All of the following lessons theme around the famed event of Buffalo’s 1901 Pan American Exposition. The unit includes 10 complete lessons, covering six different topics of the Pan, with handouts ready to print. Embedded within the Unit is a QR Code Scavenger Hunt. This scavenger hunt is eight internet activities about the Pan American Exposition of 1901. It is a QR Code activity. The webquest can be used individually for a lesson, or as an addition to a lesson on this topic. Each student would need an iPad and this packet to complete.
The students would use the "scan" app on the iPad and scan the QR Code for each subject. Then they would complete the activities in the packet or on the iPad. Two of the activities ask students to use the "Show Me" app to create their product. In its entirety, it would take about 2 class days to complete. You could use the lesson individually or bundle them. The other topics use the packet to write their responses. However, the lessons are flexible and you could use them as you best see fit in your curriculum.
Each activity is unique to the topic. They range from map reading, to watching a video, to analyzing art, reading comprehension, inferencing, creating a chart, and completing tasks on the iPad.
There are also over 40 original photographs taken of the Pan American sites in 2015. Photographs are free to use, even commercially.
Lesson 1: Photography as Art
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies, Art - middle/high school
Product is a one day lesson exploring the photography of CD Arnold, the official photographer of Buffalo's Pan American Exposition. The teacher will display images and ask compelling questions (both included). Then, the teacher will give a QR Code activity to be completed on an individual iPad.
This lesson provides students to analyze photography to determine era and learn history. It is conducted in a way in which individual students guide themselves and lead to self-discovery.
Lesson requires document camera, individual iPads with "Scan" app and "Show Me" app. A complete lesson plan is included with the student worksheet.
Lessons 2-4: How Niagara Falls Helped Light America!
Historical Context: 1901 - Buffalo Pan Am Exposition. Students will learn how hydroelectric power generated from Niagara Falls amazed America when Buffalo was the "City of Light" and center of America's progress in electricity.
This product is a 30 page document that includes:
8 handouts - ready to print
4 pages of detailed lesson plans
16 original photographs free to use, even commercially
Time frame: 3 lessons – In this three day lesson, the students will complete a close reading activity on a piece of informational text to learn about the history of hydroelectric power. They will use the information from this article to form an opinion defending the industrialist or preservationist during this time. Then, they will complete a virtual field trip on iPads, where they will observe and study different locations that were essential in hydroelectric power. Finally, their assessment with be a writing activity of their choice.
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies, Science
Students will have the opportunity to work cooperatively to answer "right there" and inferential questions based on a piece of informational text. Use iPads to explore Niagara Falls in 1901 utilizing a QR Code activity, and complete a RAFT writing task of their choice for assessment. Photographs are original, taken July 2015 that can be uploaded into a PowerPoint presentation to enhance lesson.
Lesson 5: Children of the Pan
A QR code activity used to study Buffalo's Pan American Exposition by utilizing and analyzing primary sources. The students would read articles from the Pan with children as the content. Students will read, analyze, and infer in this one day activity. The activity would have the students use the "Scan" App on an iPad to scan the QR Code. Then, they would explore the website, links, and a primary source to answer a series of questions, both right there and inferential questions, based on the context of the article.
Lesson 6 & 7: Architecture
This product is a two day lesson plan to explore the culture, history, and perspectives of the architecture of Buffalo's Pan American Exposition and the time period of the early 1900s.
Day 1 lesson includes a lesson procedure for the teacher and three student handouts. It is a QR code iPad activity exploring Louise Bethune, the Darwin Martin House, and Buffalo's Millionaire's Row. It also includes seven original photographs that are included to use free, even commercially.
Day 2 lesson is a walking architectural field trip where students will explore their local neighborhood to look for culture, history, and perspective. This lesson also includes teacher procedure and a chart to use.
Lesson 8 & 9: U.S. Imperialism
This lesson would fit into your curriculum towards the tail end of your chapter or unit on U.S. imperialism. The students should have already been taught the goals of U.S. imperialism, the annexation of Hawaii, as well as the results of the Spanish American War including the ensuing war against the Philippines. This could be a one-day lesson with the extended response assigned as homework or it could be extended into a multi-day lesson if you wished to spend more time discussing the Pan-American Exposition or the power-point photo analysis inquiry activity. **An entire lesson plan is included.
Lesson begins with a Photo Analysis group activity- Students will be shown a rustic photograph and a "modern" photograph of Buffalo's Pan Am which they will have to analyze and attempt to interpret. There are two options for instruction here.
Next, is a close read activity which requires students to analyze three sources. First, a historical account, second is a piece of art, and third is an excerpt from an informational text.
Assessment: The students will create an essay which answers the two-part question: Discuss three motives for U.S. imperialism and then the compelling question - Compare these motives with the purpose and goals of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. This is a DBQ task so the students are to include document analysis as well as relevant outside information in their answers. A short graphic organizer section is provided to help the students set up their extended response.
The student handout is 4 pages and a sample answer key is included.
Lesson 10: Teaching History through Cemetery
This is a one page lesson plan (with lesson enhancement ideas) that teaches history through cemetery. It contains a QR code and instructions. Students are taken to the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY's website. Then, they will view the three minute video about teaching history through cemetery. Finally, they will write a paragraph in reflection of the video. The use of iPads would be necessary to complete this activity or the teacher could show the video to the class with the use of a projector and reflect.
Within the lesson, there is an activity where students will view a Cemetery Symbolism chart. A class discussion will follow about tombstones. There are field trip suggestions and extension activities in the lesson as well.
Niagara Falls and hydroelectric power
Louise Bethune - first female architect
Pan Am - photography as art
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Children of the Pan
Buffalo's Millionaire's Row
The Darwin Martin House