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Learners brainstorm a list of the different types of maps they have seen or used. Using the activity sheet, they look through a social studies book to find all the maps and to determine what they are used for. Using a poster, they review the different things that maps can show.
First graders discuss civil rights. In this civil rights unit, the student analyzes the roles of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges in the African American Civil Rights movement. They discuss which activist they feel contributed the most to the movement.
Research everyday life of people living in British North America in the mid 1800s. Use this British North America history lesson to have students discuss resources to use for researching history. They will read about the Hensley Horror, complete an analysis sheet for primary and secondary sources, and a photograph analysis sheet.
Emerging environmentalists work in groups and pretend that each is a power company generating electricity for a community. They consider the costs of building a renewable electricity generator that will increasingly replace generating electricity via the original conventional methods. A worksheet guides them through the exercise. Play money, city permits, and power plant deeds are included for you to print out. This is a relevant lesson for demonstrating market-oriented regulation and reduction of toxic emissions.
Reading comprehension and critical-thinking skills are put into practice in this ecology lesson. Middle or high school learners read about controlling of the mountain lion population in western states. They analyze data on the loss of livestock, injuries caused by wildlife, and number of mountain lions hunted. The passage is followed by questions to be answered and a graphing exercise.
“It was a miracle.” Basil Heatter’s “The Long Night of the Little Boats,” which details the miraculous rescue of the British army from the shores of Dunkirk in 1940, is featured in a series of exercises that ask class members to read, re-read, paraphrase, and discuss the text before crafting an essay about the piece. Directions for teachers, guiding questions for readers, the annotated text, graphic organizers, and essay questions are all included in this comprehensive, richly detailed, five-day plan. Designed for middle school social studies classes, the resource could also be used in an ELA course. Worthy of a spot in your curriculum library.
Using an incredibly engaging activity and detailed lesson plan, your learners will serve as advisors to President Madison on whether to participate in what would become the War of 1812! Utilize a variety of effective instructional strategies to acquaint your class with the causes of the war. There are opportunities for group work and independent practice, analysis of primary sources, and written or performance assessments.
We have all heard the "Star Spangled Banner" at many points in our lives, but how often do we take the time to truly understand what the words of the national anthem mean to Americans? Don't miss this opportunity to examine the lyrics and explore the history behind an important piece of national heritage with your class. If you are pressed for time, you can combine activities from days one and two for a great activity.
Students discover some of the ways Native Americans valued the Earth. Students identify at least two steps taken by Native Americans to protect the Earth and list three ways they take care of the Earth. They create a class book showing how we take care of the Earth, then read it to first and second graders.
Learners participate in a trust building activity. In this trust building lesson, students discuss the definition of the word "trust." Learners understand that by sharing time, talents, and treasures we learn to trust each other. Students create a picture with all hands joined and explain why this shows we trust each other.
Explore profit and loss using this resource. Focusing on business, learners define the word entrepreneur and make a list of business people. Then, they discuss a particular type of business and develop a profit-making scenario. And, finally, they solve problems related to profit.
Choosing sides is no easy matter, and this was certainly true for the citizens of Baltimore in the beginning stages of the Civil War. Using video, group analysis of several primary sources, and discussion, this detailed and thorough lesson plan will really get your class thinking about the divided loyalties that existed during the war, as well as some of the difficult choices that Abraham Lincoln was forced to make.
This is an excellent resource for US history classes, especially AP history. After learning some background on the Marshall Plan, the class, divided into two groups, researches opposing positions on this aid program. Groups read and analyze primary and secondary sources at school and home. They also formulate questions for the opposition to be used following each student's speech about the validity of the Marshall Plan.
What, if anything, makes a war "just"? This is an interesting and important question to explore with your class, and you can utilize an excellent lesson plan to support your group inquiry. The American Revolution and the War of 1812 are focus subjects in this investigation into the concept and justification behind war as a whole.
Use this exceptional resource to examine the discourse and debate that occurred at the start of the War of 1812 with your class. Learners will first consider their own position on the war in a silent journal writing activity. Then after consulting primary source documents through guided instruction, independent practice, and working in pairs, your class will come together to summarize source material and construct an informed argument on the issue.