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Help your secondary reader/writers assess texts by studying press releases from Statistics Canada and drafting articles based on them. They then compare the press release, their own articles, and actual news stories they find online. I'd switch the order the first time around with this project and begin with a comparison between a press release and a professional news story. Then they'll write articles having seen quality examples. Discuss the elements of an effective news story. It's a sound basis for strong nonfiction writing. Find the worksheet here.
Approach the topic of popularity with this resource from the New York Times and their Learning Network series. The article is about Alexandra Robbins' "Quirk Theory." Learners respond to the article excerpt either on paper or online. This could lead to an in-depth discussion about conformity and individuality at your school and the lives of your class members.
Get your junior high writers stimulated with the strategies and ideas available in this activity. Learners discuss and debate controversial subjects, and outline their reasons with an online graphic organizer (link included) that creates a persuasion map of their opinions. The essay prompt is easily modified, and strategies for differentiation are available.
This was written for ESOL students, but could work for any elementary class. Learners read about the American dance style known as Square Dancing. They explore its use in literature, write a friendly letter about it, and then use their listening skills as they do the dance. They'll promenade, do-si-do, and sachet to upbeat American folk music.
Finding factors is an integral skill on the road to fractions and algebra. Scholars write down a factor list for nine numbers up to 30. Next, they examine provided lists and circle the numbers that are factors of eight more numbers, also not exceeding 30. Finally, there is a brief introduction to prime numbers after which scholars record all those under 30 without factors other than one and themselves. Two examples help guide learners, but consider doing one of these from each section together.
Finding factors requires practice and a logical system, so help scholars develop this skill with these problems. They write out the factor list for 9 two-digit numbers and then circle the factors from a list for four more numbers. Finally, they read a brief statement describing prime numbers and list those between 66 and 100. There are two examples here to guide mathematicians, but none of the problems are numbered. Because this could make review difficult, consider numbering them yourself before copying this for learners.
Explore number attributes and skip counting through patterns! Scholars find the pattern in each of these sequences and continue it by writing in the remaining values. They count consistently by various intervals, sometimes forwards and sometimes backwards. The example specifies the interval; consider requiring learners to write this in, too. Use this to strengthen beginning addition and subtraction skills. Consider numbering these to make referencing easier during review. There are 17 total.17
A simple reading passage breaks the process of DNA replication down into three steps. Young geneticists answer reading comprehension questions and describe a set of diagrams that depict the three steps. Show a PowerPoint presentation or online animation of the semiconservative model of DNA before assigning this worksheet as a reinforcement.
It’s no small challenge to try to locate modern sites on historic maps. But it is possible to determine how the purpose of a map influences its appearance. Introduce your class to map reading and analysis skills with an exercise that asks them to use a set of historic map analysis questions to aid them in their examination of planning and descriptive maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A geometry game that resembles Battleship is the foundation for hide and seek where "hiders" draw shapes on coordinate planes and "seekers" must guess the shape and its location based on questions and clues. Reproducible, paper-sized coordinate plane for the game is attached. This kind of skills practice can be fun!
Students practice appropriate behavior during a mock job interview. In this interview skills lesson, students identify a career using the given websites. Students answer questions in preparation for the job interview and read do's and don'ts for the experience. Students prepare a visual representation for a list of behaviors to improve and answer online practice interview questions. Students engage in a mock interview.
Students use online resources and activities to examine the vocabulary of a job application. In this job application lesson, students review and take sample online job readiness exams. Students read a publication about completing a job application and analyze glossary of related terms. Students work in groups to critique the job applications of their peers, review composing letters, cover letters, and complete their own applications.
Students research the characteristics of specific occupations with personal career interests and aptitudes. For this career exploration lesson, students select three careers to explore and consider their own interests and aptitude. Students access the online occupational handbook and complete the research directions. Students complete written assignments and related worksheets for their career exploration.
Who do you admire? Class members select a historical figure as the basis for this lesson that teaches and reviews research skills. Using printed and Internet materials, researchers gather information on the accomplishments of their historical figure. They conclude their investigation by producing a biography, an analysis of their subject’s societal impact, and a character analysis. Reference liks are provided.
Discover your inner microbe with this short online quiz. Kids can answer a few short questions to find out with which microbe they have the most in common. As a class, kids could group themselves with like microbes, then teach the rest of the class a few of the traits of their microbe. Young zoologists begin to understand how diverse the microbial world can be. If you do not have access to a computer lab, there is also a flipbook version of the quiz.
Write dear old Peter Rabbit a letter with this lesson. First, youngsters listen to the story Peter Rabbit and analyze the story elements. Then they complete a story map graphic organizer in order to write a letter to Peter Rabbit using the online templates. Related art and technology activities are also offered here.