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High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after they have written scripts. Note: The attached worksheet "Literature Land Theme Park Rubric" cannot currently be found on the Scholastic website.
Middle schoolers will be amused by this theme-park-themed activity. They are given a coordinate plane displaying the relative locations of rides, restrooms, and other attractions. They interpret the locations using ordered pairs that include both positive and negative numbers. Add this to your bag of tricks as a teaching tool when addressing Common Core standards with your math class.
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Here is an innovative and unique physics lesson. Pupils go on a field trip to a theme park. They are divided into groups. Each group chooses a ride to analyze. They film the ride in order to study the aspects of the ride they want to demonstrate. Once back at school, each group uses iMovie and divides their movie into smaller clips that demonstrate a principle of physics. This lesson is sure to cause lots of excitement!
Sixth graders examine implicit and explicit opinions in a text about Rosa Parks. In this explicit and implicit opinions lesson, 6th graders participate in direct teaching, guided practice, and independent practice while reading an autobiography of Rosa Parks. They discuss the different types of opinions, build vocabulary, and complete the associated worksheets.
What is the author's purpose for sharing an autobiography? Start this lesson with the short story provided about getting pulled over by a police officer. Then, discuss the acronym PIES and how it stands for the four main reasons an author would tell a story. Then dive into some reading about Rosa Parks. As a class, create a chart to decide why Rosa tells a specific story in her autobiography. Finally, learners complete an assignment independently. This lesson reflects the popular "I do, we do, you do" model.
Students will learn about the National Park System in the United States and, through exploration of the parks (in books, magazines, maps, and on the Internet), identify human modifications to the physical environment and the intended and unintended effects of those modifications.
Students read and respond to the book, Dear Mrs. Parks. In this African-American literature lesson, students read the text and examine several vocabulary words from the text. Students answer 11 discussion questions and participate in literature circles. Suggested writing activities accompany this lesson.
Students look at the rights and laws created to assist individuals with physical disabilities. For this lesson on fair treatment for all, students discuss symbols that related to people with disabilities. They create a new parking pass for disabled individuals, using their own symbols.
Seventh graders design a skateboard park. They make a model of their design, working to make the model visually appealing. Students test their ramps and skateboard paths with marbles. The tricky part of the assignment is that the building must "fit" with the communities style.
Students examine pictures of the natural and archaeological wonders of the world. They discuss the different "lands" in a typical theme park; design theme parks showcasing some of the wonders of the world; and write paragraphs explaining their choices of wonders to include in the theme parks.
Rosa Parks is a great book for studying the Civil Rights Movement. Use this packet of worksheets to track reading, elicit responses, and promote book-related activities. Character analysis, prediction and short essay skills will be addressed through use of this packet. Very good!