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West Virginia Vocabulary Word Jumble
Do you live in West Virginia? Give your learners this fun word jumble to unscramble. Different words associated with the state are included like Beckley, cardinal, Knotts, and rifles. It's a great resource to include if your school has a Civil War day.
2nd - 5th Language Arts 7 Views 10 Downloads
Concern in East Virginia
Students investigate the statehood of West Virginia. In this lesson on statehood, students use primary sources to examine the separation of Virginia from Wes Virginia. The lesson incorporates a field trip as a means to put knowledge into action.
6th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Notable West Virginian Research Project
What do Pearl S. Buck, Stonewall Jackson, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. have in common? Why, they are all famous West Virginians, of course. Researchers visit the Famous West Virginians website and select an individual to use as the focus of an extended project.
9th - 11th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Was Congress’s Violation of the First Amendment During the McCarthy Era Justified?
“I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party. . .” Senator Joseph McCarthy certainly stirred the pot with his claims. The result was a series of legislative actions that put McCarthy in the spotlight and First Amendment rights in jeopardy.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History 32 Views 35 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Mapping West Virginia
Fourth graders explore West Virginia. In this Unites States geography lesson, 4th graders discuss the type of land and the cities in West Virginia. Students create two overlays, with transparencies, that show the natural land and the cities and towns.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Landmarks in West Virginia
Students research the landmarks of West Virginia. In this West Virginia lesson, students read about landmarks, historic places, and historic markers in the West Virginia Encyclopedia. They work in groups of 3 and teach their fellow group members what they have learned.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Examining Women in West Virginia History- A Timeline
Learners complete a research assignment on an event in history. In this West Virginia history lesson, students learn about important West Virginia events in history dealing with women. Learners research one event in West Virginia history regarding women and present their findings to the class.
4th - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
GEO-CUBE Facts: West Virginia Towns
Students complete a research project. In this West Virginia towns lesson, students are assigned a town or city in West Virginia. Students draw a picture on a geocube to represent each area they researched. Students present their information to the class.
4th - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
West Virginia State Museum Lesson Plan
Students explore historic West Virginia. In this US history lesson, students examine primary sources and political cartoons that depict the issues of statehood for West Virginia and the role that those played in the Civil War. This lesson includes multiple web resources, assessment, and an extension activity.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
The Star Fisher
What a terrific way to discuss racism in the 1920's. Learners read a story called The Star Fisher by Laurence Yep. It is about a Chinese American girl who experiences racism and prejudice after moving from Ohio to West Virginia. Learners read this story, discuss important concepts, identify Latin and Greek roots in words, sequence events, and analyze story elements.
7th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 45 Downloads
Wheeling and The Big City Lesson 1
Eighth graders consider how immigration impacted the East. In this West Virginia history lesson, 8th graders research the effects of immigration on Wheeling, West Virginia. Students also gather information about immigration on a field trip to the West Virginia State History Museum.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Equality for One; Equality for All
Eighth graders examine the women's suffrage movement. In this West Virginia history lesson plan, 8th graders read "The Declaration of Sentiments," and discuss the main points of the document. Students then visit the West Virginia history museum and locate information about the women's suffrage movement in the state.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Debate: Natural Resources- Which Are Most Valuable to the State
Class members are each assigned a state's natural resource to research. In pairs, they engage in silent debates: they pass a paper back and forth, writing a line on each turn about why their resource is most important. At the end, partners report who won each debate in a survey of all the resources in a state.
4th - 7th Language Arts 8 Views 47 Downloads
The Hatfield and McCoy Feud
Learners explore West Virginia history with regard to Mountain and Appalachian Culture. They compare and contrast life now with life 100-150 years ago. They write and illustrate a short story about the life of children 100-150 years ago. There are also some ideas for planning a class Mountain Culture Celebration.
4th - 8th 21st Century Skills 6 Views 110 Downloads
Attitude Determines Altitude
A fabulous lesson plan which combines mathematics with space science. Middle schoolers work in cooperative groups in order to research early astronauts and their accomplishments. They look at a variety of rocket and space shuttle designs, and use Newton's laws to plan, design, and build a paper rocket.
7th - 12th Math 23 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Exploring West Virginia/Travel Guides
Students investigate the history and significance of West Virginia. In this U.S. History lesson, students discuss the relevance of West Virginia's state parks, tourism, and wild life while reading travel guides about the state. Students are given 1 class period to create a travel guide of their own based on their research.
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads