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Postcards From the American West

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Why did people move westward in the United States? Your young historians will examine the experiences of various groups on the American frontier, from a miner working near the Comstock Lode in Nevada, to an Apache chief from the...
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Pioneer America: Journey West

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders experience pioneer life on the Oregon trail. In this pioneer lesson, 4th graders research the reasons for moving west and what life was like on the trail. They create a map, complete an oral presentation, and write about...
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The Railroads: The First Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 11th
The move West was greatly effected by the first transcontinental railroad. Present your class with well-organized information regarding major causes, players, and effects the railroad had on the face of an expanding America. Note: A...
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The People of Kansas: Where did they come from and why did they come?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students review census data to correlate to emigration in Kansas. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze a painting and create definitions for emigration and discuss why people emigrate. Students read and analyze 1855 census...
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The New West: The Gold Rush

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Take your class back to the New West and the times of the Gold Rush, with a great slide show. They'll find wonderful images and lots of easy-to-read informational text describing everything from boom towns to The Battle of Little Big...
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How the West Was One - Three x Four

For Teachers 6th
While this lesson provides a motivating and interesting way to review the concept of the order of operations, it involves the use of software called How the West Was One + Three x Four. There are also other resources that are referenced,...
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The Mormons Come West

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Discover why the Mormons traveled westward in this fascinating PowerPoint about their trail. Starting as east as New York and all the way to Utah, students discover the reasons behind the Mormons' footsteps. Tip: Ask students if other...
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What Brought Settlers to the Midwest?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Drawn by promises of fertile land, thousands of settlers poured West because of the Homestead Act of 1862. By examining images of the ads that drew them westward, learners consider the motivations for movement. They also consider how the...
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If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete pre reading, writing, during reading, and interdisciplinary activities for the book If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon. In this reading lesson plan, 4th graders complete journal entries, go over vocabulary,...
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The Wagon Ride West

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders travel the Oregon Trail. In this Manifest Destiny instructional activity, 8th graders determine why the pioneers moved west as they participate in a classroom activity that requires them to identify landmarks upon the...
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How the West was Won? Conflict and Change on the Western Frontier

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders assess the conflict and change that occurred in the westward expansion following the Civil War. They list specific reasons why different groups moved west and the interaction between the "white" European civilization and...
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Who is Who in the Old West?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students consider the backgrounds of those who settled the Old West. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students participate in a simulation that requires them to role play miners, ranchers, Native Americans, Chinese, African Americans,...
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The Forced Migration of Enslaved People 1810-1860

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Slavery not only involved the forced migration of African people from their homes, it also meant the forced removal of people within the United States. Using data and interactive graphics, scholars see how the tragedy of human slavery...
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West Virginia: Reading Comprehension

For Students 4th - 6th
In this West Virginia reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 2-page selection regarding the state and then respond to 10 true or false questions
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The American West: Knowledge Test

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this American West worksheet, students answer a total of 25 questions about The American West. Questions are short answer and "lists."
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The Wild, Wild West

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the American West. In this American history lesson, 6th graders use propaganda to create a poster advertising the use of the Transcontinental Railroad to head West.
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"West Side Story"

For Students 5th - 6th
In this music history activity, students discover the musical "West Side Story" by first reading a summary of the plot. Students answer 5 questions about the story line. Students then read and analyze the lyrics to "America" and discuss...
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Mail, Migration, and Myth in the American West

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore communication methods in the American West. In this History of the American West lesson plan, students discover facts and myths about the time period and the methods of communication used in the 19th century. Students...
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The Wild, Wild West

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research the history of the transcontinental railroad. They use advertising propaganda techniques to design and create a poster encouraging people to explore the West by rail.
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Sunken Millions: The Way West

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Recover sunken treasure with this interactive PowerPoint! Break your class into two teams: the divers and the surfers. They'll work together to answer 20 multiple choice questions, reviewing major events that occurred during the 1800s....
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The Migrant Experience: The Great Depression

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Packing up and moving west to California was a tough decision for farmers in during the Great Depression. Nine text-rich slides contains information separated into six main categories related to the migrant experience. They'll discuss,...
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Going Westward: Getting Ready, On the Trail and Settling the Claim

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders work in small "family" groups. They participate in a group discussion about reasons people were moving west, and the finality of leaving home. They look at maps of the west and a pioneer travel guide. The families discuss...
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Stories from the Panama Canal

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The stories of the Silver People, the West Indies immigrants hired to work on the Panama Canal, come to life in a lesson about the building of the Panama Canal. Groups research why the canal was built, how it was build, the working...
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Eastern Indian Wars

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Many know that Native Americans were forced off their lands and moved west, but how did these people react? The Red Sticks faction of the Creek nation opted to defend themselves and their lands in a series of wars called the Eastern...
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The Berlin Wall

