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43 Records Total

High School

ESL, Science, Social Studies, Technology Media

Earth Science, Geography Habitats, Internet

A Trip to a Plate Boundary!
http://teachersnetwork.org/GrantWinners/Teachnet10_KevinJackson.htm
This unit is designed to help students learn the geologic features that exist at the different types of plate boundaries.
High School

ESL, Social Studies, Technology Media

Ancient Civilizations, Global History, Digital Media

Absolute Ruler Photo Album
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/SocialStudies_Hesseltine_AbsoluteRuler.htm
Students create a photo album that represents the legacy of an absolute ruler. In their albums they include a map, four photographs, a written description of each photograph, and a biography of their ruler. Each picture includes different objects that symbolize the importance in the monarchs reign. Students also include a glossary of terms that they have learned throughout the project.
High School

English Language Arts, ESL, Social Studies

Literature, American History, Community Culture, Global History

Assimilation in America
http://www.teachersnetwork.org/readysettech/gersh/gersh.htm
Throughout the semester, students read the novel The Joy Luck Club. Students had the opportunity to research the history of immigration in the United States, including specific individuals and the problems they faced during their assimilation process.
Middle School

English Language Arts, ESL

Literature, Reading Literacy

Book of the Month - A Technology-Integrated Literacy Project
http://www.teachersnetwork.org/readysettech/berkowitz/berkowitz.htm
This project is designed as a once-a-month activity to introduce students to a variety of genres, to promote note-taking and writing skills, to integrate technology, and to create multi-genre responses to literature using "Big Books." Students will use various graphic organizers to enhance pre-writing planning, and utilize the Internet as a research and publishing tool.
High School

ESL, Social Studies, Technology Media

Community Culture, Email, Internet, Software Programs

Bringing Cultures Together
http://www.teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/cgersh/culture.htm
Students participating in this international project are exposed to many different components of technology: research, blog writing, e-pals, and PowerPoint presentations.
Elementary

English Language Arts, ESL, Social Studies, Technology Media

Reading Literacy, Writing, American History, Internet

City Of Immigrants: Immigration to New York City
http://teachersnetwork.org/grantWinners/Teachnet09_ElizabethGreenwood.htm
Lessons in "City of Immigrants" introduce second and third grade ELLs to primary documents, teaching them how to analyze photographs and texts within their historical context. The unit integrates multimedia technology, including interactive websites, digitized oral histories online, and documentary film. As a culminating project, students interview family members to compile their own immigration histories.
High School

Fine Arts, ESL, Technology Media

Digital Media, Software Programs, Visual Arts

Click! Writing Through Digital Photography
http://www.teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/hruan/click.htm
Students take photographs or digital images, then scan and manipulate them by using graphic programs such as Adobe Photoshop. They write about their images using MS Word, PowerPoint, and Web design tools available on the computer.
High School

ESL, Science, Technology Media

Internet, Software Programs

Community Bridges - Real and Virtual
http://bostonteachnet.org/thom/sigproj.htm
Bridges! From Brooklyn, to Madison, to the River Kwai, bridges connect shores and highways, and bring together people. Inspired by the nearby construction of the world's widest cable-stayed bridge, ESL students use the Internet to research and build models of various bridge structures.
Middle School , High School

ESL, Mathematics

Algebra, Geometry

Creating a Common Space
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/Math_Ramsuchit_Creating.htm
In this project, students learn about about scale, surface area, and volume, and their ideas about community building to design a common space to encourage student interaction. Students are presented with a real issue and have to create a product that may help resolve that issue. The creation of the product involves application of content skills, research, mathematical reasoning, communication of ideas, and awareness of community building.
High School

ESL, Social Studies, Technology Media

Community Culture, Software Programs

Creating a Pamphlet for/by ESL Students
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/btao/pamphlet.htm
Students design a pamphlet on common misunderstandings caused by cultural differences; produce a four-paragraph report of information; and display sensitivity, empathy, and respect for some of the cultural differences of fellow immigrant students.
High School

ESL, Technology Media

Internet, Software Programs

Designing a Travel Brochure
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/btao/travel.htm
This project is a follow-up activity to the story "China's Little Ambassador," by Betty Bao Lord. While reading this story about a girl who moved from China to New York, the students became more interested in the home countries of their classmates. They chose a home country (other than their own) and navigated the Internet for source information on the country. Students were highly motivated to conduct web-based research. They practiced note-taking skills and integrated the facts they learned to design a travel brochure for the selected country.
Elementary

ESL, Science, Technology Media

Software Programs

Discover the World of Machines
http://teachersnetwork.org/IMSL/machines/machines.htm
Children are given opportunities to explore various machines that we encounter in our every day lives. They work with the computer using various software programs to draw and build their own machine designs. They are also taught to use the digital camera to capture their activities and creations.
Middle School , High School

English Language Arts, ESL, Social Studies

Literature, Community Culture, Geography Habitats

Discovering Identity through the Literature of Immigration
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/SocialStudies_Janiszewska_DiscoveringIdentity.htm
The unit explores personal and group identity through a lens that focuses on the literature produced by immigrants and those affected by immigration. It also delves into the essential questions of who builds American society and how the United States came to be, by engaging students in the listening, viewing, or reading of poems, stories, personal narratives, and supporting historical documents. The unit shows to the students that the phrase Everyone in America is an immigrant, which is often used anecdotally and dismissed quickly, is, in fact, a truism of sorts.
Elementary

English Language Arts, ESL, Social Studies

Reading Literacy

Dream Houses
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/mmcquade/homesfp.htm
This program is about houses and how people build them, and how they become homes. It explores different types of homes and how the environment effects what types of houses people construct. It uses visuals, repetitive verses, poems, songs, and hands-on projects to involve the students in building vocabulary and exploring the reasons why people in different environments have different needs.
Middle School , High School

ESL, Mathematics, Social Studies

Numbers Statistics, American History, Community Culture

Election Project: Predicting Outcomes using Statistics
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/Math_Long_Election.htm
This unit teaches students about the basics of statistics using data from student opinions on everyday topics. These lessons are framed as practice for learning the math skills the students will need to predict the winner of the next U.S. presidential election. These predictions are based on students' use of measurements of central tendency and box-and-whisker plots to analyze surveyed responses about opinions on major election issues.
Middle School , High School

English Language Arts, ESL, Technology Media

Journalism, Reading Literacy, Writing, Internet

ESL News Press
http://www.teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/cgersh/news.htm
The ESL News Press is a project where students develop and create a school newspaper. With the guidance of their teacher, they take on the roles of editors and news reporters, and are fully responsible for what topics/stories will be included in their newspaper.
High School

ESL, Social Studies

American History

Government of the people, by the people and for the people
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/SocialStudies_Gill_Government.htm
Students learn how the Bill of Rights influences their everyday lives in America, and they analyze the role of government in the lives of its citizens and non-citizens.
High School

ESL, Social Studies

American History, Community Culture

Happy Birthday USA!
http://www.teachnet-lab.org/huck/templates/july.htm
Happy Birthday USA! is a cooperative ESL project built into a WebQuest that offers English Language Learners an opportunity to research American culture and history, while practicing listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It culminates in the production and presentation of a multi-media celebration that is simultaneously fun and academically beneficial.
High School

ESL, Technology Media

Internet, Software Programs

Let's Plan a Trip
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/chuck/trip.htm
Students will be able to navigate the Internet to find information relevant to their chosen destinations; answer directed questions in writing; apply research to a portfolio writing assignment, in the form of a journal, postcards, or travel brochure; and use Microsoft Word, MGI Photosuite, and/or PowerPoint to design a final project. Through this project, students will see the real-world application of Internet research.
High School

ESL, Science, Technology Media

Chemistry, Media Literacy

My Chemical Spaces
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/Science_JacksonJaramillo_Chemical.htm
My Chemical Spaces focuses on the periodic table of the elements. After learning about the design of the table and general properties of different groups of elements, the students design a Myspace page for an assigned chemical element.
High School

Business Careers, ESL, Science

Earth Science

Recycle with EPA - Entrepreneurial Paper Activities
http://bostonteachnet.org/prussing_sun/prussing_sun.htm
How can students Think Globally, Act Locally? A team of ungraded high schoolers and bilingual ninth graders responded to this challenge by applying recycling guidelines to a venture capitalist model. Students visited a recycle center and a plastic s museum to assess how discarded material can evolve into useful and/or aesthetic objects. Identifying paper overuse as a major school problem, the young entrepreneurs hosted representatives from Earthworm, Inc. and learned how to recycle school paper.
High School

English Language Arts, ESL

Literature, Poetry Creative Writing

Romeo and Juliet: The Theme of Love in Literature and the Arts
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/dpietraru/romeo.htm
This unit begins with a discussion about love, and progresses through readings from Plato (Symposium), Shakespeare (Sonnets), Dickinson, F. G. Lorca, and others. Lessons are complemented with music, video, and Internet resources, culminating in the writing of a play based on Romeo and Juliet but set in modern times.
High School

