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High School Lesson Plans

High School Lesson Plans cover five content areas: Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Language Arts and Health Occupations.


Foreign Languages Lesson Plans

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  • Spanish-Local Politician Address River Pollution Caused by Coffee Production in Costa Rica - Students will take on the role of local politicians addressing the local concerns of river pollution due to coffee production of the actual company, Café Britt, whose representative will be portrayed by another student. Some students will be the scientists presenting their findings to others who will be the concerned citizens of the local community. The students will receive a memo from the government of the state of Guanacaste and a study about coffee production’s effects on the environment.
  • Travel Agencies Vie for Study Abroad Funding (9th Grade) - Students become travel agents when they assume the role of key trip planners (program coordinators and trip research specialists.) at a fictitious travel agency (named by the individual groups). The director of Mexican affairs has commissioned U.S. travel agencies to design a 4-5 week study abroad program to encourage U.S. students to spend part of their summer studying Spanish and Mexican culture.
  • Camp Counselors Work With Visiting Teens (10th & 11th Grades) - Students will assume the roles of camp counselors, cooks, lifeguards and other camp workers at a church sponsored summer camp. The church is sponsoring a one week camp stay for a group of teens from a mission school in Oaxaca, Mexico. The counselors, cooks, lifeguards and other camp workers have to find out about what type of food to serve and how to communicate with the teens so that they will feel welcome at the camp.

Health Occupations Lesson Plans

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Language Arts Lesson Plans

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  • Technology Crisis (9th Grade) - students become members of a Technology Assessment Committee which must equip Rosewood High School with technology resources, i.e. computers, software, etc.
  • Influence of Peers, Parents and Culture on Students (9th Grade) - The students are the legal staff in an attorney’s office. A case has been brought to the attorney by a woman seeking to adopt a child who was thrust upon her suddenly by a member of the Cherokee Nation seeking a better life for the child. As legal staff, the students are to research the problem and make a recommendation to the attorney. Because the problem is complex, the staff will research different aspects. The Historian will research Cherokee history. One Sociologist will research interracial adoption. A second Sociologist will investigate current social relations between the Cherokee Nation and whites. There will be two Legal Experts, one to research Cherokee Law, the other to research the history of adoption law.
  • Bankers Facilitate Mortgages Without Speaking Their Client's Language (11th Grade) - Students will assume the roles of United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, and Bank Loan officers for a fictitious bank working to assist displaced foreign nationals from Honduras. They are in our country to work on a long-term construction contract for Mr. David Bolt. However, their records have been tragically destroyed in Hurricane Felix. Mr. Bolt is concerned not only about his bottom line, but staying in line with the law, keeping his work force, and maintaining this type of construction for several years to come. Mr. John Easley, the bank’s vice-president over lending, Mr. Bolt, and Mr. Matt Jones from the USCIS will be listening to the students present their solutions.
