Beacon Lesson Plan Library

   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 2: Social Studies


  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 1: Hull of a Ship (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the introductory lesson to the Unit Plan: A Colony Is Born. In this lesson, a bulletin board for the unit will be started, Colonial Notebooks will be presented to each student, and a pre-test on colonization will be administered.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 11: Group Presentations and Summatives (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Group presentations will be for the next three days. Classroom students take notes on the presentations and play a card game for content review. On day four, the short answer summative assessment is given, and notebooks are turned in.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 2: Sez Who? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the second lesson in a unit on colonization. It establishes baseline knowledge of students' understanding of primary and secondary sources and the likenesses and differences of them with regard to a selected historical event.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 3: Marking Time (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson swiftly travels through time from 1492 to 1607. Significant events are marked on a timeline, note taking is modeled, and a focus on reasons for leaving England for the New World is clarified with the use of a graphic organizer.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 4: What Went Wrong? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Lesson 4 focus is on Roanoke and Jamestown. Students examine what worked well, what did not, and significant events of the two colonies. Students emulate modeled note taking, use a T-chart for organizing the information, and make additions to timelines.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 5: Dear Mem (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The primary informational source of journal writing is the focus. Journal entry traits and rubric expectations are established. Identified and charted by students, they'll be used to assess examples and be a guide for students' required journal writing.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 6: To Leave or Not to Leave (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: A pivotal point of the unit. Students, assigned a reason for coming to the New World, will utilize the resources in their notebook to establish an identity. Three regions settled will be identified, and students will associate with a particular region.

  • A Colony is Born - Lesson 7 - 10: What's My Line? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: These four lessons represent the guided resource time that groups need to research their assigned regions, complete the regional guide, and prepare their group presentations.

  • A Look Through Time, Final Project (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the final lesson in a three-part series seeking to answer the question, -How do we know about history?- Students will use previously gathered research to produce tourist pamphlets that highlight historical county events.

  • A Press Conference With Abraham Lincoln (Authored by Francis Sicius.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Abraham Lincoln (teacher) will deliver his First Inaugural Adress and then accept questions from the Press. (Students) This lesson should be used after a study of the Civil War, including the leaders.

  • America Doubled (Authored by Andrea Raley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What could you do with 15 million dollars? The US doubled in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Students learn about Lewis and Clark and experience traveling through the land like them rationing out what items they would need and their importance.

  • America's First Pictures (Authored by Francis Sicius.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will search on-line early photo archives from the Smithsonian located at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem in order to draw conclusions about life in the mid-nineteenth century.

  • American History Research with Visual Timeline (Authored by Carter Hannah.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write a three page research paper choosing their topics from a Washington, D. C. landmark and create a project depicting their topics to go on a time-line.

  • An Overview of the Civil War (Authored by Diane Krapf.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Examine the history of slavery in the U.S. and how it contributed to the Civil War. Students will use available technology to research and present information in response to a series of student-generated questions.

  • Ancient Egypt (Authored by Lois Christensen.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students present a report about ancient Egypt through group work devoted to structured research. Comprehension is assessed through a Jeopardy game format.

  • Are U.S. Presidents Leaders or Figureheads? (Authored by Irving Kohn.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students analyze three presidents. They create a graphic organizer explaining how three influences for each president affected the development of the New Nation.

  • Around the World in 5 Days (Authored by Georgia Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is an introductory lesson on the seven continents. Students learn the continents, draw a map, discuss cultures, use research to learn geography, and investigate cultures. The purpose is to help students understand that we live in a global world.

  • At the Governor's Mansion (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: -At the Governor's Mansion- is a mock visit to -talk with- our state governor and his family while -touring- the lovely mansion facility. Students report interesting facts that they learn about the governor in the class-made book.

  • Aviator Timeline (Authored by Stuart Brannon.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students choose five famous aviators to research and present the information in a timeline format. The students use a variety of sources for their information.

  • Back Up (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 10 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students have fun participating in a review game by identifying significant people who have made contributions in the fields of communication, technology, and science.

