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- Ashley P., Teacher
- Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
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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.
Seventh graders use a variety of strategies to solve problems with integers, fractions, decimals, and percents. In this number operations lesson, 7th graders discuss sales tax and use grids to represent money and percents. Students shade in the grid to solve percent problems. Students solve sales tax, discounts, and sales price percent problems. Students improve reasoning skills and visualize real world percent problems with the grids.
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.
Students are introduced to the concepts of magnetism and electronics. As a class, they walk through the steps of the scientific method and define new vocabulary. In groups, they are given a bag of objects and they are to separate them into magnetic and non-magnetic. They also discover on a basic level how electronics operate.
Middle schoolers identify the plot and theme of cartoons. In groups, they discuss and compare the written and movie versions of popular fairy tales. Individually, they write their own fairy tale and share them with the class. They write their own speeches about which brother should marry the princess. To end the lesson, they perform the tale they wrote and receive feedback.
Students in a special education classroom are introduced to how the universe and solar system was formed. Using the internet, they research the characteristics of Earth that support human life. In groups, they compare and contrast Earth's characteristics and other planets. To end the lesson, they discuss the possibility of traveling further into the solar system.