rich with primary and secondary source material regarding major events in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. While there are suggested classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true value lies in the reproductions of such major historical documents as the United States Declaration of Independence, the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"Voices from Haiti": Using Poetry to Speak up for a Cause
Explore a real world use of poetry with your class! Young language arts pupils will consider the concept of advocacy and how journalism, photography, and yes, even poetry can raise awareness for a cause. Your class can read several poems about individuals affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, before listening to the poems and watching a slide show of the earthquake victims.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Arctic Food Chain
Explore the food chains that support Arctic ecosystems. A class discussion on interdependence and the different roles plants and animals play in ecosystems provides students with the knowledge to complete a worksheet asking them to create food chains involving a variety of Arctic life.
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable