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Mercantilists and the Midas Touch

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
What is the connection between greed and mercantilism? Historians consider this question by analyzing a fairy-tale like story about King Midas from the nineteenth century. The background information and excerpt help pupils understand the...
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The Columbian Exchange

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
What did you have for dinner last night? Many scholars ask that question without considering the history behind the foods they eat. Using a simulation, scholars investigate how the foods they eat are the product of the Columbian...
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What's the Big Deal about Spices?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Today's gourmands don't consider spices to be the equivalent of silver and gold. During the middle ages, however, these commodities were precious. People back then used spices in religious ceremonies, to cure rotten food, and as a show...
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The Economic System of Medieval Europe

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How are economics and politics intertwined? Societies in the Medieval period used feudalism for both economic and military reasons. The arrangement provided safety and met other needs. Using the included simulation, individuals...
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Economic Systems of the Incas and Aztecs

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Inca and Aztecs created vast economic empires in South America, but how did economics play a role? A simulation activity and reading help scholars evaluate the kinds of markets these great civilizations created. They then consider...
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Fall of Rome

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What led to the fall of Rome? Scholars have debated the question since the end of the great empire. Young historians consider the same question through an economic lens using an engaging lesson that involves a hands-on evaluation of the...
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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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The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What effect could one person's invention have on the human race? In the case of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution, small improvements in farming methods led to increased food production. The human population began to boom, leading us...
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How Neolithic Farmers Increased Their Standard of Living

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How do people improve their economic situations? While many learners may not consider questions about how many crops to grow in ancient times were economic decisions, a hands-on activity encourages individuals to make these connections....
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Out of Africa: Why Early Humans Settled around the World

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Why would someone want to leave home? The age-old question is at the center of a thought-provoking activity. Scholars consider why humans move around the world both during pre-historical times and today using a PowerPoint, reading on...
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Atlantean Dodgeball

For Students 6th - 7th Standards
Which team has the advantage? An imaginary story about a game of dodgeball in the lost city of Atlantis demonstrates the ways to compare two quantities. One coach compares the ratios of the numbers of players on each team while the other...
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Mary Poppins Returns

For Students 6th - 12th
Make Mary Poppins proud. Young computer scientists use block-based coding to create snowflake animations with a Mary Poppins theme. They learn how to apply sequences, actions, and loops in computer science.
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Code for Equality

For Students 6th - 12th
It's my belief that all learners should have equal access to computer science projects! Young computer scientists learn about variables, encapsulation, sequences, and objects in block-based coding. They create a collage by first...
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Snapchat Geofilter

For Students 6th - 12th
Sometimes pictures could use a little help. Scholars add filters, frames, stamps, and text to a background photograph. They learn to use variables, encapsulation, sequences, and objects as they use the Blockly programming language.
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Teacher Appreciation

For Students 6th - 12th
Show your teacher you care. Young scholars use the Blockly programming language to create a card for their teachers. Using variables, encapsulation, objects, and sequences helps advance their computer science knowledge at the same time.
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Wonder Woman

For Students 6th - 12th
Training for battle is really a set of sequences, just like computer science. Scholars program a code that guides Diana from Wonder Woman through a path that avoids her enemies. They learn about how sequences play a role in computer...