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Students discover boats by researching 18th century ships. In this Naval history lesson, students identify and describe the different components of an 18th century naval ship after researching information on the Internet. Students complete a Naval Ship worksheet and practice using discovery vocabulary terms.
Fifth graders view a slide presentation of Revolutionary period paintings and engravings and list them on a timeline of the American Revolution. They conduct Internet research on various artists. Students apply 18th century art techniques to pencil sketches of available engravings and paintings.
Students examine several letters to the editor from both a local newspaper and national newspapers. After reviewing current letters, they write a letter to the editor of an 18th-century newspaper expressing their opinion about the American Revolution. Letters are exchanged with classmates for peer review before turning in a final draft.
Students explore life on an 18th century southern plantation/farm as it is related not only to raising crops, but also to preparing food, making clothing, caring for animals, making soap, blacksmithing, etc. They create a timeline of scientific discoveries, inventions, and technologies from 1730 to 1802 that are related to life on a plantation/farm
Students examine the style of an 18th-century compound microscope and its case. In this scientific design lesson, students look at Jacques Caffieri's, "Compound Microscope and Case" before comparing the design to a modern microscope. They design their own scientific or technological instrument using pencils, colored pencils, and drawing paper.
Study the Revolutionary War era practice of recruiting seamen to prey upon the British shipping industry, and discuss the impact this practice had on the Colonial war efforts. Learners read and interpret recruiting advertisements for these positions. What's their response? Would they enlist?
Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre instructional activity, 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.