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Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'
Students discover how rivers inspire creative expression. In this Mark Twain lesson, students list songs about rivers and discuss common characteristics. They locate the Mississippi River on a map and write a script in which a steamboat visits the town. Students read Life on the Mississippi and discuss discuss the writing style of Mark Twain.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Students complete vocabulary work based on the works of Mark Twain. In this vocabulary lesson, students label the parts of a steamboat and examine the use of river and steamboat jargon. They research the word meanings using Internet resources.
Steamboats on the Rio Grande
Students build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They write a play about life aboard steamboats and perform for the school. Students visit historical sites related to this study. This is the 11th in a series of lessons.
Robert Fulton and the Steamboat, "Trail of Tears"
Second graders study Fulton and his Steamboat, the "Trail of Tears," the Oregon Trail, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Pony Express in this series of lessons.
Rollin' on The River - the Hudson River!
Students examine how the Hudson River was important to the development of the United States. They examine the role of steamboats played in the development of the Hudson River Valley.
Post-Civil War American History
Fifth graders examine significant events in Post-Civil War America. In this Post-Civil War lesson, 5th graders investigate the important events after the war in 19th century America. They read primary source documents about six topics which include steamboats, Erie Canal, railroad, and the Free Market system. They research the importance of inventions and innovations that came into being soon after the War and examine how life changed due to the Industrial Revolution.
Students examine photographs and complete research on river transportation. They describe the beginnings and innovations of the steamboats. Students research the development of trade from the 1700s through the 1800s. They write a one to two-page essay on river transportation.
John Fitch: Pioneer Steamboat Inventor
Students explore the transportation revolution brought about through the use of steam power to move boats over water. They practice note taking skills by taking notes from an article.
Seventh graders study side-scan sonar and discover how it can be used to locate objects underwater. They complete a sonar simulation activity in which they create and map mystery landscapes inside shoeboxes.
Steamship Portland: Where's the Energy?
Students examine how steamships operate. They describe the necessary energy conversions. They construct a model paddlewheel ship. They use rubber bands as examples of potential and kinetic energy as they unwind and set the models in motion.
Water in Alabama History
Young scholars examine the role of water in Alabama's history. They discover the geographical regions of the state and how dams change Alabama's rivers.
Where's the Energy
Learners research energy conversions. In this energy instructional activity, students describe the basic operation of a steam engine. They explain the energy conversions in the steam engine's operation.
Strawberry Girl: Lesson 3 - Trains, Sails, and Trails
Learners read two chapters of Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski and complete activities about Florida's transportation history. For this literacy and economics lesson, students read two chapters of the book, talk about their journal entries, and research the history of transportation in Florida. They read about Henry Flagler.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Reading Guide
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 88 short answer questions based on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Students investigate America during the the 1800s. In this Social Studies lesson, students examine the Industrial Revolution, Westward Expansion, and other historical events that happened during the 1800s. Students compare and contrast locations and events of that time.
All Steamed Up
Students examine the energy conversions and simple machines are involved in the operation of a steam engine. They make a replica of a small steam engine.
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Activity Sheet and Progress Test
In this Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn activity and progress test worksheet, students respond to a total of 17 short answer, multiple choice, matching, and fill in the blank questions pertaining to Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.
Strawberry Girl: Trains, Sails, and Trails
Students investigate the economy of Florida in the 1800's by reading stories. In this Florida History lesson, students read the book Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski, and record data about roads, clothing and life in Florida. Students research the Florida Memory website and examine the railway map and its effect on the economy of Florida.
Kansans on the Move
Second graders explore U.S. history by researching the state of Kansas. In this transportation lesson, 2nd graders research the transit habits of Kansas residents in the past and how challenging it could be for them to get around. Students discuss former modes of transportation and compare them to current forms before completing worksheets in class.