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21st Century 6th Grade Learners Lessons

Lessons geared to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.

Lesson 1: Leadership

Students will identify characteristics of leadership by researching the lives of great American leaders. By doing this, they will learn what it takes to be a great leader themselves.

Lesson 2: Digital Literacy

Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy. This is full of great material for students, and the lesson is simple. Have students review the material on each link and watch the embedded videos.

Lesson 3: Communication

In this lesson students learn how social media works and the proper way to communicate with each other. They will reflect on rules about safety and privacy.

Lesson 4: Emotional Intelligence

This lesson is deals with the issues that arise when students bring non-academic issues into class. It talks about normal concerns about popularity and peer pressure as well as extraordinary issues they might be dealing with at home.

Lesson 5: Entrepreneurship

Need some fresh ideas for entrepreneurship lesson plans? It's not business as usual when you're talking risk! You need to think outside the box. These lessons revolve around using the hit show "Shark Tank" to inspire students.

Lesson 6: Global Citizenship

Membership in a country or other political unit, which comes with full rights and
responsibilities under the law. Most people equate citizenship with nationality, but are there other forms of citizenship? Is it possible to be a global citizen? Can national and global citizenship coexist? In this
WebQuest you will explore the meaning of these different forms of citizenship and the
relationship between them. Specifically, students will determine: How compatible or incompatible is global citizenship with U.S. citizenship?

Lesson 7: Problem Solving

How can real problems be approached and analyzed in ways that lead to practical solutions? What distinguishes effective solutions from ineffective ones? In this lesson, students consider how to work through a practical problem. They identify problems in their school that need fixing, then devise viable solutions to one of those problems, using problem-solving models and drawing on strategies like the social science of behavioral change. They then test some of their proposed solutions in the field and propose them to the school.

Lesson 8: Team Working

This is a wonderful set of STEM based projects that students can do. It fosters team building and creative problem solving.