Lesson Plan #:AELP-INT001
Author: Sandy Montgomery, Broken Arrow, OK
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops. Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): 4, 5
- Social Studies/US History
- Social Studies/World History
- Science/Space Sciences
This lesson plan may be used to introduce a study of ‘Mysteries’. It could include any of the following mysterious subjects: Easter Island, Bermuda Triangle, Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, King Tut’s Tomb, Stonehenge, Machu Piccho, The Maya, Black Holes, Roanoke Island, Pyramids, Amelia Earhart, etc.
To encourage students to research various topics, stir up creative thoughts and lead them to wonder about the many ‘mysterious’ elements of literature, math, science, technology and life itself.
Activities and Procedures:
Tying It All Together:
Students individually or in pairs will select one of the remaining enigmas to investigate. They will do a short research report and then share what they learned with the class. They should use a creative audio visual approach to their presentation to encourage interest of the audience. Students must give their own theory of explanation for the enigma which they selected to research.
Additional Activities: Students will make gameboards incorporating their knowledge of the various enigmas into the game itself. A game day is set aside and everyone plays each other’s game. The gameboard may be on a single topic or could be several enigmas on one board.