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In this science and mass media in America worksheet, learners complete 12 fill in the blank questions and 6 multiple choice questions regarding the culture of United States
Fourth graders experience the excitement and diversity of the great Faires of the Middle Ages. This unique series of lessons allows learners to intimately investigate the colorful era of the Middle Ages. This cross-curricular lesson plan has pupils engage in math, science, art, music, and performance activities. An impressive array of worksheets and activities are embedded in this series of lessons. Outstanding!
In the final of five lessons about HIV/AIDS, groups create presentations to share data about the infection rates in the United States, examining demographic and geographic trends over the past ten years. Depending on how much time you want to devote to the research, groups can either use the provided data exclusively, or do more research using the websites provided. It is important to stress using only reliable and reputable websites during the research portion, as there is a lot of misinformation out there on the topic of HIV/AIDS.
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Hold a free-throw shooting challenge in your engineering class! Each team must design a contraption that will fire off a "robot arm" or, more specifically, a catapult, to send a Ping-Pong ball into a basket. Use this as an opportunity to teach mature learners about precision and accuracy, and for the rest, about teamwork and engineering design. This would be particularly useful when learners are studying the Middle Ages in their history classes.
Following directions from a colorful slide preparation card, beginning biologists examine three different live microorganisms: bacteria, yeast, and paramecia. This is not an unusual activity to do with your class, but if you are doing it for the first time or need a refresher, the lesson plan is so well-written that you will have no questions. Just make sure to order your live specimens early enough to have them on time.
There can be a steep learning curve when teaching about exponential growth, but the instructional activity helps kids make sense out of the concept. When talking about exponential growth of viruses, learners may not be very interested, but when you are talking about money, engagement levels shoot up exponentially! Once the concept is understood, applying it to viral replication or anything else should be straightforward.
Though it isn't a novel activity to prepare onion cell and Elodea plant cell slides as examples of cells in a microbiology unit, this resource will leave you thoroughly prepared. As pupils examine the slides that they prepare, they draw what they see. The instructional activity is part of a larger comprehensive unit on microbes that you will definitely want to consider.
In an introductory lesson plan, youngsters take a pre-assessment quiz, get a grasp of a gram of mass, and then estimate the mass of microorganisms that live within a human body. Using Glo Germ™, a material that allows you to simulate the passing of germs by hands, mini microbiologists get an ultraviolet view of the importance of hand washing. To close, small groups construct a concept map of what they have learned, one that will be added to throughout the unit. A wonderful kick-start to a unit that is a whole new world!
You will need to prepare either a class set or a single demonstration catapult in order to teach this powerful lesson on kinetic and potential energy. Activity sheets are provided to walk learners through the construction of a catapult. If you choose to teach via demonstration, you can jump straight to Activity Sheet 3, on which is a data table for recording distances. Different features of the catapult are varied for comparison. A vocabulary list and challenge questions are provided.
Mini microbiologists play a card game in which they group microorganisms by groups: virus, fungus, protist, or bacteria. Then they identify the roles different microbes play in the natural world and explore how humans effectively use certain microorganisms in food production and industry. This lesson is part of a unit on microbes, and is a fun addition to any middle school microbiology curriculum.
In a nutshell, your class will culture bacteria from their choice of surfaces. You will need to prepare or purchase agar plates. If you are new to this classic biology activity, this resource carefully walks you through the process of preparing the plates and the implementation of the activity. It includes safety information and extension ideas. The objective is to teach your class that microbes are everywhere and that they are amazingly varied.
In the preceding lesson from the unit, beginning biologists discovered that microorganisms are everywhere, so the question follows, why are we not sick all of the time? Class members read and discuss an article in small groups about immunity. They do a little additional research online and use gathered information to complete an included crossword puzzle. The lesson can be used as part of the unit, or alone in a health curriculum as well.
Combine literature and history by examining the work of Japanese writers after the Russo-Japanese war. This resource is for advanced classes with an interest in how literature reflects and reacts to societal change. Activities outlined in the lesson include a personal reaction to a policy change at school, a lecture, a discussion of the novel Sanshirô, and a diary entry.
Class members complete activities related to the story "Oklahoma Stone Soup." First, pupils read, discuss, and answer questions about the story. Next, to incorporate math into the lesson, learners make stone soup using a variety of vegetables. They vote on favorite vegetables, calculate their volume, and make predictions about how these items will change through the cooking process. To close the lesson, the class reads about soups from other cultures.
Students research about the symptoms of West Nile Virus. In this health lesson, students play the role of scientists investigating mosquito activity in a fictional community. They suggest ways to prevent West Nile virus infection by creating informational posters.
High schoolers view a video clip about bombings in Saudi Arabia. They discuss the causes and implications of other recent terrorist attacks. They examine the United States - Saudi Arabia relationship as well.
Whether studying metaphors or Greek mythology, this labyrinth project is a fantastic lesson plan to add to your unit. It includes two versions of the labyrinth; making it with yarn or stone. If your materials are limited, you can even have your class just make drawings.
Students practice the scientific method in the classroom, either in preparation or as a substitution for real-world field experience. They examine a simulated biodiversity research situation, using a "mini-plot" or sampling square protocol, and select their sampling parameters, collect data, and classify "species".
Young scientists view videos to watch the changes through the life cycle of a plant. Then they will germinate seeds on a sock and in a plastic bag. Finally, they answer questions about the sequence of plant growth and record changes in local plants and make an original garden.
Students use the Internet, maps, timelines, discussion and other sources to research the travels of Marco Polo. They write responses, fill out charts, make murals and consider what Marco Polo would have witnessed in his travels.