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Have fun with history and turn your kids into news reporters of the past. Each group will research, script, and deliver a news report on a historic event they are studying in class. They'll identify the main characters of the historical event, summarize, use details and evidence, and even develop dialogue. Now that's a lesson that covers the standards!
Students research the history of the Oregon Trail and role play to invent objects needed by immigrants in the 1850’s. In this American history and technology lesson, students read the book Bound for Oregon and complete invention handout activities for the chapters. Students research the inventions of the time and assign them a spot on a timeline. Students create their own invention to help pioneers and try to sell the invention to pi
John Green summarizes the ebb and flow of dynasties in 2000 years of ancient Chinese history up until the Chinese Revolution of 1911. He discusses the development and influence of the mandate of heaven, as well as an overview of Confucianism in the evolution of Chinese government and culture.
Get out of the classroom and go for a walk, all while teaching students about the Negro baseball leagues of the early and mid-1900s. Based on a Walking Classroom podcast, this lesson explores the widespread impact of segregation on American society, specifically it's influence on America's favorite pastime, baseball. This interesting look racial inequality would make an excellent addition to your classes celebration of Black History Month. If MP3 players are not available, first listen to the podcast as a whole class, and then provide learners with a list of questions to discuss with a partner as they go on a class walk.
Tenth graders think critically about how inventions and new technologies influence everyday life. They compare the benefits of inventions against the risks that they may bring. Students conduct interviews with peers and adults to allow them to showcase their knowledge on a poster to share with the class via a gallery-walk.
Students complete a number of activities about inventors and inventions. They compete in an invent a pizza contest, after researching the inventions of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers.
Sixth graders study the history of silk-making in China. They investigate the silkworm and follow the trade route of the Silk Road. They research other Chinese inventions.
Young scholars examine the effect of inventions on society. They conduct surveys and discuss how certain inventions have changed people's lives for the better. They work together to design their own billboard highlighting the impact.
Students analyze the evolution of inventions. In this technological advancements lesson, students research electronic and print materials regarding the inventions of the 20th century and identify the impact they had on Americans.
Students investigate U.S. history by examining technology post Civil War. In this inventions lesson plan, students view a slide-show of images demonstrating how the U.S. transformed into an industrial powerhouse in the late 1800's. Students create a fictitious cereal box which demonstrates the inventions and technology of the period.
Students examine the impact of inventions on society. In this inventions lesson, students conduct research regarding invention of the past 100 years. Students feature their research findings in multimedia presentations they create and share.
Learners study the history of the telephone and its inventor.  In this communications lesson students complete a tuning fork experiment to further demonstrate how sound is produced.
Students explore electronic inventions that are directly related to the evolving of Technology. They compare life in the past without these inventions, life when they were first introduced and life now with the latest version. They connect how the discovery of electricity made each invention possible.
Tenth graders explore American inventions. In this Industrial Revolution instructional activity, 10th graders research inventions from the era and consider their impact on society. Students then create their own inventions.
Students study the people and inventions related to computers. They research famous people for each invention they created and create a timeline of the inventor and his inventions. They present an oral presentation about the person for the class. They research websites to answer questions regarding the development of computers and generations of computers.
Students read the book Incredible Inventions and do literacy based activities based on the book. In this literacy lesson plan, students read the given book and do activities that include writing poetry, drawing, and writing short stories.
Young scholars, working in pairs, conceive of an invention. Then, students develop a history for their invention and write a research paper, going through the entire writing process, and finally each pair presents its invention to the class.
Second graders study how life in the past is similar and different from life in the present. They will research one invention or modern convenience, which is used today to make our lives easier.
Students identify various inventions and their inventors. As a class, they compare and contrast the Industrial Age with the Information Age and determine the difference between inventions, adaptations and discoveries. They discuss how the invention of the computer is leading us into an even more deeper Information Age.
Get your geographers thinking with this global history and geography standardized practice test. Class members respond to 50 multiple choice questions, 2 essay prompts, and 15 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of world history and geography. Images, maps, and political cartoons throughout give a more dynamic look to the test layout.