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PlanetsEarth and Space Science3-5
Students will create a database of the nine planets. Each student will select and research one planet. There will be five required fields: Name of Planet, Distance from the sun in kilometers, Length of year in Earth days, Diameter in kilometers, and Number of Moons. A picture of the planet will also be required and additional fields can be added, depending on the level of the students.

State DatabaseGeography3-9
The class creates a database of the fifty states. Each student is responsible for 2-3 states. Fields in the database may include: date of founding, state flag, state bird, state flower, population, main industry, and colleges. Images can be collected from the internet.

Staying in TouchCivics3-12
Students do a web search to locate the names and email addresses of people holding political office in their home state. Then, using the Incredible Emailer function of Tool Factory Word Processor, students compose letters to the representative of their choice about an issue in which they are interested.

Label the United StatesGeography3-12
Students practice identifying and labeling each state in the United States in Tool Factory Word Processor.

We the PeopleCivics4-5
Students study, interpret, retype, and memorize the preamble to the United States Constitution. Key vocabulary words are defined and practiced.

Expedition Diaries from The Woodson Wilderness SchoolNone4-12
The Underground Railroad is a topic that fascinates fifth grade students. As the students explore this topic, there is the initial confusion of not being under the ground or a railroad. But as the investigation continues, the students begin to be aware of the heroism of the slaves who made that journey and the people who helped them. The students will benefit from this project by getting the opportunity to put themselves into the position of a runaway slave or an abolitionist by creating dialogue of a runaway slave or an abolitionist. The students will also benefit from the experience of working with Podcasting hardware and software. Usually about one half of my students do not have technology available for their use at home, so the experiences they get at school are their only chances to learn about what is available.

Government Powers: Article 1Civics6-8
Students read the first article of the United States Constitution, and study the 18th clause of Section 8. The student defines unfamiliar words, summarizes the clause in his/her own words, and finds a contemporary instance of the government's application of the chosen clause.

The First AmendmentCivics6-8
Students select one of the freedoms or rights defined by the First Amendment and gather information about it on the web. They then write a persuasive essay in which they express their personal views about the importance of that freedom or right in today's world.

A Jar of Dreams - by Yoshiko Uchida
Comparing CulturesResearching4-5
Students will be able to compare life in California in the eyes of Rinko Tsujimura, to life in Japan during the 1930ís. Then look at life today in both places.

Making TimelinesResearching4-5
Students will be able to use the book "A Jar of Dreams" by Yoshiko Uchida to discover change over time using a timeline.

Research and Fiction using 6 + 1 Traits of Writing
Lesson 1 - ResearchWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

Objective for Lesson 1 (Research):
Students will be able to research three subjects and one place. The information will be included as content in a fictional story.


Lesson 2 - OrganizationWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for Lesson #2 (Organization):
Students will be able to use the research they collected to being writing a fictional story.