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Twelfth graders define cloning in their own words and examine the different types of cloning. After reading an article, they summarize it in their own words and use the internet to research the history of cloning. In groups, they participate in an experiment in which they simulate the process of bacterial cloning. To end the lesson plan, they research the most recent court cases and develop their own opinion on the issue.
Pupils research crime and violence in their district, including finding out what has been discussed about safety and addition of surveillance cameras.Students conduct interviews and explore the legal issues involved. After all information is collected, they write a news feature or in-depth, explaining the situation at the school, giving all sides - pros and cons.
Students relish in experiencing an outdoor classroom. Students sign a contract stating that they will follow the rules of the outdoor classroom. Students help to keep the outdoor classroom clean and up to date with all the needed provisions. Students experience all types of wildlife in this exceptional setting.
Students are actively involved in presenting some of the issues in implanting previously frozen embryos through a cooperative learning lesson. This lesson helps students to develop decision-making skills through discussing various types of assisted reproduction are currently available and under what circumstances this process may be used through role-play.
Fifth graders use a class garden as inspiration for a specific writing assignment. They conduct research into different types of flowers in photo images taken with a digital camera. Students write a creative essay and draw a picture to accompany it using drawing software.
Students explore the various uses of cell phones. In this health lesson, students discuss the ten commandments of cell phone use and create a list of situations for cell phone use. Students view three websites that say cell phones are harmful and then search for websites that refute these charges. Students also compare state laws regarding cell phone use.
Young scholars investigate the current legal status of fetal tissue transplantation. Students engage in a role play discussion of a specific case study. Young scholars explore the ethical controversies surrounding this procedure. Students formulate and defend an opinion.
Free speech, privacy, and cyberbullying are the focus of a series of activities that cause class members to engage in discussions about these interrelated topics. They view a segment from PBS’s “Cyberbullying—Effects on Teens Across the Nation,” read articles about teens who committed suicide, and discuss the motivations of key players in several scenarios. A powerful topic sensitively handled.