Traits Needed for Effective Group Process
Students compile a list of 10 desirable traits for working with others. They evaluate the traits that are necessary for specific jobs and describe them in work settings.
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Using an engaging analogy regarding who decides what food should be served in cafeterias, your learners will discover how interest groups work to persuade policy makers and advocate for the needs of their groups. Topics covered in the...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Critiquing and Polishing Our Explanatory Paragraphs
With their constitution paragraph drafts in hand, fourth graders work in pairs to critique and revise each other's writing. This process can be very challenging for young writers, but a praise-question-suggest protocol is outlined in the...
4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Amending the Constitution: Why Change?
As Bob Dylan so famously wrote, "The times they are a-changin'." Through a series of discussions, indepedent class work, and a whole-class simulation young scholars explore how the amendment process allows the US Constitution to change...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Cast Your Vote
In a simple but unique lesson, youngsters learn about the history of voting systems. They then collaborate in groups to develop a new honest and consistent voting method. A class-wide poll is taken, evaluating the designs of other...
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
Going Back in Time Using “George Washington’s Socks”
After reading Elvira Woodruff's George Washington's Socks, young readers and writers embark upon writing their own historically based story, with a focus on developing ideas and details throughout the piece. In small groups, class...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Researching Cause and Effects
Demonstrate for young researchers how to use a cause and effect graphic organizer to assist in analyzing and organizing data. Included with the resource are detailed directions, a completed model, and a blank template. Adaptations,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Inspiration: Group Project Planning
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 instructional activity...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed