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Fall Lesson Plans

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Fall Lesson Plans

It’s Fall, Y’all — or it soon will be. Check out our lengthy list of fall lesson plans.

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Tag Galaxy Weather Studies

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Tag Galaxy Weather Studies

At this time of year, weather is the perfect multidisciplinary study. Weather is on everyone’s minds, whether you’re facing winter storms or signs of spring. There are perfect literature options like mythology about weather gods or parables and poems about the wind, plenty of science topics connect with weather and each one brings in math, and weather phenomena have inspired music, too. Here’s a lesson that makes a great introduction to any unit on weather. Visit Tag Galaxy to begin. You’ll have a place to type in your first word: weather. Soon you’ll see a...

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Gazpacho for Nacho Classroom Activities

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Gazpacho for Nacho Classroom Activities

  Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle with illustrations by Carolina Farias is a charming book filled with teachable moments. The name of this tiny muchacho was Nacho and all he would eat was a soup called gazpacho. This pretty well sums up the story: Nacho won’t eat anything else. At last his mother teaches him to make gazpacho (and the recipe is included in the book) and in the last line, he says, “I’m trying new recipes.” This could be a book for picky eaters, but the story really isn’t the point. The illustrations include wonderful giant vegetables and a...

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Cherokee Language Lesson Plan

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Cherokee Language Lesson Plan

  Cherokee is one of the few Native American languages with its own writing system. Perhaps in part because of this, Cherokee is also one of the few Native American languages which has a growing — not a shrinking — number of speakers. Studying about the Cherokee writing system can not only help students understand an important part of American history, but also encourage them to think about language more deeply. Understanding Written Cherokee English uses an alphabet, with letters representing sounds. Cherokee is written using symbols to represent syllables. For instance,...

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Pilgrims Versus Puritans

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Pilgrims Versus Puritans

  Are your students clear about the difference between Pilgrims and Puritans? Understanding the differences between the two is important because they form the foundations of New England—without the differences between Pilgrims and Puritans, today’s northeastern states wouldn’t look the way they do. In fact, county lines in Massachusetts are drawn from the original border between territories of Pilgrims and Puritans. Understanding the difference between Pilgrims and Puritans also help us understand other historical events. For instance, there’s the famous Puritan Cotton...

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

  Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey on the table for most families. This gives us a great opportunity to teach our students about turkeys, both domestic and wild, and to have some fun while we’re at it. This activity is great for younger children. Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Art Lesson Objectives Develop fine motor skills Investigate animal facts Build color recognition skills Explore shape, texture, and pattern Distinguish between reality and fiction Lesson steps Read a Thanksgiving themed turkey story with your students. We have plenty of recommendations...

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