Northwest Territories Teacher Resources
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Students examine the area where the Northwest Territory was located. They discover the steps territories need to follow to become states. They create a map of the Northwest Territory and label the states that came out of that region.
Students use the Atlas of Canada to find basic geographical information about the Northwest Territories.
Young scholars use maps to compare the area of the modern state of Wisconsin to its boundaries when it was part of the Norwest Territories. They match dates to important events in Wisconsin history.
Explore the era when James Madison was in charge, Federalists and Anti-Federalists battled it out, and slavery was still legal. Then, play this fun review version of the popular game, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. There are 15 questions included.
Eighth graders participate in a role-playing game to discover the difficulties facing developing nations. Through the game, an adaptation of "Risk," they explore themes dealing with global poverty, humanitarian assistance, international development, and the Millennium Development Goals.
Explore the lives of American Indians and early settlers in the state of Ohio. Young native Ohioans (or members of another state) research primary and secondary multimedia sources that detail the history between American Indians and Ohio settlers. Then they produce a talk show where they role-play the history between the two groups. As a cumulative activity, they make a timeline of significant events from that time period.
Learners work together to analyze the six natural regions of Canada. Using this information, they create a visual representation of each region on a large wall map and present it to the class. They must identify five key points of each region.
Learners see that the evolution of Wisconsin Territory follows the history of westward migration through the eastern half of the continent. They describe life in the Wisconsin Territory and construct maps showing boundaries and major trails.
Students examine a map of Canada, differentiating among the provinces and territories. They explore the new Nunavut territory and its leader by reading and discussing "In New Land of Eskimos, a New Chief Offers Hope."
Students examine how water is used in Canada. Using an atlas, they work with a partner to complete an exercise on the water supply in the country. They map Canada's ocean drainage basins and create a graphic organizer to show the relationships between the water supply and geography.
Students write 1-4 sentence answers to the Time Travel worksheet (available online). They design period costumes, orally present their perspectives to the rest of the class, and explain why this war played an important role in the expansion of the United States.
Fifth graders research territories of Canada. In this territories lesson, 5th graders explore maps, handouts, and websites to gather information on the Yukon, Northwest, and Nunavut territories. Students write a report detailing all the facts they have learned.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of American individualism and independence? Explore these principles through a close reading of Jack London's To Build a Fire, and engage in high-level discussion with your class by analyzing the characters, story structure, and themes of the text.
Should a teacher be allowed to "secede" from a school with his/her class and start a new program within the school? This question will guide your young historians as they learn about the road to secession prior to the Civil War in the United States.
Pairs conduct an Internet search for a series of primary and secondary sources pertaining to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. Armed with information gathered, teams then debate whether the Indian Removal Act was justified and if it was constitutional.
If you're looking for a way to structure your unit on Jack London's White Fang, use a well-organized guide to bring the intrigue of the novel to your middle school classroom. Covering a biography of the author, main background and themes, and discussion activities for each chapter, the lesson plan is a great way to balance your readers' prior knowledge with the information they will glean from the book.
Through an interdisciplinary lesson, emerging engineers explore the history of surveying systems. After discussing various systems, they perform surveys on printable pages. Using their geometric skills, they physically stake out plots and use protractors to find correct angles. In a social studies application, they discuss problems that may have occurred when surveying land in the 1800s. Note that the plethora of Common Core standards listed by the publisher may take some extra thought to actually address through this lesson.
Young scholars analyze and summaries the Federalist arguments for the ratification of the Constitution using the Federalist Papers. They analyze and summarize the Anti-Federalist arguments against the ratification of the Constitution.
Sixth graders research specific features of a province or territory of Canada. In this Canadian history lesson, 6th graders identify aboriginal culture areas on a map, identify cultural features represented in their region, and create an artifact that represents the culture. All rubrics and worksheets are included in this lesson.
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science experiments, and so much more! Even if you didn't use this as it is intended, any of the ideas could be easily incorporated into your existing curriculum.