ESL, Science, Technology Media

Internet

Saving the Rainforests
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/irlinger/rainforests.htm
This unit on the rainforest touches upon almost all standards for English Language Arts. Students will be able to read and comprehend informational material. In response to the reading, they will be able to write a persuasive business letter. As a group they will be able to formulate possible solutions to the rainforest problem. Their business letter will demonstrate an understanding of the rules of the English language in written and oral work. Before e-mailing their letters they will revise their work to improve its clarity and effectiveness.
High School

ESL, Health Phys Ed

Sound Minds in Sound Bodies - Spreading the Word
http://bostonteachnet.org/feeney_wong/sigproj.htm
Are teens aware that their ipods can cause permanent hearing loss? Do adolescents really need more sleep than adults? How can young people protect their skin and teeth? This project recognizes that teenagers must be aware of everyday life issues that affect their well-being.
Middle School , High School

ESL, Social Studies, Technology Media

Community Culture, Visual Arts

Speak Truth to Power: Encouraging Activism in our Students
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/SocialStudies_Mann_SpeakTruth.htm
In this unit, students explore what it means to be an upstander or activist for social change. They learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and about remarkable individuals who are fighting to ensure these rights for citizens all over the world. They then create brochures on how to become an activist, incorporating their research on the human rights activists we studied.
Elementary, Middle School

English Language Arts, ESL

Reading Literacy

Spice up the Basal
http://www.teachnet-lab.org/miami/2001/brownc.htm
Spice Up The Basal is an interdisciplinary unit designed for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the fifth grade. It engages students in a challenging, yet fun way, in reading, language arts, science, social studies, mathematics and technology.
High School

Business Careers, ESL

Step Into the Real World - Careers & Service Learning
http://bostonteachnet.org/chang_feeney_wong/chang_feeney_wong.htm
This project recognizes that new immigrants need sudent-to-student guidance on college and career choices long before high school graduation. School partners, Liberty Mutual Group and The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), provide opportunities for on-the-job observation and training. Students help organize career fairs and share insights with their grade nine peers.
High School

Fine Arts, English Language Arts, ESL

Art History, Painting, Writing

Symbolism, Prepositions, and Description: The Art of Vanitas
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/Art_Kornfeld_Symbolism.htm
Students discover the world of the 16th and 17th century Dutch still-life painting known as vanitas. Through a variety of modalities, students use adjectives and prepositions in order to respond to and write descriptive sentences about the vanitas. They create their own personal vanitas with objects that are important to them.
Elementary

Fine Arts, ESL, Science, Technology Media

Drawing, Internet, Software Programs

The Four Seasons
http://www.teachersnetwork.org/TeachNet/westchester/blaufarb.htm
ESL students often come from parts of the world where the seasons are very different from those in New York. In this lesson, students learn to identify the four seasons of the year, describe the weather patterns and create a picture to represent each season, and identify at least one holiday that occurs in each season.
Middle School , High School

English Language Arts, ESL

Reading Literacy

The Making of a Reader: Helping Students to Become Lifelong Readers
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/ELA_Tureski_Making.htm
This project outlines the essential steps needed to begin the process of developing successful, independent readers. The focus is placed on helping students to establish reading habits while learning strategies to improve their reading comprehension and fluency.
High School

English Language Arts, ESL, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Technology Media

Journalism, Writing, Community Culture, Geography Habitats, Digital Media, Media Literacy

The Native Language and English Newspaper Project: Making a Difference in Our Communities
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/SocialStudies_BersonPirani_NativeLanguage.htm
In order to help their native language communities, students created bilingual newspapers replicating those from the Progressive Era, both in content and purpose. Furthermore, the newspaper was developed into an interdisciplinary project that includes articles from Chemistry, Art, Math, American Studies, and Government. Students produced an article from each class and then chose which articles to submit to the newspaper based upon community need.
High School

English Language Arts, ESL, Social Studies

Writing, Community Culture, Geography Habitats

The Waterfront Debate
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/SocialStudies_Davenport_Waterfront.htm
Students debate a resolution about a planned waterfront community from the point of view of various interest groups. Students have a "Town Meeting" in which members from each interest group debate their researched opinions for points. This project is especially great for English Language Learners who fear public speaking.
High School

Fine Arts, ESL

Art History, Crafts, Painting

Translations in Colors
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/Art_Cohen_Translations.htm
In the tradition of a story quilt, students create an art quilt or mural based on their research of modern paintings. Each group creates a picture in a genre of a modern painting. The pictures will be united like the squares in a quilt and mounted on the wall to form a mural.
High School

