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Fifth graders practice creative writing by describing events from the Colonial era. In this U.S. History lesson, 5th graders identify King George III and George Washington, the roles they played, and the differences between them. Students create a Venn Diagram and write a descriptive paragraph about the two men.
Students explore the concept of budgeting. In this budgeting lesson, students are assigned a salary either hourly or monthly. Students calculate paying taxes, rent or house payment, car payment, and other expenses. Students must work their budget so they can afford everything without going in the red.
Fourth graders explore the concept of taxes and gather relevant information to become a tax 'expert. In this taxes lesson, 4th graders work in teams to find information regarding different areas in taxes. Students work together to research their specific topic about taxes and present their findings to the class.
Third graders study citizenship by completing a seed collection and donation activity. In this community service instructional activity, 3rd graders study terms associated with citizenship. Students then complete a nature walk to gather seeds to donate to another school.
As as summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.
Here is a wonderful, four-lesson plan on economics. The discipline comes to life in your classroom by having it become a socieity with an economic structure. This remarkable, 24-page lesson has everything you need to successfully implement the activites. Embedded in the plan are worksheets, quizzes, collaborative assignments, and a brilliant template of an economic society that can be used through the entire school year.
Here is an ingenious system of economics that you can set up in your classroom that stays in place the entire year. Each student participates in a simulated economy. They fill out job applications, have an interview, and obtain a classroom job with a specific description. Payment comes in the form of a "check," which they must use to pay rent and taxes. Money that is saved can be spent in the classroom store. Wow!
Here are a series of lessons on the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. This incredible, 15-lesson unit would be perfect for any fifth grade study on these important civilizations. Learners focus on the complex nature of the cultures, how their belief systems affected their actions, how the societies found and utilized their resources, and how geography impacted each society's day-to-day life. An excellent educational resource!