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Seasons and Weather
Investigate seasons and weather through this text-companion worksheet. Learners read about changing seasons and what causes weather patterns, taking notes and answering 6 short-answer comprehension questions as they read the selection. A graphic organizer is provided for notes, however it seems learners may be expected to copy it into a notebook, since it is quite small. Vocabulary words are defined on the side. Intended for use with the McDougal Littell World Geography text.
Sun in the Water Cycle
Students examine Earth science by participating in a water experiment. In this water cycle activity, students identify the importance of the sun and evaporation in the cycle of water. Students utilize an aquarium, plastic wrap, water and a lamp to conduct an evaporation experiment.
What Season Is It?
As a part of a 9 week lesson plan, this activity focuses on how temperatures change throughout a season but are different from season to season. Students choose one season to focus on and work in a season group. Each group organizes information about their season, fill out a temperature and precipitation worksheet, and then complete a group trading card with proper information. This is just one activity that accompanies a larger lesson plan however it could stand alone.
Young scholars examine the weather conditions throughout the globe. As a class, they discover the impact of snow on various types of crops. In groups, they participate in an experiment in which they form raindrops and calculate the difference between five centimeters of snow and the same amount of rain.
Fifth graders write a journal about the different kinds of weather. For example, they can include hurricanes, tornadoes, sleet, snow, and other types of weather. They then write definitions of different types of weather and a short summary of them.
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
The Indian Removal Act: Was it Constitutional?
Pairs conduct an Internet search for a series of primary and secondary sources pertaining to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. Armed with information gathered, teams then debate whether the Indian Removal Act was justified and if it was constitutional.
Cloudy Skies: The Art of Classification
Such a great resource and perfect for learners in Kindergarten through third grade. The class will discuss cloud types and formation, and then they'll get outside and draw as they observe the clouds they see. They'll need to take note of the weather and consider how those two things affect each other. They'll use the cloud sketches to create a series of cloudy landscape paintings that reflect their scientific observations. A rubric, examples, images, and worksheets are all included.
Looking for a fine series of lessons on weather? These lessons are for you! Here, learners cover topics such as the hydrologic cycle, clouds, the atmosphere, air movement, weather fronts, and forecasting the weather. They engage in quite a few hands-on activities and experiments where they get to use real scientific equipment. This 29-page plan is chock-full of worksheets, resource links, and detailed descriptions of excellent activities.
New! What Is the Water Cycle?
Small groups place sand and ice in a covered box, place the box in the sunlight, then observe as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation occur. These models serve as miniature water cycles and demonstrations of the three phases of matter that water is found in: solid, liquid, and gas. If you can afford it, purchase a few plastic shoebox-sized tubs rather than trying to use aluminum-foil-lined cardboard boxes. The foil is certain to leak and soak the cardboard leading you to need to find a new set of boxes each school year, whereas plastic tubs can be reused. This lesson is part of a unit that provides tremendous teacher resources!
Lesson: Heroes: Then and Now
What is the difference between Hercules and Spiderman? Both are heroes, right? Kids identify the characteristics that make a hero, and analyze the differences between heroes of long ago and today. They write creative stories describing a modern-day hero of their own invention. The lesson inspiration comes from a painting of a hero from 1844.
Lesson: That Long Jakes
Cross-media analysis takes time and attention to detail. The class analyzes the painting Long Jakes and the poem "Backward Bill." They pay attention to the similarities and differences in each piece, looking for details that describe the main character's position and expression. They then compose a rhyming poem based on the differences they found in their analysis.
Family Polar Fun Day
Family fun days are great for connecting home and school life, building strong parent/teacher relationships, and engaging young scholars 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.
New! Past, Present and Future Through the Eyes of Long Jakes
Even the littlest learners can become art historians if they have the right training. For the instructional activity, your preschoolers discuss the piece Long Jakes as they point out all the details they notice. They discuss what mountains and mountain men looked like long ago, and then they imagine what they might look like in the future. They draw images of futuristic mountains with crayons and construction paper.
New! Illusions of Depth
Learning to create depth when painting or drawing takes skill and the ability to understand how things should be placed on the canvas. The class will use the Charles Deas painting Long Jakes to learn about composition, sharing information about the past, and how people have a relationship with their environment. It starts with a discussion about the landscape as it relates to the man in the image. Then, the lesson turns to the art of creating perspective as the class uses overlapping images to create a foreground, middle ground, and background.
Wonderfully Wet Water!
Young scholars define precipitation, evaporation, and condensation as they relate to the water cycle; use a model the water cycle; define the three forms of water as solid (ice), liquid (water), and gas (vapor); and describe water in terms of usage.
Students examine what acid precipitation is and how it is produced and become acquainted with its effects on plants and animals in the Northern Forest. Students participate in three activities in which they discover common substances that are acidic, determine the approximate pH of common substances, and make acid rain.
Neither Wind Nor Rain
Here is another in the interesting series of lessons that use the special State Quarters as a learning tool. This one uses the North Dakota State Quarter. During this lesson, your class learns about the different patterns of erosion, and types of vegetation and landforms, found in the Badlands of North Dakota. They also perform an experiment in class. There are many excellent worksheets embedded in this 13-page lesson plan.
Deep Subjects - Wells and Ground Water
Here is a phenomenal lesson plan on ground water, wells, and aquifers. Young geologists study how water exists underground, how water moves through the soil, and how water is extracted to be used as drinking water. Some excellent activities and blackline masters are embedded in this fine plan.
Is This Water Clean Enough To Drink?
Young scholars examine the steps of the hydrological cycle; identify surface water and groundwater; determine how surface water is cleaned before being used for drinking, bathing, cooking, and other direct purposes; and model a process used to clean water.