Using Multi-Media to Inspire Learning
Last time, I discussed (in an example) that many kids were having difficulty understanding the concept of cause and effect in my class. Then, I found some topics from my curriculum that I could use to create centers. Now, I am going to use those topics to find or create multi- media centers that correlate to my fictitious XYZ curriculum.
A Breathe of Fresh Air
New York State Conservationist for Kids magazine
Create a Poster
Print out the pages and place the magazine at a center. In pairs, students read the magazine articles. Each learner finds some reasons for air pollution as well as and pollution’s impact on the Earth. Then, the partners can create a poster together (like the one on page 5) showing good ozone, bad ozone, factories, power plants, fires, trucks and buses.
Social Studies: The Silk Road
The Silk Road Lesson Plan
Provided by the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Museum Education
The Silk Road Lesson Plan by the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Museum Education has some great ideas. I loved the idea of a travel journal. I thought having your learners create a travel journal would be another great center.
Learner pretend to travel the Silk Road either as a merchant or a missionary. They can describe and draw their insights and some cases of cause and effect on the trade route. Completed travel journals can be placed on a table or hung on a wall for others to read.
Language Arts: Expository Text on Natural Disasters
Facts about Hurricanes
Facts about Tornadoes
Gather different natural disaster text at a center, such as the above print outs. Learners can choose one topic for a report. Have individual students pretend they are a newscaster or meteorologist explaining the cause of a faux or real natural disaster, such as a flood happening now, and its effects. Students can create a recording, video, scrap book of photos or PowerPoint in this activity to show to other class members.
Mathematics: Money Problems Involving Interest
Practical Money Skills
As an intervention, view the following videos and discuss cause and effect.
Cause and Effect Review Lesson for Elementary Students!
If you have any questions or comments about literacy, I’d love, love, love to hear from you!
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