  • Governor's Task Force Putting a Stop to the Increase in Crime (12th Grade) - Students will act as leading psychologist, data analyzers, journalist, and concerned citizens relaying their concerns to the governor to drop our percentage of violence, at least to what it was a decade ago.
  • Why Didn't Juliet Send Romeo a Text? (8th Grade) - Students will perform the roles of researchers, writers and actors of their modernized version of Romeo and Juliet to pitch to the major television producer. Students will interpret central messages of the play and relate them to the modern youth.
  • PLAYS Detective Agency: Uncovering Information About Past Literary Accounts for Your Sanity (10th Grade) - Students will become detectives in a key investigative role. In their intricate roles, students will pursue information about their team’s chosen classic literary writer; searching for links between their writer and influences they have had on other writers, historians, and literature throughout history. Students’ main task is to prove or disprove any and all of their classic literary writer’s affects and influences on today’s contemporary writers.
  • AHS What Not to Wear Video Project (10th-12th Grade Visual Arts and Language Arts) - Students will take the role of a real world video production team. They will be responsible for scripting, filming, and editing a 2-3 minute info video about the dress code at Arnold High School. The students will receive a memo from the production manager along with a letter from the principal of the high school that will state the requirements. The project will involve both individual and collaborative group work. Production teams will present their final videos to both the client (made up of the principal, administration, or other teachers) and their class peers.
  • Bay County Citizens Confront the Digital Divide (10th Grade) - Students take on the roles of School Board members, school principals, or business leaders as they consider ways to reduce inequality in access to digital devices and the high-speed Internet service required to use them for learning. Students identify and defend possible solutions which fit within real-world parameters such as budget limitations and time allowances.
  • Artists Re-Create the Lost Art of Commedia dell'arte (Drama, 10th Grade) - Students will take on the roles of actors, designers and writers, while representing one of two groups - either Members of the Bay Arts Alliance or members of the Gulf Coast Players. These groups will determine the best method to recreate the lost art of Commedia dell'arte in order to introduce the art to the residents of Bay County. Ideas will be presented at a fictional meeting held by a Committee made up of the arts community in July. The project is spurred by a memo sent by the president of the Bay Arts Alliance about why this problem needs to be solved. The president also included two articles about what is known about Commedia for members to acquaint themselves with this art form.
  • Amateur Artists Educate Elementary Students on Shakespeare (Drama, 9-12 Grades) - Students will act as the varying members of a Theatrical Troupe (actors, directors, and designers) tasked with presenting an educational performance of the works of Shakespeare to an elementary school. They will propose their performance to the school’s administration; as it addresses the challenge of dialect and historical context brought before such a young audience.

