In this lesson, students use what they know about story structure including setting, plot, theme, character, rising
action and resolution to create their own short story or graphic novel understand the role that immigrants played in their local area’s history. While this resource focuses on the history of Pittsburgh and its steel industry, it can easily be adapted to other regions.
This lesson plan asks students to record how they spend the hours of a typical summer day. They will then write as fractions, decimals, and percents and then compose a circle graph. A "concentration" game is also included for easy differentiation.
6, 7, 8
Number Sense, Geometry, Arithmetic
Students, Learning disabled students, Gifted or honors students
This lesson plan introduces students to the outsourcing industry, and uses outsourcing in India as a case study for understanding the effects of globalization. Through the lesson’s activities, students are encouraged to critically analyze the pros and cons of outsourcing from both Indian and US perspectives, and to understand how culture and identity are part of global trade and business. The lesson’s materials include various articles that analyze the effects of outsourcing, a PowerPoint presentation, and audiovisual content to understand the cultural stereotyping that has become part of popular notions of outsourcing.
9, 10, 11, 12
Technology And Civilization, Geography, Economics, Current Events/issues
Simple and compound machines are used to make tasks easier. On the other hand, Rube Goldberg took a simple, easy task and made it more complex. He created his machines in order to poke fun at other machines
that were made overly complicated and could have been done in a much simpler fashion. In this lesson, students understand the basic ideas of machines and mechanical advantages, and build their own Rube Goldberg-inspired machines.
In this two-part activity, students design and build Rube Goldberg machines. This open-ended challenge employs the engineering design process and may have a pre-determined purpose, such as rolling a marble into a cup from a distance, or let students decide the purposes.
In this activity, students look at different types of roller coasters and the attributes that make each scream machine uniquely thrilling. Students will research and collect data on coasters, estimate their height, length, speed, etc., and draw conclusions based on the variables.
Presenting the subject of the Holocaust to young students in elementary school is not simple. The emotionally heavy aspects to this historical period are difficult to grasp. Using the book "I Wanted to Fly Like a Butterfly", the class will discuss the subject of the Holocaust in a way that enables them to take in the story while becoming familiar with basic concepts relating to the Holocaust.