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50 Nifty United States
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We live on the continent of North America in the country of the United States. There are 50 states in this great country and as citizens of the United States we should know what those states are. In this seminar you will learn the names and locations of all 50 states. Wow your friends and family with your geographical knowledge!  Standards7.1.4.B Describe and locate places and regions as defined by physical and human features.

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Social Science
Political Science
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
The Adventures of Rama
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The Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic, is retold here in words and illustrations by "The Golden Eagles," Loretta Hopper's Grade 2 class from Ephesus Elementary in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Religious Studies
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Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Articles & More
Along the Trail of Tears
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A part of history is often forgot when teaching younger students. This is the relocation of the Cherokee Indians when the white settlers wanted their property. The US Government moved whole groups of Indians under harsh conditions. This trip became known as the Trail of Tears. Using this as a background students will explore and experiment with persuasive writing as they try to express the position of Cherokee leaders.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Glenda Bullard
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Social Sciences for Kids
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Helps K-12 students learn how our government works. Students can learn about the branches of government, the election process, and how laws are made. This includes debate topics, word puzzles, historical documents, and resources for parents and teachers.

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Education
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Reading
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U.S. Government Printing Office
Bloody Battle
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In this seminar you will learn about the Battle of Gettysburg, a very bloody battle. You will use the habit of mind applying previous knowledge as you learn about the Civil War and apply it to this specific battle. You will get to choose whether you would like to read, watch, or explore the Battle of Gettysburg through a virtual tour. You will learn why this battle was such an important one and describe some of the events that took place in an informational project!Standards5.2.U.BAnalyze strategies used to resolve conflicts in society and government.

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Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
The Boston Tea Party
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On July 4, 1776, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence to relieve our country of British rule. The colonists were tired of being bossed around by King George. In this seminar you will learn about one of the ways the colonists rebelled against the high taxes from Great Britain--the Boston Tea Party. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to construct support for the Boston Tea Party as a necessary risk taken by the colonists on the road to freedom.Standards5.1.4 D Identify key ideas about government found in significant documents: Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, Pennsylvania Constitution

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Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Child Rights in Cartoons
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In 1998, UNICEF thought of a creative way to help educate the world about children’s rights. UNICEF asked directors around the world to make a 30-second animated film illustrating one of the rights spelled out in the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Since then, over 70 studios in 32 countries have created cartoons for this project. The cartoons have been shown on television to over 1 billion people worldwide and are still on TV today in many countries. Click on these images to watch a cartoon version of the articles of the CRC.

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Arts and Humanities
Law
General Law
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Diagram/Illustration
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UNICEF
Chronicling America
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Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

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Journalism
U.S. History
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Reading
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Library of Congress
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework
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Representatives from a group of state education agencies and from the leading organizations in social studies and its individual disciplines collaborated to create a Framework to provide states with voluntary guidance for upgrading existing social studies standards. This Framework does not include all that can or should be included in a set of robust social studies standards, and intentionally preserves the critical choices around the selection of curricular content taught at each grade level as a decision best made by each state. The Framework aims to support states in creating standards that prepare young people for effective and successful participation in college, careers, and civic life.

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Arts and Humanities
History
Social Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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National Council of the Social Studies
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Kathy Swan
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards
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The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
National Council of the Social Studies
Author:
National Council of the Social Studies
Communicating About Continents
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In this seminar you will learn about the large land masses that cover planet Earth. We call these land masses continents. You will learn the names and locations of each continent. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to construct a map of the 7 continents.Standards7.1.4.B Describe and locate places and regions as defined by physical and human features.

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Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Community Jobs and Responsibilities
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In this seminar you will learn about the jobs and responsibilities of community members. You will use the habit of mind remaining open to continuous learning to improve your own community.  Then you will create an advertisement to persuade your community members to become more involved!Standards5.2.4.A Identify individual rights and needs and the rights and needs of others in the classroom, school, and community.

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Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
The Declaration of Independence
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King George III was not a fair king to those living in the colonies. After the Boston Tea Party, things continued to decline. Eventually, the colonists banded together and wrote the Declaration of Independence. In this seminar you will learn how it was written and who the key players in the writing of the Declaration were. By the end of this seminar you will be able to construct support for why the Declaration of Independence was written and how why this was a responsible risk taken by the founding fathers.Standards5.1.4 D Identify key ideas about government found in significant documents: Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, Pennsylvania Constitution5.1.4 C Explain the principles and ideals shaping local and state government.

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Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
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This site introduces students to archeology -- the study of material remains to learn about past human experiences. This lesson (Grades 3-8) discusses various challenges of an archaeologist: locating a site that will yield clues about the people who once lived there, conducting excavations, and more. Students identify artifacts from a contemporary setting, describe the function of each artifact, identify methods for dating soil layers, and interpret soil profiles.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
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Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Developing Map Skills Through Earth Science Activities
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This article highlights lesson plans and activities that help elementary students develop map skills as they learn earth science concepts.

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Geology
Physical Geography
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Exploring Young Immigrant Stories | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice
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Objectives:

Students will understand similarities and differences between themselves and others.

Students will recognize and value diversity among their peers.

Students will recognize and value the diverse experience of immigrants and of children from other countries.

Students will read and understand visual texts.

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Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
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Teaching Tolerance
First Grade Social Studies Lesson
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Learning cardinal directions and locating physical features using relative location- Made easy for first graders.-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/ . Make your own animated videos and animated presentations for free. PowToon is a free tool that allows you to develop cool animated clips and animated presentations for your website, office meeting, sales pitch, nonprofit fundraiser, product launch, video resume, or anything else you could use an animated explainer video. PowToon's animation templates help you create animated presentations and animated explainer videos from scratch. Anyone can produce awesome animations quickly with PowToon, without the cost or hassle other professional animation services require.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
WorldGeoProjectVideo
George Meade
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In this seminar, you will use what you already know about Robert E. Lee and compare it to what you will learn about George Meade. You will need to apply what you know about George Meade in order to describe his character traits. Additionally, you will persuade an army to choose George Meade or Robert E. Lee as a leader, comparing what you know about the two men.Standards5.2.U.BAnalyze strategies used to resolve conflicts in society and government.

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Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
How Long? How Wide? How Tall? How Deep?
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In this lesson, students use historical nonstandard units (digits, hand, cubit, yard, foot, pace, fathom) to estimate the lengths of common objects and then measure using modern standard units. They will discover the usefulness of standardized measurement units and tools. An activity sheet (pdf), assessment options and other commentary are provided.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
Author:
Donna Coe