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History Channel Thanksgiving Lesson with Video, Guiding Questions, and Sensory Figures Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 10th grade social science, 11th Grade Social Science, 6th Grade social science, 7th Grade Social Science, 8th grade social science, 9th grade social science, American Government, Lessons

California Social Science Content Standard 5.3 Students describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers If you’re searching for a fun and informative Thanksgiving activity to do with your students before the holiday, attached is a 50 minute lesson centered around History Channel’s […]

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Ghanian Kente Watercolor Salt Project

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Ghanian Kente cloth with its beautiful geometric patterns and bright colors truly captures the vibrancy of West African culture.  It’s no wonder Kente cloth made a recent comeback in fashion.  If you’re a 7th grade history teacher looking for a fun activity to include in your West Africa unit, this inexpensive art project incorporates themes of geography, natural resources […]

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McDougal Littel’s ClassZone West Africa Geography Practice (Textbook Not Required)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Guiding Question: How did geography shape the development of West African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai? Objective: SWBAT identify the locations of medieval West African trading empires and examine the ways geography shaped the cultural, religious, political, and economic landscape of Africa over time In this activity, students will label their physical maps of […]

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Proper Nouns

Posted Eureka Lessons ELA, ELA- Nouns, English, English Language Arts, Eureka Lessons Learning Series

This short ELA exercise leverages the power of Dragonzord’s lyrical genius and MC skill to provide to students a quick refresher on .  Please be advised that this ELA exercise was designed for desktop and has not yet been formatted for mobile devices.  

Empires of the Fertile Crescent & the Code of Hammurabi

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

Standard(s): Ca Content Standard History 6.2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush. Objective: SWBAT identify the major accomplishments of the empires of the fertile crescent.  They will also be able to interpret the Code of Hammurabi and apply the law to modern day scenarios. […]

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The 6Cs of History- Teacher Tool

Posted Eureka Lessons 11th Grade Social Science, Lessons

The 6C method is a great way for students to critically analyze an historic event.  Using their notes and research, students identify the 6Cs- Context, Cause, Consequence, Continuity, Culpability and speculating about what Could’ve been- to explain its complexity.  Available for download are the 6C method explained and an example of 6C using the Great Depression.

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Eureka Lessons’ Top 5 picks for 2016 Election Classroom Resources

Posted Eureka Lessons 10th grade social science, 11th Grade Social Science, 6th Grade social science, 7th Grade Social Science, 8th grade social science, 9th grade social science, American Government, Blog, Lessons

It’s election year, teachers.  Many of you are probably excited to discuss the 2016 election in the classroom, but I know there’s a small population of you out there who loathe doing this every four years.  Why?  Maybe because some of the most obnoxious and least informed students also happen to be the most passionate and vocal about the election.   Or maybe […]

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EDSITEment!’s “On the Road: The Travels of Marco Polo” Interactive Map Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

EDSITEment has a really great lesson plan + activity that allows students to follow Marco Polo via the Silk Road from Venice to Beijing.  It encourages students to think critically about climate and geography and truly grasp just how perilous and arduous Marco Polo’s journey must have been.

Florence & the Rise of Italian City-States (power points)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Florence, Italy was a wealthy city-state ruled by the powerful Medici family who had a hand in everything- from royalty, the Church (several popes descended from the Medici family), to the arts.  They supported artists most of you probably (hopefully) heard of- Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli.  Florence was often referred to as the cradle of the Renaissance, renowned for its […]

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First Came Medieval, then Came Renaissance (power point)

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A great way to start the Renaissance Unit is to ask students if they’ve discovered old styles from the past and have tried to bring them back.  Case in point, these interesting styles from the 90’s…  While we hoped the culottes and acid washed denim were buried in our past, it appears our youth has resurrected them through […]

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Artistic Styles of the Western Civilization (power point)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

This power point guides students through a series of artistic styles of western civilization through different eras- classical, medieval, and Renaissance.  It teaches them to think critically about art and how it reflects the periods from which they were created.  It also contains a bit of tasteful nudity- mostly side butt and half draped “boobies” so […]

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The Oodles

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, 7th Grade Social Science, 8th grade social science, Lessons

This is a short activity I like to do with students at the beginning of each year to open dialogue about ethnocentrism and to lay down rules for respectful discussion of world cultures.  Do not disclose the purpose of this activity to students before distributing.  Simply tell them that this is the first culture they’re going to […]

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Feudal Society in Europe (power point)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Feudalism was a social structure that dominated most of Europe following the fall of Rome.  The following is an introduction to the emergence of kings, vassals, knights and chivalry. Alia Klein, “Feudal Society in Europe” May 2003. PowerPoint presentation.

Join the Crusades- Brainstorm Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science

Group Activity This brainstorming activity would be ideal for a Think-Pair-Share activity to break up a lecture or read aloud and allow students some time to process information.  Once students have a pretty good idea of what the Crusades were, have them read what a call to arms could have looked like. Name ________________________   A […]

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The Story of Worms (Power Point)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science

This power point tells the story of Worms- a showdown between political figure, King Henry, and religious figure, Pope Gregory.  The outcome of the story was pivotal in European history because it cemented the church’s power over both religious and political domains.  The Story of Worms

The Reformation (Power Point)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science

This informative power point provides key details on the context for the Reformation.  It outlines issues with papal legitimacy and the church’s corruption and how key religious figures sought to reform the church.  The Reformation

The Church Survives the Fall of Rome

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science

Many history students are led to believe that after the fall of Rome, all progress just came to this abrupt halt we call the Dark Ages.  However, that is not true.  European culture may have seen its struggles after the fall but the Church managed to traditions alive.  This power point lecture gives a TL;DR on the […]

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Pope Gregory the Grrrrrrreat

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science

This set of resources includes Cornell notes and a power point lecture on Pope Gregory the Great and all his wonderful accomplishments, including his key role in spreading Christianity to England . Alia Klein, “Pope Gregory I”, May 2005. PowerPoint presentation.  Pope Gregory I

The Christianization of Europe PPT and Cloze Notes

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science

This set of power point and cloze notes introduces students to the spread of Christianity following the fall of Rome- From Clovis’s adoption of Christianity to Charlemagne’s alliance with the pope.  *Modifications* A set of Cornell style notes to go with power point for more advanced, independent note takers.   Alia Klein, “The Christianization of Europe,” September […]

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Europe Map Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Warm Up, Bell Ringer Activity After the fall of Rome, the empire disintegrated into many different territories and kingdoms and Rome was no more.  However, in the 800’s, the Frankish and German Kings formed a new Roman Empire which by the 1300’s became the Holy Roman Empire. Compare the two maps of Europe from 120 AD and […]

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Japan’s Shoguns

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Rise of the 1st Shogun Onin War Oda & Hideyoshi  Tokugawa These 3 sets of resources include power points, cloze notes, and activities that cover the rise of the shogunate to Tokugawa’s reign.  For help with the flow chart activities included in these downloads, see instructions from the Hideyoshi Unifies All of Japan. Rise of the […]

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The Noble Class of Japan Rise to Power

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Nobles Gain Power This set of resources includes a power point and cloze notes on the rise of the Noble Class (the Fujiwara Uji) and their cultural and artistic legacy.  Topics covered in this power point include: Fujiwara Uji Shoen Flower Arrangement (Ikebana) Zen Buddhism Japanese Rock Gardens Tea Ceremony Alia Klein, “Nobles Gain Power… […]

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Feudalism in Japan

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

 Japanese Feudalism This set of resources include 2 power points and 1 set of cloze notes on the following topics: Emperor Tenchi Feudalism Taika Reforms and the adoption of China’s Equal Field System Shintoism From Ujis to Emperors Alia Klein, “Japan’s Land System”. September 2007. PowerPoint presentation.

Kublai Khan and the Mongols Invade Japan- Flow Chart Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons, Reading Skills

Kublai Khan Flow Chart Activity  Mongols Invade Japan Before you begin the flow chart activity, start with the power point on the Mongolian Invasion (see resource “Mongols Invade Japan”).  Give students a visual representation of the story and provide context.  Then handout the summary (below) and instruct them on how you would like them to […]

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Hideyoshi Unifies All of Japan- Flow Chart Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Grade 7, Lessons, Reading Skills

Text: HIDEYOSHI UNIFIES JAPAN FLOW CHART  Activity: Hideyoshi Flow Chart  Before we begin the story of Hideyoshi, it is important to explain to students the significance of seppuku to the samurai code of honor, bushido.  There’s a lot of seppuku in this story and whether the kids find it weird, cool in a gross way, or so gangsta, […]

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Chinese Influences on Japan

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

The following is a set of resources includes a Power Point Presentation and Cloze Notes on Chinese Influences on Japan, and the willingness of Prince Shotoku to embrace ancient Chinese customs. Chinese Influences Alia Klein, “Chinese Influences”. September 2007. PowerPoint presentation.

