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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.
Middle schoolers examine the use of steamboats in North Carolina. In groups, they design and contruct their own small models of steamboats using simple materials. They test their models in water and share how they were built and why. They complete a review as a class to end the lesson.
Students discover the use of steamboats in North Carolina. After reading background information, they take notes on their reading and participate in a class discussion. They complete a KWL chart and share what they have gathered in small groups. They use a map to trace possible routes of the steamships.
Students are introduced to the useage of steamboats in North Carolina. In groups, they research the routes of steamers and discover how they were used. They draw an illustrated map and a timeline of the routes. As a class, they discuss what life was like during this timeperiod.
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence...expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Readers are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as possible. The passage is included with bolded vocabulary words to define in-context, and underlined words defined in the margins. Extra space lends itself nicely to marking the text. There are many reading comprehension activities suggested here! Learners synthesize their literary analysis through a narrative writing activity.
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close critical analysis and to compare the play to its film version.
Here is a most-impressive resource on implied powers that were established under the Marshall Court. Learners examine the court's interpretation of Article 1 in McCullough vs. Maryland. They also analyze the Constitution in order to see the differences between enumerated and implied powers. There is an excellent worksheet that leads pupils through a writing exercise on these topics embedded in the plan. This is one of the better lessons on law and the courts I have ever seen.
Compare real events from Mark Twain's life to events in the story. Middle school readers identify point-of-view, its purpose, and its reliability by citing two examples. They describe the tone of the story using four examples and identify irony using three examples. They describe the use of social class and values, money, and clothing as symbols with at least two supporting details.
A wonderful and comprehensive look at the first Industrial Revolution. Starting with events, inventions, and changes in thought that occurred in the 1700's, the presentation moves through the technological advancements in industry and transportation that made the revolution possible. A very nice resource!
If ever a person wanted to know about the start, spread, and effects of the Industrial Revolution now would be the time to ask. Answer questions regarding facets of the Industrial revolution in slide show format. Each slide contains amazing information, images, and review questions. There is enough information here to teach an entire unit!