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Maniac Magee: Picture Book Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Who would have thought to explore the concept of race through children's literature?  After reading Bell Hooks' picture book, Skin Again, and chapter sixteen of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee, class members consider whether skin color...
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A House Divided: The Civil War Home Front in Tennessee

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
To broaden their understanding of both the short term and long terms effects of the Civil War, class groups examine primary source materials and then assume the role of a family member and draft a letter to a soldier describing life at...
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? A Comparison in American Culture

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
As part of their study of the Progressive Era, class groups examine a 20th century version of "The Three Little Pigs" through a New Era lens and identify how ideals such as the value of hard work, creativity, and problem solving, etc.,...
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Teaching Elections in Washington State

For Students K - 12th Standards
Prepare even our youngest citizens to participate in the democratic process with this powerful packet of materials. Kids consider what it means to be a good citizen, examine voter qualifications, investigate initiatives and referenda,...
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Making and Understanding Maps

For Teachers 3rd Standards
How many landmarks and geographic features can your class recognize on a map? Groups demonstrate what they have learned about maps and map making by creating a map of a real or imaged country, complete with map elements and a map key.
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Christmas Lesson 1

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Little ones sing Christmas carols, complete craft projects, and play word games while learning new vocabulary in part one of two-part ESL lesson plan series.
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Christmas Lesson 2

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Wrapping presents, singing Christmas carols, writing Christmas cards and learning holiday vocabulary are all wrapped into this one exciting ESL lesson plan.
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Thanksgiving Lessons for Grades 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A historical journey of Thanksgiving explores the Mayflower voyage pact and the life of the colonial people by providing an understanding through writing and research.
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Corroboration

For Students 5th - 10th
How do historians corroborate the information in a primary source document? They use the questions features on this poster!
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Contextualization

For Students 5th - 10th
Part of a series of posters designed to be used with a unit fostering the skills needed to read like a historian, this template models the questions researchers need to ask to contextualize a primary source document.
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Sourcing

For Students 5th - 10th
What questions do historians ask when sourcing a document? Here's a poster that models these questions.
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Close Reading

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Here's a poster that highlights the skills needed for the close reading of primary source documents when gathering evidence to support historical claims.
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Evaluating Sources

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
When considering a series of primary sources about a event, how do historians decide which ones to give greater weight? That's the question class groups consider to gain an understanding of the importance of intertextual evaluation.
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Dear Miss Breed

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
This compelling plan based on the letters in the book Dear Miss Breed engages readers in learning what it was like for Japanese Americans following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. After reading the letters, young scholars will partake in...
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Lunchroom Fight

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
How can there be three different accounts of an event if no one is lying? That's the central question class members are asked to ponder as they consider conflicting reports given to the principal of a lunchroom fight. A great...
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What Is History?

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Five important tenets of any social studies class are available for young historians with a poster that defines history as an account of the past. It encourages learners to question reliability of an author's perspective, as well as to...