Richard Strauss Teacher Resources
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A Public Hearing on a Proposed Airport: Economic Boon or Environmental Mistake?
How can the decisions of local government impact each individual citizen? Your class members will take on the roles of shareholders and consider a proposal to build an airport in their community. Working in groups, they will make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners by delivering a two-minute presentation and then hold a final vote.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Golden Gate Bridge
In this comprehension learning exercise, students read and respond to five multiple choice questions about the story. Then they explain in a short answer response why there were people who opposed to the building of the Golden Gate Bridge and why.
4th - 9th Social Studies & History
The Time of Our Lives: Bridging the Generations
Students discuss their interpretation of the words "generation" and "generation gap" and try to come up with a word or phrase that best defines their own generation. They access an online article, "The New Generation Gap" by Neil Howe and William Strauss, and discuss whether it has altered or confirmed their beliefs about generations and generation gaps.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
Justice Is Blind, Colorblind That Is
It's so interesting to see kids respond to articles about education. To start the day, prompt learners to discuss the words colorblindness and diversity. Then, split your class in two and have one side read an article from 2007 and the other read an article from 1954.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
You Gotta Have Heart: Congenital Heart Defects and Heart Surgery
Assess anatomists' understanding of the structure of the mammalian heart by giving a pretest. Have them visit some websites to further learn about heart anatomy. Then take them into the laboratory to perform a dissection so that they get hands-on experience.
9th - 12th Science
Get your class primed for a comparative analysis lesson with this activity. They compare and contrast their music preferences to those of their classmates. After reading an article, they identify current trends in popular music, analyze the importance of music in their lives and interview others to determine their favorite type of music.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Lesson Plan: A Miniature Game
Art inspires art, as children work to understand artistic forms that come from the imagination. They analyze the installation piece, Fox Games and then discuss the design process. They then use clay to create imaginative dioramas, similar to the inspiration piece.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson Plan: Newsflash!
Fox Games is an Installation piece that allows observers to walk through a clay environment. Kids analyze the piece, considering storytelling and perspectives of light. They imagine how different the piece would look at various times of day.
1st - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
The Three R's: Read, Research, Report
Third graders choose a book, read, and report what they read. Using the three R's, they will watch a video of an author giving a book talk. Then, they discuss the video as a class. Next, they organize information from their chosen book to give their own book talk based on the model they observed.
3rd English Language Arts
Learning Through Autobiographical Situations
A special education classroom examines a variety of literature from Latin American authors. In groups, they read excerpts from many autobiographies and compare them with their own life. After writing their own autobiographies, they role-play the life of one of the autobiographies they read during the lesson.
3rd - 4th Social Studies & History
Heating and Cooling a Really Large Lizard
Remind your middle school scientists how fox ear size varies depending on the climate they live in; large ears allow heat loss while small ears keep heat in. Discuss how a cold-blooded animal might try to regulate body temperature. Then split the class into pairs and have them record temperatures at different locations around campus.
5th - 6th Science
Leaves: All-Natural Solar Collectors
Take a good look at tree leaves and notice the adaptations for collecting solar energy. Pupils trace the margins of five different leaves onto graph paper and count the number of squares covered. They then relate this infomation to the size of a solar panel.
5th - 8th Science
Leaves, the Sun, and the Water Cycle
As a way to combine life and physical science, or simply as an investigation of plant transpiration, this lesson is sure to inspire! Middle schoolers capture the moisture given off by plants that are placed in different conditions. They relate the output to the surface area of the leaves.
7th - 8th Science
Lesson Plan: How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote stories of their own.
1st - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson: Sacred Secrets
As educators we are always looking to boost our learners' self esteem. Here they will analyze a Colombian sculpture, identify its traits, and then list positive traits about themselves. They'll create treasure boxes that exemplify a single personal positive trait on the outside and several others on the inside.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson: The Shadow Spirit Sidekick
Who doesn't need a sidekick or protective spell? Kids examine a clay vessel from ancient Colombia as they discuss the idea of sidekicks or protective magic. They then illustrate a comic strip that represents the concept of protection in the form of alter ego, spirit companion, sidekick, or magic spell.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts