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- In the Company of Whales
Subjects: Life Science, Geography, Civics, Technology
Summary: Students learn about whales: their habitat, migration and breeding, and how marine scientists track the movements of whales so that they can study the effects of environmental changes on whale behavior.
- St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks
Subjects: English Language Learners, English as a Second Language, St. Patrick's Day, Language Arts
Grade Levels: 3-12
Summary: In this five-day lesson, ESL students practice using English to communicate in social settings using idioms. They will play a St. Patrick’s Day themed game with shamrock shapes and English idioms related to the color word “green.”
- The Meaning Behind the Mask
Subjects: History and Social Studies, Visual Arts, Literature and Language Arts
Grade Levels: 3-5
Summary: In this unit, students explore the cultural significance of masks. After recalling some of the contexts in which masks are worn in the United States (Halloween, Mardi Gras, the circus, parades, plays, costume parties, etc.), students discuss the use of masks in stories. Students then investigate the role masks play in ceremonies and on special occasions in various African cultures ad study pictures of African masks online, pointing out the similarities and differences between masks of different regions.