Piecing It Together!
Learners use clues to identify states on maps. They work together to identify the state a major city is in as well. They share their map with the class once it is completed.
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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
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
Persuasion as Text: Organizational, Grammatical, and Lexical Moves in Barbara Jordan’s All Together Now
A thorough lesson on persuasive writing takes middle schoolers through several activities, including group discussion, collaborative posters, and independent writing. They compare historical speeches and analyze the persuasive techniques...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Letter from Christopher Columbus to Luis de Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery (1493)
When Christopher Columbus landed, he found many things to comment on. Have your class read this letter that he wrote to Luis de Sant Angel in 1493. The text is split up into sections. Each section is paired with two to three...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
After reading excerpts from Frederick Douglass' autobiography, your pupils will draw on what they've learned about the cruelty of slavery in order to write and present an anti-slavery speech or editorial.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
21st century learners live in a media world. Help them develop the skills they need to be able to analyze the barrage of propaganda they face daily, with a resource that introduces them to the type of persuasive appeals found in news,...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Unique Monique: Building a Community of Unique Individuals
Students recognize that each student is unique and has special talents. Students develop a puzzle piece that describes them and their particular talents. Students share their pieces and post on a bulletin board.
K - 5th English Language Arts
Travel back to 1787 as young scholars investigate the creation of the US Constitution. After first working in small groups to create sets of classroom rules, students go on to read a summary of the Constitution and watch a short video...
5 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed