NCSS Online Teachers' Library

NCSS has selected a collection of classroom activities, teaching ideas, and articles from Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Browse the collection, or search by historical period and grade level using the search function below.
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Dancing the Circle: An Introduction to Powwows


--Karen D. Harvey
The powwow is a way people who are not American Indians can learn about the importance of the circle in Indian thought and life.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/14/mll14.pdf

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Visiting and Interviewing Older Adults: Service-Learning in the Sixth Grade


--Alison Parker
Oral history interviews give deeper meaning to visits with the elderly, strengthening the academic content of service learning.
Also includes "Preparing Young People for Longer Lives in an Aging Society" by Donna P. Couper and Fran Pratt.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.65 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/15/mll15.pdf

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Archaeology in the Seventh Grade:An Interdisciplinary Unit of Study


--Marilyn J. Eisenwine
Archaeology is an opportunity for interdisciplinary study and working with the raw data of history at a middle school in Texas.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/16/mll16.pdf

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Lewis & Clark: An Interdisciplinary Expedition


--Kristy Brugar
A filed trip on the school grounds recalls a historical adventure. Watch for bears! Also includes Paul Horton's review of a nonfiction book about a black man and comrade: "York's Adventure with Lewis and Clark."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/19/mll19.pdf

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American Revolution:Three Lesson Plans for Critical Thinking


--Stephanie Wasta
Three lessons that bring good resource material into the classroom and engage students in thinking critically about history and historical sources. Includes handouts and instructions for playing the Colonial Era children's game "Skin the Snake."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/25/MLL25.pdf

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American Revolution:Three Lesson Plans for Critical Thinking


--Stephanie Wasta
Three lessons that bring good resource material into the classroom and engage students in thinking critically about history and historical sources. Includes handouts and instructions for playing the Colonial Era children's game "Skin the Snake."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/25/MLL25.pdf

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Dramatic Narratives: Capturing the Human Side of World War II


--Anita Perna Bohn and Penny Britton Kolloff

Students research first-person accounts and give performances in this unit of study. A handout to guide research and 3 pages of online resources. This issue of MLL Includes "Ernie Pyle:The Foot Soldier’s Reporter" by Sandra B. Oldendorf and "Teenage Witnesses to the Holocaust (Book Review)" by Tom Kolbe.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.6 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/27/MLL27.pdf

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Creating Biography Webs to Investigate Individuals’ Historical Contexts (Elementary Education)


Gary Fertig and Rick Silverman
Creating biography webs helps young learners recognize how people, economic conditions, and significant events shaped the personal development of historic individuals.

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The Pleasant Valley School: A Living History Project


--David L. Buckner, Pamela U. Brown, and John Curry
In Stillwater, Oklahoma, fourth graders from around the state can step back in time and experience a day at the turn of the twentieth century in a one-room schoolhouse.

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Realia: It’s Not Just about Field Trips Anymore


--Kyle McKoy
Financial constraints and testing pressures have forced many school districts to cut back on field trips to museums. But with traveling trunks, museums are making sure that students still have access to primary source artifacts.

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