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Famous American Research Project

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Designed specifically for lower elementary pupils, this is a great biographical research project in which students research a famous American, and then design creative poster boards to help them "become" the famous American they have...
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My Famous American

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Have your kids write about a famous American! Consider having them research an American that's still alive to broaden their knowledge on current events. A writing template is provided. Consider having your older learners use this...
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Contributions of Famous Americans: Thurgood Marshall

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate a mysterious famous American. In this Thurgood Marshall lesson, 3rd graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress featuring Marshall and conduct further research to determine who the...
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Matching: Famous Americans and their Achievements

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders review American historical figures. In this historical perspectives lesson, 3rd graders play a game that requires them to recall famous Americans and events where they utilize primary sources available from the...
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Famous Americans

For Teachers 3rd
Do you recognize these famous people? Examine the lives of famous Americans like Helen Keller and Thomas Jefferson. To accomplish this, your class will study the contributions made by the famous people listed here. They will identify the...
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Reading and Writing for Understanding: Booker T. and Langston Hughes

For Teachers K - 5th
Explore famous Americans by viewing a slide-show presentation and reading their works. Learners view images of poetry by Langston Hughes and famous writings by Booker T. Washington. They read the book More Than Anything Else, and...
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Famous Americans Concentration Game

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders play a memory game.  For this famous Americans lesson, 2nd graders view posters of famous Americans and review the facts about their lives.  Students play a concentration/memory game using the pictures of famous Americans...
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Famous Americans

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students explore and describe notable Americans. In this famous Americans lesson, students discover the accomplishments of these Americans. Students use photos with descriptions of why they were famous writtten on the back. Students use...
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American Studies

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Entitled American Studies, this small unit covers various topics related to the study of the United States. Learners warm up by creating a dictionary of democracy, then dive into three different lessons focused on government, famous...
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Comparing Famous Americans

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
How are Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony similar?  Elementary learners compare and contrast the lives of these two American greats using a Venn diagram. They make timelines about their lives and write paragraphs about their...
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Jackie Robinson

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders research the life of Jackie Robinson. In this famous American lesson plan, 2nd graders get pictures of Jackie Robinson with information about his life. They use this information to create a brief presentation for their...
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Lesson Plans About Famous American Immigrants

For Teachers 4th - 6th
When we talk about the history of the United States we can highlight lesson plans on famous American immigrants.
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"I Am" Poem

For Students 5th - 6th
In this poetry writing worksheet, students use the model provided to write an "I Am" poem about a famous American. Students research to learn about the person before following the model poem.
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Famous Americans

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate famous Americans. In this American history and research instructional activity, students choose a famous American to research, collect information from a variety of sources, and create a related PowerPoint presentation.
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Famous Americans "Come Alive"

For Teachers 1st
First graders locate the biography section of the library. They identify five famous Americans and know why they're famous. Students complete a Power Point presentation on the famous Americans they researched.
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Famous Americans Concentration Game for First Graders

For Teachers Pre-K
Students discuss who famous Americans are. In this social science lesson, students use photos of the famous Americans to play a concentration or memory game. Students have fun playing the game, but also reinforce what they know about...
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Famous Americans

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students create a wax museum of famous Americans. For this research skills lesson, students read biographies of selected Americans and conduct additional research. Students dress as the famous Americans they researched and present their...
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Famous Americans, Events, and Places Matching Game

For Teachers K
Students review American historical figures. In this historical perspectives lesson, students play a game that requires them to recall famous Americans and events that utilizes primary sources available from the Library of...
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June 8, 1867 - Frank Lloyd Wright

For Students 7th - 8th
In this writing prompt activity, students learn that June 8, 1867 was the birthday of famous American, Frank Lloyd Wright. Students learn about Wright as a famous architect and then write about what their dream house would look like.
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Cemetery of Famous Americans

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In a fun and easy-to-digitize lesson, kids research famous Americans in history and create epitaphs for them. They share their creations during a brief presentation. Consider creating an online cemetery using Pinterest; each class, or...
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Martin Luthere King Jr.

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students explore Martin Luther King Jr.  In this U.S. history lesson, students identify contributions Martin Luther King Jr. made to our society after listening to and viewing a variety of material.  Students complete an informational...
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Official Statements

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students research the viewpoints of famous Americans, and then write commencement speeches reflecting these viewpoints to be delivered to high school graduates of today.
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American Biography: Math Jeopardy

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders combine math and social studies skills to learn about famous Americans. In this primary source analysis lesson, 4th graders analyze historical photographs and documents as they play American Biography Math Jeopardy.
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Contributions of Famous Americans; Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate U.S. history by researching Abraham Lincoln's achievements. In this Presidential biography lesson, students practice writing letters and stories explaining the accomplishments of President Lincoln during his tenure....
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What's in a Biography?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Reinforce research skills, close reading, teamwork, and biographical writing skills with one collaborative lesson plan. Groups create slide shows detailing the elements of a biography through a presentation on a famous American person....
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Mapping Your Identity: A Back-To-School Ice Breaker

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Identify the unique personal attributes of your class members. Begin by viewing the Visual Thesaurus and discussing displayed attributes associated with famous American leaders. Using these identity maps as models, pupils generate nouns...
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Energy Jeopardy

For Teachers 5th - 9th
While science Jeopardy games are a dime-a-dozen, this one has some pretty unique categories that are still relevant to a middle school physical science curriculum. The topics include: leading nations, famous Americans (who invented...
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Fishing with Hemingway

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Explore the life and works of the famous American author, Ernest Hemingway. Middle and high schoolers gain appreciation for the author through this Webquest, detailing his time in Michigan, Paris, Africa, and Cuba. Consider using this...
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore the life and writing of John Steinbeck. A 48-slide presentation introduces the famous American author, his California heritage, and his impressive collection of published work. Viewers are then introduced to Of Mice and Men, one...
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Are We the People?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Taking on the roles of a fiery Boston patriot, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a prominent abolitionist, your young historians will consider the reactions of these early Americans to the creation of the Declaration of Independence,...
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The Wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe

For Teachers K - 4th
Explore European settlers by researching the history of Virginia. In this Native American history lesson, students identify the famous American Indian Princess named Pocahontas, her relationship with John Smith, and her marriage to...
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Famous Americans

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners use the Internet to research a famous American. They complete an outline and are graded based on a rubric given to them. They also present their information to the class and write a report.
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Contributions of Famous Americans: Thurgood Marshall and Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders look at how Thurgood Marshall and  Abraham Lincoln contributed to American life today. In this famous Americans lesson, 3rd graders look at pictures related to Marshall and Lincoln's life, they compare them, using a Venn...
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Famous American Test

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders answer questions in teams about famous Americans. In this famous Americans lesson plan, 2nd graders answer famous Americans questions to review for an upcoming test.
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Famous Americans Book Project

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students use digital cameras to record their second grade buddies performance of reading their famous American biographies. They retrieve digital pictures and insert them into the biography of their famous American. They print the...
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Famous Americans Presentation

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research a famous American; then do a presentation using Hyper-Studio, ClarisWorks or Power-Point.
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America's Great Disasters

For Teachers 8th - 11th
The most famous American disasters - natural and otherwise - of the late 19th and early 20th century are the focus of this presentation. Detailing the 1865 sinking of the USS Saldana, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, and the Influenza...
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Bringing Historical Figures Alive

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students research a famous American from a specific era.  In this American history lesson, students choose a famous person from a time period chosen by the teacher, write a short report, prepare a speech, plan a PowerPoint presentation,...
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People From American History

For Students 4th
In this social studies instructional activity, 4th graders will gain an understanding of nine famous Americans and their accomplishments to society. Students will complete nine fill in the blank statements about each individual.
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Creating a Life in a Box

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders view primary documents and identify an important figure.  In this national figures lesson, 5th graders are given primary source material from various famous Americans to find what makes them important to the nation. ...
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Introduction to Famous Americans

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the life of George Washington. In this social studies instructional activity, 3rd graders view a PowerPoint presentation about George Washington and read a biography. Students sequence the events of Washington's life.
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Powerful Portraits

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students research and study the career and work of famous American portraitist John Singer Sargent. They collect images of people wearing clothing suitable for their career or hobby and identify postures and gestures connected to them....
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Introduction to American Revolutionary War

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research the important people of the American Revolutionary War. In this social studies/US history lesson, 4th graders discover the important people in the American Revolutionary War by researching them and viewing a...
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Making Inferences about Problem and Solution

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students use unfamiliar objects to make inferences. In this making inferences lesson, students make guesses about what an item does. Students brainstorm together and make lists of ideas and write them on index cards. The teacher gives...
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September 2, 1789 - U.S. Treasury Department

For Students 7th - 8th
In this writing prompt worksheet, students learn on September 2, 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established. Students write what famous American they would want on the front of a $1 bill if they could design a new bill.
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Famous Women in American History: Rose Freedman

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read about Rose Freedman, a famous American woman. In this famous women in American history lesson plan, 4th graders read a story about Rose Freedman, answer comprehension questions, and complete an associated worksheet....
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George Washington

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students discover the stories of famous American leaders. In this patriotism and American leaders lesson, students study the life of George Washington and his contributions to our country. Students recognize the symbols of patriotism...
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From The Great War To The Great Depression

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Discover details about 1920's America. In this American history instructional activity, students read From the Great War to the Great Depression. Students then research famous Americans from the time period and present their findings to...
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Legendary Life Cycles

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Upper elementary historians research a legendary person who had an impact in the the history of the United States. Learners research the life of their person of choice, and construct a legendary timeline using computer software which...
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Reading the Biography

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore the lives of famous Americans. In this biography lesson, students read biographies about famous Americans and keep reading journals as they read about setting, main events, and character sketches.
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Using an Electronic Organizer as a Pre-Writing Activity about Lincoln and King

For Teachers 5th
The use of an electronic graphic organizer is the focus of this technology instructional activity. Pupils read poems about Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, they compare and contrast the two men by utilizing a Venn...
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Sort It Out - American Biography

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research the life and accomplishments of famous Americans. In this historical figures lesson, 5th graders examine photographs and documents available from the Library of Congress regarding the lives several...
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Jackie Robinson

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discover the life and contributions of Jackie Robinson. In this famous Americans lesson, 2nd graders view pictures of Jackie Robinson. Students develop knowledge about his life. Students use the facts they learn to create...
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Famous Americans

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use the Internet to research a famous American. They complete an outline and are graded based on a rubric given to them. They present their information to the class and write a report.
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Contributions of Famous Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders select a famous American to locate, check out and read their biography written at an appropriate reading level. They locate additional information using encyclopedias,databases and kids search engines on the internet. The...
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Famous Americans

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students conduct a review of famous Americans for both grade levels. They practice cooperative writing and editing. Students use a word processing program and available editing tools. They use their knowledge of biographies and the...
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May 28th Writing Prompt

For Students 5th - 8th
In this daily writing prompt worksheet, students learn that athlete Jim Thorpe was born in this day in 1888. Students think of a famous American they could immortalize in a postage stamp.
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The Life of George Washington Carver

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders investigate historic Americans by researching George Washington Carver. In this famous American biography instructional activity, 2nd graders complete graphic organizers about George Washington Carver's life while...
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Honoring Outstanding Americans

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students study the origin of Black History Month which celebrates the accomplishments of people of African descent each February. They are exposed to the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Sojourner Truth...
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Colin Powell

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this biography worksheet, students color a picture of Colin Powell. On the lines below, students write a factual essay about this famous American.
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It Takes All Kinds

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students investigate photographs of American "pioneers." For this historical figures lesson, students discuss photographs and documents that feature famous Americans in an effort to understand that ordinary people can make great...
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Martin Luther King Jr.

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Young scholars explore U.S. history by reading biographical information of a famous American leader. In this Martin Luther King Jr. lesson, students identify the great African American Civil Rights leader and his key contributions to the...
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George Washington

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students investigate the life of George Washington. In this George Washington lesson, students view a slideshow of scenes of Washington's life. Students then look in a box of pictures and choose one. Students then explain which famous...
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Famous Americans "Come Alive"

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders are introduced to the Big Six model by showing how it can be used in everyday life, such as where to go on a family vacation. They research Marco Polo. Students then narrow their search to a task definition. Brainstorming...
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Famous Americans Note Taking

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders identify contributions of historical figures who have influenced community, state, and nation. They identify historic figures who have exhibited a love of individualism and inventiveness. They use Microsoft Word to create...
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Learning the Printing Trade

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore U.S. History by reading biographical text in class. In this Benjamin Franklin instructional activity, students read about the famous American's first job and the transition he underwent from printing to politics....
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Pocahontas- Mini Biography

For Students 6th - 9th
Pocahontas. daughter, princess, advisor, peace advocate, wife, ambassador. This short overview acquaints viewers with some of the many accomplishments of this famous American.
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The Liberty Bell

For Teachers 5th - 6th
An image of the Liberty Bell is slowly uncovered as you flip through each slide in this PowerPoint. Tip: Use this as a template to show other famous American symbols.
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The Prince and the Pauper

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Mark Twain, the famous American author, is often studied in the school system. Use "The Prince and the Pauper" to analyze the differences between the text and its video version.  This lesson plan includes several culminating project...
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I Can Be Whomever I Wish

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Famous people who have overcome obstacles are the focus of this language arts and social studies lesson. Pupils are introduced to the concept that they have the ability to overcome obstacles in life. They read selections embedded in the...
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Incredible Book

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the contributions made by famous Americans during the American Revolution. They conduct research using a variety of resources, and create an informational page in the form of "Incredible Books" to contribute to a...
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November 2, 1734 - Daniel Boone

For Students 7th - 8th
In this writing prompt activity, students learn that November 2, 1734 was the birth date of American frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Students learn a couple of facts about Boone including that he did not attend much school. Students then...
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May 20, 1927 - Charles Lindbergh

For Students 7th - 8th
In this writing prompt learning exercise, students learn that May 20, 1927 was the day Charles Lindbergh became the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. Students write about the bravest thing they have ever done and then explain...
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April 16, 1867: Wilbur Wright

For Students 7th - 8th
In this writing prompt worksheet, students learn that Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867. Students write about the lifetime dreams they have for themselves.
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Influential American Inventors and their Impact on American History

