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    Treasured Comments
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students fill treasure chests with positive, self-esteem-building comments about each other. (Grades 2-5)


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    Looking for fresh history and social sciences teaching ideas? Education World presents a variety of history and social studies resources that all teachers can use to liven up instruction. Find dozens of valuable teaching ideas in our History Subject Center and our Social Sciences Subject Center.

    Traveling Community Journal Project
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students' traveling journals teach them about communities and cultures. (Grades 2-8)

    Game Board Review
    Kris Gazdziak, who teaches at Naperville (Illinois) Central High School, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a great review game for all grades, all subjects. (Grades K-12)

    Cooperative Group Spelling Game
    Jane York, who teaches at Chimneyrock Elementary School in Cordova, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun and active game that can be used to reinforce spelling or vocabulary words. (Grades 3-8)

    An Experiment in Unfair Treatment/Prejudice
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this lesson, which offers a simple experiment to help launch a discussion of unfair treatment and prejudice/bias. (Grades 3-12)

    Outgroup Experiment Reveals Bias, Stereotyping
    Marcie Pachter, who teaches at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Florida, submitted this week's lesson, which includes an activity to let students experience the bias and stereotyping often experienced by people who are different. (Grades 6-12)

    Puzzle Boxes for Any Subject
    Submitted by Pauline Finlay
    This lesson can be done daily or used as a special weekly lesson. Students love the anticipation of a Puzzle Box: It's an opportunity to challenge students and reward them for using critical-thinking skills. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Edible Resource Map!
    Submitted by Nichole Stoltze
    Students create resource maps and map keys, then eat them! (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    State History Quiz Show
    Submitted by Allen Mincher
    In this familiar game format, students are provided with answers and asked to supply the correct questions. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Clear the Cobwebs!
    Submitted by Pam Gregory
    This lesson provides a fun way for students to brush up on material after a weekend or before a test. (Grades K-12)

    "Lighthouses"
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    In this lesson the students will learn about the differences between fiction and non-fiction books. The students will listen to the book Beacons of Light by Gail Gibbons and work in cooperative groups to identify different characteristics and facts concerning lighthouses and their history. Once the students listen for information they are ready to play a trivia game. (Grades 3-5)

    Make a Great Web Page!
    Submitted by Thomas R. Brown
    Students and teachers learn how to make a Web page. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    It's a Puzzle!
    Submitted by Heidi Slavin
    Students put together puzzles created from pictures of items related to current courses of study. (Grades 6-8)

    Underground Rails: The New York City Subway System
    Submitted by Raymundo V. De Jesus
    Students explore the New York City subway system as a link to the people and places of New York City. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Welcome to My Community!
    Submitted by Tasha Noe
    Students create a "Welcome to Our Community" brochure to display in the classroom. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Self-Esteem/Class Pride
    Submitted by Kimberlee Woodward
    This is a lesson plan to bolster student self-esteem and to build class pride. It would be a great way to start the school year! (Grades 3-5)

    CIVICS

    36 Public Policy Questions to Energize Your Government/History Classroom Debates
    Michael Boyer, who teaches at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Caroplina, submitted this lesson that offers 36 public policy questions to energize your government/history classroom debates. (Grades 9-12)

    Art On Trial (A Mock-Court Activity)
    Diane Franken, who teaches at Lincoln Academy of Integrated Arts in Davenport, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students take on different roles as they determine which work of art will be constructed in their community park. (Grades 3-12)

    Wall of Peace
    Mary E. Noyes (with Barrie Citrowske), who teaches at Minneota (Minnesota) Public School, submitted this week's lesson in which students' essays are used to build a classroom Wall of Peace. (Grades 5-12)

    Bill of Rights
    Adam Burkett, a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, submitted this lesson, in which students explore the Bill of Rights by identifying the right that relates to each of a dozen scenarios. (Grades 6-12)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Children's Books Teach Diversity, Respect
    Submitted Joanne E. Hughes
    Students compare themes, characters, settings, and other aspects of two children's books that teach diversity and respect. (Grades 3-5)

    Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances
    Submitted by Glenn Day
    In this introductory lesson, students will recognize the importance of understanding how the separate powers of the three branches of government work together, in a checks and balances system, to form a single unit of government. (Grades 9-12)

    CURRENT EVENTS

    Who in the World Is....?
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students scan the newspaper for information. (Grades 3-8)

    36 Public Policy Questions to Energize Your Government/History Classroom Debates
    Michael Boyer, who teaches at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Caroplina, submitted this lesson that offers 36 public policy questions to energize your government/history classroom debates. (Grades 9-12)

    Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
    Submitted by Rob Ford
    In this simple, fun partner activity, an art activity challenges students to become better communicators. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Opinion Articles
    Submitted by Lisa Nash
    Lisa Nash, who teaches at Hunter Elementary School in Brownstown, Michigan, submitted this week's lesson. Students research newspaper topics and write opinion articles in newspaper-style format! (Grades 6-8)

    Writing Newsletters!
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    Students listen to the teacher read the book Deadline! by Gail Gibbons and learn about newspapers. The class brainstorms differences between newspapers and newsletters. The students are then asked to choose a favorite topic and create the front page of their own newsletter. (Grades 3-5)

    How Are You Doing With My Crusade?
    Submitted by Terrie Lynn Bittner
    Students learn about women who fought for change and explore the current status of the battles they fought. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances
    Submitted by Glenn Day
    In this introductory lesson, students will recognize the importance of understanding how the separate powers of the three branches of government work together, in a checks and balances system, to form a single unit of government. (Grades 9-12)

    ECONOMICS

    Team Up for Sports Marketing
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create and market their own sports franchises. (Grades 3-12)

    Money Management: Grocery Shopping for a Family Profile
    Shirley Huinink, who teaches at Laurentian Hills Christian School in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students work in groups to create menus and shopping lists for one of five profiled families. (Grades 6-12)

    Shopping Spree
    Submitted by Julie Graves
    Julie Graves, who teaches at Centre (Alabama) Middle School, submitted this weeks lesson. Students go on a shopping spree that requires them to calculate discount amounts and sales tax on merchandise. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Franchise Opportunity
    Submitted by Amy Derr, East Lyme (Connecticut) High School
    Students use a questionnaire to guide them as they explore and evaluate a business franchise opportunity. (Grades 9-12)

    Create Your Own Business!
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    In this lesson students learn how to work in cooperative groups to create their own businesses. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    GEOGRAPHY

    North, South, East, or West
    Gay Harrod, who teaches at Washington Intermediate School in Piqua, Ohio, submitted this lesson, which is a fun any-time game she created to reinforce geographic directionality. (Grades K-5)

    Mr. Mascot's Magical Musical Tour
    Melanie E. Shaw, who teaches at Vogelweh Elementary School, a Department of Defense school in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland Pfalz (Germany), submitted this lesson in which a class mascot leaves clues. Where in the U.S. or world is it? (Grades 3-12)

    Traveling Community Journal Project
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students' traveling journals teach them about communities and cultures. (Grades 2-8)

    Puzzling Clue Vocabulary
    Elizabeth Eaton, who teaches at Savanna Ridge Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Florida, submitted this lesson in which students "puzzle" over the connection between clues as they review or build vocabulary. (Grades 3-12)

    Summer Camp in the Classroom
    VaReane C. Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson, in which students team up to create summer camping adventures. (Grades 3-12)

    Mother's Day Trip
    Rox-Anne Cox, who teaches at Albia Community School in Albia, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students send their mothers on a special Mother's Day trip. (Grades 3-8)

    Our Changing Community
    Sharon Hall, who teaches at South Lebanon Elementary School in Maineville, Ohio, submitted this week's lesson, a hands-on project that teaches students how communities change as they grow. (Grades K-5)

    "Yarning" About Latitude and Longitude
    Submitted by Sharon Childress, Asbury Junior High School in Albertville, Alabama
    Sharon Childress, who teaches at Asbury Junior High School in Albertville, Alabama, submitted this week's lesson. The hands-on activity helps students understand the concepts of longitude and latitude. (Grades 3-8)

    Edible Resource Map!
    Submitted by Nichole Stoltze
    Students create resource maps and map keys, then eat them! (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Finding Captain Hook's Treasure
    Submitted by Krista Weiss
    Students will be motivated to use their map-reading skills to find Captain Hook's treasure. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Finding an Earthquake's Epicenter
    Submitted by Tim Leister
    Students plot the epicenter of a recent earthquake. (Grades 9-12)

    Biome Discovery Expedition
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield Elementary in Springfield, Nebraska, submitted this week's lesson. Students design biomes for a zoo. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Trevor Shaw, who teaches at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, New Jersey, submitted this week's lesson, which involves students in examining all sides of the Columbus debate. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Investigating World Cultures
    Submitted by David Anderson
    Students work in groups to write research reports and create visuals about countries, put on a culture fair, and use PowerPoint to present their information. (Grades 6-8)

    Pen Pal Letters to Soldiers Overseas
    Submitted by Diane O'Malley
    Students write letters to soldiers overseas with correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Students learn three facts about the geography of the area where the pen pal is located and about the pen pal. (Grades 3-5)

    Mapping a Garden
    Submitted by Gretchen Siembak
    The purpose of this lesson is to have the students gain an understanding of maps. The students learn the components of a map, particularly the legend, the key, the symbols and the area. The students develop their own map of a garden they will be planting in an upcoming science lesson. The students have background knowledge in mapping from exposure to maps in previous lessons. (Grades K-2)

    G'Day Mate! A WebQuest on Australia
    Submitted by Betty Carle
    This is a WebQuest on the country of Australia. Students in third grade will work with a partner on the computer and explore the web links, which are available on the WebQuest, to find out the topics they are interested in. Once their research is collected, they will put their information into book format using the software program called EasyBook by Sunburst. (Grades 3-5)

    Awesome Adjectives Postcards
    Submitted by Mitzi L. Vicars
    Students create a postcard by illustrating a place they would like to visit and using ten adjectives in a short message describing the pictures. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Web Trails: An Online Adventure
    Submitted by Kelly Ickes
    Students research Iowa's parks and trails, plan a day trip to one of the places they learn about, and write a fiction story based on the information they find. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    A Walk Through the 20th Century
    Submitted by Tammy Bunton
    Each student reviews the people, places, and events of a particular decade of the 20th Century, writes a report about that decade, and creates a booth of memorabilia, music, dress, pictures and other artifacts representing the time period. Students share their booths with their classmates, and then invite the entire school to a "Celebration of the 20th Century." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Students will use inquiry-based learning to gather information about Columbus' impact on the Americas. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    GOVERNMENT

    Bill of Rights
    Adam Burkett, a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, submitted this lesson, in which students explore the Bill of Rights by identifying the right that relates to each of a dozen scenarios. (Grades 6-12)

    G'Day Mate! A WebQuest on Australia
    Submitted by Betty Carle
    This is a WebQuest on the country of Australia. Students in third grade will work with a partner on the computer and explore the web links, which are available on the WebQuest, to find out the topics they are interested in. Once their research is collected, they will put their information into book format using the software program called EasyBook by Sunburst. (Grades 3-5)

    Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances
    Submitted by Glenn Day
    In this introductory lesson, students will recognize the importance of understanding how the separate powers of the three branches of government work together, in a checks and balances system, to form a single unit of government. (Grades 9-12)

    HISTORY

    Following in Their Footsteps
    Patti Stephenson, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this lesson in which students read a biography and look for the positive character traits they might "follow" in their own lives. (Grades 3-12)

    Yours and My Trail of Tears
    Marcus Garcia, who teaches at Lincoln School in Stockton, California, submitted this weeks lesson in which a simulation teaches students about the forced relocation of Cherokees along the Trail of Tears. (Grades 6-12)

    Native Americans of Our Region
    Julia Snyder submitted this lesson in which students use a variety of reading strategies to learn about Indian tribes native to their region. (Grades 3-8)

    Time Line of the Year
    Lynda O'Brien, who teaches at Twin Oaks Home School in Melrose, Florida, submitted this lesson in which students create a timeline of the school year that includes photographs, work samples, much more.

    Back-in-Time Travel Brochure
    Brett Sidle, who teaches at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake, Michigan, submitted this lesson in which students learn about history by creating back-in-time travel brochures. (Grades 6-12)

    Puzzling Clue Vocabulary
    Elizabeth Eaton, who teaches at Savanna Ridge Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Florida, submitted this lesson in which students "puzzle" over the connection between clues as they review or build vocabulary. (Grades 3-12)

    Stir Up a Character Analysis Recipe
    Mary Pat Mahoney, who teaches at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students stir up character analysis "recipes" for characters in literature/history. (Grades 3-12)

    Game Board Review
    Kris Gazdziak, who teaches at Naperville (Illinois) Central High School, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a great review game for all grades, all subjects. (Grades K-12)

    Wall of Peace
    Mary E. Noyes (with Barrie Citrowske), who teaches at Minneota (Minnesota) Public School, submitted this week's lesson in which students' essays are used to build a classroom Wall of Peace. (Grades 5-12)

    3R Activity (Reading-Relating-Responding)
    Fatih Durmus, who teaches at Ozel Kasmoglu Coskun Lisesi in Istanbul, Turkey, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a fun cooperative-group reading-comprehension strategy. (Grades 3-12)

    100 Famous Quotes Game
    Doug Evans, who teaches at Nagoya International Junior/Senior High School in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan), submitted this lesson in which students compete in teams to learn 100 famous quotes. (Grades 3-12)

    Seven Wonders of the World
    Priya Ravikumar, who teaches at DAV Public School in Mumbai, Maharashtra (India), submitted this week's lesson in which students explore the Seven Wonders of the ancient and modern worlds. (Grades 3-12)

    Celebrate Abe Lincoln: A Primary Timeline Activity
    Martha Leslie, who teaches at Centennial Elementary School in Graham, Washington, submitted this lesson in which students create simple timelines based on the life of Abe Lincoln. Other projects include painting Lincoln portraits. (Grades K-2)

    Interviewing Famous Leaders in History
    Lisa Auanger, a teachr at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia, submitted this lesson in which students research famous leaders (e.g., U.S presidents, Roman emperors, English monarchs) and create a realistic interview based on that research. (Grades 5-12)

    The Cowboy Life
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson in which students choose from a wide variety of activities aimed at "spurring" interest in cowboy life and the Old West. (Grades 3-8)

    Mother's Day Trip
    Rox-Anne Cox, who teaches at Albia Community School in Albia, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students send their mothers on a special Mother's Day trip. (Grades 3-8)

    Pizza Biography
    Jennie Griffin, who teaches at Rockvale (Tennessee) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create pizza box biographies.

    Bill of Rights
    Adam Burkett, a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, submitted this lesson, in which students explore the Bill of Rights by identifying the right that relates to each of a dozen scenarios. (Grades 6-12)

    In Search Of Wisdom: An Interview With An Elder
    Leah-Rae Bivins, who teaches at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson, in which students interview an elder, then write and present a narrative in that person's voice. (Grades 6-12)

    Go Nuts With Peanuts
    Gail Hennessey, who teaches at Harpursville Central School in Harpursville, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students learn about peanuts by exploring a variety of Web sites. (Grades 3-8)

    An Experiment in Unfair Treatment/Prejudice
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this lesson, which offers a simple experiment to help launch a discussion of unfair treatment and prejudice/bias. (Grades 3-12)

    Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
    Gail Hennessey, who teaches at Harpursville (New York) Middle School, submitted this lesson, which includes a handful of activities -- including an Internet scavenger hunt -- that teach about Harriet Tubman. (Grades 3-8)

    Gold Rush California and Its Diverse Population
    Roselyn Wang, a student at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, submitted this week's lesson, in which students compare the population of California today and at the start of the Gold Rush in the 1850s. (Grades 6-12)

    Happy 100th Birthday, Airplane!
    Gail Hennessey, who teaches at Harpursville (New York) Central School, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a handful of ideas for celebrating the Wright brothers' historic flight. (Grades 3-8)

    Plains Indians Pictographs
    Laura Wolfram, who teaches at Horace Mann School in Bronx, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students design their own pictograph sentences on scraps of "buffalo hide."

