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  • 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 Day for Our Presidents (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: No school on Monday! It is a national holiday. Do students understand the meaning and history of our national holidays? Students are invited to listen to, view, and discuss Presidents' Day, the national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.

  • A Fair Peace? (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be given information on the Versailles Treaty at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. They will be asked to evaluate whether it was fair or not and asked to examine the treaty from the Germans' and Allies' points of view.

  • A Geographic Study of Florida’s Diverse Community (Authored by Kathy Corder.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use an outline map of Florida and the Internet to identify major population centers and their demographic features.

  • A Geopoem about Alaska (Authored by Joyce Honeychurch.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students gather information on the physical and human characteristics of Alaska (geographic theme PLACE).They organize this information on a concept map to be transformed into a geopoem about Alaska.

  • 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 Parable on Populism (Authored by Clark Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is designed to show the symbolism between Populism of the 1890's and the story of [The Wizard of Oz].

  • A Penny for Abe (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do you know about Abraham Lincoln? Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tribute to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a penny.

  • 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.

  • A Trip to the Toy Store (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson in the unit, Common Cents. This is a fun, entertaining lesson where students are given the opportunity to practice skills they have learned during the week about money and spend money saved on a toy of their choice.

  • A Whole New World (Authored by Susan Klement.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students learn about significant people, events, vocabulary and ideas regarding the hardships settlers faced including how and why some new American colonies became successful.

  • A World of Cooperation and Exchange (Authored by Renee Flowers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Description Using a student-made advertisement, students play an exchange game to reinforce the understanding that people in different places around the world depend on each other for the exchange of goods and services.

  • A-maizing Facts (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational text to locate the Northeast Woodlands region and understanding how the climate, location, and physical surroundings of the region affected the way of life.

  • Abraham Lincoln (Authored by Ann Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to [Young Abraham Lincoln, Log-Cabin President] to learn the facts and accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln. The students will work cooperatively to decide whether the index card that contains the pre-written fact or accomplishment is correct or incorrect. The index cards were created in a Word Document file.

  • Africa's Geographic Features (Authored by Jillian Eriksson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students will learn of Africa's geographic diversity after answering the questions and locating its geographic features. The students will have a visual picture of these features by viewing them on the Internet.

  • Alaska the Elephant (Authored by Joyce Honeychurch.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The global location of Alaska is established when the shape of a map of Alaska is identified as a silhouette of an elephant that moves to reach for contiguous (or nearby) geographic neighbors--and, indeed, to overlay a part of Canada.

  • Alliance Systems (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process information on the alliance systems that developed during the early phases of the Cold War. They will be asked to evaluate the value of each alliance and to complete a set of short-answer questions.

  • Altogether Now, The Five Senses (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Popping popcorn is a fun way to summarize the end of the five senses unit. It is easy to involve all the senses.

  • Amazing Americans (Authored by Larissa Hardesty.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who were the most Amazing Americans during the first 100 years of U.S. History? Discover the answer to that question in this research-based lesson. The students research an American with a partner(s) and present the information to the class.

  • 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 American Spy with Money To Spend (Authored by Joyce Honeychurch.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Teachers can teach across the curriculum as students use imagination, math, reading, computer, geography, and social studies skills in this unique, innovative, and fun lesson where students pretend to be international spies!

  • 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.

  • Are We There Yet? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the review lesson for the unit, Going to Grandma’s. Using the Formative Assessment Checklist and all completed summative assessments, the teacher reinforces skills and concepts using the activities from this lesson.

  • Are You a Good Sumerian? (Authored by Eric Miles.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: After students have studied life in Mesopotamia, students construct a Sumerian brick. The brick is supposed to represent material used to build a home in Sumer.

  • Are You a Liberal or a Conservative? (Authored by Jenny Collier.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use a web-based quiz to determine their own placement on the political spectrum, and then work cooperatively to define the liberal and conservative viewpoints.

  • 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.

  • Atomic War: Just the Facts (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Only the FACTS will be covered in this lesson.

  • Attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Authored by Rae Harrelson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students hear a story about the atomic bombing of Japan and write an editorial about the event from the perspective of either a Japanese or an American.

  • 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.

  • Basic Features of a Civilization (Authored by Jamie Berry.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work in groups answering questions about what they would need for their civilizations to survive on a deserted island. They then have to relate their findings to the basic features of a civilization in essay form.

  • Be a “Source”erer’s Apprentice (Authored by Jan Curtis.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students sharpen research skills by studying primary and secondary sources. When students know what kind of sources are available, they can find exciting stories, facts, and photographs which can make history come alive.

  • 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.

  • Be An Expert (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 5-7 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read informational texts to become “experts” on a Native American culture group. They will record notes and make a project to inform the class about their culture group.

  • Big Business Monkey Business (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work in cooperative groups to provide presentations on business organization and “Big Business” during the second part of the Industrial Revolution (1860-1910) in the United States.

  • Bird's Eye View (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become familiar with different types of maps by exploring books. Students create their own representation of a map.

  • Bodaciously Beautiful Butterflies Take Flight (Authored by Heather Watson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for K-1 students. The students complete a study on butterflies using real caterpillars. Each student keeps a personal daily journal of observations and completes a timeline for their caterpillar/butterfly.

  • 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.

  • Broadcasting World War II (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create and perform radio broadcasts relating to events and situations that affected American society in World War II. They test their listening skills during these broadcasts. They practice by responding to tasks like those found on the FCAT.

  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Authored by Martha Simmons.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is an introductory lesson on the Great Depression. Students discuss the Great Depression and the impact that it had on American Society and teens during that era.

  • Buying Power (Authored by Kecia Hills.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: As students become informed consumers with a basic understanding of financial and non-financial factors that influence spending, they will make decisions that reflect adequate allocation of funds for their wants and needs.

  • Calling All Cartographers (Authored by Jane Cunningham.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a map lesson. The class participates in a discussion and completes the class K-W-L chart. This allows for review of terminology, symbols, types of maps, etc. Students assist in instruction by drawing symbols they remember on the board. The students begin the culminating activity in class which is to draw a map which will contain their home and a 3-street radius (or its equivalent) of where they live. Next they gather in groups to make oral observations regarding the maps which they have viewed.

  • Can We Live Without Government? (Authored by Clifford Snipe.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson helps students understand the role that government plays in the lives of its citizens and how the government protects individual rights.

  • Cave Paintings, Leaving a Message for the Future (Authored by Jamie Berry.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create cave paintings to leave behind a message for the future civilizations about how they live today.

  • Cave Paintings, Studying the Past (Authored by Patricia Barry Holbert.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students study prehistoric cave paintings from Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain. The students form their own -clans- and draw cave paintings about their culture.

  • Celebrate You (Authored by Beverly Stanley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity reinforces the uniqueness of each student on his/her birthday. The students learn through a pictorial graphing activity about the months of the year. Students write about their special birthday traditions.

  • Cemetery of Famous Americans (Authored by Kathy Corder.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students conduct research on a famous American and create a tombstone for a class bulletin board.

  • Character Traits and People in Black History (Authored by Cynthia Lott.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students read a one-page biographical essay and write in paragraph form how an African American has demonstrated a certain character trait.

  • 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 Around the World (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Every country has its own customs for the celebration of Christmas. This is a look at the customs used in Czecholslovakia and Mexico. Students may have customs from other countries to share.

  • 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.

  • Civil War Battle Map (Authored by James Humphrey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to report geographic information. The student illustrates a blank map to identify 5 Civil War battles.

  • Class Quilt (Authored by Joy Whithaus.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity will promote acceptance of diversity within the classroom through the creation of a class quilt. Students will evaluate the final product to find commonalities with other students.

  • 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.

  • Community Helpers Wheel (Authored by Beth McArthur.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using a hand-made spinner, students play a game to reinforce the understanding that some community helpers are producers of goods and some provide a service.

  • 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.

  • Continuation of the Revolution (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is Lesson 2 in the Industrial Times unit. Students research information on inventions that occurred during the second part of the Industrial Revolution. They write and publish articles on a selected invention.

  • Create A Map! (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are independently and actively involved in creating their own school campus maps and they also review two- and three- dimensional shapes.

  • 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.

  • Creating Tessellations (Authored by Diane Bates.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Explore the history of tessellations; then use art and geometry to create an original tessellation.

  • Cruising Cars (Authored by Stephanie Martinez.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Middle school students love cars. They will have the opportunity to analyze, compare and contrast tables/charts, based on given car data. While working in groups students will generate a list of desired car features and create their own table/charts.

  • Cruising the Caribbean (Authored by Kevyn Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create 4 postcards by illustrating an island in the Caribbean that they will visit. Each postcard will focus on a different feature (historic landmark, mountains, people). The postcards incorporate photos/pictures with concepts and vocabulary.

  • Cultural Effects of The Great Wall of China for the Chinese (Authored by Kathy Easom.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Upon viewing a power point presentation or a video on China, and reading the lesson in the textbook, the students will show their understanding of how the Great Wall influenced Chinese culture by writing a 3 paragraph essay. Each paragraph will relate to the following aspects: trading, traveling and interaction with other countries and will show how these aspects of the Chinese culture were influenced by the Great Wall. Correct information is essential and if they fail to recall enough for their writing, they may work in groups and refer to the textbook and notes from discussion. A rubric will be discussed prior to instruction, so the student will know how to construct their writing and what they should include.

  • 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.

  • Debating Women's Rights (Authored by Melissa Aldridge.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students debate the issue of -Women's Rights- and compare women of the past to the women of the present.

  • Decipher This! (Authored by Eric Miles.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is to be used when studying Ancient Egypt and the Rosetta Stone. The purpose of this lesson is to show students the difficulty of deciphering and determining the importance of a message written in hieroglyphics.

  • Defining Citizenship in Recent Events (Authored by Chris Black.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Have your students questioned how non-citizens could commit recent acts? Do they know what a legal alien is? This lesson will help define a citizen of the United States and a non-citizen alien of the United States.

  • Defining Our Community (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students begin the process of developing a service-learning project by defining their own community and the problems within it.

  • Determining the President of 1860 (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The learner will determine who won the U.S. Presidential election of 1860. Students will find the information online, create a database, manipulate a spreadsheet and present findings.

  • Did We Know? (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students process a variety of information on the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Then they are asked to form an opinion and support it in an essay.

  • Different Tribes, Different Times (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson plan is for Day 10 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will be actively involved in center activities utilizing informational texts to focus more in depth on Native American culture groups from different regions and times.

  • 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.

  • Eco the Gecko and the Story of Economics (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Eco the Gecko, a puppet, leads students on a journey to discover basic concepts of economics.

  • Economics on a SeeSaw (Authored by Al Lewis.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Comparing a playground seesaw to the economy, students define a basic vocabulary of economic terms and place types of goods and wages on a sketch of a playground seesaw.

  • 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.

  • Every Vote Counts (Authored by Brenda Heath.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is a multi-phase activity designed to increase student awareness and participation in the voting process.

  • Expensive Choices (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students work in pairs to discover how to prioritize expenses in a budget.

  • Expert Review (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 13 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will review both social studies and language arts unit concepts.

  • Explore Three-Dimensional Shapes (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are “Shapes” for the day, They are assigned to a shape group and will be exploring three-dimensional shapes. They are continuing to review map skills and two-dimensional shapes while being involved in fun and enriching activities.

  • 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.

  • Exploring Ancient Greece (Authored by Rachel Farris.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use play dough to create a relief map of Greece and through personal investigation and class discussion, draw conclusions about the impact of the geography of Greece on daily life and culture in Ancient Greece.

  • Fair is Fair (Authored by Teri Grunden.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies, Theater (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn more about the concept of -fairness- by being involved in two unfair activities, role-playing three scenarios, and filling in a web about fairness.

  • Farming the Southern Colonies (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The student discovers the basis for farming choices in the early colonies using group research and discussion.

  • Federalism and the Prevention of Abuse of Power in the US Federal Government (Authored by Jim Vierthaler.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This multiple day lesson plan is designed to show the ideas, values, and principles of the United States Constitution and other other writings that helped to shape the government of the United States. Students demonstrate understanding of the federal government of the United States (Federalism, Democracy vs. Republic, Rights vs. Freedoms) through regular formative assessments and a summative assessment. Students will also identify examples of abuse of power and identify attempts by the US federal government to prevent abuse of power. Only the first part of SS.C.1.4.1 is addressed, in that unlimited governments (e.g., totalitarian regimes) are not discussed. Also addressed are the following Marion County objectives: Compares And Contrasts, Describes Characteristics Of Democracy, Recognizes Contents Of Basic Documents, Describes Elements Of Branches. Although this can be used in any high school-level American government class, it is intended for use in honors or advanced placement classes.

  • Foundations of American Government (Authored by Clark Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is designed to show the Principles and Origins of American Government.

  • 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?-

  • Franklin Roosevelt and the Dime (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How many terms can a president serve? Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms. Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a dime.

  • From Peanuts to Peanut Butter (Authored by Erika Hall.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a creative way to introduce young learners to the accomplishments of scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. The students get to experience a variety of products created from peanuts.

  • From Pirates to Pilots to Spies (Authored by Mark Peugh.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students enjoy this introduction to the world of map projections, globes, aerial photographs, and satellite images. This lesson instructs the students on the advantages and disadvantages of each earthly representation.

  • From the Farm to the Factory (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students practice listening, reading, and writing while focusing on the early part of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Empathy for the people of this period is shown through a series of letters that relate circumstances from the period.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 1: Math in Motion (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Swirling, rotating, changing, sliding. . . stimulate interest with shapes in motion to prepare students for entry into the world of geometric design. Analysis and synthesis questions are served as the appetizer before the diagnostic assessment is given.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 6: Quilt Story (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through literature, discussion, and response to critical thinking questions, students recognize the use of geometric components in quilts, and that quilts are an artistic form that reflect the cultural heritage of the people who design them.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 10: Wanna Trade? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through critical thinking questions, students develop an understanding of the way trade helps meet the basic needs of people, ways people can conserve and replenish their resources, and that quilts are an art form that reflect our cultural heritage.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 11: A Stitch in Time (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through reading personal size booklets, class discussion, and viewing of historical quilts, students are enlightened to the culturally artistic value of quilts, the importance of trade in meeting basic needs, and the conservation of natural resources.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 12: Jammin (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Utilizing learning aides, students are guided through a fast-paced review of vocabulary, language arts, geometry, and social studies concepts. Participation in choral reading, performance, and sharing of ideas are the means of concept clarification.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 15: The Quiltmaker's Gift (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using observation skills, students develop an eye for symmetry through literature. Class discussion is the arena whereby students hone in on the correct use of content language to enhance understanding and conceptualization of targeted concepts.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 16: The ABC of Symmetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Steps for an art project are used for guided reading. The activity develops a deeper understanding of how to read informational text, symmetry as it pertains to all elements of design, and art as part of history that reflects aspects of daily life.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 17: Granny's Attic (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Take a computer trip through Granny’s attic to see what old quilts can be found. Examine original quilt designs as displayed on large screen monitor. Then use children’s literature and class discussion to develop the social studies connection.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 22: Authentic Design (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Handmade quilts presented by the local Quilters Guild give students the opportunity to view, first-hand, a menagerie of quilt types, patterns, and themed designs. Students experience the actual size and complexity of handmade quilts and their designs.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 23: Colors To Dye For (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Experiencing samples and reading about colors in fabric deepen understandings that works of art reflect cultural heritage, that trade helps families meet their basic needs, and that people can use and conserve their natural resources.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 28: The Mo-tea-if (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Preparing a fabric swatch for appliquéing begins with reading informational text and directions for tea dying cloth. The task comes full circle as students are given a piece of fabric, and use tea leaves to dye it to the shade of their choosing.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 30: Manipulative Mania (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Explore and experiment with creating designs with specific components is one individual activity that students engage in. As students transfer designs and use a checklist to check for inclusiveness, each is summatively assessed on selected standards.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 31: Ge-0h Boy, Oh Boy (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through literature, students see an authentic use for stitching that goes beyond the coverlet and quilting as a feminine pastime. The concepts of quilting come full circle and students learn that it is useful for boys, as well as girls.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 32: Applique-tion of Learning (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Appreciation for quilts as an art form, trade item, and as a way to conserve resources is developed by students reading and applying how-to text to actually hand appliqué a motif design to background fabric using three different styles of stitches.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 34: Flying Geese (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The Flying Geese quilt pattern is used as a graphic organizer for classifying learned concepts. Using student-generated ideas, the teacher models use of the design for organizing knowledge and writing recorded ideas into paragraphs for a report.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 36: DeSign Sampler (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using pictures of quilts, student groups follow presented criteria and utilize the role of each student to write quilt reports. This exercise affords students another opportunity to prepare for the summative assessment given the following day.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 37: Summarizing for the Summative (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Purposeful listening and discretionary ears are a must as peers listen to group reports and offer positive and corrective feedback with regards to content criteria. This summarizing activity prepares students for the summative assessment of like design.

  • Geo-Town (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use a checklist to construct a Geo-Town map including a compass rose, a map key, and a paragraph about a walk around Geo-Town, using appropriate geometric and directional vocabulary to identify the two-dimensional figures encountered on the walk.

  • 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.

  • Girl Power (Authored by Melissa Aldridge.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: During a unit on the Renaissance, the class uses notes obtained through previous research to create a mobile that illustrates the contributions of a Renaissance woman and explains how these accomplishments influenced her society.

  • Give Me Five, Cents That Is (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Give Me Five is the third lesson in the unit, Common Cents. It is an interesting lesson on nickels. Students learn money concepts through entertaining games, teacher instruction, hands-on activities, role play and partner work.

  • Go Far in a Car (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Traveling in a car can take you near or far. Through this literature-based lesson, students learn about rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Grandparents' Day Celebration (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Before Grandparents' Day Celebration, students make a family tree that dates back to their grandparents. They identify names, places, and particular customs and traditions of their family as well.

  • Great Britain vs. Europe (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the reasons for the development of the Industrial Revolution as well as its effects on the population of Europe.

  • Great Britain’s Greatest Queen (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the reign of Queen Victoria.

  • Growing Pains of the Yearling (Authored by Mary Borges.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Language arts and/or social studies students will study the characters, themes, motivations, and background of pioneer Florida life through video lessons on the novel [The Yearling] by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

  • Growth of a Revolution - The Industrial Revolution (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is lesson one in the unit, Industrial Tool Time. Students follow a newspaper theme and create headlines for important events of the Agriculture Revolution and illustrations for the newspaper showing how the new inventions led to other inventions.

  • Happy Birthday Class (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Birthdays are important events in children’s lives. This lesson integrates graphing and the use of calendars with their special days.

  • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn why we celebrate Martin Luther King Day by making a Friendship Circle and a Peace Tree for a multicultural bulletin board and by illustrating a timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's life.

  • Hatshepsut's Temples and Obelisks (Authored by Melissa Aldridge.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson focuses on one of the great achievements of the first woman ruler known to history. Students create Hatshepsut's Temples and Obelisks using a variety of materials.

  • Having a Great Time - Wish You Were Here (Authored by Nancy McGalliard.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is an overview of colonial life in America focusing on the social, political, religious, and economic developments of the New England, Middle colonies, and Southern colonies.

  • Help! I Am Lost at Fox Chapel (Authored by Kathleen Buchnowski.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create a map to locate places on campus and share the map with another student. The other students use the map to locate certain places and validate for accuracy via a checklist. The parents use the completed map at open house.

  • Hey, I Don't Have Enough Stuff! (Authored by Nina Treadway.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students discover through this simulated activity that resources are unequally distributed throughout the world and that regions use resources differently.

  • Hinduism vs. Buddhism (Authored by Jamie Berry.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create Venn diagrams showing the differences and similarities between the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

  • Historical Timelines (Authored by Deborah Brannon.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn how to read timelines and make timelines of their own lives by putting special dates of their choice in chronological order.

  • History in my Town (Authored by Bill Chapman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use multimedia and technology to research and present a historical event or period in their hometown.

  • History through Poetry (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to analyze the poem -The Charge of the Light Brigade.- Students discuss its meaning and significance to the Crimean War. Students will also understand how war is perceived from a non-military point of view.

  • Hitler vs. Mussolini (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the rise of two of the 20th Century's most notorious dictators. They will be asked to compare and contrast these two despots and complete a chart on the two dictators.

  • Holding Leaders Responsible (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the Nuremberg Trials, including the charges brought against the defendants. They will then answer short-answer questions on the topics discussed in class.

  • Holocaust Memorial Service (Authored by Jamie Berry.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students pay tribute to holocaust victims through an art form, showing the students' empathy and victims' suffering.

  • Honest Abe's Economy of Words (Authored by Deloris Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students write expository essays using the FCAT writing prompt format and the FCAT scoring method and rubric after reading ACROSS FIVE APRILS and a study of the Gettysburg Address

  • Household Products - Past to Future (Authored by Judy Marburger.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will research and explore the development of household inventions.

  • How Can We Organize Study of a Given Place? (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The Five Themes of Geography is an organized way to study any area of the world. It is the adopted method of the National Geographic Society. This is a beginning of the year cooperative group activity where students embark in discovery of basic facts about an assigned continent and are asked to organize their information into categories. The Five Themes model is taught and students reshuffle their information appropriately and make a display and class presentation of their findings.

  • How Do You Get to School? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do your students get to school? Through this literature-based lesson, students learn that different things move at different speeds as they explore basic modes of transportation.

  • How Do You Know Where You Are? (Authored by Catherine Dixon.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity introduces students to geographic thinking, setting the stage for the creation of a map showing distance, direction, location and symbols from their residences to school.

  • How Does It Move? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do objects move? Through this literature-based lesson, students review using illustrations and phonetic principles to understand words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore how forms of transportation move.

  • How to Get Rich Slowly (Authored by Brenda Rider.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students learn how to budget in order to live in today's world. Allocating their resources is of prime importance in the monthly budget.

  • 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.

  • Human Impact on the Everglades Environment (Authored by Cheryl Darbyshire.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research changes the Army Corps made in Everglades, focus on the human impact on the environment, design graphic organizers, summary statements, develop a Florida map of the Everglades region and give a presentation about what they learned.

  • Human Rights (Authored by Melissa Aldridge.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: During a study of Eleanor Roosevelt, the class examines -The United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights- in order to gain an understanding of the document and to create a list of rights for the classroom.

  • I Want You! (Authored by Lainie Ferrell.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity is designed to have students show that they understand how political conditions and significant events that led to United States involvement in World War I influenced works of art by applying their ideas to create a war poster.

  • I'll Just Charge It (Authored by Beth Santini.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students explore the advantages and disadvantages of credit card use before they fall into the credit trap!

  • 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)

  • Income and Outcomes (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use peer support to reflect on their spending and how it reflects their income and their values.

  • 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.

  • Indian Picture Symbol Vests (Authored by Janet Turner.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What were some of the picture symbols that Indians used? Students use Indian picture symbols to decorate a vest.

  • Indians of the Plains (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 11 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Plains region and how they affected the lives of the Plains Indians. Students work in centers to create related projects.

  • 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.

  • Interpreting Political Cartoons (Authored by Clark Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity is designed to have students locate political situations in cartoons(newspapers, etc. ) They should choose cartoons and write a short essay (3 ) paragraphs about the cartoon, and then present orally to the class.

  • Introducing World War II (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students practice listening skills while getting an overview of the events of WWII. Emphasis is placed on events mentioned in the novel, [Jacob Have I Loved]. Writing an FCAT style short response on one of the focal events assesses writing skills.

  • Inventing a New Life (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students research information on selected inventions of the latter part of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. They then write persuasive essays on which invention they consider to be the most important. Using their essays as reference, students attempt to sway a talk-show audience toward their choices for the most important invention.

  • Invitation to Religion (Authored by Lisa Deaton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students are introduced to the world’s five major religions including: traits, characteristics, similarities and differences . Following discussion students create an invitation to a holiday from one of the religions they have studied.

  • 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.

  • Islam or Christianity? (Authored by Eric Miles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: After studying the Byzantine Empire, students make a mosaic representing Constantinople under Christian or Muslim rule.

  • 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.

  • It's Time to Put Our Money Where Our Mouths Are (Authored by Jay Lowe.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: If we believe in the ideal that “All men are created equal”, why is our currency used to honor only old, white men? The students select a person they think should be honored on our currency and write a letter outlining the reasons for their choice.

