It’s tax season here in the US! The obvious classroom application is a math lesson about percents, but taxes can lead to an even more interesting discussion within language arts and social studies.
In this article, we’ll expand on the ideas of graphing characters and also look at how we can use graphs to reinforce students’ judgments.
Each year, my students engaged in a year-long Create A Civilization activity. They developed their own civilization to match what we were learning about Egypt, Rome, and China. It culminated in an always incredible Open House display.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that students need instruction in how to interact online. Unfortunately, we’re stuck using textbooks that teach “computer” lessons about card catalogs. In this unit, we’ll combine famous historical figures, frightening Facebook facts, and the concept of reputation.
We learn best when we’re interested in what we’re learning about. In a standards based classroom, however, it’s difficult to authorize science research about nuclear power plants when the science standards cover the parts of a plant. Rather than let students loose completely, consider giving them freedom within your grade-level curriculum. Allow students to generate questions and use those questions to drive your instruction.