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students consider the impact of inventions on America. In this technological advancements activity, students research 20th century inventions and their inventors. Students create brochures that feature their research findings.
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Immigrants Who Built America

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students research the lives of ten famous immigrant Americans. They conduct research, and match names with the accomplishments of famous immigrants on a worksheet.
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Famous People: Student Worksheet

For Students 6th - 9th
Older learners consider a list of famous people, and they fill in two columns; one in which they guess the celebrities' ages, and another where they look up their actual age.  They construct a graph by assigning one of the columns the x...
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Biography WebQuest

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars complete a WebQuest in order to study significant individuals from America's history.
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Jeopardy: American Landmarks

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Through this Jeopardy format, learners answer questions relating to famous American landmarks. This presentation could be used with first and second graders, if they were guided through the experience, and with upper elementary learners...
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Uncle Sam

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Can your students recognize Uncle Sam? No, not their uncle that lives up north, but the famous American symbol in red, white, and blue? As you flip through each slide in this PowerPoint, an image of Uncle Sam is slowly uncovered. See how...
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Biographical PowerPoint

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders culminate a unit study on famous Americans. They complete a written report and bio-cube on the person they chose. Students present their studies via a multimedia Microsoft PowerPoint to their classmates.
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Create a Hero Trophy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research and read about the lives of some famous American heroes. They examine the qualities that make or made these people heroes and how the time period they lived in influenced their images as heroes.
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Investigating Langston Hughes

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders read and appreciate the writing of great American Authors. use technology to garner information about famous American authors. They have selected sites to explore. The information they save be used for a future Powerpoint.
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Bright Ideas

For Students 4th
For this finding the greatest number worksheet, 4th graders find the greatest number in 12 sets of numbers, answer 1 word problem and decode a set of numbers to spell out the name of a famous American inventor.
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Black History Research Project

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore equality by researching a famous American. In this black history lesson, 2nd graders identify individuals who fought for Civil Rights and research them using their computers and the library. Students write a report...
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Arlington Poster Project - Grade 2 Unit I: Civics

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders investigate the lives of famous Americans. In this historical figures lesson, 2nd graders examine photographs from the Library of Congress and then read biographies about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B....
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Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Students describe qualities of famous American leaders. For this American leaders lesson plan, students read the book Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books and then describe qualities on chart paper.
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Famous African Americans

For Teachers 3rd
What makes a person famous? In order to learn more about notable African Americans students will conduct Internet research to collect data on a chosen African American leader. They will use their findings to create a bio-cube where each...
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Meet the Press

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine a list of 30 famous American figures. In this notable Americans lesson, 8th graders explore various famous or influential people throughout history. Students will play a role playing game and engage in a mock press...
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History of Aaron Copland

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study the history of Aaron Copland, the famous American composer. They dance to the song Hoe-Down composed by Aaron Copland.
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B. Franklin, Printer and the Public Eye

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore U.S. history by researching famous Americans. In this Benjamin Franklin lesson plan, students read portions of a biography about Franklin and identify his position within U.S. politics and as a leader in the battle...
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Night of the Notables

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students read several biographies of famous Americans and discuss the characteristics of a biography. Students collect biographical information on another person in the class and write a biography. Students research and create a...
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Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners - Can One Person Really Make a Difference?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research famous Americans from the Westward Movement and complete an interview. In this Westward Movement lesson, 4th graders work in pairs to research someone who was important during this time period. They prepare and...
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Benjamin Franklin

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 52 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Zoom In- Betsy Ross

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students examine the legend of Betsy Ross. In this famous Americans activity, students discover the legend of Betsy Ross. Students watch a Powerpoint and discuss what people can learn from events from long ago.
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Help Abraham Lincoln Get to the White House

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this Abraham Lincoln maze worksheet, students trace a path in a simple maze that will take Abraham Lincoln to the White House. On the sides of the maze, students read 7 interesting time- line facts of the life of this famous American.
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American Idols

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Students design a biographical web for a famous American figure. They identify key research questions and organize information as a prewriting strategy. This can be done individually or as a class, depending on your needs and students.
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American Heroes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore American heroes. They select a famous American hero and search for information using the internet. Students compose a report about their hero. They write a rough draft, edit and proofread their writing and write a final...
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Words of a Nation

For Teachers 4th - 6th
In this famous quotations worksheet, young scholars read 6 significant quotations from famous Americans and then respond 5 short answer questions.
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Months of the Year In Haiku

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars type Haiku poetry using AppleWorks, including special holidays or events and famous Americans for the month about which they choose to write.
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Summarize: Fighter for Women's Rights

For Students 4th - 5th
In this summarizing worksheet, learners read a short story and then practice summarizing by retelling details from the beginning, middle and end. Students end the activity by writing another short summary about another famous American's...
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Road to the Revolution

