Anthropology Teacher Resources

Study how humans have developed, interacted, and changed over time with our collection of anthropology resources, which include topics regarding social, biological, cultural, or physical anthropology.
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An Introduction to Claude Levi-Strauss’s Structural Anthropology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Claude Levi-Strauss’s Structural Anthropology contends that distance and details separate world cultures—and not much else. High schoolers watch a short explanatory video to learn more about the theory of structuralism, the societial...
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Anthropology

For Students 9th - 12th
Anthropologists ask the question that everyone wants answered: what does it mean to be human? An online handout provides a brief introduction to the study of anthropology and outlines three common types of anthropology writing...
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Intro to Evans-Pritchard’s Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Oxford professor E.E. Evans-Pritchard's Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande is credited with developing the field of social anthropology. Introduce viewers to his argument that in the absence of science, societies like the...
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Break the Code: Anthropology Terms

For Students 5th - 7th
Spice up your study of basic anthropology terms using this decoding worksheet. Using a provided code, learners answer 10 fill-in-the-blank questions. Because the code is very simple, more advanced pupils may enjoy the challenge of...
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Sa Hi Pa Ca (Once Upon a Time): Lesson Plan 2

For Teachers 4th Standards
What tools do archaeologists and anthropologist use to learned about what life was like in the past. After watching West of The West's documentary Once Upon a Time that details how scientists use artifacts to establish a history of the...
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Humor and Anthropology/Ethnic Humor

For Teachers Higher Ed
By posing controversial questions about racially charged words and jokes, this presentation explores the function and use of ethnic humor. Sure to inspire debates and discussions in your sociology or anthropology class, the slideshow...
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Agricultural Societies: From Egalitarianism to Kleptocracy The Evolution of Government and Religion

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Find out what every anthropologist already knows by reading the book, Guns, Germs & Steel. This presentation is to accompany a reading of chapter 14 from the book, it helps define basic concepts and terms related to the effect of...
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Radiocarbon Dating

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do we know how long ago a dinosaur lived or an ancient fire pit was used? Scholars learn about the application of carbon dating and half lives to discover things about the past. They adjust the amount of radioactive carbon in the...
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Anthropology Exam 1

For Students 11th - 12th
In this word search instructional activity, students locate 20 vocabulary words related to physical anthropology. The word list includes allele, amino acids, and taxonomy.
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Adventures in Archaeology

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Expose your archaeologists to a variety of vocabulary words that deal with people who work in the fields of archeology, anthropology, and paleontology. Pictures accompany each of the slides so there is a visual associated with each...
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Breathing New Life into Old Traditions

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the role of ceremonies and other traditions of Native American cultures. They research various Native American nations and create posters that visually depict their research.
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A Quest for Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the atrocities of slavery. They examine the issues raised by the legacy of slavery in Brazil by reading and discussing "Brazil's Former Slave Havens Slowly Pressing for Rights." They create a slave identity based on...
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Life Along the Ring of Fire

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research geological forces that create the Ring of Fire and its effects on cultures. They write reports on how natural disasters influence societies.
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Cave Art Revisited: A Lesson on Recreating Prehistoric Art

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
This could be a very enriching and beautiful project for your class. They learn about the amazing prehistoric Lascaux Cave and view images of the art found there. They review vocabulary common to both Anthropology and ceramics, then...
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From the Origins of Agriculture to the first Early River Valley Civilizations

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Early civilizations developed into complex societies because of the advent of stable agricultural practices and plant/animal domestication. Share the earliest civilizations to grow from the first agricultural revolution with your class....
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Skin Color Interactive Video: The Biology of Skin Color

For Students 9th - 12th
It's all just skin deep. An anthropologist explains in a video how she used UV radiation data from NASA to come up with a theory on how human skin color has evolved over time. The skin has to be dark enough to block harmful UV radiation,...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: The Impact of Language

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Author, filmmaker, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was also a dialectologist. The dialogue of the characters in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God reveals her fascination with accents and dialects. A short video from the Great...
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Anthropology and Sociology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine the combined subjects of anthropology and sociology and explain how the disciplines would study the same issue. On poster board, they locate or draw pictures related to the two subjects. Once this is completed, students...
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WOMEN IN ANTHROPOLOGY

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore women (or men if they are underrepresented) who are leaders and achievers in the particular core content curriculum area.  In this Anthropology lesson, 12th graders study the women who have distinguished...
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Women in Anthropology

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders identify women who have excelled in anthropology. They present their findings which are compiled with other students' research to produce a list of women anthropologists.
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Caves

For Teachers K - 4th
Explore caves with your class! Your scholars will participate in scientific observation, research, inference and deduction, reading, vocabulary, and writing activities about caves with this lesson plan. This resource contains five...
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Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, Part 5 of 13

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part five of the 13-part series begins with a refutable argument stating that genetically, the ancient people of Australia were populated by the first African ancestors. Spencer Wells travels to India to find the link that bridges...
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Exploring Human History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the four main subdivisions of anthropology and how they overlap. They explore the careers of several contemporary anthropologists and their fieldwork, comparing the methods and applications of their work.
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Uncovering the Past and Present

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are introduced to the topics of archaeology and anthropology. In groups, they examine the methods they use to gather information about the history of certain groups. They analyze artifacts to draw conclusions about the...
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An Introduction to Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Could geography really be the most logical explanation for the success rate of any given population? Jared Diamond makes his anthropological contention in his 1997 publication Guns, Germs, and Steel. A short explores his main points and...
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What Can You Learn From Ancient Skeletons?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Skeletons may not be able to speak, but they can still tell us a lot. High schoolers watch a short video about the ways biological anthropologists can use a skeleton's bone structure to determine age, gender, place of birth, and social...
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An Introduction to Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do traditional customs of Islam contradict western feminism? Explore this and more using a video summary of Saba Mahmood's Politics of Piety, part of an extensive playlist about the world's greatest ideas. It addresses a common...
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Digging for Humanity's Origins

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
"Is this a good evolutionary adaptation, or is it going to lead us to being the shortest lived hominid species on planet earth?" Listen as Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey discusses our evolution from common ancestry and her work in...
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Why Human Evolution Matters: Crash Course Big History #204

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Is the progression of human complexity due to eating meat? The 14th video in a 16-part series attempts to answer this and other thought-provoking questions. It relates the process of human evolution and innovation to our ability to learn...
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Mayan Farming Practices

For Teachers 4th - 9th
The introduction of this lesson plan requires reading a from The Maya by Jaqueline Dembar Greene. Learners sketch a Mayan during the reading. Teaching strategies include direct instruction, grouping the students for discussions,...
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Social Scientists

For Students 9th - 12th
In this social scientist learning exercise, students respond to 10 matching and short answer questions about the work of economists, archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and political scientists.
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Archaeological Study

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Young scholars analyze the difference between archaeology and anthropology while studying the evolution of different products. In this archaeology and anthropology lesson plan, students trace the progression of a certain tool or product...
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In Celebration of the Silk Road

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road with a focus on a province in China to identify artifacts and research how these items arrived in the city of Turpan.
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Lost Treasures of Tibet: Mandalas

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students examine the history of mandalas from Tibet. After reviewing the Designing a Mandala handout, they use geometric symmetrical shapes to create their own examples. Next, they write poems or essays and explain the meaning of the...
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Native American Three Sisters Gardens

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students investigate companion planting. In this  communtiy gardening lesson plan students explore the tradition of the Native American Three Sisters gardening approach. Students act as botanists, anthropologists, folklorists, and curators.
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Cache

For Students 4th - 12th
The excavation of a cache of artifacts found on San Nicolas Island, a part of the Channel Island chain, is the focus of a documentary that shows how archaeologists uncover artifacts and use these finds to attempt to understand the past....
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War and Human Nature: Crash Course World History 204

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is aggression part of human nature? What about warfare? Crash Course World History takes high schoolers through the anthropological perspective of war, as well as the philosophical and biological points of view, and explores whether or...
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An Introduction to Lave and Wenger's Situated Learning

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Learning begins with observation. A video summary of Lave and Wegner's Situated Learning discusses the importance of observation and apprenticeship in learning as part of a larger playlist on the world's greatest ideas. The video...
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African Art: Ntan Drum

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students study African history, anthropology and culture using the lens of the art object, Ntan Drum. Lesson and instruction is differentiated for elementary, middle and high school students.
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Civilization

For Teachers 7th - 10th
A good start to a larger discussion, this presentation address the qualities and characteristics of a civilization. It briefly discusses the earliest civilizations, leaving your lecture as the next logical step in a world history or...
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Human Origins in Africa

For Students 6th - 8th
In this world anthropology worksheet, students describe physical traits and achievements of 5 hominid species and compare the Old Stone Age to the New Stone Age. In addition, students explain the work of anthropologists, archaeologists,...
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Two Very Different Concepts of Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the concept of cultural anthropology. In this culture studies lesson, students consider the culture of Guinea as they read "The Meaning of Time" by Katherine Ross. Students also discuss the traits of monochronic and...
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The Short Answer

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the discovery of the Flores man. In this anthropology lesson, students discover details about the Flores man and the work of anthropologists. Students are challenged to create their own stories that explain Flores man.
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Human Evolution: Biology, Bones

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners will love a weeks worth of bone study. They use bones and characteristics of bones to explore the evolution of hominoids. Bones are compared, categorized, and considered. A great way to bring physical anthropology and material...
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Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, Part 3 of 13

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part three of the 13-part series focuses on new advancements and environmental adaptations that allowed our ancient ancestors to survive and spread throughout the globe. Hunting, tool making, and linguistic innovations are viewed through...
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Vocations

For Students 3rd - 5th
Learners read a paragraph which describes a variety of scientific vocations. Words such as anthropologist, entomologist, and parasitologist appear. They are given seven more scientific vocation words, and must use a dictionary to find,...
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Social Studies Wonders: An Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Help middle schoolers conduct Internet research and develop a working definition for the discipline of social studies. From a list of websites, they develop classification skills and differentiate between primary and secondary sources....
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Past v. Present: Using Geography & Anthropology

