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Here is a fantastic lesson on the Oregon Trail! Learners use the wiki to create a fictitious character that travels on the Oregon Trail. After some mini-lessons on the lives of travelers on the Oregon Trail, they put themselves in their shoes by responding to scenarios posed by the teacher. Some excellent websites are embedded, along with a kid-created wiki page. A very rich lesson!
Second graders learn about the human body. In this biology lesson plan, 2nd graders will begin with the basics of understanding charts and graphs and progress into units that cover the body systems, and mental and emotional health. Students will learn how their daily choices effect their bodies.
Students create a presentation and package of materials based on their research to be presented at a fictional science conference. Given a specific scenario, students research various body systems and how they work in conjunction. Their findings are presented to the class at their science conference.
Third graders utilize the scientific method to explain light and optics in this five lessons unit. Through experimentation and discussion, 3rd graders canvass the concepts of light traveling, reflection and refraction.
Young authors participate in distance learning to view the Road Runner at the Buffalo zoo. They create a plan for an animal habitat and a brochure about an animal in a zoo.They using Noodle Tools and Noodle Bibs to take notes and write about their animal.
Fifth graders participate in a two weeks of activities as they study the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson set, 5th graders read a portion of their text-book, participate in jigsaw activity and a mock debate. They use the Internet as they research information about the Union, the Confederacy, and the Slave. They respond in a blog format and correspond with an e-pal.
Young scholars explore the History of China by analyzing images. For this Boxer rebellion lesson, students define the impact of the Industrial Revolution on China and define the group known as "Boxers." Young scholars view an image in a PowerPoint presentation and use their investigative skills to determine who is in the photograph and what actions are taking place.
Students meet an artist who overcame learning and physical disabilities and became a successful artist. They use a digital camera to imitate the style of one artist; and explore the connection between the use of technology and art.
Sixth graders select an appropriate level novel to read outside class. They summarize and paraphrase text to recall the main idea. They organize ideas about the selected reading. They create an Inspiration Book Summary presentation.
Learners explore 6 boxes of stuff about famous people in history including Martin Luther King Jr., Peter the Great, Henry VIII, and more. In this history lesson plan, students then discuss their boxes with the rest of the class.
Bring U.S. history to your language arts class with this lesson. Middle schoolers complete an interview for an oral history project, and discuss the importance of oral histories - and how they embellish written accounts. They write questions, interview, and write a report analyzing their findings, connecting with the era of the person interviewed.
Learners explore characteristics of mass. In this scientific inquiry about mass lesson, students drop rocks of different weights from various heights and record the depth of the "crater" created. Learners record their findings on a data table and transfer them to a graph. Students identify relationships between the mass of the rock, the height from which it was dropped, and the size of the resulting crater. Learners create a PowerPoint presentation about this experiment.
Fourth graders explore the underground railroad and slavery. For this social studies lesson, 4th graders read stories about the underground railroad and complete a webquest. Students read Sweet Clara's Freedom Quilt and create a quilt.
Sixth graders investigate how decision making in everyday life influences others perception of them. They apply this information to American Presidential candidates. They work on simulations on the Internet.
Seventh graders examine the physical geography of China. In this China lesson, 7th graders debate the governments point of view compared to the people. Students create a photo essay.
Linking to good Internet resource can be fun and educational. Students use a series of Internet sites to explore the wonders of the solar system. They rotate through 4 different stations to explore, the lesson concludes with the creation of a Solar System Booklet. Several web sites, project samples, and planet descriptions are included.
Students examine the novel "Frankenstein" to identify genetic experiments. They relate that story to what is happening in the world today. They role-play the positions of government officials and decide how to deal with cloning.
Learners explore how diverse groups and individuals have contributed to the cultural development of Canada, and then produce two-dimensional works of art.
Students examine the novel "Frankenstein" for examples of cloning. They relate the story to the ethics of cloning and genetics today. They also compare the text with films that have been made about the novel.