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Students complete research activities to learn about a census and its connection to community decision making. In this census study lesson plan, students define government and responsibility. Students discuss the terms and generate two lists for the responsibilities of the government and individuals. Students discuss the census of 2010 for the US Virgin Islands. Students perform a play to further study the census and then complete a worksheet.
Seventh graders examine how to use time zones in the United States and international time zones. They discuss and solve problems involving daylight savings time, A.M. and P.M., international time, the international date line, and elapsed time and solve a variety of problems independently.
Seventh graders examine how to measure time, and specifically focus on using time zones in the United States and international time zones. As a class, they discuss international time, the international date line, and elapsed time. Students then solve problems dealing with time differences in a variety of locations around the world.
Ninth graders examine how to calculate the time in various time zones in the world and determine why this is an important skill. In the direct instruction section, they practice figuring the time in different zones by adding or subtracting the proper number of hours. They also examine AM and PM, and 24 time, and the International Dateline. In guided practice they problem solve by applying the concepts and finally, complete independent student practice.
Fifth graders explore sea turtles and the issues relating to them as endangered species. They research sea turtles on the Internet and find reasons why the turtles are endangered. They identify potential issues to be considered when preserving sea turtles and present their arguments to the class.
Volcanoes are one of Earth's most destructive forces, but they also have positive effects. In an engaging lesson, young vulcanologists create an active model of a volcano, perform an experiment, read articles about the effects of eruptions, and complete a graphic organizer about cause and effect. As an extension, learners can also write a cause-and-effect paragraph. Additionally, resources are included for Spanish speaking learners. Some of the grammar in the readings is incorrect, but they are Word documents, so you can correct them if desired.
“It was a dark and stormy night.” Thus begins the 1830 novel Paul Clifford and, of course, all of Snoopy’s novels! Encourage young writers to craft settings for their stories that go beyond Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s often-mocked phrase with a series of exercises. Additional examples of great introductory settings can be found in the paperback series It Was a dark and Stormy Night. Consider having class members check out the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest that awards prizes for the worst beginnings.
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars. If you live in an area that doesn't get much sun, it may be best to do this activity when you have the best chance of clear skies so the cars can be tested outside. Cover multiple Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Common Core literacy standards in a fun and exciting way.
Examine the effects of climate change on the water cycle in the first of three lessons using the IBM THINK app, which walks through the process of innovation. Learners look back through history to see which tools might help them study climate change, then perform a controlled experiment simulating the hydrologic cycle under different environmental conditions.
Exactly how big is Mount Rushmore? Young mathematicians develop their ability to find the area of complex figures as they look at one of our nation's famous monuments. Scholars begin by learning a brief history of Mount Rushmore and the methods used to create this spectacular sculpture. These techniques are then put into practice as children create and replicate drawings on cardboard boxes using a plumb-bob, ruler, and protractor. Finally, students use grids to calculate the area and lines of symmetry in the faces of the nation's great leaders. For higher grades, consider introducing the concept of scale when working with pictures of this enormous monument. This lesson spans over three to four days and uniquely brings together the subjects of math, history, and art.