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners examine artifacts and documents from their Canadian community. They analyze early Canadian history and make predictions about the future of the country.
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social Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorow

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders take an Internet trip back in time to explore ancient cultures. Working in teams, they assume the roles of theologian, cartographer, economist, political analyst, and anthropologist. The same groups then create time...
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What Death Brings to Life - English Component

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars are introduced to the characteristics of ancient Indian, Chinese and Aztec cultures. They consider what was valued by these cultures and compare the cultures' values to their own. They write an essay on their reflections.
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True Blue? On Being Australian

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Who or what is an Australian? Discover a plethora of student-centered, engaging activity ideas on the question of Australian identity, organized according to five major themes: people, symbols, place, sport, and words.
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International Institute of Archaeology an Anthropology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research early humans and their cultures. They conduct Internet research, discuss their findings with their group, evaluate the information provided by artifacts, and create a report to present to a simulated archaeology institute.
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Ceramica de los Ancestros

For Students 3rd - 6th
Scholars join a field expedition team to unearth a plethora of treasures from Central America. Artifacts listed in alphabetical order come with an informational blurb and a picture designed for participants to color. Activity pages...
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The Busasaurus

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students learn along with Ms. Frizzle's class. In this Magic School Bus lesson plan, students can make two types of "fossils."
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Native American Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
There is a lot to this Native American exploration plan, delve into it! A WebQuest focuses research with 3 expeditions (printable if resources dictate). Scholars keep track of findings on a KWL chart (consider a more note-taking specific...
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Witchcraft & Sorcery

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Give learners a chance to understand the practices and beliefs associated with witchcraft through an anthropological lens. Like any other belief system, witchcraft stems from specific sociological needs. This practice is well-defined in...
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What is culture?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
What is culture? Define culture, artifacts, subcultures, and multiculturalism with your class. This presentation provides a definition, example, and image of each facet of culture. 
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Anthropology: One Foot Two Foot...

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students navigate an obstacle course through the school on which they must walk and crawl on hands and knees. They distinguish characteristics of humans and animals.
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African Americans during the Great Depression

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners interpret patterns of behavior reflecting values and attitudes that contribute or pose obstacles to cross-cultural exploration. They explain and apply ideas, theories and modes of inquiry drawn from anthropology and sociology in...
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What Death Brings to Life (Teen Living Component)

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students research and discuss many common characteristics of modern cultures and examine ancient cultures for comparison. They study the components of anthropology and ethnocentrism.
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Ethical Dilemmas

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Students analyze anthropological case studies. In this specific Ethical Dilemmas instructional activity, students make ethical judgments based on the case study analysis. Students work cooperatively in small groups to reach their...
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Stonehenge: Solving Ancient Mysteries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the mystery of Stonehenge. In this Stonehenge lesson, students participate in a classroom activity that requires them to research information about Stonehenge as well as information regarding archeology and...
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Great Minds: Goodall, Fossey and Galdikas

For Students 9th - 12th
How far would you go to defend another species? Would you give up your child or even fight to the death? The video focuses on the work of three women, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. All three worked with different...
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Ancient Man in Asia

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze and synthesize information about major historical developments by interpreting data, evaluation sources of information, identifying and comparing experiences and perspectives from multiple cultural perspectives.
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Introduction of Archaeology Concepts

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students study the major concepts of archeology. In this archeology lesson, students listen to and discuss lectures on excavation, prehistory/history, and archaeological processes.
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History at Home: The Object Box

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine "artifacts". For this anthropology lesson, students analyze possible uses for objects such as washboards, hot water bottles, and old magazines. Students record and share their speculations with their classmates.
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Cultural Anthropology Study Using the Fundamentals of Geography and GPS

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, in groups, operate the GPS unit, plotting each head stone with accompanying description. Two other students to log in data that corresponds to the given points. One student to note general observations
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History: An African American Cultural Celebration

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students prepare and organize a cultural celebration of African migration and immigration. Working in groups or individually, they research topics and present the information, including dance demonstrations, instrumental or vocal...
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Descendants on Ice

For Students 6th - 9th
In this animal worksheet, students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast a prehistoric creature with an animal living today.
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The Magic School Bus Shows and Tells

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students learn along with Ms. Frizzle's class. In this Magic School Bus lesson plan, students explore how artifacts tell a story.
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Writing Exercise: The Neolithic Revolution

For Students 7th - 10th
Provide a format for your historians to explore the Neolithic Revolution using this writing exercise. Three display questions prompt scholars to reflect on how the revolution was a turning point in human history, its impact on gender...
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Margaret Mead: Anthropologist

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the life, travels, and cultural experiences of Margaret Mead. They participate in group work and inquiry activities about the qualities that Margaret Mead possessed and the places she traveled to. They distinguish...
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Who Owns The Past?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students research the validity and legality of ownership. Through the use of primary sources, web based and print media research, students become familiar with and evaluate the varying viewpoints regarding the...
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Artifact Activity

