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Literature Land Theme Park!
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.
Mathtastic Amusement Park
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.
How Rosa Parks Sparked Change
Rosa Parks proves that one person, no matter their race, can make a difference.
What's the Author's Purpose?
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.
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Physics Day at a Theme Park
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!
Our National Parks: Recreation and Preservation
Young scholars 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.
Thematic Amusement Park Projects
Theme park lesson plans help students learn about history, science, and have fun at the same time.
Lesson 4: Fact and Opinion - Rosa Parks: My Story
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.
Evolution in a Big City
Intriguing! With color-coded maps and eye-catching animation, Professor Jason Munshi-South expounds on how, by taking a DNA sample from a New York City mouse, biologists can determine which park it lives in. This is because urban development has isolated mouse populations into smaller areas, and each population has undergone evolutionary changes that make it unique. This little lecture would be a wonderful addition to your instructional activity on adaptation and evolution in species.
An A-maze-ing Skateboard Park
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.
Take Me To Your National Park
Students describe the purposes of national parks as a part of our American heritage. They identify and describe important national park sites in a specific state. They write a journal entry or paragraph about why national parks are important.
Wonderworld Theme Park
Young scholars 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.
Explore the history of civil rights and segregation using. Learners read a story about Rosa Parks by Maryann N. Weidt. Then, they answer a series of questions about this story to practice comprehension skills and delve into the topic of segregation.
Virtual Geologic Field Trip to Griffith Park
Students explore the geological processes and research methodology involved in the evolution and development of Griffith Park. They justify the selection of a geologic hypothesis based on observations.
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!
Central Park Field Trip
Learners visit the park to observe signs of spring in the forest and pond environments. In this field trip lesson, students explore the park for various items
Design a Regional Eco Park
Students use the Web to find out about the plants and animals that live in their local area. They design eco parks containing local plants and animals. They utilize websites imbedded in this plan to visit other ecoparks to get ideas for theirs.
The Blackfeet of Glacier National Park
Young scholars research an aspect of the Blackfeet tribe in Glacier National Park. They work together to create a presentation that is representative of their culture. They share their presentation with the class.
Dear Mrs. Parks Teacher's Guide
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.