Three Gorges Dam: Will China Sink or Swim?
Seventh graders study the Three Gorges Dam, which is the largest dam built in the world. They examine how the dam impacts China as it prepares for the 21st century.
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Westward Expansion in the Garden
What an exceptional hands-on experience for learning about the period of Westward Expansion in the United States! Learners are divided into groups and embark on one of three "trails" to learn about the challenges early pioneers...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
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7th - 12th Social Studies & History