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore U.S. history by creating a class presentation. In this American Revolution lesson, 5th graders view images of the famous men who fought for freedom at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Students utilize the...
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Graphically Organize a Biography

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the stories of real lives by creating poster presentations. For this biography form lesson, 3rd graders read short biographies of George Washington Carver, Mother Theresa and Sandra Day O'Connor while identifying...
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Francis Scott Key

For Teachers 4th - 6th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students enjoy a biography of Francis Scott Key, the author of the National Anthem. The students then answer 20 questions, some of which call on them to recall the words to the song.
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Rosa Parks

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a biographical story about Rosa Parks. Students answer 4 questions and then summarize the story.
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Virginia: Jamestown and Its People

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students familiarize themselves with the settlement of Jamestown and practice describing objects and their use. In this Jamestown lesson, students listen to stories about Jamestown, complete an artifact activity, and explore the story...
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Government/Civil Rights - Famous African Americans

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders access primary documents to understand the role of famous African Americans in the civil rights movement.  In this Civil Rights lesson, 3rd graders identify the famous Americans and their contributions to the civil rights...
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Famous Virginians - George Washington

For Teachers K - 4th
Students investigate U.S. history by researching famous Americans. For this American President lesson, students investigate the life of George Washington by analyzing images in a slide-show. Students discuss his upbringing in Virginia...
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Lisa Leslie - Women's Basketball Star

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders read from their textbooks about Lisa Leslie, the famous American women's basketball star. They discuss the overall disparity of attention and salaries in women's sports compared to men's. They write facts and opinions...
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Benjamin Franklin's Wisdom

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study the life of a famous American. In this self discipline lesson, students review the life of Benjamin Franklin and discuss times when he exercised self discipline. Students work in groups to decipher the meaning of one of...
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Amazing Americans

For Teachers 1st
First graders research amazing Americans during the first 100 years of American history. After a lecture/demo, 1st graders use a worksheet imbedded in this plan to write 2-4 sentences about 4 of the Americans presented in class.
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Civil War Trading Cards

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars research important figures in the American Civil War. In this research skills activity, students create trading cards about selected key figures in the war that list details about the figures and their accomplishments.
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Famous Ameicans

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use the Internet to research a famous American. They fill out an outline and are graded based on a rubric given to them. They write a report and present their information to the class.
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Getting To Know Famous People

For Teachers 1st
First graders use the internet to research a famous American. Using the information they collect, they write a paragraph noting their accomplishments. They find a picture of the person they are researching or dress up like them to...
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Why Survey?

For Students 5th - 8th
In this survey activity, students take surveys and answer questions about famous Americans, inventions, and teen ethics. Students answer questions about 3 surveys.
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Turning Biographical Information into Tall Tales

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore information studied about tall tales and information gathered about a famous American in previous lessons to convert the biographical information into a tall tale. They use Microsoft Word and complete an idea map...
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The True Story of Abbie Burgess

For Teachers 1st
First graders read a story from their textbooks about women in the 1850's. They discuss what it was like to be a woman living in American during this time period. They brainstorm heroines of American history and then discuss woman...
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Famous Figures in History

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students investigate famous people in U.S. history. In this American history lesson, students read about famous people such as Helen Keller and Einstein. Students think of ways they might become famous.
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Remembrance of Things Past

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Engage critical and social thinking by exploring the value of language and word choice. The class considers the article "The Silence of the Historic Present" and analyzes several presidential speeches. They engage in class discussion,...
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Born on a Mountaintop? Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students compare and contrast the details from the life of the real David Crockett and the legendary folk hero he later became. They identify the characteristics of a tall tale and follow a rubric to create a tall tale of their own.
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Harriet Tubman

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners participate in a fun reader's theater activity to discover the great lengths that Harriet Tubman took in her work with the Underground Railroad and as a spy in the Union army during the Civil War. 
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Every Day Edit - Alexander Calder, Artist

For Students 3rd - 8th
For this everyday editing worksheet, learners correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about Alexander Calder, the artist. The errors range from punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling.
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National Symbols

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What are the most prominent symbols of the United States? Learn about the bald eagle, the American flag, and the Statue of Liberty in a reading comprehension activity that includes a short passage and five reflective questions.
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Author's Purpose

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Readers identify the author's purpose. First, they read a passage and utilize details from the piece to determine the author's purpose. Then they will explain how they arrived at their conclusion. Links to materials are provided.
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Rosa Parks: 5 Day Lesson

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What led to the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and how might historians approach this question differently? This rich series of lessons includes a short introductory video clip, analysis of six primary source documents, and...
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Abraham Lincoln: A Time Line Research Project

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Though Abraham Lincoln's life was tragically cut short, it was filled with accomplishments and inspiring moments that continue to influence American democracy. Explore the ways the 16th president of the United States made his way from a...
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Little Angels: Art Project

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Get ready for the holiday season with this adorable angel-themed art project. Little ones trace one of their feet for the body, two hands for the wings, then glue a head and a halo to finish off their little angels. These would be...
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All Aboard the Freedom Train!

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young historians identify Harriet Tubman, her character traits, and role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. They create an escape map using map legends and the Cardinal directions. This plan utilizes one of my favorite video...
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Lesson 2-Profiles in Courage: To Kill A Mockingbird and the Scottsboro Boys Trial

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Review one of the most memorable cases in the history of the United States. After reading To Kill A Mockingbird, young scholars read and select court transcripts and other primary source material from the Scottsboro Boys Trial of 1933....
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Song Lessons: What a Wonderful World

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Here's a wonderful way to learn English grammar. Class members examine the plural count nouns in Thiele and Weiss's "What a Wonderful World," reading the lyrics as they listen to Louis Armstrong's version of this classic song.
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Sequencing

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Are you looking for a way to teach sequence of events in your narrative writing unit? Bring this activity to your middle school class, as it prompts young writers to create a narrative sequence map of events that have happened at school...
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Winged Blackmail

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Here is an excellent resource to complement your study of short stories in your class! After reading Jack London's "Winged Blackmail," learners then respond to several text-based and discussion questions focusing on the theme of fear in...
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

For Teachers 11th
Read biographical information on Arthur Miller, author and notable playwright. Show your class this presentation as you begin reading Death of a Salesman and look into the man who created the work.
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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Freedom

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Welcome to America, the land of liberty and freedom. Examine the ways in which the terms liberty and freedom have been used in the United States. After researching and analyzing quotations from the past and present, students create an...
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Writing About the Holocaust, Thesis Worksheet

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Are your young writers struggling with thesis statements? Use this simple format to help them brainstorm a quality thesis statement for their research paper. The lesson is designed for a research project based on the Holocaust, but you...
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Understanding the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students work in groups to do a document analyxix of several documents. Students view the Martin Luther King speech, "I Have a Dream." They discuss the Battle of Saratoge. Students give a personal view of the reason the Declaration of...
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Persuasive Argument

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Stand your ground! Have your scholars draw index cards with various arguments on them and compose statements either for or against the argument. Create a series of index cards in advance, and extend this activity into a whole class...
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Responding with Wonderment and Awe

For Teachers 5th - 8th
When was the last time you responded to something with wonderment and awe? Explore this particular Habit of Mind with three lessons, each based on a literary skill as well. The first lesson prompts kids to read Walt Whitman's...
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I've Just Seen a Face: Portraits

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine portraits for different images they project, cite three purposes a portrait can serve, analyze portraits of historical figures, and relate biographical research to portraits.
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Breaking News English: Rosa Parks

For Students 5th - 10th
For this Rosa Parks worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and...
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Comprehending The Gettysburg Address

For Students 5th - 10th
In this Gettysburg Address worksheet, students read passages from the Gettysburg Address, identify bold words, and answer short answer questions. Students complete 5 problems.
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Using Text Features

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read a nonfiction story that is presented to them with graphic features, and presented to them with only the text.  In this text features lesson, 4th graders decide what the benefits of text organizers are and create their...
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Elvis

For Teachers 1st
In this excellent music and history lesson, 1st graders watch movies and listen to music sung by Elvis Presley, then draw and write as if they were a famous singer. This entertaining and inventive lesson has a terrific assessment...
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Discovering American Symbols

For Teachers 3rd
Help youngsters get to know their states and capitals, explore their own country, and study American symbolism. They take a "trip" across America collecting symbols, images, and information about each state as they go (through text and...
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Mr. Powell Leaves Washington

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the life and achievements of Colin Powell. After reading an article, they discuss the role of the Secretary of State. In groups, they evaluate his successes in different regions throughout the world. They reflect on the...
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How the Court Became Supreme

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners investigate how the Supreme Court changed under the leadership of John Marshall. In this Supreme Court lesson, students recognize the role of the Supreme Court as well as the significance of Marbury v. Madison. Learners also...
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Lincoln's Legend and Legacy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners evaluate Lincoln's impact on American History. In this Civil War lesson, students view a film clip of writings about Lincoln. Learners take notes and compare how the writings define his legacy. Students write their own poem or...
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Davy Crockett Tours Five Points

For Students 8th - 12th
In this primary source analysis instructional activity, students respond to 3 short answer questions regarding a brief narrative by Davy Crockett about Five Points.
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Technical Writing Unit

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you're looking for a general outline to a technical writing unit, this lesson plan might help you out. It summarizes the lesson objectives, activity, and assessment of a unit on informational writing and business letters, but doesn't...
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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Most Meaningful Way

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Lead your class on a journey into the Deep South so that they understand the true meaning of what inspired this holiday.
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American Revolution Biographical Trading Cards

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students create trading cards based on Patriots and Loyalists that were influential in the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson plan, students make and trade their cards, keeping one of their own for themselves.
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Zoom-In Washington Monument

