NBC Learn, in partnership with he National Science Foundation, explores the science, technology, engineering and math found in current events. This 7-week series helps connect fundamental STEM topics to real-world news stories.
Publix Super Markets, Inc. has joined efforts with FPES (Florida Press Educational Services) to bring this program to sixth grade students. This FREE NIE Program will show your sixth grade students how to become responsible members of the planet, and to respect all of the resources that it has to offer.
►Flip Chart for Interactive White Boards
Note: Only classrooms with white boards will be able to run this file.
Included are basic lessons for an Elementary, Middle and Secondary classroom that can be utilized to introduce Language Arts and Social Studies activities.
►Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plan
►Middle and High School Language Arts Lesson Plan
►High School Social Studies Lesson Plan
►Elementary Social Studies Lesson Plan
►Elementary and Middle School Language Arts Lesson Plan
New Teacher's Guides are available every Monday, complete with monthly themes highlighted in a weekly lesson and a monthly activity sheet.
►Click here to download guides from USA Weekend
, week of
July 25, 2011
1. The Good Guys
Commit a crime in your city, and the local police will be called. Commit a serious crime anywhere in the country, and you may find your face on the wall in the post office as one of the FBI's Most Wanted. The FBI -- the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- was founded on July 26, 1908. It started with just 10 investigators and now has more than 13,000. Their duty is to find criminals who go over state lines to escape being convicted of crimes. The FBI has been used to investigate all types of people and groups including gangsters, organized crime, the Ku Klux Klan and suspected communists. Search your newspaper for an article about the FBI, the police, or another law enforcement agency. Talk to your family or classmates about why the police were called, what the police did, and why it's important to have police officers patrolling communities.
Learning Standard: Explaining why personal rights have limits in America.
2. Summer Art
Summer is a beautiful time of year. It's also a beautiful time to create art. Look through today's newspaper and cut out pictures and words that remind you of summer. Create a "summery" art collage by gluing the pictures and words on a sheet of paper. While the glue is drying, use this art collage as an inspiration to write a short poem, rhyme or rap. Read your poems or perform your rhymes for friends and family.
Learning Standard: Reading and writing with developing fluency, speaking confidently, listening and interacting appropriately, viewing strategically and representing creatively.
3. Stop the Burn
Heat waves are sweeping across the country this summer, and with heat comes time outdoors or in the pool. Stay out too long, though, and you may find yourself with pink shoulders and noses. Sunburns happen to most people each year, and they can be painful. Scientists at Kings College London are closer to figuring out what exactly causes the pain of sunburns. According to a recent Associated Press article, researchers asked people to get a sunburn on a small part of their arm. When the pain of the burn reached its peak, the scientists cut away a small bit of skin to analyze the biochemical changes going on inside. They found a specific protein causes the pain, and now they are hoping that they can come up with something that will stop that pain. Search your newspaper for stories about the hazards of the sun and heat. Using one article, come up with a family action plan to prevent sun damage.
Learning Standards: Describing hazards related to the sun, water and ice; acquiring information from written, visual and electronic sources.
4. Music Bytes
Rocks concerts. Operas. Blues festivals. Symphony performances. All of them feature different kinds of music, and all the musicians face the critics. Music critics are people who write for different kinds of publications about music performed in the community. They write about how well the musicians played, how a singer might interpret a well-known song, the emotions the music could produce and the feel of the audience. For example, Mike Silverman of the Associated Press wrote, "[Opera] Tenor Robert McPherson sang with unforced sweetness and impressive power." Bria McCullen wrote that U2's rock legend Bono "nailed the chorus" on the song "Pride." With family or friends, search the newspaper's entertainment section for a music review. Or find an example online. Using that review as a guide, write your own review of a concert, song or CD you have heard.
Learning Standards: Devising student created criteria for objective evaluations of performances and compositions; writing fluently for multiple purposes.
5. Get Fit!
The world's greatest bicyclists spent much of July riding their bikes through the mountains and countryside of France in the yearly Tour de France race. The grueling race includes 21 stages in flat areas and mountains. On July 24, 2005, Lance Armstrong set a record by winning his seventh Tour de France after beating cancer. He is known for his intense discipline and extreme workouts. He has since retired, but spends his time promoting fitness and cancer awareness. Look in the newspaper for stories on fitness. Using those stories for ideas and motivation, come up with a fitness plan for yourself. Give it an attention-getting title.
Learning Standards: Developing a plan to be physically active; acquiring information from multiple sources and then organizing and analyzing it.