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Why is John Adams Standing on Thomas Jefferson's Foot?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewWas it a bromance, or were they frenemies? Young historians use a controversial portrait and letters between Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and others to evaluate the relationship between the two Founding Fathers. Examining the primary...
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How Did the Public View Women’s Contributions to the Revolutionary War Effort?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewCalling upon the legacies of Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, and Catherine the Great, Esther Reed rallied Southern women to support the American Revolution. Using a broadside by Reed and other primary sources, such as poetry, young historians...
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Was the Stamp Act Fair?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewPledge your loyalty to the king and the Stamp Act or sign an oath against the tax. After simulating an in-class tax for school supplies, young historians consider the reasons for the Stamp Act and similar colonial policies. The...
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Who Burned the Peggy Stewart?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewNot all Patriots were on the same page against the British before the Revolutionary War. While some wanted to use peaceful means, such as debate and petition, others used violence, such as burning ships carrying British tea. Using...
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Runaway Slaves: From the Revolution to the New Republic

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewWho were the enslaved people in colonial America? Using ads from enslavers looking to recapture escaped people, young historians put faces and identities to them. Primary sources, such as wanted ads, help scholars reconstruct who these...
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Colonial Tea Parties

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewMost people know of the Boston Tea Party, but it was only one of similar protests throughout the colonies. Using a case study from Maryland, learners explore primary sources, including images and newspaper accounts of similar tea...
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Pontiac's War

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewInvaders are coming: fight them off or run? Native American peoples had to decide this question after British colonists went west following the French and Indian War. Using a speech from Chief Pontiac, young historians consider if they...
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Native American Gender Roles in Maryland

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewToss gender roles out the window—some societies lived in a world where women not only possessed the family wealth but also were the farmers and butchers. Many Native American societies had more gender equity than European societies....
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Mid-Unit Assessment: On-Demand Note-taking and Text-Dependent Questions

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewFlex those brain muscles! Scholars take a mid-unit assessment, conducting research to take notes about how a particular invention helped meet society's needs. To complete the test, they work on draft sketches for their graphic novelettes. 
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Expert Research Groups: How the Traffic Signal and Airplane Met Society’s Needs, Part 3

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewPupils work in expert research groups, reading an informational article about an invention and completing a note-catcher worksheet. Afterward, scholars work in triads to answer questions based on the text.
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Mid-Unit 3 Assessment: On-Demand Note-Taking about Howler Monkeys

For Teachers 5th Standards
Get the facts straight. Scholars complete their mid-unit assessment by reading a text, watching a video, and observing a picture about howler monkeys. They take notes about the facts they discover to use in future lessons.
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Structuring The Search: Categorizing Our Research

For Teachers 5th Standards
What can you contribute? Scholars read text to determine how ants contribute to the rainforest. First, they categorize and sort facts gathered from reading. Next, readers focus on specific terms in each paragraphs of the text Ants by...
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End of Unit Assessment: Writing a Rainforest Field Journal Entry about Howler Monkeys

For Teachers 5th Standards
Give me more details. Scholars complete an end of unit assessment by creating an information text box to go with their field journal entries about howler monkeys. Learners use the class time to work independently.
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Conducting Research: Analyzing a Variety of Sources to Capture Information about My Insect

For Teachers 5th Standards
From picture to words. Scholars analyze a picture of an ant and then list two facts they observed and any questions that may arise. Expert groups from the previous lesson then look at a diagram about either an ant or butterfly and add to...
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How to Write Like a Scientist in the Field: Introduction to the Elements of Field Journals

For Teachers 5th Standards
It's time to start journaling. Scholars look at examples of science field journals. They work in pairs to examine and complete a note catcher about a field journal. They then add to an anchor chart by discussing the different features...
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Captioning the Civil Rights Movement: Reading the Images, Writing the Words

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Scholars boost their knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement with a lesson that challenges writers, readers, and historians to analyze primary sources and caption their observations. By way of reading, writing, discussion, independently,...
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Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Informational text and impressionistic art lead a lesson about Harriet Tubman. Working in teams, scholars examine a variety of resources. They analyze, compare, and contrast the work.  Using their research findings, pupils create an...
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History In A New Light: Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Sixty-seven pages take scholars on a digital tour through the exhibit, History in a New Light: Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth. Crystal clear pictures accompanied by text offer a deep understanding of the...
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Where We Stand

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Academics learn strategies to share their opinions and agree or disagree with others in a respectful manner. The resource provides scenarios to help individuals form opinions and share them with...
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The History of Thanksgiving

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The first Thanksgiving is the focus of a lesson that boosts reading comprehension and interview skills. Half the class reads about Pilgrims while the other half reads about the Native American, Squanto. After answering questions, pupils...
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Featured Activity: City Planning With Census Data

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
What's more important ... an ice cream store or a police station? How about a school or a hospital? Using a simulation game, pupils allot resources as the federal government would based on the census. Discussion questions round out the...
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Constitution Day

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Give your Constitution Day celebration a timely slant by discussing the census! An activity that includes analysis of the Constitutional call for a census, along with scaffolded worksheets, help pupils understand the connection between...
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Cultural Characteristics: Grandmother, What a Big Culture You Have!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Was Little Red Riding Hood just rotten—or the victim of a big, bad wolf? Depends on who you ask! Using different versions of the childhood tale and a jigsaw or gallery walk discussion, learners unpack how the retelling of this story...
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Famous Historical Figures Lesson Plan: Who Am I?

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
History detectives select a famous person to research, fill a bag with items associated with their subject, then ask class members to guess the historical figure represented by the artifacts.