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Every Student Counts: Building a Positive Learning Environment
Join in the effort to end bullying through building a positive learning environment for everyone.
Beginning the READ 180 Routine - Teaching the Rotations
Students identify each of the three rotations for the READ 180 classroom (computer, independent reading, and small group instruction) and the expectations for each. They check out audiotapes and books for independent reading and discuss the anti-bullying materials provided during small-group lessons. Finally, students describe an ideal classroom learning environment and make commitments toward that ideal.
Leaders of Our School
Fourth graders interview one of the school's administrators or faculty members using a digital camera to determine their leadership role in school. They use the digital photographs and interview information to make a slideshow presentation for the school's open house. They explain the importance of leadership in a learning environment.
Students become "shape detectives" as they identify, name, create and describe common shapes within pictures and objects found within the learning environment. Suggestions include incorporating shapes into all learning areas and daily activities within a preschool learning setting.
We of the Sea: Tribal Native American Stories
A video featuring members of Oregon’s Astoria Native American fishing community launches a study of the oral tradition of poetry, and how traditions are passed down within different cultures. Activities, assessments, extensions and adaptations are included in the richly detailed plan. Could also be used as an introduction to a study of marine life and the environment.
Do kids use problem solving skills when they create scrap art? You bet they do! After examining the art of Mary Katherine Lamb, they create their own pieces using recycled products and vintage art techniques. They watch a video about the artist then explore the forms and functions possible with found or collected art materials.
For the Love of Publication!
What is a ‘Zine? Although the referenced PBS video that launches this study of self-published magazines is not available, the activities detailed and the step-by-step directions for creating ‘Zines would engage young writers. This resource deserves a spot in your curriculum library.
Internet Scavenger Hunt
Young scholars complete a webquest. They practice the tools needed and the variety of information available on the Internet to enhance their physical education/ personal fitness classes in an internet lab/cooperative learning environment.
Establishing Classroom Discussion Rules
Establish ground rules for class discussion with a constructivist approach. Your class will own the norms and be intrinsically motivated to employ them. Discuss the importance of establishing a safe and respectful learning environment. Class members collaborate to develop a protocol for class discussions. The purpose is to minimize negative and unproductive conflict and create an atmosphere where differing points of view can be respectfully considered. Plan to use this lesson plan at the start of the year to maximize potential.
Quality Work Used to Make a Star Quilt and Its Tradition
Students discover how to design and create a star quilt with the use of the following resources: the community, art, technology, and the teacher. They examine how to apply the skill of doing quality work to other areas of their life.
Language Arts: Twinning At-Risk Students
Learners at-risk in high school and primary grades pair up to read and write together. They create books modeled after authors and illustrators. They hold a parents' day to display their completed books.
Youngsters create class rules by determining the environment they would like to have in their classroom. They come to a consensus about how to have a safe, fair, fun learning environment by discussing the rules in the Karla Kustin poem, and sharing their behavior plan with their parents.
Where Did That Curly Hair Come From?
Learners pronounce (as best as they can) the scientific term used in explaining heredity. They study the meaning and/or significance of these genetic terms and use these words in sentences relating to the information taught in the unit.
Alice Computer Programming
Students explore multimedia components. For this science inquiry lesson, students read "Invitation to the Game" by Monica Hughes and they use the Alice Computer Programming System to better understand population dynamics.
Family History Through Art
Students discuss various ways families and communities pass down oral and visual art forms to younger generations. This multi-subject introductory activity prepares students to create a project about their own families.
Swing Squares - Activity 1
Students investigate and discuss Square Dancing as a folk tradition in America in this introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit focusses on learning dance and call techniques related to Square Dancing.
Expressions - Activity 1
Students create wax sculptures of a full body using mathematical calculations and information gathered from a video in this excellent art project. The lesson can be used along or within the unit provided.
Another World - Activity 1
Students create working kaleidoscopes and discuss the science behind the project in this introductory lesson on Space, Science, and Art. The lesson includes resource links and a downloadable video.
Making a Pinhole Camera
Students participate in a number of activities in order to study the history of photography and to examine the workings of a pinhole camera.
A World Without A School
Students devise a drama sketch of a futuristic learning environment before considering the advantages and disadvantages of a world without schools. Students role play their creations within the hall or classroom.