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Ninth graders divide in pairs 3 cards with the words possible, impossible and certain on them. Ask questions of the class and get the students to hold up the word that describes the event (for example) Tomorrow it will snow. You have potatoes for tea. You become a Silver Fern or an All Black or an All White. Then they think about the problem before getting them to work with others.
Students are introduced to human rights. They comprehend the democracy, legal and human rights and responsibilities, systems of justice, and skills in communication and working with others. Students work in teams. They make a long, arduous, clandestine journey out of their contry, on foot, through dangerous territory, ahead of a pursing army.
Fourth graders work in small groups to become experts on different colonial trades in the eighth lesson of this unit. Working toward the long-term goal of writing a piece of historical fiction, young scholars read informational texts and work collaboratively to take notes on terms related to their specific trade. Learners practice reading and rereading text, first to get a gist of the content, and second to focus on key vocabulary. Make sure dictionaries are available to support students in making sense of the different terms they encounter in their reading. This is a great lesson that supports young researchers as they work with their peers to become experts on a colonial trade.
An excellent activity that effectively pulls together the concepts of area, fractions, and equivalent fractions! Using 3x2 rectangular arrays, 3rd graders are introduced to the concept of area in terms of square units. Building on this foundation, students are asked to identify the fractions represented by shaded areas of the array, while exploring the idea of equivalent fractions. Finally, they create their own arrays, shading in one-half and two-thirds of the area in different ways. Students would benefit from having crayons/colored pencils and extra copies of the array at their disposal. Consider allowing them to work in pairs or small groups to open up discussions about fractions and equivalence.
In the first lesson of this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders gain background knowledge of different jobs performed by early colonists. The class begins with a slide show presentation that includes a variety of great photographs depicting different trades in colonial America, during which learners work in small groups to take notes and make inferences about each occupation. Following the slide show, young historians practice their ability to identify the main idea and supporting details of informational text, as the teacher reads aloud a short document about craftspeople in colonial America. An excellent introductory lesson, as young scholars will continue in this unit to become experts on a specific trade in order to better understand life in colonial America. Note that the slide show presentation does require access to the Internet and the ability to project from a computer onto a larger screen.
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives launch an investigation of how varying portrayals of a character influence a drama. The approach detailed here could be used with a wide range of literature. From Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby, your sleuths will be engaged in the search for clues that reveal how who done it changes everything.
Often, class members don't want to work in groups; however, there are definite positives that come from working with others. Take a look at the pros and cons of putting minds together. Pupils discuss synergy, examine a website created collaboratively, and come up with the materials for a Wiki about their school. After working together, class members reflect on the collaborative elements of their sample sites.
A continuation of the previous lesson, which is part of a larger group of lessons on human rights (see additional materials). Here, in Lesson 7, your class will explore more articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After a quick review of vocabulary from earlier lessons, split the class into groups for a jigsaw activity. Each group will be assigned 2-3 specific articles form the UDHR to read and independently complete close-reading projects. After everyone in the group becomes an expert on their given articles, groups will break-up and form new mixed-article groups, which will mean that the kids are teaching each other about their articles! Also included are worksheets to help focus students' thinking about each article.
Help your class transition as the setting in the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, moves from Mexico to California. Beginning with prior knowledge, and moving into jigsaw research groups, class members add to and create posters and lists of information about California, immigration, and the Great Depression. The teacher can help out with hint cards and by leading discussion; however, most of the information is discovered by class members as they work through informational texts and complete a gallery walk. Close with a writing activity that relates back to the novel. A strong, well-designed lesson.
Emergent scientists examine the unusually warm winter of 2011-2012 (called the “year without a winter”) and its effect on blossoming times and pollination. Groups engage in a weather information scavenger hunt, compare climate maps, and collect data from the US and Europe. They then theorize how the data they have collected explains the unusual weather of 2012. Discussion questions, activities, and extensions are included in the richly detailed plan.
Here is another excellent math lesson to use when striving to meet Common Core goals. In it, young geometers use their knowledge of number and measurement to draw rectangles of different sizes. The "My Rectangles and Angles" activity sheet that's embedded in the plan is especially useful. Of particular note are the discussion questions for students listed at the bottom of the plan. Excellent!
Are you a non-ELA teacher looking to incorporate literacy skills and assignments into your curriculum? This lesson plan and its included worksheets are a great starting point for showing you how it's done. Although the lesson was originally intended to be used as part of a larger unit on genetics, the overall sequencing of the lesson as well as the rubrics, t-chart, writing and editing worksheets could all be used for a writing assignment on any topic. The lesson is very general, meaning you would have to supplement it in order to use is as intended (writing a persuasive essay on the pros and cons of cloning) but that is also what makes it a great resource to be adapted for your own specific purpose.
Believe it or not, this is a 76-page series of lesson plans published by the California Commission on Agriculture which is designed to teach upper-elementary learners about agricultural practices and products in the state. There are two sections, one for grades 3-4, and one for grades 5-6. The lessons are chock full of great group activities, worksheets, assignments, extension activities, quizzes, homework assignments, and more. Don't miss this resource!
Here is a beautiful set of lessons on family and community. These charming, engaging, and meaningful lessons would be of benefit for any Pre-K through 2nd grade learners. The lessons are jam-packed with terrific in-class, and at-home activities. Pupils will learn about their own family history and will become more familiar with their classmates from taking part in these fine lessons. Very impressive!
Take a trip to the Grand Canyon! Lesson one explores how Ferde Grofe painted a musical landscape of America when he wrote the Grand Canyon Suite. Learners then examine art that shows the Grand Canyon in lesson two. Finally, lesson three incorporates the music from lesson one in an interpretive dance that retells the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Wow now that's a lot of great ideas!
What is a community? Explore the idea of community by investigating countries that have experienced severe damage. Learners discuss the horrible aftermath the 2011 earthquake had on Japan's infrastructure after the tsunami it caused. They discuss ways they could help Japan by fundraising and sharing knowledge of the disaster.
Read informational text which relays how medical care differs around the globe and throughout history. There are three separate lessons, each focused on a particular case study, regional medical availability, and cultural norms. Learners use the provided information to analyze and research a medical condition and possible treatment plan. This is a very complete series which includes worksheets, case studies, background information, narratives, and a glossary.