This week, Education World challenges students to sharpen their Internet searching skills as they learn about the history and landscape of the United States. These activities are suitable for classroom or computer lab use -- or for rainy day fun at home! Included: Scavenger hunts and a plan-a-trip activity!
Summertime is travel time, so this week Education World takes to the road! We've created a series of scavenger hunt lessons for students in grades 2 and up. These lessons challenge students to learn about the United States as they investigate the online resources of the National Parks Service. During their online tour, students will develop their Internet searching skills.
If you are looking for additional lesson plans about U.S. landmarks, don't miss a fabulous resource created by the National Register of Historic Places. In those lessons, students take on the role of historian as they use primary sources -- historical photographs, maps, and other documents -- to make sense of the past. (Click Education at the top of the page to access the lessons.)
"Historic places are the real thing, a tangible link to our past," says Beth Boland, a historian at the National Register of Historic Places and the driving force behind the Teaching With Historic Places Web site. "The emotional hook that historic places have can generate enthusiasm and curiosity -- both of which are keys to learning.
"Historic places embody clues about our past just as written documents and artifacts do," Boland tells Education World. "They show students that history is everywhere, in their own neighborhoods too. All the lesson plans on the Teaching With Historic Places Web site include at least one activity that helps to bring students back to their own communities," Boland adds.
Each activity description below details the skills students need to complete it. Click on the activities that best match your students' skills.
Article by Gary Hopkins
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