High School Activities
HIGH SCHOOL SPONGES• List as many states as you can.• How many countries and their capitals can you name?• List five parts of the body above the neck that have three letters.• List as many United States Presidents as you can.• List as many models of cars as you can.• Name as many countries of the world as you can.• List as many personal pronouns as you can.• Name as many politicians as you can.• List all the sports you can think of.• List all the foods you can that have sugar in them.• Name as many teachers at this school as you can.• Name all the parts of speech and give an example of each.• Why are these dates important? 1492, 1606, 1776, 1812?• Find these rivers on your map: Mississippi, Rio Grande, Colorado, Hudson.• Name the different sections of the newspaper.• Name all the foods you can think of that contain protein.• Name all the words you can that begin with the prefix “in”.Write a paragraph about:• What you do well.• You favorite time of day.• Your most indispensable possession.• Your favorite song, book, etc.• The best advice you ever received.• Who you would like to meet.• If you could give any gift in the world, what would you give and to whom.• Where you’d live if you could live anywhere.• What you like most about yourself.• What kind of animal you’d like to be.• What “clothes make a person” means to you.• What “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” means.• What “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” means.• What “there are two sides to every coin” means.• What makes your best friend your best friend.• What three words or what color describe you best right now.• What four things that are most important in your life.• What you would do if you had a million dollars.• What law you’d like to create.• Who are your heroes.• Who has had the most influence on your life.• When you feel happiest, most proud, etc.
EXTENSION ACTIVITIESEnglish/Language Arts/Reading:• Illustrate your spelling words. Don’t actually write the word, but make your picture really reflect the meaning of the word.• Create newspaper headlines using your spelling words.• Use each letter in your spelling word to describe it (i.e. cat = C – cuddly; A – animal; T – timid).• Write a poem using all of your spelling words. Write a creative story using your spelling words.• Create antonyms and synonyms using your spelling word.• Write a letter to the author of the book you are reading. What questions would you ask him or her? What do you like best or least about the story?• Create a best-seller list of your ten favorite books and then compare the list with the rest of the class.• Rewrite the ending to a book you have read.• Write a paragraph about who was your favorite story character and why?• Write a creative story.• The teacher will recite a story to the class. Stop at a predetermined spot and ask the class to write the ending.• Students take a spelling or vocabulary word and lists other words that can be created from the letters in the word.• Unscramble spelling or vocabulary words. Word finds.
SOCIAL STUDIES• Choose an important event that took place in U.S. or world history (example: the first atomic bomb explosion during WWII). Now, pretend that you “were there” and have to write an article for your city’s newspaper. What will you say?• Choose an important event that took place in U.S. or world history and pretend that you “were there”. How did the event impact you, your family, your friends?• Choose an important person from U.S. or world history. Write a letter to him/her and ask any questions you'd like answered by that person.• Choose an important individual from U.S. or world history. Then, write a first- hand journal entry that might have been written by him/her during that time period.• If you could be anyone in history, who would it be and why?• Find similarities and differences between two events that took place at different times in history.• If you could live at any time in history, when would it be and why? Where would you be living? What would you be doing?• If you lived during the depression, how would you have helped your family?• Write a persuasive paper to anyone in history who did something that you would like for him or her to reconsider not doing.• List the capitals for every state or every country.
SCIENCE• Write a letter to a member of the government about an environmental issue you’ve learned about in class.• If you could invent anything, what would it be and why?• Write how you think inventions are created? What process does the inventor use?• Write a letter to a famous scientist or person who has contributed to science. Be sure to include questions you would really like this person to answer for you.• If you could be any animal, which would it be and why?• What invention do you think has had the most important impact on the world and why?• What invention do you think has had the most important impact on you and why? Make a list of ten things in life that are difficult or inconvenient and come up with ideas for inventions that could help make these things easier or more convenient.