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Tenth graders identify and clarify a problem, an issue, or an inquiry. They identify the changing nature of families and women's roles in Canadian society. Pupils assess the interaction between Aboriginal people and Europeans. Students evaluate the impact of western expansion and federal policies on Aboriginal people.
High schoolers explore the concept of philanthropy. For this environmental stewardship lesson, students watch a video about state policies pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions. High schoolers plan and carry out an Earth Day service project regarding the improvement of air quality.
Students examine American policies. In this Native American history lesson, students compare and contrast life in America prior to colonization and following it. Students discuss policies that displaced Native Americans.
Controversial issues, are by definition, topics about which rational people disagree. The challenge is to conduct a discussion of these often emotionally charged topics in a respectful way. Introduce your class to the concept of a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC). Using primary source documents related to the topic of immigration, the instructor models for class members how to develop active listening skills, how formulate and analyze claims, reasons, evidence, counterclaims, and rebuttals. As guided practice, pairs and then groups follow the modeled process with the remainder of the documents contained in the packet. Drawing on information contained in the documents, the class engages in a structured discussion of immigration and state and federal immigration policy. To conclude the exercise, individuals reflect on their learning experience. The carefully crafted, detailed plan would make a powerful addition to your curriculum library.
Students analyze economic and political freedoms. Once they identify ways to measure them, they explore the relationship between the two freedoms and social well-being. In groups, they select 20 countries from the four freedom categories and graph the relationship between their economic freedom and the gross domestic product.
Students explore Native American self determination. In this Native American history and writing lesson, students discuss and summarize the main points of the Self Determination Act after viewing an interview of a current Montana tribe leader. Students work in groups to research current issues that have been influenced by the Self Determination Act and present an oral report on their findings.
Students recognize the provisions of federal Indian policy.  In this Federal Indian Policy lesson, students research legal documents (treaties).  Students research the Montana tribes. Students answer critical thinking questions based on the research information.
High schoolers read fables about entrepreneurs who buy grain and turn it into clothing, or resell the grain and use the proceeds to import clothing. They use the fables to determine why people trade, and to analyze costs and benefits of trade policies.
By examining free trade, protectionism, and analyzing 19th and 21st century arguments for and against the tariff, students will be able to compare and contrast the 19th and 21st century. They will analyze text, answer discussion questions, and participate in a debate. The final assessment will be to summarize an article.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
High schoolers explore international trade agreements. In this trade lesson, students investigate trade liberalization, examine trade agreements, and participate in a NAFTA negotiation simulation. Several articles and documents are linked to the lesson as well as the information to facilitate the simulation.
Students examine federal policies regarding Native Americans. In this Native American assimilation and removal policies activity, students conduct research to compare the changes in federal policy regarding Native Americans between the Washington and Jackson presidencies.
First graders imagine life as a student living in a residential school. In this sequencing lesson, 1st graders read a story about Shi-shi-etko, a character who must prepare to leave for school far away from her home. Students write a letter as if they were this character from her perspective and describe their feelings. Students orders events as they happened in the story.
Kids read all about the family farm. They complete three activities to get a better understanding of the economics associated with the family farm. They'll complete a WebQuest, examine a farm in crisis, and investigate how a family farm is managed. 
Fifth graders graph the number of Native American populations in Montana. In this graphing lesson, 5th graders read about the native populations of Montana and about the number of them living on reservations. They make a double bar graph showing the information and answer the essential questions on the back of the paper.
Students complete practice problems dealing with changes in required reserves, excess reserves (loanable funds), and the money supply. They role-play in scenarios in which they must decide upon the appropriate federal policy. They research the economic conditions for a specific region of the country and propose federal policies that would improve economic conditions.
Learners examine the idea of having to move based on economics.  In this Native American lesson, students recognize the impact of termination on the Native Americans.  Learners review a DVD and discuss the points of view associated with relocation. 
Students discuss tribal governments prior to federal rule.  In this tribal reorganization lesson, students listen to teacher presentation and write an essay utilizing the information from the lecture.
Exploring the concepts of free trade and protectionism, students compare and contrast 19th and 21st century arguments for and against the tariff.
Students examine an environmental issue. For this global studies lesson, students read an article entitled, "Global Climate Change," and respond to the discussion questions that accompany it.

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