Children's book authors share their writing experience to help students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing.
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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Mar. 10, 2014
1. Rhinos Being Killed Off
Rhinoceroses are being killed off by poachers at such a high rate that conservationists fear the deaths will soon surpass the number of rhinos born each year. In South Africa alone, two rhinos a day are being killed. The rhinos are being killed for their horns, which are worth more by the ounce than gold on black markets. The horns are prized especially in traditional Chinese medicine as a fever-reducing agent and a hangover preventive. Besides poaching, rhinos are threatened by loss of habitat, deforestation and displacement by humans on the continent of Africa and in parts of Asia. Rhinos are one of many endangered species in the world. In the newspaper or online, find a species of wildlife that is endangered. Closely read what you find and write a paragraph or short essay explaining what threats the species faces and how humans can help reduce the threats.
Common Core State Standards: Reading closely what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.
2. Equality in Education
March is Women's History Month. Pretend you are a parent of a daughter who will be graduating from high school in the next five years. Look through the stories, photos and ads in the newspaper for information about fields of education that will be important in the work world over the next 20 years. Write a letter to your daughter recommending which of these fields of education she should pursue, and why. Finish by discussing as a class which of these fields might have been blocked to women 25 or 50 years ago.
Common Core State Standards: Producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task; engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions;
3. Payoff for a Dog Walk
A Northern California couple who were out walking their dog stumbled across a treasure of rare gold coins worth as much as $10 million under an old tree on their property. Most of the 1,427 coins from 1847 to 1894 were in uncirculated mint condition and were buried inside eight rusting cans. The face value of the $5, $10 and $20 coins adds up to only $27,000, but some are so rare that coin expects say they could fetch as much as $1 million each. The finders — a middle-aged couple who have lived in the rural area for several years — say they have no idea how the coins got there. They plan to keep some of the coins, sell others and continue living the way they have lived. They also plan to make donations to charities. If you came into a large sum of money and wanted to donate to a charity that helps people, which would you choose? In the newspaper, find a group that helps people, or a problem that needs to be corrected. Write a paragraph detailing why you would donate to the group or cause.
Common Core State Standards: Writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
4. Pizza for Warriors
Scientists at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts say they are closing in on a recipe for pizza that doesn’t need to be frozen or refrigerated. And, they say, it doesn’t taste bad. That’s good news for U.S. soldiers who serve in the field in war zones or other areas. Soldiers in the field are fed preserved Meals Ready to Eat — called MREs — and up to now the moisture in tomatoes and cheese has stymied efforts to come up with an MRE pizza. Researchers now say they can do this by tweaking levels of acidity in pizza and adding ingredients that absorb water. Many kinds of inventions help U.S. soldiers do their jobs. In the newspaper or online, find a photo or story of military activity. Pick one item involved in the activity and write how its invention made soldiers safer, more comfortable or better performing their missions.
Common Core State Standards: Producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.
5. Fewer Toddlers Obese
The obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-olds in the United States has declined by 43 percent in the last decade. That’s good — if surprising — news, considering recent studies have concluded that overweight children are likely to be overweight adults. And it’s an “exciting” development, researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers attribute the decline to increased awareness of the negative impact of obesity on health; a drop in consumption of high-calorie sugary beverages, and more mothers breast-feeding, which can lead to a healthier range of weight gain for babies. They also noted that changes in the federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, which subsidizes food for low-income women, may have played a part. Issues that affect the health of children and teens often are in the news. In the newspaper or online, find a story about one such issue. Summarize the key points on a sheet of paper. Then re-tell the key points visually in a comic strip or series of comic strips.
Common Core State Standards: Using drawings or visual displays when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or points; integrating information presented in different media or formats to develop a coherent understanding of a topic.