Who Cares About the Forest?
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Students explore the natural environment and people's views, in particular the Native Americans. In this environment instructional activity students discover the many uses of wood as it pertains to our natural resources.
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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
Who Speaks for the Trees?
Help young conservationists appreciate the important role that trees play in ecosystems around the world with this collection of six engaging activities. From a shared reading and class discussion of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, to in an depth...
Pre-K - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Contrasting Perspectives: Should the Farmworkers in Esperanza Rising Go On Strike? (Chapter 12: "Los Esparragos/Asparagus")
Explore multiple perspectives through a jigsaw activity that will improve your pupils' understanding of the characters in Esperanza Rising as well as their understanding of strikes and human rights. Tapping into prior knowledge, and...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Civil War Personalities Lesson Plan
Caring, trustworthiness, and responsibility—these are only a few character traits in focus of a lesson plan based on stories from the Civil War era. Class members explore several influential lives while reading biographies that highlight...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Not So Sweet: Investigating Science and Health Questions About Sugar and Our Bodies
Is sugar as dangerous to our health as cigarettes? What happens when we ingest sugar, and how much do we consume on a daily basis? Using several New York Times articles, learners search for evidence to answer important questions like...
6th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
4 Lessons From Robots about Being Human
Who would have thought that inanimate robotics could actually teach us so much about being human? As Ken Goldberg describes his fascinating work and advancements in robotics, he simultaneously offers four valuable character lessons....
17 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Networked Beauty of Forests
Forests are like Facebook, a social network of trees and other organisms that support and provide for each other. Professor Suzanne Simard describes how forests are wired for healing, but that they need our help. This video would be a...
7 mins 8th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable