School Rules Scroll
Students, after creating a list of suggested classroom rules, work together to agree on a set of rules for the classroom, school cafeteria and playground. They write and illustrate the rules they agree on to make a school rules scroll.
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Novel Lesson for The Giver
Lois Lowry's The Giver is one of the most engaging and thought-provoking works of literature in the middle school curriculum. Round out your novel unit with a collection of reading activities, comprehension questions, memoir and journal...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
An Old Chinese Poem
This is a instructional activity of two parts. First, learners read a poem and work with partners to deliver an expressive two-voice reading of the poem. Next, they read an essay by Yah Phou Lee, a Chinese citizen sent to school in the...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Middle School General Music Unit Plans
Here's a collection of unit plans for middle school musicians. Topics include the mbira, opera, rhythm and culture, music in Africa, music in the movies, music theory and notation, blues and jazz, and the ocarina. Definitely worth a look.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Dear Teacher, Dear Student Letter Writing Lesson Plan
Practice friendly letter writing with your outgoing students. They will compose a letter about themselves to be given to their teacher for the following year and a letter welcoming new students to their current classroom. A friendly...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Samurai as Cultivators of the Arts: Poetry, Theater, and Tea
We don't often think military life and the arts as a two things that go together. Learners will examine how the Samurai and ancient Japanese military men were trained not just to fight, but also to create art through theater, poetry, and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK OF THE DEAD
Young scholars study the Book of the Dead and its importance to Ancient Egyptian culture, identify with ancient Egyptians through reading about their culture and religion, and use scroll-shaped paper and colored pencils to create their...
4th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Islamic Art; Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East
The intent of this unit is to demonstrate some of the traditional arts of the Middle East. Extensive background information on the religion, culture, and nature of Islamic art found throughout the Middle East is provided. Each of the...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History