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3rd Grade History Unit Design: Native Americans of North America
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This unit on American Indians: By studying the regions of the United States and the cultures that live in each region, students are able to compare/contrast within regions and across regions how tribes used their environments, and their cultural and other contributions to American life.

Note that the emphasis here is on broader groups of tribes for each region with some instruction on specific tribes representing each region. In no way is this case study approach to learning about one tribe meant to be generalized to all tribes of that region. We understand that each tribe was and continues to be unique in its culture, practices, lifeways, and traditions.

Subject:
World Cultures
Elementary Education
U.S. History
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Date Added:
10/23/2019
3rd Grade History Unit: Geography & Cultures of North America
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The unit is focused on the examination of geography in terms of “place.” Students dive into inquiry to answer the compelling questions, “Where are we?” and “Who are we?” Through these two questions students will understand where they live and where people around the world live. Students will also dive into the term “culture” and define it through many characteristics. Students will examine and reflect upon their own culture and research different cultures of North America.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Central Valley School District
Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Morgen Larsen
Date Added:
06/15/2018
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.

Subject:
Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Tracy Rains
Deanna Mayers
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Alabama: A Boundless Field of Speculation
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This lesson looks at the natural resources that drew businesses to Alabama. Students will explore the adapted 1820 letter from Mason and Dexter in Cahaba, Alabama to Richards and Simmons in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Students will explain ideas within this historical text based on specific information presented in this primary source. This lesson can be used as a stand alone or can follow A Natural Attraction: The Natural Resources of Alabama During the Early Nineteenth Century . This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
04/29/2019
Alabama Fever!
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In this lesson, students will work in small groups to examine a letter describing the environment of Alabama and identify reasons which might have encouraged settlers to move to Alabama in the early nineteenth century. Students will choose an interesting attraction of Alabama mentioned in the letter and design a postage stamp around that attraction. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
04/29/2019
Alabama's Early Governors
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In this lesson, students will learn about the executive branch of government at the state level, especially related to the first governors of the state of Alabama. Their impact on the development of Alabama and Alabama's role in the United States will be discussed. Students will use research and note taking skills to gather information on an early governor. Then students will participate in jigsaw groups to share their information, discuss the importance of each governor, similarities, and impact. Finally, students will discuss the role of governor and how governors have an impact on the state and the impact these men had in Alabama and in other states. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
04/29/2019
Alabama's Pine Barren
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Students will read a description of the pine barrens by Basil Hall and analyze the text by using the 3-2-1 strategy. Students will discuss the life and work of Basil Hall, including his travels and journaling in North America. They will observe how a camera lucida functions and debate whether using a camera lucida is "cheating" in art. Next, students will venture outside to create a sketch of their environment while appropriately utilizing materials. They will compare and contrast their products to the sketches of Basil Hall and critique each other's work. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
04/29/2019
Be The Change You Want To See In The World
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Lesson outcomesSWBAT:  demonstrate characteristics of good citizenship.  AssessmentMonthly questionnaires and evidenceFinal presentation and project showcaseState Standards, Indicator, ObjectiveDescribe the responsibilities of being an effective citizen, such as cleaning up your neighborhood, being informed, obeying rules and laws, participating I class decisions, and volunteering (3.1.0.1a)Describe rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in Maryland (4.1.0.1)Describe individual rights and responsibilities in the United States (5.1.01)Examine the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in the world (7.1.0.1)                     

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jamie Barker
MSDE Admin
Date Added:
09/04/2018
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.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
U.S. Government Printing Office
Date Added:
03/30/2000
Biography Research
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Students will discuss the definition of a biography and determine what elements it contains.  They will research a famous person and create a web graphic organizer with key achievements and personal information from their life. Peer feedback will be given on the web creation and then an oral presentation will be given.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
History
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Lynn Ann Wiscount
Vince Mariner
Erin Halovanic
Date Added:
07/14/2020
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.

Subject:
Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Tracy Rains
Deanna Mayers
Date Added:
10/13/2017
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

Subject:
Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Tracy Rains
Deanna Mayers
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Build a Better Shelter
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Students will use information from Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this unit concerning tornadoes, including the type of damage tornadoes cause and the locations where they typically occur. Students will work in groups of three to design a structure that will withstand and protect people from tornadoes. Each team will represent an engineering firm. They will select from a variety of materials available and sketch their design on poster board prior to constructing a prototype. Students will present their designs to the class and will undergo a wind test. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
04/29/2019
Can You Dig It?
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In this lesson, students will define archaeology. Students will make inferences from observations by sorting through garbage to analyze clues about the people who left the garbage. Students will compare and contrast two artifacts looking for clues from the past. Students will write a narrative story of an artifact. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
04/29/2019
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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Law
General Law
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UNICEF
Date Added:
02/16/2011
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.

Subject:
Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Tracy Rains
Deanna Mayers
Date Added:
10/13/2017
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.

Subject:
Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Tracy Rains
Deanna Mayers
Date Added:
10/13/2017
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.

Subject:
Social Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Tracy Rains
Deanna Mayers
Date Added:
10/13/2017