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Black History Month: Famous African Americans Mini Research Project
Black History Month: Famous African Americans Mini Research Project
This Famous African-Americans: A Mini Research Project is the perfect Black History Month activity for your middle schoolers. Your students will get to dig into the lives of some of the most influential African Americans in our history, and learn how to conduct responsible online research. To begi
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A trip to South Africa - Complete lesson
A trip to South Africa - Complete lesson
Embark with us on a trip to South Africa! Engage your students, right from the beginning with a little quiz and have them learn, step by step, about South Africa: ✔︎ the animals ✔︎ the geography ✔︎ Nelson Mandela ✔︎ the history of South Africa and its flag Two fictional characters will also lead us in
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Kingdoms of West Africa Webquest
Kingdoms of West Africa Webquest
This webquest allows students to learn about West African Civilizations using the great BBC BiteSize History series, which was designed for use in classrooms grade 4-8. This webquest works great as a way to integrate technology into the classroom. The site is advertisement free and includes intera
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Amistad Primary Source Analysis Activity
Amistad Primary Source Analysis Activity
This excellent activity for the famous Amistad case is an excellent way to get your students to engage with primary source documents and learn about this fascinating moment in American History! This download includes a 1-page introduction reading that explains all about the case of the Amistad, fr
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BLACK HISTORY INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING AND CODING NONFICTION (FEBRUARY)
BLACK HISTORY INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING AND CODING NONFICTION (FEBRUARY)
Black history month unit: Looking for a comprehensive unit to teach teach your students interactive storytelling skills by coding using the app Scratch or Scratch Jr.? Teaching students storytelling and coding is a critical component to any 21st-century classroom. However, if you ar
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African Civilizations: Kingdom of Benin Webquest
African Civilizations: Kingdom of Benin Webquest
This webquest allows students to learn about the African civilization of Benin using the great BBC BiteSize History series, which was designed for use in classrooms grade 4-8. This webquest works great as a way to integrate technology into the classroom. The site is advertisement free and includes
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Informational Reading Text - Ancient Africa (No Prep Sub Plans)
Informational Reading Text - Ancient Africa (No Prep Sub Plans)
A bundle of 6 reading assignments about the ancient civilizations of Africa, the culture, the leaders, and the rise and fall of these kingdoms. Includes a crossword puzzle based on terms from the readings and an assessment based on comparing kingdoms using venn diagrams/charts. A great way to introd
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Africa Country Research Project
Africa Country Research Project
I LOVE teaching this project, and came up with it after living in Ghana and realizing, upon returning to the U.S., that Americans don't know much about Africa! In this 2-week project, each student picks a country in Africa after we do background lessons about the continent. (See my store for backgr
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Mansa Musa DBQ Lesson
Mansa Musa DBQ Lesson
This is a common core aligned lesson plan to accompany a vdeo on Mansa Musa. The lesson includes a warm-up activity, the exploration of a primary source, as well as a multi-flow map, and a “write-discuss” activity after with a graphic organizer to support students writing. The video used with this
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Underground Railroad Activities
Underground Railroad Activities
This activity is great for students working on close reading. It incorporates fiction and nonfiction text, writing, and small group collaboration. Included is a link to an interactive Underground Railroad website where you can take on the role of a slave and make decisions on your journey to freedom
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Ancient Chinese Civilization Exhibition Project
Ancient Chinese Civilization Exhibition Project
Ancient Chinese Civilization Exhibition Project Overview: Educational research has shown that the best way to retain knowledge is to understand it to the extent that you could teach it to someone else. This activity will help you to do just that as you discover the Geographic and cultural i
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African Ethnic Groups: Bantu/Swahili Instructional Resources
African Ethnic Groups: Bantu/Swahili Instructional Resources
This lesson plan includes fun activities about Bantu and Swahili Africans. The students will be able to answer the following questions: What are the characteristics of the Bantu Africans, such as location, religions, language, gender roles, and culture of past and modern day Bantu Africans? What d
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Notions of Africa Activity
Notions of Africa Activity
The Notions of Africa activity is designed to help students look at their own preconceived notions and stereotypes of Africa. In as little as ten to fifteen minutes, students are able to examine their own notions of Africa and why they are problematic. This will give them a base from which to begin
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Ella Baker Lesson
Ella Baker Lesson
This lesson is designed to educate students about the life and legacy of Ella Baker. The lesson requires to analyze an informational text and quotes. This lesson will help your students understand the life and legacy of a great woman. I hope your students find this beneficial. Mr. Olumiji
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Israelite Promise land lesson
Israelite Promise land lesson
This lesson will have students using upper level thought to determine the theme of the lesson, make connections between the Israelites and real world stories, and making connections to their own lives. Great early lesson in a unit to introduce the promise land.
