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The History of Ethanol in America
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.
Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature
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.
Exploring the History of Oil
Students explore the history of the oil industry. In this history of oil lesson, students reseach the history and current state of the oil industry. Students then determine whether they support the move of the oil industry into Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Michigan History of Philanthropy
Middle schoolers investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. For this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Middle schoolers create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
What is History? And Time Dating
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.
History of Television
Students investigate the history of Television by using the Internet. In this timeline lesson, 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.
Rationalizing Race in US History
Learners consider the classification of people. In this race studies lesson, students examine the concept of race as it relates to U.S. history and trends. Learners research racial discrimination and prejudice in order to support their position. Several video clips and U.S. Census information are linked to this lesson.
A Brief History of Video Games (Part I)
For many pupils, gaming is part of everyday life. But, it wasn't always that way. Entertain and inform your class with this quick video that follows the development of video games. The narrator goes all the way back to the beginning and recounts the early steps of creating games as we know them today. Consider the additional questions and information that are included in the menu on the right.
This Little Light of Mine: Understanding Light Bulbs
One of the inventions that has greatly impacted the world is Thomas Edison's light bulb. From his incandescent bulb, to today's LED bulbs, illuminate middle schoolers with the way they convert electricity into light and heat. Handouts include reading passages, worksheets, and lab procedures for building a flashlight. This is a straightforward and well-rounded exploration of light.
What is Conceptual Art?
Research, art history, and web page creation! Sounds too good to be true. With tons of links and resources, the lesson provides you with everything needed to engage the class in an amazing art and research activity. They create an art history timeline, research a conceptual artist, then create a website to display the research they've gathered.
Lesson: I Am the Wall
The Maya created amazing stone carvings and sculptures, but what were they for? Kids analyze the significance and purpose of a Maya stela and then write a creative piece. They imagine they are the stela, and write a story about what life as a limestone, and then as a carved stela was like. A great writing prompt that includes art history and research!
Inventions Multimedia Time Line
Eighth graders research the impact of particular inventions on various times throughout history. They compile information from the Internet and a database to create a multimedia timeline of important inventions. The program Timeliner is used to create the presentations which are shared with other classmates.
The Inventions that Spurred the Industrial Revolution and Beyond
Students work in teams to research common categories of inventions and their development over time. They access primary and secondary sources; create timelines, glossaries and oral presentations and include a developed bibliography.
Inventions over Time
Sixth graders examine inventions, such as spear points and bows and arrows, and discuss their importance in human cultural development. They compare these early inventions with modern ones and determine the impact of science and technology on society. In groups, or individually, they select contemporary items and write what they think future archeologists will know about the culture that used them.
Thomas Edison's Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From "New" to You!
Students research types of technology available to Americans at the beginning of the 20th century and compare the style of living to modern times. They identify Thomas Edison's contributions to technology and their own current lifestyles.
Where Does History Stand on the Last Stand?
Students examine the Battle of Little Bighorn and its impact on United States and Native American culture through reading current and historic New York Times articles and by creating a research-based exhibit about this historic event.
French Realism and Its Place in History
Students can gain a greater understanding of 19th century Europe by focusing on French Realism.
Edison and the Light Bulb
Young scholars explore the impact of inventions on society, specifically Edison and the light bulb. In this technology lesson plan, students use online resources and listen to a story about Edison to develop an understanding of how the light bulb was invented. Young scholars discuss how inventions help society. Students construct an example of the light bulb by using the provided worksheet.
Art and Culture of France
Lessons about France can cover art, history, and the colonization of Africa.
The Art and Culture of Spain
Students can explore the history, culture and art of Spain with motivating activities.