    Hands-On Outlining
    Jessica Maroney, who teaches at Armstrong Elementary School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun hands-on activity to engage students as they learn about outlining. (Grades 3-8)

    Reconstructing Artifacts
    Michelle Gay, who teaches at Foley (Alabama) Intermediate School, submitted this fun, hands-on activity, in which students learn about an archaeologist's work. (Grades K-12)

    Make Quiz Time a Fun Time
    Lisa Kwisnek, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson that provides a fun quiz game format you might use to culminate your next science, history, or literature unit.

    A Modern Pandora's Box
    Anita Wadhwa, who teaches at Lee High School in Houston, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students read the story of Pandora's Box and then create modern-day versions of boxes filled with evil and hope. (Grades 6-12)

    Iditarod: The 1925 Serum Run from Anchorage to Nome
    Patrick Nolden, a biology teacher at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, submitted this lesson in which students learn about the history of the Iditarod. (Grades 6-12)

    Famous African-American Fabric Portraits
    Doris Metcalf, who recently retired from the Florence (Alabama) City Schools, submitted this lesson, in which students create a fabric-portrait exhibit of famous African Americans. (Grades 6-12)

    Abraham Lincoln: An Internet Buddy Activity
    Peggy Chauncey Cramer, who teaches at Hamilton Elementary School in Kentwood, Michigan, submitted this weeks Internet buddy lesson in which younger and older students team up to learn about Abraham Lincoln. (Grades K-8)

    Biographical Poems
    Submitted by Monique Arnold
    Students learn about themselves by researching others. They also learn that they are not all that much different from the people they research!
    (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Trevor Shaw, who teaches at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, New Jersey, submitted this week's lesson, which involves students in examining all sides of the Columbus debate. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Jah's Mural
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    Clyde Winters, who teaches at the John Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, submitted this week's lesson. Students research animal life at the time the cave paintings in Lascaux, France, were created. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Comparing Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata
    Submitted by Juanita Gomez
    Juanita Gomez, who teaches at North Grammar School in Rio Grande City, Texas, submitted this week's lesson. Students create graphic organizers to compare and contrast the lives of two Mexican revolutionaries. (Grades 6-8)

    Communication Comparisons
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    VaReane Heese, a teacher at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School submitted this week's lesson in which students use online and print resources to research different methods of communication, use graphic organizers to compare the methods, and share their findings with classmates. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    What's Black and White and Read Later?
    Submitted by Denise Dejonghe
    Students learn what makes "lasting news" as they work in groups to create a newspaper about the year in which they were born (1986, 1987, or 1988). (Grades 6-8)

    My Hero -- A Class Mural
    Submitted by Linda Scudder
    Students discuss heroism and make a collaborative black-and-white mural of a hero. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Reading Without Seeing: Louis Braille and the Braille Alphabet
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    In this lesson, students explore the Braille alphabet and the contributions Louis Braille made to society. (Grades 3-6, 6-8, 9-12)

    And the Streets Are Paved With Gold
    Submitted by Brenda Dyck
    Using the links provided, students explore the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, New York, at the turn of the century, and answer questions that challenge them to use thinking skills from various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. (Grades 6-8)

    Treasures of Egypt
    Submitted by Gwyndolyn Lomax
    Students match pictures of Egyptian culture with their descriptions then create Egyptian resource posters. (Grades K-2)

    Underground Rails: The New York City Subway System
    Submitted by Raymundo V. De Jesus
    Students explore the New York City subway system as a link to the people and places of New York City. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    A Walk Through the 20th Century
    Submitted by Tammy Bunton
    Each student reviews the people, places, and events of a particular decade of the 20th Century, writes a report about that decade, and creates a booth of memorabilia, music, dress, pictures and other artifacts representing the time period. Students share their booths with their classmates, and then invite the entire school to a "Celebration of the 20th Century." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Create a Living Museum
    Submitted by Sharon Sumner
    Students research famous people from Missouri, or from their own state, and share the information by portraying that person in a "living museum." (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Students will use inquiry-based learning to gather information about Columbus' impact on the Americas. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    HOLIDAYS

    Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
    Michele McKinnon, who is interning at Liberty Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland, submitted this lesson, which uses a popular childrens book about Abe Lincoln to teach the five parts of a letter. (Grades K-5)

    Exploring Height With Abe Lincoln
    Megan Mulcahy, who teaches at Forest Acres Elementary School in Easley, South Carolina, submitted this lesson in which students determine how they measure up to Abe Lincoln. (Grades K-5)

    Celebrate Abe Lincoln: A Primary Timeline Activity
    Martha Leslie, who teaches at Centennial Elementary School in Graham, Washington, submitted this lesson in which students create simple timelines based on the life of Abe Lincoln. Other projects include painting Lincoln portraits. (Grades K-2)

    Interviewing Famous Leaders in History
    Lisa Auanger, a teachr at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia, submitted this lesson in which students research famous leaders (e.g., U.S presidents, Roman emperors, English monarchs) and create a realistic interview based on that research. (Grades 5-12)

    Invent a Holiday
    Katrina Stroup, who teaches at Alcorn Central School in Glen, Mississippi, submitted this lesson, in which students create a new holiday worth celebrating. (Grades 3-12)

    Abraham Lincoln: An Internet Buddy Activity
    Peggy Chauncey Cramer, who teaches at Hamilton Elementary School in Kentwood, Michigan, submitted this weeks Internet buddy lesson in which younger and older students team up to learn about Abraham Lincoln. (Grades K-8)

    Celebrate Mardi Gras
    Submitted by Tonya Wagoner
    Students learn about Mardi Gras by experience some traditional activities of the holiday. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    PSYCHOLOGY

    A Symbol of Myself
    Tammy Buehler, who teaches at Forest Park Elementary School in O'Fallon, Missouri, submitted this week's lesson in which students create a clay "symbol of myself." Nice open house display idea. (Grades 3-8)

    The Perfect Teacher
    Linda Mauriello, who teaches at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun activity that will help teachers drive home the concepts of mutual respect and high expectations. (Grades 9-12)

    Outgroup Experiment Reveals Bias, Stereotyping
    Marcie Pachter, who teaches at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Florida, submitted this week's lesson, which includes an activity to let students experience the bias and stereotyping often experienced by people who are different. (Grades 6-12)

    Fuzzy-Feeling Chair
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Inuksuit School in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut (Canada), submitted this lesson, in which a special chair becomes the setting for an activity that builds students' self-esteem and self-confidence. (Grades K-5)

    Using Literature to Teach About Bullying
    Joanne Hughes, who teaches at Covert Avenue Elementary School in Elmont, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use literature to learn about different types of bullying and different ways of dealing with them.

    A Modern Pandora's Box
    Anita Wadhwa, who teaches at Lee High School in Houston, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students read the story of Pandora's Box and then create modern-day versions of boxes filled with evil and hope. (Grades 6-12)

    Human Nature: Good or Evil?
    Patricia Rose Pflaumer, who teaches at Abington (Massachusetts) High School, submitted this weeks lesson, in which students debate the question Is human nature inherently good or inherently evil? (Grades 6-12)

    Striking Out Stress: A Gallery Walk Activity
    Submitted by Andrea W. Petho
    Andrea W. Petho, who teaches at Mahwah (New Jersey) High School, submitted this lesson, which actively involves students in a discussion about stress and how to cope with it. (Grades 6-12)

    Getting-to-Know-You List Poem
    Submitted by Ruth Henck McCreery
    Students construct and illustrate a list poem that expresses personal likes and dislikes.
    (Grades 6-8)

    Left Brain vs. Right Brain -- Which Side are You On?
    Submitted by Glenn Day
    Are you left-brained or right-brained? Does it matter? Check out this lesson to find out! (Grades 9-12)

    Solve a Problem; Build a Boat
    Submitted by Sherrell Bailey
    Students build a boat that will float and hold as many pennies as possible, then discuss the process of building the boat and relate the experience to experiences they encounter in life. (Grades 6-8)

    REGIONS / CULTURES

    Let's Get Along
    Kristina Davenport, an education student at the University of Idaho (Coeur d'Alene), submitted this lesson in which students learn valuable lessons about getting along by reading Eve Buntings award-winning Smoky Nights. (Grades 3-8)

    Native Americans of Our Region
    Julia Snyder submitted this lesson in which students use a variety of reading strategies to learn about Indian tribes native to their region. (Grades 3-8)

    Foreign Language Lip-Sync Karaoke Contest
    Tina Matic, who teaches at Oxford Academy in Cypress, California, submitted this week's lesson in which a lip-sync contest provides an unforgettable foreign language lesson. (Grades 6-12)

    Traveling Community Journal Project
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students' traveling journals teach them about communities and cultures. (Grades 2-8)

    The Cowboy Life
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this week's lesson in which students choose from a wide variety of activities aimed at "spurring" interest in cowboy life and the Old West. (Grades 3-8)

    Mother's Day Trip
    Rox-Anne Cox, who teaches at Albia Community School in Albia, Iowa, submitted this lesson in which students send their mothers on a special Mother's Day trip. (Grades 3-8)

    Reconstructing Artifacts
    Michelle Gay, who teaches at Foley (Alabama) Intermediate School, submitted this fun, hands-on activity, in which students learn about an archaeologist's work. (Grades K-12)

    Comparing Cinderella and The Rough-Face Girl
    Submitted by Kellie Replogle, a soon-to-be teacher from Holland, Ohio
    Students in grades 1-3 use a Venn diagram to compare two popular childrens stories -- Cinderella and the native tale The Rough-Face Girl.

    Making Sense of Islam
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    Clyde Winters, who teaches at John Shedd High School in Chicago, submitted this week's lesson, which involves students cooperatively in learning about the Muslim people of today. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    The African American Experience: A Research Quilt
    Submitted by Kimberly Emanuel
    This activity will introduce students to the research process while investigating the contributions of key African American leaders in the 1900s. Students will construct a quilt highlighting the achievements of each individual and present this quilt to the community. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Treasures of Egypt
    Submitted by Gwyndolyn Lomax
    Students match pictures of Egyptian culture with their descriptions then create Egyptian resource posters. (Grades K-2)

    Celebrate Mardi Gras
    Submitted by Tonya Wagoner
    Students learn about Mardi Gras by experience some traditional activities of the holiday. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Take a (Virtual) Trip!
    Submitted by Bonnie R. Ott
    Students will use inquiry-based learning to gather information about Columbus' impact on the Americas. (Grades 9-12)

    Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
    Submitted by Trevor Shaw
    Students will use inquiry-based learning to gather information about Columbus' impact on the Americas. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    SOCIOLOGY

    An Experiment in Unfair Treatment/Prejudice
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada), submitted this lesson, which offers a simple experiment to help launch a discussion of unfair treatment and prejudice/bias. (Grades 3-12)

    Outgroup Experiment Reveals Bias, Stereotyping
    Marcie Pachter, who teaches at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Florida, submitted this week's lesson, which includes an activity to let students experience the bias and stereotyping often experienced by people who are different. (Grades 6-12)

    Our Changing Community
    Sharon Hall, who teaches at South Lebanon Elementary School in Maineville, Ohio, submitted this week's lesson, a hands-on project that teaches students how communities change as they grow. (Grades K-5)

    Using Literature to Teach About Bullying
    Joanne Hughes, who teaches at Covert Avenue Elementary School in Elmont, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use literature to learn about different types of bullying and different ways of dealing with them.

    Children's Books Teach Diversity, Respect
    Submitted Joanne E. Hughes
    Students compare themes, characters, settings, and other aspects of two children's books that teach diversity and respect. (Grades 3-5)

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