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An ethnographer studies people and retells their story through an Anthropological lens. Learners can consider the impact of coal miners, coal mining, and the mining industry on regional and national history. They interview a real coal miner, compose their personal story, then compile those stories creating a classroom living history book. This idea could be modified to fit the regional industry in your area.
Middle schoolers investigate Hawaii's history to help them explain how a Reorganization Act may affect its residents. students track the region's history from statehood, to kingdom, to human settlement.
Young writers of any grade level research a historical topic of their choice about their local community. Using primary sources, they examine the historical significance of their area. They participate in activities such as going on a scavenger hunt or comparing names on the headstones in a cemetery. They share their information with the class.
Students investigate the physical regions of America by analyzing images. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students read poetry about America and associate the words with a specific area or region of the U.S. Students view a group of photographs and sort them by geographic region, analyzing each image for clues.
From stagecoach to railroad tracks, your class will discover how advancements in travel in the United States during the nineteenth century played an integral role in the industrialization and development of American society. The main activity in this resource is an investment game where class members are given a unique identity and then, based on their knowledge of transportation in the period, are asked to invest in the best mode of transportation at various stages in the eighteen hundreds. 
Students examine how observations lead to investigations, and how archaeologists conduct their investigation.
Share pupil responses to an interactive slide show about a design initiative intended to help the world's poor. The class works in groups to brainstorm ideas, and then prepares sketches of their own design solutions. Each rendering should demonstrate their design.
Learners investigate the ongoing peace process in Kosovo through thorough discussion of the underlying issues of the Kosovo conflict and the evolving resolution.
Students explore the limitations of weather forecasting and how consumer-driven weather forecasting companies attempt to meet the demand for accurate, long-term weather forecasting. They act as meteorologists, researching the weather.
Students explore the incredible obstacles that Lance Armstrong overcame to become the second American winner of the Tour de France. They choose a person whom they admire as the subject of a 'Man in the News' or 'Woman in the News' article.
Students research water pollution and create a class guide to raise the public's awareness about this issue. They write papers analyzing the effectiveness of the guide after it is read by members of the community.
Students explore what life was like during the Industrial Revolution.  In this United States History lesson, students analyze a specific job then complete a webquest about that job.  Once their research is complete, students work in groups to discuss their findings and develop an opinion about which job they think was the worst.
Tenth graders reflect on the effects of the Holocaust and the events leading up to World War II.  In this World History lesson, 10th graders complete several activities, including a WebQuest, that analyze the Holocaust and its repercussions.
Students reflect on the events before, during and after World War I.  In this World History lesson, students complete a WebQuest that focuses specifically on the key events of World War I.
Students investigate how various international relief organizations could provide aid to previously unaided areas throughout Kosovo in preparation for the winter months. Small groups then each write a letter to one of the organizations.
Students explore connections to North Carolina culture as they read and analyze 3 folktales of NC author William Hooks. They rewrite a tale from a new cultural point of view.
The Middle East provides a rich history for students to delve into.
Students perform in a play demonstrating and event or significant individual in African American history. They research significant events and individuals in African American history. They write and present visual presentation that accurately portrays significant events in African American history.
Students complete a research project. In this Australia lesson, students discuss the Random Acts of Kindness movement started by an Australian woman, Anne Herbert. They investigate themes of geography as they relate to Australia. Students work in groups to research one of the major regions and then present it to the class.
Students read a contour map to predict the areas on a hike that will be the most strenuous. They complete the hike using handheld GPS systems to collect data. They compare their data to that on the contour maps and refine predictions about the hike.

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