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The Gullah People of the Sea Islands
Eighth graders examine the lives of the Gullah-Geechee people. In this unique cultures activity, 8th graders explore music, language, and slavery of the Gullah-Geechee people from the southern low-country in the United States. Students interpret maps, research language, perform a folktale, and complete a memory box.
Creating Open-ended Problems in Algebra
Creating open-ended algebra problems can help students develop the critical thinking skills they need.
Analyzing Newspapers Past And Present & Creating a Modern Reproduction of a Chosen Periodical From the Early 1900's.
Learners explore different components that most newspapers share. They determine how to find resources using the CHNC web site by keyword searches. They explore linguistic and sociological differences in different time periods.
Debating Controversial Issues: Integrating Science and Current Events
In order to give young scientists experience with critical thinking skills, introduce them to a current controversy and prepare them to debate. Choose a topic, such as genetically modified organisms, and assign groups to represent different parties of interest. Modifications are suggested depending on the amount of time you have available for this lesson. The plans are thoroughly written and will save you plenty of planning time.
How many isosceles triangles can you find?
Seventh graders recognize the characteristics of isosceles triangles. In this isosceles triangle lesson, 7th graders use geoboards to create isosceles triangles. Students record results and explain why they have an isosceles triangle.
Solving Imaginary Crimes
Students participate in a forensic science activity. In this crime solving lesson, students investigate fingerprints, and other crime scene evidence to solve an imaginary crime.
What Common Core Means for High School Mathematics
Embrace the Common Core standards and experience an exciting transformation of learning in your mathematics classroom.
Use this resource to have your class learn about the cell. This resource walks learners through the construction of a model of a cell. This project is completed in a cooperative learning group, and reinforces the higher-order thinking skill of analogy building.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR'S "BEYOND VIETNAM"
Students use primary sources to analyze the reasons Dr. King spoke out against the war in Vietnam. To place King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech into historical, social and political context. To broaden the view of King beyond that of just a civil rights leader.
Teams in the Field
Students conduct team interviews outside the classroom, either within the school or beyond, as part of a fieldwork project. They use reasoning skills as they formulate questions, plan, predict, hypothesize, and speculate about the interviews.
Third graders perform various experiments to show the flow of energy that causes heat. In this heat lesson, 3rd graders understand how heat is transferred or trapped. Students use the scientific method and critical thinking skills to observe changes in heat. Students share their results.
Nuclear Energy - Is it a Friend or Foe?
You can provide your students with content knowledge and hone critical thinking skills with these timely lesson plans on nuclear energy.
Pick a Pet
Students design informational materials to educate people on the importance of matching a new pet to the family's lifestyle and living arrangements. Students use critical thinking skills to make a decision on the appropriate choice for a family pet. They collect, organize, represent and interpret data , and design informational materials to educate people on the variables involved in pet selection.
Students "transform" an image into something completely different using critical thinking skills and artistic abilities. They improve skills in using digital cameras and word processors.
Forces Applied to an Object
Fourth graders predict, observe, and compare what happens when a force is applied to an object. In this forces instructional activity, 4th graders complete a 'swinging hammer' activity to learn about forces and motion.
Fostering Critical Thinking Skills for Consumer Health Decisions
Students, in groups, evaluate an advertisement for a health-related product. They use a worksheet to consider the advertisement and product and then present their findings to the class.
Chess Lesson Plans
Students discover the game of chess. In this critical thinking lesson, students learn the rules for each chess piece and the game as a whole. Students use critical thinking, problem solving, logic, and reasoning skills to improve their chess ability.
Digesting a Unit
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.
Comprehension Skills: Evaluate Using Fiction Stories and Aesop's Fables
Primary readers investigate several comprehension skills in the ten lessons of this unit. Forming opinions about stories, comparing stories to each other, using Venn Diagrams, and applying the ideas from a story to real life situations constitute the main thrust. They will be able to recall, explain, and identify main details. Furthermore, they will identify parts of a story. Various familiar fiction pieces are recommended along with nonfiction.
Fourth graders read and analyze the novel, Robin Hood. They create a vocabulary word map, complete a Venn diagram comparing Robin Hood and Little John, act out a chapter, create a wedding announcement, and write a new epitaph for Robin Hood.