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Subject: Social Studies (4)
Title: Living Museum
Description: The students will research famous Alabamians, write an informative paragraph about their historical figure, and prepare a presentation for a school-wide living museum. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Science (4 - 6), or Social Studies (4 - 5)
Title: Forest Habitat (Little River Canyon National Preserve)  
Description: Little River Canyon National Preserve's habitat is an Eastern Deciduous Forest. There are a variety of trees and animal life within this biome. It experiences seasonal changes in temperature and precipitation.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creek War Journals
Description: After a study of the Creek War, students will explore perspectives of families on both sides of the war. Students will compose journal entries from a selected social class of the era to develop and exhibit an understanding and appreciation for lives led by those who lived during the early 1800's.


Subject: Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Look at Our Natural Environment
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research, analyze, and collect data on how the natural environment influenced the Native Americans long ago, and how it still influences us today. Using information gathered from the Internet, each student group will create a multimedia presentation and share it with the class.


Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Move the Cherokee People
Description: During this lesson, students will explore facts about the Cherokee people, their history, their culture, and their future. This lesson will help students begin to realize how the actions of our predecessors affected people in the past and today. The Internet will be used as a research tool to help students learn more about the Trail of Tears. Students will also have the opportunity to produce a slideshow presentation to share their new knowledge about the Trail of Tears.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Native Americans and Their Environment
Description: The students will research Native American groups and relate how the environment affected their lifestyles and cultures. The students will create a slideshow presentation depicting this relationship. The students will compare Native American groups in order to observe the differences in their lifestyles and cultures.


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, the propensity to complain is used to increase student awareness of the precedents behind the Declaration of Independence. After completing this unit, students will be able to describe and list the sections of the Declaration of Independence and explain the basic purpose of each. They will also be able to give an example of a document that served as a precedent for the Declaration, list and explain one or more of the colonists complaints included in the Declaration, and demonstrate an awareness of the Declaration of Independence as a historical process developed in protest of unfair conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Not ''Indians,'' Many Tribes: Native American Diversity      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students heighten their awareness of Native American diversity as they learn about three vastly different Native groups in a game-like activity using archival documents such as vintage photographs, traditional stories, photos of artifacts, and recipes. This unit helps students study the interaction between environment and culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States      Add Bookmark
Description: The four lessons in this unit, from EDSITEment, are designed to help students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture. They map 18th-century Europe's influence on what is now the U.S., list remnants of European influence that still remain today, and connect marks of European influence with specific explorers.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Road with Marco Polo: Sea Voyage to India      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on Marco Polo's sea voyage from southern China to India. Students learn about the geography culture of the region at the time and learn why spices were so widely sought after by European merchants in medieval times.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark: Same Place, Different Perspectives      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students write about several encounters between the Lewis and Clark expedition and various Native American groups from the viewpoint of an expedition member or one of the Native Americans. Students can view the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West before or after the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: There's No Place Like Home      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson uses children's literature and maps to explore reasons for past and present settlement. Students give various reasons people in the past or present have chosen to settle and live in different regions of the United States. They also complete a map that traces a migration route of a pioneer family by using information from children's literature or from historical records.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Native Americans Today      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Road with Marco Polo: A Boy in 13th Century Venice      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about life in medieval Venice and explore possible motivations behind Marco Polo's interest in travel and trade. They use maps to learn more about the geography of Venice and of medieval Europe.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: One If By Land, and Two If By Sea!      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to various places associated with the American Revolutionary War. Students use historical and current maps of the Boston area to trace Paul Revere's route and learn about the region and the conflict.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: November is National American Indian Heritage Month.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: It's Independence Day! Or is it?      Add Bookmark
Description: Students consider why there are so many different dates associated with the Declaration of Independence and why the nation's birthday is celebrated on July 4.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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