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Centennial: Buildings Tell a Story
Students research which buildings are registered as national or state historical sites, and lobby the community by petition to have another local building placed on the national or state historic register.
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Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building
How tall is the Empire State Building? Lead your class through a collaborative estimation activity to determine the number of quarters it would take to reach the top and teach the following concepts: human capital, human resources,...
3rd - 5th Math CCSS: Designed
The Geography of Folk Tales
Bring your traditional lesson on folk tales to the next level by combining it with a review of the five themes of geography! Pupils practice analyzing a story from a foreign country, apply their knowledge of the five themes, draw a map...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Applying Ahimsa to Traditional Stories
Investigate the life of Mahatma Gandhi by researching non-violent lifestyles. Learners define the word ahimsa and discuss the personal characteristics that made Gandhi a peaceful warrior. They also create a poster about the story "The...
2nd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Unlocking and Exploring Folktales
Designed with many of the Common Core standards in mind, this 10-lesson unit is brimming with ELL strategies, teacher's notes, and the best of core instructional methods for teaching the common elements of folktales, and exploring...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Teaching the Easter Story
If you are looking for a secular approach to teaching about Easter, this may just be the resource for you. Pupils read a paraphrased text depicting the last supper, arrest, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible, while also...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson: Struggle and Transformation: Jaguar & Adolescence
To break down complex themes, discuss a sense of self, and learn a bit about Mayan culture, learners start through art analysis. They analyze a Mayan incense burner, discuss themes, and then write a short story that includes themes from...
5th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson: Bringing Back the Sun: The Story of Jaguar Inspiring Student Stories
What on earth is that jar for? It was an ancient incense burner used by the Maya, that was inspired by the myth of the sun god. Young analysts hear the story of the Mayan sun god, analyze the story through the artistry in the jar, and...
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
The Image of Stories-Maya Stela
Students explore filled and empty space in art. In this visual arts lesson, students view the Maya "Stela" and various picture books to explore the story within the art pieces. Students create their own stela that tells a story about a...
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Eight Tips for Eight Nights: Fun Activities For Teaching Hanukkah
Eight Hanukkah themed activities make up a resource designed to bring holiday cheer to everyone far and near. Festive activities include reading stories, singing songs, eating latkes, and more!
1st - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable