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Students explore the geographic and cultural diversity of Washington State. For this Washington State lesson, students research the Coastal Puget Sound, and Inland Plateau areas of the state and the lifestyles of the people who live in them and have lived in them. Students write realistic fictional stories about the people of each region.
Here is a great series of lessons all about Australia. Learners get into groups and perform some research on one of the six Australian states. On day four, they will present the information they find to the class as a group. The lesson plan has some excellent websites that pupils can access to perform their research, and a good worksheet embedded in the plan to help keep their presentation on track. A terrific teaching resource.
Young scholars learn about a new culture. In this Native American environment lesson, students begin a unit on Native Americans where they learn about their homes and the environment they lived in. Young scholars view pictures of Native American environments and record their observations.
Students are able to identify the causes and effects of erosion. They hypothesize ways to help curb erosion. Students are able to identify ways being used now to curb erosion. They are shown two different types of erosion, by putting some of the dirt in the box lid and some more in a paint tray.
Students investigate diversity. In this diversity lesson, students look at a variety of apples in order to compare and contrast their physical characteristics. They apply the concept to people by listing how people are the same and different. They listen to a reading of People by Peter Spier and make an associate bulletin board.
Students explore the geography and history of Polynesia; become familiar with ancient and modern Polynesian culture and the relationship of Polynesian people with the sea; study American Samoa and Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary; and develop a public action plan to protect the marine resources of the area, drawing upon aspects of local Polynesian culture.
Learners explore the cities of Cairo, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mecca and Tehran. In this Middle East lesson plan, students complete a map, research one of the five the cities and prepare a presentation that includes details about the city. Learners also create a musical instrument that these five cities are known for.
Students consider features of skyscraper using descriptive words, reflect on notion of skyscraper as orientation point in a city, and explore New York Times Building in Manhattan by reading and discussing article, "Pride and Nostalgia Mix in The Times's New Home." Students then investigate skyline of international city, choose skyscraper to research, sketch architectural additions, and/or create poems to describe their ideal urban structures.
Students study how geography has affected the outcome of events and daily life in historical cultures. They study out Greece's elevation zones, precipitation, and average temperatures, and predict how these factors might have influenced daily life, warfare, and trade in ancient Greece; research and take notes on how Greece's physical geography affected daily life, warfare, and trade.
Students examine the impact the Atlantic Slave Trade had on Africa and the African people, through the analysis of literature and film. They identify the geographic regions of Africa and locate selected African countries, countries that are used as later case studies in the examination the legacy of slavery and colonialism
Students determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Mark Twain's life, politics, writing, and role as a mirror of pre- and post-Civil War American culture are the focus 11th and 12th graders in this section from an expansive author study. A critical writing assignment comparing Twain to Lincoln culminates this well-wrought resource. One day features Twain's story "The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg."