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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Aug. 15, 2011
1. Digging Deeper
Knowing how to look for information and write research reports is a skill you are always working on in middle school. It's an important skill to have, because you will use it all through college and maybe even in your career. For example, if you want to own your own business someday, you will have to research the need for your products or services, where the need is the greatest, other businesses that might be doing the same thing and how much money it will cost to start. Once you have completed the research, you will have to write up a business plan. Search the newspaper for articles on five different subjects that interest you. Print or cut them out and write a brief outline detailing where you might find more information on each topic.
Learning Standards: Identifying topics, asking and evaluating questions and developing ideas leading to inquiry, investigation and research; acquiring information from multiple sources and then organizing and evaluating it.
2. English Rose
On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana of England died in a car accident. The news shocked and saddened English people and millions mourned her around the world. Finding ways to memorialize people who have died is an emotional challenge. This fall, Americans will face that challenge on the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11. With the newspaper and Internet, find stories about memorial ceremonies that are in the works to commemorate that day. Then write a few paragraphs that describe what you would plan if you were in charge of your community's observance of September 11 -- and why. Share ideas with your classmates.
Learning Standard: Responding to a variety of oral, visual, written and electronic texts by making connections to students' personal lives and the lives of others.
3. What a Find
He may not be Indiana Jones, but Kzrystof Grzymski is an archaeologist and he and his team made an important discovery. They recently discovered the oldest building in what was once Meroe, the capital of a huge empire that flourished about 2,000 years ago in northeastern Africa. The city was built along the Nile River and the kingdom was about 900 miles long, extending from southern Egypt into what is now Sudan. The "people of Meroe built palaces and small pyramids, and developed a writing system that scholars still can't fully translate today," Grzymski told LiveScience. British archaeologist John Garstang originally found Meroe, but many of his findings weren't published. Now, archaeologists are trying to decipher his notes and look for clues as to the original discoveries. Using your newspaper or the Internet, find a story about archaeology or a scientific discovery. After reading the article, draw a picture or create a model of what you think the discovery or things being studied might look like.
Learning Standards: Constructing scale models, maps and appropriately labeled diagrams to communicate scientific and historic knowledge; representing creatively.
4. Tumbling Down
Stock markets around the world took a dive last week after the company Standard & Poor's lowered America's credit rating. The action came after weeks of harsh debate in the U.S. Congress over cutting spending and raising the nation's debt limit. After Congress finally voted to raise the debt limit, America's credit rating was reduced from AAA to an AA+. This change in the country's credit rating made investors nervous, and many people around the world began to sell their stocks. Search the newspaper for articles about economic problems around the world. Make a list of other countries that have been affected by America's financial struggles and write a paragraph describing how.
Learning Standards: Explaining how national governments make decisions that impact both that country and other countries that use its resources; identifying political and economic issues facing the nation; writing fluently for multiple purposes.
5. Staying Safe
Social media sites are fun. You can keep up with what your friends are doing, play games, post pictures of yourself and your friends and send messages to people you know. But how safe is it to have all your information out there? According to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, it's not very safe. In an article in Forbes magazine this summer, university researchers reported that social websites could become a worldwide face-recognition database that people could use to find your personal information. In addition, people could put up fake pages that could embarrass others. In the newspaper or online, find an article about social media sites and safety. Talk with your parents and friends about being safe online. Write a letter to the editor outlining some safety tips for social media sites.
Learning Standards: Knowing appropriate ways to make new friends and knowing how to help friends recognize when they should seek help from a trusted adult; responding to a variety of texts by making connections to students' personal lives and the lives of others.