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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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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery


--Lindsey B. Downey
Third graders research the memorials in the cemetery in the town of Otterbein, Ohio, and write tributes in response.

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"Workin' on the Railroad": African American Labor History


--Rebecca C. Maher
North Carolina eighth grade students work on a project involving history, music, art, and interviews with elderly citizens. Includes handouts with primary sources and the story of Train Schedules, Standardization, and "The Day of Two Noons."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/21/mll21.pdf

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Radio Days in the Classroom


--Dan Schuchat
A radio drama project helps students learn about the 1920s and 30s as well as the important role that technology plays in our lives. Handouts include "Early Radio in the U.S." and "Bandwidth Problems ca. 1912: The Need for Federal Regulation."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/23/MLL23.pdf

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Radio Days in the Classroom


--Dan Schuchat
A radio drama project helps students learn about the 1920s and 30s as well as the important role that technology plays in our lives. Handouts include "Early Radio in the U.S." and "Bandwidth Problems ca. 1912: The Need for Federal Regulation."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/23/MLL23.pdf

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King Coal: A Piece of Eastern Pennsylvania History


--Jill M. Beccaris and Christine Woyshner
A variety of activities help students learn about the coal miners and steels workers (many of them new immigrants) during the Industrial Age. A handout is based on an oral interview, and provides a photo of child coal miners, 1911.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.2 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/28/MLL28.pdf

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Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793


--Sandra W. Moss, M.D.
Book review of "An American Plague" by Jim Murphy. Also in this issue: Handouts and teaching ideas, such as handout/graph "On the Trail of an Epidemic: Yellow Fever in New Orleans, 1845-1860" and "Connect-the-Dots: Making Meaning from Historical Evidence" by Chris Edwards, which discusses smallpox and the Columbian Exchange.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.9 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/31/MLL31.pdf

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Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793


--Sandra W. Moss, M.D.
Book review of "An American Plague" by Jim Murphy. Also in this issue: Handouts and teaching ideas, such as handout/graph "On the Trail of an Epidemic: Yellow Fever in New Orleans, 1845-1860" and "Connect-the-Dots: Making Meaning from Historical Evidence" by Chris Edwards, which discusses smallpox and the Columbian Exchange.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.9 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/31/MLL31.pdf

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World War I Posters: Thinking Critically about History and the Media


--Tom Carty
Students' abilities to analyze pictures vary just as their reading skills do. Handouts with four propaganda images challenge students to apply what they have learned about history. See pp. 9-15.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.9 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/31/MLL31.pdf

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World War I Posters: Thinking Critically about History and the Media


--Tom Carty
Students' abilities to analyze pictures vary just as their reading skills do. Handouts with four propaganda images challenge students to apply what they have learned about history. See pp. 9-15.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.9 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/31/MLL31.pdf

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A Crossword Puzzle for Higher-Order Thinking


--James Monack
Challenge your students with this crossword puzzle about the Revolutionary Era, or fashion your own about any era of history, with the use of a website's puzzle generator. This 32-page issue of MLL also includes a review of a book about community activist Jane Jacobs, who fought against "urban renewal" schemes in the 1960s, as well as and article (featured cover image) about a curious incident with tulips during the Dutch Golden Age (1600s).

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 2 MB:

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