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Where Were Your Ancestors in 1871?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Here is a nicely designed lesson on ancestry and family history. In it, learners read an article entitled, "Where Were Your Ancestors in 1871?" Then, they make up a series of questions to profile their family and their community 100...
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Finding Your Spot in The World; Geography, Maps, Multi-Culturalism

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students use a variety of maps to locate their home, their school and the origin of their ancestors.
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Dia de los Muertos: Honoring our Ancestors Through Community Celebration

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Oral storytelling has been an important part of every culture. The time-honored practice uses stories as a conduit for a culture's values and customs from one generation to the next. Keep the tradition going with a family interview...
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For Teachers K - 2nd
Students investigate the concepts of ancestors and citizenship. In this citizenship lesson, students listen to Betsy Maestro's Coming to America . They learn the definitions of immigrants and melting pot using a recipe for Rice Krispie...
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Immigration and Ancestors

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
We are all immigrants to this country and the study of immigration can help students connect to history in a personal way. Students will listen to audio clips from the Ellis Island web site, discuss the treatment of immigrants in the...
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Evolution worksheet

For Students 10th - 12th
Looking at evolution in detail, this thorough worksheet has complex questions requiring details and explanations of natural selection and diversity. Various examples of biological characteristics are available, and students choose the...
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Human Evolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As the great and hilarious Tim Minchin once said, "Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity." Science is more than just a guess; it is based on questions, observations, and evidence. High...
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When We First Made Tools

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The origin of technology began when early hominins began using tools so they could eat more easily. A video lesson presents the fossil evidence of tool usage of the ancestors of humans. Although tools began very simple, their evolution...
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The Humans That Lived Before Us

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
You may struggle to find similarities between humans and many of our ancestors. Fossil evidence finds more and more signs of similarities between humans and many other species. A lesson outlines the fossil evidence and the questions...
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Symbolic Gifts from and to our Ancestors

For Teachers 9th - 10th
This personally expressive project gives early high school thinkers a challenging proposition: Explain how an ancestor’s actions have influenced your culture, beliefs and who you are today. Students create a collage or altar of symbols...
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Modern Day Pilgrims

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars examine the similarities and differences between modern day immigrants and pilgrims. They listen to stories, discuss their ancestors' origins, and create a native costume for a paper doll for where their ancestor is from.
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Where Do People Move To Or From?

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students identify countries of origin of their ancestors, graph patterns of migration to the U.S. and Hawaii, then utilize oral history as a primary document by interviewing their ancestors or parents to explain why they moved to their...
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Immigration and Ellis Island

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore family histories. In this social studies lesson, 4th graders identify the countries from which their ancestors came and locate them on a map. Students discuss the role that Ellis Island played in immigration in the...
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For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students identify the foods associated with the "Days of the Dead Celebration." They compare and contrast these foods to the foods associated with American celebrations and become familiar with the foods of Mexico and their relationship...
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My Family Tree

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students create a family tree. In this ancestry lesson, students research a country that one of their ancestors is from. Students interview a grandparent and map out a family tree.
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Are We All Related?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
All humans alive today descended from the same woman who lived just 150,000 years ago. A thought-provoking video explains this concept as part of a larger biology playlist. It lists the location where the woman lived as well as where our...
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How the Squid Lost Its Shell

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The ancestors of squid and octopus used shells as a form of defense. Pupils learn how cephalopods evolved without shells and the adaptations required to survive without one. Viewers learn how scientists know about these changes and the...
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Ancestors Help the Living

For Students 7th - 10th
Contained here is a six-paragraph article about mammoth ivory for learners to read. They read the article and then respond to short answer, fill-in-the-blank, discussion, and comprehension questions. Vocabulary words and definitions are...
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Ancestors in the Americas: Lesson One

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the characteristics of documentaries and making films. Individually, they write their own proposal for an idea of a documentary making sure to identify the point of view of which it is going to be filmed. ...
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Worksheet: Evolutionary Detectives

For Students 6th - 9th
Begin with an informational text, "Reptiles and Amphibians through the Ages," and then research online about the evolutionary development of a modern frog. Look at drawings of ancestor's skeletons and list the organisms on the geologic...
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My Traditions

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Learners explore their family traditions through interview, art, and creative writing. They take home the included interview sheet to learn more about their ancestral celebrations and use a map to identify where their ancestors came...
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Compensation for Slavery

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Should Americans provide compensation to those whose ancestors suffered from slavery? Read and analyze the arguments of two modern-day journalists on the topic. Then, have a discussion on both the merits of the arguments as well as what...
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Human PreHistory 101 Part 2: Weathering the Storm

For Students 6th - 12th
The last ice age occurred around 20,000 years ago. What were the conditions like? How did our ancestors survive them? These questions are briefly explored in a three-minute video clip. See how in a relatively short time, humans spread...
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When Rodents Rafted across the Ocean

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
You think mice can be a nuisance, wait until you meet the capybara! An installment of the PBS Eons series traces the genetic background of a large group of rodents known as the Caviomorpha. Fossil evidence indicates they originate in...

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