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The question posed to the class is, "What makes a group?" The answer to that question results in a better understanding of the nature of culture. Race, location, religion, language, and group identification are explored as children pair up and consider how these traits define various regions in Europe. Two worksheets and an informational text guide them as they explore the topic of European language and religion, culminating in a reflective journal entry.
Students consider the success of democracies in Eastern Europe. In this government systems lesson, students research the implementation of democratic practices and rule in the countries of Eastern Europe following the Cold War. Students also discuss and rank the characteristics of democracies.
Emergent scientists examine the unusually warm winter of 2011-2012 (called the “year without a winter”) and its effect on blossoming times and pollination. Groups engage in a weather information scavenger hunt, compare climate maps, and collect data from the US and Europe. They then theorize how the data they have collected explains the unusual weather of 2012. Discussion questions, activities, and extensions are included in the richly detailed plan.
Seventh graders compare feudal societies in Europe and Asia. In this feudalism instructional activity, 7th graders research the political, economic, and social attributes of feudal Europe and feudal Asia. Students create feudalism picture books as a culminating activity.
In order to review language skills, students in both upper elementary and higher grades can benefit from this activity providing an exploration of information related to Europe. This 12 question activity provides a reading passage, comprehension questions, and a multiple choice vocabulary quiz.
Students investigate what life was like during Middle Ages in Europe for nobles, merchants, and serfs. They examine economic and political feudal system, and explore how people lived, what conditions of their lifestyles made them particularly susceptible to disease, and what role trade played in spread of the Plague. Students then write exploratory essays.
A lot happened to European economics, policy, and social systems after WWII. This 24 page social studies packet provides images, reading passages, comprehension questions, and critical thinking questions regarding all things Europe from 1945-1980. Extensive, complete, and well worth your time.
There is a difference between the physical and cultural features of a place, and yet one is always influenced by the other. Middle schoolers begin to consider the differences between each and how they interact with a series of scaffolded activities. They start by viewing several photographs in order to determine if their personal views of Europe are the same or different than what the images portray. They complete a T-chart, make inferences about the photos, and confirm the location of the photos on a map. This is an excellent resource with everything needed, just print to teach.