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. Broccoli and Arthritis
Many kids don’t like to eat vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage because they’re “good for you.” But if they do, they may be grateful some day. Researchers have discovered that these cruciferous vegetables, or “cole crops,” contain a compound that blocks a destructive enzyme that damages joint cartilage and causes osteoarthritis. When these vegetables are eaten, the body converts the compound glucoraphanin into another compound, sulforaphane, which appears to protect the joints. Nobody is claiming that eating these vegetables can repairs or reverse arthritis, but medical researchers believe it might help prevent the disease, which strikes millions of older people worldwide. Eating vegetables has many benefits. In the food ads of the newspaper, find three vegetables you like or have never tried. Do some research on the vegetables and then draw a series of comic strips featuring the three vegetables as characters, highlighting their benefits. Or draw strips showing people getting to try the veggies. Give your strips a fun title.
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; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
2. Fireside Chat
On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first national radio address. This address was called a “fireside chat” because he spoke simply and informally to the American people about what was going on in the country, as if he were relaxing in his living room next to a fire in a fireplace. If you were going to have an informal conversation with President Obama, what would you want to talk about? Look through the newspaper and come up with a list of issues or problems you'd like to know more about and learn how Obama is addressing them. Then, based on those issues, write a list of specific questions you'd ask the President.
Common Core State Standards: Conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic; writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
3. Overweight? Not My Child!
Many parents of overweight children don’t realize it, according to a review of studies published in the medical journal Pediatrics. Researchers found that two-thirds of parents underestimate their children’s weight, which “prevents them from undertaking actions to correct it.” All the reasons for misconceptions aren’t known, but scientists suggest that the news media may play a role. When media show pictures to illustrate stories about children being overweight, they often present pictures that show kids who are severely obese, which may distort parents’ understanding of what an overweight child looks like. There also is resistance among parents to acknowledging that children are overweight. Health and weight issues often are in the news, especially when they involve children or teens. In the newspaper or online, find a story involving a health or weight issue or study. Read the story closely, and write a summary of the key points families should understand.
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.
Kickstarter has become an important and popular way for artists and arts groups to raise money for creative projects. Through Internet “crowd-funding,” Kickstarter allows artists to fund projects by getting small contributions from many online supporters. Recently, the Kickstarter website was targeted by hackers, and the site’s co-founder is urging all users to change their password. Hackers did not get credit card information, co-founder Yancey Strickler said, but they did get access to user names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. A few accounts had evidence of unauthorized activity. Creative projects funded by Kickstarter range from art installations to films to festivals and events. With a partner, brainstorm a creative event that would be fun to have in your community. Write a description of your plan as if it were to appear on Kickstarter.
Common Core State Standards: Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions; producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task.
5. Bushes Help Veterans
Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura are working on an initiative to help military veterans in their transition back to civilian life and to aid them if they are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Bush Institute project, in conjunction with government, nonprofits, industry and universities, also is urging employers to recruit and retain veterans in jobs. Bush, who launched the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as president, says it’s his “duty” to help veterans deal with their challenges. As a class, discuss ways communities, colleges or businesses can help veterans deal with challenges they face. Then find a business in the newspaper that could employ veterans. Write a letter to the business urging it to hire veterans and detailing the reasons this would be good for both the business and the community.
Common Core State Standards: Conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic; 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.