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With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw inferences. Read a historical document containing various perspectives on Columbus' journey to find new land. Use those documents as the basis for a Readers Theater performance focused on British colonization and commerce.
Spark interest in a current issue while simultaneously developing a deep understanding of complex ideas. This excellent cross-disciplinary unit idea incorporates English and science in the study of the rain forest and the dangers facing it and its inhabitants. Through a series of authentic learning tasks including a research report, a poem, a travel brochure, a letter, and a puppet show, students learn declarative knowledge about the rain forest while practicing procedural English skills.
"God made dirt, so dirt don't hurt!" In fact, dirt is soil, which is an amazingly dynamic material that we cannot live without! Dig into the depths of soil development, topography, and layers with this PowerPoint. The photos are fuzzy, but the content and presentation are just right for your middle school geologists. It shouldn't take much time to replace the fuzzy photos, certainly less than creating a valuable presentation from scratch!
Junior geologists are introduced to three types of soil: sand, silt, and clay. They learn about relative particle size and other characteristics of each. They use the soil triangle chart and a texture guide to identify different soil samples. The charts are legible and useful for your earth science curriculum.
Young scholars, after reading the book "Lunch Money" by Andrew Clements, explore money and different saving places. They research different ways in which productivity has increased over the years, they examine products to determine if the most expensive product is the best, and identify examples of productive resources.
Students model the soils layers using Oreo's. In this instructional activity students use their favorite food items to create a model of soil layers. A discovery instructional activity from a youth camp is adapted for classroom modeling and discussion of soil ecology. Teachers can customize to add depth to meet their needs.