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Silk Road

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders travel the Silk Road. In this China lesson, 9th graders collaborate to research the goods and ideas that traveled the Silk Road. Students create presentations about trading centers and trade routes.
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The Silk Road

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Silk Road connected the European, Middle Eastern, and Asian worlds. It also helped create the modern trade world. An analysis activity makes the importance of this Chinese innovation clear by asking participants to evaluate trades...
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Silk Road Caravan

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young scholars determine how the geographic features of the Silk Road trade route contributed to the economic development and diffusion of culture in both Eastern and Western Civilizations.
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By the Dawn's Early Light: Maryland and the War of 1812

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the events that lead to the British attack on Baltimore in 1814 and the role of geography in the events of the battle. After a brief discussion on the history of trade routes before 1814 and the War of 1812, they...
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Be a Food Explorer

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars discover the origins of fruits and vegetables. For this nutrition lesson, students research how fruits and vegetables came to the United States via trade routes.  Resources are provided.
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Traveling the Silk Road

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students take a virtual trip down the Silk Road. Using a map, they trace the location of the trade route and others that were developed later. They use different spices and goods to trace how they came to the Americas. They answer...
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The National Road

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students investigate the significance of the National Road. In this American transportation history lesson, students read the provided selection about the National Road and then complete the handouts that complement the reading. Students...
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Ancient Mediterranean Lands: Rome

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research ancient Roman civilizations, trade routes, aqueducts, and agriculture. In this Ancient Rome lesson, 7th graders view a picture of the Roman Aqueduct Pont du Gard and discuss its use in ancient Rome. Students read...
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On the Road with Marco Polo: Crossing the Deserts of China

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the geography of China. They describe the geography of the Taklimakan. Students discover the best route to travel from one end of the desert to the other. They investigate how some of the local inhabitants make...
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European Explorers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
To compare how the Spanish, French, and English approached the exploration of North America, class groups examine primary source documents and become experts on one of four explorers: Francisco Coronado, Robert LaSalle, Samuel de...
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Let's Spice It With Pepper

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify and locate the areas in which pepper and spices orginated. On a map, they locate the areas and write the name of the spice that is found there. They use historical events to trace its route to the Americas. They...
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Globe Skills Lesson 2: Paving the Way for Columbus

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners explore the expedition of Christopher Columbus. In this geography skills lesson, students consider the technological advances that made Columbus's expedition possible as they complete a latitude and longitude activity.
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Crossing Borders:The Globalization Debate

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore the concept of globalization. In this globalization lesson, students determine the benefits and costs of globalization as they participate in a simulation and complete worksheet activities.
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An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students view a teacher created Powerpoint presentation on Islamic Art designed to introduce the major categories of design. Students work in small groups with sorting cards containing pictures of Islamic art. They practice classifying...
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The Byzantine Empire: The New Rome

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Review is good, it helps solidify understanding and clears up misconceptions. Review key points, failures, and concepts that define the Byzantine Empire. There are several critical-thinking questions included based on classroom readings.
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Samuel de Champlain

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Invite your young historians to discover the man who founded the Canadian settlement of Quebec, and who was the first to explore much of northeastern America. This brief presentation highlights the major accomplishments of Samuel de...
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The Phoenicians

For Students 6th - 9th
In this Phoenicians worksheet, students read a 4-page selection about Phoenician culture and then respond to 2 short answer questions based on the selection.
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It’s a Big, Big World

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the role of the explorers. In this explorers and conquistadors, students create word puzzles (Wordles) regarding the time period in history. Students conduct research regarding a particular explorer and create foldables...
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American Indians Heritage Series: The Inuit's

For Teachers K
Students become aware that people lived in America before Columbus came.  In this Inuit culture instructional activity, students discuss lives of the Inuits. Students listen to Mama Do You Love Me, A Promise is a Promise and The Polar...
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Baltimoreans in the California Gold Rush

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the reasons for migration to California during the Gold Rush.  For this American History lesson, 11th graders read letters about the opportunities and obstacles people faced.  Students create a map of migration...
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Treasure Hunt - Geography and Cultural Diversity along the Journey to the West

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students work in groups and use treasure cards and maps to go on a treasure hunt to several regions in China. They prepare a presentation on the geography and culture of the area that they are assigned to.
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Columbian Contexts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore geo-political and economic contexts for the European Renaissance journeys of exploration, including those of Columbus, create cartographic symbols, and add those symbols to a print-out of Ptolemy's map.
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Arkansas

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Arkansas reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 2-page selection regarding the state and they answer 10 true or false questions pertaining to the selection.

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