Language Arts and Reading:

In these learning centers, students participate in guided reading and explore vocabulary, reading strategies, grammar, and the Internet in order to deepen their understanding of author's craft used in "The Stranger" by Chris Van Allsberg.

To deepen their understanding of the requirements of the extended response element of state achievement tests, students create their own rubric for extended responses. They put their rubric in the form of a checklist that they can use in the future to make sure they have all of the components of a good extended response in their writing.



This lesson utilizes leveled grouping to provide students with opportunities to extend their knowledge of place value using calculators or revisit the concept in a small group using base-ten blocks.

Students get their first exposure to angles in this lesson through the use of "angle circles" which provide them with hands-on experiences with creating angles. Students compare angles and apply their experience in this lesson to identify acute and obtuse angles.



In small groups, students create human plants by acting out the various roles of the different parts of a plant.

With the help of students acting as the female and male parts of plants, the teacher demonstrates an insect's role in pollination by adopting the charcter of a hungry bee.


Social Studies:

Mexican-American students teach their Caucasian teacher about Mexican culture. After brainstorming the essential elements of culture, students expand on those elements using illustrations and descriptions. At the end, students present posters of each element of culture.

Using the Jigsaw format, small groups of students research four different landforms present in the United States. When their research is completed, they switch groups and teach their classmates all they need to know about their landform.


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