CORRICULUM AREA
CONCEPTS
ACTIVITIES
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Seals and people find different ways to survive in a very cold climate. Discuss how seals five in a very cold climate. Discuss how people survive.
We should know the emergency phone numbers at ALL times. List alphabetically emergency phone numbers that we would need if a UFO were sighted.
Vitamins and minerals are essential food elements for health. Make a Vitamin Sources and Mineral Sources chart.
Safety rules need to be observed by passengers and drivers on a bus. Make posters for safety on a bus. 
 
Knowing what to do and what not to do on a bike helps us to ride safely. Make posters for safety on a bus. 
 
Eye care is very important to safeguard our vision. Make posters about eye care. Plan a “Better Vision” fair.
A babysitter must know what to do when caring for young children. Write a babysitter's guide to caring for young children.
we can protect our homes by observing fire-safety rules. Invite a fire-prevention officer to talk to the class. Make posters.
On-the-job safety must be practiced by every employee. Discuss on-the-job safety practices. 
 
Different kinds of urban noises affect people in different ways. 
 
List urban noises. Chart them under “acceptable,” “annoying” and “possibly damaging to hearing.”
SCIENCE
Fish contain nutrients that help us to grow. Find out why fish is a healthful food. 
 
The sea contains various forms of life. Research sea animals.
Some mammals live entirely in water; some live partially on land and part of the time in the sea. Select a sea mammal. Write a paragraph about its life cycle. 
 
Reptiles are similar and different. Draw pictures of different kinds of reptiles. Note some characteristics
Imagining that one is another creature helps one to understand that creature better. Write poems and short descriptions about life as a frog from the frog's point of view.
Space travel may someday take us to the moon and to other planets. Make a book about space travel. 
 
The central nervous system controls nerve activity in all parts of the body. 
 
Make a diagram of the parts of the central nervous system: brain, spinal cord, nerves.
There are many different of birds in Puerto Rico and elsewhere. Chart differences among birds: weight, color, sounds, etc.
Objects float in water or air. Do simple experiments that show how things float in water or air.
Crickets are noisy, amusing insects. Find out about crickets.
Food chains and webs show how living things depend on each other for food. Create a “food web" (many food chains) that shows predators and their prey.
Observing and illustrating a living thing helps us to learn about it. 
 
Make a drawing, diagram, chart of an insect, bird, animal that can be easily observed.
Pets need good care and proper feeding. 
 
Develop packets of information about the care and feeding of pets.
Growing seeds helps us learn about the stages of plant growth. Demonstrate how seeds grow by using bean seeds.
Observing and logging events in nature helps us understand and appreciate them. Keep a week's log about the events in nature you observe and how you feel about them.
A coyote is a wolflike animal that lives in the western part of the U.S. 
 
Learn about a coyote. Decide which, features in the story are more fiction than fact.
Seeds planted at the same time grow at different rates. Plant popcorn seeds. Measure and record growth on time-line.
The wind is an invisible but very important force in nature. Chart 5 facts about wind. 
 
Finding facts about beetles helps us to understand them. Find 5 facts about beetles. Make a bulletin board display.
Weather maps show us weather conditions in many places at the same time. Read weather maps. Pay attention to symbols. 
 
Camouflage is nature’s way of protecting animals. Describe animals that, like chameleons, have coloring that disguises them.
Weather reporters describe weather conditions and their effects. Pretend to be weather reporters for the unusual snowy day in the story.
Diesel fuel is more economical, safer and more powerful than other fuels. 
 
Describe an impressive looking truck. Discuss technology-the advantage of diesel over other fuel.
Forest fires can he harmful to people, animals, property and the land. Make a diagram that shows the results of a forest fire.
Hair is extremely strong. Learn about hair and how strong it really is.
Weather conditions vary and can he predicted. Investigate weather predictions. Try it yourself.
The Morse Code uses dots and dashes to transmit word messages over distances. Make a chart for the Morse Code. Send a short message to a classmate. 
 
Bridges have different designs depending on their purpose and the distance they are spanning. Discuss the difference between suspension bridges and those supported on piers.
The bald eagle is a very impressive bird. Discuss the bald eagle.
Telescopes help us to see across great distances on earth and in the skies. Discuss telescopes. 
 
Eagles and turkeys are similar and different. 
 
Discuss eagles and turkeys. Debate whether the eagle or the turkey should be America's symbol.
Different kinds of clouds signal the coming of different weather conditions. Keep a log as you observe different kinds of clouds and note what weather they precede.
Corn “POPS” if it is sufficiently heated. Discover the temperature at which corn pops.
Llamas, vicunas, and alpacas are members of the camel family, found in South America. Make asemantic feature map showing, llamas, vicunas, alpacas. 
 
Many different kinds of animals are found in cold climates. 
 
Learn about animals found in cold climates. Make a semantic feature chart.
Constellations are groups of stars in the skies. List constellations. Draw them and describe them.
Dolphins are clever and amusing sea creatures. Discuss types of dolphins, what they do, why people like them.
Endangered animals need to be protected or they will become extinct. 
 
