New materials from Miami University’s Fighting With Food project focuses on the process of inquiry and helps teachers engage their students in the topic of toxicants and the role nutrient dense foods in helping to combat their effects with a new graphic story style format.
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
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May 04, 2015
1. Concert Sparks Gun Debate
Tim McGraw is a gun owner and a country music star, but when he dedicated a July 17 concert in Connecticut to a group that seeks to protect children from gun violence, opponents went ballistic. Gun advocates criticized the event benefiting the Sandy Hook Promise group as a “gun control fund-raiser,” prompting McGraw to respond that as a gun owner, he feels he has a responsibility to support “education and safety.” The Sandy Hook Promise group was formed after 20 first-graders and six educators were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. McGraw says the concert “is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.” Gun control and gun ownership issues have prompted intense debate across the United States. In the newspaper or online, find and closely read a story about one of these topics. Write a summary of the key points of the story in a paragraph or short essay.
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. Driving While Stoned?
Two Ohio graduate students have invented a device that will allow law enforcement officers to determine whether motorists have used marijuana. The two women, biomedical engineering students at the University of Akron, have received a $10,000 inventors award as a result. Their Cannibuster device tests saliva to determine the concentration of pot’s active chemical in the bloodstream (police now must wait weeks for results of blood tests). They hope to market their roadside device to states where marijuana has been legalized. Technology is being used in new ways every day to promote public safety. In the newspaper or online, find and read a story about such technology. Use what you read to write a paragraph detailing how the technology represents an improvement over the way things were done previously. Then write a paragraph predicting a next-generation use of technology to promote public safety.
Common Core State Standards: Conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic; reading closely what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task.
3. Chipotle Now GMO-Free
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has removed genetically modified foods (GMOs) from its ingredients — the first major restaurant chain to do so in response to consumer skepticism over the agricultural technology. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared some GMO crops safe, critics say they cause environmental changes and could be harmful to human health. GMO crops — GMO stands for “genetically modified organism” — have been altered to achieve specific characteristics, such as resistance to heat or pests. Chipotle says it is avoiding those crops until the science is more definitive about their effects on humans. Chipotle is substituting non-GMO sunflower oil for a soybean oil it was using, and its tortillas are now non-GMO as well. Debate over GMO foods has increased in recent years across the nation and around the world. With the newspaper or Internet, read stories about what scientists, agriculture leaders and consumer advocates are saying about GMO foods. Use what you read to prepare a multi-media presentation for the class on one GMO food and the debate it has caused.
Common Core State Standards: Conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic; integrating information presented in different media or formats to develop a coherent understanding of a topic.
4. Earthquakes and Their Faults
Earthquakes that have been jolting the state of Oklahoma are “an act of nature [and] nobody’s fault,” state officials say, but many scientists disagree. They contend that the quakes result from wells dug on or near earthquake fault zones to bury wastewater from oil and gas exploration deep in the Earth. The scientist critics warn that continuing the practice risks more dangerous tremors. Oklahoma recently had its most powerful earthquake ever, a 5.7 tremor that caused widespread and costly damage. After that quake a researcher warned that “as long as you keep injecting wastewater along that fault zone,” Oklahomans should be “very worried.” New technologies are being used across the country to explore for oil and natural gas. These technologies also are causing debate between business and government leaders, consumer groups and environmentalists. In the newspaper or online, find and read a story about oil or gas exploration that has caused debate. Use what you read to write a short newspaper editorial detailing the positions of each side. Conclude your editorial by offering your opinion on the debate, based on what each side has stated.
Common Core State Standards: Writing opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information; closely reading what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.
5. Teacher Tackles Armed Teen
A teacher tackled a student in a high school in Lacey, Washington, after the 16-year-old fired two shots in the air. Two other teachers then jumped on the boy and held him down. No one was injured because the shots had been fired into the ceiling. The teacher, who teaches advanced placement government and civics, is being hailed as a hero. People behave heroically every day in communities around the country. In the newspaper or online, find a story about someone who has done something heroic. Use what you read as the inspiration for a short film about the consequences of a person’s heroic actions, both for the hero and for others. Write an outline for the plot of your movie. Then write the first scene of your movie.
Common Core State Standards: Writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic; producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task.