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Education on the Trail
Fourth graders invent ways to teach pioneer students on the trail. They imagine that they are a pioneer who wants to make sure that their students know how to read, write, and do arithmetic.
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The President’s Desk
What stories can a desk paperweight and picture frame possibly tell us about the president of the United States? Pupils are transported to the desk of President John F. Kennedy through a highly interactive and engaging online interactive...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a instructional activity, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Idea Book – For Creating Lessons and Units About American Indians
Augment a unit on the traditions and legacies of Native Americans with an informational packet. With pages that detail the tribal origins of commonly used words, a list of ways that Native American customs influenced American democracy,...
2nd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Mayan Mathematics and Architecture
Take young scholars on a trip through history with this unit on the mathematics and architecture of the Mayan civilization. Starting with a introduction to their base twenty number system and the symbols they used, this eight-lesson unit...
4th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
The Oregon Trail: American Settler
A sequel to the hugely popular and enduring Oregon Trail, this game explores the daily life of those settling in the Wild West. Players have to build a shelter, grow their community, increase the population, ensure sufficient food...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Oregon Trail Poems: Making Audio Recordings
Poetry is a great way to express a feeling or thought. Fourth graders choose an Oregon Trail Landmark as inspiration for a descriptive poem which they compose and record using an MP3 and the program Photostory. This lesson could be...
4th Social Studies & History