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In this science global warming worksheet, students, working in groups, answer 7 short answer questions regarding the policies of becoming a policy analyst in California.
Eleventh graders identify how they could play each of the five roles in the economy. The focus then shifts to how different public policies affect individuals in each of their five roles. In pairs, 11th graders complete research on a particular public policy and its effects on individuals in each of their five roles.
Young scholars read a passage about how the Great Depression happened and then gather clues to investigate the mystery. They determine the economic conditions of the country by looking at labor, income, unemployment, spending and public debt.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson plan, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Students study the Emancipation Proclamation and analyze its meaning. In this Emancipation Proclamation lesson, students read the Emancipation Proclamation and supporting documents and decide if the slaves freed themselves or if Lincoln freed the slaves. Students discuss their ideas and use graphic organizers to record their thoughts and information gained while studying.
This assignment begins with an 8-page article about Sam Berns, a young man who suffers the rare genetic disease called progeria. Progeria is caused by a gene mutation and manifests itself as rapid premature aging. When your biology class is studying genetics, this is a gripping tale that stands as an example of genetic disorders. Five questions follow the reading passage.
Explore the effects of foreign investment on the world economy. Learners read the noted articles about foreign direct investment and foreign portfolio investment. Then participate in classroom simulation that requires them to determine how nations invite investment opportunities.
Students research and design a playground for a park or school in their community. They explore the physics concepts that are present in the design and, if applicable promote their ideas to city or school officials.
Students examine Haitian culture, including its discovery, colonization, and political and economic development. Role-playing in two ethnic groups, they caucus and develop strategies for the Haitian Revolution. In learning centers, students create Haitian meals, assess the religions, and survey immigration policies.
Young scholars explore Lincoln's Reconstruction plan. In this Reconstruction instructional activity, students examine Lincoln's speeches and writings on bringing the country back together following the war.
Students examine the role of choice in a democracy, the choice to participate and not to participate. They take a position on the role of recycling and whether in a democracy people can be forced to recycle. They break into for and against groups, build an argument and debate the conclusion.
Students read about the life of Jim Thorpe and answer focus lessons about the book. In this Jim Thorpe lesson plan, students celebrate the American Indian culture and learn of the hardships Jim Thorpe overcame. Students find descriptive words about Jim Thorpe.
Students study global warming by communicating the problem, process and solutions. In this global instructional activity students use graphs, research and write a critical stance on natural disasters.
Play a fun review game to make test study a welcome event. Your class plays a millionaire game just like the one on TV to review their US history. Each of the 15 questions relate to the Jackson presidency, Indian Removal Act, and the elections of 1824 and 1836. Plus, this game has sound and a phone a friend option!
Role-play to learn. Writers pretend to be a team of news writers. They research information about genetically engineered corn and the impact of biotech food products. Then create a video, Powerpoint, or oral presentation to present their findings.
Learners research oil dependency amongst different nations in the world. In this oil dependency lesson plan, students use maps to locate oil sources, consider government actions on oil, and predict U.S. oil dependency.
The presentation starts off with some background on famine, specifically the Irish Potato Famine, but then deviates. It focuses heavily on nutrition, malnutrition, and how to determine proper nutrition based on statistical data. This resource is most appropriate for those studying in the medical field.
Students examine the concept of 'nation building,' focusing on outcomes of U.S. involvement in nation building efforts in Afghanistan, past and present attempts at nation building and how the U.S. should proceed in the war against terrorism.
Students research the relationship between the United States and Cuba by identifying key players and events in Cuban/U.S. history. They also focus on a battle waged between Cuban-Americans in Miami and a father in Cuba over the custody of a small boy.
Students examine the Cuban exile community's response to the ceding of power to Fidel Castro's brother. They read and discuss an article, conduct research on Cuba, and in small groups create a Powerpoint presentation.