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East Timor: The World's Newest Country
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.
Be a Food Explorer
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.
Cast of Personalities - The Louisiana Purchase
The origins of the state of Arkansas are the focus of this history lesson. 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 lesson has short biographies of many of the major players in the development of Arkansas.
European Expansion in America
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.
Students explore different ways of trading to get what they want. In this algebra activity, students explore goods, money, services and exchange. They compare the use of money to the use of potlach.
Columbus' Voyage to the New World
Students 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.
Trade and Prosperity
In this geography instructional activity, learners 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.
South Carolina: State History
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.
Around the World
Pupils explore how the world has changed throughout time. In this social studies lesson plan, students view maps and discuss how the view of the world has changed since the 1500s.
The Ming Dynasty
Students examine Chinese History as it pertains to The Ming Dynasty. In this Ming Dynasty activity, 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.
Section 1: Non-obvious Causes
Students explore the historical problem of pumping water out of mines.
Be A Food Explorer
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.
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
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.
Old Mayan Mural
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 worksheet, students read a 2-page selection regarding the state and they answer 10 true or false questions pertaining to the selection.
What Impact did European Explorers have on the Native American Culture?
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.
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.
Lesson: A Garden Party of My Own
Kids look at a beautiful work of art to practice grammar, make connections from life to art, and sketching. They identify all the parts of grammar they see in the image, discuss what they see and do on a picnic, and then draw an imaged family gathering. A neat lesson the kids will love!
The Protestant Reformation (1450 - 1565)
The Protestant Reformation didn't just happen, it happened for a reason. Discover the causes and effects of this world-altering event. Slides are rich with bulleted text and images. Each is easy to follow and will provide great lecture notes. Religion and politics during the 1500s, is comprehensively covered.
Mind Your Mannerists-Understanding the Art of El Greco
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use four ways to examine art taken from the book, "Looking at Pictures" by Susan Woodford to help them analyze the paintings. A good lesson with a lot of great extension ideas.