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Origins of Common Expressions
Learn the historic origins of 20 common expressions. (Grades 4-12) 08/10/2010

Biography Acrostic
A perfect culminating activity for your biography, history, or literature unit. (Grades 3-12) 07/20/2010

Pick a Penny Research Project
Pick a penny, then research important events that took place the year that penny was minted. (Grades 4-12) 07/20/2010

Who Is That First Lady?
Can you guess the famous woman Im describing? (Grades 3-8) 07/16/2010

In the Wake of the Amistad
A timeline of historic events in the fight to end slavery. (Grades 3-12) 07/15/2010

A Thanksgiving Feast
What was on the menu for the first Thanksgiving? (Grades 3-8) 07/14/2010

The Bald Eagle or the Turkey?
Debate the question: Which belongs on the U.S. Great Seal? (Grades 3-8) 07/13/2010

The Story of Louis Braille
Learn about Louis Brailles system for the blind. Use an online Braille translator. (Grades 3-8) 07/02/2010

U.S. Presidents: How Do They Measure Up?
Is the history of our presidents height a short story or a tall tale? (Grades 3-12) 06/30/2010

Sybil Ludington: The Other Paul Revere
Learn about Sybil Ludington, a young girl who is often called the other Paul Revere. (Grades 3-8) 06/22/2010

Norman Rockwell Paints America
Take a "gallery walk of Norman Rockwell paintings, discuss the stories they tell. (Grades 3-12) 11/21/2006

Make a Mummy: The Science of Mummification
Learn about mummification by making an apple (or chicken) mummy. (Grades 3-12) 10/17/2006

Graphing Names in a Historic Cemetery
Tally and graph the most common names found in a local historic cemetery. (Grades 2-8) 10/03/2006

Where Did Foods Originate?
Explore how New World explorers changed the Old World's diet. (Grades K-12) 10/02/2006

"And That's The Way It Is" Today in History
Students create a nightly-news broadcast for a special time/date in history. (Grades 4-12) 09/21/2006

Using Primary Sources: Letters from the Presidents
Learn about the U.S. presidents through actual letters they wrote. (Grades 6-12) 07/31/2006

Around-the-Room Review
The "around the room" review game engages everyone. (Grades K-12) 07/27/2006

Ball and Triangle Game
Create a modern version of an old Native American children's game. (Grades K-8) 07/18/2006

The World of Anne Frank
Ideas for teaching about the life and diary of Anne Frank. (Grades 6-12) 07/06/2006

Drafting the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence: compare Jefferson's draft with the final version. (Grades 6-12) 06/21/2006

The Gods of Ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome
Create a diary or postcard to share knowledge of ancient gods. (Grades 3-12) 06/20/2006

Native American Misconceptions
Blast students' stereotypes about Native Americans. (Grades K-5) 06/16/2006

World War I Art and Artists
Learn about the artists behind paintings of World War I. (Grades 9-12) 06/06/2006

Rescuers: Those Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others
Read Holocaust rescue accounts, write reflective essays. (Grades 6-12) 06/02/2006

How Did Civil War Soldiers Battle Boredom?
Battling boredom in Civil War days; a Venn diagram activity. (Grades 3-8) 06/01/2006

An Immigration Graph
Create a graph to show the number of immigrants by country of origin. (Grades 3-8) 05/22/2006

Pictures Tell a Story: A Lesson in Sequencing
In this lesson, students illustrate sequential events in a story or in history. (Grades K-8) 05/08/2006

"Two Diamond Baseball" Review Game
This "baseball" game can be used to reinforce skills in any subject. (Grades K-12) 05/04/2006

The Lost Art of Letter Writing
Recognize Harry Truman's birthday (May 8) by reading and reflecting on his letters. (Grades 6-12) 05/01/2006

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Recognize the anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake (April 18) with this comprehension activity. (Grades 4-12) 04/14/2006

Civil War Slang
Explore slang words and phrases used during the Civil War. (Grades 6-12) 04/13/2006

From One Child to Another: Letters About the Holocaust
Read a "Children of the Holocaust" biography; write a letter to that child. (Grades 3-8) 04/11/2006

Civil War Photos Tell a Story
Write a story about one of Matthew Brady's Civil War photographs. (Grades 5-12) 04/07/2006

Anticipation Guides Improve Reading Comprehension
Use anticipation guides to help your students focus on the most important concepts in content-area reading assignments. (Grades K-12) 03/23/2006

Surprising Facts About Life 50 Years Ago
Compile interesting facts about life in another time. (Grades 5-12) 03/07/2006

