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Updated by Shelby Stephens on Jun 10, 2016
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21st Century 4th-Grade Learners

Here are the 8 needed skills for the future:

  • Leadership
  • Digital Literacy
  • Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Citizenship
  • Problem Solving
  • Team-Working

You will find a lesson plan below for each of the eight 21st century skills.

Lesson 1: What Makes a Leader?

In the lesson, students will discuss the qualities of what makes a leader as a whole class. Once students have identified what makes a leader, the students will then work together in small groups to gather research on an American Leader using online resources and a graphic organizer. The students will then share with the class what they have learned about their person and what makes them a leader. This lesson also provides the materials needed to complete the tasks in the classroom, and extension lesson for those students who are more advanced, and helpful hints.

Going Digital: Using e-Book Readers to Enhance the Reading Experience - ReadWriteThink

In this lesson, students will learn how to us eBOOKS to help increase their comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Students will learn the differences between an eBOOK and a regular paperback book. Students will also learn the different tools when reading an eBOOK such as making the font bigger, how to change the page orientation, and how to change the page layout. The lesson plan also discussed how to use other tools such as the highlighter, dictionary, and how the eBOOKs can read to the student. This lesson is a great way to get your students motivated about using computers and iPADs to help them become better readers.

Lesson | Communication Lesson Plan | Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills

This activity is excellent for developing students' communication skills; it demonstrates the importance of listening and asking the right questions (inquiry skills). Students are placed in pairs and their backs are turned to each other. Students A will draw a picture then give a description of their picture to Student B where they will have to draw it based on Student As description. Another activity in this lesson plan is similar to the the first one, however, Student B can only ask yes or no questions. This is a fun, but challenging lesson for the student but it will show them the importance of communication.

Many Ways to Resolve Conflict

Students learn how to use negotiation, arbitration, communication, and mediation to resolve conflicts. These conflict resolution techniques will help you promote school safety. I don't know about you, but my students come up to me several times during the day. This lesson plan allows students to read through different conflict scenerios and they need to identify what conflict resolutions would be best.

I Can Be an Entrepreneur

In this lesson students will create a business that they think will benefit them, create flyers, and discuss why this business will help them earn money. Students will learn more about what entrepreneurs do and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

Citizen Responsibilties

The students and teacher will have a conversation about some of the responsibilities that they have as students: do their homework, clean their rooms, etc. Students will create public service posters that demonstrates what they believe is one of the most important citizen responsibilities.

No Quick Fix? Developing Problem-Solving Skills

In this lesson, students consider how to work through a practical problem. They identify problems in their school that need fixing, then find solutions to one of those problems.

Teamwork and Tangrams

Students use tangrams in this math lesson to practice group participation and cooperation. In this lesson, students reflect on their interpersonal skills while working in cooperative groups to solve Tangram puzzles. Students share and discuss their group skills using the Numbered Heads Together cooperative learning strategy.