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Learners discuss what roles the clergy, nobles and peasants played during the late Middle Ages. They explain what led to the growth of trade and towns in Western Europe. Ultimately, students describe how kings in Western Europe built strong nations during the late Middle Ages. They create a mural in the fashion of tapestry made during the Middle Ages.
Fourth graders label the countries that border China and the physical features of Asia. They discuss the physical features of Asia and label them on the other map.
Students create their own coat of arms after viewing others used throughout history. They examine their personal values and traditions to make the coat of arms represent themselves. They share their creation with the class.
Students explore the art of mat weaving. In this tapestry instructional activity, students create maps with paper or photographs. Students understand age appropriate skills and technique of map weaving. Students learn the cultural aspects of map weaving.
Second graders make An Egyptian-Style Necklace using the same techniques that the Ancient Egyptians used. The recognize that some ideas about personal adornment have remained constant over time.
Have small groups in your class construct working hygrometers as an example of the benefits of using sensors in engineering. This lesson can be used during a weather unit when covering humidity or in a STEM lesson as a preparation for learning how to use specific sensing equipment. 
This resource is rich with primary and secondary source material regarding major events in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. While there are suggested classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true value lies in the reproductions of such major historical documents as the United States Declaration of Independence, the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Use the sentence frames in the Classroom Guide as a solid framework for considering the theme of freedom and what it means to different individuals as you review the instructional materials.
Miley Cyrus' "Driveway" provides young lyricists with an opportunity to identify figurative language in songs. After a guided practice exercise, individuals use the provided worksheets to find examples in the song and to add images to more literal lines. They then apply what they have learned to their own lyrics. The fifth in a series of nine lessons that build on one another.
Using the variety of videos, articles, and other materials provided here, class members explore the importance of monuments, historical narratives, and shared memory. After reading and participating in a Socratic seminar, pupils choose a monument to research, write a paper about, and re-represent either with description or an actual physical product. An involved project that requires critical and creative historical thinking.
Introduce the art and sensibility of the Italian Rennaissance with a look at Madonna of the Chair by Raphael. Third graders will discuss their observations of the piece, and then create art inspired by Raphael. There are eight engaging activities that require learners to draw, paint, and write like the masters. Note: Because the painting is religious in nature it may not be appropriate for all school settings.  
As the saying goes: there are no new stories. Standard 9 for reading literature in the Common Core addresses this fact and requires that students be able to analyze how authors use the themes, stories, and characters of earlier works. Like other lessons from this source, the lesson includes several pairings of texts that can be used to practice this skill with your class. After reviewing a couple sample pairings with your pupils, discussing what aspects they have in common as well as how they differ from one another, individuals can take the included multiple choice quizzes. The questions and discussion prompts do a great job of drawing students' attention to the details of the text and to supporting their analysis. 
Catch your breath before slipping into this exercise in songwriting. The focus in this fourth session in the series is using figurative language to bring lyrics to life. Learners use the provided guided practice worksheets to transform cliched expressions into lyrics "with a zing." As guided practice, they examine "Burning Up" and locate examples of the figurative language in the Jonas Brothers' song. Using these examples as models, individuals then use figurative language to revise their own lyrics.
The urban landscape can be a beautiful subject. Upper elementary and middle schoolers create abstract cityscapes using line, color, geometric shapes, acrylic paint, and magnetic strips. They transfer their city designs to magnetic strips, which they will cut and move around a magnetic board to construct unique works of art.
You can't truly analyze art until you understand the types of decisions artists make while creating it. Presented here, are definitions and examples of the basic elements of art and design, in relation to how they are used in the creation of art as well as the analysis of it. 
Take a walk through time, 1852 to 1994, following the mathematical history and development of the Four-Color Theorem. Learners take on the role of cartographers to study an imaginary world of countries that need to be mapped. One rule: no adjacent country can be the same color. One question: What is the minimum number of colors the map maker should keep in stock?
Fewer and fewer people have a strong grasp of world geography, but this activity helps high schoolers understand geopolitics by creating their own original historical map. The activity requires selecting a country from the list provided, conducting research from designated sources, and depicting an event, relationship, geopolitical circumstance, or economic-based concept in an original map. The map is the final assessment, however no rubric is provided. While the lesson calls for two class periods, students may benefit from additional time.
Help young readers learn to read and interpret complex text independently. Teach young children to ask interpretive questions and use the text itself to answer them. Use art, word play and drama to provide a deeper understanding of stories. Richly detailed, the scripted five-day plan uses an annotated version of Grimms’ The Fisherman and His Wife to teach these essential skills. A great resource.
Created by Jim Burke, this packet contains several activities to borrow for your unit on The Odyssey. Lots of graphic organizers and strategically phrased questions require readers to ask questions, record textual evidence, and describe components of the text (character, plot, etc.). 
Students look back in time into the feudal form of government. They view Powerpoint presentations to take them back in time.
In this Civil Rights instructional activity, students take a pre-test, review vocabulary, see a timeline, discuss how to overcome racism and much more in this 22 page lesson with blackline masters.

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