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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.
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.
Eighth graders examine the lives of the Gullah-Geechee people. In this unique cultures lesson plan, 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.
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 instructional activity. The plans are thoroughly written and will save you plenty of planning time.
Third graders perform various experiments to show the flow of energy that causes heat. In this heat activity, 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.
Restate and summarize main ideas in this lesson about John Greenleaf Whittier's poem "Barbara Frietchie." Eighth graders locate information in informative text to answer questions related to the main idea of key details. They then read and paraphrase the poem, taking care to examine the text and discuss any unknown words.