What Do You Really Mean?
Student and parent watch a television show together (situation comedy or drama) while looking for various ways the characters communicate with each other and discuss which way of communicating is the most effective.
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Now that You Have Them, What Do You Do With Class Rules?
Establishing classroom rules within the first two weeks of school is important. But what do you do with the rules after they've been created, and how can you establish them so that they have a lasting effect all year long? Use an...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony”
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of John White's colonists on Roanoke Island is not only a fascinating feature of European colonization history, but is also a great way for your young historians to engage themselves in the story...
5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Common Civil War Soldier
Imagine you are a soldier in the Civil War. What are you wearing? What do you need to carry with you? Examine the life of a person during the Civil War, from drummer boys to powder monkeys to musket-toting soldiers. Elementary learners...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Look Out My Window. What Do You See?
Students explore William D. Huff's experience during Civil War as portrayed in his drawings, express empathy and demonstrate historical knowledge through creating their own artwork, and craft drawings and captions from perspectives of...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Citizenship: What is Freedom?
What does freedom mean to me? is the driving question of a character education lesson focused on citizenship. Scholars study the story, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, discuss in detail the positive realities of...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You Make a More Perfect Union?
Students analyze the Preamble of the Constitution and identify the historical context that led to its wording. They, in groups, interpret phrases from the Preamble, examine relevant court cases and create illustrations for their portion...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History