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Identifying Attributes of Shapes

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Identifying Attributes of Shapes

Commence the lesson by engaging students in a brainstorming activity centered around identifying various shapes. Record their responses on the board as they articulate different shapes. Subsequently, prompt them to articulate the step-by-step process of drawing each shape, assuming you possess no prior knowledge of their geometric properties.

Anticipate some difficulty in accurately conveying the instructions for drawing each shape. Following this, as your renditions of the shapes may likely appear unconventional, emphasize to the students the importance of comprehending the defining characteristics of each shape. Introduce and elucidate the concept of “attributes” within the context of shapes.

Transitioning to the next phase of the lesson, gather the students to participate in a collective reading of the book “The Shape of Things” authored by Dayle Ann Dodds. Allow the students to attentively listen and visually identify the shapes depicted on each page.

Subsequently, foster a collaborative discussion aimed at describing the identified shapes, emphasizing their respective sides, corners, as well as delving into considerations of size and color. This interactive exploration will deepen the students’ understanding of geometric concepts while enhancing their observational and descriptive skills.

Next, collaboratively establish the definition of an attribute:

“In mathematics, an attribute refers to a characteristic or quality that can be attributed to a shape.”

Learning Objectives

The learner will demonstrate the ability to differentiate between defining attributes, such as the number of sides and vertices, and non-defining attributes, such as color and size of shapes.

Additionally, the learner will exhibit proficiency in constructing and/or illustrating shapes based on the provided defining attributes.

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Conclusion

Through engaging activities and guided instruction, students have gained a deeper understanding of geometric shapes and their attributes. By distinguishing between defining and non-defining attributes, they have honed their analytical skills and can now confidently identify and describe shapes based on their core characteristics.

Moreover, their ability to construct and draw shapes according to specific defining attributes reflects their mastery of the concepts covered in this lesson. As they continue to apply and expand upon these skills, students will further enhance their mathematical proficiency and problem-solving abilities.

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The Perks of Being an Author

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The Perks of Being an Author
SubjectGRADES
Language Arts9-12

To Kill a Mockingbird is an American classic. Why is it so popular? This lesson explores how Harper Lee’s authorial decisions made her novel resonate with audiences across generations. Students will uncover the timeless appeal and enduring impact of Lee’s storytelling.

Learning Objectives

(ELA-LITERACY.RL11-12.3) Students will analyze the impact of the author’s choices on developing and relating elements of a story or drama, such as setting, action order, and character introduction and development.

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Conclusion

By examining Harper Lee’s authorial choices in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” students will understand how these decisions contribute to the novel’s lasting popularity and relevance. This analysis will enhance their appreciation of literature and its power to connect with readers across generations. For the full lesson plan, download the PDF.

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What are the Three Branches of Government?

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What are the Three Branches of Government?
SubjectGRADES
Social Studies6-8

This lesson introduces students to the three branches of government. They will explore the distinct functions of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches. Through creating foldables and engaging in performances, students will deepen their understanding of how each branch operates independently to maintain balance within the government.

Learning Objectives

  • ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.10: By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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Conclusion

By the end of this lesson, students will have a solid understanding of the three branches of government and their distinct roles. By creating foldable and interactive performances, they will reinforce their knowledge and demonstrate their ability to integrate visual and textual information. This hands-on approach ensures that students can independently comprehend and retain key concepts in social studies.

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Natural Selection

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Natural Selection
SubjectGRADES
Science9-12

Animals adapt to their environment through natural selection. This process leads to the development of beneficial traits, helping students understand why and how these changes occur.

Learning Objectives

(HS-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity)
Students will construct evidence-based explanations of how natural selection leads to population adaptation.

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Conclusion

Understanding natural selection helps explain how animals adapt to their environments. By studying this process, students gain insight into the mechanisms of evolution and the diversity of life. For the complete lesson plan, download the PDF.

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