For Students 6th - 9th
In this Richard Smallbroke and Richard Small worksheet, students respond to 5 fill in the blank questions correctly sorting and labeling the objects that belong to a rich gentleman and those that belong to a poor man.
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Sacred Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers view a PowerPoint about Tibetan monks to help them explain the culture's world views, myths and religious beliefs. They investigate Navajo sand paintings and compare how they are similar to the Tibetan monks' artwork.
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Time Capsule

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explain how to build a picture of life so that, when asked to put together a time capsule, they do so. Groups decide what they put in their time capsule and present to the class.
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Comparing Cultures

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the nature of culture, and compare/contrast various cultures and their artifacts and ceremonies. They develop a class list of artifacts, complete a worksheet, and create a poster or diorama describing an object that is...
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Exploring Historic Cemeteries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how artifacts vary at different times and in different places. They examine gravestones, observe both the individual markers and the larger context or setting of the graves.
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Studying Community Festivals

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine culture through observations at a festival. They gather observations during their field study using tools including a notebook, tape recorder, and camera.
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Wanted - Butch and Sundance

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore forensic anthropology. Given data, students determine which bones might have been the remains of which individual. They discuss how scientists work with inconclusive data.
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Ancient Cultures

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students develop archeological skills in order to explain how scientists determine what ancient cultures were like. They develop an appreciation of the work that is involved in finding out about our past.
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Trekking to Timbuktu: The Search for Timbuktu

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners explore the factors that contributed to the decline of Timbuktu and the myths and misconceptions about the city. Students study the obstacles that made a journey to Timbuktu a difficult one as well as discover the first European...
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Sir Ralph and Lady Elizabeth Verney, 1547

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Brass Rubbing worksheet, students read a lengthy passage about the Kings and Queens of England 1154-1603 and complete a 2 question quiz.
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Prehistory: Our Ancestors Emerge

For Students 8th - 12th
In this prehsitory worksheet, students read a 3-page article about antropological finds and then respond to 2 short answer questions based on the article.
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The Hawaiian Islands

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders present information of people, places, and environments. They collect, organize, and analyze date to use with these representations.
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Alaskan Eskimo Collection

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students analyze mystery photographs to determine key characteristics about the Alaskan environment and Eskimo culture. In this Eskimo lesson, students read an Eskimo folktale and write their own in response. Lastly students complete a...
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Culture Connect: Experience the Culture of the World

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
A rich series of activities introduces learners to the concept of culture by closely examining the behaviors, practices, and art of three distinct peoples: the Highland Maya of Guatemala, the Hmong of China and Southeast Asia, and the...
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"Their Eyes Were Watching God": Folk Speech and Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Using or considering using Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? Then this packet is a must for your curriculum library. The examination of how Hurston combines folklore and folk language to create the voice of her...
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Human Evolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As the great and hilarious Tim Minchin once said, "Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity." Science is more than just a guess; it is based on questions, observations, and evidence. High...
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Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
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The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
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The Value of Ancient Traditions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine having to give up cell phones, computers, and TV? What would be lost? What gained? An examination of the Drokpa, a nomadic people who live in the grasslands of Tibet, provides class members an opportunity to consider how access...
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Forensic Sciences: A Crime Scene Investigation Unit

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Mr. Bergman has been murdered and we need you to solve the crime! The cross-curricular unit covers 11 different types of forensic science and includes 17 activities. Scholars perform blood type analysis, blood spatter analysis, height...
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Citizen Photojournalism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Matt Black's photo essay, "The Geography of Poverty" provides a shocking reminder of the poverty that exists in the United States. The resource not only focuses attention on poverty but also conditions that have given rise to situation...
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Random Strategies in Archaeology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students critically evaluate cultures according to their artifacts. In this Random Strategies in Archaeology lesson plan, Students interpret evidence in order to better understand ancient societies. Students watch films that affect their...
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Relative Dating in Archaeology

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students create a timeline that explains how ancient cultures used artifacts. In this Relative Dating in Archaeology lesson, students examine artifacts and draw conclusions about their origins. Then students analyze antiquated objects or...
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Biography

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Begin a study of A Wizard of Earthsea by looking closely at biographical information about the author, Ursula K. Le Guin, and previewing the text. Pupils listen to an audio guide and take notes for discussion. Next, the class reads two...
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Arlington Springs Man: Lesson Plan 4

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
West of the West's documentary Arlington Springs Man introduces viewers to the remarkable finds on Santa Rosa Island. Archaeologist have discovered on this small island that is part of the Channel island chain, human and pygmy mammoth...
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Spaceship Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners develop an understanding of our planet as a system by designing a very-long-duration space mission in which the life-support system is patterned after that of earth.
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Human Origins: The Prehistoric Human Race

For Teachers 9th - 12th
When it comes to the origin of the human species students are full of misconceptions. Clear up the hominid confusion with this evolutionary activity focused on assisting students in understanding prehistoric man and his family tree....
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Lesson: Jeremy Deller: Conversing about Conflict

