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Students examine the concept of American Communication and technology. In this communication lesson plan, students work in small groups through to complete a variety of lessons and activities that enable them to understand how media is transmitted from one form to another.
Students compare and contrast puppet theater traditions. In this cultural traditions instructional activity, students watch film clips of bunraku puppet theater in Japan and then research the art of puppet theater in the world. Students share their findings with their classmates by completing 1 of the 5 listed follow-up activities.
Students read and response to the book, Abuela's Weave. In this African-American literature lesson, students discuss pre-reading questions, that focus on family traditions and make predictions about the text. Students read the text and discuss the character traits and draw illustrations of their favorite characters. Several other writing activities are included with this literature unit plan.
Young scholars investigate factions in society. For this factions lesson, students learn the definition of factions before breaking into groups. They listen to a read aloud of The Butter Battle Book and describe what happens to the community in the book. They play a game based on a the song, "One Tin Soldier." Finally, they decide if anything good comes from the activity of factions.
Teach your readers to be critical thinkers. A strategy is outlined that can be used to compare and contrast entities. An example lists four states. The learner removes one state that "does not belong" in the list for some reason, and writes a well-developed sentence stating what the other three states have in common. This strategy can be used to analyze similarities and differences in any subject, with any age group. No lesson is included; the strategy is simply outlined.
Students work with the beginning /i/ sound and with length. In this beginning /i/ sound instructional activity, students listen to the song, "La, La, La," by Bert and Ernie. They make the letters Ll with lemon or lime jello which they eat as a snack. They use Lincoln Logs, Legos, or Linking Blocks to practice with the concept of length before accessing an assigned web site to practice the /i/ sound.
Middle schoolers discuss the relationship teenagers have with the television. In groups, they watch different excerpts from various television shows and note every instance of violence including children. They also discuss the instances of stereotyping on television and how it influences those who watch it. To end the lesson, they identify ways they can reduce the amount of television they watch.