Digging Into the Past
Students participate in an excavation simulation, and explore the ruins of Sardis. They ponder which clues scientists use to determine if artifacts found in the excavation are of Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, or Lydian origin.
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Equal Rights? The Woman's Movement from Suffrage to Schlafly
If you've never heard of the Equal Rights Amendment, it's probably because there isn't one in the United States Constitution. Delve into the contentious history behind the ERA, its founders and supporters, and reasons for its political...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Bill of Rights
How does the Bill of Rights, created over 200 years ago, still apply to the lives of American citizens to this day? Here is a fantastic resource that includes several resources on approaching the Bill of Rights with your class. After...
5th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Illinois Pension Obligations
Impress upon your young citizens and economists the issues at stake with underfunded pension plans, which are projected to cut into very important areas of investment, such as education, in order to fund the appropriate liabilities. This...
8 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa
Delve into the world of Malian ruler Mansa Musa, the development and culture of African kingdoms such as the Swahili civilization, the use of oral tradition, and the spread of Islam across trade routes. The narrator does an excellent job...
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Facing the Ghosts of Our Past
A reading of a New York Times review of the movie Beloved launches research into how the Civil War affected the lives of people living during this period. Creative thinkers select a person from an included list of historical figures and...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Digging for Humanity's Origins
"Is this a good evolutionary adaptation, or is it going to lead us to being the shortest lived hominid species on planet earth?" Listen as Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey discusses our evolution from common ancestry and her work in...
16 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Ruins of Pompeii: A Window into History
Sixth graders research the history of Pompeii and its destruction. Locate important geographical features of Rome. Gain insight into the past through archaeological interpretation. Synthesize historical information through imaginative...
6th English Language Arts
Is Telekinesis Real?
What a fascinating framework for learning about the scientific method! Learners discover the processes of scientists who have investigated telekinesis in the past, and discuss the need for proper lab conditions, experiment objectives,...
5 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable