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Industrialization In Lowell, Massachusetts

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the idealistic expectations of the industrialists who financed and built mills in Lowell, Massachusetts. They research how the expectations of Lowell mill founders compared to the reality of life in the textile mills for...
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Massachusetts drawing

For Students 2nd - 5th
In this Massachusetts learning exercise, students draw a picture that represents Massachusetts and write sentences about it. Students draw 1 picture and write a few sentences about it.
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Massachusetts Outline Map

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this Massachusetts outline map worksheet, students examine political boundaries of the state and the placement its capital city as well as its major cities. This map is not labeled.
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“Will I or Won’t I?” Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, 54th Massachusetts Regiment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover the story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. For this American Civil War lesson, students study the life of Robert Gould Shaw and the regiment he led. Students research primary and secondary sources to learn about the...
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The Boston Tea Party: Massachusetts Gazette

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this primary source analysis worksheet, high schoolers respond read an article from the 1773 Massachusetts Gazette regarding the Boston Tea Party. Students discuss the excerpt and its significance in American history.
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Massachusetts Crossword

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Massachusetts activity, students read 24 clues about the state. Students fit the answers in a crossword puzzle. There is no word bank.
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Massachusetts Challenge

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this recognizing facts about the state of Massachusetts activity, students read factual phrases and choose the who, what, or where answers. Students choose 10 multiple choice answers.
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Puritan Massachusetts: Theocracy or Democracy?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Was Puritan society governed as more of a theocracy or democracy? After comparing and contrasting a series of primary source documents, middle and high schoolers form small groups and debate the question.
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Massachusetts Word Search

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this Massachusetts words worksheet, students read 14 words in a word list that pertain to the state of Massachusetts. Students find these words in a word search puzzle.
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Massachusetts Alphabetizing Worksheet

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this Massachusetts worksheet, students read ten words that pertain to the state of Massachusetts. Students put the words in alphabetical order.
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Massachusetts Map

For Students 2nd - 6th
In this Massachusetts instructional activity, students fill in a map of Massachusetts with major cities and attractions. Students fill in as many cities and attractions as they can find.
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Massachusetts Morse code

For Students 2nd - 5th
In this Massachusetts worksheet, students use Morse code to write a secret message about the state. Students write 1 message.
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Marvelous Massachusetts! Pg. 1

For Students 4th - 5th
In this history of Massachusetts worksheet, students read several paragraphs about the history, climate, landscape, natural resources, economy, famous people, and education for the state. Students then answer several questions about the...
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Lesson 8: Changes in Deerfield, Massachusetts Shown in Maps

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study maps of the same area from different time periods which show the ways in which the land stayed the same, and the ways this New England village changed over the years.
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Massachusetts Word Search

For Students 4th - 5th
In this social studies worksheet, students complete a word search. They find words related to Massachusetts (such as names of cities) as well as words about surrounding areas (Atlantic Ocean).
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Massachusetts

For Students 5th - 6th
For this Massachusetts worksheet, students read a two page text about the history of the state of Massachusetts. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
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Massachusetts State Quarter

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Massachusetts worksheet, students examine a picture of the state quarter of Massachusetts. Using the information on the coin, students answer 5 short essay questions.
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The Massachusetts Bay Colony

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this Massachusetts Bay Colony worksheet, students read information and assess comprehension and vocabulary skills. In this multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true or false worksheet, students answer ten questions.
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The Massachusetts Spy Student Worksheet

For Students 6th
In this newspaper analysis worksheet, 6th graders answer 22 questions after reading a a newspaper entitled "The Massachusetts Spy". The questions cover the content of the reading along with the purpose of the paper. 
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Massachusetts Vocabulary

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this matching terms and descriptions worksheet, students use the names of people and places in the word bank to match their descriptions. Students match 10 answers.
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Lesson 11: Printed Materials (Ads and Broadsides) 1780-1820

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students use primary resources (gazettes, broadsides, advertisements) to consider life at the turn of the 18th century in Deerfield, Massachusetts. They infer observations about life in the nascent United States.
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General George Washington In Massachusetts — 1775–1776

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Who was George Washington? What were the events and principles that formed his character and made him the man he was? To gain insight into this amazing individual, pupils examine multiple primary source materials, from his childhood...
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What Do You Know About Massachusetts?

For Students 4th - 6th
In this online interactive Massachusetts worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions that require them to exhibit what they know about the state. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Marvelous Massachusetts

For Students 5th
In this Massachusetts worksheet, 5th graders read a 3 page passage about the state. Students respond to 3 multiple choice questions about the passage and put 8 sentences in the correct chronological order as they happened in history.
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Massachusetts Oral History Project on the Great Depression

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders conduct interviews with a relative or a family friend who lived in Massachusetts during the Depression. They write an essay based on the interview that shows an intimate portrayal of how the lives of the individuals who...
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Massachusetts Acrostic Poem

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this Massachusetts worksheet, students write an acrostic poem about the state. Students use the letters in MASSACHUSETTS to begin each new line of poetry that tells something about the state.
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Massachusetts word jumble

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Massachusetts activity, learners unscramble words that have to do with Massachusetts history. Students unscramble 20 words.
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Puritanism

