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Students practice the skill of comparing and contrasting.  In this historical literature lesson, students compare and contrast elements of London's culture in the 1500s to that of the present day.  Students use the Mark Twain novel The Prince and the Pauper as a guide to understanding 1500s London culture.  Students demonstrate their findings using one of a variety of creative methods.
This isn't just a hand-out or a reading passage; it's more like a mini book on the history, colonization, independence, and culture of the South East Asian country of Timor. There are extensive readings and discussion questions for learners to address.
Students discover the origins of fruits and vegetables. In this nutrition lesson, students research how fruits and vegetables came to the United States via trade routes.  Resources are provided.
The origins of the state of Arkansas are the focus of this history instructional activity. Elementary schoolers to high schoolers identify persons associated with the development of the state from the very first European contact to statehood in 1836. Besides outlining some great activities, this instructional activity has short biographies of many of the major players in the development of Arkansas.
Students explore human settlement in America - from the 1500s to about the turn of the 20th Century. They follow the relationships and changes beginning in the east, then head west to witness the final battles of this era.
Learners explore different ways of trading to get what they want. In this algebra lesson, students explore goods, money, services and exchange. They compare the use of money to the use of potlach.
Young scholars analyze primary sources from the 1500's from the time that Columbus voyaged to the New World. In this history lesson plan, students discuss how primary sources help them to understand the role of explanation in Hispanic cultural heritage.
In this geography worksheet, students find the missing word or phrase that best completes each of the 9 sentences pertaining to trade and prosperity of East Asia from the 1500s through the 1900s.
Students read this informational passage about money and then answer 5 reading comprehension question and 5 vocabulary questions. The passage contains interesting information about the origin of money and would be good reading comprehension practice for ESL students.
In this state history worksheet, 4th graders read two and a half pages about the history of South Carolina and complete 10 true or false questions.
Students explore how the world has changed throughout time. For this social studies lesson, students view maps and discuss how the view of the world has changed since the 1500s.
Students examine Chinese History as it pertains to The Ming Dynasty. In this Ming Dynasty lesson, students discuss the surviving texts of the Ming Dynasty and the arrival of Europeans in China during the 1500s. Students discuss why gunpowder and paper were significant discoveries.
Students explore the historical problem of pumping water out of mines.
Students read about and discuss the origin of many different fruits and vegetables. Students complete surveys, sample a variety of new foods and write about their reactions. They commit to trying at least three new foods.
Students use their books and the Internet to explore and find specific information about the Native Americans that were in Florida during the 1500's.
Students read a story called Scientists Discover Oldest Mayan Mural and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this current events Mayan mural lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, recalling details, sharing facts, researching locations of maps, investigating symbols/hieroglyphics associated with the ancient Mayan language, and explore history on various websites.
In this Kentucky reading comprehension activity, students read a 2-page selection regarding the state and they answer 10 true or false questions pertaining to the selection.
Engage your fifth graders in a Socratic discussion on the impact European explorers had on Native American culture. Everything is outlined in a highly structured fashion, from what the teacher does, to what the student does. The lesson focuses on students reading and using the included informational text to compose an essay. Some very handy worksheets to help organize the discussion are also included. Note: While the idea of a Socratic discussion is great, the reading passage and writing expectations may be beyond some fifth graders' abilities. Graphic organizers or other scaffolding methods may be needed.
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.
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.

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