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Jim Thorpe's Bright Path
Students read about the life of Jim Thorpe and answer focus lessons about the book. In this Jim Thorpe lesson, students celebrate the American Indian culture and learn of the hardships Jim Thorpe overcame. Students find descriptive words about Jim Thorpe.
May 28th Writing Prompt
In this daily writing prompt worksheet, students learn that athlete Jim Thorpe was born in this day in 1888. Students think of a famous American they could immortalize in a postage stamp.
Red Dirt Groundbreakers
Discover Oklahoma's first farmers. Read about 14 different agriculture workers and their contribution to Oklahoma's farming. After reading, have your class complete several activities such as researching an agriculturist, writing a research paper, creating a wanted poster, and working on an Oklahoma map. Note: There are a variety of cross-curricular applications provided in this resource.
Jim Thorpe: The Greatest Athlete of the Century
Students discuss what makes a sports legend. In this Jim Thorpe lesson students analyze both the triumphs and tragedies of Jim Thorpe's sports career. Students then write a letter persuading their representative to name Jim Thorpe the "Athlete of the Century.
History of the Olympics
Students research the history of the Olympics. They compare their findings to the information found in the book Hour of the Olympics. They discuss and present the changes in the Olympic from ancient times to today.
Crazy Horses' Vision Teacher's Guide
Third graders read and discuss the story of Crazy Horse. In this Crazy Horses' Vision teacher's guide, 3rd graders examine the life of Native American, Crazy Horse. Students answer questions, perform literature circle roles, and complete written activities when finished.
Young scholars identify why the Hopi tribe practiced running as it relates to health, delivering messages, defeating other tribes, and for ceremonial events. In this social studies lesson, students use maps to identify latitude and longitude then locate regional places the Hopi would run. Young scholars participate in a running activity with their physical education teacher.
Mosaic America: Paths To The Present
Seventh graders study the ideologies of life, values, love, peace and struggle of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans as citizens of the United States. Authors and artists are used as tools to open the eyes of the students and allow them to see the impact and significance of cultures upon the history of the United States. Through traditional stories from different groups, they explore the customs and beliefs of their culture and others.
The "Secret Society" and FitzGerald's The Great Gatsby
Students examine the tensions of wealth and status in the novel, 'The Great Gatsby.' They identify ways people assert group membership, discuss biographical information about F. Scott Fitzgerald, and write a credo for the 'secret society' in the novel.
The Secret Society and FitzGerald's The Great Gatsby
High schoolers formulate what tensions about wealth and status are revealed in The Great Gatsby. Apply how these tensions are reflected in Nick Carraway's struggle to belong. Write a "credo" for the "secret society" implied in The Great Gatsby.
Students read the article "Off-Field Hurdles Stymie Indian Athletes." They research and discuss problems Native American athletes had off the field and how the athlete broke a "barrier."
BSI: Biographical Scene Investigators
Turn your middle schoolers into Biographical Scene Investigators in an investigative reporting lesson! They identify heroic individuals selected from the provided list and keep their own evidence notebooks regarding the actions of their subject. Next, they research print and Internet sources for evidence of the subject's heroic actions.
American Indians- Misunderstanding
First graders explore the diversity among Indian tribes. In this American Indians lesson, 1st graders fill out a KWL chart and analyze posters. Students draw pictures of what they feel an American Indian looks like. Students compare their pictures to pictures in books and analyze the differences.
The "Secret Society" and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Students analyze how wealth and status are revealed in The Great Gatsby. In this novel analysis lesson plan, students engage in textual analysis to identify the tensions in the novel depicted in the classes. Students write a 'credo' for the secret society implied in The Great Gatsby.
Live from Ancient Olympia!
Students study online resources to examine the ancient Olympic Games and athletes. They investigate the qualities of ancient Olympic athletes and role interviews with the athletes.
Biographical Scene Investigators
Sixth graders become members of the BSI in this research simulation. They apply for Biographical Scene Investigator membership, investigate an individual, keep an evidence notebook and write an investigator's report.
Students choose Native American tribe to research, develop ideas for five paragraph report, find information about chosen tribe's history and culture, compare historical life of tribe with contemporary aspects of tribal life today, and type reports on computer.
Main and Subordinate Characters of Animal Farm
In this characterization worksheet, students identify 7 characters from George Orwell's Animal Farm as they expose each as a main or subordinate character, reveal the character's motivation and main conflict, and note how the character and his motivations have affected the plot.
Subgenres of Literature—Allegory
In this allegory worksheet, pupils examine the subgenre of allegory as they read a brief description of it and complete a graphic organizer with their observations of the use of allegory in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Daily Warm Ups: Reading
In this daily warm ups: reading worksheet, students read two passages and answer three comprehension questions for each; one passage in non-fiction, one is fiction.