Grades 7 and 8: Theme: Environment

7th Grade Theme Book: Under the Ice


7th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • Eyewitness: Arctic and Antarctic by Barbara Taylor. DK Publishing, Inc., 2000.
  • How to Survive in Antarctica by Lucy Jane Bledsoe. Holiday House, Inc., 2006.
  • Polar Explorers for Kids: Historic Expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic with 21 Activities by Maxine Snowden. Chicago Review Press, Inc., 2003.
  • Polar Regions: Earth’s Final Frontiers by Jim Kerr. Heineman Press, 2007.
  • Life Under Ice by Mary M. Cerullo. Tilbury House, 2005.
  • Underwater Origami: Aquatic Paper Folding for Kids by Steve and Megumi Biddle. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 2000.
  • The Blue Planet: Seas of Life (5 DVD set). BBC Warner, 2007.

7th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Under the Ice? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
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Technology Ideas

  • Use Skype to connect to Kigluait Adventures to learn about living in Arctic regions.
  • Have students use a multimedia tool such as VoiceThread, Glogster, or PowerPoint to share ways to reduce pollution.
  • Water Pollution and Filtration Experiments: Design a water pollution experiment, then share with another class via Skype. What did you learn? What can they share?

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
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Lesson Plans

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Learning Center Plans

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8th Grade Theme Book: The Case of the Monkeys that Fell from the Trees and Other Mysteries in Tropical Nature


8th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • Several different translations of the Bible.
  • The Forest in the Clouds by Sneed B. Collard. Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., 2000.
  • Up, Up and Away: A Book about Adverbs by Ruth Heller. Penguin Group (USA), Inc., 1998.
  • Symbiosis by Alan Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn. Twenty-First Century Books (CT), 2007.
  • Belly-busting Worm Invasions! Parasites that Love Your Insides! by Thomasine E. Lewis Tilden. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2007.
  • Parasites: Latching on to a Free Lunch by Paul Fleisher. Lerner Publishing Group, 2006.

8th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with The Case of the Monkeys? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Connect to a nearby or famous zoo via Skype to learn about exhibit design before tackling the rainforest animal exhibit.
  • Create a class multimedia presentation on symbiotic relationships, with a couple slides for each relationship. Divide students into groups.
  • Let students use Word, Publisher, or an online multimedia tool such as Glogster to create their brochure.
  • Use Google Presentations to easily allow all students to collaborate, adding to a slideshow illustrating Adverbs. Encourage lots of sample sentences as well as visuals.

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.

  • Plan a fundraiser or project (make a quilt, collect food, or make create artistic interpretations of animals or rainforest scenes) and send a donation to Friends of the Rainforest in Costa Rica, or donate the money to another kidfriendly conservation program.

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

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