A Practical Experiment in Colonization
Students, in groups, research English colonial settlements in the New World. They consider the importance of geography, charters, social organization and building design to the success of early colonies. They develop a fictitious colony.
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Our Classroom Constitution
Develop a system of classroom rules created by the kids, for the kids with this three-part activity series on the US Constitution. After learning about the structure of the Constitution and the government it established, young scholars...
5 mins 4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Democracy in Action: Freedom Riders
This is a must-have resource for every social studies teacher covering the civil rights movement. Through an engaging video and detailed viewing guide, young historians learn about the Freedom Riders, and discover how everyday...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civility in Elections
Should all eligible citizens be required to vote? In national elections? In state elections? In local elections? What would be the benefits of such a requirement? The potential harm? Class members consider the importance of voting, write...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Fun in the Snow
Celebrate the arrival of winter with a reading of Jack Ezra Keats' book The Snowy Day. Engaging children by asking them about their own experiences in the snow, the teacher goes on to read the story aloud before asking the class to draw...
K - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Industrial Revolution: Life in the Cities
What was life really like in American during the Industrial Revolution? Middle and high schoolers explore tenement living, assembly lines, factory work, and the blossoming world of technology in a series of educational and engaging...
7th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Heroes Among Us
A hero is not always dressed in uniform. Here, scholars gain insight into traits of heroism through images and a survivor's story about the heroic actions his colleagues took to save him from the September 11th terrorist attacks. With...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Art to Zoo: Life in the Promised Land: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940
This is a fantastic resource designed for learners to envision what it was like for the three million African-Americans who migrated to urban industrial centers of the northern United States between 1910 and 1940. After reading a...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Changes in a City Over Time
Investigate the growth and development of New York City with the final lesson plan in this four-part series on skyscrapers. Learners first explore the concept of urban growth by looking closely at a series of three paintings made of Wall...
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Immigration Illumination Project Curriculum Materials
Gain an understanding of the complex topic of immigration with a collection of resources. Class members engage in a series of activities designed to give them insight into the factors that influence immigration policies and the effects...
11th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable