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History Subject Center 7

Presidential Bookmarks
Students in grades 3-5 use online resources to find basic information on a U.S. president. Then, using Microsoft Word, they create bookmarks containing a few facts about the selected president along with his photograph, print the bookmarks, and trade them with their peers.

Visiting a Historical Site
On the PBS show History Detectives, experts solve mysteries from the past using modern research methods. Teach your students to think like the history-mystery detectives with these lessons for visiting a historical site. Appropriate for grades 7-12, the lessons provide step-by-step instructions for research before a visit to a historical site, procedures during the visit, and the creation of a poem based on the visit.

Four Days in Paris
In this foreign language or social studies lesson for grades 4-6, students research a travel destination, set up a four-day itinerary, and then use iWork's Pages program to create an illustrated travel journal detailing their "experiences."

Hail to the Chief(s)!: Lessons from Presidential Libraries
Presidential libraries hold the papers and memorabilia of former U.S. presidents, making them available to the general public, and preserving them for future generations. Discover how you can use online resources from presidential libraries to teach students about U.S. presidents.

Poetry From Photos: A Lesson on the Great Depression.
Getting information from the Internet often is just a copy and paste operation. The challenge for teachers is to teach students to apply and extend what they learn online. In this lesson, students view photographs of migrant families during the Great Depression, try to interpret the photos to answer questions about the subject's life, and then write a cinquain poem based on their interpretations.

I Do Solemnly Swear: Presidential Inaugurations
Stuffy and formal or disorganized and strange? Presidential inaugurations have run the gamut over the years. Check out this lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which the facts and frenzy surrounding 55 presidential inaugurations are investigated.

Wireside Chat: Making Social Studies Work for At-Risk Kids
Joann Winkler, the 2004 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) elementary school teacher of the year, has her at-risk kids running businesses, collecting for the needy, and giving national park "tours."

WebQuest: Thanksgiving Means More Than Giving Thanks!
The U.S. Congress has decided to change the name of the holiday celebrated on the last Thursday in November. The holiday should be a day for more than just giving thanks, the lawmakers say. Your team will help Congress decide what the new name should be.

Elections, Voting in Words a Kid Can Understand
The vocabulary and idiosyncrasies that surround voting and the election process are difficult for adults to grasp. In America Votes: How Our President is Elected, Linda Granfield explains the whole process in words any fifth grader will understand.

Sites to See: Lewis and Clark
Two hundred years ago, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and more than two-dozen members of the Corps of Discovery set out to discover a waterway linking the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. This collection of sites filled with online activities, lesson plans, curriculum resources, primary documents, maps, and more commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.



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