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Should America Have Gone to War in 1812?
Using an incredibly engaging activity and detailed lesson plan, your learners will serve as advisors to President Madison on whether to participate in what would become the War of 1812! Utilize a variety of effective instructional strategies to acquaint your class with the causes of the war. There are opportunities for group work and independent practice, analysis of primary sources, and written or performance assessments.
Design a National Park Brochure: A Template to Assist Students
Students design Canadian National Park brochures.
Students view a sculpture of Rosa Parks and discuss it's meaning. They examine her story, produce illustrations and develop and perform a skit recreating her experience.
Circulatory System Amusement Park
Students analyze the circulatory system and create an amusement ride that is based on a part of that system. In this circulation lesson students create a brochure that describes Sickle Cell, and then extend the lesson by creating a photo story about heart rates during hyper and hypo ventilation
Easing the Trouble At the Airport Parking Lot
In this easing the trouble at the airport parking lot worksheet, learners read a passage and identify nouns that function as direct objects. Students answer ten sentences.
Park Ranger in Training
Students investigate rock formations. In this weathering and erosion instructional activity, students research the causes of rock formations. Students make a presentation about the information they find.
Investigate marine protected areas and how they contribute to natural, economic and cultural resources. In this preservation of marine environments lesson plan, students complete 15 sentences about these areas and they complete a crossword puzzle. They are each assigned a clue and try to match the proper marine protected area associated with the clue. They write a brief report about their area and make an oral presentation.
Amusement Park Basic Word Problems
An interesting set of addition and subtraction word problems awaits your eager learners. This worksheet includes 4 amusement park themes problems to solve.
Principles of Physics: A Real Scream!
Students apply their knowledge of the physics principles of force, energy and motion to researching the physics behind amusement park rides.
More Than a Campground
Fourth graders participate in a class disucssion on the term "habitat". The class brainstorms on what makes a national park special. In small groups, they research a a national park and create a mural depicting those factors that make national parks special.
Illegal coffee threatens wildlife
Students, after reading an article from the World Wide Fund for nature on coffee possibly being grown illegally in an Indonesian national park and being sold to major coffee brands, answer several worksheets to text questions about the newspaper article. They participate in a simulation of a public meeting to decide whether the coffee growers should be moved off the plantations with many role playing scenarios for them to act out.
Writing About Outdoor Activities
Students discuss what they like about parks and make a list of different things they like to do there such as swing, run, play ball, ride a bike, or go on a hike. They discover the locations of some examples of National Parks and that they are places to enjoy the outdoor activities.
An Elephant Never Forgets
Students 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. Students study the unique characteristics of the elephants, discuss the park, and the impact the limiting factors may have on the elephant's family life.
Working the Land: Natural Occupations
Students 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. Students research the jobs using the Internet and create an independent project of their choosing based on a specific job within the environmental industry.
Bears of Banff
Students pretend they have just entered a national park. They imagine that the park borders are all impassable mountains, and students will play the role of grizzly bears. Students list three things every animal needs to survive, in this game they can meet these needs, they are to be tested on their ability to mate. Using trading cards, students play a game, each round ads a new element.
The Bus Ride Teacher's Guide
Students examine and respond to the text, The Bus Ride. In 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.
Past Life at Langebaan on the West Coast
Three pages of intriguing pictures and reading passages about the natural history of Africa's West Coast Fossil Park make up the bulk of this handout. There are 13 questions to answer and directions for designing a poster about one of the extinct animals introduced within the text. The assignment is not complex, but it is interesting. It can be used as an effective enrichment for your middle school earth scientists. Teachers notes and a grading rubric for the poster make this more than just a student instructional activity.
Jurassic Park: The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Explore genetic engineering through an engaging "Jurassic Park" unit, which is an extensive use of a cross-curricular teaching event. Planned for AP Biology, English, and Calculus students, learners and teachers are involved for 4-6 weeks of study. This unit has four distinct sections which are: Teacher Motivation, Concept Formation, Experimentation and Integration. Links to activities and assessment are included.
Properties of the Ocean: Measurement
Students simulate the development of an underwater amusement park after reading background on Coral Reef State Park. They decide which factors they would need to consider such as the ocean floor, currents, wave patterns and water temperature.
Truth, Trash and Treasure
Students examine how people can make a difference in the world. They read and analyze excerpts from a novel, discuss song lyrics, clean up a local park, and write an essay.