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Guess That Spice
From medical treatments to cooking, people have been using herbs and spices for thousands of years. Perform a blind smell test of household herbs and spices to engage students in learning about ancient spice trading. Research the history of the of the materials to discover how they were used, where they came from, and the trade routes that spread them throughout the world.
1st - 7th Social Studies & History 28 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Native American Herb Pouch
Students investigate the uses of herbs by Native Americans, create their own herb pouch, and collect local wild herb specimens. They study local herbs, their history, and uses. Students use construnction paper to make a replica of a Native American herb pounch.
1st - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
Slavery: Acts of Resistance
Historical accounts of various events have proven to differ depending on the point of view of the person documenting the event. Learners read and analyze two first person accounts of acts of slave resistance seen at a southern plantation. They view the film Doing As They Can, read a text composed by Frederick Douglass, and then compare his version of the uprising to that of two different slaves.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 8 Views 33 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Garden Planning - Kindergarten
Stimulate class interest in garden planning and the growing cycle by reading, Water, Weed, Wait or This Year’s Garden. After a discussion of the types of gardens, the requirements for a successful garden, and the supplies necessary, class members draw a bird’s-eye-view of their dream garden.
K - 1st Health 15 Views 55 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Aunt Barb's salad dressing is a mixture of oil, vinegar, salt, herbs, and a pinch of math. Fifth graders add the fractional measurements of ingredients to find a total amount. The fractions have unlike denominators. After finding the total amount of salad dressing made, learners will need to divide by the amount of servings to find a volume per serving.
5th Math 8 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Movement Before the Movement: Civil Rights Activism in the 1940s
Many educators focus on the civil rights movement as it occurred after Rosa Parks incited the bus boycott. Extend the understanding of the fight for civil rights in the United States with this post-WWII activity. Learners examine and discuss several primary historical documents and a "who, what, where" activity to better understand life for African-Americans during the 1940s.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 122 Downloads
Exploring Race Through Literature
Provide your class with an opportunity to examine race through a variety of literary works. They read and analyze a chosen poem, interview, speech, or story describing race in America. They then use key words from the original work to create a found poem on what they understand about race.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History 8 Views 22 Downloads
Neighborhood or Slum? Snapshots of Five Points: 1827-1867
How has your local neighborhood changed throughout recent history? Young researchers evaluate census data, images, and primary source descriptions describing the living situation in the antebellum Five Points neighborhood. They consider the historical context, immigrant population, and the portrayal of their neighborhood.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 20 Downloads
Active Viewing: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Young historians consider the cause and effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. They use handouts, response sheets, and class discussion to build an opinion about the subject after viewing the PBS documentary Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 4 Views 13 Downloads
Comparing SLaves and Servants in Colonial New York
Young historians compare and contrast differences in the laws that regulated the activities of slaves and servants. They review and analyze a series of primary source documents to explain the social constructs related to slaves and servants during the 1700s in colonial New York.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 8 Views 44 Downloads
Exploring the Irish in America Through Found Poetry
What was life like for Irish immigrants settling in America during the late 1800's? Learners examine primary source documents, such as lyrics, poems, and letters, to understand the immigrant experience. They then use those primary source documents to compose a found poem, which they will share with the class.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 8 Views 17 Downloads
The Poetry of Chinese Immigration
Numerous people from China immigrated to the US during the era of Industrialization and Expansion. Provide your class with a glimpse into the life of a Chinese immigrant through the poetry they left behind. They will analyze the poems then compose one of their own from the perspective of a Chinese immigrant.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 9 Views 39 Downloads
Reformers versus Residents in Five Points: A Role Play
Social Studies and role-playing can go hand in hand. Learners use supporting evidence found in primary and secondary source material to develop a character from the Five Points neighborhood in the 1850s. Each student takes on the role of a reformer or a resident of the area debates social issues in character.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 6 Views 45 Downloads
Art, Commentary and Evidence: Analysis of "The White Man's Burden"
A cross-curricular lesson combines poetry and history for your middle and high schoolers. The class critically examines Kipling's poem, "White Man's Burden" as historical evidence of the Imperialist ideology popular during his time. The thorough lesson includes poems, analysis worksheets, and a viewer's guide for the film Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 76 Downloads
Create a Magic Lantern Show; Freed People in the Reconstruction South
Engage your scholars by having them create "magic lantern shows" inspired by the film Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show: A Different View of Emancipation. As they study the South's Reconstruction through primary sources, learners evaluate three historical understandings: what was done to, for, and by freed people.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 16 Views 84 Downloads
The New York City Draft Riots: A Role Play
This is a fun, thought-provoking lesson. Learners use census data from 1855, primary source documents, their historical knowledge, and information regarding the New York City Draft Riots of 1863 to construct and engage in a role-play. The class is divided into either African-American or Irish immigrant households; they then act out several scenarios.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
Qualifying to Vote Under Jim Crow
Literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather laws? Scholars study the systematic ways African-Americans were kept from voting even after it was made a law. They analyze a series of primary source documents, complete a worksheet, and engaged in a class discussion.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 5 Views 34 Downloads
Who Freed the Slaves During the Civil War?
Pose the question to your historians: who really freed the slaves? They critically assess various arguments, using primary sources as evidence. In small groups, scholars jigsaw 5 primary source documents (linked), and fill out an analysis worksheet (also linked).
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 47 Downloads