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Fire in Pythagorville: Problem-centered lessons
Students will work on problem-centered lessons which use the application of the Pythagorean theorem to put out a fire in the fictional town of Pythagorville.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Mathematics)
By Kelly Crisp.
A writing process
This edition presents a writing process through discussion, examples, and suggested resources to help teachers guide students through writing assignments.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Time - Light and shadow (visit)
This lesson focuses on light and shadow. Students will examine several paintings at the Ackland Art Museum for light and shadow.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Visual Arts Education)
By Denise Young.
Introduction to online learning
"Introduction to Online Learning" is designed to introduce web-based learning to people who are new to the online learning environment.
Format: article/online course
Concept chairs: A format for classroom discussion
This is a culminating activity that provides a format so that all participants are drawn into a discussion.
The discussion for the "Concept Chairs" will be based on a unit of study that assesses the effectiveness of the Judicial System while examining various types of justice within society (social, personal and constitutional). Primary texts, fictional literature and non-print sources will provide the basis for this discussion.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Marion O'Quinn.
Grammar and editing
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.4
In this lesson for grade six, students will learn about the conventions of grammar and will learn how to write and edit a business letter.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Getting in order: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
The students will read "Jack and the Beanstalk" as a group and create flip books to illustrate and sequence the main events.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Leslie Robinson.
Classroom routines and procedures
Establishing clear classroom routines and procedures is necessary for ensuring that your classroom runs smoothly.
By Denise Young.
Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos
This lesson focuses on the short story "Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos" written by Jorge Luis Borges. Students interpret the work through reading and group activities. The students will show their interpretation of the theme of the story through a written essay.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Sandra Sigmon.
Mapping HIV infection in Africa
Using statistical information and maps, students will note the correlation between socio-economic factors and the impact of HIV/AIDS in the countries of Africa.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
The talk show
In Alternative discussion formats, page 2
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 4.2
The talk show is a format with which students are already familiar, and it provides the structure for a great discussion.
Format: activity
By Kathryn Walbert.
Teaching suggestions: Families in colonial North Carolina
These teaching suggestions present a variety of ways to work with an article about families in colonial North Carolina. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Pilgrimage: Mission
The students view symbols and traditions of world religions in artwork as a source for discussion of the effect of “mission” in world history. This discussion also parallels texts usually taught in English II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Betty Eidenier.
Faces tell feelings - Part 2 - Observations
Students will view a PowerPoint presentation of various portraits by different artists. They will observe facial expressions and the emotions they convey in these works of art.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Visual Arts Education)
By Jan Kimosh.
Educator's guide: Spain and America
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.1
The article "Spain and America: From Reconquest to Conquest" introduces a lot of information and a number of issues that may be new to students. These suggestions will help you use the article in a way that best fits the needs of your class.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The sounds of prayer in Southeast Asia
This minilesson uses audio recordings of the prayers of three different religions as an introduction to the cultural diversity of Southeast Asia.
Format: lesson plan
By David Walbert.
Understanding first jobs
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.4
In this lesson plan, students conduct interviews with two people about their first jobs, and then use the interview responses to have a focused group discussion.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
Long and tall
Teacher and students discuss how some objects are very tall, and some objects are very long. Using long, narrow pieces of paper, students will draw two long objects and two tall objects. This lesson is intended to help children observe what is around them, judge size, and fill the page from top to bottom with the intended object.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Visual Arts Education)
By Jan Kimosh.
Food service professionals: Working with fractions
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.2
This lesson for grade six demonstrates how an understanding of fractions is important in the food service industry. Students will use operations with fractions to determine how many recipes to make for a given scenario.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Mathematics)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
What are the amendments?
Before the reading of "I Want to Vote" in the Scott Foresman basal reader, I assigned each member of my class to look up a Constitutional Amendment. This was done in order to give the students a background in Amendments and the history of America. Following the assigning of the Amendments the students interviewed 10 adults to find out how many people are familiar with their Constitutional Amendments. One math extension is to graph the results of the students' interviews.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Social Studies)
By Jeremy Luna.