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Close a unit or the year with a five-step research project. Class members choose a US landmark, research the landmark, compose a report about it, build a model of it, and present their model and findings to the class. Each step is described in detail on this assignment page. The project is well thought out and should prove engaging for pupils. While originally designed for fifth graders, the project could easily be adapted for students of other ages.
Students examine the issues that designers and civic planners face in designing memorials to historic tragedies, wars and other events. They design memorials dedicated to the events of September 11, 2001.
Responding to blog posts can increase written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the use of social media as a means for discussion. Kids will compose a blog post in response to the provided article related to famous landmarks, particularly the Hollywood sign. 
Students locate specific landmarks on a map. They define the term landmark. Students explain the difference between a manmade and natural landmark. They are explained why landmarks are important. Students discuss and research some manmade landmarks.
Students research famous landmarks of the world. In this landmarks lesson, students determine why cultures build special structures and then find out more about specific world landmarks. Students respond to the provided discussion questions and share their findings with their classmates.
Young scholars investigate countries by identifying their national landmarks.  In this World Geography lesson, students utilize the Internet to research a historic landmark in a foreign country and complete a landmark survey worksheet.  Young scholars create a travel brochure of an assigned country using Microsoft Word.
Young scholars examine how people from different societies and cultures remember those whom they have lost. In this lesson students analyze memorials from around the world, create their own, and find memorials that they have in their own homes.
For this electrical worksheet, students design and build a circuit board to grasp the understanding of various electronic memory devices before answering a series of 18 open-ended questions that include analyzing schematics. This worksheet is printable and there are on-line answers to the questions.
Students explore U.S. history by creating soldier related art projects. In this Memorial Day activity, students discuss the meaning behind the holiday and who exactly has sacrificed for the well being of our country. Students write letters to veterans and create a "memory wall" using photographs of former soldiers.
Eleventh graders memorialize historical events. In this historic memorials lesson, 11th graders discuss the purpose of memorials as they view several in a PowerPoint presentation. Students then collaborate to create their own memorial. 
Young scholars discover the meaning of Memorial Day. In this Memorial Day instructional activity, students listen to a book entitled You're a Grand Old Flag and discuss the meaning of Memorial Day. Young scholars also rotate through centers in which they read, sing songs, and make crafts dealing with Memorial Day.
Middle schoolers explore how we remember and honor people in special ways. For this memorial lesson, students read poems and discuss their emotions. Middle schoolers view pictures taken at memorial services and discuss what some symbols have come to represent.
They say it's best to write about what you know. Scholars will write memory stories about the thing they know best, themselves. They share photographs and read the New York Times article, "Out of a Packing Box, Not Stuff, but Souls" to get inspired and then get to work. They create a photo story which they will write and narrate.
Memorial Day lesson plans can help students understand the history of this holiday which honors those who died serving their country.
Cultural discourse can start through a variety of venues. Learners begin to think about how our minds, memories, and identities shape our attitudes toward culture and history. They analyze seven pieces from the Dongducheon art exhibit and compose a narrative based on personal research. 
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 20 identification questions regarding famous landmarks of the world. Students have 4 minutes to finish the timed quiz.
Students develop a memorial to the slave who endured the Middle Passage. In this slavery memorial lesson, student culminate a unit of study about slavery by creating a memorial for Africans who traveled the Middle Passage to slavery. They develop an inscription for a plaque that tells about the Middle Passage, the economic factors that contributed to slavery and describes the terrible conditions on the ships.
Students read the book Wilfred Gordon McDonal Patridge about memories and complete a creative writing piece about their own memories. For this memories lesson plan, students use a graphic organizer and edit their stories.
Students write reflective essays discussing some of their most poignant holiday memories. They illustrate their writing with original artwork and photographs to contribute to a class-designed holiday memory book.
Students explore the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, students collaborate to research the war. They examine Matthew Brady photographs that inspire them to create a memorial to honor those who served in the Civil War.

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