Motivation Teacher Resources
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Self-Control and Self-Motivation
Middle schoolers create personal goals. In this character education lesson, students analyze the skill of self-discipline. Middle schoolers discuss the reasons self-discipline and self-motivation are necessary for success.
All About Me, My Family and Friends
Students use general skills and strategies of the writing process to show their role in their family, school, friendships, the community and the world. They demonstrate their self-motivation and increasing responsibility for their own learning.
How to Become Self Motivated
Young scholars demonstrate their self discipline and motivation by brainstorming their own personal self discipline goals. In this self discipline lesson, students analyze examples of self discipline and self control by completing a worksheet dealing with the subject.
Writing Greeting Card Quotes
Students learn best if they are personally motivated to learn. The following "lesson" is really a greeting card writing contest and it is a fun hands-on writing activity with great motivating potential.
Understanding Behaviors Required to Maintain Employment
Now that your upper grader has a job, you need to teach him how to keep it. Discuss appropriate workplace behavior such as teamwork, initiative, and self-motivation. Also bridge the topic of what is and what isn't ethical behavior and why it's so important to maintaining a job and workplace environment.
New! Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades
While this first appears to be a description of 20 poetry activities, it is actually the introduction, rationale, and explanation of the activities and one sample lesson for "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost. After a copy of the poem, you will find a nice instructional sequence that focuses on sound, figurative language, and theme. Related poems are listed and a graphic organizer is provided to use in small groups. Tip: Pair this lesson with your study of The Outsiders.
Discipline vs. Self-Discipline
Sixth graders compare and contrast discipline and self-discipline. In this character education instructional activity, 6th graders discover how self-discipline is related to self-motivation. Students work in small groups to construct a definition of self-discipline.
Who Will I Be Tomorrow?
Students examine various careers and character traits. They create an Affinity Chart using career survey results, compare/contrast personality traits and character traits, and discuss why character traits are important for jobs.
Heroes and Heroines: King David, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and Napoleon
Students identify and examine four heroes from history and imaginative literature. They discuss the characteristics of a hero and share perceptions of what makes a hero. By comparing and analyzing a few historical and literary figures, the students incorporate the concepts of heroism into their psyches.
Teaching Construction in the Field
Valuable skills and knowledge are acquired by building framed structures in the school parking lot.
Travel Plan Project
You can use a travel plan project in the classroom to learn about budgets, maps, time management, and more.
Second Semester's Biggest Struggle: Motivation
How to induce teenagers to stay engaged and learning despite the arrival of spring.
The Beginnings of Constitutional Government
Students examine excerpts of Thomas Paine's Common Sense. In this early American history lesson, students read Paine's pamphlet and analyze the information according the rubric provided.
Araceli Solis Butterflies Unit
Third graders study the life cycle, eating habits, habitats, and migration patterns of butterflies in this series of lessons.
Introduction to Magnetism and Electronics
Young scholars are introduced to the concepts of magnetism and electronics. As a class, they walk through the steps of the scientific method and define new vocabulary. In groups, they are given a bag of objects and they are to separate them into magnetic and non-magnetic. They also discover on a basic level how electronics operate.
Jobs of the Past in Alexandria
Second graders discover details about Alexandria, Virginia in the past. In this historical perspectives lesson, 2nd graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress featuring jobs that were available in the past and compare them to today's jobs. Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this lesson.
Solar System Lesson Plans
Solar system lesson plans provide teachers with a multitude of ways to interest even the most reluctant learners.
Fourth graders investigate the role of environment in the life of three Native American tribes. In this Native Americans lesson, 4th graders define environment, regions, and natural resources. Students recognize how environment influences the lives of all people due to the amount of natural resources they have. Students compare and contrast the three native American tribes and the regions they live in.
An Introduction to Circles
Sixth graders revisit geometry terms and discover new circle vocabulary such as point, line, segment, ray, and angle through a Power Point Presentation. After the class discussion, 6th graders practice finding a radius and diameter of a circle.
Students create a picture from the shape of a bone. In this life science and art instructional activity, students discuss their bones and their purposes, then use a picture of a bone as a starting point for an artistic transformation. Lesson can be used to introduce a unit on the human body.