Knife River: Early Village Life on the Plains
Students discover the complex culture and trading economy of the Hidatsa and Mandan tribes in North Dakota during the 18th century, as seen by anthropologists and artists.
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Hands-On History: Explorers
Bring history to life with this collection of hands-on early explorer activities. From creating a flip book about the Vikings' exploration of North America to a reader's theater performance about Christopher Columbus' search for the...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Learning About Immigration in North Carolina with “A Home on the Field”
Paul Cuadros's A Home on the Field, the story of his attempt to create a soccer team for Hispanic immigrant children in a North Carolina high school, launches an investigation of immigration and the issues immigrants face.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Explore the wonders of County Claire, Ireland's Bunratty Castle. Through pictures and in-depth descriptions, go on a journey to see the exterior and interior of the castle. Learn why the grand castle was built, what materials were used...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Lone Dog's Winter Count: Keeping History Alive
What is oral tradition, and what unique tool did the Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains use to help them remember their complex histories? Through pictograph analysis, discussion, research, and an engaging hands-on activity,...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Decoding the First Alphabets: Not as Simple as A, B, C
Explore early writing systems and their significance in understanding the development of past civilizations. In groups, learners research early writing systems and then present their findings to the rest of the class. They teach their...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Flight of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart's accomplishments and strength of character extend beyond her status as one of the first female aviators in America. Elementary and middle schoolers learn about Earhart's early life and the historical context surrounding...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Life on the Great Plains
Learners trace the characteristics and history of the Great Plains as portrayed in literature and art from the time of the Conquistadors through the early 20th century. They write letters exploring the viewpoints of Native Americans and...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer
Explore life in the Great Plains with this thorough US history lesson plan. After brainstorming some important inventions in farming, pupils answer several questions about pioneers in a group research project. Several links to sites and...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Life on a North Carolina Military Base in Wartime
Investigators use a “Says/Means” chart to analyze and draw inferences from quotes taken directly from newspaper articles detailing life on an active military base in Greensboro, North Carolina during World War II. Individuals then use a...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed