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Youth, fame, and beauty are marks of modern society. Artist Elizabeth Peyton has captured all three in her series of imagined rock star portraits. The class analyzes her use of technique, emotion, and imagination in each of six pieces, then they apply what they learn to their own art. They create similar portraits of their imagined community using watercolor, oils, or acrylics.
We have all heard the "Star Spangled Banner" at many points in our lives, but how often do we take the time to truly understand what the words of the national anthem mean to Americans? Don't miss this opportunity to examine the lyrics and explore the history behind an important piece of national heritage with your class. If you are pressed for time, you can combine activities from days one and two for a great activity.
Music can help us to access memories and events in a meaningful way, and Francis Scott Key used specific words to convey what he had seen and felt when writing what would become America's national anthem. Help your class connect to the "Star-Spangled Banner" and explore the impact of the song as a poetic description of unifying moment in the nation's history.
Get your kids moving as they learn about the history of the United States National Anthem. Scholars examine the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key, and the meaning behind The Star Spangled Banner as they listen to an 18-minute podcast...while walking. Of course, you could have scholars listen to this sedentary, but incorporating walking is fantastic if you have the technology for it! Also, it is referenced throughout the rest of the lesson. Once finished, they discuss highlights and share opinions. There is a comprehension quiz included to test listeners' recall and inference skills.
Prepare your class to read Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, with these pre-reading activities. This resource lists three ideas to ready your readers. Learners explore the historical context, connect to the book, and preview the book. These ideas could be fleshed out and adapted to be more specific and concrete.
Four modules are a part of this stellar lesson plan. Space scientists view the electromagnetic spectrum, they generate waves on a computer screen in order to measure frequency and wavelength, discover how light is related to temperature, and finally relate their learning to the temperature of stars. Much of this lesson is taught via an interactive website. There is so much terrific material here that you could spend an entire week on this topic!
Departing from his trademark theoretical balance sheets, Sal guides the viewer through a real-life "outlandish" transaction between Merrill Lynch and Lone Star Funds. Budding economists can exercise their growing economic skills by watching Sal skillfully glide through the intricate details of this agreement - as well as its implications in the bigger picture.
Sixth graders examine the theories of the origin of the universe, the ideas held by the earliest of astronomers, planetary motion, and stars and constellations. Additionally, learners look into how space travel affects humans. This series of 12 lessons is well worth looking into, as the ideas presented, activities engaged in, and depth of study present is most-impressive. Terrific for young astronomers!
Aspiring astronomers study stars. They compare stars and explain the relationship between radius, mass, and diameter. By creating a star simulation, they discover how a binary star system's orbit can cause changes in the observed brightness of the system. This is a terrific space science investigation or practical application of ratios and proportions.
Digital compass alignment enables navigation of the skies with true orientation at any time. Just point to the sky or "aim for the stars!" This application acts as a virtual telescope, allowing you to zoom in on any object that is visible to the human eye.
Use questioning techniques to interview the "star of the week." The "star of the week" will bring in a bag of items and explain how each relates to him/her. The class will ask questions to clarify as they learn about each week's special guest. Then every learner will write a sentence that tells something about that person in an informational passage.
Rays and angles and Star Wars? It sounds strange, but it's actually a fun game to help fourth graders get good at measuring and identifying angles and rays with a protractor. Each pair of children chooses which Star Wars character they'd like to be, then they each choose a card from their deck, they measure the angle on the card with a protractor and identify the angle. The child with the largest angle wins both cards. The child with all of the cards at the end of the game wins. Tip: This game could take some time to play, set a timer and state that the child with the most cards when the bell rings wins the game.
A beautifully written lesson plan delves into a beautiful topic: stellar population. Engage aspiring astronomers with activities that examine human populations and then transition onto the stars of the universe. Data and photographs for each activity are not provided, but you could obtain similar materials via an Internet search. With the data, learners plot and graph properties of populations of stars. Detailed background information and classroom procedures will leave you well prepared to take your class on this journey.
More of a math lesson than physics or space science, high schoolers take a set of data and plot it on a log-log coordinate system. The write-up for day two was never completed, but day one, "Stars and Slopes," is complex and cohesive. Use it in your calculus or physics curriculum.