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Comparing Urban and Rural Life in the Early 1900s

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Experience a bit of what life was like at the turn of last century with images of rural and urban life. Learners consider pictures from each environment and then compare and contrast them. Activities include discussing the differences,...
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Rural Life During the Great Depression: A Year Down Yonder

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
“Anyone who thinks small towns are friendlier than big cities lives in a big city.” Mary Alice, the fifteen-year-old narrator of A Year Down Yonder, is forced to leave Chicago and spend a year with her Grandma Dowdel in a small rural...
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Slavery in Virginia

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders assess primary sources to analyze the effects plantation life and slavery had on Colonial Virginia. They study the issues of slavery, rural life, movements, colonization and revolution. Each student makes predictions,...
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Writing A Storybook

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a storybook using vocabulary from the topic "urban and rural life". They write about past events in a children's story. They present their story to the class at an author's tea.
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Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and the Expression of Feeling through the Arts

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Here is an activity used originally to finish off a unit on country life and nature. It requires learners to have a basic understanding of harvest, rural life, and autumn. They'll use what they know to construct dance movements showing...
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The British Origins of Industrialism

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders brainstorm the Industrial Revolution and how it changed the lives of people. They describe rural life in preindustrial Britain. They identify the factors that allowed Britian to become the first industrialized nations.
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Digital Research: The Michigan of Today

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore present day life in Michigan with the past. They compare information on various aspects of Michigan. Students research rural life, city life, tourism, and agriculture. They create a PowerPoint presentation on their...
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Learning about Native Americans through Artifact Analysis and Artwork

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders assess how a Native American's environment and the geographic region where they lived influenced their food, clothing, shelter and the overall culture of a tribe. They study the impact of conservation, family, rural life,...
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Alike and Different

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders listen to a book about how farms feed the world. They discuss elements of rural life. They listen to a story about the suburbs and discuss elements specific to a suburban community. They listen to a story about city...
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Stories of Nepal

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Learners explore folktales and fairy tales from Nepal to help them understand the Nepalese culture, and to compare the stories to the ones the students may know. After reading the stories, learners consider what rural life is like in...
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Homer T. Cat, Poem

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students read a poem about a cat. Students discuss how cats behave and examine Homer's life in his environment.
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War Horse and WWI Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Here's a resource that deserves a place in your curriculum library. As part of their study of War Horse individuals create an anthology of World War I poetry. 
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Documenting the Great Depression

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students compare and contrast two photographs from the Great Depression, and identify the ways in which the photographers depicted the hardships of everyday life during this period. They hypothesize about the story behind each photograph...
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Peace Corps

What's Mongolia Really Like?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Understanding different cultural experiences is a challenging and worthwhile objective throughout grade and content levels. This lesson facilitates an appreciation of rural Mongolian life through a simulation of being a nomadic teen as...
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What's Mongolia Really Like?

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Learners discover the people of Mongolia. For this social studies lesson, students look at the Mongolian nomadic culture by reading a letter written by a member of the Peace Corps. They describe the different types of communities found...
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Life and Landscapes in the Classroom

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Celebrating Robert Frost's birthday by engaging students in the sights and sounds of his lyrics
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Happy Little Farmer

For Students Pre-K - 3rd
Pre-readers and primaries can help farmer rabbit to plant some delicious fruits and vegetables. From soil preparation and pest control, all the way to the harvest, little ones participate in the entire process!
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Elijah of Buxton: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Most think Elijah in Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis gets famous for being the first African American child born free from slavery. However, his true fame comes from his adventures to capture a thief. Readers study Elijah's...
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Writing a Storybook

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Learners explore language arts by creating their own stories in class. In this book making lesson, students read the story City Pig in class and create storyboard illustrations in order to analyze the story. Learners utilize these...
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Sea-ing More Clearly

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Young scholars explore historical importance of fish as food source, examine works of Robert Harris, create their own fish, and compose accompanying poetry. Students then explore dramatic tradition of Chorus inspired by Greek theatre,...
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Pioneer Perspectives-Diverse Opinions on Westward Migration

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the Westward Migration and expansion of the United States from the perspective of a family migrating westward. They analyze pictures, and in small groups write and present a script based on a photograph, expressing the...
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Impact of Westward Expansion on Indigenous Populations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students study the impact of westward expansion on Native American populations. They create a diorama of a Native American scene, write imaginary letters as a pioneer child reflecting on his/her experiences, and create story sticks that...
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What's Mongolia Really Like?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students look at rural Mongolian nomadic culture through the eyes of a Peace Corps Volunteer and examine the dynamics of a people in transition. They give one important reason for migration from a rural to an urban setting and explain...
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Head, Heart, Hands, Health

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete a compare and contrast activity for American agriculture historical events. For this historical events in agriculture lesson, 4th graders review a timeline and complete research for agriculture in the 20th...

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