History Concepts Teacher Resources
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7th - 12th
The story of women throughout American history is fascinating. Travel the path from domestic slave to the modern day with advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, the Grimké Sisters, and Gloria Steinem. A wonderful presentation that shows how women throughout American history have fought to overcome slavery, inequality, and prejudice against all. Most definitely a good tool to spur outstanding class discussions.
6th - 8th
Grab your feathers and your hat! And perhaps some macaroni! It's time to investigate the evolution of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Groups do a close reading of sheet music covers, lyrics, and even YouTube videos to see how this political song has changed over time and been adapted to new situations. Links to all required materials are included in the resource packet. How handy.
A charming interactive comic book introduces readers to three lesser-known, yet pivotal, scientists from the Renaissance era. Their discoveries, which took place during the Scientific Revolution in Europe, are the basis for many of today's scientific concepts.
6th - 8th
Two activities are included in this resource. In the first, junior geologists model sedimentary rock layers, apply the Law of Superposition, and demonstrate folding and faulting of the Earth's crust. The model is technically a sandwich. If you have learners with peanut allergies, make sure to substitute cream cheese or sunflower butter for the peanut butter layer. In the second activity, a timeline of geologic history is created.
6th - 12th
Students consider the difficulties associated with social mobility to interview an adult and write about his or her personal experiences.
Tenth graders deliberate about what to do with the Alsace-Lorraine. In this World War I lesson, 10th graders analyze documents about the future of the Alsace-Lorraine at the Paris Peace Conference. Students collaborate to decide what to do about the piece of land and submit written proposals that they compare to the Treaty of Versailles.
Second graders look at inventions. For this technology lesson, 2nd graders look at a timeline of inventions and the beginning of World War II. They explain how the enigma machine ended World War II.
Fourth graders complete a variety of activities as they study Iroquois Indians. They culminate the unit by creating a museum which display presentations depicting Iroquois life and Iroquois contributions to the United States.
Sixth graders read First Nations legends to find information about the First Nations. In this legends as oral history lesson, 6th graders interview and write oral histories from family members.
Seventh graders take an outdoor observation walk around the campus and take soil samples. Working in groups , they conduct experiments with rocks and soil that demonstrate the effects of different types of erosion.
Here is a perfect lesson to use during Black History month, or around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The lesson has pupils compare the lives and contributions to society of George W. Carver, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, each pupil is assigned the task of creating one slide in a class-constructed PowerPoint presentation on a famous black American. The instructions for what should be included on each slide are clear, and the presentation should turn out to be enriching for all who see it. A highly recommended social studies lesson!
First graders summarize similarities and differences of life in England and America for the Pilgrims by reading a mini-book. Then, they write a journal entry in first person on what it is like to be a pilgrim in England and in America. Finally, 1st graders list 3 facts learned about the pilgrims from the Thanksgiving mini-book and decide where they would rather live as a pilgrim and why.
7th - 10th
Students start with a 4"x4" square piece of poster board. They will use either the rotation or slide transition method to create a template for their tessellations. They will trace onto newsprint to come up with an idea for the image it will create.
Second graders examine poetry in the context of American History in the four lessons of this unit. They read, write, and edit their own pieces in this unit.
Sixth graders explore the push/pull factors that influenced the South to North migration. In this African-American migration lesson, 6th graders read an article and answer comprehension questions. Students write a letter to the government.
9th - 12th
In this aviation lesson plan, students take an electronic field trip to the Aviation Museum of Kentucjy. In the process the lesson plan looks at women in aviation history. The focus is upon how they could be considered heroes or role models. The analyzing of historical events is using the occurances to form cognitively sound conclusions.
Seventh graders study the law of superposition by creating models of fossils in layers of rock. They examine how fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock which leads to the study of geologic history in those rocks.
9th - 12th
Students plan and teach art activities to Head Start preschool students in the community. Students research the WWW while planning art activities for the preschool kids and while researching what preschool kids are like.Students demonstrate the use of visual arts while planning and teaching the preschool art activity.
6th - 8th
Students investigate the person of Confucius and his impact upon the Chinese culture. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They use the outline provided in the lesson to participate in class discussion. Key ideas are reviewed with the teacher.