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Students 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.
Seventh graders examine the use and history of ethanol. In this environment lesson, 7th graders explore how ethanol has been produced and utilized in America. Students research how ethanol could be used as a fossil fuel alternative.
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Learners explore the history of the oil industry. In this history of oil lesson, students reseach the history and current state of the oil industry. Learners then determine whether they support the move of the oil industry into Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Learners investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. In this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Learners create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
Students explore world history by participating in a timeline activity. In this time dating lesson, students identify the different science jobs that work towards discovering human history such as geologists and anthropologists. Students watch a science video in class and complete a graphic organizer in class.
Students consider the classification of people. In this race studies instructional activity, students examine the concept of race as it relates to U.S. history and trends. Students research racial discrimination and prejudice in order to support their position. Several video clips and U.S. Census information are linked to this instructional activity.
Students investigate the history of Television by using the Internet.  In this timeline instructional activity, students discuss and take notes on the 10 main events in Television history and create a timeline through education software.  Students utilize Clip Art to highlight the specific moments in broadcasting history that need to be marked.
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.
Students 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.
High schoolers explore the importance of technology.  In this World History lesson, students evaluate the nature of technological development.  High schoolers write an essay explaining the impact of the Printing Press.   
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 explore types of governments and political systems. In partners, students share information about their home country. Classmates work together to prepare a presentation about the history and government of a specific country.
Students investigate U.S. history by examining technology post Civil War. In this inventions lesson, 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 instructional activity, students conduct research regarding invention of the past 100 years. Students feature their research findings in multimedia presentations they create and share.
Students 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.
Sixth graders consider how inventions fueled change. In this Industrial Revolution lesson, 6th graders view a PowerPoint presentation that feature technological innovations that made it possible to create goods in factories. Students then examine inventions of the time period and determine what their uses were. The PowerPoint presentation is not included.
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.