17th Century Exploration Teacher Resources
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Lesson Plan on the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag
Fifth graders write journal entries and a story based on the Mayflower era. They identify the roles of both the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in their writings.
My Brother Sam is Dead: A study of the Revolutionary War
Fifth graders complete an analysis of the Revolutionary War through literature. After "My Brother Sam Is Dead," students create a time capsule containing items that would be relevant during the Revolutionary War. They identify key people and major events from the colonial era by making a comparison to their lives.
Measure the Pressure - The "Wet" Barometer
Students explore measuring air pressure. They make a barometer which is a device that indicates air pressure changes with everyday items.
Fair Game: Probability in Algebra
Students investigate the probability of an even occurring. In this algebra lesson, students analyze how a fair chance can happen both in a game and in the real world. They compare and contrast a good, a bad, and a fair chance.
Finding James Fort
Welcome to Jamestown! Third and fourth graders read and analyze primary source documents about Jamestown or Fort James. They read and analyze descriptions of Fort James from primary sources. They access a website to explore more information and complete an associated worksheet.
Van de Graaff Generator
Students explore static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator. In this physics lesson, students construct their own Van de Graaff using simple materials. They explain how charges accumulate on this device.
Students examine the basics of starch and how it is used in food. In this photosynthesis lesson plan students experiment with variables that affect starch production in photosynthesis.
Babylonian Mathematics 2
Students research Babylonian mathematics. They calculate simple surd numbers. Students find the fractional form of rational numbers expressed as decimals. They work with numbers in base 60.
Farming Tools of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Third graders explore the use of farming implements. In this colonial America lesson, 3rd graders examine and compare the farming tools and tasks of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as today. Students collaborate to present skits that feature their findings.
Chocolate and Ice Cream Across the Curriculum
Sixth graders in a special education class discuss excerpts of two stories and read biographical information on the authors. In groups, they read the full text of both stories and try to solve the mystery as they read. They practice their skills working with others and write in their journals to reflect on the lesson.
Tools That Help Fight Disease
Sixth graders research the technological development of one medical tool from the 17th, 18th, or early 19th centuries. They trace the advancement of the tool to its contemporary medical tool. They research the communicable disease the tool helps cure and design a timeline related to their tool.
Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens
Pupils explore valuable food sources. They examine vegetable that have roots and leafy greens that we eat. They also discuss the various used for the leafy greens of vegetable plants. Students create a carrot necklace using carrot slices.
Inference by Analogy
Pupils practice making inferences by using analogies. Using items found in a Native American site, they infer the meaning of them using settlers' accounts and illustrations. They explain why archaeologists use ethnohistoric analogies.
Destiny Determined: Power & Ritual in Asia
Students brainstorm a list of symbols that represent our cultural values. They research symbols of China and Japan. Students create a timeline showing how symbols have evolved in these two countries. They view the video "Showing the Behind the Great Wall and Secrets of the Samurai." Students discuss the symbols identified in the segments.
Samurai Armor Lesson Plan
Learners create origami. In this visual arts lesson, students design and create origami samurai helmets that feature Japanese patterns and textures in the style of those worn by samurai.
Young scholars explore oxygen and its physical and chemical propeties. In this investigative lesson students complete several experiments using oxygen.
Journey Along the Silk Road: Writing Your Own Rihla, or Travel Journal
Students develop basic research and writing skills. They explore and interpret and make maps. Students develop a global perspective. Also student explore the relationships between geography, climate and the nature of various societies.
John Smith Map Lesson Plan
Fourth graders answer questions about John Smith, and also they figure out what was necessary are needed for surviival. Students are given a replica of Smith's 1612 map, they then answer questions using the map as their resource. Students may notice that the maps have a great amount of information about Virginia's Native Americans. They compare and contrast the two different maps (John Smith's map and modern day Virginia map).
Breaking the Ice: Who Controls the Northwest Passage?
Students consider the global climate issue. In this Northwest Passage lesson, students examine who has sovereignty of the passage and discuss the importance of the Law of the Seas and its impact on the global climate issue. Students participate in a classroom simulation and write persuasive essays on the topic.
The Not-So-Jolly Roger
Students assemble details about a pirate voyage and choose which details to include on a postcard that pirate might have written home. They discuss the Pirate Code and determine what should be done in certain "Sticky Situations."