Available Lessons

"Diary of Anne Frank:" A Podcast

Grade: 8
Social Studies, Technology

Students create a podcast surrounding historical events of Anne Frank and the Secret Annex.

"Lift Every Voice and Sing"

Grade: 8
Social Studies

After listening to the African-American National anthem, students will analyze the lyrics of the hymn in order to identify and explain important historical references.

A Hidden Child's Story:Accounts from the Holocaust Digital Story

Grade: 8
Social Studies, Technology

Students will create a storyboard (using PowerPoint or Microsoft Word) outlining their movie on a hidden child of the holocaust using photos downloaded from the FCIT site (A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust). Students will include narration in the movie describing the events that unfolded in that child’s life. Students will then use their storyboard, along with their downloaded photos and background music, to create a digital story using video editing software.

Ain't I a Woman - Sojourner Truth

Grade: 8
Social Studies

This lesson works to compare the struggles of the Abolition movement with those of the Women's Reform movement by studying Ain't I A Woman by the prominant abolitionist of her time - Sojourner Truth.

All About Me: Journalism Ice Breaker

Grade: 7
Technology

In the lesson, students are asked to create a presentation (PowerPoint or Keynote) introducing themselves and their roles in the Journalism class to other students. This lesson can be used at the beginning of the course as a culture-building activity.

America's Abolitionists: A Digital Biography Project

Grade: 7
Social Studies

Students will use text and web resources to research an abolitionist from the Antebellum era. Students will take research notes, construct a storyboard as a rough draft and compose a digital biography using a video pre-writing software (i.e. Photostory, imovie, moviemaker). Students will present their final product to the class.

An Intro to Google Earth Scavenger Hunt

Grade: 7
Social Studies, Technology

Students will use Google Earth to answer a series of questions. These questions will allow students to explore Google Earth and many of the different features it offers.

Colonial Brochures Activity

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will conduct research on an assigned colonial region. Students will learn about the thirteen colonies by creating a colonial brochure. Students will become experts on their colonial region. The students will share their brochure with other students in class.

Constitutional Amendments: Civil Rights and Liberties

Grade: 7
Social Studies

Students will work together using a cooperative group work strategy to develop an understanding of Constitutional Amendments and examine their significance. Students will analyze a series of photographs to decide which amendment is being depicted. Students will then rank the given amendments on a spectrum, deciding, based on their own opinions, which they feel to be the most important and which they feel to be is the least important.

Dream Vacation: A Math Analysis

Grade: 6
Technology

Students are given the opportunity to select a dream vacation and are give a set amount of money and must plan and execute their trip without going over their allotted funds.

Economic Pull Factor

Grade: 7
Social Studies

This lesson reviews the economic pull factors that cause migration. In addition, students will chart the census data for Florida since 1900 and create a class PowerPoint showcasing your learning.

Exploring America: The U.S. from A to Z

Grade: 7
Social Studies

Teacher will lead a presentation to students in order to introduce cultural and physical landmarks that are emblematic of the United States. During the presentation, students will take notes in a graphic organizer to record important information. At the conclusion of the presentation students will be given the choice to either compose a poem or journal entry to describe landmarks. Students must include a minimum of three physical landmarks and three cultural landmarks for a total of 6 landmarks in either the poem or the journal entry.

Florida During the Civil War

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will explore the role Florida played during the Civil War. Students will explore a document detailing Florida's role and be able to identify key battles that took place on Florida soil. Students will be able to explain how Florida helped the Confederacy during the war.

Florida Scavenger Hunt

Grade: 7
Social Studies

Using a map of Florida along with map skills students will go on a scavenger hunt to find key physiographic features related to Florida.

Forces-Review Games

Grade: 8
Science

The standard method of completing a chapter is to have the student review 3 ways: Cooperative review questions from text; MindJogger Game DVD from text with winning team participants receiving 5 Extra Credit points; BrainPops subject specific game on Internet.

Hurricane Tracking

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will review longitude and latitude using hurricane tracking models along with a review of storm development. This lesson uses an interactive white board and falls into the authentic entry level domain on the technology integration matrix.

Impact of Colonial settlements on Native American populations

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will analyze the impact of European colonization on Native Americans, applying information learned from primary and secondary sources. In heterogeneous groupings of 3-4 students will discuss historical information and facts to determine the overall impact of colonization on Native American populations.

Jamestown Dilemmas

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will explore the difficulties experienced by the English settlers in Virginia and subsequent struggles for survival in the early years of the colony. Students will be given four different dilemmas and will explore possible outcomes to the initial problems faced by the English colonists. After students help resolve the issues through collaborative groups, students will then learn what actually happened in Jamestown and the eventual survival of the colony through strong leadership and the development of tobacco.

Mollie Gabe: A Former Slave's Perspective

Grade: 8
Social Studies

This short, stand-alone lesson seeks to give students a perspective of life as a slave from a former slave's perspective. Although this is but one view, it is a view nonetheless. Students will also be asked to use and improve their reading skills by the associated worksheet.

RAFT-American Revolution

Grade: 8
Social Studies

The students will take on a role of a person during the American Revolution and explain several significant events based on that person's viewpoint.

Six Essential Elements of Geography

Grade: 6
Social Studies

Teacher will lead students in the facilitation of a presentation to introduce and familiarize students with the 6 Essential Elements. At the conclusion of the presentation, students will analyze a series of photographs to determine which element the photos are depicting.

Slave Spirituals

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will listen to slave spirituals and analyze the lyrics in order to identify common themes presented in these songs. Students will construct a venn diagram in order to compare and contrast information identified.

U.S. Physical Geography: Mapping Activity and Poster Project

Grade: 7
Social Studies

Students will use maps and atlases to learn about and identify important physical locations and landmarks in the United States to better understand the region. After completing the mapping activity, students will apply the information learned to construct a travel tour poster to exemplify the physical and culture diversity in the United States.

Understanding the Bill of Rights

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will work in heterogeneous groups of four to create an appropriate symbol/emblem, as well as a slogan for the Bill of Rights. Groups will develop a symbol/emblem to collectively represent the first ten amendments. Groups will use chart paper (or poster board) to create a visual representation of this emblem/symbol with the slogan written alongside. Presenters from each group will explain their emblem and slogan to the class while the rest of the class takes notes.

Washington Crossing the Delaware: ID, Examine, Evaluate

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will analyze a painting of Washington crossing the Delaware as an introduction to the American Revolution.

Why Propaganda?

Grade: 8
Social Studies

Students will analyze historical posters/images and explain reasons why propaganda is used to influence opinion both today and in history. Students will work collaboratively analysing each example of propaganda to further discuss the use of propaganda, its intended message and bias identification in the examples

Women's Suffrage

Grade: 8
Social Studies

In order to develop a foundational understanding of women's suffrage, students will listen to "Sufferin' Till Suffrage" by School House Rock and identify important related pieces of information. Then, in order to develop an understanding that suffrage was not the same for all women, students will analyze "Ain't I a Woman" by Sojourner Truth and compare and contrast the suffrage rights of African-American women to those of white women.