Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Education World ® Lesson Planning: Heroes in History ABC Book

Education World ® Lesson Planning: Heroes in History ABC Book

More info on lessons for ABC books from Education World!

AN ABC OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
Teacher Laura Toffenetti challenged each of her fourth graders at the Dorothy C. Goodwin School in Storrs, Connecticut, to create an ABC book of endangered animals. The task was easier than might be expected because, the students were amazed to learn, the world has more than 6,000 species that are "endangered" due to loss of habitat, poaching, and pollution!
"Students used a variety of resources to research the animals," says Toffenetti. "Each page had to include at least four facts about the animal, a map showing where the animal lives, and a picture."
"We spent some time learning how to lay out a page in an effective way," adds Toffenetti. "We also had some mini drawing lessons to help them capture the animals' likenesses."

ABC OF POSSIBILITIES
For the letter A, you might create a book called The Ancient Civilization Alphabet Book. The opening pages of that book -- the pages for the letters A to E -- might include illustrations and text related to
· A -- Alexander the Great, the Aztecs, Athens, the Aeneid, or Aristotle;
· B -- Buddha, Babylon, or the Byzantine Empire;
· C -- Confucius, Code of Hamurabi, Cheops' Great Pyramid, clay tablets, Crete, Caesar, or Cleopatra;
· D -- democracy;
· E -- Egypt, Elba, Euphrates, Etruscans, or Euripedes ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter A: aviation, agriculture, Africa, art history and artists, American authors, architecture, astronomy, automobiles, or Australia.
B AND BEYOND ...
For the letter B, you might create The Biology Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· amoeba, arachnids, or algae;
· bacteria or biomes;
· cells or crustacean;
· Darwin;
· ecology or evolution ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter B: baseball, biographies, the human body, birds, Brazil, or famous buildings.
For the letter C, you might create The Citizenship Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
A good citizen
· acts responsibly;
· doesn't bully;
· cares for people and other living things;
· takes part in community debates;
· votes in elections ...
For the letter E, you might create The Economics Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· automated teller machine (ATM);
· banks, bull market, or budget;
· credit cards, child labor, or consumerism;
· depression or dollar;
· European Community ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter E: Earth, ecology and the environment, Thomas Edison, Eskimos, education, Egypt, elections, Europe, electricity, endangered species, science experiments, exploration, energy, or England.
For the letter F, you might create The Food Around the World Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· artsoppa (Scandanavia) or anitpasto (Italy);
· babka (Poland), blini (Russia), bubble and squeak (England), or baklava (Armenia, Greece);
· challah (Israel), curry (India), crumpets (England), or chow mein (China);
· Danish pastries (called wienerbrot, or "Vienna bread," in Denmark) or dumplings (Germany);
· edible seaweed (Japan) ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter F: family, farms and farming, fish, flags, forests, or flowers.
For the letter G, you might create The Geography Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Arctic, altitude, archipelago, atoll, axis, or Atlantic Ocean;
· bay or butte;
· cities, cape, canyon, continental shelf, or climate;
· delta, (continental) divide, or dune;
· elevation, erg, estuary, or equator ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter G: games, gardens, Greece, or geology.
For the letter H, you might create The Holidays Around the World Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Arbor Day and Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (U.S.), Australia Day (Australia), or April Fools' Day (many countries);
· Bolivar's Birthday (South America) or Bastille Day (France);
· Christmas (many countries), Confucius' Birthday (China), Columbus Day (U.S.), Constitution Day (Japan), Candlemas Day (Scotland), or Canada Day (Canada);
· Day of the Race (Latin America) or Dragon Boat Festival (China);
· Empire Day (also called Commonwealth Day, Great Britain) or Easter (many countries) ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter H: Hawaii, the home, healthful habits, the Holocaust, herbs, Hispanic Americans, and hobbies.
For the letter I, you might create The Important People in American History Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Susan B. Anthony or John Quincy Adams;
· Aaron Burr, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, or Buffalo Bill;
· George Washington Carver, Henry Clay, Andrew Carnegie, or Calvin Coolidge;
· Frederick Douglass;
