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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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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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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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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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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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Author/Illustrator: Demi 

Buddha by Demi- Guided Reading and Storyboard Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, 7th Grade Social Science, ART 6-8, English, Grade 6, Grade 7, HUMANITIES ELECTIVES, Lessons, Literature

Demi’s Buddha is a fantastic, grade level appropriate book detailing the life and work of Siddhārtha Gautama.  The story is instantly engaging and the illustrations are well drawn.  For this activity, I recommend having 5-7 copies available to your students.  It’s roughly $3.45/copy (hardcover) on amazon. 1. Hand out Buddha by Demi- Guiding Questions and read aloud to students […]

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Octavian (Augustus) and the Pax Romana

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

CA Standard(s) 6.7-3: ID the reasons for the growth of the empire, including how the empire fostered economic growth through the use of currency & trade routes.  6.7-4: Discuss the influence of Augustus in Rome’s transition from Republic to empire. 1. Warm Up: Discuss some of Julius Caesar’s greatest achievements. 2. Power point and Cloze […]

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What does architecture say about a society?

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, English, Grade 11-12, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9-10, Lessons, Writing

Objective: SWBAT connect historical context to different types of architectural styles across various cultures and eras. Value/Transition: My art history professor once told me that one of the best ways to study history is to look at the structures still standing.  It’s as if buildings wear facial expressions- they can convey the feelings of the very people whose […]

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Rank the Roman Achievements (TCI Activity)

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

 CA Standards 7.1-1: Study the early strengths & lasting contributions of Rome (Roman citizenship, rights under Roman law, Roman art, architecture, engineering,  philosophy,  Spread of Christianity) … For this activity, students walk around the room and visit each station with a placard and take notes on each achievement.  Then, using the matrix, they rank the […]

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Julius Caesar and the Empire

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

Standard(s) 6.7-4: Discuss the influence of Julius Caesar in Rome’s transition from Republic to empire This set of resources include a power point and cloze notes discussing the rise and fall of Julius Caesar.  Don’t cross that river, Julius, d.. d… d… don’t, don’t.  Ah, screw it.  *shank*  Should have followed in Cincinnatus’s footsteps…  Download […]

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From Republic to Empire

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

Standard 6.7-3: ID the location of & the political & geographic reasons for the growth of Roman territories & expansion of the empire… This set of power point and cloze notes takes students through Rome’s 3 major periods of territorial expansion. 1. The peninsula 2. The Mediterranean after the 3 Punic Wars- no love lost between […]

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Roman Society

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

Standard(s) 6.7-2: Describe the government of the Roman Republic Before student understand the political structure of the Roman Republic, it is important for them to learn about the social classes- pats, plebs, and slaves- that existed during that period.  These resources include the following: 1. PPT. and Cloze notes on Roman Society 2. Sensory Figures […]

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The Roman Republic

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

Standard(s) 6.7-2: Describe the government of the Roman Republic & its significance (written constitution & tripartite government, checks & balances, civic duty) 1. Brain Teaser: The 12 Tables- Explain to students that the Romans had a code of law called the 12 Tables discussing legal proceedings on everything from family life to crime.  Handout brain teaser (BT 12 […]

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Geography of Rome

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

If you’re familiar with the GRAPES method of teaching history, you know that you should probably begin any new unit with geography.  These resources include blank maps for students to label empire borders, present day countries, key cities, and geographic features.  It also includes activities that encourage students to think critically about the influence of geography […]

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Early Rome

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

Standard(s) 6.7-1: Describe the rise of the Roman Republic… These resources include a power point and cloze notes discussing the geographic advantages that led to the rise of Rome.  This is a brief introduction to the story of how Rome began with the legend of Romulus and Remus, to the reign of the Etruscans, to […]

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Romulus and Remus Comic Strip Assignment

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, Lessons

Standard(s) 6.7-1: Describe the rise of the Roman Republic, including the importance of such mythical & historical figures as Aeneas, Romulus & Remus 1. Listen!  Instruct students to keep pens and pencils down and simply listen to the legend of Romulus and Remus.  After 2-3 sentences, pause for about 30 seconds.  Write!  Draw!  In those 30 second […]

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