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bridge cultural awareness, community, government, and art with an introspective and thought-provoking lesson. Upper graders become globally and socially aware as they analyze and explore the art of Jeremy Deller. They consider his images...
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Using Artifacts for Clues About Identity

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Learn about the ancient Near East through a close examination of ancient artifacts. Lead your class into analysis by first observing an artifact as a class. Pupils can then work in pairs to analyze the other artifacts and compile a list...
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Comparing Modern and Ancient Ideas of Ethnicity and Identity

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose...
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The Past, Present and Future of the Bubonic Plague

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
It may be startling to know that the same bacteria responsible for the Bubonic Plague in the mid-fourteenth century still exists today. But don't worry, this video examines the causes and effects of the Black Death, and why the disease...
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Documenting Architectural Heritage

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine going from being one of the richest, most important cities in the world to one of the poorest. Imagine the history captured in the architecture of such a city. Imagine these same now abandoned buildings being destroyed. How would...
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At-Risk Communities

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Waiting to Move," a photo essay by Ciril Jazbec, brings into sharp focus the threats posed by climate change. Class members examine images of Shishmaref Island and the Native Alaskan Inupiate coastal villages that are impacted by rising...
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Then and Now

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The devastating changes happening to the Native American inhabitants of an island off the coast of Louisiana are the topic of an informational lesson. After scholars break into groups to explore particular topics, they come back together...
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Highways and Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the cost of change? Roberto Guerra's photo essay "La Carretera: Life and Change Along Peru's Interoceanic Highway" asks viewers to consider the impacts of the 1,600 mile-long highway through Peru and Brazil that connects Pacific...
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Can You Solve the Pirate Riddle?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Yo Ho Ho! Landlubbers, seadogs, and scallywags are sure to treasure a video that presents them with the challenge of the pirate riddle. Heave ho! Hornswagglers beware!
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Dark Water: Lesson Plan 3 - Grades 6-12

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
After watching the documentary Dark Water about a traditional Chumash ceremony and reading a Chumash origin story, viewers are asked to create a coat of arms and to craft an essay that details a family tradition or their own origin story.
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Camel Spiders: Neither Camels, Nor Spiders

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Camel spiders eat live birds by liquefying the birds in their mouths and sucking the meal down their throats. The video presents the facts and myths about these interesting animals as part of a Brain Scoop playlist on Insects and Other...
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An Introduction to Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does St. Patrick's Day connect to cultural globalization? A video summary of Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large, part of the a larger playlist, discusses how new cultures have been created around the globe. Through graphics and...
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An Introduction to James Ferguson’s The Anti-Politics Machine

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Economic development and politics are intricately connected. As part of a larger series about the world's greatest ideas, an engaging video takes this into consideration when exploring James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine. The...
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How We Get Our Skin Color

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is our skin color determined only by genetics? Explore skin science through a video and related interactive. Young biologists discover the cells of the epidermis, how melanin is made, and the factors that influence the outward appearance...
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Shark Weapons

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Humans have been making weapons from shark teeth for more than 100 years. These weapons help researchers build an understanding of migration of the different species of sharks. An interesting installment from the Brain Scoop series...
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Where Do Teeth Come From?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Surprisingly, dinosaur teeth and human teeth have a lot in common. Scholars discover how teeth form during embryonic development. They then compare fossil evidence of the similarities of teeth of ancient species.
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The Compound Sentence: Correcting Run-ons and Comma Splices

For Students 9th - 10th
Do some of your writers need an extra lesson on correcting run-ons and comma splices? This worksheet clearly defines the terms, provides models of run-on sentences, comma splice errors, and how to correct them. The second page of the...
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Revolutionary Money

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Examine paper money from the American revolution! Historians study the paper bills and discuss the history of money. How has money changed over the times? Activities are included. 
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Our First Families

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars complete a variety of activities in which the Washington Post Newspaper is used to reinforce concepts pertaining to the history of the Washington, D.C. area.
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Standards Focus: Dialect, Their Eyes Were Watching God Literature Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this Their Eyes Were Watching Godliterature guide worksheet, students read a 2 paragraph informative selection regarding dialect before they respond to 7 short answer questions that require them to translate the dialect of Zora Neale...
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Great Rivers 2: The Ups and Downs of River Flooding

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Second in a three-part lesson on rivers, this lesson focuses on the flooding that occurs in riparian locations. First, learners take a look at facts about the Amazon River. They read online materials and fill in a worksheet as they...
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Stopping Deforestation in the Amazon: A Publicity Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the environment by designing a group project.  In this ecology lesson, students identify the man made threats to the Amazon while reading environmentally conscience vocabulary terms.  Students collaborate in groups...
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Study Words for Seventh Graders

For Students 7th - 8th
Does your school compete in a spelling bee? Do you want your seventh graders to learn challenging new words? Here's a list of 100 words to prepare your kids for the National Spelling Bee. Since the words are from the 2010-2011 school...
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Anthem: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
After reading Anthem by Ayn Rand and completing a series of related activities, learners can quiz themselves on how well they understand the themes in the poem. This is an interactive quiz which gives the test taker one minute and twenty...
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Music and the American Identity/American Culture

