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My Side of the Mountain Teacher Resources
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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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars take notes during a program given by a park ranger and summarize what they learned in exactly twenty words.
Sixth graders examine elements of literature. In this My Side of the Mountain lesson, 6th graders view a PowerPoint presentation prior to reading the novel and complete comprehension, literary element, and vocabulary worksheets as they read the novel. As a culminating activity, student write book reports on the novel.
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book. Starting with background information about Scott O'Dell and his writing of the story, this guide moves on to provide a plot summary, character and setting descriptions, key vocabulary, important themes, and chapter related guiding questions. Also included are potential writing topics and extension activities, making this a complete resource for teaching this story. Consider reading this historical fiction novel as the class is learning about Native American cultures to allow for interdisciplinary connections.
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.
Here is a fabulous activity on the Earth's radiant energy system. This amazing, 31-page document is chock-full of great activities, worksheets, lab sheets, quizzes, rubrics, and assessments. Learners model and explain cloud formation, calculate incoming and outgoing radiation, identify aerosols in the earth's atmosphere, and make climate predictions. This is one of the finest educational resources I've come across! Highly recommended for your upper-elementary and middle schoolers.
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 explore journal writing. In this writing process lesson plan, 6th graders examine the parts of a newspaper and hear a local journalist speak about his/her job experience. Students write a journalistic article after reading a literature selection from a textbook.
Pairs conduct an Internet search for a series of primary and secondary sources pertaining to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. Armed with information gathered, teams then debate whether the Indian Removal Act was justified and if it was constitutional.
Have your class analyze root words, suffixes and prefixes. Start by reading "To The Thawing Wind" by Robert Frost, and deconstruct the words looking for affixes. Learners then listen to two songs by John Denver and, on their lyrics sheets, highlight words containing prefixes and suffixes.
Using an incredibly engaging activity and detailed lesson plan, your learners will serve as advisors to President Madison on whether to participate in what would become the War of 1812! Utilize a variety of effective instructional strategies to acquaint your class with the causes of the war. There are opportunities for group work and independent practice, analysis of primary sources, and written or performance assessments.
Young scholars who live in the inner city are introduced to the four corners region of the United States. In groups, they examine how the region differs compared to where they live and their culture. They develop maps of the area and locate landmarks of the area. To end the lesson, they research the contributions of the Native American groups of the four corners region and examine artifacts.
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
Elementary schoolers read many tall tales. They create their own tall tale about a specific event of their choosing. They must act the part of the author. This well-designed activity takes three class sessions to complete, and is well-worth the time. Learners utilize internet resources and publishing resources to create their own tall tale based on an everyday event.
Using a variety of novels about survival, such as Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, pupils create author's studies using wikis. First, learners are placed in groups to study a particular novel. Then, they create a page describing their author. And finally, they complete activities, including the use of GarageBand to record their favorite passage in the novel.