Title: Are You Jumping for Joy or Pitching a Fit?
What makes you jump? When someone scares you? When you are fuming mad? When you are excited about scoring a goal? In this lesson, students will explore all the reasons that make us jump. The students will write a poem about a time they jumped and make a simple collage of themselves jumping.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 33: Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. [SL.2.5]
Title: "The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
Students watch "The Lorax" as an introduction to environmental issues. Students need not have prior knowledge of terms. This lesson follows the learning cycle. Students design a plan to make the Truffula trees sustainable and economically viable.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 12: Use digital tools to publish curriculum-related content.
Title: Me in a Box
During this lesson students develop a sense of self awareness and appreciation for their own individuality and uniqueness. Students use graphic organizers to identify personality traits and collect items and pictures that represent the traits. The class has fun trying to identify to whom each box belongs before they are presented.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 35: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace. [SL.5.4]
Title: Everyday Heroes
Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.
Title: This Business Called Learning: Advertising
After analyzing the techniques of propaganda in commercial advertising, students work in cooperative "business" groups to create an advertising campaign for a new product called Giggle Gum. Campaigns include a press release, slideshow presentation, print ad, and radio commercial.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (6-8) 7: Describe historical and cultural influences on works of art.
Title: Dr. Seuss on the Loose: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
In Dr. Seuss’ first published children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Marco, inspired by the passing of a horse and wagon, imagines a series of increasingly incredible sights on his way home from school. This story provides a springboard for discussing the concepts of honesty, imagination, and creativity and for exploring the difference between dishonesty and creativity. Students will learn to recognize when it is appropriate to weave an elaborate tale and when it is not.
Title: Riddles in the Dark
Riddles can be challenging to solve and even more challenging to write. After reading the riddles used by Gollum to try to ensnare Bilbo in chapter five of Tolkien's The Hobbit and those used by Bilbo to outwit Gollum, students use their wit and cunning to author a riddle pop-up book.
Title: Thinking Hobbit
This is an introductory lesson designed to stimulate student interest in reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The lesson familiarizes students with the physical traits and social codes used to guide hobbit behavior, and then looks at the Plus, Minus, and Interesting ideas (PMI), as well as the influencing factors, that might shape a hobbit's thoughts when faced with the prospect of going on an adventure.
Title: The Diary of Anne Frank: How Would I Survive?
After reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, student groups examine the coping strategies of the people in the Secret Annex. Then, each student develops a personal survival plan to be included in a group slideshow presentation which addresses this question: How would I survive if I experienced the same stressful situation? Additionally, the students discuss current world situations that necessitate coping strategies.
Standard(s): [TC2] (6-8) 12: Use digital tools to communicate and collaborate at all levels from interpersonal to global.
Title: How to Set the Table Correctly
The Family and Consumer Science (FACS) portion of this lesson provides opportunities for students to utilize acceptable guidelines for table setting. A basic computer research component familiarizes students with fundamental processes of online investigation. Students will then work in groups to create slideshow presentations to teach other students how to correctly set a table.
Standard(s): [TC2] (6-8) 9: Practice responsible and legal use of technology systems and digital content.