17th Century Exploration Teacher Resources

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Finally! Here are some new and fresh ideas, across the curicullum, that can be used around the Thanksgiving holiday. The lesson is divided up into two sections: Beyond Turkey - Activities for Younger Students and, Beyond Turkey - Activities for Older Students. These are all terrific ideas, and could lead to an entire week where the theme is nothing but Thanksgiving! Highly recommended!
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the Holocaust. Materials to complete this unit are included.
Students examine the types of foods eaten after the Civil War. They create their own cowboy style menu.
Young scholars explore Italian politics and warfare of the High Renaissance. They explain the effects of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter Reformation.
Students examine how observations lead to investigations, and how archaeologists conduct their investigation.
Students analyze and compare the lyrics of two songs that reflect the personal experiences of miners during and after the Gold Rush. They compare the expectations of miners as they arrived in California with the realities of life in the diggings.
Upper graders analyze the work, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. They consider the value of her paintings and how they are still relevent and sought after, 350 years after they were created. The blending of observation and imagination becomes the focus of the analysis as well as the inspiration for the learner's original poems.
Students examine the geography, politics and history of their local town of New Haven, Connecticut. Using the internet, they explore the neighbors of New Haven and write directions from their house to school. In groups, they research recent information about the city from the cities website and share what they have gathered. To end the lesson, they build a model of the city and its physical characteristics.
Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre lesson, students study the history of Russia and the Mongol Tatars. Students research how classical ballet made its way to Russia and create collaborative projects to share their findings.
Students examine planetary movement and its relation to the tide.In this gravity lesson students describe how and why the high and low tides change every day.
High schoolers consider the implications of the Salem Witch Trials. In this literature lesson, students read Arthur Miller's The Crucible and compare the witch trials to McCarthyism of the 1950's. High schoolers rewrite scenes from the play using a modern perspective.
Students view a video of Colonial House, a reality series where people lived according to the standards of European immigrants to the U.S. in 1628. In this colonial history lesson, students research changes in geographic areas over time and share their findings with the class. Students take notes, create a timeline of events and write a paragraph synthesizing their findings.
Examine the Latin and Greek language and civilization during the 19th century by exploring the mediums available then. Students examine scenes related to Greek and Roman literature and compare and contrast them.
Students examine the themes of isolation and simplicity in Andrea Zittel's art. They discuss what is necessary and sufficient on a month-long island stay and design functional and artistic items with Zittel's philosophy in mind.
Students develop an elementary understanding of the history of art. They study the basic elements of a painting including perspective, composition, color, light and symbolism. They look at each selected painting and analyze it, moving from first impressions to a more detailed examination. to
Students study African history and the life of one of its most successful warriors, Queen Jinga. They write a diary as if they were Queen Jinga and examine other important women in history from around the world.
Students observe landscape paintings consisting of cloud formations. For this identifying cloud types lesson, students discover different cloud types and characteristics by looking at paintings. Students paint their own pictures at the end of the lesson.
Get your head in the clouds before teaching cloud types to your mini-meteorologists. The lesson opens with a beautiful PowerPoint presentation of clouds portrayed in different artists' paintings. After viewing artistic renditions, learners then view photographs of different cloud types. Background information, resource links, and suggested extensions are provided. This lesson is a visual treat that you can follow with an activity in which pupils reproduce the different cloud types using various art media.
In this music activity set, students read about music, orchestras, and Christmas during the Victorian era. They discuss Victorian music halls, read examples of street music, list the parts of an orchestra, and compose an original Christmas carol.
Students examine the work of Gypsy Snider and her contemporary circus ensemble, "Les Sept Doigts de le Main."  In this artistic expression lesson, students explore physical movement, physical comedy, and circus arts as a form of artistic expression.  A variety of lessons/activities are provided for multiple age ranges.