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Students complete a unit of study on Native Americans. They use a variety of technological and informational resources to conduct research about their state's past and present Native American cultures. They write a report and develop a presentation that covers their research.
Students are able to record their research observations and reflections by keeping a research journal. They are able to explore a specific region of the world affected by arsenic contamination by using various research skills and tools. Students are able to evaluate the usefulness of research tools in writing.
Second graders review the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." They examine a broken model of Baby Bear's chair and, after viewing possible construction materials, suggest ways to make the chair sturdier. Students then work in small groups using Internet research skills to select another fairy tale character.
Fifth graders use research skills to explore conservation of natural resources. They explore methods that scientists use to learn about the world and design their own explorations. Students also research the way natural resources are used and conserved, and conduct a conservation simulation by experimenting with energy in a battery.
Eighth graders examine the characteristic of Long Island Sound. In groups, they use the internet to describe how the Sound formed and what environmental changes have altered it. They also discover what humans have done to affect the Sound and what can be done to correct the problems. To end the lesson, they develop their own plan to reverse the damages made by humans.
Whales and people have had a long and sodid history. To understand the impact that biological populations have had on each other, learners conduct research on specific topics related to the whale industry. They use their findings to create Glogs, which are interactive posters that include text, animation, and illustration. Discussion, active research, and application, makes for a good activity!
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines. They watch video clips about TBI, filling out a viewing guide as they go. There are great informational handouts to educate military families about this under-diagnosed condition, possibly with the goal of creating an outreach. Check out the extension ideas for further research plans. It's best to find this lesson on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there.
Students analyze Public Art in preparation for college discussion, research, and writing, and create their own artistic creations. In this art and college prep lesson, students develop an original research question to explore an art topic and complete key word searches online. Students create their own blog and piece of art work based on their studies.