Geography Project: Australia

3rd - 5th

Learners will use this presentation and the Internet to give them information for their very own Australia project. They will write and use images to describe Australia's climate, leisure activities, location, interesting facts, culture, and landmarks. This appears to be an in-class project not intended to take more that one or two days.

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Meet a Naturalist: Researching, Writing, Interviewing

Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based instructional activity. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about different environmental professions before contacting and interviewing local naturalists. If face-to-face interviews can not be arranged, have children write letters to professionals from around the state, the country, or even the world. This would be a great instructional activity to conclude an elementary earth or life science unit, exposing children to ways people are working to preserve the environment.

Persuasive Practice: A Mt. Rushmore Addition

Explore persuasive writing skills. Budding authors will research a US President and persuade the National Park Service to add him to Mt. Rushmore. In addition to the persuasive essay, individuals are required to develop a visual presentation using a web-based software that they then present to their class.

Recording Descriptive Writing for Dear Mrs. LaRue

Looking for an innovative way to teach descriptive letter writing? Then, this lesson is for you! Fourth graders who have read the book Dear Mrs. LaRue, respond to the literature by composing a letter from the perspective of Mrs. LaRue's dog, Ike. Additionally, they create an imovie that includes an original illustration, and a recording of their letter. Outstanding lesson!

Writing an Explanation

Bananas are an important part of a healthy diet - but where do they come from? Third graders write an explanatory text about the origins of bananas. The bottom part of the paper includes necessary information about bananas, as well as a properly written paragraph. It's up to you if you want to include additional research as part of this assignment.

Let's Write a Collaborative Novel!

Find out what it would be like for your class to write and publish a complete novel.

"How To Build A Snowman" Expository Writing

Fourth graders demonstrate detailed writing in order to instruct their classmates on how to build a snowman. They draw a person from shapes following directions by the teacher, draw details on an outline of a snowman, write specific instructions on how to build their snowman, and switch papers with a classmate and follow each other's directions.

Draft Informational, Research-Based Writing

Trying to find a good way to teach research-based writing to your fourth graders? Use a video series on informational text and writing to show them the extended writing process. The seventh video in the series covers transitioning informational text into a learner's own writing, including using an explaining voice to avoid repeating bullet points verbatim.

Lesson: Differing World Views: Human and Animals

Kids challenge their understanding of the world around them and consider the impact man has on the environment and animal life. They examine a Tlingit piece, read two Tlingit stories about man and animals, then participate in a research project. They'll each research one animal, then write a brochure or infomercial on how that animal should be treated and what their future may hold.

Google Sites for State Research

Students research aspects of a state. In this Geography and Economics lesson, students create a Google Site with their research including pictures and a quiz. Students review other students sites and take the quiz. Students evaluate data in a pie chart.

Asking Research Questions

Using discoveries and inventions as the focus, learners complete a research project. First, they come up with research questions. Then, they conduct research on the topic. Finally, they write a research paper.

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