  • Jamestown on the Internet (Authored by Christine Sermons.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the conflicts and problems associated with the founding of colonies and the clash of technologically and culturally different civilizations which occurred in this colonization process.

  • Jefferson on a Nickel (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who wrote our Declaration of Independence? Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, was the main writer. Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a nickel.

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you wondered how many workers are needed to move people and cargo? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Just the Facts, Jack (Authored by B Adams et al.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students are presented with musical selections that set the tone for investigating the mystery behind fact and opinion.

  • 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.

  • Labor Pains (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is an inquiry lesson where students read an account of the Chicago Haymarket Riot of 1886 and identify questions that need to be addressed to understand the historical circumstances surrounding the event. Student groups then research individual questions and present answers to the whole class, thus explaining the labor situation during this time.

  • 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.

  • Law of the Land (Authored by Tara Dykes.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the differences and similarities between the rules and responsibilities at home and at school. They effectively communicate ideas discussed in class, orally and in writing to display on a poster of class rules/responsibilities.

  • Learn The Shapes! (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are introduced to two-dimensional shapes and explore their similarities and differences. They go on a “Shape Search” and create illustrations of shapes to share with their peers!

  • Lender or Borrower Be? (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students compare the costs and benefits of interest involved with borrowing and depositing at banks.

  • Let's Celebrate! (Authored by Ann Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to [Over and Over] to be introduced to holidays/celebrations that occur during the year. Students work cooperatively as a whole class to make a calendar of holidays using cards. On the following day, children add their birthdays to the calendar. As a final activity they create their own mini-calendars and illustrate three to five holidays on them.

  • Let's Get Cooking (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Get ready for your students to learn more about their classmates' cultures. Your students will share their cultures through food tastings and presentations.

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Limited Government (Authored by Alan Peacock.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students demonstrate knowledge of the differences between limited and unlimited governments, by writing a letter from the point of view of Thomas Jefferson to King George III explaining why a constitutional democracy is better than despotic royal tyranny.

  • Looking Back at Pre-Civil War Slavery (Authored by Marcellus Alexander.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students understand the nature of slavery, the impact of slavery on African-Americans, and how slavery intensified the conflict between the North and South that eventually led to a major cause of the Civil War.

  • 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.

  • Making Stained Glass Windows (Authored by Patricia Barry Holbert.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: After studying cathedrals and stained glass windows from the Middle Ages, students create a stained glass window using slides, textbook, or pictures from the Internet.

  • 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 My Way Around (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use maps to determine where places are around school and how to get there.

  • 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.

  • Market Day Adventure (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become immersed in the economic process by participating in this Market Day project. Students produce goods, market goods, and earn “money” to buy goods. They are engaged as both producer and consumer while exploring basic economic concepts.

  • Mathematical Contributions by Women (Authored by Diane Bates.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students explore the contributions of women to mathematics by writing a research paper, presenting a summary to their peers, and sharing an activity with their peers.

  • Mathematicians Through Time (Authored by Kim Douberley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson offers students the opportunity to conduct research on the Internet about mathematicians and to synthesize that information into a timeline.

  • Mayan Culture Logbook (Authored by Jillian Eriksson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students use different websites to create a logbook of the Mayan civilization in order to become familiar with their culture.

  • Meet Me at My House (Authored by Cheryl Weaver.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students improve their writing skills by writing directions from school to their houses to give to a friend. The directions must be sequential and include direction words (north, south, east, west), landmarks and specific street names.

  • 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.

  • Metalling in Around the World (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn the important leaders in different cultures by researching coinage. Through this process, they also recognize the cultural universality on coinage and currency.

  • 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.

  • Money Matters (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Money Matters is the fourth lesson in the unit, Common Cents. In this lesson, students practice adding, exchanging and comparing coins through games, hands-on activities and role-play.

  • Monster Graph Activity (Authored by Princesse Jenkins.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Monsters are considered scary creatures, but this lesson will take the fear out of graphing. Student creates and draws conclusions from data found in a Monster graph.

  • Movers and Trackers (Authored by Brenda Heath.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work cooperatively to research and map changes in minority population in Florida from 1960 to 1990. Students research and prepare oral presentations describing the information obtained.

  • Mr./Ms.Scientist, This Is Your Life (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create a timeline of ten events in chronological order about a scientist to include his/her accomplishments. Students practice by completing a personal timeline in which they follow verbal instructions.

  • Multimedia Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Diane Bates.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use a multimedia encyclopedia to answer teacher-generated questions and then in pairs design their own scavenger hunt questions.

  • Mummies Matter! (Authored by Jennifer Womble.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Using technology and language arts, students create an Ancient Egyptian magazine focusing on the civilization traits. Individuals research, write articles and work cooperatively to assemble a product as a culminating lesson for a unit on Ancient Egypt. Report is published on the Web using SiteMaker from Beacon Learning Center. (NETS for Students: 3.1, 4.1 and 5.1)

  • My Family Tradition (Authored by Kay Halverson PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gain understanding of social patterns in families by learning about tradition and discovering different family traditions.

  • My Time: Understanding Timelines (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students practice using timelines and create their own personal timelines. This lesson is the first lesson in an introductory unit entitled Historical Tool Time that covers basic historical concepts and themes.

  • Mythology and Ancient Civilizations (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn about ancient world civilizations and the mythologies they created to explain natural phenomena, as well as the writers and poets who wrote about the mythologies.

  • Navigating a Map (Authored by Andrew Brouwer.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn to use map scale, read physical maps, analyze landforms and determine land use.

  • 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?

  • Needs and Wants (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The learner distiguishes between psychological needs and wants to control spending.

  • Needs of the Family (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gain an understanding and appreciation of needs that have to be met in order for a family to survive and flourish. They see that many things are just for their enjoyment.

  • New Year's Eve 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989 (Authored by Patricia Barry Holbert.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Four groups of students are given one of the following decades: 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. The students re-enact a New Year’s Eve television broadcast that recaps the highlights of the assigned decade.

  • Off to Work We Go (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students role-play different jobs and decide if their jobs are to produce goods or provide services. At the conclusion of the lesson, students draw pictures and write about a job in each category.

