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Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Greek Barbie or Action Figure
Young historians bring Greek mythology to the twenty-first century with this engaging research project. Hired to create a Barbie doll or action figure modeled after a Greek god or goddess, students gather the information necessary to...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The State of the Union Address
Introduce your future voters to the annual State of the Union Address. The day after the speech airs on television, use the activity from PBS to discuss the elements of a successful speech. Not only do they get to become better-informed...
7th - 11th Social Studies & History
Voyage: A Journey Through Our Solar System
Thoroughly written, this plan walks you through every detail of having your high school astronomers design scale models of the solar system. Complete instructions on building to scale, lesson procedures, and associated worksheets are all...
8th - 12th Science
Shared Reading Book Trailer Creation
Scholars summarize sections of a book and compile them to create a book trailer. They are assigned sections of a book to read and summarize before recording as short video segments. The segments are put together in order to create a book...
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Travel Through The Solar System With Cool Tech Tools
Linking to good Internet resource can be fun and educational. Students use a series of Internet sites to explore the wonders of the solar system. They rotate through 4 different stations to explore, the lesson concludes with the creation...
4th - 6th Science
Bridging the Gap: Phonetic Lesson (SMARTboard)
Beginning ELD learners will enjoy this variety of activities. First, they organize sentence strips in groups that review different consonant and blended sounds. Next, the teacher dictates new sounds, which are also practiced on the...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
The Constitution: Drafting a More Perfect Union
Learners explore the text of the U.S. Constitution. In this primary sources instructional activity, students visit the Library of Congress web site to analyze the documents that led to the ratification of the Constitution.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Thomas Jefferson's Library: Making the Case for a National Library
Spend some time investigating Thomas Jefferson's push for a national library. Your class will analyze primary sources and the persuasive techniques that Thomas Jefferson used in a letter meant to show his support of the establishment of...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Presidential Primary Elections
Students explore the American primary election process. In this American government life skills lesson, students watch video clips and listen to a lecture supported by a SMART Board application. Students then discuss the 2008 election...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
Tinker, Tailor, Farmer, Sailor
Students examine European immigration patterns. In this immigration lesson, students research Internet sources to determine how geography played a role in the settlement of the United States. Students also complete a regional analysis...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History