Mathematics Lesson Plans

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  • Bay County Engineers Meet to Determine Best Design and Structure for New Bridge (Geometry) - Students will become engineers employed by Bay County. They will have to analyze shapes and structures in order to determine the best structural design for the new bridge. They must then analyze the existing city map and plan the bridge in accordance with the existing bridges and roads.
  • Budgeting After Graduation (9th grade) - Students determine a budget when they assume the role of a budgeter’s (income specialist, expense specialist and budget analyst) for a fictitious two person household. Two people are going to share an apartment. Each roommate must find a job for a high school graduate. Students will look in the "help wanted" section of the local newspaper's classifieds. Using the total monthly income found as a guide, students will find an apartment they can afford. After finding a suitable apartment, students will determine monthly expenses and appropriate household goods to be purchased. Monthly income needs to be more than the monthly expenses and household goods purchased.
  • Nutrition Experts Balance Meal Plan at Bay Soup Kitchen (9th grade) - Bay Soup Kitchen, which serves many needy people in the area, needs an updated meal plan. A nutritional deficiency has been identified in the current plan, and students must work together to create a meal plan that addresses this deficiency while staying within budget. The students are members of the Nutrition Team at the soup kitchen, and they must demonstrate their plan to the Foundation for Public Health in order to receive the funding for the update.One role that students may take is the nutrition researcher. This student is responsible for researching the nutrition facts for the foods being considered. A second role is the purchaser, who is responsible for locating potential food vendors and researching prices for these foods.
  • Financial Counselors Assist Laid-Off Workers Maximize Severance (11th grade) - Students work as “financial advisors” to the workers of We R Broke, Inc. who are about to be laid off due to cutbacks. We R Broke, Inc. is eliminating 125 positions due to the economic recession. The students work to maximize the benefit of the workers’ severance packages through debt reduction strategies or budgeting advice. The financial advisors present their suggestions to the workers via multimedia presentation.
  • City Officials Explore Possible Mortgages for the New Community Pool Property (11-12th Grades) - Students become personally responsible when they assume the roles of bankers, accountants, Realtors, or board members. The City has contracted to buy a parcel of land for the development of a future public pool and park and a mortgage with which to pay for the land must be chosen. The students will take into consideration the closing cost budget and monthly mortgage payment limits set by The City Financial Department. Each group will explore several mortgage options and present at least two solutions to The City Council.
  • Want a Car? Got a Job? Students Investigate Purchasing a Car and the Means to Pay For It (9th Grade) - In this project the students will basically be themselves. The younger students will assume they are of driving age for this project. They will also play the role of “friend” to give inputs on each others choices and decisions. They will be given a car guide with used cars for sale. The students will be instructed to choose a few possibilities. Once they have found a few, they will calculate the monthly payment at 12% interest. They will be given a list of insurance rates for various cars with 16 year old drivers. Another factor that will need to be considered is the cost of fuel, the students will need to estimate how many miles they will be driving every month and that cost to the budget as well. They will also need to think about their schedule and how many hours they would be able and/or willing to work every week. Using all this information, they will calculate what wage they will need to make in order to make the car and insurance payments every month.
  • What Are the Odds? Free Throws From Afar (9th Grade) - Students become the stakeholders when they assume the role of Basketball coaches for a professional basketball team named the “Juggernauts”. On the opposite end, students will also become stockholders as professional basketball players looking to increase their probability of free throw shots. As of late, the Juggernauts have lost 6 games each by less than 4 points apiece. The owner, Dr. Ramey, demands that the coaches make an improvement at the free throw line. Before the Juggernauts lose any more games, the coaches forced by Dr. Ramey, are trying to improve their free throw shots so they can pull out of this slump.
  • Buying My First Car (11th & 12th Grade Consumer Math) - Students become the stakeholders when they assume the role of consumers. The student will be able to see that purchasing a car is a lot more involved than just walking on to a car lot and picking out a car and then driving it home.
  • Competing Engineers Up the Volume on Soda Pop (9th Grade) - Students will act as one of three groups: Engineers for Coke, Engineers for Pepsi, and Engineers for Citizens Against Beverage Pollution. They will report to Green Enterprises on the possible solution they have found to create an aluminum container to replace the plastic bottle and thereby reduce the use of plastic bottles in the soda industry.
  • Panama City Beach Leaders analyze the traffic flow following major events at Pier Park or Aaron Bessant Park (9th Grade) - Students will act as Urban Planner, Representatives for the Panama City Beach Police Department, and Event Organizers to design optimal flow of traffic following major events at Arron Bessant Park and Pier Park. They will report their analysis and plan to City Council.