For Teachers 9th - 12th
When East and West Germany were divided, people swam lakes, climbed trains, and jumped out of windows in an attempt to reach West Berlin. Why was the wall erected? Show your high schoolers this moving video.
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Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners discover how manifest destiny and westward expansion are related. Using the Internet, they research the beginnings of the movement of manifest destiny and how it influenced people moving westward. They discuss the expectations...
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Moving Homes

For Students 4th - 6th
In this moving homes worksheet, students brainstorm and list all the reasons why someone may have to move from one home to another. Students draw a table and put their list under the appropriate headings.
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Wagons West

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine life on westward trails. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze textbook passages about life on the Oregon Trail and the motivations of the people who settled Oregon.
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Going West

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students examine the lives of early pioneers who traveled west for better opportunities. They listen to story "Josafina and the Story Quilt", and discuss hardships encountered by traveling families. Students then complete research and...
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Protecting Against the West Nile Virus

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students anaylyze how the west nile virus is passed from mosquitoes to humans. They answer questions based on an article from the CDC. They finally examine their state map and track where cases have been reported.
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Bible Lesson: Wagons West

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students debate whether manifest destiny is right or wrong.  In this manifest destiny lesson, students discuss the westward movement and the role of manifest destiny as they focus on the Native Americans.  Students view the idea of...
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Occupations on the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Explore occupations during the Oregon Trail era. Young researchers define map vocabulary and use this information to identify geographical locations relevant to the common trades of the Westward expansion. They choose a trade and...
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Movin' West: The Hard Life of Pioneers

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine the life of the pioneers moving westward through literature, primary sources and other activities. In this pioneer lesson, 3rd graders become familiar with the Paiute Indians and their basket making and writing.
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Nevada Trilogy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students, after watching Gone West, discuss and make some of the decisions people faced in travelling westward.
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the Manifest Destiny. They interpret quotations, study point of view in writing, research English words that derived from Mexico, and analyze reasons why settlers moved west. After writing journal entries in first-person...
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Mormon Trail Fill in the Blank Activity

For Students 6th - 8th
People move from place to place for many reasons, one is religious freedom. This fill-in-the blank worksheet provides those learning about the Mormon pioneers the opportunity to show what they know about how and why the Mormons chose to...
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The American West - End of Unit Test

For Students 4th - 5th
In these American West worksheets, students answer questions based on the American West unit. Students answer 23 questions about the unit.
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The American West-Knowledge Test

For Students 4th - 5th
In this American West worksheet, students complete a 24 questions test about the American West. Answers are included beneath questions on worksheet.
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Through The Looking Glass

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars examine the time period of westward expansion. In groups, they use the internet to research the reasons why people moved west during the 1800s. They write their own narratives playing the role of a member of a pioneer...
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Intermediate Guided Reading Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore pioneer life. In this United States westward expansion history activity, students complete the first part of a KWL about traveling in a covered wagon. Students read If You Travel West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine,...
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Westward Ho for Nevada

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners analyze primary sources about pioneers. In this United States history lesson, students use various sources to identify why pioneers moved west. Learners share their information and are assessed based on a class discussion.
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African-Americans in California's Heartland

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers read and view video about the pioneers moving west.  In this African American pioneer instructional activity, students become familiar with the problems faced by the pioneers and African-American pioneers. Middle...
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America's First Peoples

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Students research the plight of the Native American as they were affected by Manifest Destiny. They create an artifact that might have been left by a specific Native American tribe as they were forced out of their homeland.
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Manifest Destiny Crossword

For Students 5th - 6th
In this crossword puzzle learning exercise, students read the clues about the American West and the manifest destiny. Students complete the 9-word puzzle.
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students explore the idea of "manifest destiny" by viewing a slide-show. In this U.S. geography lesson, students identify the reasons men and women traveled to the west coast during the early 1800s. Students view a PowerPoint slide-show...
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Let's Party like its 1849

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore prairie life. In this Oregon Trail lesson plan, students read literature regarding the move west and participate in cross-curricular activities. Students should take digital photographs of the participation in activities...
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History of Colorado-Migration to the West

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify reasons for people moving to the Colorado Territory and examine how moving in the 1800's is different than moving today. They also practice reading maps and gathering information from maps, as well as, describe...
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People of the West

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research and identify key facts about men and women of the Westward Movement. They assess the events and reasons that motivated people to move west, hardships they faced and their contributions to the nation. Each student...
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Homesteaders Push and Pull

For Students 5th - 6th
In this American West worksheet, students review the factors that made the homesteaders leave their homes in the East to live in the plains. Students sort the factors into push and pull factor categories.
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A to Z Observations

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the cultural conflicts that occurred when Europeans moved into the land the Native Americans lived on that would become West Virginia. For this West Virginia history lesson, 8th graders visit the state history...
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Prairie Voices: German Immigrants Move to Iowa

