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What Women Want
Students investigate the role of women in leadership in history. They conduct research in order to find the real story. The instructional activity stresses the fact that women are not well known in history. There is a variety of activities in this unit study.
Reading the newspaper
Students read articles related to local, state, national, and world events using word maps.
First graders develop an understanding of different kinds of animals by learning about different animals specific characteristics. They develop critical thinking skills by applying their knowledge about farm animals on the Big Question.
Colorado Miners: Union or Not?
Eighth graders investigate the labor unions and their points of view. They use online resources in order to conduct research with primary and secondary resources. Students could produce a written or oral report for assessment.
Students demonstrate good parenting practices. In this health lesson, students create and act out skits based on their understanding of 'good parenting'. This lesson also includes a supplemental lesson regarding infant care and development.
DR-TA Reading Strategy
Foster critical thinking skills by using the DR-TA Strategy with Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” Class members read portions of the essay, stop and discuss what is happening, make predictions based on evidence from the text, and evaluate the effectiveness of the satire. Designed as an introduction to Candide, the activity could be used with any text.
Understanding and Fighting Stereotypes through Words and Images
Use some provocative modern art to get your class considering stereotypes and the impact they have on us all. Your class will discuss the print art Indian Look-Alike by Melanie Yazzie and stereotypes in general before conducting research to create an educational pamphlet dispelling the stereotypes of a particular culture or race. Combining research and critical thinking skills with historical knowledge, this instructional activity idea would be perfect for any English or American history classroom.
Project-Based Learning and the Arts
What's so great about Project-Based learning? Read to learn how projects can help kids apply higher-order thinking skills, conduct thoughtful investigations, and make cross curricular connections. This short article includes five wonderful projects for you to try with your class.
Applying Critical Thinking Skills Utilizing "A Wreath from the Woods of Carolina"
Eighth graders read a book from a digital library about jealousy. They discuss their feeling about jealousy and carefully read the story. They answer a series of questions and write a one-page paper describing a real or imagined incident of jealousy.
To Fight Or Not To Fight: a Debate About Violence Encourages Critical Thinking Skills
Students read article about student violence, discuss why it happens, and explore non-violent options.
Persuasive Writing: Creating Book Reviews
By reading and analyzing examples of persuasive text, students can get a better idea of how to form their own essays.
King Arthur and his Knights
Fourth graders examine the myths of King Arthur. They compare/contrast versions of the story, The Sword in the Stone, write a letter, identify and analyze characters, sequence events, and write observations and answer questions in a journal.
Tales from Arabia
Third graders explore and develop interest in reading of foreign lands through the reading of The Arabian Nights and a variety of Cinderella stories. Students participate in a variety of folk literature activities. Students recognize the voice in different books.
Quadrant D: Bringing Learning to a New Level
As young learners prepare to be successful in the 21st century, teachers can promote critical thinking by implementing Quadrant D learning activities.
Comparing Christmas Around the World
Christmas inspired lesson and project ideas that help students sharpen critical thinking skills.
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte. They create products for presentation and use reading and writing strategies in various activities.
Read Between the Lines
Build comprehension, inference, and conclusion skills by encouraging learners to see the importance of reading between the lines.
Electricity--More Power to Ya!
Fourth graders use research tools to access and synthesize information. They gather and manipulate data using technology. Research and study the components of an electrical circuit. Create a brochure that demonstrates knowledge of how to make an electrical circuit or etc.
Students participate in a variety of lessons and activities to learn about Diego Rivera and his art. They write a paper about him and view samples of his art work. Based on a piece of Diego Rivera's art, students write a creative story. They create metaphors and similes to go with the art. Students finish the unit by creating a group mural.
A BIOGRAPHICAL JOURNEY: USING THE LITTLE PRINCE TO EXPLORE BIOGRAPHY & CREAIVE WRITING
Students integrate Author and Biography study with Students personal perspective. They make connections between research and creative writing. Students enrich research and critical thinking skills. They encourage students to think about and develop their own life stories.