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Students brainstorm what kinds considerations might have to be made when building a trading post. They create an artistic representation of what their trading post would look like (two- or three- dimensional).
Students research the origins of Samba in Brazil using the internet. After defining new vocabulary, they locate the cities in Brazil using latitude and longitude which practice the Samba. In groups, they compare and contrast the different types of Latin American dances and music and write an essay to end the lesson.
Students read the newspaper.  In this newspaper lesson, students become familiar with the various parts of a newspaper. They read specific parts, highlight important information and summarize what they read. 
Students observe the impact of natural disasters on humans, and become aware of the dangers of environmental hazards such as flash floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
Students investigate the geographic and cultural differences in Europe. In this social studies lesson plan, students research and describe the philanthropy of different European nations, while charting and comparing them to each other.
Students investigate diversity. In this diversity lesson plan, students look at a variety of apples in order to compare and contrast their physical characteristics. They apply the concept to people by listing how people are the same and different. They listen to a reading of People by Peter Spier and make an associate bulletin board.
Students learn how slaves communicated with each other.  In this slavery and freedom lesson, students learn how slaves used quilts as maps, learn what different quilt patterns meant, draw a picture for their class freedom quilt and put together a class freedom quilt.
Here is a geography lesson plan that incorporates language arts and technology. Youngsters choose an eastern hemisphere country, research it, write a letter to the embassy requesting information, then design and publish a travel brochure. The mentioned "Questionaire Project" handout is not attached, but there is enough information here to easily assign this project in your social studies class.
Sixth graders explore geography through the connections to specific philosophical beliefs. For this global studies lesson plan, 6th graders describe how cultural traditions, human actions and institutions affect people's behavior and identify how belief systems influence people's perceptions and judgments of events.
Students use an inflatable globe which they wrap in plastic wrap. They use a permanent marker and outline the continents, and label major oceans and trace the equator. Students bring heir globes and use their projection for a discussion of location and proximity.
Middle schoolers demonstrate knowledge of philanthropy and stewardship. They locate and describe physical features of one nation in each continent. They investigate a continent and find examples of cultural elements. They explain how and why nonprofit organizations were formed in the nation selected.
Students read books about growing up in Appalachia and discuss the concept of self-sufficiency. They make braided rugs from T-shirts, cornhusck dolls, and log cabins from Lincoln logs. They also write booklets about Appalachia.
Learners engage in a lesson that supports the fact that Asian people are part of the educational culture in schools. The lesson includes background information for the teacher. With the completion of the unit students develop a personal identity and its relationship to the culture of Asia.
Students locate the Island of Bermuda, and identify its absolute and relative location.
Students observe pictures, articles, maps, charts and other gathered information concerning the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia by participating in a gallery walk. Afterward, they discuss war crimes and the significance of documents. They write a speech over a given topic.
Students investigate Asian life and society. In this Asian culture instructional activity, students study the geography of Japan and China. They compare and contrast the location, adaptation to environment, culture, and response to natural disaster of Japan and China.
Fourth graders conduct research on the internet and in other resources to find information on the vital parts of the Coastal Plain. The lesson culminates with group presentations of their research and a Venn Diagram.
Students break into groups of 4 or 5 and choose an option to demonstrate a different cultural perspective in a fairy tale or other folklore that they are familiar. Possible choices are: PowerPoint presentation, video, digital storytelling, etc.
Students explore Mexico. In this geography skills instructional activity, students design a travel brochure that markets Mexico by highlighting its location, population, capital, landforms, famous places, and food.
Fourth graders examine the geography of North Carolina by examining directions. In this U.S. mapping instructional activity, 4th graders identify the three North Carolina regions and locate landmarks on a map. Students collaborate in groups to create directions in and around North Carolina..

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