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Herbs: Observation of Shapes and Leaves
Students observe and state the shapes they see in the herbs they see growing. In this shapes lesson plan, students observe the herbs of mint, lemon, grass, and basil.
New! 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. Though intended as an at-home activity, bring this lesson into the classroom to supplement a unit on ancient cultures.
Tudor Homes- The Still Room and Herb Garden
In this Tudor homes learning exercise, students read about the importance of the still room and the herb garden in Tudor life. They locate and identify herbs, sketch a plan of a herb garden at Blakesley Hall, draw an herb, and locate a recipe that uses an herb as a medicine. They match pictures of herbs with their names.
Nasturtium as a herb
Learners identify what herbs are and list examples of some. Then, they discuss what insects do when they land on flowers and why botanists gave them the Scientific name of nasturtium. Students also draw nasturtiums and write a short essay about them that includes where they grow, what they look like, and what parts are edible if any.
Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon
Students use the Internet. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read the story Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon and answer comprehension questions. Students use the Internet to complete other activities associated with the book.
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. They compose a journal entry from the perspective of the slaves involved, being sure to include how they would see the event and why.
Herbs: Healthy Alternatives or Bad Medicine??
Young scholars compare herbal and pharmaceutical remedies for common ailments.
Herbs Smell Wonderful
Young scholars use scented markers to color pictures and smell different herbs. In this smelling lesson plan, students match the herb to the plant they think it comes from.
In this herbs worksheet, students view, sample and discuss eighteen main herbs used in cooking and circle each one in a word search puzzle.
A Book of Eighteenth Century Herbal Remedies
Learners discover the kinds of medicines used by midwives in the late 1700s by researching several herbs used by Martha Ballard. They research different herbs and found out how they have been used throughout history. Students create a book of the late eighteenth century herbal remedies.
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 lesson. Learners examine and discuss several primary historical documents and a "who, what, where" activity to better understand life for African-Americans during the 1940s. They then compose an explanatory writing piece in the form of a letter home.
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. This is a great lesson!
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. Analysis worksheets, articles, and primary source documents are all included; just look to the blue links at the right side of the document.
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. This is a very good lesson that should get your learners into critical thinking.
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. The lesson comes complete with handouts, worksheets, primary source links, and a historical context.
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.
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.
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. Links to worksheets, handouts, source materials, and a film are all included.
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.
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. Next, groups create a presentation depicting one of the three perspectives.