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore the Washington Monument.  In this United States history lesson, students view a "zoom-in" PowerPoint presentation of the Washington Monument. Students predict what the main structure represented in the picture is as more...
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American Heritage Themes

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Pupils define freedom, unity, progress, and responsibility in relation to American Heritage. They explore the origin of how American Heritage was developed and ways in which they can continue it today.  They also determine ways they can...
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Famous People of Japan: Literature, Politics, Film, Television, Sports, and the Imperial Family

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research biographical information about a famous Japanese, investigating how this person has impacted Japanese and American culture. Students then create an oral report and technological presentation based on the research.
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Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students analyze American essayists Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass in an introduction to American literary non-fiction writing. In this essay history lesson, students identify methods for writing essays. Students read and analyze...
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Born on a Mountaintop? Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students name tall tale characters and locations, which are based on actual people and places, and describe how they are used in an exaggerated way. Students name created characters and events from tall tales. Students write a tall tale.
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Fanfare For the Common Man by Aaron Copland

For Students 4th - 6th
In this music appreciation worksheet, students listen to Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland. Students read about the composer and the structure and history of the piece. Students answer 6 questions about the difference between a...
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Getting to Know 2 Presidents

For Students 5th - 10th
In this Presidents activity, students answer short answer questions about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln by looking on the websites given to them. Students complete 7 questions each.
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Cryptogram of the Preamble To the United States Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use deductive reasoning to decode the message in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Students receive a cryptogram sheet with three clues. Using those clues, they determine the association between the remaining letters and...
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Musician Extraordinaire Based on the DC Quarter Reverse

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students develop an understanding of the role of a musician, composer, and conductor. In this musician lesson, students examine the District of Columbia quarter and see that Duke Ellington is on the reverse side. They define performer,...
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"Esio Trot" by Roald Dahl

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners read Roald Dahl's Esio Trot and complete vocabulary and reading activities. In this reading and vocabulary lesson, students review vocabulary for the activity and listen to the story. Learners discuss the story elements and...
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Philanthropy and You

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars define and discuss philanthropy. They research a philanthropist and write a three-paragraph essay summarizing what they have learned , including their own roles as philanthropists. They also plan and initiate personal acts...
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The Civil War Experience

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Pupils write or design a creative project about the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, students share memorable quotes from speeches and discuss documents historians could use to analyze the Civil War. Pupils read excerpts from primary...
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Introduce Chinese Culture in English : ESL, World Cultures

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students develop the ability to use English to introduce or describe Chinese culture to people from other countries by having them design and produce a video clip that features specific Chinese food or culture.
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Note Twister

For Teachers 1st - 6th
A creative "twist" on music education; the teacher re-creates the game Twister putting notes on the game board, not using the colors but mixing up the notes all over the board. Through this activity, students become familiar with the...
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Lining Up!

For Teachers K - 5th
Students use an army chant to line up at the door before class is over. They learn the difference between talking and singing voices. This activity focuses the students on a single activity and shifts their focus to something fun while...
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Musical Jeopardy

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students play Musical Jeopardy. They first make up questions over the materials covered in class. students make up a game with note cards on the board and play the game. They make more questions and other versions of the game.
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Sentence Recognition Practice

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students practice recognizing sentences as complete thoughts. They write sentences or phrases on shapes. Students draw "shelves" on a board. They tape the shapes on the shelves. Students take turns shopping for sentences.
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Sequencing Conventions of Oral English

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students practice sequencing chronological events. In this sequencing lesson, students play a card game that requires them to sequence 3 events in sequential order.
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The Greedy Triangle

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students make designated geometrical shapes using geoboards. In this geometry lesson plan, students listen to Marilyn Burns, The Greedy Triangle, while listening for the names of geometric shapes. They make the shapes on geoboards by...
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The Road Not Taken

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken." In this poem analysis lesson plan, students review vocabulary for the poem and read the poem. Students discuss the meanings in each stanza, the theme, and its rhyme scheme....
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"The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students read Ray Bradbury's "The Fog Horn" and complete reading and vocabulary activities. In this reading and vocabulary lesson, students review the vocabulary for the story and take turns reading the story. Students discuss the story...
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Spelling Words Review Game

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students explore the English language by participating in a class game. In this vocabulary review lesson, students utilize their weekly spelling words to compete against another student in a spell-off competition. Students are judged by...
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Exploring Baseball Vocabulary with the Visual Thesaurus

For Students 2nd - 8th
In this baseball worksheet, students write the baseball vocabulary word that is defined for them and they provide the word. Students complete 10 problems.
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Biography Bio-Cubes: Using Resources to Research Famous African-Americans

For Teachers 3rd
After being assigned a famous African American each student use books, the Internet, and Magazines to find out why that person is famous. They create a bio-cube, list resources, then engage in a "Line Dance" where they will move about...
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Biography Bookmark: An Activity

