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Students investigate the history of Poland. They explore various Polish historical websites, explore an interactive online map of Polish cities, answer discussion questions, and locate newspaper articles about Poland.
In this Poland maps worksheet, 6th graders research, study and label the regions, states and landmarks on a map of Poland. Students hang their maps up on the wall.
Students discover the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II. In this world history lesson, students research selected websites about the history of Poland, the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II, and the responsibities of the pope. Students use their research findings to create timelines.
“The Gambler” and “The Journey” offer readers an opportunity to experience two very different views of Jewish life in Poland between WWI and WWII. Whether used as a part of a study of the Holocaust, or as a compare/contrast exercise, the stories, discussion questions, vocabulary lists, biographical information and activities make for a powerful learning experience.
Students read and discuss the story of a Peace Corps volunteer's experiences in Poland. They read and write a response to the story, and participate in a class analysis about their own personal decision regarding the story.
Students investigate lullabies from Ghana, Poland, and India. In this music lesson, students learn several lullabies from several countries and find the rhythm and pulse within each song.
In this research worksheet, students do research about the unification of Poland and Lithuania. Using the information, students answer 4 general short essay questions.
Enhance a reading of the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book Joseph had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback with this collection of learning activities. Starting with general background information about the book and author, this resource goes on to provide reading comprehension questions and key vocabulary to address while reading the story. A list of cross-curricular activities is also included that range from learning about barnyard birds and researching life in Poland, to listening to Yiddish folk songs. This great resource would make a nice addition to a literature unit on folk tales in the primary grades.
Young historians will consider the causes that led to the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union as well as the impact Lech Walesa had on Poland. They compose three responses in short essay format.
Students take up the challenge of deciding what to do when confronted by a difficult and awkward situation. They read the story and highlight sentences or phrases that have particular meaning to them and think about and discuss a question the text raises that has no easy answers.
Students explore communication skills. In this Peace Corps lesson, students read "The Extra Place," by Susan Peters and discover Polish cultural traditions. Students consider how they would respond in a scenario that challenges their cultural beliefs.
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a one paragraph text about Easter traditions in Poland. Students answer one multiple choice question.
Students analyze Wandais homeland and compare it to the United States. They estimate numbers about U.S. and Poland to the nearest million. They complete math calculations related to the story.
As World War II dawned, Jewish populations in Poland, Romania, and Hungary were at a social split among themselves. They were also already being targeted by Hitler's Fascist regimes. Share information about the cultural, religious, and political differences between various Jewish demographic groups residing in Eastern Europe just prior to WWII.
Students work in groups of two to gather information on surveying the base paths at the school. They interpret results to make the base paths level and to the right grade and draw the contour on the program AutoCAD.
Create a cross-curricular learning experience based on the children's book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat with this collection of learning activities. Starting with a class reading of the story, children go on to learn about the sequence of events by working backward through the story, recreating Joseph's overcoat. A number of additional activities are suggested for connecting this piece of literature to a study of music, history, and geography. Though intended for use with a video recording of the story, this activity can just as easily be used with a class reading of the book during a primary grade literature unit on folk tales.
Why did Germany invade Poland, initiating WWII? German troops crossed the Polish border in response to a raid Polish troops had supposedly made into Germany. Find out what really happened and Britain's response to Germany's attack.
What's great about this summary of World War II is that in addition to reviewing pivotal events and players, the narrator describes the war's connection to countries beyond the core Axis and Allies. It also emphasizes causes behind Germany's military expansion and the war's overall impact on the civilian population. As Mr.Green explains, it doesn't provide a detailed synopsis of the war, but the resource instead offers "perspective on how the most destructive war in human history happened and why it still matters globally."
What is the purpose of the European Union, and what institutions and countries comprise it? Check out this resource in which class members participate in a student-led WebQuest activity designed to offer an overview of the European Union. They will then work in groups to design travel brochures on assigned countries from the European Union.
Practice vocabulary and grammar with a series of activities from Jack London's White Fang. Middle schoolers fill in missing phrases, choose which story events are true or false, and practice key vocabulary words in a packet of worksheets. The resource also includes an answer key.