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National Teacher Training Institute
Lesson Plans

 2002    2001    2000    1999    1998

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!

2002 Lesson Plans

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4-6 Lesson Plans

Ellis 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.

Civil Rights Movement by Julie Ingram & Teresa Robel
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.

The West by 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.

King 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.

Striking it Rich! 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 the students.

My Own Private Idaho: Using Social Studies to Explore Idaho by Sonja Dodge
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.

7-9 Lesson Plans

Against the Odds: The Trials and Tribulations of the Harlem Renaissance by Erin Lunstrum
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.

Amelia 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.

Juvenile Justice: History & Significance by Cheryl Moya Galyean
Through the 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.

Dam-It? 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 perspective. .

Sun River Homestead 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.

A 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.

"Breadline" 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.

Sing 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 poetry.

10-12 Lesson Plans

I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet by Kristen Baumchen
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.

The 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.

Big Trouble in the New Frontier by Max Delgado
Students will explore the Bay of Pigs invasion and defend both sides of the issue.

Pyrotechnics 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.

Speed 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.

The 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 amounts.

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