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Students, in groups, is choose a research topic from a list imbedded in this plan. They are given two class periods to collect and organize information on their topic and create a PowerPoint presentation to give to the class.
Third graders explore the components of a balanced diet and practice making healthy diet choices. They discuss health-enhancing choices. Students investigate the food pyramid and how to use it to make educated menu decisions. They complete a WebQuest and create a healthy menu.
Sixth graders brainstorm the ways a person's actions can affect a community. As a class, one classmate is given a ball of yarn and pass it along to another student creating a web. Next, some classmates are asked to drop their part and discuss how one missing piece can affect a community.
First graders experiment with fat content by analyzing snack foods. They learn what makes up a nutritious snack.
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.
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.
Completing a group project can be as much about the topic as it is learning how to work in a group! Members focus on organization and delegating tasks using the Inspiration software program. Note that although this activity is designed to guide your class through using Inspiration, the tips and flow charts are useful even without the program. Groups observe an example project template diagramming all members, group expectations, due date, notes, visuals, and more. Then, they try it for their project!
First, the class discusses, analyzes, and learns about the pottery created by the husband and wife team, Maria and Julian Martinez. Then they pair up and work in collaborative teams to create a written or visual creative piece. A class discussion on the partner process ends the lesson.
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.
Using or considering using Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? Then this packet is a must for your curriculum library. The examination of how Hurston combines folklore and folk language to create the voice of her characters, will not only help readers comprehend the dialogue, but will also reveal her mastery of traditional literary techniques. The final assessment asks individuals to apply what they have learned about how Hurston captures the voice and culture of an African American community to her short story, "Spunk."
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 Muñoz 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 instructional activity.
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.
As you work through Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, try out some or all of the 20 questions and activities included here. Useful for discussion questions, group assignments, or individual projects, this resource covers plot as well as big ideas. Class members are asked to comment on the text, analyze characters, play with language, make connections to history, compose their own fiction, and more.
Here is a set of wonderful activities that will offer young learners the chance to see how some prominent figures have taken action to ensure greater equality and fairness around the world. Given the context of the 2014 World Cup, the resource begins with an example of famous Brazilian soccer player Socrates, and then proceeds by reviewing the efforts and achievements of Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai, and Fahma Mohammed.
How does the government's role differ in a mixed economy versus a command economy? Check out this resource which, in addition to offering useful reading material and worksheets on the topic, includes an excellent graphic organizer illustrating the roles of private producers and federal agencies in the food industry.
After your next group project or collaborative assignment, have your learners reflect on what it was like to work with others. They will answer questions on what parts of the process they did and did not enjoy, whether or not they were successful in achieving their goal, and what actions they would choose to do differently next time. Tip: After completing this worksheets individually, try having groups meet again to discuss their answers with each other.