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Students 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.
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.
Learners integrate Author and Biography study with Students personal perspective. They make connections between research and creative writing. Learners 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, 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 algebra problems can help students develop the critical thinking skills they need.
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.
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. 
Embrace the Common Core standards and experience an exciting transformation of learning in your mathematics classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can provide your students with content knowledge and hone critical thinking skills with these timely lesson plans on nuclear energy.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders investigate the lives and societal contributions of Patrick Henry and Sojourner Truth. They complete a series of lessons that compare and contrast the biographies, historical context and work of these two revolutionaries.