Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.
Standard(s): [SS2010] USS6 (6) 12: Evaluate significant political issues and policies of presidential administrations since World War II.
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: Lou Gehrig and Character Education
After reading book or short story about Lou Gehrig, students conduct online research to learn more about him. Using the material they gather about his life and character, students create a flyer/poster. Students then participate in a virtual field trip from the Baseball Hall of Fame entitled "Lou Gehrig: The Iron Horse."
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 29: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources. [W.5.8]
Title: The Giving Tree
During this lesson, students will learn important facts about trees. They will also learn the importance of friendships. The students will listen to the story, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, and create a chart of events that take place in the story. The students will navigate a website to learn how to protect trees and how trees help us.
Title: Let's Be Friends
Buddies, pals, amigos - whatever you call them, friends are an important part of life. These beginning-of-the-year unit activities will give kindergarten students an opportunity to consider what friendship is all about.
Standard(s): [CE] (0-12) 24: Loyalty
Title: A Hero by Any Other Name. . .
In conjunction with a study of literary or national heroes or in recognition of 9/11 week, students select a hero from among their family and friends, gather information about him/her, and prepare a multimedia presentation of their research.
Standard(s): [TC2] (6-8) 11: Use digital tools and strategies to locate, collect, organize, evaluate, and synthesize
Title: Friendship is Fun!
Students will explore the concept of friendship in order to promote class unity. Some of the areas to be included are characteristics of friends, differences of individuals, and examples of ways to be a good friend. The class will complete several technology-based projects based on friendship. The culminating activity for the unit is an activity involving parents.
Standard(s): [CE] (0-12) 4: Honesty
Title: Today is the International Day of Peace.
Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 25: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question, including a self-generated question, or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. [W.11-12.7]