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Middle schoolers examine a variety of information for New York State including insolation data, and economic or political data, thus incorporating both science and social studies. Encouraging learners to become concerned citizens as they enter the adult world, they get to consider whether or not increasing the amount of surface area devoted to photovoltaic system is a wise investment.
What type of reptiles live in New York State? This lesson gets the class thinking about what factors determine where particular animals live. They analyze the Hudson Valley environment, identify specific reptile and amphibian characteristics, and then complete a worksheet that maps the areas in which particular reptiles and amphibians dwell. The answer keys are included but worksheet masters are not. Since a link to the web site is available worksheets may be downloadable.
For this mid-unit assessment, fourth graders should be able to read, take notes and write a well-constructed paragraph. This plan is a halfway point for a larger unit that utilizes close reading skills and visible thinking strategies to teach learners more efficient ways to read and write. They have 30 minutes to use skills learned in previous lessons with familiar informational text. The informational text, The Iroquois: A Six Nation Confederacy, is not included in the lesson, but the instructions, skills, and strategies used are exemplary and can be generalized to any text. Note: This unit also supplements 4th grade social studies lessons for New York state teachers.
Middle schoolers construct polygons by plotting points on a coordinate plane. Pupils connect the points and identify which polygons they have drawn. They will need graph paper to carry out the assigned activities. A vocabulary list, extension ideas, and assessment exercises are included.
Second graders explore a bag of mixed pattern blocks. As a class they discuss different attributes of these shapes. In this math lesson, 2nd graders search to find shapes that are similar by placing shapes on top of one another to compare size and shape. Additionally, students read the word problem provided and create ways to tile the floor with shapes that are congruent. This lesson contains two assessments.
Students explore number patterns. In this number patterns and probability math lesson, students work in groups to describe the patterns present in the first five rows of Pascal's Triangle, then write numbers to continue this pattern. Students flip coins and record the possible outcomes, then examine Pascal's Triangle to determine the possible probability relationships.
Eighth graders write about the physical hardships endured by soldiers of the Civil War. They compare the losses between two communities during the Civil War. They analyze personal letters to understand what a battle was like. They develop a list of ten conclusions of the life of a volunteer soldier.
Students explore what life was like during the Industrial Revolution. In this United States History instructional activity, students analyze a specific job then complete a webquest about that job. Once their research is complete, students work in groups to discuss their findings and develop an opinion about which job they think was the worst.
Pupils outline the major events in the history of Onondaga Lake. They identify the parties involved in the events of Onondaga Lake. Students determine the sources of pollution that impacted Onondaga lake. They outline the major land uses of the area around Onondaga Lake. Pupils identify the impacts, both positive and negative, each form of land use had on the Onondaga Lake area.
If you have or can create a set of tiles, numbered one through eight, then you can implement this hands-on lesson plan about probability models. Individuals draw a tile from a bag, record its number, and then return it to the bag. They predict the probability of the product of three draws equalling an odd number. Teach them how to use sample spaces and tree diagrams to do so. The notes for the lesson plan are fairly simple, but include two assessment questions and an extension suggestion.
How much electricity do you use in a day? Physics fanatics calculate their energy use by consulting a chart of the watts required to run typical household appliances. They compare power to amounts of electric energy used or generated. The electricity referred to is generated by a photovoltaic system, so it might not apply where you live.