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Pudd'nhead Wilson Review Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Hoosier Soldiers at Vicksburg
Eighth graders examine the role of Indiana soldiers at the Battle of Vicksburg. In 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.
Making 3-D Concept Graphics
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.
Mark Twain Lesson Plans
Celebrate the birthday of Mark Twain and learn about American life and literature along the great Mississippi River.
Colorado Animals Newsletter and Directed Web Page
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.
Roles of Leadership
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.
Lights, Cameras, The Empire State
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.
The Black Hawk War, 1832
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.
Arkansas Festivals of the Land
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.
Was There an Industrial Revolution? New Workplace, New Technology, New Consumers
Students 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.
Do You Have a Sinking Feeling
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.
Immigration Increase from 1789 to 1910
Students 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.
Journey to America
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.
Civil War Battlefields
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.
Something Old, Something New, Something Changed
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.
American History Through the Len of the Supreme Court Decisions
Students examine the historical background of Supreme Court decisions and the basic principles behind legislation. As part of the activity, students discover legal concepts and terms and write sentences using the vocabulary they have discussed.
Timeline-History of Portland Main and the US
This is a handout of four different timelines. It contains four columns, each provides a chronological list of event starting in 1776 and ending in 2001. Timelines showcase changes and major historical events for the Portland Observatory, Portland MA, Maine, and the United States in general. This could be a big help in comparing times and locations for some of our country's biggest events.
Students engage in a activity that deals with a historical figure from the area of Mississippi. Then questions are asked of them using a game show format that is followed with additional ones used for brainstorming for more ideas of inquiry.