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What is Brazil's history?
Students research Brazil's history and note the changes that take place over time in Brazil's history. They analyze reasons for changes in Brazil's history and compare and contrast Brazil's history with that of the United States in cooperative groups.
The History of Rock and Roll: Parts 1, 6, 8, and 10 - Lesson 2
Students watch a VH-1 video on the history of Rock and Roll. They discuss the technological advancements in music and broadcast medium over the decades.
Students study the topic of codes in Computer Science. They research it history, divisions in the field and its applications. The lesson also includes a brief overview of the information technology theory.
History of the Stock Market and How it Works
In this stock market worksheet, students read a 2-page article about the history of the U.S. stock market and then respond to 12 short answer questions about the selection.
Who Gets to Invent and How Do Inventors Change Our Lives?
Students examine the way various inventions have changed their lives. As a class, they create a timeline of the most important inventions during their lifetime and another timeline of how old they were when it was invented. Individually, they use the internet to research one inventor and write their own biography of him or her. To end the instructional activity, they discuss the positives and negatives of new inventions.
The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer
Explore life in the Great Plains with this thorough US history lesson. After brainstorming some important inventions in farming, pupils answer several questions about pioneers in a group research project. Several links to sites and videos can assist them in this project, which culminates with each group creating their own PowerPoint. The lesson includes a rubric, and steps for remediation if necessary.
History In the House
Students analyze primary sources. In this historical analysis lesson, students will closely examine the household objects that most impact their lives. Students will use research, analysis, and class discussion to draw parallels between the inventions of the past and the objects around us everyday.
Inventors & Their Inventions
Students complete a unit on inventors and inventions. They explore various websites, outline the components in the invention cycle, develop a table of Renaissance inventions, create a poster, prepare an interview with a famous inventor, and develop a table of female inventors and their inventions.
Seventh graders realize the importance of inventions. In this Chinese inventions lesson plan, 7th graders identify important Chinese inventions recognizing time differences in Chinese and Western inventions. Students research and report on Chinese inventions.
How Inventive Are You?
Students explore inventing. In this historical inventions lesson plan, students research inventions of the past and their inventors. Students also examine the inventive process and use problem solving skills to create original inventions.
Entrepreneurs in History
Young scholars examine the contributions of entrepreneurs from United States history. They read a biography of an American entrepreneur, and in small groups design and present a project related to their selected entrepreneur. As a culminating activity, students write an essay describing the characteristics of entrepreneurs from the past that would still be successful in the 21st century.
Black History Month - Past to Present
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a timeline of Dr. King's life, create a travel brochure for the King Center, design a commercial starring Jesse Owens, design a baseball card for Jackie Robinson, and create a poster illustrating an African American woman's accomplishments.
Chinese Invention Tournament
Students discover how influential the Chinese were in many things that affect their every day lives. For this Chinese inventions lesson plan, students gain an understanding of the influence of the Chinese as they conduct research in order to compose an essay and present their findings to their peers.
Who Invented English Anyway?
In these English lesson plans, students use video, the Internet and non-fiction essays to research the history of the English language. They write a short research paper and design a PowerPoint presentation showcasing their findings.
Inventions Change the World: The Enigma Machine
Third graders explore WWII by analyzing technological advances. In this invention lesson plan, 3rd graders discuss the use of the Enigma machine which decoded private German messages that communicated with U-boats. Students utilize a timeline to describe how the Enigma machine helped end WWII.
Benjamin Franklin - Master of Electricity The Kite Experiment and the Invention of the Lightning Rod
Students study Benjamin Franklin including who he was, what he invented and his experiment. For this inventive lesson students follow the steps of Ben Franklin and build a Leyden jar.
Water in Alabama History
Young scholars examine the role of water in Alabama's history. They discover the geographical regions of the state and how dams change Alabama's rivers.
Chinese Inventions during the Golden Age and their Influence on the United States
Fourth graders discover the impact of Chinese inventions on America’s inventions. In this Chinese inventions lesson plan, 4th graders recognize the important inventions from the Chinese Golden Age as they compare and contrast timelines from Chinese inventions to U.S. inventions.
The Invention of the Parachute
Students study the invention of the parachute and how Leonardo da Vinci came up with the design. In this aerodynamics lesson students test the properties that make parachutes more efficient.
Through Their Eyes: Video Taping Oral History
Middle schoolers identify the stereotypes they are faced with on a daily basis. In groups, they use this information to identify the ways stereotypes are portrayed in movies and television. They use a video camera to record oral histories of their family members to change the stereotypes and share it with the class.