· Dwight D. Eisenhower ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter I: India, the Ice Age, inventions, immigration, Illinois, ice-skating, American Indians, the Industrial Revolution, or insects.
For the letter J, you might create The Jobs Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· anthropologist, animator, airplane pilot, auto repairperson, or architect;
· baker, butcher, ballet dancer, basketball player, bulldozer operator, bus driver, or businesswoman;
· chemist, cook, cable TV installer, chaplain, carpenter, cashier, or computer technician;
· divorce lawyer, dentist, doctor, director, disc jockey, dietition, or dress designer;
· editor, economist, engineer, electrician, EMT, or eye doctor ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter J: jungles, Jamestown, jazz, or Japan.
For the letter K, you might create The Martin Luther King Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Atlanta (King's birthplace);
· Birmingham or bus boycott (Montgomery) ;
· Coretta Scott King or Civil Rights Act of 1964;
· Dexter Avenue Baptist Church or "I have a dream ..." speech;
· Ebeneezer Baptist Church or equality ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter K: the Korean War, knights and knighthood, or Kansas.
For the letter L, you might create The Language Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· alphabet, apostrophe, adjective, abbreviation, or address;
· books and book titles;
· colon, compound words, compositions, comma, or cliche;
· debates, diaries, or dialogue;
· editing, e.g., or exclamation ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter L: Abraham Lincoln, the Labor Movement, London, Los Angeles, great literature, or lumber and lumbering.
For the letter M, you might create The Mathematics Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· algebra, arithmetic, or abacus;
· budgets or Bernoulli;
· calendar, complex fractions, or computers;
· decimals or Descartes;
· Einstein or equivalencies ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter M: mammals, Mexico, the Middle Ages, Mars, minerals, the Middle East, mountains and mountain climbing, multiculturalism, music, mythology.
For the letter N, you might create The National Parks Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Acadia National Park, Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities, Arches National Park, or Appalachian National Scenic Trail;
· Badlands National Park, Big Bend National Park, Biscayne National Park, or Bryce Canyon National Park;
· Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Channel Islands National Park, Crater Lake National Park, or Carlsbad Caverns National Park;
· Death Valley National Park, Denali National Park, Department of the Interior, or Dry Tortugas National Park;
· Everglades National Park ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter N: people's names, North America, nature, nursery rhymes, nutrition, newspapers, or New York City.
For the letter O, you might create The Olympic Games Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Athens, archery, or alpine skiing;
· Baron Pierre de Coubertin, boxing, basketball, bobsledding, Bonnie Blair, biathlon, or bronze medal;
· cross-country skiing, Nadia Comaneci, or cycling;
· discus throw or Babe Didrikson;
· equestrian events ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter O: oceans, Oklahoma, or the orchestra.
For the letter P, you might create The Let's Get Physical Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· archery;
· badminton, bodybuilding, or bicycling;
· canoeing, curling, or cheerleading;
· darts or diving;
· equestrian events ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter P: the Pacific Ocean, famous painters and paintings, prehistoric animals, presidents and the presidency, Puerto Rico, phobias, pets and pet care, pioneer life, plants, or Pennsylvania.
For the letter Q, you might create The Famous Quotations Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include:
· Aesop: "Do not count your chickens before they are hatched."
· P. T. Barnum: "There's a sucker born every minute."
· Confucius: "Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors."
· Leo Durocher: "Nice guys finish last."
· Thomas Edison: "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter Q: queen bees and other insects, science questions, Quebec, or quizzes.
For the letter R, you might create The Railroad Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Amtrak, articulated locomotive, angle bars, or Horatio Allen;
· boxcar, Baltimore & Ohio, "Big Boys," ballast, baggage car, Matthias Baldwin, or Blucher;
· catenary, cog railroad, crossties, coach, covered hopper, caboose, classification yard, Peter Cooper, or Conrail;
· diesel locomotive, driving wheels, or dining car;
· Eurostar or electric locomotive ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter R: racism, the rain forest, Reconstruction, religions of the world, reptiles, the Revolutionary War, rivers, recreation, the Renaissance, rocks, ancient Rome, or Russia.
