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Fourth graders explore U.S. history by participating in a word detective activity. In this Second Continental Congress lesson, 4th graders create their own graphic organizer based on the differences between Patriots, Loyalists and "Fence Sitters." Students complete a word search vocabulary activity with their classmates.
Explore United States history with this lesson on George Washington and the Revolutionary War. After reading biographical information about George Washington, learners make a list of ten reasons for the revolution. They create a timeline of the main events that occurred.
Eleventh graders examine the presidency of Lincoln.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders watch various videos on Lincoln and the Civil War.  Students read and answer questions. 
Pupils investigate the international background and consequences of The Louisiana Purchase, The War of 1812, and The Monroe Doctrine. The lesson helps to improve critical thinking skills about American History.
Seventh graders view a slide show of American history from 1877 through present day. In this American history lesson plan, 7th graders view and discuss what they see and learn.
Fifth graders study the contributions of David Walker to America. For this primary source research lesson, 5th graders use the provided pathfinder to locate historical documentation of Walker's contributions during the Antebellum Era.
Students investigate famous U.S. inventions by utilizing the Internet.  In this U.S. history instructional activity, students examine the relationship between great U.S. inventions such as the radio, telephone and light bulb and the effect it had on the U.S. economy.  Students create a timeline based on one of the previously mentioned inventions.
Students investigate the Sedition Act and George Washington's position on the act. In this United States Colonial history lesson, students read about George Washington's position on the Sedition Act. Students then participate in a discussion and answer the assessment questions.
In this Native American history activity, students follow the provided directions to create their own interactive timelines featuring resistance struggles of the tribes.
High schoolers explore African American history by researching the Jim Crow laws. In this Civil Rights lesson plan, students define the Jim Crow laws, the reasons they were put into place, and how they were ultimately defeated. High schoolers write a paper about the volatile era between 1870 and 1960 and paint an image that reflects a political message about the unjust laws.
Fifth graders complete a research project.  For this historical figures lesson, 5th graders research facts about George Washington, compile timelines about George Washington, and then share their timelines with the class.
Students explore the United States history of wars. In this American Revolution and Civil War lesson, students identify the Southern states on a map, and locate the geographic location of the Civil War's major battles.  Students complete a Venn diagram comparing the Civil War to the American Revolution and answer related questions.
Students investigate the important symbols to Native cultures by writing a poem.  In this animal totem instructional activity, students discuss animal spirits and their relation to the Native American lifestyle. Students write a cinquain poem about a totem they create based on Native American history.
Students perform in a play demonstrating and event or significant individual in African American history. They research significant events and individuals in African American history. They write and present visual presentation that accurately portrays significant events in African American history.
Students interview United States war veterans to gain an understanding of the impact that war has had on the society, economy, family, individual and other aspects of life in American History.
Students use the internet to research people who have contributed to the cause of freedom. They identify examples of freedom which are important to them and categorize them. In groups, they create a timeline of the Freedom Fighters and design a PowerPoint presentation. They design their own display of wax figues using the information they collected while researching.
Fifth graders investigate the significant people, events, and developments in the early history of the United States. They examine a timeline in their social studies textbook and discuss how a timeline works. In pairs they create a timeline about Thanksgiving.
Students determine how Native Americans were stripped of their cultures. In this Native American history lesson plan, students analyze several photographs of Native Americans and respond to questions about the photographs. Students discuss their impressions of the analysis
Students compare paintings to make conclusions about American History in the Revolutionary War time period. Students share opinions concerning visual art. Other artwork can be used to entice inquiry as needed.
How does community or cultural identity influence the decisions to attend or graduate from college? Clips from the documentary Up Heartbreak Hill, introduce class members to the issues two Native American seniors face as they consider post-high school plans. Viewers compare and contrast their own experiences with those of Thomas and Tamara of the Navajo nation. The richly detailed plan includes small group and whole-class activities, discussion questions, and links to primary and secondary source materials. A great resource.