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Students explore their family history. In this series of roots lessons, students participate in a variety of activities to learn about families. Students compare and contrast, discuss, read stories, and create art projects to help them learn and share about their family.
Second graders read their Weekly Reader article about holidays. They listen as the teacher reads "Celebrate the Winter Holidays." They create a holiday web, write a paragraph, and create an illustration for Hanukkah. They participate in a creative activity. This is repeated for Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Christmas.
Students discuss the reasons why people are less likely to take a stand on issues today than they were in the past. In groups, they research the efforts of Kings, Parks and others to end discrimination and racism. They read excerpts of the efforts of children during the Civil Rights movement and choose a campaign from a list to research and take a stand. They present their ideas to the class to end the lesson.
Learners develop debating and analytical thinking skills. They take a position in the Back-to-Africa discussion, based upon any readings and the two opposing essays they read. In groups, they discuss an issue from two different points of view. To end the lesson, they write an essay from the point of view of non-slaved or enslaved African.
Students, after reviewing an extensive vocabulary list of terms, explore all the different religious, political and personal holidays and traditions experienced in the United States. After discussing each one, they fill out a calendar with all the events listed on it by dates.
Learners explain how people can have different opinions on soil management. They identify the cause and effect relationships in issues relating to agriculture and the environment. Pupils describe and define in their own terms; "farmer," "environmentalists," and "environmental activist."
Eighth graders examine the role of Indiana soldiers at the Battle of Vicksburg. In this American Civil War lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about the involvement of Indiana soldiers in the battle and then analyze letters written home by the soldiers. A study guide for primary source readings is included.