Learn about endangered animals and what we can do about the problem. Make posters.
Choosing and describing a wild flower helps us  to appreciate and understand it. Choose a wild flower that appeals to you. Describe it. 
 
Earthquakes are caused by disturbances deep in the earth. Find out about recent earthquake disasters.
Volcanoes exist all over the world. 
 
Discuss the major volcanic sites on earth.
ART
New Mexico is a colorful old Hispanic part of the American West. Draw impressions of New Mexico. 
 
Dioramas help us to see the old houses, churches, barns and other parts of Colonial America. Make dioramas of Colonial America. 
 
 
The Pilgrims made friends with Native American people they met and were helped by them. Do dioramas or drawings of the Pilgrims' relationships with Native Americans.
Old sailing ships used wind power to travel around the world. Make a book of pictures of old sailing ships.
Catching, cleaning and storing fish are some of the activities on a lashing boat. Make a collage that represents the look and feel of a fishing boat.
The underwater world has many strange creatures and plants. Make a diorama of an underwater scene.
Seals five in colonies at the North and South Poles, and other places. Create a diorama that shows a panoramic view of a seal colony.
Crocodiles and alligators are different reptiles but are alike in most ways. Draw diagrams of crocodiles and alligators. "Label the features that differentiate them.
Imagining ourselves in the future makes us think about what we would like to become. Draw yourself as you wish to appear in the future. 
 
Forecasting the future is good exercise imagination. Draw and describe a future method of transportation. Use your imagination.
Phyllis Wheatley was a good role-model. 
 
 
Draw pictures depicting the life of Phyllis Wheatley, America's first black poet. Draw a picture of a Puerto Rican role-model.
Cartoon characters are even more enjoyable when we can play with them. Make milk-carton puppets of your favorite cartoon character.
Sculpting can be done with many everyday materials. 
 
Design a sculpture on paper and experiment with soap, papier mache, or clay.
Using audio-visual materials provides practice with English vocabulary skills. Make an audio-visual welcome mat. 
 
Illustrating an animal helps us to see and understand it more fully. Illustrate something distinctive about an animal. Label and caption the illustration.
Holidays have interesting origins and histories. Research, create and illustrate calendars of holidays.
Looking for “discoveries” all around us stimulates the imagination. Construct a bulletin board headed: "Discoveries All Around Us." Post pictures, clippings, or drawings.
A range of mountains of different heights and shapes can be very picturesque. Make a collage of a mountain range. 
 
 
Making weird inventions is good exercise for the imagination. Design weird inventions. 
 
Outdoor scenes let us view the colorful world of nature. Draw or paint outdoor scenes. Describe them.
Ferocious animals have different strengths, appearances and enemies. 
 
 
Chart ferocious animals-their strengths and weaknesses. Describe how each character in the story thought "the most fearsome thing” looked.
Illustrating a story part helps us to understand and appreciate it. 
 
Illustrate favorite parts of the story. Pay particular attention to describing words.
Illustrating a story part he1ps us to understand and appreciate it. Choose a favorite story. Illustrate it and present it to the class.
Doing artwork is more enjoyable if we are doing it for a worthy purpose. Design greeting cards, wall hangings or placemats for a nursing home or hospital.
Animals are often named for their appearance. Color any real or imaginary animal. Name it for its coloring.
Different sports have uniforms of their own. Design any sports uniform you'd like. Give an interesting name to the team.
Chinese works of art are very beautiful and go back for centuries. Learn about Chinese works of art---especially porcelain.
Artists use different colors to show different scenes and moods. 
 
View stormy sea illustrations. Analyze the colors the artists use. Create your own illustration.
Discussing an artist's style helps us to appreciate his/her work. Bring in pictures of paintings and illustrations. Discuss the artist’s style.
Fliers help to advertise work or a product. Create a “flier” for work students can do.
Creating a collage helps us to think of jobs a student could have. Create a collage of "Student Jobs.” 
 
Bridges are often designed to carry people and vehicles across streams. Design an imaginary or real bridge. 
 
Different Native American people lived in different kinds of dwellings. Build Native American dwellings. Compare to the Tainos.
Painters in different areas reflect their own unique cultures. Compare 19th century American painters with Puerto Rican painters.
An Original symbol for a place should reflect the best qualities of the area. 
 
Design your own original symbols for the Puerto Rican ideal, after reading about the Liberty Bell.
Illustrating dreams is good exercise for the imagination. Illustrate one of the story character's dreams, and one of your own dreams or nightmares.
Art shows "mood" in illustration by use of certain colors and subjects. Capture “mood’ in an illustration of your favorite scene in a story. Discuss, the Caldecott Award.
A hand-loom is a weaving tool used many centuries ago. Make a hand-loom. Discuss that it is thousands of years old.
Illustrating expressions helps us to understand English vocabulary. Illustrate common English expressions-literal and figurative depictions.
Life on another planet can he very different from any form of Earth life. 
 
Imagine a living thing on another planet. Label an illustration of your creature.
 
 
 
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