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Students explore the first Thanksgiving. For this holiday lesson, students create a KWL chart on what they know about the first Thanksgiving and conduct Internet research on this topic. Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the lifestyles of the Pilgrims to the Wampanoags.
Eighth graders analyze documents and maps of Plainfield, CT from different time periods, then, working in a small group, create a map for a giventime. In this Plainfield lesson, 8th graders read primary and secondary sources from local history, compare and contrast changes over time.
Tenth graders compare and contrast the revolts that took place around the world in 1968. For this global studies lesson, 10th graders research the youth revolts that took place in Paris, Prague, and Chicago in 1968 and create posters and write essays that explore the climate and results of the revolts.
Role-play and simulation exercises are fantastic ways to help learners understand the reality behind many social and historical events. Pretending they are colonists, upper graders choose a location, create a history, establish laws, and design their village. Each group then compares and contrasts their experiences to those of the real American settlers. Modify the activity to fit almost any grade level.
Eleventh graders determine how mercantilism contributed to the Revolutionary War. In this mercantilism lesson plan, 11th graders compare and contrast taxation on colonial products in Britain. Students complete and analyze charts about the information prior to debating the topic.
Fifth graders investigate the history of child labor that is found in America. They use a variety of resources to conduct research. Students create cause and effect arguments using the information that is found. They also compare and contrast the history of child labor with the labor force of modern times.
Students compare and contrast similarities and differences between Canada and the US. In this geography instructional activity, students read various articles and identify similarities and differences in economies, cultures, geography, climate, and systems of government between the US and Canada.
Fifth graders examine what it means to be a citizen. Using the Constitution, they discover the functions and purpose of government. They compare and contrast the difference between a democracy and a monarchy. As a class, they discuss how knowing about their government helps them be better citizens.
Students analyze sculpture, poetry, and music to gain an understanding of historical events. In this critical thinking skills lesson, students take a closer look at African-American history as they examine "Lift Every Voice and Sing'" and The Harp. Students then write their own poems based on their analysis of the other works.