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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Students 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.
In this Central Africa geography worksheet, students read about the history, culture, and life in Central Africa. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
The Tokugawa Shogunate
Students examine how the Tokugawa Shogunate centralized the Japanese government. They read a poem from the 1400s, evaluate Ieyasu's decree, and examine a photo of the Toshogu shrine.
Let's Spice It With Pepper
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.
An Adventure to the New World
Fifth graders role play the position of an explorer traveling to the new world. They research the explorers journey and create their own explorer's notebook. They complete different activities and then present their evidence to the class.
So Why Did They Kill Him?
Fourth graders, in groups, study European absolute monarchs from the 1400's to the 1700's.
Christopher Columbus Who?
Students recreate a "60-minutes" interview using cue cards and historical information on the Chinese explorer Zheng He. This lesson is an excellent introduction to World History during the 1400's.
In this geography instructional activity, students read a 2 page selection detailing the location, history and early statehood of Oklahoma. They answer 10 true or false questions based on the reading.
Creating A Wall Hanging Or Scroll
Students create wall hangings or scrolls in the Asian style known as Sumi-e in this cross-curricular lesson plan intended for use in the Language Arts, Social Studies, Humanties, or Art classroom.
New! Lesson Plan for Japan
The effect of cultural beliefs on the progress and industrialization of a society is an interesting idea to consider, and this is certainly true in this lesson on feudal Japan. Your young historians will read informational texts on samurai and their use of Bushido, and then discuss how perhaps these beliefs and those of China may have contributed to one country's superior advancements and industrialization.
Exploring Modern Human Migrations
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!
Early American History
In this early American history instructional activity, students match the words in column one with the fifteen descriptions to the right.
U.S. History: 1400-1600 Matching Activity
In this U.S history worksheet, students match 2 sets of terms correlating to the 1400-s through 1600's in United States history.
New! Renaissance and Reformation Test Preparation
This multiple-choice assessment on the Renaissance and Reformation reviews topics from humanism and the protests of Martin Luther to Italian city-states. While this is a traditional assessment designed by a textbook publisher, you can use some of these questions as part of a general review or as an opportunity to practice test-taking strategies.
Age of Exploration
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.
Our Knowledge of the Universe
Students investigate the history of astronomy. They use video, class discussion, interactive software and research to determine major discoveries in astronomy and reflect on the discoveries still to be made.
All The Way to Timbuktu
Students discuss the concept of historic preservation and relate it to their own families and communities. After reading an article, they discuss the efforts of Mali to preserve their history. Using the internet, they research one point in Timbuktu's history and present their information to the class.
Change Over Time Essay: Women's Rights in Korea
Pupils examine the state of women'srights in Korea. For this women's issues lesson, students analyze the content of 3 provided articles and compose essays regarding the Korean Women's Movement.
Introduction to Philanthropy-Recognizing Good Citizenship and Philanthropy in Our Community
Students explore the term philanthropy and recognize it in everyday situations. They list three philanthropic activities occurring in their own home, in their classroom, or in their school. Students identify at least one act they might do to make the world a better place in which to live.
Medieval African Kingdoms
Seventh graders examine the geography and political history of West Africa. They role-play as applicants to a company that transports customers to any historic time period. Working in teams, they create promotional products encouraging customers to visit ancient West African civilizations.