For the letter S, you might create The Space Exploration Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Neil Armstrong or astronomy;
· black holes or Tycho Brahe;
· comets, constellations, or Copernicus;
· space shuttle;
· eclipse ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter S: safety rules, San Francisco, Scandanavia, South America, the four seasons, stars in the sky, the sun, sharks and other sea animals, slavery, the Supreme Court, snakes, the solar system, or superstitions.
For the letter T, you might create The Technology Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· aerodynamics or automation;
· Alexander Graham Bell;
· computers;
· Sir Humphrey Davy;
· electron microscope ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter T: transportation, television, Texas, Thanksgiving, trees, the thirteen colonies, the tundra, or theater.
For the letter U, you might create The United States Government Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· act of Congress, authorization bills, appellate court, associate justice, or appropriations bills;
· Bill of Rights or bills;
· the president's Cabinet, Congress, the U.S. Capitol, the CIA, the Constitution, checks and balances, chief justice, commander in chief, Congressional Budget Office, or the Supreme Court;
· democracy, division of powers, district court, diplomats, or the Declaration of Independence;
· elections, executive branch, or the Electoral College ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter U: U.S. history, undersea exploration, U.S. landmarks and attractions, or the universe.
For the letter V, you might create The Vegetables and Fruits Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· artichoke, asparagus, or apple;
· beet, broccoli, berries, or banana;
· cabbage, celery, carrot, cauliflower, corn, or cucumber;
· date;
· eggplant ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter V: the Vikings, Venezuela, the vice presidency, or the Vietnam War.
For the letter W, you might create The World War II Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Axis Powers, Allied Forces, Afrika Korps, Anti-Comintern Pact, American Flying Fortress, Anschluss, Anzio, or Antwerp;
· blitz, Battle of Britain, Plan Barbarossa, Bismarck, Battle of the Bulge, Bataan, or B-29;
· Georges Clemenseau, Covenant of the League of Nations, Cherbourg, Casablanca Conference, or Winston Churchill;
· Dunkirk, Deutcshland, Colonel James H. Doolittle, or D-Day;
· Enterprise, Emperor Hirohito, Essex, ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter W: wetlands, Washington (D.C.), weather, the Westward movement, whales and whaling, George Washington, water, the White House, the women's rights movement, World War I, or American writers.
For the letter X, you might create The X-Rays and Other Medical Terms Alphabet Book. Another possible topic for an alphabet book that begins with the letter X: Xmas around the world.
For the letter Y, you might create The Yukon Territory (Canada) Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· Arctic Ocean, Aishihik, or Alaska Highway;
· Beaufort Sea, British Mountains, bear, John Bell, or Bonanza Creek;
· caribou, common raven, George Washington Carmack, Cyprus-Anvil mine, coat of arms, or Robert Campbell;
· Dawson City or Dempster Highway;
· Eskimo or Elsa-Mayo ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter Y: Yellowstone National Park or Yugoslavia.
For the letter Z, you might create The Zoo Animals Alphabet Book. The opening pages of the book might include
· armadillo or American bison;
· brown bear, beaver, bobcat, black rhinoceros, or baboon;
· caribou, cheetah, cougar, crocodile, camel, chimpanzee, or coyote;
· deer;
· elephant (African), elephant (Asian), or elk ...
Other possible topics for alphabet books that begin with the letter Z: Zaire, zeppelins and other aircraft, Zambia, or zoos and zoology.


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9 comments:

Susanne Drazic said...

What a great way for kids to learn!

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow! That's quite a list. This is a great exercise to do with kids. Work on three or four letters a day then expound upon them using Google or books from the library.

Stephen tremp

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for visiting. Great idea Stephen!

Jaleta Clegg said...

I'm definitely passing this blog on to my daughter. She teaches at an elementary school. Lots of great ideas here. Thanks!

kathy stemke said...

thanks for stopping by Jaleta.

Suzanne Lieurance said...

Hi, Kathy,

Wow! You always have so many GREAT ideas and educational tips! That's quite a list!

Thanks for sharing.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for stopping by Suzanne.

Kristi Bernard said...

This list is fantastic! These are great ideas. Thanks for taking the time to create it and share it.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kristi.