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U.S. Aim # 125 What was the Harlem Renaissance?
U.S. Aim # 125 What was the Harlem Renaissance?
U.S. Aim # 125 What was the Harlem Renaissance? Objectives – Students will be able to  Cite information from an informational text to support a conclusion or argument.  Define words they do not know using context clues.  Identify and describe what the Harlem Renaissance. Do Now – 3 Minutes 1. E
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Ibn Battuta - His Travels, Motivations and Islamic Faith
Ibn Battuta - His Travels, Motivations and Islamic Faith
Students will be able to identify who Ibn Battuta was and his motivation to travel. Inlcuded in this lesson are readings about Ibn Battuta, a KWL chart for students to fill in, a glossary, a map, images of his travels, context clues, quotes from his journals and opportunities for students to respond
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"Scramble for Africa" World History Simulation
"Scramble for Africa" World History Simulation
Students will learn about the "Scramble for Africa" with this incredibly engaging and detailed simulation! The simulation addresses the motivations and major events of 19th-century imperialism using simulation activities and primary sources. During the simulation, students will be confronted with tr
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Ethnicity in Nigeria
Ethnicity in Nigeria
Nigeria's diverse array of ethnic groups presents many benefits and challenges to its population. This worksheet will lead your students to a deeper understanding of the different ethnic groups as well as the culture of Nigeria. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer critical thinki
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Abolitionists Report Card
Abolitionists Report Card
Students will pick three famous abolitionists to "grade" based on their successes in achieving the goals of abolitionism. They will have to justify each grade the abolitionist receives and their overall grade as a whole. Students will then be asked to evaluate which of three abolitionists they think
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Nelson Mandela Timeline Webquest
Nelson Mandela Timeline Webquest
The Nelson Mandela Timeline Webquest uses a great website created by the BBC that allows students to get a better understanding of the importance and life of Nelson Mandela. Apartheid and civil rights are also covered in this webquest. This webquest is also great at helping students better understan
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Informational Text - Ancient Egypt: Pyramids (No Prep)
Informational Text - Ancient Egypt: Pyramids (No Prep)
A reading assignment about Ancient Egyptian pyramids and their purposes. A great way to introduce the subject. The reading comes from a really great website, ushistory.org, under their free textbook tab. The information presented is theirs, I made up the questions. This can be done as a web quest as
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Informational Text - Ancient Africa: Kingdom of Ghana (No Prep)
Informational Text - Ancient Africa: Kingdom of Ghana (No Prep)
A reading assignment about the ancient African kingdom of Ghana. A great way to introduce the subject. The reading comes from a really great website, ushistory.org, under their free textbook tab. The information presented is theirs, I made up the questions. This can be done as a web quest assignment
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African Kente Cloth Paper weaving
African Kente Cloth Paper weaving
Thank you for showing interest in the “African Kente Cloth” lesson plan. I used it with my class just this year (times four- because I am a special area teacher) and each class loved it. The 26 slide PowerPoint resource and lesson plan has all the parts your need of a “highly effective” lesson, in
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"Weeping" Song Apartheid Lesson
"Weeping" Song Apartheid Lesson
"Weeping" is a song made famous by Josh Groban but was originally written by Dan Heymann, a white South African man. It is a protest song against apartheid. This lesson includes a copy of the lyrics, a link to the video on YouTube, a graphic organizer for students to follow as they listen to the s
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African Perspectives
African Perspectives
In this 1-day lesson, students will be introduced to the concepts of Afrocentric, Eurocentric and Ethnocentric in relation to the ways scholars discuss African history.
