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Fifth graders research the history of Ontario, Canada. In this history of Canada lesson, 5th graders gather information and use it to design an informative poster to display.
The Frankish Building: A Reflection of the Success of Ontario, California
Pupils examine the impact of the Chaffey brothers and Charles Frankish on Ontario, California. They research the importance of irrigation in Ontario, analyze the architectural merits of the Frankish Building, and research a building in their community.
Christmas Tree Farming in Ontario
Young scholars realize that Christmas trees produced in Ontario are a field crop that is harvested annually. They find out that Christmas tree farming is important to the economy and the environment of our province.
THINKGREEN has a computer printer cartridge collection program. After reading the story of how Assumption Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario started participating in the THINKGREEN recycling program, pupils work in groups of three to write a report. In the report, they consider how they may also participate. This activity or any similar activity may be used when studying human impact on the environment and how we can reduce pollution.
Let Pharady Enjoy Her Childhood
A thought-provoking lesson which will provide your 5th graders with a world view. Pupils discuss children's rights here in the US and around the world, and do some comparisons. They watch a video, embedded in the plan, that shows a young girl who is forced to work in terrible conditions in a developing country. Students discuss what they see, and are asked to write a letter to the owner of the brick factory (where the girl works), asking him to improve the conditions. This hard-hitting lesson has an excellent graphic organizer embedded in the plan that will help pupils organize and compose their letters.
Transportation and Environmental Sustainability
After listening to the book, We All Go Traveling By, 1st graders discuss different modes of transportation that they see out in the world, and the environmental impacts of each one. Kids work together to create a list of the types of transportation, then complete a worksheet that has them list the one that are "More Environmentally Friendly," and "Less Environmentally Friendly." The plan has the worksheet embedded in it, along with nice photos of many different types of transportation that the kids can cut and paste.
Sharing is Caring
By engaging in an arts-based activity, 2nd graders explore peace in the classroom. They listen to the story The Rainbow Fish, then create their own fish to hang in the classroom. They write three things that make them happy on their fish, and also write two things they can do to help their classmates on the fish scales. All of the decorated fish are displayed as a reminder of things kids can do to help each other. The nicely designed plan would be a great choice to use in the beginning of the school year when you are trying to initiate a peaceful and cooperative classroom atmosphere.
How Would You Feel?
Sixth graders put themselves in the shoes of aborigines who were displaced from their homes in the 1800s by Europeans who came in and took their land from them. They discuss the social injustices suffered by these people, and write a persuasive letter (taking the perspective of an aborigine) expressing the unfairness of the situation. Finally, a debate is staged with half of the class taking the side of the Canadian government, and half of the class taking the side of the aborigines.
Oak Ridges Moraine: Southern Ontario's Sponge
Students examine the characteristics of the Oak Ridge Moraine in Canada. Using a map, the locate the moraine and present and defend a position on how the resources found there should be used. They must use proper geography terminology when presenting.
How Much Are We Using?
Third graders investigate environmental stability through consumption and recycling. They look into how much of a recyclable good it takes to create one new product. Pupils compile a list of these quantities, then create posters that are hung up around the school sharing their important findings. This brilliantly written plan is well worth implementing with your 3rd graders. The sooner our young people turn on to recycling, the better.
Garbage or Art?
The three R's are, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Third graders use recycled materials to design and create an environmentally themed piece of art. They discuss and examine major art works that were created using recycled materials, then they get to work creating with trash!
The Frankish Building: A Reflection Of The Success of Ontario, California
Students evaluate the impact of the Chaffey brothers and Charles Frankish on Ontario, California, and compare their efforts with those of similarly important figures in their own community's history.
Structures And Mechanisms
Eighth graders explore and demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to the efficient operation of mechanisms and simple machines. They design and make a mechanical toy device that moves a given object a specified vertical and horizontal distance, and investigate the efficiency of the mechanical device.
Life Systems - Plant Growth
3rd graders will participate in a variety of tasks which help them to understand the basic concepts of plant growth. Research and reporting skills are developed as they gather information from various sources related to the use of plants by humans for food, shelter and clothing, and in the production of various products.
Life in an Ecosystem
Students classify living things according to their characteristics and functions. They observe living things grow, move, use food, and adapt to changes around them. As the students work through the subtasks in this unit, they make connections between the natural and human effects on living species.
Energy From Wind And Moving Water
Second graders investigate air and water as two sources of energy. They determine that wind and moving water are renewable resources that have advantages and disadvantages in their use. Through the design and construction of wind- and water-propelled devices, they identify factors that affect the motion and control of such devices.
Energy and Control
Seventh graders construct a lunch box that maintains functional temperature zones and does not allow heat transfer between the zones. They examine the transfer of heat, the capacity of certain materials to hold heat, and how the properties of heat can be applied to natural and human-made environments.
Firsts from Aboriginal Peoples to Pioneers
Students examine Aboriginal people of the Americas. In this history lesson, students make connections between their own lives and those of Aboriginal people. Students engage in a 'talking circle' and use storytelling as a mode of cultural transmission just as it was done by Native Americans long ago. This interdisciplinary lesson includes stories, crafts, modifications, and extensions.
Students define the function of the different parts of a cell. In this biology lesson, students discuss cell structures and how its organelles perform basic functions. They differentiate between human and animal cells.
Photography As A Documentary And Expressive Art Form
Sixth graders conduct historical research and consider the importance of photography as a data collection device. In this instructional activity on historical documentation, 6th graders formulate questions regarding historical documents in order to better interpret visual media as a mode for transmitting facets of history. Students will work in groups to discuss and research primary and secondary source documents.