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For this Pennsylvania facts worksheet, students research Pennsylvania history and trivia and answer questions where they calculate the answers about Pennsylvania. Students complete 10 questions.
In this Pennsylvania history worksheet, students read Journey to Pennsylvania by Gottlieb Mittelberger and then respond to 20 short answer questions regarding the work.
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker "fast-forwards" 130 years to discuss the French and Indian War. This is an engaging way to review American history up to the Civil War for students who might be a little fuzzy on the details.
Young scholars should gain a better understanding of the processes involved in extracting coal from the Earth as a result of this lesson. They reearch the history of coal mining, look into coal mining towns, and create a short story about miners in a mining town.
Middle schoolers explore the concept of community. In this community instructional activity, students explore the cultural flavor of their neighborhoods as they discuss the history of their neighborhoods and draw pictures of their family and a building in their community.
Students read about Mary Jemison and her decision to stay in her adopted Indian culture or return to her native culture. In this Pennsylvanian history lesson, students read about the true story of Mary Jemison's kidnap as well as her assimilation into the Seneca tribe. Students improve their prediction skills, understanding of plot, text analysis, and writing skills with the linked activities to the lesson.
Students gather information from a senior friend to write a biography. In this living history books lesson, students organize information to complete a book about their senior friend. Detailed teacher instructions for completing the book are included in the lesson.
Fifth graders research the history and culture of the earliest American colonies. In this social science lesson plan, 5th graders read various primary source documents from the historical time period, answer comprehension and discussion questions, and learn vocabulary.
Students research the main reasons for the colonists moving to the Pennsylvania colony. They analyze maps, label a bubble map, list similarities/differences of immigrants then and now, and create a colonial newspaper advertisement.
Students examine the contributions of entrepreneurs from United States history. They read a biography of an American entrepreneur, and in small groups design and present a project related to their selected entrepreneur. As a culminating activity, students write an essay describing the characteristics of entrepreneurs from the past that would still be successful in the 21st century.
Students witness the migration north for African Americans following World War I. In this this American history instructional activity, students trace the migration routes between southern and northern states. Students also compare life in the North and South and in rural and urban areas for African Americans who made the move. 
In this social studies lesson plan, students answer short answer questions about the geography, topography, history, and architecture of the east part of the United States. Students complete 24 questions.
Students write a rap or hip-hop lyric about the life of a famous Black American. They explore famous Black Americans in history and explore how the rap form compares to other forms of poetic expression.
Students examine Puerto Rico's location and from its geographic location, reflect on its culture and people. They also read a play by a Puerto Rican author. This is an excellent cross-curricular unit, including history, geography, and literature.
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.
Helpful for an American literature or history unit, this lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine slavery in the United States. They read slave narratives that were part of the Federal Writers' Project and then conduct their own research on slavery in the nation. After, they write descriptive stories that reflect what they learned in their research.
Learners compare and contrast the Aztecs in Mexico with the Lenni-Lenape in Pennsylvania. In groups, they describe how various climates affect the way people live, the food they eat and the activities they participate in. They discuss the importance of location of both groups and how nearby cultures influence one another.
Students discover traditions of different cultures through their artwork.  In this art history lesson, students investigate antique Pennsylvanian German pottery from the 17th and 18th century and analyze the images it contains.  Students utilize self-hardening clay to create their own pottery using images from their lives as decoration.
For this Pennsylvania worksheet, students search for words dealing with Pennsylvania's early history. Students search for 18 words.
Learners study the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In this Pennsylvania history lesson, students use primary documents to study the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In a culminating activity, learners create an advertisement for the turnpike demonstrating their knowledge of it's history and features.

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