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4 Times Table
It's all about the fours as scholars practice their multiplication facts. They skip count on a number chart, shading in each multiple of four. Do they notice a pattern? Next, scholars complete five number sentenes multiplying four by numbers 1-5 (one is done as an example). Finally, solidify this skill by asking mathematicians how many total flowers are in different sets of four. They examime visual bouquets to determine how many sets, then complete the multiplication to find the total. Encourage them to reference the number chart to make connections.
It's Raining Numbers! - Mixed Tables
It's raining math problems! Use this multiplication and division skills practice on a rainy day as scholars fill in water drops to complete number sentences. They fill in products, factors, dividends, divisors, and quotients to solve these, and everything is in whole numbers. There are 18 equations and two examples here. None of the answers exceed 60.
Understanding and Using Suffixes to Expand Vocabulary
After a review of what suffixes are and how they are used, middle schoolers utilize a worksheet that is embedded in the plan to work in pairs to strengthen their understanding and skills in using these very important parts of our language. They brainstorm words that use each target suffix, and create a working definition of each suffix based on the words they've brainstormed. When finished, everyone shares the words they came up with which, in itself, will expand the class's knowledge of suffixes. Terrific lesson idea!
Geometry: Hide and Seek
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!
Choosing the Operation, Part 2
Choose the symbol; mathematicians can get confused between division and multiplication, so drill these skills with them. They examine 54 number sentences without a symbol, writing either the multiplication or division operation into the otherwise-completed equation. This is a great opportunity to ask them to notice patterns. Do they see that the division problems always have a smaller quotient than the dividend, whereas the multiplication products are always larger?
Study the importance of word choice in informational text. Middle and high schoolers locate unfamiliar words and phrases in newspaper articles of their choosing, and use online word sites to explore the definitions and histories of each. They finish the activity by creating illustrated vocabulary posters incorporating this information in a fun way.
Students explore presidential debate. In this US government lesson, students watch brief video clips of presidential debates and discuss how they effect the presidential process. Students will use the Internet and various worksheets to determine the role of debates in our democracy. This lesson includes multiple online resources, vocabulary, video, worksheets, and assessment options.
Class Collection of Book Reviews
Create an online class collection of book reviews based on independent reading. Throughout the year, learners post reviews for at least two of the novels they read. Links to sample pages of student book reviews are available and requirements for a review are listed. Keep your readers accountable for their independent reader as they help others in their class by providing input and feedback.
Active Reading with American History
Explore connections within and between informational texts with this instructional activity about encyclopedia articles. Middle schoolers write encyclopedia articles focusing on topics in American history. They discuss how to determine credibility online, practice fact checking, assess their own ability to read actively and skeptically, and write memos that educate others on how to do so. This resource provides vocabulary, assessment options, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.
Fifth graders practice conversions from standard measurements to metric measurements using online games and online conversion tools. They work in teams of three to four to conduct hands-on experiments.
A Gesture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Students share observations on the nuances of meaning in face to face and online interactions with others. After reading an article, they identify the causes and effects of internet flaming. They create their own comic strips demonstrating the outcomes of flaming and write a bill of rights outlining the responsibilities of internet users.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Grades 6-8
To gain a better understanding of Hispanic heritage and culture, as well as to build informational comprehension skill, learners explore facets of Hispanic American History. They engage in a class discussion, research three facts, and create a historical timeline. This lesson includes resource links, extension activities, and cross-curricular activity ideas.
Don't Type To Strangers
Students create Web advertisements to protect young people from online predators. For homework, they write letters pitching their ads and analyzing their effect. They discuss their own use of the Internet and how to protect young people.
Exploring the Galapagos
Students explore the species found in the Galapagos Islands and practice descriptive writing skills by creating a sample journal. They create a fictional journal that documents the places they visit and the species they encounter.
The Cutting Edge
Young writers examine the writings of Raymond Carver to investigate editing skills. They will develop original sentences. Then read the work of Raymond Carver to edit and analyze the ending. They revise and ending of their original writing work. Then answer questions about things writers do.
Go for the Gold!
The options are vast with this Ancient Greece and Olympics research project! Using Scholastic online resources, historians have interactive and educational supports to guide them through researching and writing about the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Of course, this can be adjusted to any Olympic year. Scholars use an online writing workshop and news writing tools to create written products, study Greek roots, and act as reporters during the games.
First Thanksgiving Teacher's Guide
Students research information about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, the Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving. They take an online tour of the Mayflower, interpret timelines, create a postcard, and compare and contrast the life of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags Indian tribe.
It's a Jungle Out There: How Species Survive in the Jungle
Students investigate the different adaptation and skills of jungle species. In this ecology lesson, students play an interactive online game where they match species with their adaptation. They research about a specific adaptation and share their findings with the class.
How Fast Are You?
Young scholars explore the strategies that enable them to learn material faster. In this reaction time lesson, students test their hearing and seeing abilities in an online game. Young scholars complete worksheets related to their reaction time.
Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Issues
Take a close look at news reporting techniques and global issues. Begin by creating a graphic representation of developing nations and defining the term. After class discussion, the second day's activities pick up by deconstructing news and researching articles online. The third day focuses on what is often missing in news reporting. An extension activity looks at the progress being made on news format by different organizations. Develop critical readers with this small unit.