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students create historically accurate travel journals. In this Iowa history lesson, students research the German immigration experience as they write travel journals that feature a German family's move into an Iowa county.
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The Struggle for Human Rights

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders identify and clarify a problem, an issue, or an inquiry. They identify the changing nature of families and women's roles in Canadian society. Pupils assess the interaction between Aboriginal people and Europeans. ...
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Life on the Canadian Prairie in the Late 1880s

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders are read excerpts of the book "Pioneer Girl" by their teacher. Using the text, they discover what life was like on the Canadian Prairies during the 1880s. They discuss why people moved west and the expansion of the railroad...
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War & Expansion

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did the United States come to acquire two of its largest states? Your class members will learn about the sequence of events that led to and immediately followed the acquisition of Texas and California, including the Mexican-American...
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To Move or Not to Move? Decision Making and Sacrifice

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the motivations that prompted people to move westward during the 19th century. They take on the role of an average citizen and weigh the costs and benefits of making such a move and decide if they would have participated...
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Western Expansion in the United States and Canada – The Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Western Expansion lesson, students conduct research to find out how the Transcontinental Railroad fueled territorial expansion in the United...
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Westward Movement

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the concept of philanthropy in historical context. In this Westward Movement lesson, students read Our Journey West and explain examples of settlers working together for the common good.
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Migration to the Great Lakes States

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover the reasons why people migrated to the Midwestern portion of the United States. In this Midwest migration lesson, 4th graders study vocabulary associated with the lesson, watch two videos, and draw pictures of the...
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People on the Move

For Students 5th - 8th
Students explore transportation. In this transportation lesson, students examine the Jupiter locomotive, Washingtion D.C. streetcars, the Leviathan, the Salisbury Train Station, and Route 66. Students respond to 12 questions.
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Human Migration Patterns II

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
While humans have always been on the move, the period between 1400 and 1800 saw vast migrations of people between the East and the West. These migrations—whether through slavery or a desire to colonize new lands—shaped the modern world....
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Westward Expansion: Chief Joseph's Words of Surrender

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discuss history. In this Westward Expansion lesson plan, students discover what relations were like between the American Indians and the people who were moving west back in the 1800's. They talk as a class, listen to part of a...
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Wagons West: Native Americans

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine interactions between Native Americans and settlers. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze select passages from Plains Indians by Dana Newmann and The World of Native Americans by Marion Wood. Students...
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Influence of Geography on the Migration of Virginians

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study how geography influenced the westward migration of Virginians. They review the settlement patterns of early Virginians before discussing reasons why people move away from an area. Looking at maps, they determine how...
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Time Warp: From Frontier to Prehistory

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students explore Native American culture. In this prehistoric American history lesson, students engage in a variety of activities that culminate in a museum trip. This lesson is well planned and could be adapted to fit local prehistoric...
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Pioneering Children on the Move

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students inquire about life for pioneer children. In this pioneer period lesson plan, students analyze photographs of children, make information foldables, and create a covered wagon that was typical of the ones of the past. Students...
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Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science...
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Was Congress’s Violation of the First Amendment During the McCarthy Era Justified?

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
“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...
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Poetry and Art—Creating with Rhythm and Mood

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce young poets to the concepts of rhythm and mood with a worksheet that features Langston Hughes' "One-Way Ticket" and paintings by Jacob Lawrence. Individuals identify words or lines Hughes repeats to create a pattern and words...
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Stanley Williams

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
The story of the life of Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the Crips, a Los Angeles gang, and later an anti-gang activist and children's author, is the focus of a resource that asks readers to ponder the question of whether or not...
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The Homestead Act of 1682

For Students 2nd - 6th
In this American West worksheet, students read about the Homestead Act of 1682. Students read 8 paragraphs and complete the 3 activities for the worksheet.
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Negotiating a Treaty between the US Government and the Native Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the implications of the Indian Removal Act. In this Native American history lesson, students simulate the treaty process and research the interaction between natives and settlers in the American West.
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The "Yellow" Peril

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars discuss what happened on the west coast of the United States in 1942 from the perspective of either Japanese and Japanese Americans or their non-Asisan neighbors. They watch a video, where they are aware of both sides of...
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Life on the Trail

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover details regarding life on the Overland Trails. In this Western expansion lesson plan, students watch a video about the Overland Trails and read letters written by people who used the trails. Students then write their...
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Graphic Aids: Bad Bugs on the Move

For Students 4th - 5th
In this reading and mapping about fire ants worksheet, students read a passage about fire ants, observe a United States map showing locations of too many fire ants, answer related questions, and create a key and fill in a U.S. map with...
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Westward Expansion Unit - Lesson 1

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research the Westward Expansion. For this Westward Expansion lesson, students look at how America expanded from 1801 to 1861. They look at the motivations for land purchases and movement and the trails people took. 
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Cumulative Review: Chapters 11-15

