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ART HISTORY

Tapestry in the Middle Ages 03/22/2000
[ Art History, Visual Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Ashlynn J. Neel ]
Students learn about the use of tapestry in the Middle Ages and then weave their own tapestry.

 

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

TechKnow Genius! 06/22/2000
[ Ed Technology | Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Jennifer Wagner ]
Students use PowerPoint to create a game based on the TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

My Hero -- A Class Mural 06/09/2000
[ Ed Technology, History, Mathematics | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Linda Scudder ]
Students gain a deeper understanding of the concept of heroism, create a biographical lesson about their chosen hero, and work collaboratively to make a mural.

King Tutankhamun: Was It Murder? 05/25/2000
[ Ed Technology, World History, Language Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Madeleine Decker ]
This WebQuest is designed to engage students in Internet research while learning about the history of ancient Egypt. Students will read, take notes, and answer questions about a linked site. They share this information with their cooperative group and develop an essay or modify to create a PowerPoint about the results of their investigation.

It's a Puzzle!  05/05/2000
[ Ed Technology, Social Studies, Special Ed | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Heidi Slavin]
Students put together puzzles created from pictures of items related to current courses of study.

Make a Great Web Page!  05/05/2000
[ Social Studies, Ed. Technology | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Thomas R. Brown]
Students and teachers learn how to make a Web page.

Ecosystems Online 03/22/2000
[ Science, Ed. Tech. | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Dr. Pelham Mead ]
In this multi-media lesson, students create a Web site about ecosystems.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY

Adopted Grandparents 12/27/1999
[ Interdisciplinary | Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Theresa Hill ]
My third graders have an adopted grandparent at a nearby nursing home each year. We write letters, make cards and tapes, and send holiday gifts. We also visit our grandparent each Christmas. We not only visit with our grandparent, but we also sing carols and visit with other residents.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Author, Author 08/22/00
[ Language Arts, Literature, Special Ed. I Grades 6-8, 9-12 I Albert Baggetta ]
This plan that can be used over the entire semester or throughout the year as an extra credit plan that helps familiarize your students with the classic authors, encourages organization and strategy. Kids love to collect, and if you capture their attention early enough they might even do it on their own.

Applying Character/Setting to Play Readings 08/22/00
[ Language Arts, Literature I Grades 3-5, 6-8 I Elyssa Waldman ]
Students identify two elements of a play (character/setting) in the text of a book.

Baseball Fact or Fiction 07/31/00
[ Literature, Ed. Technology | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Cheryl Sexstella-Wright ]
Students learn about the history of baseball while incorporating computer skills, reading skills, and writing abilities.

Create Your Own Business! 07/27/2000
[ Language Arts, Economics | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Clyde Winters ]
In this lesson students learn how to work in cooperative groups to create their own businesses.

What's All the Fuss About Harry Potter? 07/20/2000
[ Ed and Technology, Literature, Special Education | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Brenda McPherson-Fry ]
Students discuss what makes the Harry Potter books popular and/or controversial, create a questionnaire to learn why Harry Potter fans find the books fascinating, practice online writing skills by sending e-mail messages to friends who are Harry Potter fans, and write a screenplay based on a selected chapter of a Harry Potter book.

Peanut Butter and Details 06/29/00
[ Language Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8 |Erin Braslawsky ]
Each student will write the directions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and ask another student to follow the directions and make the sandwich.

King Tutankhamun: Was It Murder? 05/25/2000
[ Ed Technology, World History, Language Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Madeleine Decker ]
This WebQuest is designed to engage students in Internet research while learning about the history of ancient Egypt. Students will read, take notes, and answer questions about a linked site. They share this information with their cooperative group and develop an essay or modify to create a PowerPoint about the results of their investigation.

Awesome Adjectives Postcards 05/09/2000
[ Language Arts, Geography| Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Mitzi L. Vicars ]
Students create a postcard by illustrating a place they would like to visit and using ten adjectives in a short message describing the pictures.

What's Happening? 05/09/2000
[ Foreign Language, Language Arts, Gifted and Talented| Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Debbie Brown ]
Students play a grammar game in which they practice using verbs and adverbs. Younger students can play the game to learn to identify verbs and adverbs in English. Older students might play the game to practice using verbs and adverbs in a foreign language.

What's Black and White and Read Later?  05/05/2000
[ Language Arts, History | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Denise Dejonghe]
In this WebQuest, middle school students learn what makes 'lasting news' as they work in groups to create a newspaper about the year in which they were born (1986, 1987 or 1988).

And the Streets Are Paved With Gold  05/05/2000
[ Language Arts, American History | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Brenda Dyck]
Using the links provided, students explore the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, New York, at the turn of the century, and answer questions that challenge them to use thinking skills from various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.

Web Trails: An Online Adventure 03/22/2000
[ Language Arts, Ed. Tech., Geography | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Kelly Ickes ]
Students research Iowa's parks and trails, plan a day trip to one of the places they learn about, and write a fiction story based on the information they find.

Summer Shorts 03/22/2000
[ Language Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Patricia Fry ]
Students write personal narratives about their summer vacations and present them with a new twist!

Visual Poetry Lets Students 'See' the Words 03/20/2000
[ Language Arts, Fine Arts | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by LuAnn Kaiser ]
In this lesson students create slides depicting visual images in a poem.

Welcome to My Community! 03/02/2000
[ Language Arts, Social Studies | Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Tasha Noe ]
Students create a "Welcome to Our Community" brochure to display in the classroom.

How Are You Doing With My Crusade? (Women's History) 03/06/2000
[ Language Arts, Social Studies | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Terrie Lynn Bittner ]
Students learn about women who fought for change and explore the current status of the battles they fought.

Watch The Birdie 03/02/2000
[ Language Arts, Science | Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Mary Carter ]
In this unit, designed as a six-week program for 5th/6th graders, students develop language arts skills while studying North American birds.

Create a Living Museum 02/28/2000
[ Language Arts, Social Sciences, Visual Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Sharon Sumner ]
Students research famous people from Missouri, or from their own state, and share the information by portraying that person in a "living museum."

In Other Words: Using a Thesaurus 12/27/1999
[ Language Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Cynthia H. Lynch ]
This lesson is a learning center activity to reinforce lessons on using a thesaurus and on synonyms.

 

MATHEMATICS

Deriving the Formula For the Area of a Circle 08/22/00
[ Algebra, Geometry, Process Skills I Grades 6-8, 9-12 I J. Sayraf ]
Students work individually or in groups to derive the formula for the area of a circle.

Birds, Fractions and Percentages 07/31/00
[ Mathematics, Science, Vocational Ed. | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Regina Marsters ]
Students learn fractions and percentages in real-life applications.

Introduction to Fractions 12/27/1999
[ Arithmetic, Special Ed | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Mimi Weitz ]
This is a lesson I use to introduce fractions to learning disabled students. It can also be used for younger grades.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Apache Ball 03/02/2000
[ Games, Team Sports | Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Dino Michetti ]
Students play a game of dodge ball in which the object of the game is to eliminate the other team. In this activity, students work on throwing, catching, dodging, and aiming skills as they practice teamwork.

Pokemon Are Smart and Healthy 3/22/2000
[ Games, Math | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Janelle Schumacher ]
Students play a dodge-ball type game as they perform a number of mental and physical challenges.

 

SCIENCE

Birds, Fractions and Percentages 07/31/00
[ Mathematics, Science, Vocational Ed. | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Regina Marsters ]
Students learn fractions and percentages in real-life applications.

A is for .... 06/23/00
[ Science Process Skills | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Heather Puhl ]
In this lesson, students will be able to understand the difference between making an observation and an inference.

A Model of Earth's Atmosphere 05/25/2000
[ Space Science | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Kristin Mason ]
Students make a model of the four layers of Earth's atmosphere that represents the characteristics of each layer.

An Intuitive Introduction to Density  05/05/2000
[ Chemistry | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Sulan Dun]
Students participate in hands on activities demonstrating the formula density=mass/volume.

Life on Mars 05/01/2000
[ Science | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by VaReane Heese ]
Students work in teams to investigate and debate the possibility of transforming Mars so that the planet can sustain life again.

