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Fifth graders examine significant events in Post-Civil War America. In this Post-Civil War lesson, 5th graders investigate the important events after the war in 19th century America. They read primary source documents about six topics which include steamboats, Erie Canal, railroad, and the Free Market system. They research the importance of inventions and innovations that came into being soon after the War and examine how life changed due to the Industrial Revolution.
Students explore 19th century American artwork. In this cross curriculum New York history and art appreciation lesson, students view a reproduction of the painting "Situation of America, 1848," and identify visual symbols and details that depict information about the time period. Students complete a graphic organizer with phrases and symbols that represent 19th century New York, and use this information as a basis for an original painting.
Fourth graders discover the reasons why people migrated to the Midwestern portion of the United States. In this Midwest migration activity, 4th graders study vocabulary associated with the activity, watch two videos, and draw pictures of the travels using an assigned web site. They discuss the development of the assembly line in relation to the Ford Company and decide how this affected the migration.
Young scholars investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. For this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Young scholars create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
Students analyze fiction and nonfiction writings to discover the importance of animal habitat preservation. After defining habitats and biomes, they create a list of these environments using books they have read. In cooperative learning groups (first and fourth grades), they design KWL charts for polar bears and penguins. Using shoe boxes, students create dioramas depicting their chosen habitats containing various environmental factors such as food, plants, and animals.
Students discover bodies of water in the United States by investigating the Eerie Canal. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students discuss Lake Eerie and the canal that was built in order to transport goods. Students research the lake on the Internet and complete worksheets based on Lake Eerie facts.