New! The Emperor's New Clothes
1st - 4th
Students read The Emperor's New Clothes. In this language arts lesson plan, students reconstruct the story. Students play a game to recall words they heard in the story. Students discuss how the story might end.
Teamwork and collaboration are such important skills to foster in young children. The goal of this lesson is for teams to create a collaborative project while learning how to work as a unit. In small groups, the class creates snowmen for the bulletin board. Group members then take turns describing how each individual helped finish the creation. The lesson finishes with a writing assignment; each child composes a three-sentence story about what their snowman does at night.
Clothing and Social Change in America
Students examine how clothing for men and women has changed over time with their changing roles in society. Students work individually and in groups to complete the tasks in this lesson.
Lesson: Flood Stories
There are so many flood stories and myths throughout history, each having similarities and differences. The painting Deucalion and Pyrrha depict a stormy scene one might see prior to a flood. Learners work to find the relationship between the myths and the painting. They then use the visual cues in the painting to compose an original flood story. A neat lesson with a lot of cross curricular potential.
The Emperor Penguin's Egg
Here is a game intended for use at home that could easily be adapted to the school environment. The class reads an informational story about emperor penguins and then they watch a clip from the film, March of the Penguins. They focus on the harshness of the environment and how male penguins protect their eggs by carrying them on their feet. Each child grabs a ball (egg) and attempts to walk across the room balancing it on top of his feet. This game could easily lead into a discussion on adaptive survival traits.
Expedition Clothing Then and Now
Introduce your class to the Everest expedition to reenact a 1924 climb by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Discuss and show pictures of the types of clothing worn at that time and compare it to today's state-of-the-art climbing gear. Then, turn them loose to test which types of fabric keep water from freezing the longest. High-quality handouts that boast color photographs as well as the stimulating topic of climbing Mount Everest increase the appeal of this classic experiment in heat transfer and insulation.
Folktale Unit: The Emperor and the Kite
Students read the story of The Emperor and the Kite examining new vocabulary and working on comprehension skills. They examine how to summarize the story after reading it.
New Haven Families: Artifacts and Attitudes, 1770s to 1890s
Students investigate their own city's cultural past in New England. They
New Year Celebrations Around the World
Students share their New Year's traditions, then read a news article about how people around the world celebrate the start of a new year. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
New Food Saves Lives, Could End Hunger
Students locate the country of Niger, then read a news article about a new type of food that is being used to fight childhood hunger in Africa. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with map and vocabulary activities, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Teaching Hmong History And Culture Through Story Cloths
Students examine the culture and history of the Hmong. Using story cloths, they investigate how they were used as expressions of their culture. They discover the Hmong's economic conditions and how they were able to form a new way to share their stories. They create drawings to show one main idea from the lesson.