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New! Microbes Are Everywhere
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 lesson. It includes safety information and extension ideas. The objective is to teach your class that microbes are everywhere and that they are amazingly varied.
New! Defending Against Microbes
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.
Oklahoma Stone Soup
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.
Sayings and Phrases
Fourth graders respond to six sayings that are introduced in this lesson. They brainstorm, justify, explain, describe, create and relate as they respond.
The Roman Empire
Fourth graders identify the reasons behind the fall of the Roman Empire and describe the changes that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Plaid to the Bone
Students study Lady Anges Randolph and other heroic woman using multimedia. They create class presentations with their findings. They write a diary about living in a medieval castle after researching what life was like in them.
A Common Thread
Sixth graders explore the Renaissance. In this Renaissance lesson, 6th graders study the culture and society of the middle ages. Students research the geography and climate of the times and discover how these affected agriculture.
Fabulously Faux: The Rockford Frescoes
Students participate in various activities to introduce themselves to Fresco painting. In groups, they are assigned a specific aspect of the technique and they use the Internet to research it. They visit art museums and gather information about the artists. They present their findings to the class to end the lesson.
Exploring Archaeology and Trade in the Middle School Latin Class
Students in a Latin class focus on archeology and trade from the Hellenistic period through the Middle Ages. In groups, they read various stages of a primary source documents in which they discuss and answer questions. To end the lesson, they examine objects found in the ashes of the Mt. Vesuvius.
Not Just One Vector
Learners examine multiple vectors involved in spread of disease and explore how community would be exposed to numerous diseases. Students read map with accuracy, synthesize information from various sources to create accurate picture of how disease transmission and trade were interwoven in medieval life, and create plausible explanation for problem from multiple sources of information, none of which contain exact answer.
Entomologists on Safari: On the Hunt for Mosquitoes
Middle schoolers research about the symptoms of West Nile Virus. For 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.
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 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.
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".
Lesson Plan: Plant Life Cycles
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.
Marco Polo Takes A Trip
Young scholars 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.
More Than Meets the Eye
Students use the Archimedes method to demonstrate scientific principles behind observations.
Students create catapults to explore force and motion. In this mechanical physics lesson plan, students design, construct, and operate a catapult that sends marshmallows through the air.
More Power to You
Students explore renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and develop a documentary that explores multiple energy sources and draws conclusions about their uses.
Once Upon a Castle
Students complete a variety of activities surrounding castle communities and fairy tales. They write a letter to a fairy tale character, write a fairy tale, create a model of a castle, and draw a map of a castle community.