Preserve Main Street Activity
Students examine and discuss old maps and photos of the main street of their town. They research the buildings on the main street using libraries, newspapers, business directories, interviews etc. and then design a poster or scrapbook.
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Main Street Through the Years
Students explore community by participating in class map activities. In this city planning lesson, students discuss the concept of a "Main Street" and how they were used to tie their community together. Students complete a "Maps Over...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
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
Balloons Over Broadway
After reading the book Balloons Over Broadway about the incredible puppeteer who created the first Macy's larger-than-life parade balloons, your youngsters will celebrate their reading by participating in a variety of engaging activities...
Pre-K - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Santa Cruz Island - Visible Thinking Routines
Visible Thinking Routines are designed to help learners deepen their understanding of what they are learning and enable them to communicate their understanding of concepts to others. Individuals adopt one of these routines to use to...
4th - 6th Science CCSS: Designed
Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon
How do barns serve as a window to a community's past? Here are a series of lessons on the symbolism and historical context of barns throughout American history. Topics include community-building, in-depth primary and secondary source...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Getting to Know the Streets of Honolulu
Students practice identifying the streets names of Honolulu. Using a city map, they identify a main street and two intersecting streets. They research the origin of the name and complete a worksheet. They share their findings and...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Preserving History for Illuminating Today's Values and Traditions
Students discover the value of oral history by creating their own audio recordings. For this traditions and customs lesson, students listen to a local historian discuss the idea of preserving history through oral traditions. Students...
5th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts