New! The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs
First graders compare fictional and real pigs. In this pig comparison activity, 1st graders read a fiction text then a non-fiction text on pigs. Students complete a K-W-L chart and fill out a Venn Diagram.
Students read a fiction and nonfiction accounts about different types of disasters. The class uses iChat AV and iSight camera to interview students in a different part of the country about natural or manmade disasters in their area. Pupils use a K-W-L chart to gather information on what they comprehend about that type of disaster (flood, fire, a volcano, or an earthquake) and to form the topics of inquiry that interest them.
Diabetes - It's a Killer!
Students survey, graph and chart their prior knowledge about diabetes. They read a handout and complete a K-W-L chart. They develop a rubric to assess their diet and exercise and develop a shopping list, menu and exercise plan to share.
John Brown's Raid
Students explore slavery before the beginning of the Civil War. In this U.S. History lesson, students evaluate the affect of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry and possible ways it affected slavery by completing a K-W-L chart and internet research.
Poisonous Plants and You
Students identify common poisonous plants. Using a K-W-L chart, the teacher facilitates a brainstorming session to determine students' present knowledge of poisonous plants and what is to be learned.
Students examine the implications of North Korea's nuclear testing. They develop a K-W-L chart, read an article, write questions, conduct research on their self-generated questions, and create an exhibit of their findings.
Aid comes to Haiti
Fourth graders read an article about the Earthquake in Haiti and its after effects. In this Haitian Earthquakes lesson, 4th graders complete a K-W-L. Students place sticky notes on answers to questions about the article.
Water Properties introduction
Students list items they know and want to know about water on personal K-W-L charts. They describe what happened during the warm up activity in their science journal. Students travel to four different stations and perform the different tasks that explore properties of water.
Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
Eighth graders are able to define meiosis. They are able to compare and contrast meiosis and mitosis. Students are able to state the phases of meiosis. They complete a K-W-L chart on meiosis and mitosis. Students talk about meiosis and sexual reproduction and give definitions.
Childhood Development and the Social Studies
Students complete the Know and Want to Know columns of a K-W-L worksheet about elementary aged children. They develop instructional methods for use in elementary social studies classroom that would increase content knowledge. They modify game strategies for use in reviewing social studies content.
After choosing a topic of interest, young learners use the K-W-L thinking process to create an informational, illustrated, big book. K-W-L, a three-part thinking process, asks the learner to respond to three questions: What do we know prior to writing? What do we want to know after we have completed our reports? And what have we learned once the report is written? A student handout is imbedded in the lesson.
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