For Students 7th - 8th
If you've just covered a lot of territory in your social studies class and need a great cumulative review, look no further. Here is a hand out that includes 71 questions on 10 pages all related to slavery, the Civil War, Westward...
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America Grows - Trailblazers Pave the Way

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners study the time period after the Revolutionary War when people were striving to move away from the coastal areas and look for pathways to the west. Westerward expansion is a central theme and students use a variety of resources...
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Genealogy Research

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore history is not as a listing of dates, wars, and leaders but as the story of real people whose lives were impacted by the events of their time. They complete a pedigree chart and tape record a family member.
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Native Americans: Origins

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this Native Americans worksheet, students read about the origins of the Native Americans and the discovery of North America. Students also read about the arrival of the Europeans to the continent and the Plains Indians.
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Territory and Statehood of Iowa

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders recognize the steps to create a territory, a district and a state.  In this Iowa lesson, 5th graders discuss the three capitals and their importance.  Students recognize the key people in the development of Iowa. Students...
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People for the Land: Native Americans in Iowa

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students identify Iowa's American Indian cultures and complete a research project for the topic. In this Iowa's American Indian instructional activity, students research read the background information about tribes in Iowa and complete a...
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Growth, Cities, and Immigration

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a closer look at America's shift toward a primarily urban population and into the world's largest industrial power in the early twentieth century. This video reviews the demographics of the first major waves of immigration into the...
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From a New Nation to a Divided Nation

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Quiz your students or prepare them for the big exam with this presentation. Included are 24 multiple choice questions related to Early American Government, The Colonial Period, Westward Expansion, and State Formation.
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Read a Map ... It's a Snap!

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Learners are introduced to map and globe skills. They use grids and are able to construct their own simple maps of familiar places. Students are able to define a map, globe, and symbol and use the direction words north, south, east,...
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America's Land

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders experiment with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to understate how tectonic plates move.  In this physical processes activity, 5th graders define vocabulary, view videos and use map features to understand the formation of...
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Social Studies, Music, The Blues, Urbanization, and Technology

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Enable students to use the blues to explore urbanization, technology, and their effects on everyday life in the 20th century. Musicians were among the large number of people who, between 1914 and 1945, participated in the Great Migration...
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A Differentiated Way through Think Dots

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine reasons that led people to explore, identify "West" as defined following Revolutionary War, explain importance of finding natural resources, develop time line of dates and events leading up to Lewis and Clark Expedition,...
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Who Are The Main Characters?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are introduced to the main characters in the Lewis and Clark expedition. As a class, they discover background information related to the Corps of Discovery and the people who were involved. They review the material to...
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Letter from Christopher Columbus to Luis de Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery (1493)

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
When Christopher Columbus landed, he found many things to comment on. Have your class read this letter that he wrote to Luis de Sant Angel in 1493. The text is split up into sections. Each section is paired with two to three...
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Baltimoreans in the California Gold Rush

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the reasons for migration to California during the Gold Rush.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders read letters about the opportunities and obstacles people faced.  Students create a map of migration...
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Go West Young Man#148

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students determine the difference between immigration and emigration. They read and listen to books about emigration westward during the Gold Rush years. They examine life in Gold Rush towns while determining why gold is so valuable....
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Western Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study the lives of cowboys and Indians during the time of Western Expansion.  In this American History lesson, 8th graders analyze various posters dealing with the Industrial Revolution and Westward Expansion.  Students...
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers discuss migration and reasons people came across the Oregon trail. Students create a time line of important events along the Oregon trail. A Historical Time Line is included for student use. Middle schoolers work in...
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Earth Science: Create a Star Clock!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students identify and use the starts to tell time just as people had for thousands of years. They identify the stars that appear to rise in the east and set in the west, and that those stars near the North Pole appear to go in circles...
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Fire Safety Skills Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students practice their fire safety skills of stop, drop and roll, as well as moving low (crawling) through a low organized tag game. They discuss fire safety practices and the importance of smoke detectors. Students experience...
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Lesson Ten: Direction

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore the concept of relative location. In this map lesson, students read I Hate English by Ellen Levine and consider how maps and globes help people to familiarize themselves with an area.
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The History of Religion

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students learn about the two main types of religions.  In this religion lesson, students define religion and learn about early religion as well as religion in the west.  Students define animism, polytheism, pantheism, monotheism,...
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Another Perspective on Modern Civilization

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students consider the impact of current issues on the world population. In this global studies lesson, students discuss the pros and cons of modernization after they listen to a lecture about Gandhi's opinion of modern civilization....
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Along the Trail of Tears

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the time of the Trail of Tears. They use this to practice persuasive writing skills by writing to the U.S. government. They take the parts of the Cherokee people. They write a paragraph about their feelings.
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Mahmoud Abbas

