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Introduction to Europe's Languages & Religions
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.
Europe in the Middle Ages
Learners focus on the development of European civilization during the Middle Ages in Europe through this series of lessons. They develop an awareness for time and place, explain the complex nature of cultures, and real and mythical characters.
Lesson 3: U.S. Neutrality and the War in Europe, 1939-1940
Students examine the U.S. neutrality policies that preceded American involvement in World War II. In this World War II lesson, students explore the events in Europe from 1939 to 1940 and Roosevelt's decision to give military aid to Britain.
City Life In Europe
Students explore Paris. In this geography skills lesson, students watch "City Life in Europe," and conduct further research on the city of Paris and the country of France. Students create postcards that feature Parisian landmarks.
Mission Geography: Europe
Students work together to research the history and culture of countries in Europe. They create an itinerary that highlights the characteristics of the country they are researching. They present their brochure to the class.
The Marshall Plan for Rebuilding Western Europe
Students examine the aftermath of World War II. In this Marshall Plan lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the plan to rebuild Western Europe and its outcome. Students respond to discussion questions regarding the lecture.
Europe Map Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz activity, students respond to 45 identification questions about the countries located in Europe. Students have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.
Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe and Russia: How Are They Doing?
High schoolers 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. High schoolers also discuss and rank the characteristics of democracies.
How Does Your Garden Grow? Discovering How Weather Patterns Affect Natural Cycles
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.
New! Introduction to Age of Absolutism
Who were the absolute monarchs of Europe and what effect did they have on their countries? Young historians begin by naming qualities they believe are important for a monarch to possess. They then take notes on four key factors leading to domination of absolute monarchs of Europe, complete a map activity detailing five major European powers that emerged from the Age of Exploration, and analyze a primary source document on the concept of divine right.
Knight or Samurai? Feudalism in Europe and Asia
Seventh graders compare feudal societies in Europe and Asia. In this feudalism lesson, 7th graders research the political, economic, and social attributes of feudal Europe and feudal Asia. Students create feudalism picture books as a culminating activity.
Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942-1944
Students explore the overall strategies pursued by the Americans and their British allies in the initial months of World War II in Europe. By examining military documents, students examine the decision to invade North Africa instead of France.
Victory in Europe, 1944-1945
Students examine the overall strategy pursued by the Allies in the final moths of World War II in Europe by examining military documents and consulting an interactive map of the European theater.
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.
In this historical perspectives worksheet, students read a 2-page selection about Northern Europe of the past and today and then respond to 5 short answer questions and compete a graphic organizer based on the information.
Around the World: Philanthropy in Europe
Learners investigate the geographic and cultural differences in Europe. In this social studies lesson, students research and describe the philanthropy of different European nations, while charting and comparing them to each other.
The Middle Ages in Europe
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.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 43 multiple choice questions about Europe between the years of 1848 and 1871. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Europe Discovers the Riches of India
Interpreting text is vital. Middle schoolers read a 1 page passage describing why Europe was so interested in colonizing India. After reading, they answer 8 comprehension questions.
Observing Physical and Cultural Landscapes
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.