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This lesson plan will help students understand different examples of mummified remains.


This lesson plan will help students understand the natural forces behind avalanches and landslides.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the unique animals of Australia.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the adaptation of animals to life various California environments.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the unique animals of Namibia in Africa.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the scientific studies taking place in the Amazon rain forest.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8        


Students will learn about rain forests and rain forest animals. They will work in small groups to create trading cards about their favorite rain forest animals.

Gr. K,1,2       


This lesson plan will help students understand the unique animals of Tasmania.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand important paleantological discoveries in Argentina.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the need for biodegradable products.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the three primary types of bridges and the engineering principles used in bridge construction.




Students will understand that all living things are composed of cells and about the different parts of a cell and their functions. They will explain what they observe under a microscope and report their data in science journals.

Gr. 3,4,5         


This lesson plan will help students understand the types and sizes of black holes.

Gr. 6,7,8      


This lesson plan will help students understand the sun, the moon, and the planets of our solar system.

Gr. 3,4,5       


This lesson plan will help students understand scientific classification and the characteristics common to living organisms.

Gr. 3,4,5       


This lesson plan will help students understand the similarities and differences between various animals.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand how movement affects different types of energy..

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand that cultural symbols often represent cultural values.



This lesson plan will help students understand the challenges to transportation presented by space exploration.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the variety of dinosaurs and the length of time they ruled the Earth.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand how scientists use fossils and other evidence to form theories about what dinosaurs were like.

Gr. 3,4,5        


This lesson plan will help students understand the scientific controversy about whether dinosaurs were warm or cold blooded.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Students will learn about the structural and behavioral adaptations that animals possess and how those adaptations help them survive.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand important modern medical discoveries.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the scientific and ethical implications of the Human Genome Project.




This lesson plan will help students understand geological time and the age of the earth as revealed by the fossil record.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the causes and effects of powerful earthquakes.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand how dehydrated foods are used by astronauts.

Gr. 3,4,5        


This lesson plan will help students understand the forces and motion, weightlessness, and other physical science aspects of roller coasters.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the meaning of the term endemic plant or animal and the threat that can come with the introduction of non-endemic plants or animals to an existing habitat.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the factors that cause erosion and that affect landslides.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the causes and types of landslides and erosion.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the term "living fossils" and how some creatures have survived since the time of the dinosaurs.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the parts of the eye and how they work to enable sight.

Gr. 6,7,8      


This lesson plan will help students understand that fires can create both positive and negative effects on ecosystems.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students learn ways to prevent unwanted fires, to prepare for fires in advance through drills and other safety practices. and how to protect themselves should a fire occur.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the factors that affect air pressure and make flight possible.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand various types of frogs and toads, where they live and their place in the ecosystem.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the function of each system of the body and how they work together.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the animals of the Guyana rain forest, which is called the Guyana Shield.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the various ways that insects communicate with each other.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand paleontology, the science that explores life in past geological periods as revealed through fossils.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity, which is used to measure the strength of tornadoes..

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the parts and functions of the human brain.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand how changes in air or water pressure can affect the human body.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand that having two ears enables us to percieve sound more accurately.

Gr. K,1,2        


This lesson plan will help students understand tectonic plates and their effects on the earth.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand important astronomical discoveries.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand about the changes that are taking place in our galaxy and ideas about what may occur in the future.




This lesson plan will help students understand the forces of nature, such as gravity and kinetic energy, that affect sports.




This lesson plan will help students learn about the effects of magnetic energy in the world around them.

Gr. 6,7,8      


This lesson plan will help students understand the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the history of NASA and space exploration.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the history of and future plans for NASA's exploration of the planet Mars.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the three types of nuclear reactions and how the sun's energy is produced by fusion.



This lesson plan will help students understand the global effect of the oceans on weather and all life.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the unique primate known as the lemur, which lives in Madagascar.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the development of the periodic table of the elements and the discovery of specific elements.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the creation and analysis of satellite images.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand and use the tools of scientific inquiry.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the similarities and differences between wolf and human societies.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the relationship between temperature and pressure.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand the "arribada", when thousands of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8      


This lesson plan will help students understand that much dust contains microscopic arachnids called dust mites which may cause allergies.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand different types of plant and animal habitats.

Gr. 3,4,5       

This lesson plan will help students understand the characteristics of the planets in the solar system and how astronomers study them.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand both the positive and the negative effects of modern technology.

Gr. 3,4,5        


This lesson plan will help students understand when various organisms first appeared on Earth.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the genetic nature of identical twins and the scientific studies on identical twins that have brought data to the hereditary/environment controversy regarding personality development.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the history of NASA and space exploration.



This lesson plan will help students understand the science and purpose of archaeology.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand that scientists continually gather and interpret data to identify and understand patterns in the behavior of volcanoes and other natural phenomena.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the unique geological features and wildlife found in Yellowstone National Park.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the formation of hurricanes and how they are classified.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Mathematics


Students will explore two- and three-dimensional geometry and geometric figures. After viewing a video on united streaming, they will demonstrate real-life geometric applications using Google SketchUp. Allow three class periods.

Gr. 6,7,8      


This lesson plan will help students understand the importance of accuracy in measurement and how different units of measurement have been used in history.

Gr. 6,7,8       


This lesson plan will help students understand why and how banks calculate and charge interest.

Gr. 3,4,5     


This lesson plan will help students understand the many ways we use mathematics every day.

Gr. K,1,2        


This lesson plan will help students understand word problems involving money by using simple mathematics.

Gr. K,1,2        


This lesson plan will help students understand that monetary exchange rates change constantly and how to convert any currency to the equivalent amount of U.S. dollars.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Students will learn that congruent figures can be moved in ways that will not change their shape and size.

Gr. 3,4,5       


This lesson plan will help students understand the use of bar graphs.

Gr. K,1,2       



This lesson plan will help students understand the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other addictions.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the body's systems to better achieve health and fitness goals.

Gr. 3,4,5        

This lesson plan will help students understand how to use the Food Pyramid to assess their diet and develop heathy eating habits.

Gr. 6,7,8       



Social Studies


This lesson plan will help students understand how and why people build monumental structures and how structures can reflect a culture's values and beliefs.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand ancient Egyptian civilization.

Gr. 3,4,5,6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the need to prepare for different climates and customs when traveling abroad.

Gr. 3,4,5       


This lesson plan will help students understand the ideas and attitudes of historic people by imagining how Alexander the Great might deal with modern media.

Gr. 6,7,8      



This lesson plan will help students understand the concept of dictatorship.

Gr. 3,4,5        


This lesson plan will help students understand how available technology can affect the outcome of warfare and thus alter history.

Gr. 6,7,8        


This lesson plan will help students understand the destructive effects prejudice and of stereotyping other people.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Building a Viking Ship
This lesson plan will help students understand the importance of the viking longship to viking culture.




Caribbean - A Mosaic of Cultures
This lesson plan will help students understand the geography and people of the Carribean.

Gr. 6,7,8       


China: Its History, Dynasties, and the Forbidden City
This lesson plan will help students understand the history and dynasties of China and the Forbidden City.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Cleopatra and Other Egyptian Rulers
This lesson plan will help students understand the history and lives of the rulers of ancient Egypt.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Colonial Life in North America
Students will learn about colonial life in North America. They will explore similarities and differences between types of colonies and compare everyday life in the colonies to life today.

Gr. 3,4,5      


Cortes and the Aztecs: A Lesson in Leadership
This lesson plan will help students understand personal aspects of leadership shown by Cortes and their effect on the Aztecs and history.




Creating a Picture Book about the Fall of the Aztecs or Incas
This lesson plan will help students understand strengths and weaknesses of the Aztecs and Inca, and how the Spaniards defeated both groups.

Gr. 3,4,5        


Daily Life in Egypt
This lesson plan will help students understand aspects of the lives of ordinary people in ancient Eqypt.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Daily Life of the Romans, The
This lesson plan will help students understand life for the common people of ancient Rome.




Designing a Monument Like Those of Pharaoh Ramses
This lesson plan will help students understand the purpose of ancient and modern monuments.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Different Viewpoints of the Revolutionary War, The
This lesson plan will help students understand that one way to learn about history is to read historical novels.

Gr. 6,7,8      


Discovering World Geography by Making a Globe
This lesson plan will help students understand Earth's continents and other major features of geography.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Divided Loyalties: Seeing Both Sides of the American Revolution
This lesson plan will help students understand both the rebel and the loyalist positions taken by colonists during the American Revolution.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Does the End Justify the Means? Moral Dilemmas
This lesson plan will help students understand that they may face situations in which there is no clear right or wrong course of action.




Early Civilizations and the Sumerians
This lesson plan will help students understand the ancient Sumerian civilization and its impact on history and myth.




Escaping Oppressive Regimes
This lesson plan will help students understand the nature of tyranny and the desire for freedom.

Gr. 6,7,8        Formats:  PDF  Microsoft Word


Famous Explorers of the Arctic and Antarctic
This lesson plan will help students understand the hardships and obstacles faced by early polar explorers.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Freedom of Speech: What Is Protected?
This lesson plan will help students understand the conflict between hate groups' propaganda and the rights promised in the First Amendment.




Geography and Culture of the Andes
This lesson plan will help students understand the geography and people of the Andes Mountains in South America.

Gr. 6,7,8        


George Washington Creates the Purple Heart
This lesson plan will help students understand the creation of the Purple Heart medal and where and how it is awarded.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Gun Control
This lesson plan will help students understand the conflict between those who advocate stricter gun control laws to curb violence and those who believe that strict gun control is contrary to the Second Amendment.




History of the American Space Program
This lesson plan will help students understand the history of NASA and space exploration.

Gr. 6,7,8        


History of the American Space Program
This lesson plan will help students understand the history of NASA and space exploration.




How and Why of Mummies, The
This lesson plan will help students understand the cultural and social reasons for the practice of mummification and the different ways mummies are produced.

Gr. 6,7,8       


How Early Native American Tribes Had Fun
This lesson plan will help students understand how Native American toys and games relected their cultures' beliefs and aspects of their daily life.

Gr. 3,4,5        


Influence of "Common Sense" on the Revolutionary War, The
This lesson plan will help students understand the influence of Thomas Paine's 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense" on the opinions of diferent factions in the Revolutionary War.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Inuit Culture and Relationship with the Environment
This lesson plan will help students understand the past and present lives of the Inuit people.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Learning about the Korean War
This lesson plan will help students understand the Korean War and its impact on the veterans of that conflict and their families.




Legacy of Mt. Rushmore, the
This lesson plan will help students understand the contributions of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson to the United States, which are honored by the monument at Mt. Rushmore.

Gr. K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8      


Life and Culture of Neanderthal Humans, The
This lesson plan will help students understand the physical features, lives and culture of the Neanderthals.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Looking at the Origins of Ancient Religions
This lesson plan will help students understand the founders and attributes of various religious traditions.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Making a Map of Canada
This lesson plan will help students familiarize themselves with the provinces and geography of Canada.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Mapping the Scope and Influence of the Ottoman Empire under Suleyman the Magnificent
This lesson plan will help students understand the role Suleyman and the Ottoman Empire played in the history of the Middle East and Europe.




Migration and the Fertile Crescent
This lesson plan will help students understand why early humans migrated to different locations in the world.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Mummies - Clues to Ancient Cultures
This lesson plan will help students understand what mummies are, where they have been found, and how and why they were made.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Napoleon Picks Up after the French Revolution
This lesson plan will help students understand why the French accepted Napoleon as a dictator even though they had recently overthrown the monarchy.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Origin and Culture of Local Native Americans, The
This lesson plan will help students understand the culture and survival strategies of the Native Americans who lived long ago in the students own geographical area.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Our Hero, Benjamin Franklin
This lesson plan will help students understand Benjamin Franklin and his importance in American history.

Gr. K,1,2        


Peter the Great and the Influence of Western Europe on Russia
This lesson plan will help students understand how Peter the Great worked to modernize Russia by emulating what he saw in his travels to Western Europe.




Post-World War II Europe; NATO and the Warsaw Pact
This lesson plan will help students understand post-World War II Europe, the formation of NATO, and the U.S. policy of containment in the Cold War with Communism.




President's Role as Commander in Chief When the U.S. Goes to War, The
This lesson plan will help students understand the factors that have traditionally led Americans to war and the unique role of the President as Commander in Chief in determining U.S. involvement in armed conficts.



Real War, Real People: The Warriors of the American Revolution
This lesson plan will help students understand the observations, thoughts and feelings of those who directed and fought in the American revolution.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Reporting on Pearl Harbor
This lesson plan will help students understand the events of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to the U.S. entry into World War II.



Richard Nixon and Vietnam: Ending the War
This lesson plan will help students understand President Nixon and U.S. policy during the Vietnam War in the face of rising opposition on the homefront.




Russian Revolution: The Fate of the Romanovs, The
This lesson plan will help students understand some of the strong personalities involved in the Russian Revolution and the assasination of the royal family.



Seeing Points of View in Arab Israeli Conflict
This lesson plan will help students understand the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.



Strategies of War: Three Examples from History
This lesson plan will help students understand how available technolgy affects the outcome of warfare, and can thus alter history.



Taking Sides in the Russian Revolution
This lesson plan will help students understand the events leading up to the 1917 Russian Revolution from the perspectives of both the aristocracy and the peasantry.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Terrain of Mexico and Central America
This lesson plan will help students familiarize themselves with the geography of Central America and Mexico.

Gr. 6,7,8        


The American Revolution
Students will identify important figures and events during the Revolutionary War and examine the social, political, and religious aspects of the American Revolution.

Gr. 3,4,5        


Tracing Lewis and Clark through Archaeology
This lesson plan will help students understand the challenges faced by archaeologists as they try to uncover the past.

Gr. 6,7,8        


Understanding Africa
This lesson plan will help students understand the history of and impact of European colonization on selected African nations.

Gr. 6,7,8      


Understanding Banking and Interest
This lesson plan will help students understand how banks calculate and charge interest.

Gr. 3,4,5       


Understanding the American Civil Rights Movement
This lesson plan will help students understand the long struggle for equality in America.

Gr. 6,7,8       


Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, The
This lesson plan will help students understand the art, architecture and history of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.



Vikings: Their Origins and Their Longships
This lesson plan will help students understand the importance of the viking longship to viking culture.




Watergate: The Events Before and After the Scandal
This lesson plan will help students understand the Watergate crisis and the subsequent fall of President Nixon.




Who Is the Most Important Woman in History?
This lesson plan will help students understand the lives of important women in the past and the changing role of women today.

Gr. 6,7,8        
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