  • On the Trail with Lewis and Clark (Authored by Kathy Corder.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use the Internet to conduct research on the Lewis and Clark journals and work cooperatively in planning and delivering a presentation.

  • Onward and Upward! (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn about various methods of travel and how they have changed over time.

  • Organization of Nations Project (Authored by Jillian Eriksson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is a research project that teaches different viewpoints on current world issues. Each student researches a different country, becomes its ambassador and represents its interests in classroom debates with other countries on current issues.

  • 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.

  • Penny Pinchers (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is an entertaining kindergarten lesson on money. Students are introduced to the penny and a classroom "toy store."

  • People Experts (Authored by Laurel Withee.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will respond to pictures, providing observations and drawing conclusions about the people they see. Afterwards, they will revisit their judgments, identify a specific source for each one, and examine common influences on perceptions.

  • Pilots, Drivers, and Captains (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who makes the transportation go? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • 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.

  • Political Ramifications of the American Revolution (Authored by Catherine Thornton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will understand reasons the colonists demanded more freedom to expand their territorial domains and extend their few freedoms via studies of the many parliamentary actions of Great Britain, as well as effects of these actions.

  • Politics: Who Is in Control? (Authored by Patricia McAdams.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will read the article "Council Members Clash over Administrator's Job." They will be asked to think about how they would feel being placed in the same situation. All students will participate in role playing the news article.

  • Post Office Stamps (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Each student creates a commemorative stamp to show how people communicated long ago, now, and in the future. Students plot their stamps on a timeline and explain when the communication depicted on the stamps was common and why.

  • 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.

  • Presidential Sweet (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about Presidents' Day, the individuals commemorated on this holiday, and their importance in history. They write a letter to a president stating things they have learned. (Nets for Students: 3.1)

  • Problems with the Congress of Vienna (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the Problems with the Congress of Vienna.

  • 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.

  • Regional Renaissances (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students discover the differences between the Renaissance and the Northern Renaissance through group interaction and discussion.

  • Rejection of the League of Nations (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the reasons for the U.S.'s rejection of the League of Nations. They will be asked to discuss the material, as well as completing a set of questions on the subject.

  • Religions of the World (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students begin a study of the part that religion plays in culture, by discovering how many different religions there are in the world and where they are predominantly located. This will involve reading, as well as map work.

  • Revolutions of 1848 (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the Revolutions in Europe in 1948.

  • Rhythmic Travel Around The World (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Music, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students accompany songs from various countries on rhythm sticks. The CD used in this plan is -Multicultural Rhythm Stick Fun- -Kimbo Educational. (see Weblink)

  • Rights in the Holocaust: Imagine and Remember (Authored by Christine Sermons.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This poetry writing activity is designed to introduce students to the Holocaust as a violation of personal, political, and economic rights. It is a component of a larger unit on American constitutional government.

  • 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.

  • Roll With The Punches: Crossroads to Where? (Authored by Martha Simmons.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students visualize and create a map to outline scenes from the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The student understands the importance of organizing information when making maps and giving directions.

  • Roll With the Punches: It's Not in Black and White (Authored by Shirley Baker.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students evaluate the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting events related to minorities.

  • 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.

  • Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? enables students to learn about an African-American woman whose brave act led to the Montgomery bus boycott organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Run! Run! You Can't Catch Me! (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to the story, -The Gingerbread Boy,- students make a gingerbread cookie and decorate it. The cookies run away while being baked and students then have to find them by following clues that acquaint them with places around the school.

  • Sail, Sail, Sail Your Ship! (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the celebration of Columbus Day and the history behind it by creating a booklet.

  • Sammy Discovers Shapes at School (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Introduce the students to maps, take them on a grand tour of the school campus, and then involve them in real world experiences using maps!

  • 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.

  • Separation of Powers (Authored by Joyce Honeychurch.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The learners will research the three branches of government and look at the effect that the separation of powers has on the presidency.

  • 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.

  • Show Me the Money, Inc. (Authored by Mary Borges.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Following a background study, small student groups create mock advertisement campaigns. Student products include written, oral, and visual presentations to convince the audience that their ad campaigns sell effectively.

  • Sing a Song About the Continents (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Engage in a fun-filled song that entices children to learn the continents of the world.

  • Slavery through the Ages (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work in groups to define slavery in three different cultures. Students will be given information on slavery in Greek, Roman, and African cultures, and then after some discussion, they will be asked to answer questions on the topic.

  • Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

  • So Why Did They Kill Him? (Authored by Jenny Collier.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: In small groups, students research particular aspects of rule by various European absolute monarchs from the 1400's to the 1700's. Presentations are then given to the class based on the groups' findings. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

  • Something From Nothing (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story [Joseph Had A Little Overcoat] to learn about people from another culture and how one item can be used to make other items. Students use scraps of fabric and other knickknacks to create something such as a picture or toy.

  • Sources of the Cold War (Authored by Fred Willes.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students make a time line from their notes and outlines of the causes of the Cold War.

  • South America Layered (Authored by Sammie Nicholls.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students produce an overlay map of South America to show the relationships between cities (population), landforms and economies.

  • Symbols of Freedom (Authored by Franchesta Birgs.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The purpose of this lesson is for students to display a knowledge of historical facts regarding the American Flag as they use creative writing skills.

  • Take a Plane or a Train (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is there more to learn about transportation? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • 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.

  • Tension Over Slavery (Authored by Ariel Viera.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What caused the Civil War? The students will explore the events that caused tension between the North and South leading to the Civil War.

  • The 21st Century Lewis and Clark Trail (Authored by Terry Provancha.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students enjoy learning about the Lewis and Clark Trail as they trace the path from the beginning to the end using modern technology. After studying the path, students create a better route through the Rocky Mountains using a topographical CD Rom.

  • The Changing Map of Europe (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information and explain the differences on the map of Europe in 1914 and in 1936.

  • The Christmas Tree, Just Where Did it Come From? (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The Christmas tree is popular in most homes in the United States. We decorate our living and family rooms and outside in the yard, with trees. Just how did they become part of the American Christmas?

