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- Lynn C., Teacher
- Wakefield, RI
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What do papayas, peanuts, pineapples, and potatoes have in common? Why, they are foods explorers brought back to the Old World. Young researchers use the Internet to investigate how New World explorers helped change the Old World's diet. A list of New World and Old World foods are included in the resource.
In 1538 a portrait and a praise poem were created in honor of Edward, Prince of Wales. Your class will analyze the poem and painting, research the life of young Edward, then use the information to create a Facebook page. They will expound on his likes, dislikes, friends, and activities. A modern way to learn about a historical figure.
Now that your career explorers are thinking about the world after high school, it's time they learned how to research their options! Here's a great resource to get them gathering information from multiple sources. Learners brainstorm places they can gather the facts, then discuss what they will be looking for (aptitude tests, values, etc.). For homework, investigators interview a professional using the survey handout which is included (they can add questions). Finally, they begin research on a career that they are interested in. There is another worksheet here to help them organize findings.
Adopt a playground tree! Working alone or in groups, class members adopt a tree to monitor, measure, and chart throughout the year. Suggested activities include drawing seasonal changes, taking pictures, making graphs of tree size, making leaf and bark rubbings, and conducting Internet research. Young researchers use their collected observations and data as a basis for their informative paper.
What do Pearl S. Buck, Stonewall Jackson, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. have in common? Why, they are all famous West Virginians, of course. Researchers visit the Famous West Virginians website and select an individual to use as the focus of an extended project. Although specifically designed for West Virginia, the research procedures and concepts could be applied to any state.
Explore world geography by creating presentations for different countries around the world. Researchers identify many different countries on a globe and select one for which they will create a presentation. They share their research and illustrations of their chosen country with the class.
In 1856 Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beat Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over the head with a cane. This event, which highlighted the acrimonious debate over the expansion of slavery, is the focus of a paper written from the point of view of the cane. After reading this account, class members are encouraged to research a historical event, assume the personae of a witness or participant (human or otherwise) and report the event from this personal perspective. The approach is sure to engage the interest of your pupils.
A game, research, and cross-cultural comparisons are in the works as you open an artistic lesson plan. Upper graders get analytical as they make observations that will help them create a link between abstract and creative thinking. They analyze the piece, Orator's Stool in terms of art, structure, and purpose, then create a visual or written piece that reflects a single theme.
Concept mapping allows learners to visually display their research. Bring this skill into the 21st century with a lesson demonstrating the educational software program, Inspiration. While the lesson is useful independently, it is really intended to guide learners through the program. Learners use images, text, and hyperlinks, reorganizing as needed. Finally, they use a program to create an oral presentation.