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Getting Inside The Outsiders Through Music
Learners listen to popular music of the 50's and 60's to make literature connections to The Outsiders. In this popular culture lesson, students evaluate and analyze various songs and connect them with the themes in the literature related to social ostracism, forbidden love, and friendship. Learners then select a modern song that embodies one of these themes and write up an analysis of the lyrics.
Roots And Styles Of Black Music - Lesson 1
Students identify many genres of Black music. They identify Black music as a reflection of the culture. They study many historically influential Black music artists, producers, and other contributors.
Right About Now… and Then
Students discuss significant figures in music history and read an article about the Smithsonian's Hip-Hop exhibit. In groups, they develop and curate an exhibition of hip-hop music and history using artifacts that represent relevant people and events.
In this simplifying ratios worksheet, 10th graders solve and complete 24 various types of problems. First, they complete each ratio and reduce when necessary. Then, students find the length and width of each rectangle described. They also find the measures of each angle.
A New Twist on Race Relations
Students analyze the impact of American Bandstand on race relations. In this race relations lesson plan, students use the music and dance show American Bandstand to learn about race relations. Students categorize pivotal events during the Civil Rights and Rock and Roll eras. Students evaluate the role of television and rock and roll in promoting racial equality. Students listen to rock and roll songs to learn about the social and political influences of the time.
A well-designed lesson plan on rock classification awaits you. In it, fifth graders are divided into groups. Each group is given a box of rocks which they must sort into two categories. They use the "Rock 'n Roll Rule," in making their classifications. There is an excellent worksheet embedded in the plan that each group uses to help them accurately describe and then sort their rocks.
Rock Cycle-This Planet Really Rocks!
Sixth graders use the internet to tour a virtual environment that would help them make connections to the rock cycle. They name three types of rocks and describe their characteristics. Students discusss the parts of the rock cycle and how the different rocks are formed and use a graphic organizing software like Inspiration to illustrate the rock cycle.
The Rockin' Rock Cycle: Metamorphic Rocks
Students study the formation of metamorphic rock. In this metamorphic rock lesson, students examine how metamorphic rock forms as part of the rock cycle. They review the rock cycle using chocolate chips, conduct Internet research, and talk about how the formation of metamorphic rock takes place in nature.
Pop Culture Icons: Medieval Music
Kids compare and contrast music from the past to the present. They listen to and review the characteristics of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Pop music. Then, they discuss the differences in each and how musical icons from the past have influenced pop music of today. Two fun extensions are included.
The Music in Poetry
Students explore the rhythms of poetry. They analyze the ballad stanza and blues stanza, reading and discussing examples of each, and listening to musical ballads and blues from the Smithsonian Recordings catalog.
Forces In The Earth
Fourth graders observe the effects of an earthquakes as it occurs. They study the structure of the Earth as it relates to the theory of plate tectonics. Students survey such events as mountain building, volcanoes, earthquakes, and sea-floor spreading at various plate boundaries. They identify areas where volcanic activity is likely to occur.
Smithsonian In Your Classroom: The Music in Poetry
Take poetry off the page and put it into terms of movement, physical space and, finally, music with this series of three lessons from the Smithsonian Institution. This resource introduces students to two poetic forms that originated as forms of song, Ballad and Blues, as well as several poetic devices such as iamb, measure, and rhythm. Your class will read several examples of both forms of poetry and learn about the history behind their origin. Great extension activities are included as well.
For this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 41 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of musician Bessie Smith. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Life Since 1930
The King of Rock'n Roll, Twiggy, William Beveridge? Sounds like its time to review events occurring after 1930. Kids play this fun Millionaire-style game to review common knowledge British trivia. This game would be a fun challenge for Brits and non Brits alike.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America
Students examine the role music played in African American history and research events of the Civil Rights movement.
Coming to America
Fifth graders listen to the song America by Neil Diamond, view pictures of Ellis Island, and role play as processing officers who evaluate, classify and recommend which immigrants can stay in America.
A Poetic Finale
Students write a poetic response to the Holocaust as a culminating activity to a unit on the Holocaust. They listen to and discuss a rap song about the Holocaust, complete various handouts, and write a poem for future generations.
Holocaust: A Poetic Finale
Young scholars create a poetic response to the Holocaust as a form of bearing witness. They research their journal, past assignments, and other documents for elements in the writing process related to the Holocaust.
The Energy of Waves
In this science instructional activity, middle schoolers examine the topic in order to solidify knowledge covered in the curriculum using puzzles and creative games.
Model Multiplication - Problem Solving 12.1
In this using models to solve multiplication word problems activity, students solve multiplication problems with unlike denominators using models and showing their work. Students solve five word problems.