Latin America Tourist Pamphlet Assignment

Posted Eureka Lessons 9th grade social science

Latin America Tourism Assignment All variables that require modification are highlighted.  The highlighted page numbers correlate to Holt McDougal’s 9th Grade Geography textbook but the assignment can work with any geography textbook. Instructions: assign a Latin American region to each group, students fold a standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper into thirds, instruct students to create a trifold toursim […]

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World’s Fair Project (11 Days), Theme: Water

Posted Eureka Lessons 9th grade social science, Lessons

  A Sample Introduction to the World’s Fair Welcome to the 2013 World’s Fair!  At this exciting global expo, our geography experts (Jefferson High School’s freshman class) will be taking teachers and students on a tour around the world.  This year’s theme is WATER!  How have Netherland’s polders affected the environment?  Are some countries guilty […]

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Westward Ho

Posted Eureka Lessons 11th Grade Social Science, 8th grade social science, Lessons

 Westward Expansion- Review and Exam If you’re covering the period of westward expansion in US History, this Jeopardy style game will work perfectly as a cumulative review before a big unit test. Also included are: 1 study guide (chapter 10 & 11 if you use the California Edition Glencoe U.S. History, 8th Grade textbook) and […]

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Analyzing Primary & Secondary Sources, Geography Skills

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

This set of resources was created for classrooms using McDougal-Littell’s World History: Ancient and Early Modern Times.  The first Power Point: “Primary, Secondary” introduces students to the concept of primary and secondary sources and how both are crucial to our study of history.  It also includes a say-mean-matter activity to help students practice primary source analysis.  See […]

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Early Humans Cause and Effect Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

California Content Standard Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills Grades 6-8, Historical Interpretation- 2. Students understand and distinguish cause, effect, sequence, and correlation in historical events, including the long- and short-term causal relations. 3. Students explain the sources of historical continuity and how the combination of ideas and events explains the emergence of new patterns. California […]

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Early Humans Timeline Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

California Content Standard 6.1.1. Describe the hunter-gatherer societies, including the development of tools and the use of fire. Chronological and Spatial Thinking Skills 6-8.1. Students explain how major events are related to one another in time. 2. Students construct various time lines of key events, people, and periods of the historical era they are studying. Objective: SWBAT […]

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GRAPES of History

Posted Eureka Lessons 10th grade social science, 6th Grade social science, 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

  The best way to learn world history and explore new civilizations is by studying GRAPES. Whenever my students begin studying a new civilization, I distribute GRAPES charts to students to fill in each time we learn something new. It helps paint the big picture and provides a sense of continuity throughout the unit. It […]

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West Africa Review Game (power point)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

This review game is a great way to tie together the Medieval Africa Unit before a test.  Divide students into teams, distribute whiteboards and dry erase markers, and begin!   West Africa Review Game Alia Klein.”West Africa Review Game (power point)”. September 2007. PowerPoint presentation.

Writing Assignment: How did Islam Impact West Africa?

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

California Content Standards: 7.4. 3. Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law. 7.4.4. Trace the growth of the Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship in West Africa. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.5 Once students have read through a […]

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Mansa Musa and the Kingdom of Mali

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

California Content Standard(s): 7.4.3 Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law. 7.4.4 Trace the growth of the Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship in West Africa. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and […]

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West African Society

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

California Content Standard 7.4.2: Analyze the importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa This set of resources includes two Power Point presentations, a set of cloze notes, and a teacher reference sheet on the following topics: Family-based Communities to Cities and Kingdoms Labor Specialization, Surplus and […]

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How to Deal with Poor Language Mechanics in the Classroom

Posted Eureka Lessons Blog, English, English Language Arts, Grade 11-12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9-10, Writing

Grading essays can be grueling for teachers who place an especially high value on grammar and spelling.  The writing game has degenerated since teachers graduated high school as evidenced by today’s wildly popular listicle literary style.  If you’re unfamiliar with listicles, they tend to prize brevity and user views over language mechanics and content. If this is what kids are reading, can we really fault […]

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Activity: Sundiata, the Lion King

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Literature

CALIFORNIA CONTENT STANDARD(S)- SOCIAL SCIENCE- 7.4.1 Study… the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires.  7.4. 5  Describe the importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.7  Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques […]

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