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.
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Sep. 05, 2011
1. Make Us Laugh
Kids aren't the only ones who like a funny cartoon or comic. Grownups love a good cartoon that pokes fun at people or issues in the news. Editorial cartoonists like Steve Benson of the Arizona Republic, Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press and Mike Keefe of the Denver Post have no problems mocking world leaders, politicians or industry leaders, or taking on issues like taxes, education and political debates. They have won awards doing it. Look at your newspaper's opinion page and find political cartoons. Using the cartoons as an example, find an issue at your school and draw an editorial cartoon of your own, giving your view.
Learning Standard: Create artwork that aesthetically and creatively conveys an idea; responding to a variety of texts by making connections to students' personal lives.
2. Labor Day
On Monday, the nation celebrated Labor Day. Labor Day is a holiday set aside to honor working Americans. Find an article in this week's newspapers about a person with a job you find interesting. Write down ideas for a short story about what your day might be like if you had that job. Give your story an exciting or fun title. Then write the beginning paragraph of your story.
Learning Standard: Demonstrating the ability to write clear and grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs and compositions.
3. Paying It Forward
Next week, America remembers the thousands of people affected by the September 11 attacks of 2001. One boy, Evan Parness, was 3 years old when the planes flew into the World Trade Center towers in New York 10 years ago. He and his parents rushed to the roof of their apartment house to watch what happened. According to an article on Yahoo! News, Evan remembers being struck by the kindness people showed New Yorkers during that tragedy. Two years later, recalling that kindness, he decided to donate his own toys to children who had lost theirs in wildfires in California. His dad Jeff enlisted volunteers to collect items and drove a U-Haul full of toys to California. A banner on the U-Haul said, "New York Says Thank You." Now Evan's family runs a full-time charity helping people rebuild their lives and homes after disasters. Find a newspaper article about someone who was changed by 9/11. Read the article as a class and discuss how 9/11 affected the nation.
Learning Standard: Connecting personal knowledge, experiences and understanding of the world to themes and perspectives in text through oral and written responses.
4. Vital Veggies
If you drive through the Salinas Valley in California, you will see rows upon rows of lettuce, broccoli, spinach, carrots, onions, cauliflower, strawberries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, artichokes and more. Due to its mild climate and rich soil, Monterey County has become the Number One vegetable producing region in the nation. The vegetables on our plates reflect a number of parts that make up plants. For example, we eat the large orange roots of the carrot plant. Other foods like onions and garlic also grow underground. We also eat above-ground fruits and vegetables: the leaves of lettuce, the flowers of broccoli and the fruit of the strawberry plant. Search your newspaper's food section for recipes featuring vegetables and fruits. Using those recipes, draw and identify the plants that produce each vegetable and identify which part of the plant you eat.
Learning Standard: Classifying plants on the basis of observable physical characteristics (roots, leaves, stems and flowers; using the craft of the illustrator to express ideas artistically.
5. How It Happened
Two weeks ago Thursday, a lifeguard saw the dorsal fin of a great white shark when he paddled a rescue board in the water in San Diego, California, according to a Reuters article. About 300 people ran out of the water and another 3,000 people were asked to stay on the beach. The next day, a San Diego businessman spotted the dorsal fin of a great white shark, and lifeguards cleared the water of swimmers and closed the beach. This activity was written to show a sequence of events. Read an interesting newspaper article, and then retell the story for your friends in the order that events happened.
Learning Standards: Responding to multiple text types by reflecting, making connections, taking a position and/or showing understanding; understanding and distinguishing cause, effect, sequence and correlation in events.