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Students examine the "ee"=/e/ digraph in written and spoken words. They observe how their mouth moves when making the long /e/ sound, recite a tongue twister, and make words with Elkonin letterboxes. Next, they read "What do Seals Eat?" while the teacher listens for miscues.
Students are presented with a problem of an industrial site is losing water through a pipe leakage. They need to find an appropriate material to seal the joints. Working in groups, they analyze the situation, collect additional information, make a prediction about best sealant to use, and carry out an investigation.
Investigators use indirect evidence to guess what is occupying a sealed box. You could also use a set of plastic Easter eggs to encase the unknown items. Another terrific activity involves having learners drop a pencil on a sheet of scattered pennies, in a large-scale way modeling the Rutherford experiment. This is just a sample of the learning experiences explained in this mini-unit. It is a highly valuable addition to your chemistry curriculum for introducing atomic structure.
In this internet privacy lesson plan, students look on websites and identify their privacy policies. Students discuss a scenario in which their private information is shared without their permission. A fine worksheet embedded in the plan has students explore the privacy policies on kids’ websites. Excellent lesson plan!
One of the many appeals of this resource lies in its diverse application. Appropriate for US history, English, or art classes, scholars will appreciate the exploration of the civil rights movement through art, music, and film. They'll discuss and analyze the revolutionary art of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas. They'll consider both the social context of the time and the Panthers' mission as they view Douglas's work. They then analyze the lyrics to the James Brown song, "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud." A wonderful way to bring social injustice and social revolution to the table. The resource includes discussion questions, but does not provide any assessment or rubric.
"Microscope Man" is the story of a microscopic adventurer who journeys through the interior of a cell. This is a clever approach to reviewing the structure of a plant cell! After reading the story, cell biologists answer questions in which they need to identify the organelles that Microscope Man encounters. The handout appears to be a substandard quality photocopy. Consider typing it up fresh to have a nicer presentation, but do not overlook this gem of a resource!
Family fun days are great for connecting home and school life, building strong parent/teacher relationships, and engaging students in a fun and social way. Here are several activity ideas to help you and your class run your own Family Polar Fun Day. Each of the simple stations are described, easy to create, and include learning assessments as a way to incorporate academic skills development. Tip: Make fun day global and team up with other classrooms, each class can study and run activities that showcase aspects of various regions they have studied.
Provide your class with the opportunity to experience the design process and subtractive sculpture. You mix vermiculite and plaster to create a soft variable material. Learners use this material to carve any abstract art form they choose. They are encouraged to focus on line, form, and shape during the design process.
Students compare the breathing pattern of different animals. In this pinniped lesson plan, students examine the breathing pattern of California sea lions and northern elephant seals. They collect, compare and analyze data concerning their breathing patterns and heart rates. Afterward, students explore their own breathing patterns.
I love lessons like this because they let kids see the power of art, poetry, and activism in times of social injustice and unrest. They'll analyze the art used by Emory Douglas in the production of the Black Panther newspaper and posters. They'll then analyze three poems written about various civil rights movements or social injustices involving race.
Practice homographs with this fun worksheet! Learners choose the meanings of ten homographs based on the sentence's context clues. The worksheet has a picture of bats - one flying mammal, and one used in baseball. Use this resource as a homework assignment or a warm-up activity. An answer key is available for easy grading.
Cooperative groups select from one of four scenarios regarding hurricanes, greenhouse gases, thunderstorms, or the global climate domino effect. They discuss what kind of research needs to be conducted to address their chosen scenario and match it to an actual field project. From a list of research instruments, they determine which would be most useful to their project. Mostly, this is an exercise understanding how scientists plan and carry out research. It can be used at the beginning of the school year when you are just introducing your class to the scientific process.
The ways that animals adapt to their environments is quite remarkable. In this life science lesson, fifth graders take a look at some of the ways that aquatic animals that live in Arctic or Antarctic waters survive. They perform an interesting simulation using bags of "blubber" to see how one particular adaptation helps them the most. The simulation requires basic materials that are easy to acquire.