PFLEX Unit- BALANCES

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Exploring Student Interests and Building a Team Dynamic
Destination Imagination

Balancing Imagery in Literature
Poems Please! Sharing Poetry with Children by David Booth and Bill Moore Poetry Foundation website: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

The Children’s Poetry Archive: http://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/home.do

The Academy of American Poets: http://www.poets.org/index.php

Children’s Anthologies recommended for school library collections http://www.poetryfoundation.org/children/essential/ant

Balance of Power
Brainpop Video How a Bill Becomes a Law

Useful for student reenactment of how bills become laws: http://westernreservepublicmedia.org/constitution/makealaw.htm

Facts on the three branches of government from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum:
http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/teacher_lessons/3branches/front.htm

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids: http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/branches.html

Congress for Kids: http://congressforkids.net/Constitution_threebranches.htm

Kids in the House; How Laws are Made: http://kids.clerk.house.gov/grade-school/lesson.html?intID=17

How a Bill Becomes a Law from Fact Monster: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0770454.html

How a Bill Becomes a Law from Junior Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4702

Making a Law from Western Reserve Public Media: http://westernreservepublicmedia.org/constitution/makealaw.htm

Power Point Presentation for Making a Law: http://westernreservepublicmedia.org/constitution/pplaws.htm

United States Senate: http://www.senate.gov/

United States House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/

Graphic for how a bill becomes a law: http://www.cybertelecom.org/notes/congress.htm

Scales of Justice
Symbols of U.S. Government; Figures of Justice: http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols /justice.html

United States Supreme Court: http://www.supremecourt.gov/

The Sequence of Events in the Criminal Justice System: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/largechart.cfm

Images for Lady Justice:
http://www.curatormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/blind-justice.jpg

http://nephos.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/blind-justice.gif

http://staley9re.blogspot.com/2011/02/lady-justice.html

Off Balance?
Brainpop Video, World War II Causes

Have students (intermediate only) read and discuss Executive Order 9066 (for primary, summarize the main ideas of the order):
http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp/history/index.html

Bill that apologized to the Japanese Americans passed in 1988::
http://bss.sfsu.edu/internment/Congressional%20Records/19880804.html

Have students read the Patriot Act at the following site and then discuss why there is criticism that this act may interfere with the balance between freedom and security:
http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/hr3162.html

Have students visit the president’s web site and see what executive orders have been signed into law in the past year. Discuss the significance of the orders.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/orders/

Executive Order 9066:
http://www.cetel.org/1942_9066.html

Description and Explanation of Executive Order 9066:
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=74

Supplemental Lesson Plan: The War Relocation Centers of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice (use with the attached Photo Analysis Worksheet):
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/89manzanar/89manzanar.htm

List of Children’s Books:
http://www.the-best-childrens-books.org/Japanese-Internment-Camps.html

Fair and Balanced
Code of Journalistic Ethics: http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

Population Balance
The Population Institute: http://www.populationinstitute.org/programs/sustainability/

World Population found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BbkQiQyaYc

Worldwatch Institute: http://www.worldwatch.org/

NY Times Article: New Census Finds China’s Population Growth Has Slowed

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/world/asia/29census.html


Population Balance
http://www.kidscanpress.com/Assets/Books/w_IfTheWorldWereAVillage_0178/PDFs/IfTheWorldWereAVillage_0178_teaching.pdf

Route of Drinking Water : http://www.master-comm.com/guides/IfTheWorldWereAVillage_teaching.pdf

CitizenKid Teaching Guide for If the World Were a Village:

http://www.kidscanpress.com/Assets/Books/w_IfTheWorldWereAVillage_0178/PDFs/IfTheWorldWereAVillage_0178_teaching.pdf

Education World: If the World Were a Village: http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/dailylp/dailylp/dailylp045.shtml

If the World Were a Village Teaching Activities: http://www.master-comm.com/guides/IfTheWorldWereAVillage_teaching.pdf

Lesson plan for using If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People: http://www.mercycorps.org.uk/files/file1195222538.pdf

Lesson plan for using If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People:

http://www.sacsc.ca/PDF%20files/Elementary%20Lesson%20Plans/Global%20Education/Unit%207/If%20the%20World%20Was%20a%20Village-Rutkowski-SS%20LA%20M-4-5-L1.pdf

The World Factbook:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Nutritional Balance
food pyramid

MyPyramid

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/- for Scavenger Hunt

Comparing Harvard and Government Designs
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/pyramid-full-story/
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/files/Healthy-Eating-Pyramid-handout.pdf

USDA Nutrition Site:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

MyPyramid Graphic Standard:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/resource/MyPyramidGraphicStandards.pdf
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/resource/MyPforKids_logo.gif

2010 Dietary Guidelines
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf

Nutrition Information:
http://www.foodpyramid.com/

Balancing Amusements
Simple Machines activity:
http://www.edheads.org/activities/simple-machines/

Simple Machines description and activities:
http://www.mikids.com/Smachines.htm

Simple Machines game (with fun graphics):
http://www.msichicago.org/fileadmin/Activities/Games/simple_machines//

Creative Problem Solving workbook:
http://www.iaccm.com/members/library/files/CreativeProblemSolving.pdf

Creative Problem Solving article:
http://www.cpsb.com/research/articles/creative-problem-solving/Creative-Problem-Solving-Gifted-Education.pdf

10 Classic Amusement Park Rides:
http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/10-classic-amusement-park-rides.htm

Developing Creative Thinking Fluency
Techniques to Stimulate Divergent Thinking
Brainstorming
Keeping a Journal
Free-Writing
Mind or Subject Mapping: http://faculty.washington.edu/ezent/imdt.htm
  • Free Online Mind Mapping Tool: Bubbl.us
  • Inspiration Software is also a good tool for this if it is still available in K-5 classrooms and computer labs.