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New! Vending Machine Bans Increase in Schools Nationwide
Does a ban on vending machines infringe on student rights, or do school officials have an obligation to monitor foods sold on school grounds? Your class members will explore the educational, health, and financial issues related to vending machines on school campuses. Informational texts include facts on nutrition and obesity, how vending contracts and fundraising work, and the rising tide of vending machine bans in schools nationwide. Learners will conclude by writing persuasive essays stating their opinions on the issue.
Maya Angelou: Study and response to "Still I Rise"
“Still I Rise,” is the focus of a two-day exercise that asks learners to trace the development of the theme of emotional opposites (hopelessness/rising above adversity) by highlighting details in Maya Angelou’s poem. They then craft their own antonym poem of negative and positive emotions (left out/chosen, ugly/beautiful) that shows how they feel. Links to the poem and a short biography of Angelou are included.
Suits of Woe: Grief and Loss in Hamlet
“Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die/Passing through nature to eternity.” Grief, and the response to grief and loss, is the focus of a series of activities that uses Hamlet as a launchpad. Groups examine Act I, scene ii to see how Hamlet, Gertrude, and Claudius respond to the death of Hamlet’s father. In addition to the detailed plan, the packet includes links to worksheets, videos and writing assignments.
New! Express Yourself Lesson Seed 3
If you're looking to set your class up for writing effective arguments, try out this idea. While originally created with freedom as a guiding idea, the activity could easily be adapted for other themes. As a class, create a chart of argument characteristics. Next, small groups read one of the two linked articles about video games and complete the included article analysis chart with details from the text. Wrap up by referring back to the characteristics and giving pupils time to write about the article they read.
New! Express Yourself Lesson Seed 1
Make a study of the First Amendment and its relationship to freedom. Pupils rewrite the amendment and discuss the central idea before focusing on a specific phrase. After discussing, class members write a journal entry about the included guiding question. This activity is meant to fit into a larger lesson or unit that relates to the guiding question.
New! Express Yourself Lesson Seed 14: Dedication
Connect Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech, "I Have a Dream," to The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Taylor refers to the speech in his dedication, which creates a natural segue into talking about the speech and how it relates to the novel. After reading the speech, class members find and compare details and ideas from the two texts and use these to respond to a writing prompt.
New! Express Yourself Lesson Seed 16: Author
Your class has finished reading The Cay. Now what? Try out this idea, which invites learners to examine the author's values and how they relate to the novel. Pupils watch a quick video about the author and take notes in a provided graphic organizer. They then relate these notes to the novel and write about the relationship they've discovered between the author and his writing. Consider working through the graphic organizer together to more fully scaffold the assignment.
New! Express Yourself Lesson Seed 18: Investigate
Prepare your class for argumentative writing with a close inspection of the controversy surrounding Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. All necessary articles and materials are linked at the beginning of the resource. Kids use the provided graphic organizers to gather evidence and details from each source. After completing the notes, class members come up with a claim that ties together the findings from their investigation and their understanding of the First Amendment.
Label the Butterfly Computer Activity
The Internet is used to research and study the anatomy of the elusive butterfly. Fourth graders pair up to explore a butterfly website in order to correctly label and diagram the butterfly shape and parts. After research has been completed, the class takes part in a collective activity where they use push pins and 3x5 cards to label a very large diagram of a butterfly on the class bulletin board.
New! Getting Informed and Informing
Help your young learners understand the importance of privacy when communicating about relationship issues and sexual health. Class members are broken into groups to research various technology-based communication channels that can be used to give or acquire information, and then discuss the consequences of public/private communications.
Using Words as a Way into Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they finish the activity, they read the first chapter of the book and research Olympian gods.
Lesson: Michael Blum: National Identity at a Distance
Immigration, refugees, and cultural change due to the movement of people around the globe is discussed. Learners examine the work of Michael Blum to gain an understanding of how national and cultural identities shift due to immigration. They complete a writing assignment, discuss the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and hold a mock debate. This isn't just art, it's art with a catalyst.
New! My Big Fat Greek Olympics
The Olympic Games are indeed a significant and far-reaching cultural component in our international community today, but from where do they originate? Where do our traditions stem from, and how do we choose the sports that constitute this momentous event? Learners begin this lesson plan sequence by reading the historical background of the Olympics and discovering terms and imagery associated with Greek stories. Then, working in groups, they develop advertising pitches for a product or person that could be promoted by the use of a Greek name or symbol. In the second activity, class members compare and contrast the ancient and modern Olympic Games, and form an Olympic committee to determine the pentathlon of games to be included in a mock Olympic game day.
Discovering Japan Through Cooperative Research
Search a variety of sources to create a multimedia or book project about Japan. Learners use the independent investigation method to plan and conduct research about Japan. They use the information they discover to create a computer book or a multimedia project for an oral presentation. Multiple resources and reproducible materials are included.
Tell a Ton of Tall Tales
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 instructional 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.
America Becomes A World Power
Here is a terrific series of lessons which detail America's rise to becoming a world power. Seventh graders create a newspaper that chronicles the important events during this time period. The papers contain information about the expansion of the US Navy, the annexation of Hawaii, the Spanish-American War, and the building of the Panama Canal. This impressive plan has everything you need for successful implementation.
Investigating the Climate System - Clouds
Here is a fabulous lesson 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.
The Caveman Catastrophe
Young archaeologists study the development of human history, and work in groups to create a timeline that traces the development of humans. Additionally, the groups utilize a very clever graphic organizer embedded in the plan in order to present a prehistoric animal to the class. Animals such as mammoths, mastodons, and sabre-toothed tigers are studied. An entertaining activity that has many great suggestions for books and websites you can access to further the learning process.
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System
Wow! What a lesson plan! Six terrific activities are described in great detail, in this 31-page document! Learners will model and explain cloud formation, sketch and identify certain cloud types, calculate and compare incoming and outgoing radiation, and make climate predictions based on increases or decreases in certain cloud types. I can't say enough good things about this lesson. If you are a 5th - 8th grade science teacher, check this one out for sure!
Here is a fabulous collection of lessons for your emerging meteorologists! In them, learners will utilize satellite data to determine distribution of rainfall, research global rainfall patterns, and utilize their knowledge to propose new instruments and satellite missions that can help us understand the changes in the earth's climate. Some fantastic worksheets, weblinks, and other educational resources are embedded in an incredibly detailed and exciting lesson plan.