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Students explore an ancient Mayan city. In this world history instructional activity, students watch a video about the ancient Mayan civilization, discussing information prior to and after watching the video. Students then come to understand more about the Mayan culture by conducting both text and Internet-based research.
Peek into the art and history of ancient Mexico by analyzing the artifact Stone Serpent Heads. Learners examine images of the piece, discuss its origin, history, and significance. They experience the carving process by creating similar pieces from clay or soap. The lesson culminates in a creative writing project where they write from the perspective of a carver from Tenochtitlan.
Students study how geography has affected the outcome of events and daily life in historical cultures. They study out Greece's elevation zones, precipitation, and average temperatures, and predict how these factors might have influenced daily life, warfare, and trade in ancient Greece; research and take notes on how Greece's physical geography affected daily life, warfare, and trade.
Students research and record the people, events, and locations important to each of two developments and accurately place them on a timeline representing 1400-1800. In this database lesson plan, students write three well-developed paragraphs describing the two events and record information necessary for providing correct citations in MLA style.
Who's who in World History? Help your historians keep track of major figures with this World History People Review, where learners match 96 world figures to the appropriate descriptions. The matching questions are grouped by historical era or subject. This could be a final class exam, or could be filled out throughout the year as a reference guide.
Young scholars research and listen to guest speakers on world religions. In this world religions instructional activity, students research Buddhsm, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Folk religions and their practices. Young scholars explain differences and similarities between religions on a test.
Sixth graders examine World War II as it pertains to Pearl Harbor and explore how conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations affected world history. In this World War II lesson, 6th graders discover chronological thinking and identify significant events and people that led to US involvement in World War II. Students examine the attack on Pearl Harbor and use photographs, radio broadcasts,and questioning to write a newspaper answering specific information.
Learners participate in a Socratic discussion about world hunger. In this world hunger lesson, students review the Socratic discussion method and use it to discuss an initiative to reduce world hunger. Learners answer discussion questions and may prepare position papers for the topic.
A PBS clip focused on collecting sports memorabilia launches this research project lesson. Class members then read Dan Gutman’s Honus and Me in which Wagner’s baseball card is used to time travel. The lesson ends with researchers presenting their own trading cards and stories about historical figures. Richly detailed, this History Detectives lesson includes multiple links and resource lists.
Explore US history with your charges by providing age-appropriate Black History Month activities. (Five options are provided with this resource.) Read biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Rosa Parks and other recommended (and linked) texts as a way to learn about African-American history in-depth. Finish by conducting a class discussion about race and equality in America.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation and oral report on the history and future of flight. In this flight lesson plan, students work in small groups to research the history and future of flight. Students then write a report with accompanying pictures, videos, drawings and photos in a PowerPoint.
Students study the Chinese occupation of Tibet and then brainstorm and discuss other similar situations in world history. They propose a plan for peace in Tibet and read The Dalai Lama's Five Point Plan for Peace. They discuss the plan and whether or not they feel it will work.
Ninth graders examine the relationship between energy and society. In groups, they define energy sources as renewable or conventional and research how each method contributes to the world's energy. They write about how the patterns of energy usage differ throughout the world. Using the internet, they research the organizations that address energy policies and develop their own policy to meet the needs of different societies.