For Students 4th - 6th
In this famous people learning exercise, students read about the life of Mahmoud Abbas and complete a variety of comprehension activities including but not limited to matching, sequencing, writing and spelling activities. An answer key...
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Westward Expansion and the Frontier

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore U.S. history by researching a historic map. In this westward expansion lesson, students discuss the mystery of the western U.S. in the early 1800's and the impact expansion had on Native Americans and agriculture....
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An Orderly Wagon Train Migration

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders work in small groups to organize a wagon train for a trek westward. They determine leadership responsibilities and rules needed to make a successful trek.
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Balance of Nature and the Westward Movement

For Teachers 1st
In this U.S. history lesson, 1st graders study the westward expansion movement of the mid-1800's. Students use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast a modern road trip to the methods of travel in the days of the wagon trains. There...
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Getting the Point!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore the American cattle industry history. In this United States history and reading comprehension cross curriculum instructional activity, students read an article about the history of longhorn cattle, then answer...
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Westward Movement Smart Board

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore westward expansion in the United States. In this U.S. history instructional activity, students view a slide show presentation, and identify events and inventions depicted in the slides that were important to the growth...
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Westward Expansion: Chief Joseph's Words Of Surrender

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore westward expansion in the United States as it relates to Native Americans and the novel Holes. Students read a passage from Holes and discuss how westward expansion affected the Native Americans. Students compare and...
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Westward Expansion: The American Indian Experience

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students complete a brief presentation documenting the life of an American Indian. In class, students discuss the pros and cons of placing American Indians on a reservation. After their discussion, students choose a issue in Native...
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Westward Expansion: The American Indian Experience

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners study history. In this American Indian lesson, students discover the impact the Westward Expansion of the 1800's had on the tribes at that time. They discuss this as a class and pick a specific person of that time to research...
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Economic Development in Southern Africa

For Students 8th - 9th
In this Southern Africa activity, learners complete a cause and effect chart while reading several passages, then answer three comprehension questions.
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The Western Migration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read a narrative about migrations into the western part of the United States. They make a flyer soliciting a move to a state in the West and include some of the facts used to entice people they read about in the narrative.
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Madonna

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this famous person learning exercise, learners read a passage about Madonna and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and...
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End of the Line: What Happened to the Blue Ridge Railroad?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study the westward expansion and the role of railroad construction to the expansion. In this railroad history lesson, 6th graders complete KWL activity for the topic. Students view a PowerPoint about the growth of railroads...
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Values and Beliefs of Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the beliefs of Manifest Destiny and its role in the California Gold Rush. They analyze a painting to gather information about Manifest Destiny.
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Boombox Classroom: Migration of Music

For Students 5th - 6th
In this music worksheet, learners complete two multiple choice questions about music moving from one culture to another. They write a sentence explaining why slavery is wrong. Students name types of music African-Americans brought with...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Grab the popcorn and take a seat for a Hollywood premier! Eighth graders grasp the concepts behind Westward Expansion and create engaging videos by working through a set of 18 engaging tasks. They also hone their technology, social...
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Social Studies: Chinese Migration to America

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine human migrations and hypothesize why Chinese immigrants came to the Pacific Northwest. In groups, they research reasons for the migration and record them on a Venn Diagram with general migratory reasons. Students...
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Who Wants to be a Pioneer?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars write a story based on their research of the Oregon Trail. Using the Internet and traditional sources, they engage in research about pioneer's experiences on the Oregon Trail during westward expansion. Students write a...
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Colonial North America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an...
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Understanding Mass Media News

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In an age of fake news and photoshopped images, it is vital that 21st century learners development the skills they need to evaluate mass media and assess its validity. A great way to launch such a study is with a carefully crafted lesson...
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Absolute Zero Lab

For Students 10th - 12th
In this absolute zero instructional activity, students experiment with a closed-end syringe and a ice bath and boiling water. They record volumes of gases in the syringe as well as temperatures of the water and they plot their...
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Climate Change Effects on Organisms and Ecosystems: You are the Experts!

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research about the effect of climate on different ecosystems. In this life science lesson, 7th graders present their research by creating a poster, infomercial, skit or song. They discuss how organisms adapt to climate...
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Problem Based Learning Scenario

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research about the function of MPA's. In this marine science lesson, students explore how humans influence changes near these areas. They explore different MPA's in the Great Lakes region.
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Grammar: Singular and Plural Nouns

For Students 1st - 3rd
Using language and an illustration connected to a covered-wagon pioneer theme, here is a worksheet that provides practice with choosing singular or plural pronouns correctly. A brief description of the difference between singular and...
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Bay Area: Race and Land

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the role that racism played in the growth of the Bay Area. They discover how turn-of-the-century boosters promoted a vision of the Bay Area. They study the American Indian Movement's takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969,...
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Pioneer Perspectives-Diverse Opinions on Westward Migration

