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Utilize Click magazine to enhance your learners' language arts skills. This cross-curricular resource will help them practice listening skills, writing and thinking skills, and work in small groups. In addition, they will read various articles, analyze the reading, fill out graphic organizers and write about their responses to the articles.
Practice reading comprehension by completing a quiz. Readers identify important questions to ask themselves during a reading or writing assignment in order to fully grasp the concept and the task. They read to the class, complete a graphic organizer, and take a quiz aimed at enhancing reading skills.
Experiment with electric circuits and conductivity. Young scientists will model and discuss how an electric circuit works. First they will draw a model of the flow of electrons and then build an actual circuit. Finally, they will explain the circuit path and test the conductivity of a variety of materials. They use critical thinking skills to explore circuits and conductivity of materials. Be sure to check the materials list before planning for this activity.
Have your young learners practice using higher-order thinking skills by engaging in this problem-solving activity. They work in cooperative groups to solve problems, and list ways to address a variety of challenges. They explain their thought process as they answer each question.
Learners work collaboratively to take and download digital images, use iMovie software, and create an iMovie to show at a Back To School Night event. They discuss how to organize the information into a clear and cohesive movie. Then, they create an original movie promoting decision-making and higher-order thinking skills.
Primary learners create an original story using the objects and items provided to them. They create an edible setting after having chosen their own story characters and named them. They work in peer groups, with leaders guiding them through brainstorming, story mapping, and the use of graphic organizers. Also, they identify the four story components (setting, charcters, conflict, and resolution). Engage your learners with multiple senses.
Read various texts to compare the themes across each text. Learners write a journal entry describing the most beautiful scenery they've seen and use a map of the United States to locate the Sequoia National Park and Muir Woods. They then read "Saving the Redwoods" and complete written responses for the text comparing it to the poem "Stars."