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Lessons in Drama: Learning About American Political Thought
Students develop critical thinking skills so that they may produce their own written plays or music from their thoughts and feelings. They express their thoughts based on what has been presented to them over the duration of the course.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
There Are Two Sides to Every Story
Students examine point of view in real life and in fairy tales. For this point of view lesson, students discuss how people see things such as television shows from different points of view. They listen to two versions of The Story of the Three Little Pigs before writing another fairy tale from a different point of view.
4th - 5th English Language Arts
Students use dance to better understand the writing process. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students use their critical thinking skills to connect dance with writing. Students use thinking maps to follow the writing process, write a family story, and then dance it out.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Colonialism in Africa
Students examine Africa from a regional perspective. They appreciate the historic and geographic relationships that unite and divide the regions of Africa. Students create a comprehensive document outlining problems in the assigned region. They employ critical thinking skills to suggest solutions for regional concerns.
11th - 12th Technology & Engineering
Forming, Answering, and Scoring Open Ended Questions
Students explore higher level thinking. They develop their critical thinking skills by answering open ended questions. Students work cooperatively and make and explain connections between texts and their personal lives. Students use scoring rubrics for peer feedback and evaluations as well as self-reflections.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Is Gulf War Syndrome a Significant Health Issue the U.S. Government has Tried to Cover Up?
Learners examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United States tried to hide this issue from the Americacn public.
9th - 12th Health
Land is the Basis of All Independence
Students develop debating and analytical thinking skills. They take a position in the Back-to-Africa discussion, based upon any readings and the two opposing essays they read. In groups, they discuss an issue from two different points of view.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Natural Disasters and the Five Themes of Geography
Have your class do research on natural disasters and create a presentation using this resource. In completing this activity, learners apply the five geography themes to their research. They write a paper describing their results. It's a great way to provide a cross-curricular approach.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
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.
3rd Social Studies & History
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.
Analyzing Newspapers Past And Present & Creating a Modern Reproduction of a Chosen Periodical From the Early 1900's.
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.
6th - 10th English Language Arts
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.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts