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Why Did Some Colonial Virginians Seek Independence?

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
To understand the reasonings of those colonials who sought independence from England, young historians are divided into content groups that examine documents related to either the Boston Tea Party, the Yorktown Tea Party, Tea Overboard,...
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My County Works

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
A 22-page packet sheds light on the hard work taking place at a county's seat. Scholars read brief informational text and fill in information about their own county workers. Pages take you to a department around the county site each...
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Summer Vacation | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 4th
Before saying your final goodbyes, share a brief video all about summertime! The video details the origins of the school, how summer break came to be and highlights the many ways how scholars spend their free time. 
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The Rights of Migrants in the United States Lesson Plan: Traveling Suitcases

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Two activities bridge English language arts and social studies to take an inside look into immigration. Scholars interview a family member or someone they know who immigrated here. A crafted suitcase features information obtained in the...
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Colonial Tobacco Economy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Tobacco as money? Middle schoolers investigate how eighteenth-century Virginia farmers used tobacco as a cash crop to buy tools, livestock, and household goods. They also examine the connection between tobacco production and the slave...
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Mother's Day Graphing

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
A Mother's Day-themed math activity reinforces counting and graphing. Scholars count pictures and roll a festive die then graph their findings using a bar graph.
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Mother's Day Coloring and Writing Pages

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Coloring pages and a fill-in-the-blank letter make up five printable sheets designed to celebrate Mom. Coloring pages feature pictures of flowers, hearts, and sweet treats. Scholars fill in the blanks using a word bank to compose a...
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Mother's Day Cards to Print

For Students Pre-K - 2nd
Eight printable cards celebrate Mom on Mother's Day. Pages come with pictures to color, space to write, and a special spot for scholars to sign their name. 
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How Do We Know about Colonial Life?

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Young history sleuths examine an inventory of the belongings of a Virginia colonist and use deductive reasoning to determine what the document reveals about colonial life. They then use a Venn diagram to compare the inventory with a...
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Tea Overboard

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
While less well known than the event in Boston, the Yorktown Tea Party was equally decisive in turning community sentiment against Great Britain. To gain an understanding of why the colonists objected to the Tea Act, young historians...
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Life of a Private Lesson Plan

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
In order to understand the challenges the Continental Army faced during the American Revolution, class members analyze primary source materials including a soldier's journal and an officer's letter, and watch a short reenactment video.
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Making a Patriot Inquiry: Are Independence, Freedom, and Liberty the Same Thing?

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of the American Revolution, class members engage in an inquiry-based lesson that has them watch a scene from the play Slave Spy, examine multiple primary source documents, and then discuss the similarities and...
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Eid al Fitr | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 4th
A video details the three-day Islamic holiday following Ramadan, Eid al Fitr—also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast. An engaging narrator explains what the holiday is, why, and how it is celebrated around the world.  
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Flag Day | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 4th
Before celebrating Flag Day, find out how the national holiday came to be. A video sheds light on the involvements of Betsy Ross, Woodrow Wilson, the history of the flag, and examples of how we celebrate the holiday. 
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Father's Day | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 4th
An engaging video informs viewers about Father's Day. A brief history of the holiday is followed by a showcase of today's celebration traditions. 
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Graduation Day | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 5th
Graduation, promotion, or move-up day—no matter its name, recipients deserve a celebration. Discover the history of the momentous feat with a brief video that highlights the traditional cap and gown, diploma, and infamous song, Pomp and...