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Eighth graders examine the role of Indiana soldiers at the Battle of Vicksburg. For this American Civil War lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about the involvement of Indiana soldiers in the battle and then analyze letters written home by the soldiers. A study guide for primary source readings is included.
Learners construct a generic graphic organizer. In this study skills lesson, students cut and fold paper according to the teacher's directions, creating a two or three flap concept organizer that could be used for topics in all content areas.
Celebrate the birthday of Mark Twain and learn about American life and literature along the great Mississippi River.
Ninth graders read and color “Boats, Boats, Boats on Lake Champlain.” For this US History lesson, 9th graders listen to more detailed descriptions of the history of boating on Lake Champlain. Students draw a picture of a boat used today.
Students compare their travel needs to homesteaders from the late 1800's in this multi-instructional activity unit. Students analyze a historic document, explain modes of transportation of the homesteaders, and articulate the personal and economic realities of the times.
Students select a Colorado animal, develop a Directed Web page, and research their animal. Each member of the group combine their research and develop a Newsletter.
Using a primary document from the journal of pioneer John Shaw, learners explore relations between the US government and Native Americans in Wisconsin during the early 1800s. Shaw recalls Tomah, Black Hawk, Keokuk, and other leaders. The reading leads to a class discussion of qualities and accomplishments that signify a good leader and a class game of Leader-O (like Bingo). After reading the article, groups participate in a memory game activity. Finally, the whole class compares the Native American leaders in Shaw's journal to contemporary leaders with regard to the ways that they demonstrate their leadership.
Fourth graders, in teams, research the state of New York, develop a report including maps and pictures, and make a movie including all student group's projects.
Students read and discuss primary documents about the Black Hawk War. They choose one of the conflicts during the war and investigate primary documents to explain both sides of the conflicts, and to discover inconsistencies in the accounts.
Second graders explore major events in history relating to westward expansion, such as inventions of railroads and steamboats, simulate day on wagon train, and examine interactions and contributions of people and cultures that migrated to western territories.
Here is a lesson designed to acquaint learners with two amazing forms of entertainment from the 19th century: The Cyclorama and the Moving Panorama. After seeing what these two contraptions were all about, pupils make their own version of a moving panorama that has images from their own lives. Along with their panoramas, they design and produce a handbill to advertise it. The handbills are done in the old, 19th-century style. A great lesson!
Middle Schoolers research Arkansas community festivals which are tied to the landscape. They create brochures that reflect the festival from a geographical and historical perspective and share them with the class. This ambitious and creative plan should be ideal for middle schoolers. Some real-life festival brochures are embedded in the plan to help guide your pupils.
Elementary schoolers evaluate the legend of Norristown Mountain by looking at facts about the Osage Indians and the legend itself. They do an exploration of Arkansas' Native American groups which includes a look at their legends, stories, culture, traditions, and way of life. The Norristown Mountain legend story is included in the plan, and serves as the basis for the entire lesson.
High schoolers examine the changes in the U.S. in the period of industrialization before the Civil War. They analyze census data, list/describe inventions and innovations, explore various websites, conduct a Factory Simulation activity, and conduct a debate.
Students determine how marine archaeologists use historical and archaeological data to draw inferences about shipwrecks. Students plot the position of a shipwrecked vessel, and draw inferences about the shipwreck from artifacts that have been found.
Young scholars investigate immigration and settlement pattern in America from 1789 to the mid-1800's. They participate in a timeline activity and study a piece of artwork to infer lifestyles of this time period. They complete Immigration graphs and write about characters they study in the artwork.
Fifth graders carefully analyze the artwork, Les Emigrants, and explore the reasons that people emigrated to the United States, and what life was like for new arrivals. They discuss what things immigrants were able to bring with them and what they had to leave behind. Students write a newspaper article on life as an immigrant during the time period portrayed.
Use this lesson to discuss inventions that have changed your class's world and have impacted society. Middle schoolers investigate important inventions of their time and design an invention in a simulated business atmosphere. Modify this lesson to reflect the writing unit you are currently working on.
Eighth graders research a specific battle of the U.S. Civil War. Using the Internet and the Encarta Encyclopedia they conduct research, and create and publish a travel brochure that incorporates historical and visual information about their chosen battlefield.
A mysterious invitation arrives asking students to be present at a special party. All the guests are responsible for an invention in transportation or communication. At the party, they reveal who they are and waht they have contributed to make people's lives easier, safer and different in the present than the past.