As a simple note to teachers that plan to utilize this page, it was created by students who were not yet experienced in high school. Therefore, it is encouraged that the lesson plans be altered so that they are more advanced and applicable to the academic caliber of high school students. The creators of this page apologize for any inconveniences or inadequacies presented on this section of the lesson plans.
These lesson plans were designed to be creative. Before the lesson plans are displayed, it is important to discuss two components to the plans. Enclosed within these plans are various activities. Two of the activities deserve special interest. In reference to the word search, this activity may seem too juvenile for high school students. However, not only does this activity reinforce the spelling of vocabulary, but it also encourages students to apply their knowledge with the integration of creative talent. Also, there is a chemistry lab procedure enclosed within these lesson plans. In the procedure of the experiment, hydrochloric/ muriatic acid is utilized. If your particular school has safety codes against this chemical, disregard it within the lesson plans. If your school does permit the usage of this chemical, students should of course, exercise extreme caution!
To aid teachers in the development of lessons, activities have been included. This section includes:
web page link sheet (use this on the internet)
Introduction to the Unit
1) Introduce the concepts of sponges.
2) Take students directly to the computers to explore the internet. Distribute the web search sheets.
Absorbing the Knowledge
1) Allow students to finalize research with common resource materials such as books, encyclopedias, magazines, etc. Encourage them to be detailed and thorough on their outline pages.
2) Distribute the word search sheet as a quick classroom activity to refresh memories or while other students finalize their research.
3) Conduct a mini-seminar so that students may utilize their knowledge. To inspire cooperation, have the students coordinate this seminar by themselves and choose the topics that they wish to discuss.
1) As a class, conduct the synectics activity or have students work individually. If the class is working together, simply use an overhead projector, chalkboard, butcher block paper, or other large display to record the classs brainstorms. If students are working individually, just distribute the worksheets.
2) Conduct the lab. As said before- Exercise EXTREME CAUTION!!!
1) Administer the quiz.