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Week 36, Grade 4 Spelling: Homeschool Learning Network
For this grade 4 spelling worksheet, students copy a set of 10 words three times each, complete 3 or more activity options given, draw a picture of 4 words, make a set of flash cards, and complete an anagram activity.
Homeschool Learning Network: Van Gogh Mini-WebQuest & Report
From the swirling skies of Starry Night to the stark visage in his self-portraits, the art of Vincent Van Gogh remains enigmatic and hypnotizing to this day. Help your students explore his biography, art, and legacy with this WebQuest, which provides multiple resource links. Students work through the links, learning about Van Gogh and his most prominent paintings, as they prepare a report about the artist, his life, and his work.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
How do artists affect and how are artists affected by the time periods in which they live? Learners examine the life and work of controversial and influential cultural artist Patti Smith as they seek answers to this essential question. Groups research her associates, the social and cultural events of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s in which she participated, her poems, songs, and photographs. Links are provided as are extensions, adaptations, and assessments. Preview materials before considering this resource for your class.
A Statistical Analysis of Facebook
What better way to generate student excitement than to bring Facebook into the classroom? Here, your class will analyze data on Facebook usage using scatter plots and residuals, and determine which function (linear or exponential) is the more appropriate model. A PowerPoint presentation helps guide your class through several activities, including an exponential growth activity and additional practice.
Do Something about... Voting/Civic Engagement
Students explore how social networks can be important for civic action. They discuss social capital. Using a specified website, students investigate the effects of social networks. They brainstorm ways to increase social capital in their school and neighborhoods.
Rovers on Mars
Students explore latest Mars rovers - Spirit and Opportunity. They investigate the nature of communications with the Rovers including use of Mars Orbiters as relay stations. They research needs of future missions and design communications networks
Geographic Themes From The Air: MOVEMENT
Students observe a slide showing a shopping mall and the surrounding transportation network from an aerial perspective. They are asked to determine where stoplights would be located and predict future stoplight intersections.
Resource Based Learning Unit Using Mad Cow Disease
Young scholars research the topic of mad cow disease. They use an internal research network to search for newspaper and magazine articles about the disease. They are to evaluate the information they find and determine if it is creditable.
Literature Study Guide: Slaughterhouse-Five
Equipped with all the necessary components of a literary response, including a summary page, vocabulary list, a space for questions and answers, a story flow chart, and a character map, this resource is a superior way for students to complete a book report. Two additional pages provide 10 response-to-literature questions and 10 extension activities. This format will work for any book, not just Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. It is also not restricted to homeschool use.
Expressing Your Views to the Letter
Analyze the motivation, purpose, and value of letters to the editor by examining letters written in response to the violence at Columbine High School. For homework, middle and high schoolers write their own letters to the editor about an article titled "Suspect in L.A. Shootings Surrenders to F.B.I" from the New York Times. Note: You could use a less-dated article to bring current events to your language arts lesson. The featured article is from 1999.
Is laughter really the best medicine? Middle and high schoolers discuss the truth behind this adage by reading and discussing a New York Times article about Dr. Patch Adams. They participate in a round-table debate in response to quotations from an interview with Dr. Adams (included here).
Experience how a story can drastically change when the point of view is altered. Young scholars first read a review of Disney's film Tarzan, focusing on how the point of view in the classic story is important. They then select another popular children's story and rewrite it from the perspective of a character whose voice was not heard in the story's original form. From the New York Times' superb Learning Network series.
All in a Day's Work
Who is Herman Melville? Read and discuss "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street." Then, discuss the film adaptations of Melville's work and translate a passage of the text into modern-day English. Discussion questions are included, and be sure to check out the possible extension activities. From the New York Times superb Learning Network.
The Pursuit of Excellence
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.
Standing Up Against Injustice
“Sometimes things are lawful yet are actually wrong.” Researchers examine primary and secondary source materials as they study five legal cases involving civil rights attorney William Kunstler in which he attempted to use the legal system to bring about social change. An extensive list of activities, assessment suggestions, extensions, and adaptations are included in a carefully detailed resource.
Historical Perspectives: Coming Home from War
What do the homecoming experiences of soldiers who fought in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan reveal about the politics and culture of the US during the time period of each war? Young historians view The Way We Get By, which tells the story of Maine Troop Greeters, and read excerpts from “Soldiers Coming Home,” and “Homecoming” in preparation for a group research project about the experiences of these soldiers. Resource links, extensions, and adaptations are provided.
New! Have and Have-Not
Is there a correlation between a country's wealth and the extent of its ecological footprint? What exactly constitutes an ecological footprint, and how does one country stack up against the rest? This is a unique lesson to incorporate into Earth Day activities or an environmental science class. Invite your class to investigate the inequality that exists in the world today in natural resource usage, waste accumulation, and pollution production.
Reading Study Guide: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Meant for use with Maya Angelou's first autobiographical volume I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the materials here are designed for a homeschool setting, but they'd suit any classroom or text. Graphic organizers, chapter summary guides, vocabulary practice, response to literature ideas, writing prompts, a plot flow chart, character map, and reading schedules are provided.
Literature Study Guides: Tale of Two Cities
For homeschool or the classroom: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading schedule, plot flow chart, and character map relevant to any reading task. Resource is designated for Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, but these materials would work for any literary text. It has links to the book, author information, and curriculum guides.
Literature Study Guide: Out of Africa
Here you will find a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, but these materials would work for any literary text, in any educational context, home or classroom. Links to Out of Africa film study guide and author information are provided.