  • Be a Responsible Citizen: Vote! (Authored by Lisa Whildin.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Explore American citizens' rights and responsibilities through group research on the Internet and presentation of content to the class.

  • Boston Spies' Report on the Redcoats (Authored by Francis Sicius.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students collect information about British actions in Boston and send it by secret message to leaders in Philadelphia.

  • Bowling Over the Order of Operations (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After learning how to solve equations using the order of operations, students will use their skills to create equations that will -knock down bowling pins-.

  • Branches of Government (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are the different parts of government confusing to you? Students will use graphic organizers to assist them in learning about the three branches of government.

  • Branching Out (Authored by Carolyn Calloway.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students work in pairs to research the structure, function and primary responsibilities of each office of the Executive branch. After researching, students come together in pairs and create a chart displaying their research.

  • Charting the Discovery of the Americas (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Charting the Discovery of the Americas teaches students how to use Microsoft Word to create a chart depicting how trade led to the exploration of different regions of the world.

  • Christmas Shopping (Authored by Deborah Brannon.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will pretend to buy age/gender appropriate Christmas presents using a given budget for a specified number of people.

  • Citizenship (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What is citizenship? Using the preambles from the US Constitution and the Florida State Constitution as references, students determine rights and responsibilities of citizenship. This introductory lesson for the unit, We the People, introduces students to the concept of citizenship that will be the common thread throughout the entire unit.

  • Citizenship for All (Authored by Tashika Hiers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Do you know your rights? This lesson will help students demonstrate their knowledge of the rights, responsibilities, and privileges as United States citizens. Students will show examples by completing a graphic organizer and writing persuasive essays.

  • Cold Sea Waters (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Cold sea waters affected the local and state area during the summer of 1998. Studying a detailed web-site map helps students gain an understanding of sea temperatures.

  • Colonial American Villages (Authored by Patti Corley.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students construct a model of a colonial village. An understanding of why the New England, Middle, or Southern Colonies were settled in regions, will be shown through the students' visual and oral presentations.

  • Colonization Specialization (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson demonstrates how various people in the southern colonies had specialized societal roles. It also provides a simulation of plantation owners' attittudes.

  • Consider This! (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students draft a simulated email to the governor of Florida that includes their recommendation for the -heart of Florida- capital and provides support based upon research and established criteria.

  • Constitutional Amendments Survey (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students conduct a Constitutional Amendments Survey to create an opinion poll forum for the upcoming Florida vote.

  • Create A Park Map (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students design the ultimate park experience for Florida families as they demonstrate their knowledge of map legend skills.

  • Cultural Exposure (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson explains why and how colonist attitudes towards the Native Americans and African Americans changed over time.

  • Current Events - Attack on America (Authored by Amy Osborne.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Explore and discuss the significance of what happened to the world on 9-11-01.

  • Does One Tree a Forest Make? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students take a walk around the schoolyard looking at and identifying the trees. One leaf for each tree is collected. A chart is developed that represents the population of trees on the schoolground.

  • Dream Castles (Authored by Susan Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students construct a medieval castle after studying related vocabulary, listening to a book, and completing a worksheet concerning the parts of a castle.

  • Dreaming to Come to America (Authored by Diane Krapf.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students examine reasons for immigration to America, including economic, political, and religious considerations and conduct research to determine immigration history of students' families and compare reasons other groups have come to America.

  • Earth Matters (Authored by Laura Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will understand and be able to identify the Earth's equator, prime meridian, lines of latitude, lines of longitude, parallels, and meridians.

  • Enforcers of the Law, The Executive Branch (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Have you ever wondered just what a governor does at work? Students learn about the executive branch of government, its structure, function, and basic responsibility, as well as whom their elected officials are for this branch. This lesson focuses on Florida’s executive branch of government.

  • Environmenal Detectives at Work (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Environmental Detectives at Work engages students in an investigation of the influence of one human on our natural world.

  • Explorers of the New World (Authored by Pam Kennon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students researchan explorer and learn how his exploration affected the Western Hemisphere. They demonstrate competency in using Encarta, information software and present a Power Point presentation to classmates with two scanned drawings.

  • Four Corners Mystery: Where In The World Are We? (Authored by Gretchen Witherspoon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use the five fundamental themes of geography to research and describe various locations around the world in order to pose and answer the four corners mystery, -Where in the World Are We?-

  • Get the Point! (Authored by Stephanie Hans.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use a variety of resources to gather information on the Civil War and then create PowerPoint presentations.

  • How To Stay Out of Hot Water (Authored by Beth Brewington.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What would the world be like today if a conflict that caused the Revolutionary War was resolved peacefully? Students will use their conflict resolution skills to role-play problems associated with the Boston Tea Party.

  • Imagine That (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Information dangles from the ceiling! That’s the effect when students gather information using a variety of references and create mobiles of inventions or scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 5 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

  • In Line with Time (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students participate in constructing timelines of significant contributions in the field of communication. Class interaction follows to provide practice in interpreting the order of events.

  • In the Blink of An Eye (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students record data, both in written form and digitized form, on a field trip to Marianna Caverns that is then compiled into an A-to-Z Environmental Book. (NETS for Students 3.1, 3.2, 4.2 and 5.1)

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson 1: I Pledge Allegiance! (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the introductory lesson to the Unit Plan: Independent – To Be or Not To Be? In this lesson, national symbols of freedom and speech strategies are introduced, tokens are distributed, and the unit diagnostic is administered.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 1, Lesson 2: Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is designed to have students seek and find and record visually, and in sequential order, thirteen significant events that led to the Americans fight for independence and thus the start of the American Revolution.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson 3: In the Course of Human Events (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Building and scaffolding on scanning techniques, students locate information from teacher-selected text in search of answers and details to leading question(s) for each of thirteen events.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 2, Lesson E: In My Opinion . . . (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Building on retelling of significant events from QAD information, students record personal reflections and opinions using the Mountains to Climb self-reflection sheet.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 3, Lesson F: Coming to Terms (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will develop a better understanding of significant events and reasons leading up to the Revolutionary War through the exploration of content vocabulary.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 6, Lesson 4: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students play a version of the game [Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?] as a review for knowledge and understanding of significant events, reasons leading to the American Revolution, and the difference between fact and opinion.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 7, Lesson 5: A Novel Idea (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students read a historical novel through a chapter-by-chapter reading, recording and re-telling presentation by small groups of students. Students have practice creating and utilizing a visual aid and the Oral Presentation Rubric.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 8, Lesson 6: Weave a Web of Words (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will apply writing strategies to web their ideas and write a first draft for their summative oral presentations in which they will address the guiding question, Independent – To Be Or Not To Be?

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson 7: Press Conference (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Working in small groups, students practice their oral presentations using their written drafts. Peer members use the Oral Presentation Rubric for assessing and giving positive and corrective feedback on the practice performance.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson 8: Assessing the Casualties (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Guided reading strategies are used to understand misreads on scored content assessments and how they affect the outcome of an assessment. Students apply this information to revise presentations and develop test-taking skills.

  • Independent - Top Be or Not To Be - Day 9, Lesson G: Say It Again, Uncle Sam (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students revise their oral presentation content drafts, presentation skills, and visual aids using Press Conference feedback and Content Assessment feedback.

  • Inside Information (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students use a variety of references and write to inform as they explore significant inventors and inventions and the impact of the inventions in the field of communication.

  • Is It Legal? - The Judicial System (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Our governor suggests laws, and our congress passes the laws, but who makes sure the new laws are legal? Students learn about the judicial branch of government, its structure, function, and basic responsibility, as well as whom their elected officials are for this branch. This lesson focuses on Florida’s judicial branch of government.

  • It Has to Balance (Authored by Laura Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use a price list and balance sheet to plan for a day of fun at the beach. They learn about expenses, income, outgo, and balancing of resources.

  • Kings, Knights, and Countrymen (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Have you ever wanted to travel back to the time of kings and knights? This lesson plan provides students with a look back in time into the feudal form of government. Aspects of family life from the different classes are presented. Life styles of nobles and commoners are compared and contrasted.

  • Latitude and Longitude: Geography and Geometry! (Authored by Anne Roundtree.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson integrates areas of geometry and geography. The students will learn to pinpoint locations on maps and charts using latitude and longitude coordinates.

  • Looking Through Time (Authored by Kaye Maddox.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: A Look Through Time gives students an opportunity to create their own books using the Bookbuilder or PowerPoint program in order to share some of our local history.

  • Makers of the Law, The Legislative Branch (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Who makes the law? Students learn about the legislative branch of government, its structure, function, and basic responsibility, as well as whom their legislative representatives are. This lesson focuses on state and county legislatures.

  • Map Scaling (Authored by Katherine Sparks.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn to use a map scale and determine distances between cities within the state of Florida.

  • Mapping Possible Solutions (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Where is the heart of Florida now that we have entered the 21st century? Students propose possible sites for the heart of Florida state capital by mapping collected data onto a Florida state map and recording data in a Travel Log.

  • Memo from the Governor (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students receive a mock memo from the governor, setting the stage for inquiry into the history of Florida's capital and for proposing sites for a "heart of Florida" capital. This engagement activity introduces students to a Problem-Based Learning unit.

  • Mind over Matter (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Mind Over Matter is for Day 2 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students use their minds to create new devices out of everyday objects (matter). An introduction to unit vocabulary words and their meanings follows.

  • Navigating Through Capital History (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students research the history of Tallahassee using a Website and other materials to determine why the capital is where it is today. Students organize the information on a timeline and investigate the question, Where's the heart of Florida?

  • Our Country, Our Community, Our Jobs (Authored by Thomas Valesky PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will analyze jobs that are of interest to them. They will create graphic organizers explaining how jobs affect the world in which they live with at least five supporting details.

  • Our Government Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students go on a paper scavenger hunt to learn about the United States Constitution and government.

  • Passages of Man and Word (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson uses timelines and a variety of sources to provide understanding of selected developments in transportation and written communication prior to the Renaissance and how these changes affected the lives of people.

  • Pinpointing Particular Places (Authored by Laura Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students locate places on the globe using lines of latitude and longitude and give the names of the locations, using latitude and longitude measurements.

  • Power to the People (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Reviewing the branches of government can be a boring, tedious procedure, but students will be happy to show what they know while participating in this game type review.

  • Read My Lips (Authored by Deniece Weaver.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Get your students prepared to learn more about Florida's government by teaching them the three branches of government. Students write and present a campaign speech explaining the reasons why they would be the best candidate for governor.

  • Referendum Results: Our New Year Expectations (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: -Referendum Results: Our New Year Expectations- gives the class a meaningful voice in planning their semester activities as they survey and graph their choices.

  • Rise and Review (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 7 and 8 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students work in small groups to brainstorm responses to teacher posed questions as a means of review and present their Interview Projects.

  • Rock the Vote (Authored by Kristi Fisher.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Would you like to create your own laws? Students get the opportunity to participate in the process of making laws. After reenacting this process, they explain the function and duties of the House and the Senate within the Florida government.

  • Roller Coaster Mania (Authored by Alice Joseph.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a fun way for students to extend their knowledge of developing maps. Students work in cooperative groups to develop an amusement park display and a brochure.

  • San Luis Trip (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: San Luis Trip gives students an authentic field trip view of an archeological site replicating the influences of the Apalachee Indians and Spanish missionaries.

  • Settling America in 1640 (Authored by Shelia Scofield.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity gives students information about an American settlement in 1640. It will also ask them to take what they have learned and use it to write a story that takes place in that time period.

  • Tallahassee or Bust (Authored by Shelley Mann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Fourth or fifth grade students create a Power Point presentation to record their trip to Tallahassee.

  • Technology in the Early 1800s (Authored by Francis Sicius.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students view and analyze photos that depict early nineteenth century work technology from the on-line Smithsonian photo collection.

  • The Eraser Game (Authored by Katherine Sparks.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a good first day of school icebreaker to begin the new year. At the conclusion of this activity, the students understand the necessity of rules and the consequences of not having rules.

  • The House of Burgesses (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students will role-play a session of the House of Burgesses from colonial times to demonstrate how laws affect different people in different ways.

  • The Ice Cream Shop (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The Ice Cream Shop gives students an opportunity to design products, calculate appropriate selling prices, and calculate the costs, income, and profits generated from an ice cream business.

  • The S.S.Tarpon (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students investigate the S.S.Tarpon, a local shipwreck that is currently preserved as a historic landmark, and persuade others to preserve it.

  • Through the Years (Language Arts) (Authored by Kaye Maddox.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: "Through the Years" gives the student an opportunity to write his or her own autobiography using a multimedia format on the computer.

  • Through the Years (Social Studies) (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: -Through the Years- gives the students an opportunity to write their own autobiographies. It is the first lesson in a three-part series seeking to answer the question, -How do we know about history?-

  • Timeline Shuffle (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: It’s a lineup! Students become actively involved in creating a timeline of significant technology achievements and scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 6 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

  • Times Are Changing (Authored by Kaye Maddox.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Times Are Changing is the final lesson plan in the unit, In Days of Old, Before Columbus. Students explore the need for trade, cultural and intellectual achievements, and scientific and technological advancements emphasizing how these achievements affect modern day.

  • Top Secret Sensitive Information (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students play the role of detectives and develop criteria to evaluate sites for the heart of Florida capital. To do this, they use teacher made TOP SECRET folders with information that represents diverse cultural perspectives and state maps.

  • Touring Bay County (Authored by Kaye Maddox.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Touring Bay County helps students become comfortable using the Bay County History CD Rom for research by sending them on a scavenger hunt through the CD.

  • Touring My County (Authored by Kristy Rousseau.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will research historical county events in order to discover how individuals, ideas, decisions, and events have influenced history over the past century.

  • Travel Back in Time (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? This introductory lesson for the unit In Days of Old, Before Columbus, emphasizes use of a timeline with students developing their own timelines. Students view a Student Web Lesson, Travel to Days of Old, which gives an overview of the Middle Ages.

  • What Is the Attraction of the 1950s? (Authored by Irving Kohn.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The student selects ten important events that occurred during the 1950s and creates a timeline using HyperStudio or PowerPoint. The HyperStudio or PowerPoint presentation will be sequential and explain why each event was selected.

  • What Should I Wear Today? Pilgrims Didn't Ask (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students compare everyday dress of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, to the dress of modern Americans today. They discover that clothing denoted more information about a person of that time period than it does today.

  • What's the Problem? (Authored by Julie Thompson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students redefine the problem of Where's the Heart of Florida? and begin to formulate possible solutions using graphic organizers.

  • Where in the World Are We? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students will read a postcard and find the location on a map. They will use the picture and the text on the postcard to write about and tell about an imaginary vacation. They will compute mileage and compare it to Tripmaker data.

  • Where In the World Are You? (Authored by Dolores Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use maps and globes to locate, identify, compare and contrast selected physical features of maps. This lesson is an introductory lesson that covers bodies of water, major islands, mountains and continents.

  • Who Am I? My Coat of Arms (Authored by Irving Kohn.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students develop two Hyper Studio cards. One card depicts their coat of arms and the other card explains in a paragraph three reasons why they selected the pictures and/or symbols for their coat of arms.

  • Who Is Who? What Do They Do? (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Who's Who? What Do They Do? Is a collection of student created rhymes that identify the names of representatives and executives in our government at the state level.

  • Who Pays the Bill? (Authored by Laura Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students participate in a stock simulation in order to understand the concept of stock, dividend, stockholder, and capital.

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