critical thinking

Thanksgiving Meal Planning Math

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in 21st century skills, critical thinking, math | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Meal Planning Math

  Planning Thanksgiving dinner on a budget is something many families do every year but children often are not part of that process. It’s a fun activity, though, and one that builds budgeting skills, math skills, and teamwork. Try it with your students by planning a Thanksgiving dinner in groups together using flyers from local grocery stores. Thanksgiving Dinner Budget Activity Divide your class into groups and distribute one worksheet to each group as well as flyers from various grocery stores in the area. Instruct teams that their goal is to plan a Thanksgiving dinner for their...

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The Voyage of the Mayflower Lesson Plan

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in 21st century skills, books, character education, Content Areas, critical thinking, english, social studies | 0 comments

The Voyage of the Mayflower Lesson Plan

  Learning about the Pilgrims and their journey to America is important to understanding the founding of our country and the history of the United States. The Pilgrims’ voyage on the Mayflower was full of hardships. Today, a replica named the Mayflower II sits in Plymouth Bay, where the Pilgrims eventually landed and settled in Plimoth. Plimoth Plantation is also a great field trip if you’re in the New England area — it’s a great opportunity teach your students first hand what living as a Pilgrim was like. One way to understand the Pilgrims and the trials they...

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Mystery at the Olympics: Rush for the Gold

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in books, character education, critical thinking | 0 comments

Mystery at the Olympics: Rush for the Gold

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein is a young adult novel set at the London Olympics and the run-up to them. The main character, Susan Carol Anderson, is a competitive swimmer. She learns firsthand, as she prepares for the competition, that it’s easy for a competitor to become a commodity. Her friend Stevie is reporting on the Olympics, and his experience as a writer and a journalist is explored along with the experiences of the athletes. Read the book aloud or assign chapters to students for independent reading. Then follow up with cross-curricular...

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Learning About Trucks

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Classroom Themes, critical thinking, economics, technology, visual arts | 0 comments

Learning About Trucks

From preschoolers who love to play with toy trucks to high school students discovering all the jobs involved in logistics and freight transport, everyone can learn something from a good less on trucks. Scroll down to find lessons at different grade levels. Preschool and Kindergarten Read books about trucks: My Truck is Stuck! The Truck Book I Love Trucks! Truck by Donald Crews I Want to Be a Truck DriverĀ  Invite students to bring a toy truck from home to show, or collect toy trucks at garage sales or dime stores. Have students create art with their toy trucks: Drive the trucks through...

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Math Superheroes

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in critical thinking, math, visual arts | 0 comments

Math Superheroes

Math and superheroes go together like Batman and Robin. If you’re using a superhero theme for your classroom, take advantage of that. Math class? Make it your ongoing theme. There’s a ready-made bulletin board set: Math Superheroes Bulletin Board SetĀ has 8 lively posters with captions like, “Probability woman says there’s a three in four, or 75 percent chance of rain today!”   Online resources: Math problems from the Superheroes Memebase — project them when students come in for class or post them on the bulletin board, and see who can figure them...

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Nursery Rhymes in the Classroom

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in books, critical thinking, music | 0 comments

Nursery Rhymes in the Classroom

  Nursery rhymes have helped babies grasp rhyme and rhythm for centuries, and our students can enjoy them, too. We have three great lesson plans for nursery rhymes, including one for older students. Lessons for specific nursery rhymes: Eensy Weensy Spider The House that Jack Built Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater Three Little Kittens Jazz Chants Carolyn Graham popularized jazz chants for ESL classes back in the 20th century, but a variant is great for a study of nursery rhymes no matter what your students’ native languages may be. Not only is this a fun way to learn some rhymes,...

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