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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    History Comes Alive: Developing Fluency and Comprehension Using Social Studies
    Let the power of imagination and inference serve as a "time machine" to bring Benjamin Franklin into the classroom! History and science come to life in a dialogue with Franklin the inventor, developed through lesson activities that incorporate research, imagination, writing, visual arts, and drama.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    How Big Are Martin's Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future
    Inspired by the book Martin's Big Words, students explore information on Dr. King to think about his "big" words, then they write about their own "big" words and dreams.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Huge Mistakes that Led to Catastrophe: Learning about Human-made Disasters throughout History
    After researching various human-made disasters such as the BP oil spill, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Great Chicago Fire, students share their research in oral presentations. Then students pair up to compare and contrast their disasters using the Venn Diagram Student Interactive or the Venn diagram Mobile App.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Learning About Research and Writing Using the American Revolution
    Students across the board will get a kick out of researching a historical figure from the American Revolution to create an acrostic poem.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
    Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance in response to reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Looking at Landmarks: Using a Picture Book to Guide Research
    This lesson uses Ben's Dream by Chris Van Allsburg to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. Students research the landmarks and present their findings to the class.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading
    This lesson pairs the reading of historical fiction with nonfiction to introduce students to the large themes of history.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Myth and Truth: Independence Day
    By exploring myths and truths surrounding Independence Day, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the Independence Day holiday.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Native Americans Today
    This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
    Where did the stars come from? What makes lightning and thunder? Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale.

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