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You can't truly understand the present until you understand the past. Bring a historical context to you next social studies class with an exceptional presentation on the ancient Arab and Islamic empires of Umayyad and Abbasid. Slides contain rich text outlining the beginning, expansion, and global interactions of the empires
An impressive lesson plan produced by The Washington Post on various aspects of economics. This nine-page page lesson has an amazing variety of activities embedded in it for high school young scholars. There are great worksheets, websites, articles, and in-class economic simulations embedded in this plan. Highly recommened for secondary learners.
Math wizards use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing sides of right triangles, They construct a right triangle using Geometry's Sketchpad and write a conjecture about the relationship between the sides of a right triangle. Pupils also develop notes with examples.
How does geography influence daily life? Guided by this essential question, class groups select and then research an ancient culture, and develop a news broadcast about the geographical setting and its impact on the culture. Teams select images, create a storyboard, and then film their presentation. Links to model presentations and other resources are included.
Understanding the global interconnection between people of other nations is extremely important in our ever-shrinking world. Emergent global thinkers examine the significance of Chinese culture, religion, and political power. They then disucss stereotypes and myths commonly assosiated with how Chinese people and culture are portrayed in Western media.
Young historians take a look at the age of gladiators, and the cultural atmosphere present when they staged their epic battles. Pupils pretend to be reporters and write newspaper articles about one of the events they stage. Then, everyone writes a "Step Book" about a gladiator. These books describe how gladiators look, smell, feel, act, and eat. An inventive lesson for middle schoolers who are studying ancient cultures.
A presentation with critical thinking, document analysis, and regents questions! Examine the shifts in art, learning, and understanding that took place during the Italian Renaissance. A look at the differences between the early Renaissance and the late Dark Ages makes for an easy compare and contrast activity.
Get creative while exploring the art and history of the ancient Greeks. Learners create construction paper representations of Greek pottery, focusing on the differences between geometric and organic shapes. This project could enhance an art, history, or ancient civilization lesson.
In a creative cross-curricular activity, middle schoolers play a Nigerian game using cowrie shells. (You can use shell-shaped pasta if you do not have actual shells.) As they play, they keep a record of their scores, and then use the data to explore probability concepts. This is an admirable alternative approach to teaching probability concepts!
Three regents questions, a compare and contrast exercise, and a bit of topical review on the similarities and difference of Athens and Sparta. Kids review the material, read several passages (not included), then work together to complete the regents questions and Venn diagram. Ancient Greek review, check.
There is nothing more fascinating than ancient civilizations. Take a journey into the afterlife with a look at the Egyptian weighing of the heart ceremony. Kids will love learning about Ammut the devourer, Horus, and Osiris as they examine a very key aspect of Egyptian religion.
High schoolers know how to use technology, but they often need more training on how to use it effectively for educational or professional purposes. Try out the activities described here to get your pupils thinking about interesting ways to tap into technology. You might need to modify the activities in order to make them more relevant to your curriculum, or use them as introductory ideas before assigning a presentation. Check understanding of the standard with the two provided quizzes.
Compare ancient and modern architecture by asking your historians to view photographs or slides of Roman and Greek architecture. They will complete a 3 circle Venn diagram labeled "Ancient Greece," "Rome," and "Modern Day United States," then write reflections about how the diagram illustrates how the United States architecture is modeled after great civilizations with similar ideals. This would be a wonderful activity to pair with a field trip!
Using "mystery bathymetry" shoeboxes, young explorers simulate sonar action to map out the topography of an un-viewable landscape. This classic activity helps physical oceanography learners understand how sonar works. It would be enriching to use when you are teaching the geologic features of the ocean floor to your earth science classes.