Women's Words of Wisdom
Create a bulletin board of inspiring quotes by famous women. (Grades 4-12) 03/01/2006

Langston Hughes Was a Dreamer Too
Learn how Langston Hughes expressed his dreams through poetry. (Grades 2-12) 02/21/2006

Now Let Me Fly -- A Black History Reader's Theater Script
Celebrate Black History Month by staging a classroom production of this play. (Grades 3-12) 02/17/2006

Three-Way Match: Famous Black Americans
A unique three-way matching activity teaches about famous African Americans. (Grades 4-12) 02/15/2006

The Black History Rap
Write a rap lyric about a famous African-American. (Grades 3-12) 02/14/2006

George Washington Teaches Map Directions
If students follow "directions," they'll have a picture of George Washington. (Grades 3-8) 02/13/2006

"Meet Our Presidents" Bulletin Board
Students research and create a "Meet Our Presidents" bulletin board display. (Grades K-12) 02/10/2006

Secrets of the Presidents
Learn little-known facts with this printable activity. (Grades 3-8) 02/08/2006

Presidents at Inauguration Graph: How Old Were They?
Graph the presidents' ages at inauguration. (Grades K-8) 02/07/2006

365 Days of African American History
Create a 365-day calendar of African-American history. (Grades 6-12) 02/02/2006

Fabulous Firsts in African American History
Learn about famous firsts in African-American history. (Grades 3-12) 01/31/2006

Civil War Recipes
Prepare foods Civil War soldiers might have eaten. (Grades K-12) 01/17/2006

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Pre- and Post-Reading Activity
A pre- and post-reading exercise documents learning about the life of Martin Luther King. (Grades 3-8) 01/06/2006

Write a Song About American History
Songs about events in history inspire students to write their own song lyrics. (Grades 5-12) 01/04/2006

100 Years Ago in History
Start the new year by investigating events that happened 100 years ago this year. (Grades 5-12) 01/02/2006

Civil War Recipes
Prepare foods Civil War soldiers might have eaten. (Grades K-12) 12/12/2005

Immigrants Who Built America
Explore the lives of ten immigrants who helped make American strong. (Grades 5-12) 12/07/2005

President Jefferson's Cipher: Cracking the Code
Crack the code President Jefferson used to communicate with Lewis & Clark. (Grades 3-12) 11/28/2005

Rosa Parks Changed the Rules
Complete a diagram of the Montgomery bus that carried Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955. (Grades K-5) 11/22/2005

Lewis and Clark and the Native Americans
Learn how the Lewis & Clark expedition impacted Native tribes. (Grades 6-12) 11/10/2005

You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving
Learn the truth about the "First Thanksgiving." (Grades 3-8) 11/08/2005

"War of the Worlds": A Broadcast Re-Creation
Relive (and re-create) the panic-causing 1938 radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds." (Grades 6-12) 10/18/2005

What Did It Cost in 1903?
Compare prices of goods today and 100 years ago. (Grades 3-12) 10/13/2005

Go West With Columbus
This game board activity reinforces map skills, map directions. (Grades K-5) 09/30/2005

The Betsy Ross Story: Truth or Legend?
The Betsy Ross story -- truth or legend? (Grades 3-12) 09/29/2005

The Great Chicago Fire: Did Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Really Cause It?
Investigate the facts about the Great Chicago Fire. What was its real cause? (Grades 6-12) 09/28/2005

Art Imitating Life
Explore role of women by examining art through history. (Grades 6-12) 09/21/2005

A "Typical Day" Then and Now
Students compare their "typical day" to a grandparent's typical day when he or she was a child. (Grades K-8) 08/31/2005

Roman Numeral Math
Solve simple math problems using Roman numerals. (Grades 3-12) 08/09/2005

Hieroglyphics: It's Not Greek to Me! (It's Egyptian!)
Use hieroglyphic characters, an online hieroglyphic translator too. (Grades 3-12) 08/04/2005

Draw Like an Egyptian
Learn how to draw like an Egyptian. (Grades K-12) 07/18/2005

Stage a Debate: A Primer for Teachers
Ten strategies for creating lively debates in the classroom. (Grades 3-12) 07/11/2005

Graphic Organizer: Research Note Taking Made Easy
Note-taking graphic organizer makes researching easier. (Grades 3-8) 06/30/2005

Round Robin Post-It Review
Small-group activity a fun way to review, prep students for test. (Grades K-12) 06/24/2005

Incredible Shrinking Notes
A fun 3-step process helps students "boil down" note taking. (Grades 3-12) 06/01/2005

