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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).
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.
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."
Students explore the artistic value of propaganda. For this visual arts lesson, students analyze antique artistic pieces for their political agenda perpetuation. Students discuss propaganda techniques of the past to today prior to designing propaganda posters for current political leaders.
Twelfth graders explore the trade systems around the world. In this World Economy lesson, 12th graders compare and contrast different types of economies. Students interpret different graphs.  
Sixth graders study the cosmos and their thoughts and feelings about the universe.  In this cosmic poetry lesson students create a venue where they can "safely" ask questions and discuss ideas. 
Middle schoolers examine tunnels that have been constructed over time and explore the technology that is involved in constructing them.  In this investigative lesson students use the Internet to research a given category and come up with questions to use in a game. 
High school readers analyze figures of speech in Shakespeare's  A Midsummer Night's Dream with support from a two-page worksheet. They respond to four multi-step questions regarding the use of metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and irony in the play.
Students explore the concept of international trade. In this economics activity, students read the 2 provided handouts about international trade and then discuss their content. 
Learners consider cultural conflict. For this Peace Corps lesson, students read "Help! My Father is Coming!" and "The Visit to the Vijay's," of Jim Toner's Serendib. Learners discuss the literary elements of the pieces as well as the cross-cultural experiences of the characters in the pieces.
Sixth graders examine the role of anthropologists. In groups, they compare and contrast two different groups of civilizations. Using primary source documents, they discover how various cultures and ideas spread throughout the world. As a class, they also discuss how new research can change history.
Conduct research on various aspects of American Colonization and explore how different groups were affected, including those involved in the Salem Witch Trials. Your class will read books, write journals, participate in class discussion, make foods, play games and develop class presentations.
Students discuss the difference between the Baconian inductive method and the Aristotelian deductive approaches. They complete a given set of questions then discuss them with the class.
Learners explore the history of chocolate and its consumption. For this chocolate history lesson, students discover how industrialization changed the way humans consume chocolate. Learners use the provided worksheet to note details they learn about chocolate consumption through the centuries. 
Students explore the dynamics, the challenges, and the rewards of adjusting to a new culture through the reading of "Help! My Father is Coming" and "The Visit to Vijay's". In this social culture lesson, students carousel brainstorm about quotations from the story.  Students write journals about making judgments about people and places.
Second graders examine colonial music. In this historical perspectives activity, 2nd graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress that feature colonial music. Students create skits featuring the music. Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this activity.
Students explore the Steen and Mount paintings and their presentation of moral issues. They discuss ethical debates in society today and write a short position paper on an issue raised by the paintings or in the discussion. They make a collage.
Fourth graders research particular Ohio American Indian tribes. Each student within each group takes on the role of cultural storyteller or historian, and is responsible for researching and communicating the skills, knowledge and artifacts of one of five facets of technology used by that tribe.
Students examine the amount of trade that occurs in the Indian Ocean. Using China as an example, they discuss the reasons why it ended its treasure voyages in the area and predict what would have happened if the voyages continued. They use a map to trace Indian Ocean trade routes.
In this Canadian geography worksheet, learners read about how Canada developed and governs itself. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.