Science Lesson Plans

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  • Energy Woes (9th-12th Grade) - Students are members of the Save the Earth Foundation attending a public hearing about potential energy failures.
  • Good Diet, Fad Diet (9th-10th Grade) - Students play a role of a registered dietitian. Mary Parker, a 16-year-old patient, has been referred to them because she is on a low carbohydrate diet and Metabolife. Her mother suspects an eating disorder may also be present. The students must research her current weight loss plan and other diets to create a healthy and effective weight loss plan for Mary.
  • Algae in the Aquarium (10th Grade) - Students have been given the task of determining the cause of an algal bloom in the classroom aquariums.
  • Problems at Cliffs of the Neuse (9th-12th Grade) - Students act as members of the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park who are developing an action plan in response to a patron's letter of complaint about possible water quality problems and associated human illness.
  • Land Assessment (9th-12th Grade) - Students look at the viability of purchasing a tract of land in order to build an agricultural school.
  • Wake County Landfill Problem (9-12th Grade and Post-Secondary) - Students act as concerned parties in Wake County reporting to an Advisory Committee on how to solve Wake County's pending landfill problem.
  • Global Warming (9-12th Grade) - Students are members of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. They are to make recommendations to the "governor" and a panel of his advisors regarding the greenhouse effect and global warming.
  • Nuclear Power (Grade 10-12th) - Students will be members of a concerned citizens group discussing the transportation of spent fuel rods from a local nuclear power plant (Shearon Harris).
  • Propane Incident in Clayton, North Carolina (11-12th Grade) - The students will function as the state fire marshal's office and advise the Fire Chief of Clayton on how to handle derailed and damaged tank cars of propane in the downtown area of Clayton.
  • Explosives (Grade 10-12th) - The student's role is a Clayton detective investigating explosives making at the residences of three suspected terrorists.
  • Resource Sharing Between Chemistry Labs (College-Undergraduate) - Students assume the role of community college instructors researching the feasibility of resource (chemicals, supplies, equipment) sharing between community colleges.
  • Geneticists Solve Case of Puzzling Parenthood (10th Grade) - Students become geneticists (Mendelian geneticist, embryologist, diagnostic geneticist, Classical human geneticist, and modern human geneticist) on a research team who are working on a paper for publication in any one of the major journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Scientists Reduce the Cholera Epidemic in Hispanola (9th Grade) - Students dive into the role of being epidemiologist and physicians as they work together to solve the current cholera outbreak in Hispaniola. Epidemiologists will focus on how to prevent the disease from spreading and traveling across the entire Island. Physicians will focus of the population as individuals and will look for more personal means that each person can do individually to prevent being contaminated or to prevent contaminating others. The ultimate goal is to create a micro solution and a macro solution for the outbreak issue. Propositions of possible solutions will be presented to the Board of Directors of the CDC.
  • Healthier Lifestyle (9th Grade) - Students become actual Personal Trainers and are to design individual fitness plans that also encompass dietary plans as prescribed by a nutritionist.
  • Citizens Address funding for James Webb Space Telescope (10th Grade) - The James Webb Space Telescope is currently slated to be launched in 2018 and become the successor to the Hubble Telescope. Currently the James Webb Space Telescope project is in danger of having its funding cut off due to economic issues in the United States. Students will take on one of two roles to address the funding issues surrounding the James Webb Space Telescope. One group of students will act as analysts in a company who will research increasing revenue in order to fund the space telescope. The other group of students will act as analysts in a company who will research canceling other projects in order to fund the James Webb Space Telescope. They will report to the Congressional Budget Office on possible solutions to address the funding of the James Webb Space Telescope.
  • Florida Shorebirds, Citizens Preservation Efforts (11th Grade) - The scenario used for this problem based lesson plan is for students to assume various roles in the community to discuss the issue of protection of shoreline bird nesting areas and sanctuaries. The students will receive a memorandum from the United States Department of Interior asking for assistance to evaluate existing conservation efforts and for five recommended solutions to protect the shorebirds’ sanctuary locations. Each of these student roles will have an interest in this issue and will give an oral presentation to officials from the US Department of Interior on which existing techniques and efforts are working, and which efforts the students believe need improvement. Students will provide an explanation for each of their proposed solutions. Students will play the role of Audubon members, and students will play the role of concerned citizens.
  • Bay County Confront the Issue of Obesity in their Children (Health Education, Grade 9) - Students will act as nutritionists and physical education teachers investigating ways to improve children’s health and reduce the obesity in children. They will report to Bay County Health Care Providers a solution for reducing obesity.
  • County Residents Seek to Block the Rise in Skin Cancer Rates (11th Grade) - Students will act as two research groups from Teen Outreach Program and the School Health Division of the Bay County Health Department. These groups shall report to Douglas Kent, Administrator of the Bay County Health Department.
  • Community Investigates Human Impact on Water Quality (9th Grade) - Students will act as community members and researchers examining the water quality of the bays in Bay County to determine solutions to positively affect the health of our local waters.  They will report their findings and possible solutions to the Bay County Commissioners.
  • Citizens Address Enterococcus in Local Waterways in Bay County (9th Grade) - Students will act as members of environmental association and water quality specialist environmental engineers and model the biogeochemical cycles for the local areas.  Once those models have been created, association will discuss with the engineers possible solutions to lowering the amount of enterococcus in the waterways.  The groups will report this to the Bay County Board of Commissioners on January 9th, 2016.

