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Students discuss African-American history from slavery to the civil rights movement. They discuss individual people who shpaed history by reading their biographies and researching the age in which they lived. Studnets comprehend the causes and effects of the civil rights movement in America.
Learners, working in small groups, create a Literature Land Theme Park as a reading response to a piece of literature. They design the rides for the park, the menus, the costumes, and write scripts for performers in the park based on rubric requirements. Finally, each group of students presents their project to the rest of the class.
Ninth graders create a PowerPoint about state parks using Spanish vocabulary. In this Spanish lesson, 9th graders work in groups to research about area recreational facilities. Students use information collected on-line to create and present a slide presentation in Spanish about the state park.
Young scholars are introduced to the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. In this natural science lesson plan, students identify the elephants by name according to the diagrams. Young scholars study the unique characteristics of the elephants, discuss the park, and the impact the limiting factors may have on the elephant's family life.
Learners investigate national parks and forests by creating a project of their choice. In this environmental responsibility lesson, students identify the many occupational positions within the Forestry and National Park services. Learners research the jobs using the Internet and create an independent project of their choosing based on a specific job within the environmental industry.
Students examine and respond to the text, The Bus Ride. For this African-American literature lesson, students explore pre-reading questions that focus on fairness of laws. Students read the text based on Rosa Parks and answer 11 post-reading questions. Students participate in literature circles and respond to several questions through oral discussions or journal entries.
Learners examine a photo to experience history. In this teaching tolerance lesson, students view a photograph of Mrs. Parks sitting on the bus and place their own picture by hers. Learners imagine that they were sitting on the bus with her in 1955 and form a written response to the question: "What would you say to the bus driver?" Students role play the situation taking turns sharing their writing.
A mystery canine was shot and killed near Yellowstone National Park in the early '90s. Genetics whizzes explain how they might go about identifying whether the animal was a true grey wolf or a hybrid. A drawing of the animal's DNA bands is provided for learners to analyze. This activity is an enriching addition to your genetics unit.
Students examine social injustices and discrimination. In this cross curricular lesson, students work in pairs to discuss letters they've previously written about tolerance and the Holocaust. The class then completes a vocabulary building activities and reads from Rosa Parks, My Story. Once the reading is complete, students answer questions based on the reading.