9/11 (September 11) Teaching Ideas, Activities, Lessons, and Resources | A to Z Teacher Stuff Themes September 11 is Patriot Day. It was established to honor the individuals who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks on 9-11-01. Instant Downloads from A to Z’s Store The Heroes Among Us & Remembering September 11th By Tech Girl This Unit includes activities that surround the theme of Heroes and Community service. Lesson Plans & Resources September 11th Ideas Ideas originally posted at the Discussion Forums lessons.atoz 9/11 As History Features curricula, resources and tips, to help adults and youths of all ages to reflect on and be intentional in their response to the anniversary. 911ashistory.org Reading Rainbow, Netflix Season 1, Episode 11 – The Tin Forest LeVar talks to students in New York City about September 11, and Jeff Bridges reads about a man driven by sadness to create a metal forest. Good Citizens in a Time of EmergencyHow did ordinary people respond to the attacks of September 11, 2001? 911 Remembrance CraftsSeveral ideas from makingfriends.com Memorials
Native American Legends (Folklore, Myths, and Traditional Indian Stories) Indigenous languages Native American cultures What's new on our site today! This page is our collection of Native American folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed these stories tribe by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same native legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. Sponsored Links Note that since many children use this site, we have tried to avoid linking to any Native American legends or stories which deal explicitly with sex or contain bad language, including slur words for Native Americans. Enjoy the stories! Native American Folklore by Tribe Native American Folklore Indexes Native American Mythological Characters Native American Creation Myths Native American Trickster Myths Native American Animal Mythology Native American Plant Mythology Mythological Native American Places Native American Monsters Native American Heroes Sponsored Links
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5 Videos to Help Students Understand the Electoral College A new President of the United States will be chosen tomorrow, kind of. The popular vote which in most states determines how the electors in the Electoral College will vote in December. If that sentence baffles your students, they could benefit from one of the following short video explanations of the Electoral College. This TED-Ed lesson offers a short explanation of the Electoral College by answering the question, "does your vote count?" The video for the lesson is embedded below. Common Craft offers The Electoral College in Plain English. How the Electoral College Works, embedded below, gives a nice overview of the Electoral College. Keith Hughes has produced two videos about how the Electoral College was developed and how it works.
Battle of the Little Bighorn - Native American History Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse (c.1840-77), leaders of the Sioux on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, after gold was discovered in South Dakota’s Black Hills, the U.S. Army ignored previous treaty agreements and invaded the region. This betrayal led many Sioux and Cheyenne tribesmen to leave their reservations and join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana. In mid-June, three columns of U.S. soldiers lined up against the camp and prepared to march.
American National Anthem - Whitney Houston How to Become President of the U.S. Poster | Grades K - 5 | Kids.gov | USAGov Download or order a poster. (Please get your parent's permission) Lesson PlanVideos: The Requirements, Primaries and Caucuses, Conventions to Election, How Votes Are Counted, How to Become President U.S. Constitution's Requirements for a Presidential Candidate At least 35 years oldA natural born citizen of the United StatesA resident of the United States for 14 years Step 1: Primaries and Caucuses There are many people who want to be president and each of these people have their own ideas about how our government should work. Caucus: In a caucus, party members select the best candidate through a series of discussions and votes.Primary: In a primary, party members vote for the best candidate that will represent them in the general election. Step 2: National Conventions Each party holds a national convention to finalize the selection of one presidential nominee. Step 3: General Election People in every state across the country vote for one president and one vice president.
Dawes Act (1887) Approved on February 8, 1887, "An Act to Provide for the Allotment of Lands in Severalty to Indians on the Various Reservations," known as the Dawes Act, emphasized severalty, the treatment of Native Americans as individuals rather than as members of tribes. Federal Indian policy during the period from 1870 to 1900 marked a departure from earlier policies that were dominated by removal, treaties, reservations, and even war. The new policy focused specifically on breaking up reservations by granting land allotments to individual Native Americans. On February 8, 1887, Congress passed the Dawes Act, named for its author, Senator Henry Dawes of Massachusetts. Section 8 of the act specified groups that were to be exempt from the law. Subsequent events, however, extended the act's provisions to these groups as well.
The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos, and Slideshow Mayflower: Step aboard and explore a reproduction of the Mayflower, anchored at Plimoth Plantation, in this 20-minute video for all grades. Pilgrim Village: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the simple but arduous life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for all grades. Wampanoag Homesite: Witness the day-to-day life of the indigenous people who were part of the Wampanoag Nation in this 17-minute video for all grades. Plimoth Plantation: Join the Pilgrims and Wampanoag as they discuss the first Thanksgiving in this 30-minute video for grades 3 and higher. Tour the fields and homes of the Pilgrims and watch the Wampanoag at work in this slideshow tour of the Pilgrim Village and Wampanoag Homesite.
US Map / USA Map / United States Map - Maps and Information about the United States Early Beginnings America's initial Stone Age inhabitants arrived here by traversing the Bering Strait. During the following centuries, a wide variety of Indian cultures developed and prospered across the land. After Columbus made his initial voyage to this New World, word of its potential riches spread across Europe, and colonizers and settlers by the thousands soon stepped ashore along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. In 1620, the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, landing in what is modern-day Massachusetts; their settlement named Plymouth survived, and the story of a new nation was subsequently born. Declaration of Independence One century later Britain's upstart colonies broke from England and declared their new-found independence during the Revolutionary War. The new country of America expanded rapidly, well beyond the reach of the original 13 colonies, and inevitable conflicts and wars over lands rightfully claimed by indigenous peoples was the result. Initial Expansion Present Day
References Project-based learning, the USA and Authentic Video in the EFL classroom | Elisabeth Horn The Globe Trekker/Pilot Guides video collection is a treasure trove for any English teacher. It encompasses extensive material from every corner of the world, and especially English-speaking countries are lavished with attention. Australia, Canada, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England – you name it. Covering the United States satisfactorily in the language classroom is a daunting project, especially if you want to give your students more than a superficial understanding of its history, geography, language and people. To date, Globe Trekker offers a range of videos on the USA, covering practically every individual state, and, so it seems, more is coming every new season. Every video is about 50-55 minutes, which, of course, means that you have a few decisions to make – viewing all of them in the traditional classroom is a big no-no, at least if you want to keep the students’ attention. In addition to making this initial decision, there are quite a lot of follow-up issues to consider:
Native American Cultures - Facts, Regions & Tribes Many thousands of years before Christopher Columbus’ ships landed in the Bahamas, a different group of people discovered America: the nomadic ancestors of modern Native Americans who hiked over a “land bridge” from Asia to what is now Alaska more than 12,000 years ago. In fact, by the time European adventurers arrived in the 15th century A.D., scholars estimate that more than 50 million people were already living in the Americas. Of these, some 10 million lived in the area that would become the United States. As time passed, these migrants and their descendants pushed south and east, adapting as they went. In order to keep track of these diverse groups, anthropologists and geographers have divided them into “culture areas,” or rough groupings of contiguous peoples who shared similar habitats and characteristics. The Arctic The Inuit and Aleut had a great deal in common. The Subarctic The Northeast The Southeast The Plains The Southwest The Great Basin California The Northwest Coast The Plateau