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Eighth graders draw the paths of the planets in the solar system. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders calculate speed of objects using distance and time information. They research about the work of scientists in the 16th and 17th century.
Seventh graders examine different pieces of Dutch Art. They identify its social and political meanings by using cultural and historical information. They examine maps of the time period as well.
Students study the history and culture of 17th century Japan by examining samurai. They review the format of haiku poetry and examine renga poetry. They examine Kamishibai, the Japanese storytelling form and apply it five facts they discover.
Students gather information about a 15th to 17th century explorer and prepare a script in talk show format about the individual. Finally, students make a video following the script and present it to the class.
Take a virtual field trip to the Plymouth plantation. Using the site linked in the lesson, discover how people lived during the 17th century in this part of the country. Discuss the role of the pilgrims and native Americans in the formation of the new world. End the lesson by having students draw a picture of their house in the 17th century and what they would be wearing in the time period had they lived during it.
Students discuss jettons and their archaeological importance at Jamestown. They then practice using historic counting sheets and artifacts to understand the calculating methods of the early 17th Century, and identify their similarities with modern numeric systems.
Students examine ancient Greek myths and illustrate origin myths scenes in a contemporary setting. In this Greek myth lesson, students analyze Rembrandt’s painting The Abduction of Europa and discuss how the artist took an ancient Greek myth and contemporized it for a 17th-century Dutch audience. Students discuss the purpose of origin myth and illustrate a scene from a myth within a contemporary setting.
Students make paint using the ingredients from recipes from the 17th century. In this paint making lesson plan, students follow a recipe with vegetable oil, eggs, pigment, paintbrushes, and more to make their paint.
Learners examine life in the early 17th century by viewing a film called "Lorna Donne". They identify the politcal scene at the time while noting the major characters. They practice using new vocabulary as well.
Students view Rembrandt's etching, View of Amsterdam. They compare commerce and trade of 17th-century Amsterdam to modern day. They create self-portraits of themselves as children with birthday gifts during the 17th century.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, learners are given an essay in which 6 paragraphs have been removed. Students are to choose from the sentences the one which fits each gap.
Imagine crafting a pamphlet to attract settlers to a new colony. As part of their study of the settlement of North Carolina, eighth graders examine a pamphlet produced in the 17th century meant to attract settlers to Carolina. Using the provided worksheet, learners critique the content of the document, its appeals, and whether those same appeals would be found appealing today.
Students explore artistic techniques by analyzing numerous images. In this visual arts instructional activity, students discuss storytelling through visuals and identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. Students create their own visual stories by drawing three cohesive images in a specific order.
Root vegetables inspire the series of activities included here. Class members participate in activities related to language arts, social studies, science, visual art, and math. At first, the long list might feel overwhelming; however, there are strong ideas alongside weaker ideas and a considerable amount of information about root vegetables and the related exercises. While the resource lists many standards, you might find it difficult to meet every single one.
Examine popular language and slang and how they have changed over the course of American history. Conduct Internet research, use an online interactive Colonial House website to translate 17th century language into 21st century language, and write 17th century text.
Students examine a painting by Frans Snyders and use Internet research to classify the animals portrayed in the painting according to genus and species.
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface. They consider three factors: location, soil, and weather conditions. This is a must-see! Implement it into your astronomy curriculum, US history studies, or fashion an entire interdisciplinary unit from it.
Students study Galileo and his scientific discoveries. They complete a series of experiments/model constructions, using 17th century equipment and procedures, to "recreate," demonstrate and explore the various discoveries of Galileo.
What is a haibun? With this interesting lesson, writers will experience the Japanese writing form haibun, identify elements important to Japanese writing styles, analyze a haibun, and compose their own. Different from the typical journal you'd see in the West, the goal of this style is to condense and intimate, rather than expand and explain. Critical thinking is promoted with this challenge.
Students read and analyze the poem, "To His Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell. They identify the theme of each stanza, complete a worksheet, take an online quiz, and write about a single metaphor or image from the poem.