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European Tour: History and Tradition
Students explore the Sistine Chapel. For this European history lesson, students watch "Sistine Chapel Frescoes: Scenes from Genesis." Students then discuss the Vatican and the role of the Pope. Students then visit a website to take a virtual tour of the chapel prior to designing their own Sistine Chapel ceiling on a bulletin board.
European Tour: History and Tradition: Sistine Chapel
Students explore the Sistine Chapel. In this visual arts instructional activity, students take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. Students examine the scenes depicted on the chapel's ceiling and share their impressions of the artistic stories.
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
Following the Leaders
Examine the historic election of Pope Benedict XVI and reflect on the challenges he faces as the new leader of the Catholic Church. This New York Times lesson investigates how other world leaders are chosen in different forms of governing structures. Use this lesson as a way to study and dissect the structure of informational text.
The Hydrologic (Water) Cycle
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
The Shape of Things to Come
Learners research some of the factors that affect the cohesiveness and integration of countries. identify, classify and explain ways in which a country's borders might affect its political cohesiveness. They label countries on a world map according to morphology categories.
Small European Countries
Middle schoolers examine the advantages and disadvantages of being a very small European country in today's world. They locate each country on a map using the coordinates, discuss the governments of each country, and develop a list of advantages and disadvantages.
By first defining the characteristics and ideology of fascism, this presentation makes it easy for viewers to contextualize the rise of Mussolini in post-WWI Italy. Not only thorough and informative, the pictures and concepts featured in these slides will engage viewers' interest up to the last slide, where they might be surprised to learn how far-reaching and influencial Mussolini's rule became.
Comparative Form of Adjectives
Here's a grammar worksheet that covers comparative and superlative adjectives, as well as past participles and present perfect tense. Learners complete several exercises in which they practice using -er and -est. They also convert present tense verbs to the past participle, and write original sentences using both affirmative and negative forms. Finally, to write "have you ever..." questions, they must use the appropriate verb form for each. Finally they fill in the blank in 10 sentences using the present perfect form of verbs from a word bank.
Landlocked Countries Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the chart that includes details about the population in 44 landlocked countries. Students identify the names of the countries in 5 minutes.
Students determine statistics based on data. In this statistics lesson plan, students use data and record in charts. Students create graphs based on the statistics found.
Monarchies of the World Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 27 identification questions about the locations of monarchies. Students have 4 minutes to complete the quiz.
Coalition or Division?
Students research and write essays on contemporary Italian politics and their roots to explain the prime minister's recent resignation in context. They explain why coalition governments are formed.
Countries of the World Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 195 identification questions about the countries of the world. Students have 12 minutes to complete the quiz.
Understanding Europe: A Cultural Mosaic (Theme 1)
Middle schoolers discuss the cultural similarities and differences found in Northen Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe and create daily journal entries charting their discoveries. This lesson is the First Part in a Four Part Unit that lasts over three weeks.
European Capitals Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz activity, students respond to 45 identification questions about the capitals cities of European countries. Students have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.
Highest Life Expectancy Countries Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 20 identification questions about countries with the highest life expectancies. Students have 4 minutes to complete the quiz.
In this geography activity, students complete a crossword puzzle in reference to the geography of Europe. They identify the capital cities of various countries and the bodies of water which surround specific countries of Europe.
In this geography worksheet, students fill in twenty-two blanks about European countries. They identify the names of countries, capitals, and mountains.
Researching Another Country's Holiday: Focusing and Gathering Information
Fifth graders brainstorm a list of holidays celebrated by a majority of people in the United States. They each select an American holiday from the list as well as another country that may have a holiday that is similar. Next, they conduct research to locate useful information using a minimum of three sources. Note: The lesson includes an extensive list of holidays.