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Students investigate diversity among their classmates by exploring the Civil Rights Movement. In this equality lesson, students create a T Chart listing similarities and differences in their classmates. Students read a book about the great Rosa Parks and celebrate the unique attributes in everyone.
Students investigate travel and safari possibilities in Tanzania and the many national parks and natural wonders there. They read about possible problems that travelers may encounter and make their own plans for an African Safari.
Here is a good way to explore the concept of map skills. In this geography lesson, young geographers discover how to read a map and the elements printed on the map. They hunt for states, captials, and National Parks on a map.
Students investigate the history and significance of West Virginia. In this U.S. History lesson, students discuss the relevance of West Virginia's state parks, tourism, and wild life while reading travel guides about the state. Students are given 1 class period to create a travel guide of their own based on their research.
Young scholars investigate a paleontologist. In this paleontology lesson, students conduct research on a specific paleontologist. Young scholars explore Dinosaur Park in the virtual world Second Life.
Students explore how water has the power to erode, how developing the land (building roads, buildings and parking lots) increases the amount of water reaching our rivers, and how this greater quantity of water increases erosion. They define erosion and explain why erosion has increased in the river.
Learners collaborate to determine what a public monument is. In this government and United States history lesson, students view the National Mall website of the National Parks Service and describe common features after looking at and reading about the Washington Monument, the Lincoln memorial, and several war memorials. Learners complete a data table using information from the website, then write an entry in their journal beginning with "A public monument is ...."
Fourth graders engage in this introduction to an integrated marine science unit which culminates in an early fall trip to Hammocks Beach State Park. The unit is designed to hook students into science and provide joyful learning across the curriculum.
Middle and high schoolers collect and analyze data from four different activities. The activities include information about classmates, tallying colors of cars in a parking lot, stem and leaf plots, and making a histogram from winning lottery numbers. An answer key is provided.
Students complete activities with the book Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis. In this Rosa Parks instructional activity, students listen to the story and look at Rosa's contribution to the Montgomery bus boycott. They look at life during segregation and discuss Civil Rights leaders.
Learners explore the plants that grow in Glacier National Park. In this plant biology lesson, students invite a guest speaker to speak about plants that grow in Glacier National Park, as well as the scientific names for the plants. Learners use a dictionary of word roots to look up the definition of each scientific name for the plants that grow in the park.
Students ride bicycles or skateboards and determine their average speed. In this physics instructional activity, students travel to a park and are timed while riding bicycles or skateboards over a variety of courses. They complete an spreadsheet by entering formulas and making calculations.
Fifth graders complete a variety of projects to learn about Arkansas history. For this Arkansas lesson plan, 5th graders go on a field trip to a state park, explore an Arkansas map, put play-dough on the trail of De Soto, color regions of Arkansas, and more.
Second graders explore goods and services that are provided by the government. In this goods and services lesson, 2nd graders discover that some goods and services are paid for through taxes. Students explore libraries, parks, and emergency services. Reader's Theater and other resources are provided.
Use interactive online tools to help physicists understand the Law of Conservation of Energy. They watch a homemade video featuring a science teacher singing a song about energy conservation (consider having them make one as extra credit), and predict what the law states. What do learners think the two main types of energy are? Discuss the formula to determine work, potential energy, and kinetic energy. Go through some sample problems together and give them the worksheet to practice on their own. On the next day, scholars review these concepts and discuss total energy and energy transformation. There is another linked set for them to complete in class or as homework. On the third day, scholars apply these skills to an online interactive skate park simulation, changing variables to examine the effect on the total energy.
Young scholars create a brochure to entice readers to 'visit' their cell organelles and functions 'amusement park'. Students use humor and 'roadside attractions' for an inspiration - 'visit the ribosomes to watch proteins synthesized before your very eyes!'
Learners study the Arctic polar bear, and its body coverings, to see how it survives in the harsh Arctic climate. This lesson was developed in North Carolina, and specifically suggests a trip to the North Carolina Zoological Park. However, the basis of the lesson could be completed without the field trip component. There is a good hands-on simulation involving thermometers, and some excellent supplemental information and extension ideas embedded in the plan.
Students synthesize their role playing skills, love of literature (Junie B. Jones series, by Barbara Park), and knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System. One student reads a statement dramatically telling the class why they need a book, then asks another student for help.
Eleventh graders explore, analyze and study the background to America's Civil Rights Movement through the court system, mass protest, public opinion, political cartoons and legislation. They research Rosa Parks, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Second graders investigate the use of simple machines to make work easier. In this simple machines lesson, 2nd graders listen to a number of read aloud books about simple machines that show how these machines make it easier to accomplish a task. They watch a video at an assigned web site, and use recycled materials to make a model amusement park ride that includes a simple machine. They label and display their work.