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the Westward Migration and expansion of the United States from the perspective of a family migrating westward. They analyze pictures, and in small groups write and present a script based on a photograph, expressing the...
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Immigration, Where Do We Go From Here?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students describe difference between immigration and emigration, and summarize impact that immigration and emigration have on a community.
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The River and Lake States

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this geography worksheet, students read a 3 page information text about the history, climate, resources and economy of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. Students then answer 10 multiple choice questions.
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Western Communities of the Past

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders compare life as a pioneer to life today. For this pioneer lesson, 3rd graders participate in activities of the pioneers such as bartering, games, writing a journal entry a pioneer could have written and writing a skit based...
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I & M Canal: Technological, Economic

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners read about and discuss the reasons European countries were interested in the Ohio Valley. They complete a puzzle to review vocabulary and watch a video on the Illinois Prairie and the I & M Canal. They rewrite the historical...
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover the significance of the Oregon Trail in Idaho history. In addition, 4th graders conceptualize the Oregon Trail in relation to their own lives. They engage in a wide variety of curricular activities, culminating in...
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Western Expansion or Eastern Invasion?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders read from their textbook a story about the pioneer settlement of the Western Frontier. They review the pioneer standpoint, but also discuss how the Homestead Act of 1862 affected Native Americans. They write another story...
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Writing: Third-Person Point o View

For Students 4th - 5th
In this writing third-person point of view worksheet, students read the passage, "A Lady With a Loving Heart", identify the words showing third-person point of view, write two of the sentences, choose a person to write about and complete...
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Cooking: Solar Oven, Cornbread, and Butter

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students build a solar oven and prepare cornbread in it.  In this solar oven cooking lesson, students follow instructions to create a solar oven.  Students are given recipes for butter and cornbread to follow and cook in their solar...
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Breaking the Muslim Monolith: Exploring Stereotypes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Bringing to light our own tendencies to stereotype is a key step toward becoming open-minded and informed members of a world community. Use this rich resource to discuss the harmful effects of stereotyping, as well as to consider the...
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Pearl Harbor is Burning

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Supplement a discussion of World War II and Pearl Harbor. This lesson focuses on a book called Pearl Harbor is Burning by Kathleen V. Kudlinski. Learners fill in graphic organizers, answer questions, and conduct writing activities as...
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Pardon Me, Your Modifier is Dangling

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Lost! (or misplaced) a modifier. Last seen dangling at the end of a sentence! Reward offered! To underscore the humor, class members are each given a sample sentence to illustrate (A woman passed by, leading a Springer Spaniel, in a long...
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“The Door of No Return”: An Introduction to the African Slave Trade

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Learners view a PowerPoint presentation and write about the experience of a fictional captured slave in their introduction to the African slave trade.
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Narrative Prompt

For Students 8th Standards
Reading about history is nothing like experiencing it firsthand. Encourage your eighth graders to do the next best thing with a historical narrative prompt, in which they describe the experience of a first-time traveler on the...
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Jewish Immigration, Popular Culture, and the Birth of the Comic Book

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine Jewish immigration of the late ninteenth century and analyze Jewish contributions to popular American culture. They explore primary sources to study the Jewish immigration experience and analyze the birth of the...
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Immigration in the Gilded Age: Using Photographs as Primary Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the Gilded Age. In this Gilded Age activity, students use primary sources to analyze photographs from this time period in history. Learners use National Archive tools to construct the past as historians examining the...
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Sir William Pepperrell and His Family by John Singleton Copley

For Teachers 2nd
Seven great activities accompany the background information you'll find here. Learners will be introduced to the painting Sir William Pepperrell and His Family by John Singleton Copley. Great information on the painting, the artist, and...
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The Voyage of Slaves in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
Use best-teaching practices to discuss the practices and implications of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Here you'll find a detailed lesson plan involving a variety of collaborative and engaging components, including image analysis,...
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All Aboard the Freedom Train!

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young historians identify Harriet Tubman, her character traits, and role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. They create an escape map using map legends and the Cardinal directions. This plan utilizes one of my favorite video...
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The Early Cold War: 1947-1970

For Teachers 9th - 11th
With a combination of images, maps, and valuable information, this presentation is a strong resource for a history class that is coming out of a WWII unit and into a Cold War unit. Some points are outlined for students, while others are...
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Why Does the Moon Orbit Earth?

