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Students share what they know about the daily life of the pioneers who settled on the Great Plains. They describe what characteristics modern-day explorers might have in common with people of America's frontier era.
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The History of Your Chicago River
Students examine the history of the Chicago River. In groups, they identify the problems of the watershed and develop possible solutions. As a class, they examine the importance of the river to the Chicago area by reading a story. To...
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History
Dreaming of Home: Personal Narratives from the Battle of Stones River
Students gather information about the Civil War from letters to the soldiers wives. In this Civil War lesson, observe the descriptive accounts and list sensory words. Students write a letter or poem matching a scene in the letters. ...
4th - 6th English Language Arts
From China's physical geography and earliest beginnings of civilization to the Qin and Han dynasties, here is a nicely designed activity on ancient China, which includes a graphic organizer and timeline to summarize the reading material.
6th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Is the American Dream?
How do you describe the American Dream? What motivates others to immigrate to the United States, and why do some groups have trouble attaining the American Dream? Your learners will consider these questions as they explore figurative...
7th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Day The Earth Stood Still: Historical and Cultural Context
Watch the Skies! Duck and Cover! Project Blue Book! Film, as a reflection of historical, cultural, and social issues, are the focus of the final lessons in a film unit that uses primary source documents and Robert Wise's 1951 version of...
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Human Impacts on Major Rivers of the World
Middle schoolers explore motivations behind human intervention in the stream flow of selected rivers, infer kinds of interventions and their results, and evaluate level of success of such interventions of stream flow as well as...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History