Students were randomly assigned a document from the list of 100 Milestone Documents compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration. They researched the document and completed several projects based on it including an essay, an oral presentation and a reading project. Based on the document, Executive Order 9066: Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese (1942). students chose a book to read and then share with a project of their own choosing. This student read Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata and then created a scrapbook about the book and its connection to the document. Students were given a checklist/rubric of the required elements for the project.
V is for vocabulary. A content area unit provides the theme for a specialized ABC book, as students select, research, define, and illustrate a word for each alphabet letter.
ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.
Adapting the song "A-Hunting We Will Go," students put a "whale" in a "pail" and even "take a little "bear" and hug it if we "dare"."
Students increase their understanding of alphabet books by participating in a variety of reading and writing activities.
This collection uses primary sources to explore The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.
Students form literature circles, read "Esperanza Rising" or "Becoming Naomi Leon" by Pam MuĐoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.
This lesson employs direct instruction and small-group discussion to help students learn new vocabulary skills while reading Patricia Polacco's "Pink and Say".
This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.
Students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.
Creating an illustrated alphabet book of action words, from "attack" to "zap", reinforces the definition of verbs as it stretches and expands students' vocabulary.
Students must "become" a character in a novel in order to describe themselves and other characters using powerful adjectives.
Using names and high-frequency words from nursery rhymes and the Big Book "The Enormous Watermelon", students engage in word recognition activities such as character identification and a word matching game.
This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate "quiz" questions that their peers will answer.
Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information.
This collection uses primary sources to explore The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.
In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. Use the following lessons to introduce students to world folklore and to explore how folktales convey the perspectives of different world cultures.
African-American History Month, also called Black History Month, is celebrated every February in the U.S. and Canada to recognize the achievements of African Americans.
In this three-day interdisciplinary unit, "African-American Explorers and Innovators," students will expand their knowledge of lesser-known African Americans in history by examining their engineering contributions. Activities include...
researching historical figures and technologies
creating an engineering prototype
writing a short story or one-act play
The unit incorporates EBSCO's Biography Reference Center, History Reference Center, Literary Reference Center Plus and Science Reference Center.
In this three-day unit plan, students will expand their knowledge of lesser-known African Americans in history by examining their scientific contributions. Activities include researching technologies, creating an engineering prototype, and writing a short story or one-act play. Learner outcomes align with Common Core standards in literacy as well as science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards. The unit is designed for students in grades 6-8 and can be modified as needed.
By the end of the unit, students will be able to:
• Identify a challenge faced by a historical figure and the technology that provided the solution
• Use facts from informational texts to support claims
• Build/Draw a prototype of a piece of technology from history
• Write a short story or play that includes historical characters, facts and settings, but incorporates what would have been considered a “futuristic technology” at the time
You will use the following INFOhio resources:
Tradition and technology come together in this lesson in which students learn about Alaskan animals through Native American tales and their own online research.
Studied students stupefy! Students learn about alliteration by listening to an alliterative read-aloud and apply the knowledge they gain to the creation of their own poem and illustration.