Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
Students examine the basic characteristics of jazz, and its relationship to African-American culture and history. They listen to examples of jazz, conduct research, and create a 20th century timeline of music and historical events.
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Civil War Animal Mascots
A pet can offer comfort, friendship, and loyalty in the most stressful of situations. Here is a lesson plan that explores the important role animals played during the Civil War. Class members read informative texts, complete a KWL chart,...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Quilting: An American Project
The magnitude of loss on 9/11 is almost incomprehensible. However, it's important—and necessary—to think about the loss in terms of individual lives. Middle schoolers read about Jeannie Ammerman and Bonnie Clark, who put needle to cloth...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Everyday Life - Exploring the California Missions
Young scholars relive history as they examine primary sources that document everyday life in the California missions. During a class viewing of the included slideshow presentation, children analyze documents, paintings, and drawings in...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Creating a Civil Rights Quilt
After individually researching the lives of amazing individuals who fought for equality during the civil rights movement, your learners will each design a square to be added to a class civil rights quilt that represents a prominent...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How to Turn Protest into Powerful Change
What if? What if change were possible? Believe it or not change is possible. While not easy, it is possible if those committed to change adopt the three core strategies for "peacefully turning awareness into action and protest into...
5 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Earworms: Those Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head
We've all been infected by earworms at one point or another. But don't worry! These aren't creepy crawly critters that live inside our heads. Follow along with this short video as it explores the interesting psychology behind the...
5 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable