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look through the context lesson plans developed for adult
students. Among some wonderful lessons is the following:
- Area Art: Ethnomathematics For The Twenty-First Century
- Grade level: Adult
(ABLE, GED), Intermediate - "In this self-guided lesson,
learners will review a variety of geometric shapes and ways of
calculating area, and begin to understand how patterns can give
us insight into art and culture. Many people take the basic
principles of geometry for granted; yet the rules for solving
problems in geometry can often help us solve real-world
challenges. In fact, contractors, architects and artists often
use these rules to create their work. As part of the PBS mission
to 'inform, inspire and educate,' this lesson seeks to promote
cultural awareness and competence, examining specific patterns
in Islamic art, promoting cultural literacy and making
connections to math content." On this site, you will find
several links and great handouts for adults, including a great
little interactive site, where students at any level can create
their own quilts online by dragging little triangles
Paintings and the Medicine Wheel
http://www.mandalaproject.org/education/main.html - "The
Mandala Project supports an integrated approach to education and
is a proponent of the Multiple Intelligences Theory developed by
Howard Gardner. Building on proven studies showing that
successful learning involves the integration of both art and
academic content, the project has developed art
workshops that can teach any
subject, from geometry to history." The examples are from
schools but the ideas are very adult!
http://www.jyh.dk/indengl.htm#Circles - Mandalas explained.
http://www.earthmandalas.com/how/index.html - a step by step
tutorial on how to create mandalas from digital photos. Click on
each step in the left column.
A complete lesson plan. Students will construct and illustrate a
mandala that reflects their personalities and ideas about the
The Native American medicine wheel explained. Click on any of
the stones and get its meaning. I strongly suggest that you turn
off your volume as the sound repeats every time you return to
the original graphic. There are many lessons available and to be
created on the medicine wheel.
- Create a sand painting following instructions.
http://www.musicalenglishlessons.org/index-ex.htm - If you
dance to the rhythm of language, feast on this site: Musical
English Lessons International, England. Huge list of links on
how to teach grammar to ESL students through songs. Love it! (I
also advocate teaching fractions through music notations. It's a
perfect vehicle for some.)
http://www.themlc.org/compskills.html - From the Minnesota
Literacy Council, check out the great list of lesson plans and
resources for teaching computer skills to adults. The page
includes lesson plans for teaching ESL students computer skills
from A-Z, CASAS computer skills competencies, Mousearobics and
Mouse Skills, and several other resources.
http://imet.csus.edu/imet1/peshette/mandalas/ - Instructions
with student samples of creating mandalas on the computer.
http://www.medtropolis.com/VBody.asp - Check out a virtual
body, in Spanish or English.
- Energy science projects for all levels. How would you like to
build a better pyramid?
- Citizen science projects for adults. This one is on birding.
Scroll down the whole page.
- Sociology project ideas. Not necessarily for adult students,
but very relevant to adult behavior as well.
- (from Science Education Program Volume
11, Number 1, January/February 1996) "Projects Make Science
Interesting For Children and Adults: NIDA's Science Education
Program is increasing its efforts to show children and adults
that science can be interesting and useful in making good
choices about health matters such as drug abuse. The Institute
is funding one project to develop a low-literacy drug education
model program for adult literacy programs and another to produce
colorful classroom materials about abused drugs for middle
school students. NIDA's Science Education Program supported the
production of The Brain Book to help low-literate adults learn
more about how the brain works.
http://csmp.ucop.edu/csp/ScienceBook/index.html - Science
Books Written by English Learners and Their Teachers -
Instructions were "For your final project you will collaborate
with an English Learner to develop his/her writing skills and to
produce a children’s book. The book and its development should
reflect what you have learned about scaffolding science content
for English Learners."
created by Mary Beth
Indelicato, a former Education student at the University of
Richmond. She completed the original version of this document as
a project for a class on integrating technology across the
curriculum during the spring semester of 1998.
http://www.freemathhelp.com/sports-math.html - averages and
percentages in competition.
To find hundreds of great
links that will connect to your students, simply "Google"
entries that appeal, and something wonderful will show up. Why
not teach grammar through community issues, as one article
encouraged? Why not teach reading and writing through science,
art or history? So much learning yet to come, so little time!
Rendezvous is just around the corner, February 7-9. I hope
you are signing up for many sessions! If you want to learn
a great tool to expand your and your students' learning portals,
you might drop in to learn the many applications of Excel on
Thursday afternoon. More than a spreadsheet for finances, it is
a superb, interactive learning tool. We won't have a lab, but
you can bring your laptop and hum along.
If I don't see you then, I'll catch you later if you would
like a Go to Meeting workshop delivered at your site! Just
at Rendezvous 2007 in February!
Send me ideas for future issues!