Fine Arts, ESL

Graphic Arts

Travels With . . .
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/morey/hometown.htm
This project helps students to design a book cover illustrating their hometown or native country. This lesson is part of the Project Arts program and involves team teaching with an art teacher. Because many ESL students dont have clear memories of their native lands, the Internet was used to find photos that provide a visual frame of reference for their original homes. The book is titled Travels with (students name) to (student's hometown or country.)
High School

ESL, Mathematics

Numbers Statistics

Using Scatter Plots to Predict the Future
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/Math_Pineda_Scatter.htm
In this unit, students learn to graph scatter plots. Scatter plots help us identify patterns, trends, and relationships for two quantitative variables. Students explore the interaction between these two variables to reach meaningful conclusions about their predictability for future events.
Elementary

ESL, Foreign Language, Science, Technology Media

Botany, Earth Science, Software Programs, Visual Arts

Vamos al jardin! Working Together in a Community Garden
http://bostonteachnet.org/vaisenstein/vaisenstein.htm
. Children learn about the natural world through their close observation of weather patterns and growth patterns in seeds they germinate and in animals they find. Children record their observations in bilingual science journals and learn how to illustrate them using Kid Pix.
High School

ESL, Social Studies

American History

VIDA - Values for Immigrants Discovering America
http://bostonteachnet.org/rustrian/rustrian.htm
Stories of our heroes, past and present, can challenge youngsters to read about leaders in the news. They integrate Internet research and computer technology with their study of American history and literature. Then, students compare patriots from the past ~ George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dr. Martin Luther Jr., etc. ~ with present day patriots ~ Secretary of State Colin Powell, Congresswoman Nydia Vasquez and Governor Gary Locke, etc. They identify values-related quotations and begin portfolios that eventually include persuasive essays, family interviews, letters to elected officials, poems and reflections.
Elementary

English Language Arts, ESL, Science, Technology Media

Writing, Community Culture, Geography Habitats, Email, Software Programs, Video

Virtual Travel Through the USA
http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/dfenner/travel.htm
The students wrote about their experiences living in Ridgewood, New York City. They e-mailed their writing to a Miami, Florida school and received return e-mail about life there. The students in both states also surveyed their own schoolmates on various topics. They exchanged the data and graphed the comparisons. The students did a great deal of writing and learned to create bar graphs and pie charts using a computer spreadsheet.
High School

ESL, Science, Technology Media

Chemistry, Digital Media, Internet

Vlogging in Chemistry
http://teachersnetwork.org/grantWinners/Teachnet09_KevinJackson.htm
The Vlogging in Chemistry Unit focuses on the balancing of redox reactions in chemistry. The students will create a video blog entry that will explain the procedure to balance a reaction using oxidation and reduction half reactions.
Elementary

ESL, Technology Media

Community Culture, Software Programs

What Type of Home Do You Live In?
http://www.teachnet.org/teachnetnyc/mmcquade/homes.htm
The purpose of this lesson is to expose children to vocabulary and literature related to homes, and to develop pride in being able to draw and describe houses by hand and on the computer. Another goal is to develop mastery in usage of this vocabulary related to their every day experiences.
High School

ESL, Technology Media

Software Programs

What's Your School IQ? Services That Support Students
http://bostonteachnet.org/stavrianidis/sigproj.htm
Everyone agrees that adjusting to a new school can be difficult. But what if the newcomers are bilingual immigrants? Recognizing the need for students to learn more about their school and its services, one class of Creole speaking high schoolers set out to learn exactly how much their peers know about their school.
High School

English Language Arts, ESL, Social Studies

Community Culture

Women Immigrants in the Promised Land
http://bostonteachnet.org/bwm/stavrianidis/sigproj.htm
Students read The Promised Land that chronicles a young Russian girl's "coming to America." They learn about Saturday Evening Girls, an early twentieth century support club for young Italian and Jewish women in Boston's North End. Interviews with family members and leaders from their own communities help them understand how successful mentorship opens doors to educational and career opportunities.
High School

ESL, Science

Biology

You Be the Teacher: Genetics
http://teachersnetwork.org/EnglishLanguageLearners/Science_ThorntonBristow_Genetics.htm
Students are grouped homogenously by language and ability level in order to learn about various aspects of genetics. After learning the material, they create a lesson plan to teach the class. Lessons must include a warm up/do now, minilesson, activity, closing, and a homework assignment.
 
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