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- Diane W., Teacher
- Lexington, KY
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A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures is par-for-the-course for most fifth grade classrooms. This set of lesson plans is worth looking into if you are a fifth grade teacher! In them, learners focus on the geography and culture of the Meso-American civilizations. They engage in hands-on activities and a host of language arts-based activities that require them to listen, write, read, and speak in front of others. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fine series of plans.
High schoolers work in groups to imagine, research and simulate a dinner party involving an author, a fictional character, and a significant historical figure as dinner guests. The activity uses Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the time period of the 1300s as a model. Students stage the event.
Students research the history of cartography. For this cartography lesson, students discuss the origin of maps and view samples of early maps. Students use the Internet to research in groups and create a timeline of events in the history of cartography. Students create ancient Babylonian maps using sticks to etch a geographic area. Students present their timelines to the class and their clay maps.
Students identify and locate the areas in which pepper and spices orginated. On a map, they locate the areas and write the name of the spice that is found there. They use historical events to trace its route to the Americas. They answer geographical questions to end the lesson.
A fabulous unit of study on The Age of Discovery, European explorers, and Christopher Columbus is here for you. In these eight lessons, pupils study the affects these explorations had on other cultures. Hands-on activities include using navigational tools, enhancing mapmaking skills, and simulations regarding first contact. This outstanding series of lessons contain video links, resource links, worksheets, and a phenomenal teacher-created test to be given at the end.
Using maps, images, websites, and handouts, learners will work to understand the nature of human migrations. They'll compare and contrast human migration from the past to the present, identify causes for migration, and trace migration routes on the map. After a group discussion, the class applies what they've learned as they explore the Genographic Project, a study that traces human migration through the genetic clues and markers left behind. Fascinating stuff!
The Italian Renaissance was a period of great art and architecture. Show your class the achievements that define the Quattrocento period in Italian art and style. This slide show centers around Florence, the architecture, sculpture, and the masters that lived there during the 1400s. Note: This is a well-developed art presentation but is not punctuated by text, it is visual only.
Kindergartners examine pieces of artwork and make masks to wear in a classroom parade. They examine images of The Triumphs of Love, Chastity, and Death, and The Triumphs of Fame, Time, and Divinity. After looking at the characters that are depicted in the images, they create masks to be worn in a parade.
During the first century of Chinese Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the government sent out a total of seven voyages into the Indian Ocean. Young historians will discuss, explain, role play, and compare the decisions made by rulers during the Ming dynasty. Background information, classroom activities, and a time line of each of the seven voyages is included.
What was it that made Europe so keen to explore during the 1400s and 1500s? Watch this presentation to find out about several key causes for exploration. Maritime technology, spices, the Crusades, and the spread of religion are some of the reasons that people like Christopher Columbus set out to sea.