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Early Africa
Early Africa
Explore the fascinating kingdoms of ancient Africa! This book covers the mighty African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay--rich in culture and tradition--that sprang up along the continent s west coast as far back as 300 B.C. Rivaling the great ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, th
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Dirty Jobs : Monkey Caretaker (career video worksheet)
Dirty Jobs : Monkey Caretaker (career video worksheet)
As of March 2017, episodes of Dirty Jobs can be found both free and for low-price purchase through a number of Internet and video streaming services. These often change monthly so please check video availability prior to purchase of this worksheet. (Amazon Streaming / You Tube) *Dirty Jobs "MONKEY
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Women in STEM Science Lesson PowerPoint Experiment Lab Report Writing Prompt
Women in STEM Science Lesson PowerPoint Experiment Lab Report Writing Prompt
Introduce your students to Katherine Johnson: An amazing physicist and fantastic mathematician with a life story that is sure to inspire future STEM students to follow their dreams, regardless of the opposition they may face. (Yes, if you're wondering, she's one of the awesome scientists featured in
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Escaping Slavery Underground Railroad Simulation
Escaping Slavery Underground Railroad Simulation
This interactive Underground Railroad slavery simulation activity will find your students playing the role of slaves on a southern plantation in the 1800’s. Students will try to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Students will work in groups and will roll a die as they attempt to reach
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Ancient Egypt Gr. 4-6
Ancient Egypt Gr. 4-6
Walk, no run "like an Egyptian" right into the past. About this Resource: This thematic unit is designed to help students understand what life was really like in this ancient civilization. The unit starts off with core teaching lessons to build a base for knowledge, followed by st
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Africa Interactive Notebook/Lapbook with Reading Passages
Africa Interactive Notebook/Lapbook with Reading Passages
Your students will enjoy learning about Africa while creating this lapbook. I have included 5 lessons for topics which include: African Geography, Culture, Economy, Interesting Facts/History and Animals. Each lesson has a reading passage and a piece to complete for the lapbook. An answer key has be
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Africa Gr. 5-8
Africa Gr. 5-8
Take a trip back to the cradle of life and explore the great Sahara Desert in Africa. About this Resource: Become familiar with the national capitals and major cities where the majority of the human population reside. Get a sense of the location of different co
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Informational Text - Ancient Egypt: Social Structure (No Prep)
Informational Text - Ancient Egypt: Social Structure (No Prep)
A reading assignment about Ancient Egyptian social structures. A great way to introduce the subject. The reading comes from a really great website, ushistory.org, under their free textbook tab. The information presented is theirs, I made up the questions. This can be done as a web quest assignment u
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I Shouldn't Be Alive : Jaws of Death (video worksheet)
I Shouldn't Be Alive : Jaws of Death (video worksheet)
Look for more I SHOULDN’T BE ALIVE video sheets! Click here! *Video is necessary for completion of this worksheet *I SHOULDN'T BE ALIVE is a Discovery Channel series that is exc
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Human Geography of Nigeria
Human Geography of Nigeria
Nigeria's diverse ethnic groups and religion have often resulted in violent clashes. This worksheet will help your students understand the vast diversity as well as the human geography of Nigeria. In this worksheet, students are asked to make observations from a map and think critically about the
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Unspoken:  Integrated Social Studies and Language Arts LEARN Lesson
Unspoken: Integrated Social Studies and Language Arts LEARN Lesson
Students use background knowledge about the Underground Railroad as they make inferences using a wordless picture book. I have used this activity for years, and it always captures the imagination and enthusiasm of all students.
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Informational Text - Ancient Africa: Zimbabwe (No Prep)
Informational Text - Ancient Africa: Zimbabwe (No Prep)
A reading assignment about the ancient African kingdom of Zimbabwe. A great way to introduce the subject. The reading comes from a really great website, ushistory.org, under their free textbook tab. The information presented is theirs, I made up the questions. This can be done as a web quest assignm
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Informational Text - Ancient Africa (No Prep)
Informational Text - Ancient Africa (No Prep)
A reading assignment about the kingdoms of Ancient Africa. A great way to introduce the subject. The reading comes from a really great website, ushistory.org, under their free textbook tab. The information presented is theirs, I made up the questions. This can be done as a web quest assignment using
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African Masks Activity
African Masks Activity
An activity where the students make African masks using authentic guidelines. Instructions include pictures of masks for student viewing. A simple template is needed for students; I made mine using 11X14 paper and enlarging the image. It also includes a writing component for further student evalu
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Little Rock Nine
Little Rock Nine
This is a lesson plan on the Little Rock Nine. There are step by step directions for presenting the lesson.
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Mummification Project in Egypt
Mummification Project in Egypt
You're an Egyptian living in 1200 B.C. The King of Egypt has recently died (so sad!), and you alone are in charge of burying his body. Normally, this would take an Egyptian 70 days to complete, However, you have one weekend!!! Your Task: To read the articles given to you on mummies, (or use any o
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Age of Exploration: does middle passage deserve its awful name? DBQ & Activity
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Slavery: Was it considered a moral issue by Americans before the Civil War?
Slavery: Was it considered a moral issue by Americans before the Civil War?
This inquiry based assignment requires students to examine a variety of primary sources to answer the question "Did Americans consider slavery a moral issue prior to the Civil War?" Students will confront issues of bias, presentism, and missing voice as they discuss and debate the documents.
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Black History Month Project
Black History Month Project
This project is a biography of a famous African American. Students will be newscasters and will present their person using a variety of media.
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Global Aim # 73 What resulted from Europeans Scramble for Africa?
Global Aim # 73 What resulted from Europeans Scramble for Africa?
Global Aim # 73 What resulted from Europeans Scramble for Africa? Objectives – Students will be able to  Cite information from an informational text to support a conclusion or argument.  Define words they do not know using context clues.  Identify and describe how and why Africa was divided up. D
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Martin Luther King Jr - Picture supported text lesson review facts questions
Martin Luther King Jr - Picture supported text lesson review facts questions
Martin Luther King Jr. Life story of MLK (3 pages) with picture supported text. Comes with 10 review questions that have choice sets and picture supports.
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Global Aim # 97 What did Independence in Africa mean?
Global Aim # 97 What did Independence in Africa mean?
Global Aim # 97 What did Independence in Africa mean? Objectives – Students will be able to  Cite information from an informational text to support a conclusion or argument.  Define words they do not know using context clues.  Identify and describe how and why independence has its ups and downs.
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U.S. Aim # 50 What role did religion play in a slave’s life?
U.S. Aim # 50 What role did religion play in a slave’s life?
U.S. Aim # 50 What role did religion play in a slave’s life? Objectives – Students will be able to  Cite information from an informational text to support a conclusion or argument.  Define words they do not know using context clues.  Identify and describe what role religion played in a slave’s li
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U.S. Aim # 53 Was there any opposition to slavery?
U.S. Aim # 53 Was there any opposition to slavery?
U.S. Aim # 53 Was there any opposition to slavery? Objectives – Students will be able to  Cite information from an informational text to support a conclusion or argument.  Define words they do not know using context clues.  Identify and describe why there was any opposition to slavery. Do Now – 3
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U.S. Aim # 85 Why were labor unions created?
U.S. Aim # 85 Why were labor unions created?
U.S. Aim # 85 Why were labor unions created? Objectives – Students will be able to  Cite information from an informational text to support a conclusion or argument.  Define words they do not know using context clues.  Identify and describe why labor unions were created. Do Now – 3 Minutes 1. Des
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