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    ENVIRONMENTAL

    Your Five Senses
    Miriam Lev, who teaches at The Jewish Institute of Queens in Elmhurst, New York, submitted this lesson in which students learn how each of their five senses help them identify the world around them. (Grades K-12)

    What Is in the Water?
    Susan Sanders, who teaches at Central Junior High School in Pollok, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students compare bottled water qualities to water found naturally in a pond habitat.

    Chick Chock's Pollen Problem
    Submitted by Theresa Santiago
    This lesson physically shows how pollen and air allergens affect people. (Grades Pre-K, K-2, 3-5)

    FAMILY LIFE

    Drawing a "Life Map"
    Lindsay Bigham, who teaches at Liberty (South Carolina) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which students create "life maps" of their lives. This can be used as a prewriting activity for writing autobiographies. (Grades 3-12)

    First-Day-of-School Activity: The Kissing Hand
    Teachers Amanda Dobson submitted this week's lesson, which uses a popular children's book to help alleviate young students' first-day-of-school jitters. (Grades pre-K-2)

    Money Management: Grocery Shopping for a Family Profile
    Shirley Huinink, who teaches at Laurentian Hills Christian School in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students work in groups to create menus and shopping lists for one of five profiled families. (Grades 6-12)

    Survivor in the Classroom
    Mary E. Noyes, who teaches at Minneota Public School in Minneota, Minnesota, submitted this week's lesson, which presents a series of challenges to students. Could your students survive? (All grades)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    MENTAL HEALTH

    Treasured Comments
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students fill treasure chests with positive, self-esteem-building comments about each other. (Grades 2-5)

    The Perfect Teacher
    Linda Mauriello, who teaches at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun activity that will help teachers drive home the concepts of mutual respect and high expectations. (Grades 9-12)

    Fuzzy-Feeling Chair
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Inuksuit School in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut (Canada), submitted this lesson, in which a special chair becomes the setting for an activity that builds students' self-esteem and self-confidence. (Grades K-5)

    First-Day-of-School Activity: The Kissing Hand
    Teachers Amanda Dobson submitted this week's lesson, which uses a popular children's book to help alleviate young students' first-day-of-school jitters. (Grades pre-K-2)

    Using Literature to Teach About Bullying
    Joanne Hughes, who teaches at Covert Avenue Elementary School in Elmont, New York, submitted this weeks lesson, in which students use literature to explore different forms of bullying. (Grades K-8)

    Striking Out Stress: A Gallery Walk Activity
    Submitted by Andrea W. Petho
    Andrea W. Petho, who teaches at Mahwah (New Jersey) High School, submitted this lesson, which actively involves students in a discussion about stress and how to cope with it. (Grades 6-12)

    Left Brain vs. Right Brain -- Which Side are You On?
    Submitted by Glenn Day
    Are you left-brained or right-brained? Does it matter? Check out this lesson to find out! (Grades 9-12)

    Self-Esteem/Class Pride
    Submitted by Kimberlee Woodward
    This is a lesson plan to bolster student self-esteem and to build class pride. It would be a great way to start the school year! (Grades 3-5)

    NUTRITION

    Go Nuts With Peanuts
    Gail Hennessey, who teaches at Harpursville Central School in Harpursville, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students learn about peanuts by exploring a variety of Web sites. (Grades 3-8)

    At the Dinner Table: A Foreign Language Lesson
    Adrien Morel, who teaches at E.W. Stokes School in Washington, D.C., submitted this hand-on activity, in which students learn the foreign language vocabulary for a dinner-table setting. (Grades K-3)

    Money Management: Grocery Shopping for a Family Profile
    Shirley Huinink, who teaches at Laurentian Hills Christian School in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students work in groups to create menus and shopping lists for one of five profiled families. (Grades 6-12)

    Three Healthful Meals: A Practical Food-Guide-Pyramid Activity
    Mandy Logue, a teacher at Alcorn Central Elementary School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this week's lesson in which students create paper plate art showing a day of healthful eating. (Grades 2-6)

    Using the Senses to Write Descriptively
    Joanna Wolanski, who teaches at Evergeen Elementary School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson, in which students learn to improve their writing by including information from all five senses. (Grades 3-8)

    Menu Madness
    Kimberly Emanuel
    Students learn fast facts about fast food! (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Apple Adjectives
    Submitted by Monique W. Healy
    Working in cooperative groups, students will use the Dole internet site to 1) identify and alphabetize apples, 2) make a table, 3) read a table, and 4) construct a bar graph and/or a pie chart. (Grades 3-5)

    Bug - O
    Submitted by Sue Palkendo
    Students will learn about different kinds of bugs by constructing their own game sheet. After playing the Bug - O game, they will prepare "Bug" snacks. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    OUR BODIES

    Your Five Senses
    Miriam Lev, who teaches at The Jewish Institute of Queens in Elmhurst, New York, submitted this lesson in which students learn how each of their five senses help them identify the world around them. (Grades K-12)

    "The Eyes Have It" Bulletin Board
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson, which uses a unique bulletin board to challenge students' observation skills. (Grades K-5)

    Striking Out Stress: A Gallery Walk Activity
    Submitted by Andrea W. Petho
    Andrea W. Petho, who teaches at Mahwah (New Jersey) High School, submitted this lesson, which actively involves students in a discussion about stress and how to cope with it. (Grades 6-12)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Menu Madness
    Kimberly Emanuel
    Students learn fast facts about fast food! (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Journey through the Digestive System
    Submitted by Richard Lord
    Students work in cooperative groups to design a theme park based on the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, prepare a portfolio of the park's attractions, and construct an approximate scale model of it. (Grades 9-12)

    Reading Without Seeing: Louis Braille and the Braille Alphabet
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    In this lesson, students explore the Braille alphabet and the contributions Louis Braille made to society. (Grades 3-6, 6-8, 9-12)

    SAFETY

    Using Literature to Teach About Bullying
    Joanne Hughes, who teaches at Covert Avenue Elementary School in Elmont, New York, submitted this weeks lesson, in which students use literature to explore different forms of bullying. (Grades K-8)

    Survival Experts
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students create brochures to educate others about safety during a natural disaster. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

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