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It's not often that you come across lessons designed for kindergartners about Christopher Columbus and the pilgrims. Here's just such a series of lessons. By listening to stories, making illustrations, dramatizing plays, and reciting poetry, young learners are introduced to two of the most important explorations in world history. This 29-page plan is absolutely packed with great educational activities, worksheets, plans of action, rubrics, and assessments to help you keep your learners on track. Fabulous!
Here is a wonderful series of lessons designed to introduce learners to the variety of renewable, clean energy sources used by people all over the world. Geothermal energy is the resource focused on. This particular sources of energy happens to be readily-available in many developing countries. These lessons produced by Hemispheres are among the best geography lessons I've yet come across. Highly recommended!
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
The Maya created amazing stone carvings and sculptures, but what were they for? Kids analyze the significance and purpose of a Maya stela and then write a creative piece. They imagine they are the stela, and write a story about what life as a limestone, and then as a carved stela was like. A great writing prompt that includes art history and research!
Study this 2008 calendar for the month of September to get a better idea of days of the week and Spanish dates. The first set of questions asks scholars to reference the calendar to answer the questions, and the second set just requires the learner to write the dates of common holidays like Christmas Eve and the Fourth of July.
A critical discussion regarding the nature of Shinique Smith's second-hand clothing art is the foundation for the lesson. Critical thinkers fully analyze the meaning behind her work, taking close consideration of where the clothing came from and where it will end up. They listen to an NPR piece about the global economic impact of trade and relate it to Smith's artistic vision and social message.
To break down complex themes, discuss a sense of self, and learn a bit about Mayan culture, learners start through art analysis. They analyze a Mayan incense burner, discuss themes, and then write a short story that includes themes from discussion. Great pictures and a full two-day procedure make for a very nice lesson.
Fifth graders decide how one uses resources within a particular bioregion. In this decision making lesson, 5th graders consider the biodiversity and complexity of the ecosystem. Students select a resource (water, paper, electricity) and do an environmental assessment of their school community. Students observe and record how resources are used then devise a plan to conserve the selected resource.
Can your English language learners pick up on the subtle hints imbedded in each sentence? There are eight sentences provided, and your learner must read each and identify the best possible answer from five multiple-choice options provided. Vocabulary words include gracious, mediocre, reluctant, and oppression.
High school readers examine George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant" for examples of symbolism, metaphor, connotation, and irony. They analyze how these literary tools convey the writer's main point and contribute to the persuasive effect of the text. The resource is thorough, if a bit cumbersome.
What on earth is that jar for? It was an ancient incense burner used by the Maya, that was inspired by the myth of the sun god. Young analysts hear the story of the Mayan sun god, analyze the story through the artistry in the jar, and then write a continuation of the ancient tale. Background information, images, and analysis notes are included.
Learners view the works of Maya Stela and explore the animals used in the sculpture. In this lesson, students act as animals and explorers searching for animals. Learners recall details of the sculpture. Students role play being jungle explorers and search for the jaguar and quetzal bird as well as other animals. Learners create jaguar headdresses.
Designed specifically for beginning Spanish speakers (as the text is all in English), this two-page document encourages your class to consider culture, those with Hispanic heritage, and several well-known Hispanic Americans. What a great springboard into a research opportunity. The answers are not included, and it is clear that specific words are required for each fill in the blank offered.