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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Step Into the Boston Massacre
Description: In this lesson, the students will learn about the Boston Massacre and how this event led to the American Revolution. The students will understand that when governments are unjust, sometimes people revolt. The students will compare and contrast the two sides of the American colonists in the 1770’s, “Colonists Should Fight the British for Independence” versus “Colonists Should Not Fight the British for Independence.” In addition, the students will create a web video on one event that led to the American Revolution. This lesson is designed to integrate technology, such as WeVideo, with social studies.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: A Revolutionary Dinner Party
Description: Students play the role of colonists from the Revolutionary War period. Each group has decided to host a dinner party for some "famous faces" of the American Revolution. There are FOUR parts to this project: research, seating chart, music and food, and dialogue.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: "The Regulars are coming!"
Description: In this lesson, students will review information about Paul Revere and the American Revolution. Students will also determine facts and opinions about the American Revolution.  After viewing primary sources, students will complete a journal entry.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biographical Poetry
Description: Students will work with a partner to write an original poem using information learned about a person involved in the American Revolution. The students will then share the poems by creating a multimedia slide show.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "Twenty Questions" History Virtual Fieldtrip
Description: During this lesson, students engage in a virtual game of "Twenty Questions" with another class. They will utilize textbooks, trade books, the Alabama Virtual Library, and other Internet sites for reference. Each team (class) will be assigned ten historical figures from the American Revolution. The identities remain hidden from the other team. Students also have the opportunity to investigate the appropriate dress of each figure and then dress ten students accordingly. Students will make a list of important events and dates in the persons’ lives to use as reference during the game.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Revolutionary War, Research, and Technology
Description: During this social studies lesson, students conduct research on specified topics related to the Revolutionary War. The lesson should be used at the culmination of a unit of study on the American Revolution. Students will use word processing software and the Internet to create summaries of what they have learned during the unit.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The American Spy in Me
Description: This is a fun and innovative lesson that will allow students to travel through history in a most unique fashion. Through Internet research and video conferencing students will get a real blast from the past. Students will hold on to their seats as they travel back in history in order to learn about colonial espionage and spy rings. Students will enjoy reenacting history with themselves as the main characters. This lesson will help foster a better understanding of the American Revolution and the sacrifices made by our great patriots.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Revolutionary War Patriots and Loyalists
Description: Students are assigned a prominent man or woman of the American Revolutionary War. The students will write a two-page report, create a poster person, and then present their research to the class in first person.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Social Studies
Title: Liberty!      Add Bookmark
Description: The web site of the PBS series about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. Newspaper accounts, interactive games, dramatizations, and a chronology of the Revolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Revolutionary Tea Parties and the Reasons for Revolution      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, contains five activities for students exploring the context and significance of the Boston Tea Party of 1774. The activities involve a study of the tea parties staged in other colonial cities, analysis of the colonists key objections to the Tea Act, a close study of several primary sources, and the creation of a cause-and-effect ladder that illustrates the Tea Act's significance in the subsequent Revolutionary War.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Resolution to Raise Troops      Add Bookmark
Description: Resolution to raise troops, Massachusetts, April 23, 1778.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Spy Letters of the American Revolution      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, produced by students from the University of Michigan, focuses on the communications of American and English spies during the Revolutionary War. The site includes a gallery of eleven different spy letters, stories about spies during the Revolution, a timeline showing important dates relating to spying during the war, and a collection of ideas for using the site in the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a comprehensive set of web based resources and activities suitable for students at every grade level. Produced through a collaborative partnership including the National Park Service, the University of Houston, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Chicago Historical Society, t he site features a digital textbook with hypertext links, virtual exhibits featuring letters, artwork and artifacts, an interactive timeline, a collection of e-lectures, inquiry based learning units, and an extensive collection of online resources like maps, charts, and primary sources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: War of Independence      Add Bookmark
Description: Americans went to war to win their independence from Great Britain. Through the use of images and objects from the Museum's collections, students will learn about the involvement of colonial militias during the French and Indian War, the causes of the Revolution, life in the Continental Army, the major battles of the War of Independence, the participants on both sides of the conflict and the legacy of General George Washington. This website is part of the online exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War . A non-flash version of the site is availalbe: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/printable/section.asp?id=1" The War of Independence .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Water: Stories from Maritime America      Add Bookmark
Description: The maritime history of the United States is brought to life in this online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American history. With a focus on boats, ships and the lives of the men and women who lived, worked, traveled and died on them, students will understand the importance of maritime activity throughout the nation's history. Objects from the Museum's collections, audio and video clips, oral histories and narrative accounts provide a unique look into this important aspect of American history. An interactive collections search, learning resources and an extensive list of web links are included to extend the experience further. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: History, Social Studies
Title: Who Came to the Boston Tea Party?      Add Bookmark
Description: Today in Wonderopolis we take a look at one of the important events that led to the American Revolution!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: General George Washington, Military Leader      Add Bookmark
Description: Use artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington's leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. This lesson plan, which includes background information, full color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington, was produced to accompany the exhibition "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War,'' by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Gunston Hall      Add Bookmark
Description: Gunston Hall's website is an excellent resource to help students and teachers research the life of George Mason. The resources included are a virtual tour of Gunston Hall and its surrounding grounds, timelines demonstrating George Mason's role in the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention of 1787, an extensive online artifacts collection search and downloadable primary source documents written by George Mason. A section for educators provides classroom resources for teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Massachusetts, 20 Shillings, 1690      Add Bookmark
Description: Called upon by the British government to help fight the French in Canada in 1689, Massachusetts authorities were hard-put to comply, because official money was unavailable. The Hull/Sanderson mint, which had created Pine Tree Shillings and other coins, had been closed on Crown orders years before, and all coinage was now in extremely short supply. Then someone had an idea: Why not issue paper certificates to pay for the supplies and troops that Massachusetts was expected to contribute?...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Massachusetts, Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)      Add Bookmark
Description: As early as 1650, the colony of Massachusetts Bay was a commercial success. But an inadequate supply of money put its future development in jeopardy. England was not inclined to send gold and silver coins to the colonies, for they were in short supply in the mother country. Taking matters into their own hands, Boston authorities allowed two settlers, John Hull and Robert Sanderson, to set up a mint in the capital in 1652. The two were soon striking silver coinage-shillings, sixpences, and threepences. Nearly all of the new coins bore the same date: 1652. This was the origin of America's most famous colonial coin, the pine tree shilling...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Library      Add Bookmark
Description: Dedicated to educating the public about Franklin's enduring legacy and inspiring renewed appreciation of the values he embodied.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore daily life and its influences in the late 1700s for two families in different colonies: Delaware and Massachusetts. Students use maps to consider the historical and geographical factors in the development of different colonies, research life in two such colonies by investigating artifacts, and write letters to each other from the perspectives of children in the Ipswich, Massachusetts colony and the Mill Creek, Delaware colony.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Reading , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Language Arts - Story Telling , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Language Arts - Writing (composition) , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Wrote the National Anthem?      Add Bookmark
Description: Oh, say, can you sing? Even if you can sing, you might not be able to pull off the U.S. national anthem., It's a beautiful, yet difficult song to sing, and it often brings out patriotic emotions in those who hear it. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn about the inspiration behind the words that stir the hearts of the free and the brave!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: Lydia Post      Add Bookmark
Description: Lydia Minturn Post, a Long Island patriot, expresses her fear that the American Revolution will fail. Ms. Post discusses the disparities between the British and Colonial forces and the true meaning behind the colonists will to fight. This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the General George Washington, Military leader lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Silver Teapot made for Abigail Robinson of Newport, RI      Add Bookmark
Description: Teapots were among the fashionable items that fit many colonists' taste for stylish possessions in 18th-century British North America. Among the prosperous classes, growing numbers adopted the genteel practice of drinking afternoon tea in imitation of the English gentry. Some Americans imported ceramic tea services, while others patronized local silversmiths. Silver was intrinsically expensive, and it allowed engraved decoration and personalized initials, as on this teapot...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Legendary Coins and Currency Timeline      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive timeline will introduce students to a unique and interesting perspective of American history as they navigate chronologically through the objects included in the online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Legendary Coins and Currency'' . The timeline spans the years 1652 through 1974 and includes artifacts from every era of American history. Clicking on the images on the timeline will allow students to rotate and zoom in on objects from the National Numismatic Collection for detailed examination.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: NCHS Social Studies Standards      Add Bookmark
Description: This is a link to national standards of history written by the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of the National Council for History Standards. From this homepage, students and teachers can link to US and World history content standards as well as historical thinking skills standards for grades K-4 and 5-12.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Newport Light Mitre Cap      Add Bookmark
Description: On October 28, 1774, the Rhode Island General Assembly chartered the Newport Light Infantry as a voluntary association of local citizens. These citizens wanted to form a company to obtain better military training than the colonial militia provided. The infantry, 100 strong, demonstrated its patriotic fervor and could be seen around Newport uniformed and armed. With the occupation of Newport by the British in 1776, the company ceased to exist.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums      Add Bookmark
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 1945. The organization represents museums professionals, organizations, institutions and museum service providers. The website is a forum to enhance the image of museums and educate individuals on an array of field specific study and programs. The association chiefly represents those museum interests in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: New England Museum Association      Add Bookmark
Description: The New England Museum Association's goal is to strengthen member museums in the region. NEMA fosters communication and ethical conduct; provides professional development; promotes excellence in museum operations; and encourages support for the museum community.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: Walter Isaacson at the National Archives (Part 2)      Add Bookmark
Description: In this podcast from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, author Walter Isaacson and Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, continue their discussion of Benjamin Franklin and the interplay between technology and democracy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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