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Have you ever looked up at the moon and wondered why it looks different every night? Learn about the moon's orbit and the lunar cycle with a reading comprehension exercise. Using context clues, kids find the definitions of unfamiliar...
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Using Conjunctions in Your Writing

For Students 3rd - 5th
Young writers practice using the conjunctions and, or, or but to give their writing variety and keep it from being too choppy. They complete two exercises in which they use one of these conjunctions in each of five sentences in a...
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Farewell to Manzanar: Japanese Internment Camps During World War II

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Examine the conditions that brought forth Japanese internment camps. Young historians read Farewell to Manzanar and debate whether Japanese internment was inhuman or a necessary element of war. They then write Haikus describing the camp...
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Timeline of Events: 1960’s Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine, Florida

For Students 9th - 12th
A timeline can be a powerful learning tool because it reveals a pattern in events. While few would consider St. Augustine, Florida a hotbed of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, a selection of background information and a timeline of...
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The Last Leaf

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
What makes a person resilient? Explore one story of a person overcoming adversity by inviting your pupils to read "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry. Pupils then respond to five discussion-style questions.
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Volcanoes: First Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 1st Standards
Introduce young geologists to types of volcanoes during the pre-lab. First graders explore how different liquids flow with an experiment on viscosity to simulate how different types of lava flow. Next, they learn about the parts of a...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the components of the Westward Movement in the United States. Understanding the past and the linkages it has to the present is the intended goal of this seventeen day unit.
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The Great American Desert

For Students 5th - 6th
In this American deserts worksheet, students study the images and read the passages to learn about the 6 divisions in the American landscape: the Eastern lowlands, the Flood Plain, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific...
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4 and 5 Digit Dividends

For Students 4th - 5th
In this dividend worksheet, learners divide to solve 6 word problems. All problems have 4 or 5 digit dividends. Problems 1 and 2 have been started for students.
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The Rebecca Riots

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the history of England as they research the Rebecca riots.  In this England history instructional activity, students discover how English men dressed as women in order to surprise attack another group in the 1800's....
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Townsite Era

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students learn about the Townsite Era and are able to explore who they were and how they lived at that time. For this Townsite Era students create their own map of the Loma Linda are, design their own community and use a computer...
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"Little House on the Prairie" Chapters 1 and 2 Assessment

For Students 3rd - 6th
For this comprehension worksheet, students answer a set of 16 multiple choice questions covering chapters 1-2 of Little House on the Prairie. An answer key is included.
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Eureka!

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore U.S. history by writing diary entries. In this California gold rush lesson, 4th graders discuss the importance of the gold rush as part of the "manifest destiny" movement. Students participate in a role play...
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The Mormon Trail Through Iowa

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read selections from travel diaries and create their own travel diary.  In this Mormon Trail through Iowa lesson, students discover background of the Mormon Trek of 1846 and discuss how a group may be persecuted for beliefs. ...
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Active and Passive Voice: Finding Examples Online

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Incorporate technological fluency with a search for examples of active and passive voice in online resources. Discuss how use of active or passive voice influences mood or tone and contributes to author's purpose. List of...
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Transcontinental Railroad

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Who built the Transcontinental Railroad and why was it important? Your class can learn about the laying down of these tracks by reading a short passage. Pupils then respond to five questions related to the text.
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Westward Expansion of the United States

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
How did early American pioneers decide what to take with them on their journeys, and what was their traveling experience like? Here you'll find a collection of activities to help you explore Westward Expansion with your young learners.
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June 25, 1876: An Interpretation of an Historical Event

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the Battle of Little Bighorn. In this Native American history lesson, students conduct research regarding the battle and the relationship between the Sioux and the American government. Learners consider how the U.S....
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Third Grade Social Studies- Quiz

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this social studies worksheet, students complete a 25 question multiple choice quiz about early American colonial life and the Cherokee and other Native American tribes.
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Genealogy Research

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Personalize history through genealogy. Get your scholars examining their family's past by utilizing resources at your local genealogical society. Learners complete family pedigree charts and choose to do one of the following: research...
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The Pony Express

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this reading about the Pony Express activity, students read an informational article and answer comprehension questions. Students answer eight questions.
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Landforms and Resources of Russia and the Republics

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Russian geography worksheet, students read about the physical features and resources of Russia and the Republics. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
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In the Eye of the Hurricane

For Students 9th - 10th
In this science worksheet, students read about temperature and thermal energy in a hurricane. Students also draw their own hurricane and label 5 different parts.
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The Gilded Age & the Progressive Era (1877–1917)

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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Traveling Through Time, Wetland Style

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars create a timeline on the development of the Pajaro Valley Area. In this social science lesson, students discuss the changes that took place in the area over the past 300 years. They draw a pictures of how the area has...
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Central Africa

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Central Africa geography worksheet, students read about the history, culture, and life in Central Africa. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
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On the Loose in Oregon!

