The Age of Exploration

9th - 10th

Students study the Age of Exploration. In this Exploration lesson, students prepare for a test on the lesson by discovering details about the explorers of the age as they view a PowerPoint presentation. 

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Exploring South America

Young scholars research South American to prepare a PowerPoint presentation about its culture, traditions, and societies. In this South American research lesson, students research South American based on their export products to create a PowerPoint presentation for a classmate who is moving there. Young scholars highlight the culture, traditions, and societies of the continent.

"Panel of Experts" Debate: Genomes for All? Debating the Merits and Risks of Direct-to-Consumer Online Genetic Testing

If you knew that you were likely to develop Alzheimer's disease in your future, how would it affect your life in the meantime? This and other similar thought-provoking questions are discussed in a lesson about the availability of consumer-style genetic testing. The topic is a springboard for a role-playing activity in which groups present arguments for or against direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

The Great Age of Exploration (1400-1550)

Delve into the Age of Exploration with this activity-packed resource! Complete with a pre-test, discussion questions and quiz for a 30-minute video on the period, map activities, timeline of discoveries, vocabulary, etc. this is a goldmine for ideas and activities associated with exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Citizenship Schools and Civic Education During the Civil Rights Movement and in the Present

Your young historians will discover the importance that citizenship education has played in the social progress of the United States as they learn about early efforts to discourage African Americans from voting in the 1960s.

Animals and Cosmetics Testing Lesson Plan

Students educate themselves as consumers. In this animal welfare instructional activity, students research the pros and cons of testing cosmetics on animals. Students develop alternatives for cosmetics testing and share their results with their peers.

Exploring Careers in High Demand Industries

The class works in teams to research and report on careers in high growth industries. They consider industrial growth of a particular career, education needed, current demand for that skills, and average salary. They use their findings to develop a class presentation.

European Explorers in France, England, Portugal, and Spain

Learners, in groups, research either France, Spain, Portugal, or England. They create a poster describing various aspects of their country and how their country participated in the exploration of America. They present their project to the rest of the class.

Social Skills for Success

Tenth graders make a list of social skills that people use everyday. They create a "How-to" video on an assigned etiquette area. Students research assigned etiquette area within groups using a WebQuest provided by the teacher and other reference sources.

This Is Only A Test?

Students investigate countries that have conducted nuclear weapons testing. They read an article, conduct research on the history of first nuclear weapons testing, and present their findings in the form of a television news broadcast from that era.

Testing the Test

Students examine the validity of standarized tests. They explore the emotions felt during a test and ways to prepare for a test. Students interview teachers about testing. Students create a student guide to testing.

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