For Students 3rd
To supplement a research project related to famous biographies, learners create informational bookmarks. They use desktop publishing to make biographical bookmarks about the famous person they researched during the project. They include...
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Hunt the Fact Monster Hunt #22

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this internet research instructional activity, learners use the internet to answer ten questions. Six of the questions are multiple choice, four are short answer questions.
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History of African-American Music

For Teachers K - 8th
Students are introduced to African-American music history through this lesson plan. They begin their study by taking a look at the slave work song and work their way through to modern rap and hip-hop. Students also take a closer look at...
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Exploring the Sky: Reading Maria's Comet

For Teachers K - 4th
Discover the science behind astronomy. After reading the book Maria's Comet, which is about a young woman who breaks new ground by becoming a female astronomer, young learners practice reading comprehension with worksheet questions about...
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National Symbols

For Students 6th - 8th
What do the flag, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty remind you of? After reading a short article about these national symbols, middle schoolers are asked to identify ideas that these items represent.
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Circle Soccer

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders work as a team to play a circle soccer game. In this physical fitness activity, 3rd graders get into small groups and pass, toss and kick a soccer ball within their circle. Students do these skills in different orders,...
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Tessellation Lesson

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students start with a 4"x4" square piece of poster board. They will use either the rotation or slide transition method to create a template for their tessellations. They will trace onto newsprint to come up with an idea for the image it...
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The Important Thing About Reading

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Develop a class that values reading and sees its importance. Using Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book, readers create their own book modeled after the format shown. By taking ownership and developing their own reasons for reading,...
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All About Me - A Poem

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders brainstorm unique qualities they possess in a All About Me worksheet. They write free verse poems about things that most people don't know about them. They brainstorm descriptive words to enhance their poems and rewrite them.
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The Vowel Slide

For Teachers K - 1st
Students examine how every word must have a vowel. They also blend three letters into a word.
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Water Cycle Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders record what they know and would like to know about the water cycle and infer what occurs in the observed scene of precipitation.
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Music Mum Ball Game

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
With his/her back to the class, a student sits at the piano and plays a melody. The other students sit on their desk and toss a soft object. When the student at the piano stops playing, whoever is holding the object must stand before the...
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Independence Day Word search

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this social studies worksheet, students complete a word search with vocabulary pertaining to Independence Day. Students locate 16 words associated with the holiday.
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Physical Education Fitness Tests

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students participate in fitness testing. In this personal fitness lesson, students participate in ability, flexibility, strength, and speed testing activities.
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The Melting Snow

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners comprehend what a thermometer is and what it's used for in science. They grasp an idea of what solids are. Students experiment with snow during the winter time. An experiment is undertaken by all.
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Rhythmic Musical Chairs

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students review different rhythmic patterns. They identify one pattern as their "magic pattern." Then the game begins of musical chairs. The same rules apply that are part of the original musical game.
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Famous Authors Spiral Puzzle Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Who brought Don Quixote to life? Who coined the term Jazz Age? Want a fun way to encourage Internet research? Literary sleuths search for the answers to eight famous authors' questions to complete a spiral puzzle. An answer key is included.
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Class Friendship Book

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
A resource this sparse could mislead you into thinking it's just plain thin. But in doing the activity, your young writers will embark on multiple-sentence writing. Use it for early practice with paragraph structure. What could be easier...
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Common and Proper Nouns Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Here's a game for reinforcing the distinction and the relationship between common and proper nouns. Use it as a sponge or challenge for elementary learners when helping other writers or readers finish a task, as a center activity, or in...
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Analyzing Short Biographies to Discover Characteristics of Biographical Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students read short biographies on Abraham Lincoln from various artists. Using the texts, they identify the subject of the biography and discuss whether or not illustrations contribute to a biography. They research specific information...
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Keep Tooth Decay Away!

For Teachers K
Students engage in a lesson of learning how to take care of one's teeth. This is done through classroom discussion and giving examples of the types of foods that are healthy and unhealthy for teeth.
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Internet Fact Hunt at the "Fact Monster" Web Site- May #1

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Internet fact hunt learning exercise, students access the "Fact Monster" web site to answer 5 multiple choice questions. They answer US history, science, and geography questions.
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Comparing and Contrasting

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Analyze historical biographies. Young scholars compare and contrast the biographies of Susan B. Anthony and Pat Nixon. They construct graphic organizers, answer critical thinking questions, complete a formative assessment.
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Social Statistics - Part 1

For Teachers 3rd
After listening to the book The Story of Ruby Ridges, 3rd graders have a class discussion which leads them to identify characteristics and qualities of leaders. Student groups answer six essential questions about leaders, then compile...
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Robert E. Lee Quiz

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive Civil War learning exercise, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions about Robert E. Lee. Students may check their answers immediately.

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