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Celebrate Earth Day with a study of the cycle of life, decay and rebirth as seen in Walt Whitman’s “The Compost.” Ask the composters in your class to share their experiences with this process before reading the poem. After the reading, class members individually respond to the discussion questions, and then share in groups before crafting their reflections. The poem and writing reflection questions are included.
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Middle schoolers discover why it's important to establish a positive credit history and understand the value of credit reports to lenders and borrowers. They apply legal guidelines to establish the uses of a credit report other than gaining credit. The activities outlined in the plan are thought-provoking and interesting. Financial literacy is such an important part of our kids' education. This important lesson would be a huge benefit to your middle schoolers. Highly recommended!
What a great way to explore biodiversity on the school playground! Young scientists examine a small natural area outside, roughly a square meter, and record and gather the specimens they find. Multiple activities guide learners through relationships present in eco-systems, diversity among living organisms, and human effect on the natural environment. Through observing, recording, and collecting, the lesson is ideal for studying eco-systems and the relationships that allow it to function. A PowerPoint and observation sheet are included.
Having fresh, clean drinking water is a privilege many people take for granted. Help raise awareness about the scarcity of water and the importance of conservation by discussing different ways water is used in everyday life. Brainstorm ideas for reducing water consumption, making a class pledge to conserve this valuable resource. Finally, create toothbrush holders that will remind young conservationists to use less water at home. A great lesson for celebrating Earth Day, or include as part of a unit on the water cycle, natural resources, ecosystems, and numerous other earth and life science topics.
Here is a chance for environmental studies classes to take a critical look at crises occurring around the globe by reading articles and viewing video clips. The human activities under scrutiny are the extraction of oil, logging, and mining. Learners discuss the situations and list the pros and cons of the practice. Overall, you will find this to be an exercise in scientific literacy and a thought-provoking lesson on environmental crises.
Looking for a way to let youngsters speak their mind and record their speech at the same time? You've found it! Easy to use and great for all types of classroom needs, you'll find this an indispensable app.
Most young people don't spend a lot of time thinking about why some foods cost less than others. This resource uses clips from the documentary, Food, Inc. to explore the impact of agricultural subsidies on nutrition, health, and the economy. The topic is introduced by asking class members what determines the food they typically eat in their homes; for example, taste, cost, nutrition, etc. Next, learners record information on a viewing guide as they watch the clips. There is ample discussion, supplementary graphs, and extra readings to help ensure a thorough understanding of the topic. Numerous extensions and adaptations provide easy ways to further develop this plan.
Marcos and Paulo have just met Ana. Watch as they use Portuguese to introduce themselves and get to know each other. Language learners then complete a series of activities designed to help them master each brief conversation.
Pupils work in cooperative groups to explore communication needs of our world. They are assigned a demographic area and asked to create ways to solve communication problems with innovative ideas. They also explore areas that can help with communication in everyday life.
What are persistent organic pollutants, or POPs? Young chemists find out as they examine the use of cleaning products that contain materials that are harmful to the environment. This thorough investigation involves three different activities, one of which is an actual comparison of simple household materials to fancy, brand-name cleansers.
Various websites are visited as a way of stimulating small-group discussions comparing traditional and green buildings. The groups brainstorm characteristics of a green building, interview a professional who is involved with the green building materials industry, research green construction companies, and finally work together to construct a model of a green building. A thorough exploration of sustainable building design for your high schoolers!
Introduce your environmental studies or health class to IAQ, that is, indoor air quality. Do so with an informational reading and an activity in which they analyze the air in the classroom for potential pollutants. The resource states that it was written for middle to high schoolers, but is probably most appropriate for upper-elementary classes.
Students examine how goods and ideas moved along an ancient trade route between China and Europe. They make charts of items, ideas, etc. that were transported along the Silk Route.
Students engage in a problem solving activity related to communication. For this communication arts lesson, students view a website of design projects. Students analyze a challenge group and design a product to assist their communication.
How do you feel about cloning? This issue is highly debated, so educate your class before they participate in a similar debate! Read a New York Times article related to the use of cloned pig organs for human transplants. Groups develop arguments stating the advantages and disadvantages, and then they participate in a panel discussion on this topic. You could easily find additional articles on cloning to reference, as well.
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 plan. The featured article is from 1999.
Encourage your middle and high schoolers to share their memories of a recent event. After reading a New York Times article, they discuss Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night. They write their own memoir about a significant event that affected their school or community. Using the Internet, they gather evidence that supports their view and write a final draft of their narrative.
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.
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.