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Talk About the Passion
Students think critically about artistic freedom and evaluate the aims and effectiveness of censorship and education. They begin an investigation of the ongoing controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ" by reading "New Film May Harm Gibson's Career." In small groups, students research the issues raised by the film and contribute two written pages to an intellectual guide designed to sharpen viewer's critical thinking skills.
The Conquest of the Aztec Civilization
Students use the classroom atlases, the Internet or textbooks to draw a freehand map. They work in groups using the maps in the book The Broken Spears (Portilla) and The Conquest of New Spain (Diaz) to draw a freehand map identifying the cities and lakes. Students use butcher paper to draw the map.
Critical Thinking and Art with "The Snowy Day"
First graders read a story. In this illustrations instructional activity, 1st graders read The Snowy Day and discuss how it became a Caldecott winner for its illustrations. Students produce illustrations using similar methods to the illustrator Ezra Jack Keats.
Beep!Beep! Roadrunner Research and Enrichment
Young authors participate in distance learning to view the Road Runner at the Buffalo zoo. They create a plan for an animal habitat and a brochure about an animal in a zoo.They using Noodle Tools and Noodle Bibs to take notes and write about their animal.
Critically Examining, Analyzing and Evaluating Picture Books on Aboriginal Canada
Students combat pervasive stereotypes. In this Critical Analysis lesson, students examine and evaluate the stereotypes of Aboriginal groups, as depicted in a picture book. Students will use primary and secondary sources to compose comparative analysis essays on other books that may foster stereotypes.
Reading/Writing/Research Diagnostic Remediation
Practice reading comprehension by completing a quiz. Readers identify important questions to ask themselves during a reading or writing assignment in order to fully grasp the concept and the task. They read to the class, complete a graphic organizer, and take a quiz aimed at enhancing reading skills.
Fourth graders read the book Talkin' About Bessie and write a paragraph about the author's purpose. In this author's purpose lesson plan, 4th graders include examples from the story.
So Many People, So Little Space
Learners practice critical thinking skills as they evaluate which individuals from Earth they believe should be among the first colonists on Mars. They also practice interviewing skills through role playing.
A Colony is Born : Lesson 4 - What Went Wrong?
Fifth graders compare and contrast two early colonies and make a T chart. They list examples of worked well and what did not, and significant historical events. They use higher order thinking skills by deducing how different scenarios affected colonists.
Visual Thinking Strategies
Students explore Visual Thinking Strategy as a way to examine art and photography. They discuss the strategies, and analyze and discuss photographs using the Visual Thinking Strategies techniques.
Living With An Indian Tribe
Third graders research and compare differences between Navaho, Cheyenne and Kwakiutl Indian tribes, determine with which tribe they would choose to live, taking factors such as location and available resources into consideration, and write report detailing reasons for their choice.
Fourth graders learn what a wetland is, where they can be found, and what types of plants, animals and characteristic are associated with the wetlands. They also participate in an activity to explore and enhance their knowledge of specific animals, plants, and characteristics that are found in the wetlands.
AREA OF THE LAWN PROJECT
Students calculate simple area calculations in real-life situations. They determine simple wage computations. They use critical thinking skills. They demonstrate their ability to use writing in order to express mathematical thoughts and processes.
Living is About Managing Risks
Learners identify and assess risks encountered on a daily basis. They examine their behavior and apply science process skills and higher order thinking skills in reducing or managing risks. They define the terms: risk, benefit, hazard, and probability.
High schoolers examine power of visual imagery and history of photo manipulation, why it is an important topic, and exercise their critical thinking skills in discerning what are ethical and unethical uses of photo manipulation.
Balobbyland City Planners
Young scholars create a mini city using proportions that fit a model human they construct using tin foil. They plan the city including a library, sports arena, living spaces, parks and businesses. When constructing the paper buildings, they calculate the scale, area and perimeter for each then place them in a city grid.
Rockets Away with Newton's Laws of Motion
Eighth graders comprehend Newton's Laws of Motion and to use the scientific method in rocketry sub-unit. They work through the scientific method. Students illustrate how science and Newton's Laws can be used in everyday situations and movement.
Designing the Future of Technology
Conduct research focused on improving a current technology by having students work in groups to investigate improvements that could be made to a particular piece of technology. They list the current problems and attempt to develop solutions that could be included in a newer version. They will also write specification sheets, and present their information using a technology based medium.
Philanthropic Literature Lesson 1: The Lonely Fish
Students investigate the concepts of sharing and good citizenship, and how they contribute to a peaceful society. They work on problem solving and critical thinking skills after listening to Marcus Pfister's, The Rainbow Fish.
STUDENT ACTION AND INVOLVEMENT
Students identify relationships, organize information from research, use critical thinking skills, problem solve, apply information, practice cooperation to impact environmental problems in positive ways and saving biodiversity.