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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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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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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.

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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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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The Growth of Trade and Cultural Diffusion

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, 9th grade social science, Lessons

As the Bantus in Africa increased trade with Arabs traders from the Middle East, Arab language, culture and religion began to permeate throughout Central and Southern Africa.  As a result, many Africans converted to Islam and picked up Arabic (or at least Swahili- a mixture of Bantu and Arabic).  This power point and cloze notes […]

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The Empire of Ghana- McDougal Littell Textbook Cloze Notes

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

If you use the McDougal Littell textbook World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times, California Edition, you will appreciate this set of cloze notes for chapter 5, section 2 on “The Empire of Ghana”.  The Empire of Ghana book notes

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Africa Geography

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, 9th grade social science, Lessons

California Content Standard: 7.4-1: Study the Niger River & the relationship of the vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert to trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; and the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires. These resources include the following resources: 1. power point and cloze notes on the 4 major vegetation zones of […]

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The 3 Vinegar Tasters- Comparing Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, HUMANITIES ELECTIVES, Lessons

Project this image for students and have them describe what they think is going on in the photo. Students make hypotheses using the following guiding questions.   Once students have answered the 6 questions, they think-pair-share on what they think the picture is describing.  Then, hand out the 3 Vinegar Tasters Story and have students […]

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The 3 Belief Systems of Medieval China- Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

The 3 belief systems- Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism- though paradoxical, shaped Chinese political thought and culture for centuries.  Confucianism emphasized respect, filial piety, and submission to one’s master whereas Daoism encouraged people to be like water, desire nothing and enjoy the art of uselessness.  Buddhism was not a philosophy but a foreign religion that heavily influenced China […]

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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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China’s Dynastic Report Card

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

To tie the Chinese Dynasties unit together, we’ve put together a Chinese Report Card activity.  Students review their notes on the various Chinese dynasties and work in pairs to come up with a letter grade for each dynasty based on their achievements, diplomacy, etc.  See previous lessons on the dynasties and their developments.   Download ChineseReportCard […]

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China’s 13th Century Agricultural and Commercial Developments

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, ART 6-8, English, Grade 7, HUMANITIES ELECTIVES, Lessons, Speaking and Listening

California Content Standard7.3.2- Describe agricultural, technological, and commercial developments during the Tang and Sung periods. Required Materials: Readings “Characteristics of the new Agriculture,” and “Growth of Trade and Commerce,” Marketplace ambiance audio clip, Rice Paddy ambiance audio clip, craft paper (2 sheets per student), water based paint, paintbrushes, cups (for rinsing paint) Activity Overview: Students will participate in a […]

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The Sung, Ming, and Yuan Dynasties (power points and cloze notes)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

These power points and cloze notes cover the agricultural and commercial developments of the Sung Dynasty, the usurpation of China under the Yuan Dynasty, and the cultural and artistic legacy of the Ming Dynasty. Key Concepts: Imperial State The Civil Service Exam and the Scholar-official class Agricultural Developments and the Rice that Revolutionized China Merchant Class, […]

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Early China, Reuinification, and The Tang Dynasty (Power Point and Cloze Notes)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

These power points and cloze notes begin with an brief history on pre-dynastic China and the rise and fall of dynasties.  They then discuss the period of an uneasy reunification under the Sui Dynasty to complete consolidation under the strict rule of the Tang Dynasty.  It also introduces to students some of the greatest achievements under the […]

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Who Should Rule China?

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

This set of resources introduces to students the three dominant forms of government in Chinese history- 1. Meritocracy, 2. Aristocracy, and 3. Foreign Government. 1. Warm Up: Imagine that you need to leave $1000.00 w/ someone for1 yr. Which of these people would you trust MOST w/ your $$$ & WHY?   a.) A friend […]

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The Geography of China (and Asia)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, 9th grade social science, Lessons

The following resources include a physical and political map of China for students to label, and follow up questions that challenge students to think critically about the role of geography in Chinese history.    Geography of China Alia Klein.”Geography of China [and Asia].” September 2007. Lesson Plan.

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Muslim Achievements Writing Assignment

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

As a cumulative writing assignment to the Islam unit, students write a paragraph describing 3 of the most important contributions of the Muslim Empire. Writing Assignment Instructions Writing Assignment Brainstorm Page 3 writing samples and rubric   Muslim Achievement Writing Assignment Alia Klein.”Muslim Achievements Writing Assignment”. September 2007. Lesson Plan.