For Teachers 7th - 8th
A few vital statistics about the Mayflower, and a note here and there regarding Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony make this a good review tool. Leaners are given basic facts about Puritanism, Puritan theology, and the effects of...
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The Lowell Experience

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Visiting a modern city with a historic past is a wonderful way to show learners how places and technology progresses. Take a visual trip to Lowell Massachusetts and learn about the historic center of textile mill production during the...
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Governor Deval Patrick's Inaugural Speech

For Students 9th - 12th
“America herself is an improbable journey.” So is Deval Patrick’s journey from the South Side of Chicago to the governorship of Massachusetts. The complete text of Patrick’s inaugural speech, delivered outdoors facing Boston Common,...
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The Bill of Rights is a-Rockin

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars explore the U.S. Constitution through music. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students discuss a hypothetical case regarding lyrics by Madonna and the historical Massachusetts Blue Laws. Young scholars use the Bill of Rights...
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Massachusetts Cities Word Jumble

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Wisconsin word jumble activity, students examine 10 cities listed in a word bank. Students use the word bank to unscramble 10 sets of letters to spell the names of 10 Wisconsin cities.
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Massachusetts State Map

For Students 5th
In this Massachusetts worksheet, students will study a map of the state. Students will use this map to label and/or familiarize themselves with various aspects of the state.
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Massachusetts 54th Raid at Darien, Georgia Shaw Letter

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the expectations of Civil War soldiers. In this American Civil War lesson, students analyze a letter written by Colonel Shaw to his wife in order to gain an understanding of the expectations of the 54th Regiment....
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The Battle of Bunker Hill: Now We Are at War (42)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze historical and modern accounts of the Battle at Bunker Hill, and explain the importance of the Battle of Bunker Hill. They investigate and research their own community history for any significant events.
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African American Presence in Deerfield, Massachusetts (1680-1720)

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore primary and secondary sources involving "everyday life" of individuals living in Deerfield at the four turns of the centuries. They learn what these characteristics reveal since the town's beginning as an English...
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Massachusetts Blacks in the American Revolution

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the experiences blacks were having in Massachusetts before and after the American Revolution. They also discover that many blacks migrated to Canada in search of a better life.
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Geographical, Historical, and Cultural "Day Tripping" in Massachusetts

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students spend a day examining the culture, history and geography of Massachusetts. They use compass directions to find out where they will be traveling and identify the major roads and trails in the area. They also use pamphlets and...
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The Boundary Dispute between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, 1677-1741

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research primary and secondary source documents to examine the separation of New Hampshire from the larger colony of Massachusetts.
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William Apess and the Mashpee "Revolt" of 1833

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Prompt your class with the following question: What was the status of American Indians in Massachusetts during Jackson's presidency? To answer this question, class members will read a series of primary source documents (attached),...
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The Pilgrims: European Plague in Native New England, 1616-1619

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Before the Pilgrims' arrival to New England, a vicious plague swept across New England and wiped out over 50% of the Native American people from Maine to Massachusetts. Watch a video that examines this devastation and the role it played...
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When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the first attempts made to colonize and establish the first permanent English colonies in the North American region, from Sir Walter Raleigh's colony at Roanoke and settlement at Jamestown, Virginia to colonies in Maryland and...
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Plant Phenology Data Analysis

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Beginning in 1851, Thoreau recorded the dates of the first spring blooms in Concord, and this data is helping scientists analyze climate change! The culminating instructional activity in the series of four has pupils graph and analyze...
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Death and Dying in Puritan New England: A Study Based on Early Gravestones, Vital Records, and other Primary Sources Relating to Cape Cod, Massachusetts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the time in which the Puritans lived in colonial New England. In groups, they research the Puritans view on life and death and discuss as a class. They read gravestones, diaries and other primary sources to discover...
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Native American Presence in Deerfield, Massachusetts

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine how in this volatile period, colonial powers and Native groups competed for trade goods and land, coming into conflict repeatedly. They also explore primary and secondary sources.
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The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Honoring the Heroes

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners use art and images analyze the Civil War. In this lesson plan on the Shaw Memorial, students engage in 3 activities, discussion, and art analysis to better comprehend the events of the Civil War. This lesson plan includes web...
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American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research how early colonists lived. They investigate late 17th century colonist's lives from Massachusetts and Delaware. Using their research, students write historical fiction in the form of friendly letters between the two...
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Massachusetts Slave Emancipation

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the history of slavery in the United States.  In this American History instructional activity, 11th graders read handouts and answer various questions.  Students create a skit which depicts the reactions of...
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Massachusetts

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Massachusetts worksheet, students respond to 7 different questions related to the state of Massachusetts. They identify and name the capital of Massachusetts and the state bird and flower. Then, students name the state motto and...
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Creating a Timeline

For Students 5th - 6th
In this timeline worksheet students create a timeline using the 5 dates provided. The students must provide a title, order the dates, and label the timeline they create.
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Glory: Motion Picture Study Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
This is an excellent resource for teachers to use for incorporating the motion picture Glory into the classroom! Breaking down the film into particular noteworthy and telling scenes, the guide offers important considerations for each...
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Film Viewing Guide for the movie “Glory” (1998)

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Check out this simple, ready-to-use worksheet that your young historians can complete as they watch the motion picture Glory. It begins with a very brief list of characters to track, followed by seven short-answer questions to be...
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Massachusetts

For Students 5th - Higher Ed
In this geography worksheet, students will be searching for words that are all cities in Massachusetts. Students will locate 43 locations within the state.
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Glory: The Movie Study Guide & Discussion Questions

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Check out this simple and organized viewing guide for the film Glory! Questions prompt learners to consider the evolution of characters over the course of the film, and to analyze the effects of the film and the efforts of the 54th...
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What's in a Graph?

For Teachers 4th - 8th
How many yellow Skittles® come in a fun-size package? Use candy color data to construct a bar graph and a pie chart. Pupils analyze bar graphs of real-life data on the Texas and Massachusetts populations. As an assessment at the end of...
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Similarity through Transformations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Create the ultimate miniature golf course. The 93-page model curriculum unit from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education contains nine lessons on understanding similarity in terms of both Euclidean geometry...
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Gay Marriage

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The first legal gay marriage in the United States occurred in Massachusetts in 2004. Since then, countless others have tied the knot. Scholars decide whether gay marriage should be legal by reading a history of the issue, analyzing the...
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Calvinism and Puritans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Now your class can discuss Calvinism and Puritans like true academic. How, you ask? Because they've heard a lecture based on the presentation you've just found. Containing informational text, each slide gives basic differences between...
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History Personified

For Teachers 5th - 12th
In 1856 Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beat Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over the head with a cane. This event, which highlighted the acrimonious debate over the expansion of slavery, is the focus of a paper...
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The Wreck of the Hesperus: Questions for Analysis

For Students 11th - 12th
Readers are asked to locate and identify various literary devices in The Wreck of the Hesperus, Longfellow’s recounting of the events at Norman’s Reef in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Consider extending the lesson by asking your pupils how...
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When Maine Was Part of Massachusetts

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze a map of Maine to determine its proportions in 1795. They examine Osgood Carleton's map of Maine from 1795 and complete a worksheet. They share their observations with their group and evaluate a present day map of Maine....
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Owl Moon Teaching Plan

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Capture the engagement of young readers with this collection of activities based on Jane Yolen's book, Owl Moon. Following a shared reading of this children's story, the class explores the geography of the American Northeast, creates...
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Dorothea Dix: Reform in Massachusetts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the life and reform efforts of Dorothea Dix on behalf of people with disabilities. They discover how her efforts resulted in the passage of legislation. They also examine the care people with disabilities receive.
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Glory

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
If you are previewing the film Glory for your young historians, this packet may help you spark ideas for discussion and offer some interesting facts and quotations that may add to your presentation of this Civil War narrative. It...
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Colony of Massachusetts

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders recall the reasons why the Pilgrims came to the New World. They ideology and compare and contrast the ideology of the Puritans and Roger iams. They study the colony of New York.
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A Graphic Organizer for Ethan Frome

For Students 10th - 11th
Set in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts, Ethan Frome was published in 1911. Provided here is an organizer that encourages your readers to order plot points in the correct chronological order. A great post-reading strategy...
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Eli Thayer and the Kansas-Nebraska Act

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars determine how states were identified as slave states or free states. In this Kansas-Nebraska Act lesson, students explore the work of Eli Thayer as well as the work of Thayer's supporters in Massachusetts.
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Out of Old England in the 1630s-Flat Me Project

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students write letters to penpals. In this geography/literacy lesson, students become penpals with a classroom in England to learn about customs and society across the ocean. Flat Stanley by Will Holton is read aloud, and students...
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What’s It All Have to Do with Me? Using Local History to Connect Students to National Events

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine methods of accounting for historical events. For this local history lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to explore the ties between Essex County in Massachusetts and the California Gold Rush of the 1840's....
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Religious Intolerance and the Salem Witch Trials

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students describe the basic beliefs of the Puritan religion; identify the principle figures in the Salem Witch Trials;explain the events that led to the mass hysteria suffered by the town; analyze the First Amendment; and examine...
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A Leader of Salem: Nathaniel Bowditch

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the qualities of a leader.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders read the story of Nathaniel Bowditch and use it as a catalyst for discussions on leadership and the definition of a hero.  
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The American Whaling Industry

For Teachers 6th - 12th
When thinking about the American whaling industry most imagine Moby Dick and Nantucket sleigh rides, harpoons and scrimshaw, whale-oil lamps and baleen in women's corsets. But it may come as a surprise that the industry was also...
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The African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine sites located in Massachusetts that celebrate the history of African Americans. In groups, they read census reports and oral histories to gather more information about this group of people. They develop a timeline of...
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Colonizing the Bay

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders review the goals of John Winthrop.  In this American History instructional activity, 11th graders read Winthrop's speech and summarize his key points.  Students predict the possibilities for success and failure in the...
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Why is there a Cod hanging in the Massachusetts Statehouse?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discover the purpose of the sacred cod carving in New England.  In this New England history lesson, students read the story A Cod's Tale, and analyze photographs of Cod including their uses and size.  Students utilize the...
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The Pilgrims: Alliance with Massasoit’s People and the First Thanksgiving

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
Is the story of the First Thanksgiving actually all it's said to have been? Watch a video that sheds light on the event, who Samoset and Massasoit were, and what the First Thanksgiving was really all about.
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Social Studies: Analyzing Massachusetts Immigration

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate immigration in Massachusetts during the 1990's. They research a series of questions pertaining to immigration, including their experiences, obstacles, and countries of origin. They graph the five most prevalent...
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Shays’ Rebellion: A Massachusetts Farmer’s Account

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the effects of Shays' Rebellion. In this Shays' Rebellion lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the rebellion and the events that led to it. Students respond to discussion...
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Tea Party Comparison

For Teachers 11th
In this American History worksheet, 11th graders compare and contrast John Andrews and Massachusetts Gazette. 
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History: Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts

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Students read a letter by Shaw to his wife after the Union raid at Darien, Georgia; then will draw conclusions about it. Students debate about the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the possibility of allowing blacks to serve in the...
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Pocumtucks in Deerfield

For Teachers 4th - 6th
As part of a study of colonial and Native American history, class members focus on the beliefs and land use of the Pocumtucks, who settled near Deerfield, Massachusetts. Students examine their beliefs about land use and ownership, the...
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A Research Project: A Discussion of the Recreating and Populating of a Colonial Village

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Primary source research, secondary source readings, and discussion provide the understanding necessary for students to create a colonial persona, and simulate a situation appropriate for this person, time, and place. While the lesson...
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Stratus Nancy Graves

For Teachers K - 5th
Pupils describe the charactersitics of the painting "Stratus" by Nancy Graves. They are told that she was born in Massachusetts. Students describe the colors and ask how the colors make them feel. They discuss the mood the artist...
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From Slaves to Soldiers: African Americans in the Civil War

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders observe several films, including The Divided Union, focusing on the conditions of slavery and African American soldiers in the Union Army. In addition, they watch Uncle Tom's Cabin and Glory to reinforce their knowledge of...
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James Madison: Raising an Army—Balancing the States and the Federal Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To war! To war! Every nation in the history of the world has had to deal with warfare on some level. Scholars go through a series of activities and discussions surrounding the development of the Constitution to help them better...
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The American Revolution Introduction

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young historians create a replica of Jamestown Virginia, analyze the Mayflower Compact, practice penmanship by copying a famous quote by William Bradford, and read a great informational text on the beginnings of colonial America with a...
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Frederick Douglass- Mini Biography

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Before delving deeper into the writings of Frederick Douglass or the abolitionist movement, provide some historical background for your pupils with this brief video and gain a more complete understanding of Douglass' vision for a world...
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The Pilgrims: The Beaver Trade and Colonial New England

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Strange but true. The demand for beaver hats saved the Pilgrims. Find out how with a resource that includes a background essay about the First Thanksgiving and a video about the Pilgrim business model.
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Mystery State #37

For Teachers 5th - 8th
In this United States mystery worksheet, students determine which state is described by the 5 clues listed on the sheet and then mark it on the outline map of the United States.
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The Forgotten Soldiers: Their Glory Remembered

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners watch a video and then role-play what it would have been like to be a member of the 54th Massachusetts regiment during the Civil War.
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MTEL Math Practice Test: 1-4

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Worried about the MTEL? Never fear, Sal is here! Designed for adults who are seeking their teaching credentials in Massachusetts, this series of videos guides future teachers through a practice test for the Math MTEL. The useful...
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New England News: All You Need to Know About the New England Colonies

For Teachers 3rd
Students explore the New England colonies inj this five lessons unit. The colonies of plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut are highlighted through a variety of techniques.
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Mapping Colonial New England: Looking at the Landscape of New England

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students understand the similarities and differences between English and Native American conceptions of the land and town settlement. They understand how the colony of Massachusetts developed and expanded. Students understand the...
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The Pilgrims

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students use distance measuring tools to follow directions and chart the path the pilgrims made from Plymouth, England to Boston, Massachusetts. In this Pilgrim voyage instructional activity, students use a map to chart the distance...
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The Battle of Bunker Hill: Now We Are at War

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students what events in Massachusetts in 1775 demonstrated colonial opposition to Imperial rule. They examine the events related to the Battle of Bunker Hill and determine the differences in the land masses of Charlestown and Boston from...
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U.S. State Capitals Vocabulary Wheel

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this recognizing the state capitals worksheet, students observe a wheel divided into the four states of Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio and Virginia with no capital cities or directions. Students provide four answers.
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Who was affected by North American Colonization and How?

For Teachers 5th
Conduct research on various aspects of American Colonization and explore how different groups were affected, including those involved in the Salem Witch Trials. Your class will read books, write journals, participate in class discussion,...
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Plimoth Plantation Virtual Field Trips

For Students 3rd - 8th
Take a virtual field trip to Plimoth Plantation with four video tours and a slideshow. Videos take viewers aboard the Mayflower, inside a pilgrim village, to a Wampanoag homesite, and the Plimoth Plantation. Slideshow pictures are...
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John Winthrop

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz activity, students respond to 49 multiple choice questions about John Winthrop. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The African and the Pequot in Colonial America

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students determine that the lands the English settled on were owned and inhabited by 70,000 Indians. They consider that the London Company sold land charters to the English, which gave them illegal title to lndian land and that the...
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Is All Fair In War?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars read the 1755 Bounty Proclamation and discuss what happened in Maine during this time period. With a partner, they use the text and dictionary to look up any word they do not know. They participate in a think, pair,...
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Cranberry Bog

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore cranberry farming in Massachusetts and the rest of the nation. They research on challenges facing cranberry farming industry and then write reflection papers on optimum pest control methods from the perspective of a...
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The Glorious Revolution in America

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders review the Glorious Revolution. In groups with cooperative roles, they prepare one member to present an assigned view to King William and Queen Mary on whether Massachusetts' Glorious Revolution was legal.
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American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore daily life and its influences in the late 1700s for two families in different colonies- Delaware and Massachusetts by becoming historical detectives. After gathering information from artifacts to make inferences about...
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Geography and Industry

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners view a map of the geography of the northern colonies.  In this industry lesson plan, students read an article about geography in the northern colonies, define the words industry, trade, business and manufacture, and complete a...
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Modern Interpretations

For Teachers 4th - 8th
To conclude an eight-instructional activity study of the events that occurred in the early colonial period in Deerfield, Massachussetss, class members evaluate the point of view and bias found in late 19th and early 20th century retellings.
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Immigration in Massachusetts, 1880-1920

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils, in groups, research immigration in America at the turn of the century. They put together a series of original written essays, letters, newspaper columns, etc. that show what it was like to live as an American citizen and as an...
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Settlement of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies of New England

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research the history and culture of the earliest American colonies. In this social science lesson, 5th graders read various primary source documents from the historical time period, answer comprehension and discussion...
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Paul Revere

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's, Paul Revere's Ride, and other pieces of poetry to use maps and literature to investigate geographic concepts. They chart Revere's ride on current Massachusetts maps while working in pairs....
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Research and Study Skills: Schedule

For Students 4th - 5th
In this schedule worksheet, students read the schedules that show airline flights and times between Boston, Massachusetts and St. Louis, Missouri. Students use the schedules to answer the 5 questions.
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The Topography and Geology of Deerfield

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explain the topographical and geographical makeup of Deerfield. They explain the Massachusetts section of the Connecticut River Valley is located in the bed of glacial Lake Hitchcock, which contributes to its being a...
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English Settlement

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students study the development of the New England colonies, their rationale for settlement, and the importance of Puritan theology in this development. They research towns in England and their copies in Massachusetts.
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Lowell and the Factory System

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students examine the efforts of early American manufacturers to implement the factory system on a large-scale in the town of Lowell, Massachusetts. They examine the idealistic goals of the industrialists who financed and built the...
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Comparing and Contrasting Polar and Temperate Seasons Visually

For Students 6th - 12th
In this seasons worksheet, students cut and paste 12 pictures into seasonal order. Students compare pictures from Massachusetts, Canada, and the Arctic Circle.
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The Trip of the Speedwell and the Mayflower

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the hardships Pilgrims faced on the Mayflower and Speedwell. In this Pilgrim lesson, 4th graders listen to an account of the Pilgrim's voyage from Plymouth, England to present day Massachusetts. Students sit in...
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Boston 1630-1914

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students draw conclusions about historical changes in Boston by comparing and contrasting the features and details on Boston maps. In this Boston history and geography lesson, students view several sets of dated maps chronologically and...
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Proud Pilgrim Hats

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Young scholars research authentic information about the clothing worn by urban European immigrants who came to live in the Wampanoag village of Patuxet (now Plymouth, Massachusetts) in 1620. They recognize the types of hats worn by men...
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Geography: US States and Capitals Picture/Word #5

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this printing practice activity, students practice their printing skills by tracing the sentences that state the capital cities for the following states: Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Missouri.
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Relief Art

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Learners research the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. In this relief art lesson, students analyze the art and note the detail of the expressions of the men. To better understand this art learners use coins to see an example of a low relief...
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Salem Witch Trials

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learners identify the causes of the Salem Witch Trials. In this United States history lesson, young scholars complete a KWL chart and read a summary of the Salem Witch Trials. Learners discuss the reasons for the Salem Witch Trials and...
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Indians and African Americans 1780-1820

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explain that opportunities for African Americans remained severely limited by slavery until 1783. They examine the 1783 Massachusetts abolishment of slavery and its impact.
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The Penniman House: A Whaling Story

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the Penniman House of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Using maps, they locate different sites related to the area and label the major bodies of water. They use the family records to discover what life was like in 1880 and...
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An Investigation Into Our Community

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students examine maps of Palmer, Massachusetts and practice giving directions. As a class, they discuss how it changed from a farming community to more industrial. To end the lesson, they take pictures of the community to show how it has...
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The Mayflower's Atlantic Crossing

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
By the end of this interdisciplinary instructional activity, youngsters will be able to describe the Gulf Stream ocean current and how it impacted the journey of the Mayflower ship. Reading, research, and the use of a really neat...
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Teaching Guide: Exploring Little Women

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a literary masterpiece as well as a timestamp of the formative mid-nineteenth century in America. Using a primary source set of photographs, letters, and portraits, readers discuss the ways...
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Ego Trip- Exploring the Inner Workings of the Human Body

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students gain an understanding of how systems and organs in the human body work. They create their own fictional account of a trip through the human body, and describe one response the body makes to stimuli.
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Drawing Portraits Using a Grid

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A well-developed art lesson is always great to have around. This lesson on portrait drawing includes a full procedure, modifications, background information on artist Chuck Close, recommended websites, and a few thoughts from the...
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Understanding the Bush Tax Cut Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The class examines the new tax cut plan proposed by President Bush. They practice calculating income tax rates and interpreting the data. Then they research topics that are of interest to them related to taxes.
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Going to School Paintings

For Teachers K - 2nd
This resource will help you compare and contrast the history of school experiences in America.  In this cross curriculum U.S. history and art appreciation activity, students view and discuss reproductions of the 19th century "Learning...
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The Plant Life Cycle

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Research plant life cycles using a variety of materials. Researchers will visit four stations set up with books, digitized version of books, and software offering text-to-speech support. They will then answer two plant life cycle...
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Semicolons

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
This worksheet provides a good description of when to use a semicolon, followed by 6 sentences to practice inserting punctuation. A key is provided.
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US History Overview 1: Jamestown to the Civil War

For Students 8th - 11th
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker...
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Battles of the American Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Wow, now here's a presentation that tells a story! Your class can follow along the battle lines of the American Revolution to learn key players, dates, and events that marked each twist and turn in the fight for American independence....
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The American Civil War (1861 -1864)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Peek back in time and learn about the North and South of the American Civil War. Discussed in full are the causes, effects, major battles, and agreements that made Civil War history. Period technology, social changes, and the ultimate...
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Cold Case Files: Solving the Mystery of the Salem Witch Trials

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
The Salem Witch Trials provide a perfect opportunity to connect English language arts and US history classes. Here's a resource that provides a wealth of essential questions, activities, and materials. Class groups assume the role of...
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Rhythm and Meter

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If you're introducing rhythm and meter into your poetry lesson plan, consider these activities based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Focusing on "Because I could not stop for Death," kids discuss accents, breves, and how they measure...
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David Walker vs. John Day: Two Nineteenth-Century Free Black Men

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
What was the most beneficial policy for nineteenth-century African Americans: to stay in the United States and work for freedom, or to immigrate to a new place and build a society elsewhere? Your young historians will construct an...
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Food Safety Smart Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This is a must-have resource with everything you'll need for studying food safety with your pupils. From handwashing scorecards and cleaning kitchen surfaces to navigating the world of microbes and food-borne illnesses, here you'll...
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Teaching the Easter Story

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
If you are looking for a secular approach to teaching about Easter, this may just be the resource for you. Pupils read a paraphrased text depicting the last supper, arrest, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible, while also...
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Lessons for Social Studies Educators

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Point of view, purpose, and tone: three concepts readers of primary and secondary source materials must take into account when examining documents. Class members view a PowerPoint presentation and use the SOAPS strategy to identify an...
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Constitution Role Play

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should slavery be legal? Who should be able to vote? Should Revolutionary War bonds be paid back? How did the writers of the US Constitution, with their conflicting interests, answer these questions? Class members engage in a role play...
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Heat Transfer and Cooling

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Astronauts train underwater to simulate the change in gravity. An out-of-this-world unit includes three hands-on activities, one teacher demonstration, and a discussion related to some of the challenges astronauts face. Scholars apply...
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8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet

For Students 8th
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil...
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Escaping Persecution

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Pilgrims, puritans, and Pennsylvania are all featured in a reading comprehension worksheet that asks kids to read a short passage about these early settlers and then to answer a series of questions based on the article.
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Learning Guide for: Glory

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Invite your class to learn about the first regular US army unit composed of black soldiers during the Civil War with the film Glory. This website reviews the historical accuracy of the movie, offers pre- and post-viewing handouts, and...
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Thomas Jefferson on Shay's Rebellion

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
After reading a brief primary source document in which Thomas Jefferson comments on the armed uprising of Shay's Rebellion, your young historians will respond to both text-based and discussion questions, and consider the nature of...
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Primary Source Set: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What did Jo write her stories with? How did the March sisters dress? A primary source set designed for Louisa May Alcott's Little Women prompts learners to look over images of household items and clothes from the 1860s before engaging in...
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Snow Globe Family

For Teachers K
Kindergartners sequence the parts of a story using a snow globe as a setting. They will listen to Snow Globe Family and retell the parts of the story noting the beginning, the middle, and the end. Then they will make their own snow...
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Sculptors of the Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students observe evidence of erosion and various rock formations that have formed as a result of erosion and weathering. Their task is to explain how the forces of weathering and erosion contributed to sculpturing these rocks into arches...
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Oliver Twist Goes to Hollywood

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
How does Oliver Twist, the novel written by Charles Dickens, compare with its screenplay adaptation? Although the activity doesn't require learners to have read the novel, the similarities and differences of the highlighted passages...
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Every Day Edit - George H.W. Bush

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this everyday editing worksheet, students correct grammatical errors in a short paragraph about George H. W. Bush. The errors range from punctuation, spelling, grammar, and capitalization.
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Every Day Edit - Johnny Appleseed

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this everyday editing learning exercise, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about Johnny Appleseed. The errors range in grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
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Every Day Edit - Educator Horace Mann

For Students 3rd - 8th
For this everyday editing activity, learners correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about educator Horace Mann. The errors range from capitalization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
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Every Day Edit - President John Adams

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this everyday editing activity, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about President John Adams. The errors range from capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
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Shay's Rebellion

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders determine the role that Shay's Rebellion played in creating a stronger central government in the United States. In this early American history lesson, 12th graders read about the rebellion and then create political...
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Interview a College Graduate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What better way to work on research skills while gaining an understanding of college life, than conducting an interview? High Schoolers interview a college graduate, document their findings, and use the information to write an essay on...
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Federalists v. Anti‐Federalists

For Teachers 8th Standards
Here is a solid lesson plan to support your instruction on the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation. It includes close analysis of primary source images, a guided notes template and answer key, and many key points to...
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The First African American Regiment

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young historians examine a memorial sculpture of the first African American regiment in the Civil War, and then compare how the experiences of the regiment are portrayed in letters and poetry, as well as in the motion picture, Glory. 
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Early Rebellions

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The causes of Shay's Rebellion, the Whisky Rebellion, and Fries's Rebellion are briefly outlined in an information packet that focuses on the responses to the early attempts to collect state and federal taxes.
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African American Inventors: Lewis Latimer

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Celebrate Black History Month getting to know more about Lewis Latimer. Here, scholars read about his life and success, then apply their new-found knowledge by responding to questions about the text with short answers. 
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Words and Action

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
One person can make a difference. Class members examine the writings of George Washington, John and Abigail Adams and Phillis Wheatly to discover the influence these individuals had on others during the American Revolution.
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Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
With the emphasis on incorporating more nonfiction in language arts classes the question arises about how to design activities that motivate kids to engage with informational text. How about an assignment that asks class members to...
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The Story of the First Thanksgiving

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
After reading about the basics of the First Thanksgiving meal, young readers respond to 10 short answer and multiple choice questions. They refer directly to the passage to find their answers.
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Jan Brett Author Study

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Expose young children to the wonderful works of author and illustrator Jan Brett using a few of her stories such as Armadillo Rodeo, The Mitten, or Daisy Comes Home through a unit study. 
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Ratification of the Constitution

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How difficult was it to get everyone to agree on the contents of the Constitution? Historians analyze the task of the Founding Fathers in creating the United States Constitution. They research a directory of video clips, primary sources,...
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Myth and Truth: The First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Encourage learners to think critically about common myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in Colonial America. They discover that behind every myth are many possible explanations—and that learning more about American history helps them...
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Looking for Trouble - Using the Internet to Research Structured Controversy

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Discuss controversial issues with your charges. More importantly, discuss how you have to research both sides of a controversy before taking a stance. In groups, middle schoolers research the controversial issue of dog sled racing. They...
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Through the Eyes of the Big Bad Wolf

For Teachers K - 3rd
Imagine how the wolf would tell the tale of Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs. Young writers re-imagine classic tales by adopting the point of view of another character in the story. After reading models like The True Story...
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How to Become a Member of Congress

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify requirements for becoming a U.S. Representative or a U.S. Senator, explain procedure for running for representative or senator, and create an informational brochure.
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Pen and Ink Drawing

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Learners hone their drawing techniques to create a nature-inspired piece of art. They practice hatching, cross hatching, stippling, and shading. They discuss how each method is better suited for creating specific elements in nature such...
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Case Study of a Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read a case study of one campaign to discover how political campaigns addresses the needs of the voters. In groups, they answer questions related to the case and discuss how the commercials affect society as a whole. They use...
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Tornadoes in the United States

For Students 5th - 7th
Which state has the highest frequency of tornadoes? Use this chart and mapping activity to get your scholars discovering geographical trends as they analyze data and transfer it to a map. Learners practice creating a map to show the...
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Thanksgiving

For Students 5th - 10th
Near Thanksgiving, learners complete activities surrounding the holiday. Some of the activities include a passage, matching phrases, fill in the blanks, correct word choosing, multiple choice, sequencing, unscramble the sentences, write...
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Revolutionary Essex County-Local Communities Showing National Trends

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners of all ages explore Revolutionary War protest activities. They view a variety of primary and secondary sources from the 1800s which represent differing opinions on political issues. They discuss the impact government had on the...
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All Aboard!

For Teachers K - 12th
Learners recognize and identify onomatopoeia. They will read the book All Aboard! A True Train Story, by Susan Kuklin. After reading the book, they list and illustrate examples of onomatopoeia. Then they write a poem or story using...
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Pennsylvania Colony: The Holy Experiment

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Have your class explore U.S. history by discussing religion in the colonial era. Your fifth graders review the history of Pennsylvania and the conformist views placed upon immigrants to the country. Then, they read a letter Benjamin...
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The Articles of Confederation (1781-1789)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history learning exercise, learners respond to ten short answer and essay questions about the Articles of Confederation. They may check some of their answers on the interactive learning exercise.
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Harriet Tubman Warns "Kill the Snake Before It Kills You"

For Students 8th - 12th
Harriet Tubman developed a rich extended metaphor for slavery and the imperative for Lincoln to abolish it in this dictated letter from 1862. Young historians read the original document and interpret Tubman's allegory with a pair of...
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TIME Magazine: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For Students 7th - 9th
Use Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" to practice poetry analysis and comprehension with your middle schoolers. Three activities with three questions each guide young readers before the reading, during the reading,...
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The 13 Originals: Exploring the Who, When, Where, and Why Behind the 13 Original Colonies of Early America

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Discover the stories behind each of the thirteen stripes on the American flag with this straightforward presentation. Complete with learning objectives, discussion questions, and solid information about each of the original thirteen...
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Trip to an Art Gallery

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Have your Spanish speakers give museum tours with this interactive plan. To simplify this entertaining idea, bring in art pieces and create a gallery in your very own classroom. Provide the names of different works of art and have your...
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Nov. 8, 1960 | Kennedy Is Elected President

For Students 9th - 12th
Using the presidential election of 1960 as background information, learners consider the push of electoral reform. They read about the events and issues surrounding President Kennedy's win in 1960 and compare them to the same issues...
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A New Bedford Voyage!

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
A thorough set of activities, articles, and reference material can enlighten your class about the history of whaling in New England. Kids travel back to a time when whale products were valuable and hunting whales was a way to help the...
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

For Teachers 11th
Examine the life of Arthur Miller and the characters in one of his well-known plays, The Crucible. The first few slides give background information on Miller as well as Senator McCarthy and the blacklisted celebrities during the...
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American Life in the 17th Century: 1607-1692

For Teachers 10th - 12th
What was American life like during the 1600s? Help your class discover facts about the unhealthy conditions at Chesapeake Bay, the tobacco economy, Bacon's Rebellion, colonial slavery, the Salem Witch Trials, and colonial life. Slides...
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Pilgrims and Puritans

For Teachers 11th - 12th
With graphic organizers galore, learners will follow the changes of church and state in early colonial America. They look at the differences between the pilgrims and the puritans in terms of beliefs and life ways. Myths and...
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Basketball - Hoops - Team Sports 2

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Hoopsters! Looking for something to use to teach your hoopsters a bit about the game of basketball? Use this very comprehensive PowerPoint to teach everything from the history of the sport, to skill techniques, to game plays. Included...
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The Kennedys: An American Camelot?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A life in pictures makes sense for a frontline public family like the Kennedys. Slides depict the parents and each sibling as successful, sad, or tragic. The initial slide provides two web links for information to go along with the images.
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Wheel of Fortune Game

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Games are great for practicing any number of basic skills. Here is a set of wonderful instructions for making a braille version of a spinning game, where children win points by correctly reading/identifying the high-frequency words the...
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The Age of Constitution Writing

For Students 9th - 12th
Was the United States significantly more democratic in their governing structures and laws after the overthrow of British authorities? Compare and contrast summaries of the country's constitutions under British rule and after...
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Representation: By State or by Population

For Students 9th - 12th
Should representation in the new United States government be based on population? This worksheet illustrates the details of this important quandary through an adaptation of speeches on the topic given at the Constitutional Convention....
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Gerrymandering: How Drawing Jagged Lines Can Impact an Election

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
What is gerrymandering, and how does redrawing district lines in a presidential election give one political party advantage over another? Viewers will learn about the origin of the term gerrymandering, why political parties desire more...
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The Story Behind the Boston Tea Party

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The event in American history now known as the Boston Tea Party was really anything but a party. Discover how the tax on tea in pre-revolutionary America was seen by colonists as an infringement on their rights and livelihoods, and how...
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The Roaring 20's

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the roaring and contradicting nature of the 1920s in the United States. The video provides an overview of laissez faire capitalism in the decade and the nation's dramatic increase in productivity, as well as a variety of other...
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The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Listen as this famed speaker argues why "the real story of history is about regular people trying to take care of their families" and "small-scale dramas," particularly in the case of colonial America. Topics covered include the shift...
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The Presidency of George H.W. Bush

For Students 8th - 12th
Is your class studying President George H.W. Bush? If so, they can find out about how he became president and some of the economic problems he faced while in office by reading this brief informational text. There are three questions to...
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Practice Test: Colonialism and the Foundations of American Democracy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Which document introduced the idea of limited government? What is the official beginning of the American Revolution? From the colonial period to the establishment of the Constitution, this assessment includes 40 multiple choice questions...
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The Sign of the Beaver Study Guide

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Couple an in-depth study guide with your unit on The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. With vocabulary exercises, discussion questions, and activities about facts and opinions, the study guide is a good way to inspire...
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Geometry and Volume

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
If you're looking for a way to reinforce geometric volume and capacity with your math class, use a set of worksheets to help them understand the concept. With over 30 pages of hands-on activities and problem-solving worksheets, the...
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The Infection Game: The Shape of Change

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Encourage the spread of knowledge in your class with this cross-curricular epidemic simulation. Pulling together science, social studies, and math, this lesson plan engages students in modeling the spread of infectious diseases,...

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