History of Life Teacher Resources

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Reconstructing a Fossil Pterosaur

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students reconstruct the skeleton of the fossil Scaphognathus crassirostis. In this fossil lesson plan, students discuss the Kingdoms of life, geologic history and the history of the skeletons of species. Students are given 20 minutes to...
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Excavating the Past

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students discover how palaeontologists conduct a dig for fossils and how they interpret the age of the fossils. In small groups, they prepare a "dig site" consisting of bones, rocks and soil layered in a cardboard box. They switch boxes...
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Island Life

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students comb a local beach for smooth glass, marine debris, shells and any other interesting items they may come across. They tour a local lighthouse and discover what life was like for a lighthouse keeper. Back in the classroom, they...
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19th-Century Technology in 21st-Century America

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students imagine life without the technological advances of the 1800's. In this inventions and innovations lesson, students examine patent drawings of inventions. Students collaborate to research the technological advancements made...
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Stories of the American Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify a veteran to interview. This could be a family member of one of students or someone contacted through an organization in the community. They use a storyboard to plan their movie about their subject.
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Battle of Gettysburg

For Students 5th - 11th
On July 1, 1863 the Army of Northern Virginia, under the command of General Robert E. Lee met the Army of the Potomac, under the leadership of Major General George Meade. Considered the turning point of the war, the Battle of Gettysburg...
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You Say You Want an Evolution?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students estimate the number of living organisms they might find in their local environment. After researching the types of organisms that existed during various geologic time periods, students describe how life forms have changed over...
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Mummy Madness

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders make mummies. In this ancient Egypt activity, 7th graders follow the provided steps to create their own miniature mummies and prepare for its traditional burial.
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Exploring Women's History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and analyze Jessie Benton Fremont's travelogue of her trip out west in 1849 to identify the gender roles, social attitudes and class distinctions of the time. They then adapt the the travelogue into a film script.
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Reflections of Ancient Greece

For Teachers K - 5th
Students study ancient Greek civilization. In this World history lesson, students locate Greece on a world map and review what the ancient Greeks did when they developed new ideas for government, science, philosophy, religion, and art.
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Time's a Ticking: The Earth's Geologic Time Scale

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders assess a given statement whether it's a fact or fiction. In this earth science lesson, 8th graders research to make the false statements true. They compare the Earth's geologic scale to common everyday items.
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Discovering Fossils

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners dig for and discover fossils in a classroom setting. They dig on a tarp to find, map, assemble, and photograph their discoveries.
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Dinosaurs Here Yesterday Gone Today

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students take a pre-test to show their prior knowledge of dinosaurs. Using the internet, they reasearch the time period in which they roamed the Earth. Focusing on the area of Connecticut, they compare and contrast the large and small...
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Phonics: Common Word Patterns

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this common word patterns worksheet, students sort and write words based on the letter patterns consonant-vowel-consonant -e, and vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel. Students write fifteen short answers.
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Phonics: Common Word Patterns

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this identifying phonetic spelling patterns worksheet, students review the vowel-consonant-vowel-e pattern words and the vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel pattern words, categorize the words in the word bank according to their patterns,...
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From Mashed to Riches

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students discuss the uses of a potato. For this food group lesson, students identify the five food groups and which one the potato belongs to. They create potato printing, compare different kinds of potatoes, grow a potato plant, and more.
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Identifying Fossils

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students create model fossils.  In this fossils instructional activity, students view pictures of fossils and compare and contrast these fossils.  Students read about fossils and create a database chart with the facts they learn. ...
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Henri Matisse

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students use reading strategies. In this lesson students read a passage about Henri Matisse. Students answer questions about the passage and discuss their answers.
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Exploring Earth's Life History Poster

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars study geologic time periods and the mass extinctions that have occurred,  In this geology instructional activity students create a poster and present it to the class.
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Life in a Box: Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks

For Teachers K - 3rd
Pupils investigate the lives of important women who fought for their rights.  In this equality instructional activity, students examine the different gender roles throughout history and define the actions many women were made famous by. ...
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Extinction

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students peruse illustrations of living things and extinct life forms, which they compare and categorize as living or extinct.
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Clues From the Past: Daily Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover the ways different cultures gathered and made food. In groups, they read excerpts from primary sources about the food people in Mesopotamia liked to eat. They work together to make a batch of goat stew and a loaf of bread.
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Mesoamerican Codex Books

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use visual art as a form of communication as they create a codex book based on their knowledge of Mesoamericans.
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Mesoamerican Codex Books

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders recreate Mesoamerican Codex Books using brown paper bags, paints, glue, an iron, and books on Mesoamerican Glyphs in this 5th grade lesson in the Art classroom. Resource links and book references are provided for lesson...