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Does music unite or divide Americans? How does music reflect and influence American culture? After journaling an initial response to these central questions, groups examine primary source documents, listen and respond to a wide range of...
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Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Parallelism pitfalls are the focus of a short video that models for viewers how to craft parallel constructions using coordinating and correlative conjunctions. The transcript, as well as a short quiz to check for understanding, are...
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Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Here’s a short video that models for viewers how to use independent and dependent clauses to enrich their writing. With the help of FANBOYS, coordinating conjunctions, (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So) and the proper punctuation, writers...
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How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Eschew obfuscation. Or at the very least, use context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Strategies for using context are outlined in a short video that suggests looking for the definition in the sentence, for examples that...
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How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
No color, no images, no sound. Just words on paper. How then, do writers convey the tone of a piece? By carefully selecting the words they use to create an impression in the minds of readers. After all, "Don't come back, Jack" expresses...
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Teaching About Genocide

For Students Higher Ed
Teaching children of any age about genocide or The Holocaust can be difficult, as the content is sensitive and often emotional. This academic article was written by an educator and is intended to help you consider multiple aspects of...
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Mother-Infant Observation

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Learners observe a mother and infant playing for ten minutes. In this mother-infant observation lesson, students evaluate the infant's activity according to physical characteristics, locomotion, communication, and patterns of...
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Urban Ecosystems 3: Cities as Population Centers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover that throughout history cities have been centers of population but that human exploitation of fossil fuels was key to the growth of large cities worldwide. They research urban growth through a number of websites.
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Helping the Adolescent Cope with Family Life

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students are introduced to the proper ways to deal with conflict at home. In groups, they define family based on what it means to them and identify factors that lead to a breakdown in communications. They participate in role-playing...
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"A Wizard of Earthsea"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners read and analyze the book "A Wizard of Earth sea" by Ursula Le Guinn. They answer discussion questions for each chapter, diagram and label the parts of a sailing ship, conduct research on the meaning of their own name, create a...
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Life in THE JUNGLE

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars discuss problems immigrants may have when coming to a new country. They take on the role of a law maker from the era and create an action plan and policy based on samples they read (links provided). Students discuss ways...
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Summarizing and Text Structure

For Students 4th - 6th
In this reading comprehension practice worksheet, students read a brief selection and then respond to 5 multiple choice questions regarding summarizing and text structure.
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Carnival Celebrations: Masks

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore Carnival. In this Puerto Rico Carnival instructional activity, students discover the history of the cultural celebration as well as the significance of the elaborate masks worn for the festivities. Students create their...
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Facebook and Social Networking

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore Internet communication by researching Facebook. In this social networking lesson, students discuss the uses for Facebook, their own experience with the program, and the dangers of using on-line communication tools....
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A Whale of Importance to the Arctic People

For Teachers 1st - 6th
The bowhead whale of the Arctic region is of great importance to the people that live there. Your class will brainstorm all they know about this wonderful whale and create an informational video, which they will share with the children...
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Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense Of Cities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars explain that while cities have unattractive features, the density of human life enables energy efficiency, mass transit, recycling, and other benefits which are difficult or impossible in rural areas. This is the fifth in...
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Ka'ianaa'ahu'ulu: A Leader of Hawai'i

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars evaluate leadership traits in 18th century Hawai'i and modern times. In this leadership skills lesson plan, students identify leadership traits and read the story of Ka’iana. Young scholars monitor the leadership...
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Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Gary, the grammar gorilla, graciously introduces viewers to a variety of pronouns and models how relative, reflexive, and interrogative pronouns operate in a sentence. This presentation is more complex than the other resources in the...
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What Are Personal Pronouns?

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Us, you, them. Personal pronouns are featured in a short video that models how these handy parts of speech improve the flow of sentences.  Also included in the resource are a short quiz and a complete transcript of the presentation. The...
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Plants and Animals, Partners in Pollination

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students participate in multiple hands-on activities to explore reproduction and pollination. In groups, using a cotton swab and powder, students simulate being pollinators and plants. They name the parts of the flowers and the function...
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A Brief History of Cannibalism

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
A short video traces the practice of cannibalism through history and across cultures. Viewers may be shocked to learn the extend to which it is practiced today, even in the United States.
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HIV Infections Function

For Students 6th - 8th
In this math worksheet, students find the value of the function that is designed to measure the statistics of people becoming infected with HIV.
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Minerals, Crystals, and Gems

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students discover the relationships between minerals, crystals and gems. They bring in rocks that they find at home, in the schoolyard, etc. and examine them and attempt to identify them. They set up a classroom exhibit that includes all...
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Tut Technology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research historical and recent research on King Tut. They try to solve the mystery of how he died. Students explore how new technology is helping scientists clarify the circumstances surrounding Tut's death. They create a time...
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Playing Historical Detective: Great Grandmother's Dress and Other Clues to the Life and Times of Annie Steel

