Did you know eating more calcium rich foods combats the effects of lead exposure? Or, that eating colorful fruits reduces the health impacts of low level PCB's found in the environment all around us?
The Fighting with Food project explores current biomedical research in nutrition and toxicology that shows how certain foods work to combat the health impacts of environmental toxicants and focuses on integrating this information with core physical and biological science standards on matter.
Materials include hands-on, guided inquiry investigations and student readings designed for middle and high school general science, chemistry, biology, and nutrition classes. In these investigations students will observe, collect, tabulate, and organize data, and then use their data to draw conclusions.
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
Dec. 09, 2013
1. Intruder Routed, Students in Trouble
A student who used a handgun to scare away an intruder may face expulsion from Gonzaga University. The student and his roommate are facing discipline for violating university policy that prohibits weapons in student housing. In the incident, a man at the door demanded money and became combative, refusing to leave until one of the students drew a loaded 10-mm Glock pistol on him (he has a concealed weapon permit). Spokane, Washington, police commended the young men, but campus security later confiscated the pistol and a shotgun, which still hasn’t been returned. Under the school’s policy, they could face expulsion. As a class, talk about the Gonzaga weapons policy and whether you agree with it. Then discuss whether you think an exception to the policy should made in this case, due to the circumstances. Write a short letter to the editor of the newspaper giving your views.
Common Core State Standards: Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions; responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarizing points of agreement and disagreement; writing opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Filmmaker Woody Allen was born on December 1, 1935. He began his career as a comedy writer, coming up with jokes for other comedians. Then he became a stand up comic and a movie actor, writer and director. He has also written funny books and short stories. Following Allen's lead, write your own humorous story or skit based on an article in the newspaper.
Common Core State Standard: Writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.
3. Amazon on Sundays
Just in time for the holidays, Amazon.com will begin delivering packages in two cities on Sundays with an unlikely partner — the U.S. Postal Service. This month, New York and Los Angeles will get the service, with other cities being added next year. The arrangement is a marriage between one of the country’s most successful enterprises — Amazon— and one of its most troubled. Under the deal, Amazon will bring packages from its warehouses to Postal Service locations, and the Postal Service will deliver them to doorsteps. Amazon already has Sunday grocery delivery in some cities, and the Postal Service makes limited Sunday package deliveries to meet delivery needs around the holidays. Business agreements between companies often are in the news. In the newspaper or online, find a story about an agreement between companies. Closely read the story and write a summary of the benefits for each company.
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.
4. Long-Lost Cycle Recovered
A Triumph motorcycle stolen 46 years ago has been recovered and returned to its owner, who is now 73 years old. The bike was about to be shipped to Japan, when U.S. customs agents at the Port of Los Angeles checked its identification number and saw it was the 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 taken from an Omaha back yard in Nebraska in 1967. The motorcycle was valued at $300 then, but shipping documents today list its value at $9,000. “I really want to protect it this time,” said the owner. The history of personal property such as motorcycles, jewelry or family treasures can become interesting feature stories for newspapers. In the newspaper or its archives, find a story about an interesting piece of property owned by someone. Think like a feature writer and write an engaging story based on what you think the history of the item could be. Or write a feature story based on the different owners the stolen Triumph motorcycle could have had. Share stories with the class.
Common Core State Standards: Conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic; writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.
5. Apes Hug Each Other
Apes comfort each other in times of distress, new research suggests, just as humans do. Scientists studying young bonobos at an African sanctuary found that some cuddle others to comfort them when they are upset. Primates seem to manage their emotions in the same way that human children do, the researchers noted. That was particularly true of “mother-reared juveniles” compared to those orphaned at a young age. In young bonobos, the scientists noted, there is a connection “between the ability to regulate their own emotions and their social competence” for such things as “developing friendships and concern for others.” Apes and bonobos are humans’ closest relatives in the animal kingdom and share some behaviors with people. Other animals also share behaviors with humans to a greater or lesser extent. In the newspaper, find a story or photo of an animal. Create a list of behaviors they share with humans and behaviors that are different. Write a paragraph summarizing your findings.
Common Core State Standards: Writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.