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Students complete activities with the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. In this literature lesson, students read the book and discuss the concept of human capital. They complete a KWLH chart and two assessments.
Guide your students through My Side of the Mountain with this resource guide. They will respond in writing to what they read in the book and complete various other activiites. After reading independently and discussing what they read with their classmates they will move through chapter activities.
Students write a story on surviving in the woods. In this living off the land lesson, students discuss lifestyles of the Paleo Indians, the Archaic Indians, the Mississippian Indians, and the Woodland Indians and compare their lifestyles to that of Sam Gribley in My Side of the Mountain. Students take notes during a program given by a park ranger and summarize what they learned in exactly twenty words.
Sixth graders complete a venn diagram.  In this plants and animals lesson, 6th graders read a books that contains facts about night creatures and add the words predator and pangolins to the word wall.  Students read the book The Waterfall and discuss the figurative language present.  Students read My Side of the Mountain making sure to list all of the plants and animals they encounter.  Students also complete a venn diagram comparing and contrasting Clams and Mus
Fifth graders read "My Side of the Mountain." They create a pantomime using vocabulary words from the story. Students create three questions about the reading. They discuss the passage they read and act out words to help them better understand and remember their meanings.
Sixth graders are introduced to the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. In this literature instructional activity, 6th graders watch a video about the author that explains her book writing and history as a naturalist. They answer comprehension questions. 
Sixth graders complete activities with the book My Side of the Mountain. In this literature lesson plan, 6th graders read pages 131- 160 using students in the class as narrators and characters. They put more animals and plants in their nature book. 
Fifth graders complete a survival guide of Sam's days in the wilderness, complete prediction page before reading and review predictions at the end, discuss events from the story that they think could happen in real life and the ones that could happen to them.
Students explore the skills necessary to survive in the wilderness. The song, "I Survive" by Donna Summers launches this project to invent a survival kit for any situation. The story by Peregrine Falcon, "Birds of Prey" is used to motivate the sear
Learners create sculptures while practicing whittling.  In this arts and crafts lesson, students utilize a knife and sculpt soap models based on the novel My Side of the Mountain.  Learners may work on their models outside of class.
Sixth graders look at conservation. In this conservation lesson, 6th graders use the Internet to find websites about conservation and the animal world. They compare Henry Climbs a Mountain by D.B. Thomas to My Side of the Mountain. 
Students listen to low, middle, and high pitches of music and identify if they are low, middle, or high. In this musical pitch lesson plan, students visually see low, middle, and high pitches on a mountain.
Sixth graders complete activities with the book My Side of the Mountain. In this literature lesson, 6th graders read pages 50 - 58 and add to their animal and plant book. They look online and in encyclopedias for information about a particular animal's body structure. 
The major pre-Columbian settlements are studied in this excellente social studies lesson. Fifth graders explain how geography and climate influenced the way various nations lived and adjusted to the environment, and focus on eight essential questions which cover migration, cultural, religius, agricultural, and social practices of the settlements.
Sixth graders find facts about a specific animal.  In this research lesson, 6th graders wrap up their unit on animals and pick one animal to research and present to the class using PowerPoint.  Students use the dash facts method to collect their information on topics such as appearance, food and habitat.
Sixth graders read legends. In this legend lesson, 6th graders look at a Legend characteristic graphic organizer and name the characteristics of a legend. They listen to pages 28-35 of My Side of the Mountain and list the plants and animals from the chapter in their on-going book. 
Students simulate erosion. In this landforms lesson, students create a model mountain out of a pile of rocks and simulate rain to discuss the act of erosion. Students explain what happens in their own words and the teacher introduces the correct terminology.
In this songs activity, 4th graders read and sing the songs Loch Lomond and I Love the Mountains. Students read and sing these songs many times during the week.
Students act out the destruction and creation of land forms. In this geology lesson, students examine geological processes that create land forms. Students act out a play to present to other classes to demonstrate land form creation.
"If global warming is real, why is it so cold?" Distinguishing the difference between weather and climate is important when it comes to understanding our planet. In these activities, young scientists look at the climate patterns in a variety of locations, graph the data, and examine the geographical features such as mountains or oceans that affect a given location's climate. 

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