Heroes in History ABC Book
Create a Heroes in History ABC book. (Grades 3-12) 05/25/2005

Those Who Fought
Students interview veterans of World War II. (Grades 6-12) 05/16/2005

Those Who Fought
Students interview veterans of World War II. (Grades 6-12) 05/09/2005

Rescuers: Those Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others
Read Holocaust rescue accounts, write reflective essays. (Grades 6-12) 05/03/2005

Reporting Live from the 20th Century
Report live from one of the top news stories of the 20th century. (Grades 3-12) 04/29/2005

From One Child to Another: Letters About the Holocaust
Read a "Children of the Holocaust" biography; write a letter to that child. (Grades 3-8) 04/12/2005

The Cost of War
Study a chart of Civil War deaths, answer the questions. (Grades 3-8) 04/06/2005

Breaking the Code
Learn about the importance of cryptography during WWII. (Grades 6-12) 03/23/2005

Put a Woman on a Stamp
Nominate a woman to be honored on a new commemorative stamp. (Grades 6-12) 03/17/2005

Art Imitates Life
Study postcards of World War I; create postcards that reflect your life. (Grades 3-12) 03/15/2005

Code Talkers
Learn about Navajo code talkers; create, decode secret messages. (Grades 3-12) History 03/07/2005

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Create an art project based on a song used to guide slaves to freedom. (Grades K-2) 02/21/2005

A Monument, Please, for the Big Cheese!
Choose one president; design a monument that reflects his achievements. (Grades 3-12) 02/14/2005

Presidents Picture Book
Create a picture book of U.S. presidents. (Grades K-8) 02/04/2005

Using Primary Sources: Letters from the Presidents
Learn about the U.S. presidents through actual letters they wrote. (Grades 6-12) 02/02/2005

Civil War Slang
Ideas for teaching about the life and diary of Anne Frank. (Grades 6-12) 02/01/2005

It's Up for Debate
Debate two issues of WWII era: atomic bomb and internment camps. (Grades 9-12) 01/24/2005

An Immigration Graph
Create a graph to show the number of immigrants by country of origin. (Grades 3-8) 01/19/2005  

Civil War Slang
Explore slang words and phrases used during the Civil War. 01/10/2005   

Presidents at Inauguration Graph: How Old Were They?
Graph the presidents' ages at inauguration. (Grades K-8) 01/07/2005  

"Concentration" Review Game
Create a Concentration-style review game for any subject. (Grades K-12) 12/13/2004 

Friendly Feud
Play the "Friendly Feud" game when reviewing for a test. (Grades K-12) 12/03/2004

Design a Navajo Rug -- A Lesson in Symmetry
Create a Navajo rug; a lesson in symmetry. (Grades 3-8) 11/29/2004

Native American Glossary
Create a glossary of words with Native American origins. (Grades 3-8) 11/24/2004

Native American Misconceptions
Blast students' stereotypes about Native Americans. (Grades K-5) 11/18/2004

Drafting the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence: compare Jefferson's draft with the final version. (Grades 6-12) 11/17/2004

Fun With Numbers
Use Lakota Indian number words to solve math problems. (Grades 3-5) 11/12/2004

Poetry of War and Peace
Use "In Flanders Fields" to inspire poetry writing. (Grades 6-12) 11/10/2004

Around-the-Room Review
The "around the room" review game engages everyone. (Grades K-12) 11/05/2004

Civil War Recipes
Prepare foods Civil War soldiers might have eaten. (Grades K-12) 11/01/2004

Immigrant Arrivals
Compare the experience of immigrants at Ellis and Angel Islands. (Grades 6-12) 10/25/2004

Ball and Triangle Game
Create a modern version of an old Native American children’s game. (Grades K-8) 10/22/2004

The Electoral College
When has the Electoral College been a factor in an election? (Grades 3-12) 10/20/2004

The Play's the Thing
A play about the election (1876) in which Tilden lost the presidency by one electoral vote. (Grades 8-12) 10/06/04

Create a New Amendment
Work in groups to propose a new amendment to the Constitution. (Grades 6-12) 10/04/2004

Drafting the Gettysburg Address
Compare the draft to the final version of the Gettysburg Address. (Grades 6-12) 09/21/04

Review Game
This review game can be adapted to any subject, any grade. (Grades K-12) 09/09/04

Civil War Photos Tell a Story
Create a Bill of Rights for a colony you are founding on a distant planet. (Grades 5-12) 08/24/04

Biography Chat
Conduct interviews with historic figures in a TV talk-show format. (Grades 3-12)

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