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Middle schoolers comprehend that people who who direct and fight wars are real people who make observations and have feelings. They comprehend the conditions under which the American Revolution was fought during the period 1777 until July 1778 were indeed harsh.
Fifth graders discuss the terms of patriot and loyalist. In this social science lesson, 5th graders simulate the roles of the people at a meeting of the Second Continental Congress. Students brainstorm the problems Washington might have faced as being in charge of the army and discuss women's roles in the army. Students then develop a diary or a sketch of something learned.
Wow, now here's a presentation that tells a story! Your class can follow along the battle lines of the American Revolution to learn key players, dates, and events that marked each twist and turn in the fight for American independence. Start with the Battle for Boston, British military strategy, and Bunker Hill, then progress to people like General Cornwallis, William Howe, and Georg Washington.
Track the ins and outs and wartime strategies used by both the British and the Americans during the Revolutionary War. Multiple comparisons are made between both factions, maps, statistical data, images, and light text is used throughout the presentation. This would be a good resource to accompany a full lecture and could span several class periods.
Students study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. For this the government lesson plan, students examine the Articles of Confederation as they relate to the power of government. Students then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
Students analyze several documents as they research the Revolutionary War. They evaluate documents and examine them for bias and perspective. They use their research to write monologues from the point of view of a famous Revolutionary War figure.
Fifth graders explore all the myths of the battle of Yorktown. A variety of primary documents are viewed and analyzed for discussion. They become aware that what one sees and hears is not always as it seems in reality. Each group critiques how the myths affected the global environment and backdrop to the war.
Students find the density of objects by finding their mass and their volume. In this density lesson plan, students determine the mass of objects, the find the volume by using formulas or by water displacement and they calculate the density of the objects. Students identify an unknown substance after calculating the density of all they objects.
Students investigate burning vs. heating and observe the differences. In this burning vs. heating lesson plan, students observe a wooden splint burning and a piece of glass tubing being heated. They answer questions to compare the two demonstrations. They observe a candle burning and identify if the changes in these experiments are chemical or physical changes. Students also observe water with lighter fluid (they don't know it is in it) burning.
Students investigate the need for measuring concentrations in normality in titrations. In this titrations and normality lesson, students perform titrations and use different indicators to show they change colors at different pH values. They also perform 3 titrations using different molarities of acids and the some molarity of base. They determine that molarity is not sufficient for some titrations and that normality is necessary.
High schoolers investigate how to determine the percent composition of a mineral in an ore. In this mining an ore lesson plan, students use chocolate chips cookies to represent an ore and they remove precious minerals (the chocolate chips) from the ore. They calculate the mass percent of chips and find the percent composition of the ore.
Students explore the duties of commander-in-chief. In this George Washington lesson, students research Revolutionary War military leaders and examine the relationships they had with George Washington.
Casting the American Revolution into a bright, informative light, this presentation details many key facts about the strategies and decision during the revolutionary campaigns. The latter half of the slides prompt viewers to examine why the British lost the war, as well as covering the next steps for the blossoming United States of America.
Students examine why, when our Fathers, signed the Declaration of Independence they were placing in jeopardy their freedom, property and lives.
Fourth graders, from two specific websites, discover biographical facts about historical people who served in the Continental Army at Valley Forge. As a result of their findings, they write an perform a play showing what happened at Valley Forge.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this American Revolution lesson, students examine international involvement in the war as well as major events of the war.
Eighth graders examine the start of the American Revolution. In this American History lesson, 8th graders analyze primary sources. Students prepare a narration of events leading up to the revolution.
Here is a great interactive idea that may need a little refining. Students play 3 rounds, where they answer questions explaining how different countries have gained independence throughout history. While this resource has music and animation, the questions are ambiguous and would need to be modified to suit te learning objectives set out for your students.
Students learn the concepts of chemical and physical changes, and the differences between burning and heating.
Students examine how all salts are not neutral and demonstrate the necessity for measuring concentration using normality in titration experiments.