  • The Complexities of Reconstruction (Authored by Walter Gulley, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students will be able to critically analyze the social, economic, and political impact of the Federalization of the South. The students will develop a PowerPoint presentation relative to the Post Civil War South.

  • The Cost of Art (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students experience difficult situations where they need to choose values. This lesson provides students with a role-playing opportunity to discover alternative ways of approaching these situations.

  • 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 Great Depression Group Activity (Authored by Jamie Berry.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work in groups filling in worksheets learning about and appreciating conditions during the Great Depression.They will be able to analize the difference in the cost of living today versus the Depression years.

  • The Great War? (Authored by Delia Chacon.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The Great War. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars, and the only things that ended were idealism and innocence. Groups create graphic organizers and a timeline illustrating their observations which they will present to classmates.

  • 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 Important Thing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Student-made time capsules end the All About Me unit by showcasing important things about individuals in class.

  • The Indian Way of Life (Authored by Harold Towne.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Why did the Sioux Indians live in tents covered with animal skins, the Cherokee live in wooden homes, and the Navajo live in mud houses? This activity is a way for students to investigate why several Indian tribes developed different ways of life based on geography. (This lesson must be done after the students have had instruction in the physical regions of the U.S.)

  • The Industrial Revolution Meets the Press (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is lesson three in the unit, Industrial Tool Time. After categorizing the effects of the Industrial Revolution into positive and negative categories, students appear on Meet the Press to discuss effects and propose solutions to the negative effects.

  • The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Authored by Julia Unger.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What made Martin Luther King Jr. an American hero? What events in his life contributed to his importance to our country? Students refine their knowledge of MLK’s life through the creation of classroom timelines and oral presentations.

  • The Matrix (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read the class matrix and review by making comparisons of Native American culture groups from different regions and times to determine ways they were alike and different.

  • The Mind Map (Authored by Debra Rogers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is designed to introduce students to geographic thinking by creating mental maps from their residences to school and then recreating their maps on paper showing, direction, symbols, location and distance.

  • The Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Authored by Kathy Corder.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn how to evaluate a primary source and use it to interpret John White's diary entry regarding the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

  • The Politics of Big Business (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Simulating a congressional debate, students discover the issues involving monopolies and big business during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.

  • The President's Role and Succession (Authored by Clark Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson shows the role the President of the United States plays in American government and the order of succession of cabinet members.

  • The Race to Dominate the Known World (Authored by Daniel Markarian.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to describe the cause/effect relationship of a European country’s need for resources, exploration, colonization, and settlement of different regions of the world beginning in the 14th century.

  • 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.

  • The Seminoles (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 12 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will work in centers to learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Southeast Woodlands region and how they affected the lives of the Seminoles.

  • The South Wins Gettysburg! (Authored by Eric Miles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: After studying the American Civil War, students hypothesize that the Union Army was defeated at Gettysburg by Lee’s army. Students explore how different North America would be today if the South had won the Civil War.

  • The Stock Market and the Great Depression (Authored by Jillian Eriksson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The Students will play the stock market for two weeks in order to better understand how stocks work. The game will help the students understand a major cause of the crash in 1929.

  • The Three Bad Little Pigs (Authored by Fernando Arencibia Jr.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Historical analysis involves the discovery and interpretation of evidence to evaluate an event in time. This lesson introduces students to conflicting primary sources and provides them with a framework to assist in their interpretations.

  • The Timeline of a Lifetime (Authored by Haley Caraway.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The student will know what a timeline is, create a timeline with 4 important events of their life, to include 2 national events and 2 world events. The student will then write an essay about their life including the four events.

  • The Unification of Italy (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students process a variety of information on how Italy became a nation. They are then asked to answer a series of short-answer questions on the topics discussed in class.

  • The War that Changed Nothing (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the Crimean War.

  • The Watergate Crisis (Authored by Clark Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson will explain how the Watergate crisis called attention to how the power of the President of the United States can be abused.

  • The West in Brochures (Authored by Jillian Eriksson.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students compare and contrast the daily life of Native Americans to The American Cowboy in the 1800's.

  • The Whole World Celebrated Christmas! Right? (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is for use during the weeks before the Christmas break. This will be great for middle school students. It is a comparison of the other religious holidays that are celebrated around this same time of year.

  • Themes and Patterns of History (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students learn about reoccurring historical and geographical themes important to the study of history. They work together in groups of three to identify these themes by interpreting historical passages through critical reading.

  • Themes Frame: A Historian's Tool (Authored by Brenda Palmer.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Theme Frames serves as a system to link economic, social, political, and biological data through topics in history.

  • Thinking about Shopping and Spending (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: By discussing the effects of advertisements, students learn to improve shopping and spending habits.

  • Three Wars Equal One New Country: Part 1 (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students process a variety of information on how Germany became a nation. They are then asked to answer a series of short-answer questions on the topics discussed in class.

  • Three Wars Equal One New Country: Part 2 (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students process a variety of information on how Germany became a nation. They are then asked to answer a series of short-answer questions on the topics discussed in class.

  • Three Wars Equal One New Country: Part 3 (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students process a variety of information on how Germany became a nation. They are then asked to answer a series of short-answer questions on the topics discussed in class.

  • 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?-

  • Time Is of the Essence (Authored by Chryste Carroll.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: ESE students identify the evolution of the civil rights movement from slavery to present day and then use information about major events to create a timeline.

  • Time Is on the Line (Authored by Lawrencio Rodriguez.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The lesson entails the introduction on how to construct and organize a chronological timeline.

  • 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.

  • To Express or Be Oppressed? (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students explore the debate between free-speech and patriotism using a northern renaissance scenario.

  • Toontime (Authored by Millard Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this lesson students write an essay about the govermental issues that surrounded Andrew Jackson's presidency. They discuss how editorial cartoons are made and create an editorial cartoon of their own about a president.

  • 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.

  • Traveling Through Europe with Brochures (Authored by Sheila Sexton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is designed to help students become familiar with the cultural aspects of their chosen country through creating a travel brochure and an expression booklet. (NETS for Students 1.2 and 5.1)

  • U.S. Enters WW I (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the reasons for the U.S. entry into W.W. I. They will be asked to discuss the material, as well as to complete a set of questions on the subject.