For Teachers Pre-K - 8th
Students draw conclusions about an mystery person based on documents and artifacts provided. In this drawing conclusions lesson, students become detectives by reading and analyzing evidence provided. This lesson includes information on...
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Native Lands: Indians in Georgia, How Do We Know What We Know?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students examine Native American oral traditions. In this Georgia history instructional activity, students discuss Native American oral traditions and research stories of migration. Students create their own oral history projects that...
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Unearthing Ancient Greece

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students locate and analyze clues about ancient Greek life. In this ancient Greece lesson, students look at art, architecture, and artifacts to determine what was important to the Greeks and discover details about their culture. Students...
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How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Says who? Just because someone posts an item doesn't make it true. The big idea in this little video is that researchers must verify, verify, verify.
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How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Give credit where credit is due. And avoid the dire consequences of presenting someone else's ideas as your own! The focus of this short video is on when to cite information and how to avoid unintentional plagiarism.
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Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who done it? Who edited it? Who revised it? How to format citations for authored books, edited books, and revised books are modeled in this short video.
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PASSENGER PIGEONS: NOMADS LOST

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept and implications of extinction using the example of the Passenger Pigeon, once an extremely abundant species that was completely eliminated by humans.
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What Are the Social Studies?

For Teachers Higher Ed
Identify core social studies subjects with adult learners. They will discuss key issues from twentieth century American history and identify key social studies concepts taught at elementary grade levels. They then modify this activity to...
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Chalkboard Challenge: The Beginning of Human Society

For Teachers 6th
After studying Ancient Civilizations, learners could use this jeopardy-like game as a review. Having questions relating to the Neolithic, Paleolithic Era, and more, this presentation would be a great whole class or center activity.
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The Dating Game

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learn about the human's ancestors through the (carbon) Dating Game. Use the script to have your high schoolers act out one round of the game. Once they have the idea, they will research another human ancestor and play a second round the...
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You are the Archaeologist

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Kids can practice their observation and evidence-based argument skills with a fun and engaging look at artifacts. With a given set of objects, each child will sketch and describe the object, then partners work together to determine...
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Native Foods and Livelihoods

For Teachers K - 2nd
Introduce young scholars to the ways in which land and people have a relationship. They examine the types of food local tribes have traditionally consumed and ways in which the people and the land both benefited from the act of...
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Why Do We Cook?

For Students 6th - 12th
Are you hungry right now? If you are, it might be because your brain is so large. The video describes the shift from larger jaw to larger brain and the relationship of larger brains to cooking. Crushing, preserving, and drying also made...
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The Big Blow

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify and explain factors that contribute to extreme storms in the Great Lakes.  In this investigative instructional activity students study the weather systems in the Great Lakes and compare cyclones to tropical storms. 
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Artifact Classification

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils examine artifacts to classify them correctly. Using pictures of artifacts or objects, they answer questions about the ways of life of a group of people. They develop a hypothesis and use the artifacts to answer the question.
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Pictures Telling Stories

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young scholars see the importance of primary sources in the study of history, but also the limitations of relying only on primary sources of taking the money, as it were, at face value.
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Nuts & Bolts: is Classification, Arbitrary, Or Not?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students, in groups, classify furniture, share their categories and rationales, then note how their different schemes vary, perfectly logical and useful, but completely arbitrary.
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Relative Dating In Archeology

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students generate a time line, interpreting the ways in which past peoples may have used the artifacts at their disposal. Students also develop a poster showing a theoretical stratigraphic deposit, and then analyze the cultural materials...
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What is Rock Art?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students complete the list of vocabulary words and terms and complete the Quick Facts section of a website and answer questions using 2 or 3 sentences from the worksheet about rock art. They then have their names sent to the website and...
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Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students read Zora Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and explore her life history as well as novel analysis activities. In this novel analysis lesson plan, students identify elements in the novel and its overall literary impact....
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Classic Columns

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders present a PowerPoint presentation on Greek columns. They realize that Greek culture is centered around religion. Students create a model of one of the columns. Also they find examples of Greek architecture in major Greek...
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Three Canadian Cities

For Students 6th - 7th
In this three Canadian cities worksheet, students read information about Vancouver, Quebec City, and Toronto and complete a paragraph from the information they learned. Students then write about a city in their country using given...
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Florence and the Renaissance: Art, Architecture and Politics

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students, in groups, prepare a presentation using slides or other visual media, on art, architecture, government, religion, economics and geography of the Florentine Renaissance. Working as an individual, prepare a two to four page paper...
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Climate and Cultures of Africa

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students gain an understanding of the relationship between climate and culture in the sub- Saharan Africa. Students will complete short exercises pertaining to the various cultures of Africa and the climate in which they live....
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Harlem Renaissance Research Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students complete a group research project on the Harlem Renaissance. In this Harlem lesson, students pick from a list of topics all related to the Harlem renaissance. They create a PowerPoint presentation, topic outline, and bibliography. 
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Reason for Rhythm

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine percussive music. In this music lesson plan, 6th graders examine various types of percussive music and instrument. Students create their own world rhythm instruments.
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Watching Crystals Grow

