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"Two Worlds" introductory activity
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 1.1
Through the use of a carousel brainstorming strategy, this introductory activity for 8th grade social studies enables teachers to discover what their students already know about the geography and history of North Carolina. Students will work cooperatively and will recognize that they have much to learn about their state.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Carousel brainstorming
Carousel brainstorming is a strategy that requires students to access background knowledge or review what they have learned by thinking about subtopics within a broader topic. This strategy can be used in any discipline.
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Roundtable
In the roundtable cooperative learning model*, each team member writes one answer on a piece of paper that is passed around a table. Roundtable is highly effective with creative writing and brainstorming activities. This structure...
By Heather Coffey.
Giving can be fun
The purpose of this lesson is to incorporate the use of writing in a friendly letter format to foster the spirit of giving and sharing within the classroom. Using word processing, the students will create a friendly letter that will be shared with classmates in the spirit of giving and sharing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Sue Hunnicutt.
Defining risk: A search for theme in Fahrenheit 451
Students explore their understanding of the notion of risk in relation to their own experiences and in response to a variety of quotes. This exercise serves as a springboard to themes in the novel Fahrenheit 451.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 English Language Arts)
By Leatha Fields-Carey.
Take action, save the past
In Intrigue of the Past, page 5.8
In their study of archaeological resource conservation, students will use a problem-solving model to identify a problem and solve it creatively.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Week 1: Invention boggle
In Invention convention, page 2
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will learn to think like scientists and see technological possibilities in common objects around them. Invention Boggle paves the way for students to become inventors and develop their own inventions.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Teaching voice
This lesson helps students to develop an effective voice by selecting words that are clear, concrete, and exact. Exercises are based on model sentences from world literature selections.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Pamela Beal.
Week 5: Conclusion paragraphs
In Invention convention, page 15
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will write convincing conclusions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Reading comprehension and English language learners
Teaching reading comprehension and helping English language learners are the responsibility of every teacher, but they are also within the abilities of every teacher. These articles provide strategies for building content-area reading comprehension before, during, and after reading that can help English language learners — and all learners.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The Blue Ridge Parkway and national parks today
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 2.1
This is the first lesson in the Competing Routes unit. In this lesson, students are introduced to the role of national parks in the United States with a special focus on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Our community helpers
Each student will choose a different community helper. Once they have chosen their helper the student will then draw their community helper using Kid Pix. With the help of an adult they will be required to type one sentence about their helper. These pictures will be used to form a classroom book entitled Our Community Helpers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Computer/Technology Skills and Social Studies)
By Meredith Horne.
Classifying transportation objects
In this lesson the students will sort, classify, and label transportation items by various attributes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By LuAda Skaggs.
Literature biography project
Students will learn to develop the various processes used in researching and writing a biographical research paper, including brainstorming, note taking, outlining, creating a bibliography, and writing the final draft.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Sandra Dail.
Dictionary guide words: How do they guide us?
Students have difficulty locating words in a dictionary. This lesson will allow students to learn how to use guide words in a dictionary to locate words.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Anne Campbell and Carol Troutman.
Preparing English language learners for reading comprehension
In Reading comprehension and English language learners, page 1
Use KWL charts, circle maps and brainstorming webs, and concept maps to prepare English language learners, content-area learners, and all students for reading comprehension.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
The mystery of the missing hippo!
In this lesson, students will engage with a variety of primary documents from the Commemorative Landscapes database to learn about the mystery of the missing hippo statue in Orange County.
Format: lesson plan
By Kate Allman.
Creating a Mini Page
This activity allows students to take their knowledge from previous lessons or research projects and turn it into a newspaper, modeled after the Mini-Page, to share with their classmates. The focus of this activity is not research and writing instruction; rather, it is meant to be used as a culminating activity.
Format: activity/lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
Week 1: What problems could I solve?
In Invention convention, page 4
In this Invention Convention lesson, students evaluate physical challenges in their daily environments. This lesson will acclimate students to being inventors and prepare them to think of an invention to build.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
All about trash
Students will discover which kinds of trash break down naturally and which do not when they make their own landfills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Science)
By Dawn Gilbert.