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Elementary schoolers explore states of matter by concentrating on the ways in which water moves between its solid, liquid, and gaseous states in a variety of Earth environments. Learners interpret these movements through dance. The combination of movement and Earth science is most-unique! Five excellent website resources are embedded in the plan.
In this thinking skills worksheet, students read 3 clues to determine which number (from four choices) is the correct one. Students draw an X on each number that does not fit the clues and circle the correct number. Note: The directions tell students to choose the correct shape, but these are numbers.
Explore the world of fairy tales using this lesson focusing on higher- order thinking skills. Learners compare and contrast an Asian Cinderella story to other versions. It is a great way to review the characteristics of the genre and make sure that your class engage in critical-thinking activities.
Mature audiences are required for this lesson on implementing health-related policies. First, they openly explore the CDC obesity page while taking notes about what they discover. Then they view a PowerPoint about the success of public policies in different countries. Finally, they choose an issue to write about, imagining what consequences could come about if enforced. Note that the PowerPoint presentations for this lesson are not included, but they are easily located via an online search.
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of Susan Jeffers’ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, listed as a book to avoid by the Oyate website. The plan details how to direct readers’ attention to the messages sent by illustrations and how to check the facts of a story. As a contrast, class members are introduced to Joseph Bruchac’s Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places and create their own compass rose.
Students are introduced to the genre of detective fiction. Based on their reading level, they are given a different series of books to read. For each story, they are to make predictions and practice decoding messages. To end the lesson, they discuss the reasons why the character committed the crime.
Third graders are introduced to the way objects react when a force is acted upon it. Through scientific investigation, they predict and test what happens when a various objects are acted upon by different forces. They record their data using a graph and discuss their results.
Here are a series of lessons which introduce 3rd graders to classic and modern poetry. They are exposed to many different poems and discuss their meanings. Then, they are coached on how to construct a poem of their own. This incredible, 37-page packet of activities should leave your kids with a greater understanding of poety and hopefully, a strong desire to create more.
Good art instruction starts with building an understanding of the elements or art, design, and observation. Upper graders complete a drawing instructional activity where they observe and draw their hands. They reference other art works that emphasize the hands, and use those references to critique their own work.