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Students discuss importance of American Chestnut tree, explore its value and uses, examine how it has almost become extinct, and identify ways certain groups are working to help regain American Chestnut tree population through breeding.
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A Hoosier Perspective on the March to the Sea: The Diary of William Miller
Eighth graders take a closer look at Sherman's March to the Sea. In this American Civil War lesson, 8th graders analyze the diary entries of William Miller. Discussion questions are included with the entries. Students create illustrated...
8th Social Studies & History
Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon
How do barns serve as a window to a community's past? Here are a series of lessons on the symbolism and historical context of barns throughout American history. Topics include community-building, in-depth primary and secondary source...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Ben Franklin and the Rising Americans
Students prepare for and learn through a walking tour of Philadelphia. In this history lesson, students support their studies with a field trip. This lesson could be adapted to suit regions with other historic places or museums.
6th - 9th Social Studies & History
Gender, Sex, and Slavery
While examining slavery's impact on women, historians compare and contrast the perspectives of a plantation mistress and an enslaved woman, both reflecting on the system of forced prostitution. Text analysis and written responses create...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Modeling Bacterial Transformation
Bacteria is not always the bad guy! Show your classes how bacterial replication is an advantage in biotechnology. Learners explore the function of bacteria in replicating DNA and producing transgenic organisms. This is the final lesson...
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed