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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Aug. 01, 2011
1. Do You Understand?
Knowing how to read words is one thing, but understanding the message of the writer is the true purpose of reading. There are many strategies you can use to help you understand what you are reading. These include: predicting what will happen next; using word decoding skills; checking your own understanding of the story as you read and re-reading parts you don't understand; asking yourself questions about the author's message; evaluating the writing; and being able to summarize the who, what, where, when, why and how of a story. Of all the strategies, the true test of comprehension is being able to tell in your own words what happened in the story. Find an interesting newspaper article and read it carefully. Then write a short summary about the story in your own words.
Learning Standard: Self-monitoring comprehension when reading or listening to text by automatically applying and discussing the strategies used by mature readers to increase comprehension.
2. More Than Just Tiger Woods
August is National Golf Month. Choose a golfer featured in today's newspaper or on the Internet and track his or her scores in each match played this month. At the end of the month create a table and a graph that displays his or her results.
Learning Standards: Acquiring information from books, maps, newspapers, data sets and other sources; organizing and presenting the information; interpreting the meaning and significance of the information; presenting and organizing data in charts, graphs and tables.
3. Smokin' Good Deals
Before you know it, you will have to put away your swim trunks, tank tops and flip flops and start dressing for school. Most parents have a budget for new school clothes each year. At the same time, most kids have a desire to have the latest and greatest fashions for the new school year. Sometimes those two things don't go together. One way to help is to look at the advertisements in the newspaper. Department stores have sales before school starts and advertise them. Sit down with your parents and figure out a clothing budget for the start of school. Then, look in your newspaper for clothing advertisements. Using those ads, find the clothes you would like and write down how much they would cost based on the prices in the ad. Then figure out what they would cost if your state had a 6 percent sales tax on the items. How much would that tax add to the overall price of your school clothes?
Learning Standards: Solving contextual problems involving percentages such as sales tax and tips; using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve problems.
4. Making History
History has many examples of people whose ideas have changed the world. Five-hundred-nineteen years ago Christopher Columbus set out to prove that there was land beyond Europe and discovered the Americas. Seventy-seven years ago, Adolf Hitler became fuhrer of Germany, and his push for ethnic purity led to the deaths of millions of Jewish people and other minorities. Former Vice President Al Gore worked for years to raise awareness about global warming and won both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award for his work. Look in the newspaper for an article on someone in the news who has made a strong impact on people or a country. Discuss with your family who that person is and the significance of their ideas. Write a paragraph summarizing the person's influence.
Learning Standards: Identifying the role of the individual in history and the significance of one person's ideas; writing fluently for multiple purposes.
Your teacher hands back your research paper. At the top is written, "Good ideas, but a bit wordy." He or she also could have written "a bit long-winded," "a bit redundant" or "a bit verbose." These are all examples of synonyms for the word "wordy." Using different words that mean the same thing adds interest to writing. Find a newspaper article that interests you. Read it and circle some common words. Fold a piece of paper in half and on one side write the circled words and on the other write synonyms for those word that you know or can find in a thesaurus.
Learning Standards: Understanding and explaining frequently used synonyms, antonyms and homophones; using charts, graphs and organizers to display information.