National Teacher Training Institute
After a dynamic
workshop presented by National Trainer Chris Czjaka from WNET, New York
City, New York, Faculty members from the University of Idaho, Idaho State
University, Lewis-Clark State College and Boise State University left
prepared to enter their classrooms and teach their students, pre-service
teachers, strategies for effectively using video to explain, motivate,
reinforce, and reach students' different learning styles. Here at IdahoPTV
we feel it is critical to support and prepare teachers in the effective
use of technology, both at the pre-service level and for veteran teachers.and
are proud to be one of only twenty-six public television stations selected
to implement the National Teacher Training Institute.
The National Teacher Training Institute
and IdahoPTV are proud to present the lesson plans developed by students
from the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Boise State
University. For the past four years, IdahoPTV has worked with University
faculty to implement the National Teacher Training methodology within
their education courses. Once education students have had hands-on training
with the NTTI methodology, they are invited to submit a lesson plan
to Idaho Public Television using the NTTI methodology. We have selected
20 of those lessons to be featured here on our Website. Congratulations
to all involved!
4-6 Lesson Plans
Island: Gateway to America by Dara Mittelstaedt
"Ellis Island: Gateway to America," is designed
to introduce students to the immigration station on Ellis Island. Through
several activities, students will learn that immigrants who arrived at
Ellis Island came to America from different countries, mostly those in
Europe, and for different reasons that included a desire to escape poverty,
war, or religious persecution.
Rights Movement by Julie Ingram &
Through the activities presented in this unit, students will become familiar
with the conditions of the African Americans in the Deep South during
the 1950's and 1960's and Jim Crow Laws.
Korbie Vaughan & Ashely Thurman
Through the activities presented in these lessons, students will become
familiar with the conditions facing the members of the Expedition in the
early 1800's, as well as the causes and consequences of the Expedition.
In addition, students will contextualize the Expedition in relation to
their own personal histories and knowledge of the early 1800's events.
Tut's Tomb: Exploring & Discovering
by Kandice Mortimer & Pamela Renner
Through the activities in this lesson the students will become familiar
with the period in Egyptian history that King Tut lived in and learn about
the culture of that time period.
by Becky Jones
In this lesson, students will learn about the California Gold Rush. They
will explore the lure of gold and the Wild West, how pioneers traveled
to the West, and the hardships and people they encountered along the way.
Activities will be authentic, hands-on, and inquiry-based. There will
be a variety of activities that will make the Gold Rush come alive for
Own Private Idaho: Using Social Studies to Explore Idaho by
This lesson plan provides several activities to learn about Idaho and
Social Studies themes. Using an variety of media, students will become
familiar with Idaho's geography and geology.
the Odds: The Trials and Tribulations of the Harlem Renaissance by
In this unit, students will become familiar
with a relatively unknown artistic American movement in the 1920's entitled
"The Harlem Renaissance." Within this movement, students will identify
the difficulties of surviving not only as an artist, but enduring issues
of race and discrimination. After examining video clips and participating
in a web quest, student will present information gathered and discuss
issues pertaining to African American art through a power point presentation
as well as an oral presentation.
Earhart: Aviation Pioneer by Ramona
"Annie" Taylor & Sheila Tatten
The goals of this lesson plan sequence is to familiarize
students with the social practices and technological advancements of the
1920s and 1930s, to encourage students to relate what they have learned
from these contexts to their modern life, and to explore the events of
Amelia Earhart's life. Students will also examine how Earhart's feelings
about flying throughout her aviation career influenced her poetry, and
write their own poetry on an exciting and risky experience in their lives.
Justice: History & Significance
by Cheryl Moya Galyean
activities presented in this lesson, students will become familiar with
the history of juvenile justice in the United States, current practice
and societal beliefs surrounding this system. The students will gain knowledge
about the U.S. Constitution and how it directly impacts their lives in
the form of rights and responsibilities.
I Just Don't Know by George R. Allen
In this lesson, students will analyze two different large dams:
the Hoover Dam built in the 1930's, and the Three Gorges Dam currently
under construction. Students will compare and contrast the two dams and
analyze them from modern and historical perspectives. The goal is to lead
students to understand how: human activities change the environment, natural
resources are vital to human activity, and how history is a matter of
by Stephanie Trebesch
Throughout this lesson, students will learn about the Homestead Act of
1862 and its relation to women in the West. A portion of the lesson will
be spent on examining primary sources and their impact on history. Students
will create a modern day business propaganda pamphlet.
Glimpse into the Past of Ancient Egyptian Culture
by Becki Ketterling, Kirsten Evensen
& Erin Horton
Through the activities presented in this lesson
the students will gain a brief overview of the ancient Egyptian culture.
From mummification to amateur arechaelogy these lesson plans are sure
to strike a chord with your students.
by Cheri Beus
This lesson plan explores the thirties and the great depression and the
impact of the stock market crash. Students will compare prices of goods,
stocks and wages and compare with today's prices to help them get a since
of the direness of the situation for many families.
Out Loud: The Slave Spirituals
by Tiffany Scripter
Through the activities presented in this lesson, students will become
familiar with slave spirituals, how the Jubilee Singers from Fisk University
brought spirituals to a world audience, and the difficulties the singers
and all former slaves encountered during the Reconstruction. In addition,
students will express their own feelings about the slave spirituals through
10-12 Lesson Plans
Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet by
Using an inquiry-based jigsaw, students will research
the separate elements of the theory of Plate Tectonics, then share that
information with each other, drawing conclusions from the culminated information.
Cold War Warrior Defending: The Moral Beacon of the World
by Sara Black
Students will explore the figure of President Reagan to gain insight into
his motives for his domestic and foreign policies. In the process of exploring
Reagan's policies the student will evaluate the impact his decisions made
on the common citizen and world leaders.
Trouble in the New Frontier by Max Delgado
Students will explore the Bay of Pigs invasion and defend both sides of
for Pyromaniacs by Victoria L. Reid
Every year during the Fourth of July celebration, Americans see and enjoy
fireworks. Most people don't know what causes the colors of the fireworks,
how the firework is made into the dazzling shapes, or even how the firework
display is shot into the air. All of these are a product of chemistry.
Today's students don't understand why they need to study chemistry. This
lesson-plan is geared towards giving them a fun way of looking at chemistry
and providing a reason for them to know and understand chemistry. Through
this lesson, the students will learn how chemistry is associated with
the annual celebration of America's independence. They will learn what
gunpowder is made of, the anatomy of a firework, how noise is made in
fireworks and the safety issues involved in pyrotechnics. This lesson
can be used in several areas of the chemistry year. It can be used as
a precursor to get students interested in chemistry, when the students
learn exothermic and endothermic reactions, or when they are learning
about atoms and molecules.
Me up Scotty!
by Sarah "Sally" Lang
This lesson explores the energy and entropy
changes in chemical reactions and the effects of concentration and catalysts
on the rate of reactions.
Secret to Good Health: Eating Right & Exercise
by Stephanie Marquardt
Through the activities presented in this lesson, students will become
familiar with facts about nutrients, understand the different food groups,
become aware of their recommended daily allowances for each nutrient,
be able to read food labels and make appropriate choices when it comes
to eating healthy and exercising. After examining Web sites and video
clips, students will participate in a hands-on activity in which they
will have to create a seven-day record of all the foods they consumed.
As a class we will analyze what type of food was the most frequent in
everyone's diet. By looking at each food choice the class will individually
be responsible for looking up each food and recording its daily recommended