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Early Exploration of North America
Third graders "travel" from Europe to North America as Columbus did. They organize the information into chronoglogical order.
The Role of Maps In the Colonization of North America
Students investigate the geography of North America by viewing and identifying places on a map. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide show discussing the immigration to the U.S.A. Students define several vocabulary terms associated with the immigration to North America.
Colonial History: Fearless and faaithful
Students discuss reasons why early europeans immigrated to North America. Working in groups, they complete Internet activities on the PBS Website. They take a simulated voyage to the new world and rercord their actions on worksheets. Then they role-play as colonists writing letters home or making journal entries.
Welcome to North America
Fifth graders are introduced to their year-long study of North America. Students will investigate regions of North America, American Indian cultural regions and the influence of European colonization. During their study, 5th graders will create a picture book documenting their learning.
North America, Then and Now
Students identify ocean, lake, gulf, and continent on maps of North America from 1845 and the present, and identify Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico on maps of North America from 1845 and the present.
Vikings in Vinland
Students examine the role of archaeology in gaining information about past civilizations. After reading an article, they discover evidence of the Viking settlement of North America. They summarize the information in the article by making a map of their explorations. They evaluate the role of archaeology in an essay.
What Should a House Do?
Students study the first permanent English settlements in America and how while the settlements were being constructed, Native American homes had already been built - and were still being built - throughout North America.
A Place for the Birds
Students reflect on bird migrations and develop a project to collect data on bird species from across North America to further investigate the ranges and migrations of common birds. They create a field guide of North American birds.
Culture Areas Of Native North America
High schoolers investigate the different cultural areas of Native North America. They process information using critical thinking skills while conducting research on the internet. They record information found on a graphic organizer to help categorize information that has been analyzed.
Researching North American Tribes: The Cree
Students research the Cree tribe of North America. In this Native American instructional activity, students will research on-line, then compare and contrast the differences between the Cree tribe and other Native American tribes. Students will break into groups of 4, with each member having a specific role.
Colonial America and Roots of Government
Students identify 50 States and the major geographic features, regions, and political representation of each. In connection, they investigate the causes and effects of European colonization on North America. They identify the formation of the democratic form of government. Pulled together,a time line is created with at least three visuals.
Lives of Native Americans and Settlers
Learners assess the effect of contact between the Native Americans and Europeans after 1492. They explore the lives of the early European colonists and the Native Americans living along the East Coast of North America. Lesson contains adaptations for all levels.
The Mystery of Exploration
Students comprehend the history of European exploration of North America. They are introduced to basic reasearch techniques. Students focus on four explorers who visited New York State: Verrazano, Cartier, Champlian, and Hudson. They use the Webquest to put themselves in the role of one explorer.
Geographic Regions and Backyard Geology with the USGS Tapestry Map
A beautiful tapestry map of North America is examined by geology masters. The map incorporates the topography and geology of different regions. You can purchase printed copies or a large poster of the map, or if you have a computer lab or laptops available, pupils can visit the interactive version at the USGS website. The online map is amazing! A worksheet guides learners through it. As a result of this activity, they get to know topography and relative age of the rock where they live.
The American Holocaust: The Impact of Epidemic Diseases on North America in the 16th Through 17th Centuries
Students examine the American Holocaust. In this Native American history lesson, students conduct research on infectious diseases that wiped out population of indigenous peoples brought to the New World by Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries. Students prepare classroom presentations to share their findings.
8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil War reformation. There are 10 full assignments compiled in a fourteen-page packet.
History Through the Spyglass: Developing Research Skills for Social Studies
Research everyday life of people living in British North America in the mid 1800s. Use this British North America history lesson to have students discuss resources to use for researching history. They will read about the Hensley Horror, complete an analysis sheet for primary and secondary sources, and a photograph analysis sheet.
The Old North Trail
Students engage in a lesson to find information about the old trails of North America that were used by Native Americans. Specifically, they conduct research to find the history of The Old North Trail. The teacher shares several theories about the indian migrations.
Sixth graders analyze key European explorers and focus on where and why they explored. They research who sponsored the explorers as well as the accomplishments of the explorers. They discuss the lasting effects of the expeditions in North America.
Around the World
Students research geographic, historic, and cultural elements and traditions in North and South America. In this world cultures lesson, students answer two questions from an anticipatory set. Students construct a timeline of historical events that impacted stewardship and philanthropy. Students work in groups to research North America, Central America, or South America and their nonprofit organizations.