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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 learning exercise, 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.
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.
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 instructional activity.
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.
Fourth graders, in groups, study European absolute monarchs from the 1400's to the 1700's.
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 worksheet, 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.
Students create wall hangings or scrolls in the Asian style known as Sumi-e in this cross-curricular lesson intended for use in the Language Arts, Social Studies, Humanties, or Art classroom.
Eighth graders examine the underestimated cause as to why exploration into the western hemisphere was not common before the 1400's. They reconstruct the causes/effects of exploration to North America.
In this early American history worksheet, students match the words in column one with the fifteen descriptions to the right.
For this U.S history worksheet, students match 2 sets of terms correlating to the 1400-s through 1600's in United States history.
Delve into the Age of Exploration with this activity-packed resource! Complete with a pre-test, discussion questions and quiz for a 30-minute video on the period, map activities, timeline of discoveries, vocabulary, etc. this is a goldmine for ideas and activities associated with exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
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 instructional activity 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.
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.
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!
Third graders "travel" from Europe to North America as Columbus did. They organize the information into chronoglogical order.
Here is a comprehensive task for your middle school mathematicians regarding the multiplication and division of integers. Word problems and practical problems abound, while occasional graphics make the page more visually appealing. A couple of related website addresses areprinted at the top of the page with games that reinforce the same skills.
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.
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.