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The Marshall Plan for Rebuilding Western Europe
Students examine the aftermath of World War II. In this Marshall Plan instructional activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the plan to rebuild Western Europe and its outcome. Students respond to discussion questions regarding the lecture.
In this geography skills worksheet, learners read a 2-page selection about Western Europe and then respond to 5 short answer questions and compete a graphic organizer based on the information.
The Late Middle Ages (850 to 1492 A. D.)
Students 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.
Analyze the geographical, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe. Middle schoolers work with both social studies and technological skills by writing, editing, and publishing a magazine dealing with issues related to the Middle Ages in western Europe.
In this geography worksheet, students find the missing word or phrase that best completes each of the 21 sentences pertaining to Western Europe.
Learners engage in a variety of activities to comprehend more about the region of Western Europe. They use maps to read and highlight important information. The different countries are looked at individually highlighting geographical features.
Western European Reports
Fifth graders listen to lectures presenting the physical and political geography of Western Europe. They choose a research topic inspired by these countries and prepare a report to present to the class at the end of the class study of this region.
Political Geography of Europe
Fifth graders listen to a lecture that traces the political geography of Europe from 814 through 1997. They incorporate these themes into a research project on Western Europe.
The Formation of the Western Alliance, 1948-1949
Students investigate the rationale for the formation of NATO in the face of a nascent Cold War. They use the Internet to access primary sources from the era and analyze the blockade of Berlin as the impetus for formation of NATO.
Seventh graders explore the geography of Eastern and Western Europe. They compare and constrast the culture of Jewish people from Eastern and Western Europe. They analyze deportation and confinement in concentration camps, using personal testimonies.
The Role Of NATO
Students examine the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In this NATO lesson, students research the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, and the Berlin airlift and how they related to the policy of containment. Students share their findings and complete a worksheet that requires them to label NATO countries and respond to questions about NATO's function.
Russia and the Western Republics
For this Russia worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer as they read several passages, then answer four comprehension questions.
Students reflect on the specific details surrounding the Reformation. For this World History lesson, students watch the film "Luther," then apply what they learned in their discussion on the Reformation with the film to complete a worksheet.
In this geography skills worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and multiple choice questions about geographic features in Europe.
In this geography skills worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and multiple choice questions regarding European statistics.
Understanding Europe: A Cultural Mosaic (Theme 1)
Middle schoolers discuss the cultural similarities and differences found in Northen Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe and create daily journal entries charting their discoveries. This lesson is the First Part in a Four Part Unit that lasts over three weeks.
Western European Culture
In this Western European Culture worksheet, learners complete notes in two different graphic organizers about causes of division in Western Europe and influences on life in Western Europe.
Number the Stars
Students read Number the Stars. In this social studies lesson, students read the story and use a map of western Europe and identify the countries involved in the war. Students locate the cities of Denmark that are discussed in the story.
Chess: A Game or Rules of Society?
Students identify the social classes of medieval Europe, and utilize the chess board and pieces to explain their relationship to each other.
Globe Skills Lesson 2: Paving the Way for Columbus
Students explore the expedition of Christopher Columbus. For this geography skills lesson, students consider the technological advances that made Columbus's expedition possible as they complete a latitude and longitude activity.