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What is the American Dream and how is it achieved? This lesson focuses in particular on the rise of the American Dream during the 1950s and includes a variety of primary sources for class members to interact with as they explore this idea and prepare for a Socratic seminar and a quick essay response.
Pupils begin their examination of the changes their body is going to go through during puberty. In groups of boys and girls, they discover their experiences during puberty are going to be very different from one another. As a class, they discuss the consequences of having unprotected sex and role-play various scenerios to end the lesson.
Tenth graders are introduced to the the use of similarities and differences in the classification process. Students will then learn how biological classification represents how organisms are related, with species being the most fundamental unit of the classification system.
In this arthropods learning exercise, students will review the characteristics of the different types of arthropods including spiders, ticks, crustaceans, millipedes, and insects. Students will also understand the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis. This learning exercise has 6 multiple choice, 4 true or false, and 13 matching questions.
Learners examine a small piece of land to determine the diversity of life on Earth. They role play as visitors from outer space seeing life on Earth for the first time. They measure and observe their plots while working in small groups. Each group of students makes a class presentation of their observations.
Modern art is great to experience because it brings contemporary issues into everyday conversation. Upper graders consider the work of Mickalene Thomas, an artist that uses photo collage techniques to capture the beauty of African American women in today's society. They can engage in any of the three suggested activities as a way to build a better understanding and deeper analysis of this modern art. Images, discussion questions, weblinks, ELA, social studies, and art activities are included.
A video about the impact of climate change on butterfly populations and a PowerPoint about butterfly and bird adaptations warm science learners up for the activity to follow. Using a variety of tools that reprsent unique styles of bird beaks, scientists simulate the collection of food. The types of food collected successfully are logged and combined with results from other lab groups. They repeat the activity with a new set of food that represents what is available after a drought. In this way, they consider the impact of climate change.
Students identify discriminating questions in employment interviews. In this diversity lesson, students discuss legal and illegal job interview questions and then role play situations which require them to answer or avert the interview questions. Student also talk about discrimination in the workplace. Several handouts are included.
Who buys romance novels? Older scholars discuss this demographic in a behavioral psychology study which begins with a discussion and data analysis. The data sheet can be found online and offers statistics about who and where this huge industry caters to. Using a viewing guide to take notes scholars watch three clips from the documentary "Guilty Pleasures," which can all be found on the POV website. After discussing these short clips have scholars do some research on theories of motivation. There is an online source provided here. They determine which best describes the case study featured and explain their reasoning. Extension ideas are included.
Point of view is everything, especially when reporting about the war in Afghanistan. Class members compare and contrast the same event from the war in Afghanistan as reported by five different sources. Learners are also asked to rank the reliability of various sources. Preview the powerful and thought-provoking materials before deciding whether or not to use with your class.