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Amazing science can sometimes happen right before your eyes! The class gets cozy as they watch crystals grow. They use Epsom salts, rocks, and food coloring to create crystals. They'll observe the entire process, documenting every step...
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Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define folklore, folk groups, tradition, and oral narrative, identify traditional elements in Their Eyes Were Watching God, and analyze and explain the role of traditional folkways and folk speech in the overall literary impact...
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Hominid Traits: Ape to Man

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders collaborate and analyze information about our hominid lineage. They discuss evidence researched by anthropologists. Students use spreadsheet data to compare means of locomotion, diet and brain size.
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Vocab-u-lous! Build a Fabulous Vocab: Words Beginning with TR

For Students 10th - 11th
In this vocabulary instructional activity, learners select the best word to complete the sentence. They are challenged by the difficult words that contain a tr-blend.
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Functionalist View of the Family

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Any social science class studying functionalism and family may benefit from these eight pages of background information and activities. It does not include specific learning objectives, assessments, or rubrics, but it is a great source...
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Urban Ecosystems 2: Why are There Cities? A Historical Perspective

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Second in a series of five lessons, this lesson encourages preteens to consider cities as urban ecosystems. First, they keep a food diary for a few days. They visit the Natrional Agricultural Statistics Service website for current data...
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Urban Ecosystems 4: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Cities are compared to living, breathing, metabolizing organisms. Fourth in a five-part series of lessons, this one focuses on the flow of materials through a city. Links to interesting websites and images make your delivery of...
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La Belle Époque [1871-1914]:

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Progress through various aspects of the  "The Beautiful Era" in this presentation. Political, technological, and scientific contexts surround the time of innovation and change in the world landscape. The short length of this slide show...
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Animal Poetry

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Fourth graders write poems that use local wildlife as their inspiration. After a class discussion which produces a list of wildlife that pupils have seen in their town, a review of three types of poetry ensues. They look at how haiku,...
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Nouns

For Students 5th - 8th
What does your class know about nouns? Help them practice with six related grammar practice exercises. The exercises focus heavily on the different types of nouns and ask pupils to identify and use specific types of nouns. Check out the...
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Sultan's Lost Treasure

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars view a video clip about a sultan's lost treasure. They examine artifacts and determine their characteristics. They complete a worksheet to end the lesson plan.
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Lewis and Clark Scientific Adventure

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students study the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They map the route they took and develop some creative variations to the route (from Sacagawea's perspective? traveling from the west to the east?) They also practice using a compass.
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Archaeology: Digging in the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars explore how an archaeologist works and makes discoveries. In this archaeology lesson, students participate in a simulation in which they excavate broken pottery. Young scholars use measurement, geometry, and observation...
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Infusing Equity by Gender into the Classroom

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the different gender roles in the workforce.  In this Social Studies lesson, 12th graders participate in a class discussion on their roles in society.  Students write an essay. 
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Using Artifacts to Engage Students in Critical Thinking Activities

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Creating learning centers with artifact-related activities are a great way to promote deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills.
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Shadows of North Carolina's Past

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students construct a timeline of four major culture periods in Native American history from studying archaeological evidence cards.
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Interpreting Rock Art of the Anasazi

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore ancient Anasazi people through samples of rock art preserved in public lands of the Four Corners region. The national parks, which protect this land from vandalism and neglect, serve as a showcase for this Native...
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Ancient Egypt: Stories and Myths

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine stories and myths about ancient Egypt through time. They investigate ancient Egyptian culture and belief systems, including the influences of geography on the beliefs and customs of the time.
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Mongolian Museum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students act as curator of a Mongolian museum and create a brochure detailing a new exhibit of artifacts. The brochure include a floor plan of the exhibit and a description that be used in the museum tour.
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The Arts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East: An Exploration of Art, Music and Film

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students examine the arts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. After viewing films, they discuss the views of the various characters and identify the differences in the cultures presented. They also use the internet to evaluate various...
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Comparing Chimp mtDNA to Learn about Races

For Teachers All
In this computer-based lesson, students will measure genetic diversity within and between three subspecies of chimpanzees in order to gain a better understanding of genetic distinctiveness and explore race as a genetic concept.
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The Empirical Challenges of Racial Classification

For Teachers All
This lesson will help students examine their preconceptions and assumptions about racial categories and understand the impossibility of constructing a consistent system of human racial classification.
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Comparing mtDNA Sequences to Learn about Human Variation

For Teachers All
This computer-based lesson will enable students to test their notions of "racial" similarity and difference by comparing mtDNA sequences as the students do in the first episode of RACE - The Power of an Illusion.
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Pharaoh Phonetics

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars explain the purpose of hieroglyphics and identify their role in communicating ideas. They research the history of writing and it's significance in ancient Egyptian life and identify the components of hieroglyphics.
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Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers define folklore, folk groups, tradition, and oral narrative. They identify traditional elements in Their Eyes Were Watching God Analyze and understand the role of traditional folkways and folk speech in the overall...
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Mineral Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students complete a scavenger hunt worksheet as they find examples in their classroom, at home, etc., of minerals. Excellent worksheet!