  • U.S. Enters WW II (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students process a variety of information on how the U.S. became involved in World War II. They are then asked to answer a series of short-answer questions on the topics discussed in class.

  • U.S. State Reports (Authored by Sheila Sexton.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This project engages students in actively researching a given U.S. state. It allows students to use different forms of technology to assist them in their quest for information.

  • United States All the Way (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will love to learn about their country’s patriotic symbols and will have a book that will show their pride at the conclusion of the lesson.

  • Using Local Geography to Make Maps (Authored by Jerry Stephens.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In small groups, students research, create, and present a scale representation of the county in which they live.

  • Was Alexander Truly Great? (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on Alexander the Great in order to determine whether he was truly a great leader.

  • Washington and the Quarter (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Why is George Washington called the Father of our Country? Learn about the life of this president, his monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students also learn the attributes of a quarter.

  • Water, Water Everywhere (High School) (Authored by Ann Edgecombe.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Through on-line newspaper articles, this lesson provides an analytical review of water resources in the Southeast as an illustration of the economic concept of scarcity.

  • Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 (Authored by Patricia Wachholz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use graphic organizers and create timelines to make an historical connection to the 1960s as a prereading activity for The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963.

  • What Difference Do Good and Bad Make? (Authored by Patricia Wahlberg.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson assists students with determining what are good and bad citizenship behaviors. It explores how these behaviors can and do affect society.

  • What Do We Know About the Civil War? (Authored by Nouri Ameli.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The Civil War was an important event in United States history. War, death, destruction, slavery and more occurred during the Civil War. We should ask ourselves, what were the negative and positive effects that resulted from the Civil War?

  • What Is History? (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be able to process a variety of information on the reasons for different interpretations of history.

  • 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 am I Headed? (Authored by Michael Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson introduces the horizon, cardinal points and intermediate directions using magnetic compasses. Once mastered, students move to all eight compass point directions when prompted.

  • 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.

  • Where Is Japan? How Far Is That? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use literature and hands-on activities with maps and globes to understand distances and tools used to measure distance.

  • Where Is Japan? How Are We Alike and Different? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use literature, maps, and globes to understand how physical environments in various parts of the world are similar to and different from one's own, and that certain areas have common characteristics and can be called regions.

  • Where Is Japan? What Direction Is It? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use literature and manipulatives to understand that maps and globes represent real places, the cardinal directions, and the hemispheres. Selected countries will be located on a map and globe. This lesson plan is for three days of instruction.

  • Where, Oh Where (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational texts to locate different Native American culture group regions.

  • Which Freedom? (Authored by Brenda Heath.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity allows students to understand the importance of civil liberties and the events that led to inclusion of one of these civil liberties in the U.S.Constitution. Students explore individual responsibilites associated with that freedom.

  • 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 Ate It First? (Authored by Jennifer Collier.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students learn about different foods that are native to the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and the changes in world eating habits that resulted from the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

  • Who Built the Pyramids? (Authored by Chet Geering.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students process a variety of information on the pyramids at Giza and create an opinion essay which uses the information gathered as well as student feedback.

  • Who Gets the Money? (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Working in groups, students determine the characteristics of a good loan. They also make practical application of what they learn.

  • Who Has Power? (Authored by Tim Barbon.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students analyze the Constitution and design a crossword puzzle which correctly associates specific legal powers with specific groups or individuals within government.

  • 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 is George Washington Carver, Anyway? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: -Who is George Washington Carver, Anyway?- enables students to learn about an African-American scientist who made significant contributions in science since 1880.

  • 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.

  • Who Were the First Americans? (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is the beginning lesson of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will view an introductory PowerPoint presentation about Native Americans. They will then discuss the physical surroundings and climate of the region they live in.

  • Who Will Be Our Mayor? (Authored by Johnnie Bush.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: After learning about the roles of citizens in selecting a mayor to run a city, students work in groups to research candidates’ viewpoints on the improvement of Parks and Recreation and then select a candidate to support for Mayor.

  • Whodunit? (Authored by Kim Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a way to integrate conflict resolution using positive behavior. The student chooses a community member, shows how to resolve a conflict, and trades writing with a classmate.

  • Why Can't I Vote? (Authored by Lainie Ferrell.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity is a relevant way to have students examine the events that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The students assume the roles of black and white voters prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in order to appreciate their own culture, cultures of others and gain perspective of other ethnic groups.

  • Why Is She Smiling? (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson provides students with the understanding of the historical period of the Renaissance, and the great scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, including his famous painting of the Mona Lisa.

  • Why or Why Not Law? (Authored by Joyel Glaze.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students obtain a firm grasp on the importance of law through web-based resources, magazines, newspapers and collaboration within student cooperative groups, class discussion and teacher discussion/explanations.

  • Women's Rights--The Struggle for Equality (Authored by Brenda Heath.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students research the women's rights movement in the twentieth century and develop a timeline depicting major people/events associated with the movement.

  • Words of the World (Authored by Sandra Doughman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students work collaboratively in learning and demonstrating their knowledge of words of the world.

  • Yellow Journalism in the Spanish-American War (Authored by Patricia Barry Holbert.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students understand the role of “Yellow Journalism” (exaggeration of facts or events) in the Spanish-American War by writing articles in that style. The students work in groups to create a simulated newspaper from a date in 1898.

  • Yes, There Really Was a Santa! (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students read a selection concerning Santa Claus and the orgin of the Jolly Old Elf in the United States.They will also create their own version of a new and modern Santa Claus that will remain in the American culture.

  • You Mean I Am Part of History? (Authored by Eric Miles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The purpose of this assignment is to open the lines of communication between family members and to gain a historical understanding about family history. Students research and interview their grandparents and parents and create a research paper.

  • You Wouldn't Understand...It's a Slang Thang (Authored by Lainie Ferrell.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is designed to introduce students to the social life of the Roaring Twenties thru slang terms. NOTE: Can be adapted to any decade(see extra attachments)

  • You're a Grand Ol' Flag (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the American flag and its symbols, and create an original flag that represents what they see in their own lives. (NETS for Students: 1.1 and 1.2)

  • Zones of Conflict (Authored by John O'Brien.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use maps to explore zones of conflict throughout the world. Students then identify specific countries involved in conflict and classify them in cultural realms.

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