Social Studies Lesson Plans

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  • German Unification? (11th Grade) - Students are asked by the Prussian Kaiser to come up with a plan of action to enhance the position of Prussia in Europe. They are assigned the roles of cabinet ministers, specifically the finance, foreign, interior and defense ministries. The group must formulate a solution such that : a solution is proposed in 2 weeks, it stays within the budget of the state, costs in human, monetary and diplomatic terms are minimized, and the balance of power in Europe is not upset, resulting in war with our neighbors.
  • Historians Investigate The Civil War's Impact on Soldiers & Civilians Through Written Documents (12th grade) - In groups of eight, students become members of a council to create a compromise in order to avoid the war. Each student in the group will have his/her own individual role in the assignment. The eight roles are chosen from: Northern Politician; Southern Politician; Abolitionist; Slave Trader; Northern Factory Worker; Southern Small Farm Owner; Southern Plantation Owner; and Northern Factory Owner. Once they have decided upon a compromise to avoid war, they will present it before Congress.
  • Recommendations and an Action Plan for Consumer Credit Customers (12th Grade) - Students will act as credit analysts. They will analyze the current credit positions of five consumer clients and will recommend which clients may be eligible to refinance with a financial institution that may or may not offer the right loan programs for the consumer clients.
  • Concerned Members of the Community Address Ways to Assimilate Young Hurricane Refugees into the Local School System (9th Grade) - Groups will consist of students who will take on the roles of child psychologists, principals, and student government representatives to seek out civically minded ways in which they can help the displaced students of Hurricane Anna make the transition into Bay County’s community and its public school system. Each group will take into consideration the psychological and educational needs of these children and present one solution to Bay County’s Board of County Commissioners and Bill Husfelt.
  • Concerned Citizens Tackle Bullying (10th Grade) - Students will act as local parents, students, teachers, administrators and local school board members to combat the problem of bullying. They will report to Arne Duncan, the US Secretary for the Department of Education
  • Poor County, Florida Scholarship Committee to Create Investment Portfolio and Begin Distributions (11th Grade) - Students become the decision-makers when they assume the dual role of Investment Committee and Selection Committee members at a fictitious county-wide Scholarship Committee sponsored by a $10 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The two committees will be tasked with designing a portfolio of investments and determining the funding schedule and selection criteria for the scholarships. Students will need to work together to form an integrated consensus report for submission to the Executive Committee detailing their first year and long-range plans for their use and stewardship of the funds provided by the Gates Foundation.
  • Residents of Destin Address Traffic Safety Concerns (9th Grade) - The city of Destin has had an increasingly high number of traffic accidents, many involving pedestrians, often resulting in injuries and even death. Students will act as local residents, business owners, and law enforcement officers working in Destin to develop solutions to the local traffic safety problem. They will report to the Florida Department of Transportation on possible solutions to the traffic safety problem in the city of Destin.
  • House of Representatives Propose Budget Agreements to Avoid "Sequester Cuts" (12th Grade) - Students will act as Representatives, both Democrats and Republicans, from the House of Representatives to develop an agreement (revenues and spending cuts) to avoid the draconian sequester cuts on 1 March 2013. The two groups will develop plausible positions from both sides of the aisle in order to compromise on one solution that balances revenues and cuts and the interests of individuals with the public good. The House of Representatives (each student) will submit a single solution (group presentation and individual final report) to the Office of the President of the United States (principal and his staff). The POTUS will sign the proposal into law ultimately avoiding sequestration.
  • Hawaiians investigate the leaking of oil by the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor (10th & 11th Grades) - The students will determine how the leaking of oil by the USS Arizona is impacting the environment. Students will be placed in groups of five. Each group will be assigned a role in this investigation. Student roles with consist of concerned citizens, National Park Service, or state government officials. Each group will present their findings to the rest of the class, members of the National Park Service, and Government officials.
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