Solve a Problem; Build a Boat - 6/01/00
[ Psychology, Science | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Sherrell Bailey ]
Students build a boat that will float and hold as many pennies as possible, then discuss the process of building the boat and relate the experience to experiences they encounter in life.

Ecosystems Online 03/22/2000
[ Science, Ed. Tech. | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Dr. Pelham Mead ]
In this multi-media lesson, students create a Web site about ecosystems.

Reading Without Seeing: Louis Braille and the Braille Alphabet 03/02/2000
[ Special Education, History | Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by VaReane Heese ]
In this lesson, students explore the Braille alphabet and the contributions Louis Braille made to society.

Watch The Birdie 03/02/2000
[ Language Arts, Science | Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Mary Carter ]
In this unit, designed as a six-week program for 5th/6th graders, students develop language arts skills while studying North American birds.

Bug - O 12/27/1999
[ Life Science, Nutrition, Special Ed | Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 | 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.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

King Tutankhamun: Was It Murder? 05/25/2000
[ Ed Technology, World History, Language Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Madeleine Decker ]
This WebQuest is designed to engage students in Internet research while learning about the history of ancient Egypt. Students will read, take notes, and answer questions about a linked site. They share this information with their cooperative group and develop an essay or modify to create a PowerPoint about the results of their investigation.

Awesome Adjectives Postcards 05/09/2000
[ Language Arts, Geography| Grades 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Mitzi L. Vicars ]
Students create a postcard by illustrating a place they would like to visit and using ten adjectives in a short message describing the pictures.

Building A Better Boat - 3/22/00
[ Psychology, Science | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Sherrell Bailey ]
Students build a boat that will float and hold as many pennies as possible, then discuss the process of building the boat and relate the experience to experiences they encounter in life.

It's a Puzzle!  05/05/2000
[ Ed Technology, Social Studies, Special Ed | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Heidi Slavin]
Students put together puzzles created from pictures of items related to current courses of study.

What's Black and White and Read Later?  05/05/2000
[ Language Arts, History | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Denise Dejonghe]
In this WebQuest, middle school students learn what makes 'lasting news' as they work in groups to create a newspaper about the year in which they were born (1986, 1987 or 1988).

And the Streets Are Paved With Gold  05/05/2000
[ Language Arts, American History | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Brenda Dyck]
Using the links provided, students explore the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, New York, at the turn of the century, and answer questions that challenge them to use thinking skills from various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.

Make a Great Web Page!  05/05/2000
[ Social Studies, Ed. Technology | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Thomas R. Brown]
Students and teachers learn how to make a Web page.

Web Trails: An Online Adventure 03/22/2000
[ Language Arts, Ed. Tech., Geography | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Kelly Ickes ]
Students research Iowa's parks and trails, plan a day trip to one of the places they learn about, and write a fiction story based on the information they find.

Underground Rails: The New York City Subway System 03/22/2000
[ Social Studies, History | Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Raymundo V. De Jesus ]
Students explore the New York City subway system as a link to the people and places of New York City.

Welcome to My Community! 03/02/2000
[ Language Arts, Social Studies, | Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 | Submitted by Tasha Noe ]
Students create a "Welcome to Our Community" brochure to display in the classroom.

A Walk Through the 20th Century 03/02/2000
[ Literature, Geography, History | Grades 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Tammy Bunton ]
Each student reviews the people, places, and events of a particular decade of the 20th Century, writes a report about that decade, and creates a booth of memorabilia, music, dress, pictures and other artifacts representing the time period. Students share their booths with their classmates, and then invite the entire school to a "Celebration of the 20th Century."

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

It's a Puzzle!  05/05/2000
[ Ed Technology, Social Studies, Special Ed | Grades 6-8 | Submitted by Heidi Slavin]
Students put together puzzles created from pictures of items related to current courses of study.

 

VISUAL ARTS

Tapestry in the Middle Ages 03/22/2000
[ Art History, Visual Arts | Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 | Submitted by Ashlynn J. Neel ]
Students learn about the use of tapestry in the Middle Ages and then weave their own tapestry.

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