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this Oregon instructional activity, students read a detailed 3 page text about the state of Oregon. Students then answer 10 multiple choice and ordering of historical events questions.
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Civilizations The Fall of Power

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students comprehend the major events that occurred in the final centuries of the Roman Empire. They explore the different reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. Students write an editorial about one reason for Rome's fall.
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Our Changing View of the Solar System

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students identify and name the eight planets and the five dwarf planets in our solar system. In this space science lesson, students view a slideshow of the planets and label them on an included Solar System chart.
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Four Immigrant Groups: Their Lives and Music

For Students 4th
Fourth graders examine the experiences of four immigrant groups. Class members brainstorm a list of misconceptions of those groups and discuss if these perceptions are still present today. Using maps, groups locate the countries of...
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Utah: State History

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Utah state history activity, students read two and a half pages of information about Utah and complete 10 true and false questions.
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Fourth Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 4th
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders answer multiple choice questions about George Washington, early America, natural resources, and more. Students complete 8 questions.
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The Mississippi Bubble: Keep it Alive with Propaganda

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students define propaganda and investigate the different propaganda techniques. They use propaganda techniques when writing a letter or preparing a commercial.
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Wisconsin

For Students 4th
In this Wisconsin state history worksheet, 4th graders read two pages of information about Wisconsin then complete 10 true and false questions.
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19th Century Settlement Houses

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students will take notes on 19th century settlement houses using a four-door book of foldable notes. In this lesson on Settlement Houses, students will analyze the Hull House through a variety of primary sources, then create a list of...
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Drought

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
In this earth science worksheet, students study the graph pictured to identify how much water Americans use at home each day. Then they respond to five questions below the graph. Students also write three ways that they can save water at...
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Human-Environment Interaction in Africa

For Students 6th - 8th
In this African geography worksheet, students read about the impact humans have had on the environment in Africa. Students take notes and answer 3 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
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Japanese Internment

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders practice their writing skills. In this reading comprehension lesson, 4th graders review baseball terminology and then read Baseball Saved Us. In this story students learn about Japanese Americans that were taken from...
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Civil Rights through Photographs

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine why racial tensions continued after laws were put into place to try and create equal treatment.  In this two part Civil Rights lesson plan, students explored the causes of the movement through photography and a...
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Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scholars read about the life of Jim Thorpe and answer focus lessons about the book.  In this Jim Thorpe activity, students celebrate the American Indian culture and learn of the hardships Jim Thorpe overcame.  Young scholars find...
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Parrot Feathers to Sacred Dogs

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study information about the Native American history in Nevada. In this Nevada history lesson, 5th graders review the background for the Native American history in Nevada. Students complete 7 activities to learn about the...
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Mr. Bush in Washington

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Young scholars study about George Washington Bush and write a biography about him in a small group. To gain a better understanding of him, they listen to a biography on a tape about him. They visit various sites about him to help them...
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Nevada Trilogy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students simulate and plan a trip from St. Louis to the Sacramento Valley as early emigrant parties would have. They list necessary provisions for the amount of time they would spend traveling.
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Getting Here from There

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students role-play early 20th century immigrants on their way to Indiana. They consider the methods of travel available to them and write a letter to a friend outlining their travel plans and adventures during the trip.
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Peak Load Growth Along the Wasatch Front: What's Driving Electricity Demand in Utah?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students study how electricity is used in Utah. They create an advertising plan to educate consumers about peak cycles and energy costs for the cycling service of electricity. They present their advertising plan to the class for...
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Pakistan and Bangladesh

For Students 8th - 10th
In this Pakistan and Bangladesh reading guide, students use a graphic organizer and answer several questions based on their reading to illustrate their understanding of the culture, economics, and life of Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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New Mexico

For Students 4th - 6th
In this New Mexico worksheet, students read a two page text about the history of the state of New Mexico. Students answer ten true and false questions.
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Tennessee Activity

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Tennessee activity, students read a selection about the history of Tennessee, then complete a set of 10 true/false questions. 
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Quiz

For Students 10th - 12th
In this The Autobiography of Malcolm X learning exercise, students determine the answers to a series of questions pertaining to the life of Malcolm X as presented in the work by Malcolm X and Alex Haley.
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Worksheet #27 Questions - Middle Colonies

For Students 8th - 9th
In this middle colonies worksheet, learners examine their knowledge through ten fill in the blank questions that relate to the aforementioned topic.
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Flying Through the Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students create a model of the solar system out of candy. They write a book about their travels through the Solar System, beginning at age ten and reaching Pluto at age seventy.
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Missouri

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Missouri instructional activity, students read a detailed 2 page history of the state. Students answer ten true and false questions about the passage.
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Frontier Life Story

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore American frontier life. In this history lesson plan, students participate in a series of activities that challenge them to discover what pioneer life was really like.
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North Carolina

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this North Carolina learning exercise, students read about the early history of North Carolina and answer true and false questions about it. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
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Site Analysis Worksheet: Outdoor Garden

For Students 5th - 6th
In this site analysis of an outdoor garden worksheet, student answer eleven questions about a site for a garden including soil, utilities and drainage.
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Spanish-Speaking South America

For Students 7th - 8th
In this South America instructional activity, students learn about the history and development of Spanish-speaking South America. Students utilize a graphic organizer and answer several questions based on their reading.