Students investigate artifacts and reconstruct them. For this artifact lesson, students research archaeologists and Native American groups. Students plan a design for a clay pot which represent the Native American artifact.
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Tell Tales: Reconstructing A Personal Tell
A two-week exploration of archaeology is here for you. In an exquisite lesson, sixth graders spend many days studying how archaeologists learn about ancient cultures by studying their artifacts. They watch streamed video, and PowerPoint...
6th English Language Arts
The Survivors' Stairway in the World Trade Center is one of the most unharmed artifacts that survived the 9/11 attacks. Class members discuss the importance of these stairs as they helped people survive, and why they are a crucial...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
A Look at Virginians During Reconstruction, 1865-1877
The transition between rebellion to reunification was not smooth after the Civil War. Young historians compare primary and secondary source documents in a study of the Reconstruction era in Virginia, noting the rights that were not...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Sing Out Loud: The Slave Spirituals Historical and Cultural Implications during Reconstruction
Students identify, summarize and present facts about cultural, educational and political inequalities of Reconstruction, explain hidden codes of slave spirituals and their importance in slaves' communication, and create poetry based on...
7th - 9th English Language Arts
American Biography: Langston Hughes, Life in a Box, Reconstruction to World War II, Pathfinder
Sixth graders examine the lives of Americans who served their communities. In this Reconstruction to World War II lesson, 6th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to explore the life of Langston Hughes. Students share the...
6th Social Studies & History
A Lesson on Reconstruction Legislation and Amendments
Students study the legislation and Amendments of Reconstruction period in America. In this Reconstruction lesson plan, students work in groups to dissect the Black Codes, an article in the US Constitution, as well as the 13th, 14th, and...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Impact of the Jim Crow Era on Education, 1877–1930s
Even though American slaves were officially emancipated in 1865, the effects of slavery perpetuated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Middle and high schoolers learn about the ways that discrimination and the Jim Crow laws...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Using Primary Sources to Discover Reconstruction
Fifth graders discover how reconstruction had an impact on racial issues in the United States. In this Reconstruction lesson, 5th graders are introduced to primary vs. secondary resources and then rotate through stations to view...
5th Social Studies & History
Reconstruction in Post-Civil War Kentucky
Students relate information and make connections regarding how Kentuckians, black and white, were affected economically, socially, politically, and geographically by the Civil War. They pretend to be guests on a talk show being interviewed.
4th - 5th English Language Arts
American Biography: William Johnson, Life in a Box, Reconstruction to WWII, Pathfinder
Students explore influential individuals. In this lesson on social change, students use historical sources and analysis tools to research a person to build a story about how an individual's actions can lead to change in the community....
5th - 7th Social Studies & History