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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.
Students demonstrate good parenting practices. In this health instructional activity, students create and act out skits based on their understanding of 'good parenting'. This instructional activity also includes a supplemental instructional activity regarding infant care and development.
Eighth graders consider what it takes to get through the interview process by conducting one. They create interview questions to use as they dig for the truth about first jobs and they interview each other. After the interviews they get into small groups to compare notes. Consider having learners interview an adult as homework.
Conduct research focused on improving a current technology by having young scholars work in groups to investigate improvements that could be made to a particular piece of technology. They list the current problems and attempt to develop solutions that could be included in a newer version. They will also write specification sheets, and present their information using a technology based medium.
A happy discovery occurred in Arkansas in 2004: a woodpecker, believed to be extinct since the 1940s, reappeared! Or did it? Middle to high school ecologists examine scientific evidence and use critical-thinking skills to determine whether or not it is true. The handouts referenced in the lesson plan are not included, but there is enough material, plus many resource links, to make this exciting topic come alive in your environmental science class!
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.
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.
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 activity idea would be perfect for any English or American history classroom.
Students explore the life of former slave George Gilmore. In this US History lesson plan, students analyze primary source documents and use data from these selections to inform the decision making process. Students demonstrate reasoning skills to explain their response to a controversial situation.