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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 River Through Time:The Gila River and the Akimel O’odham


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--Carol Carney Warren
Through the use of primary source materials, students can investigate the effects that dam construction on the Gila River has had on the lifestyle of the Pima Indians in central Arizona.

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Pocahontas: Comparing the Disney Image with Historical Evidence


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--Margaret Golden
Fourth grade students critically compare the fictionalized account with various historical sources. In the 1615 English engraving, that Elizabethan collar on Pocahontas "probably hid tattooing."

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Pocahontas: Comparing the Disney Image with Historical Evidence


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--Margaret Golden
Fourth grade students critically compare the fictionalized account with various historical sources. In the 1615 English engraving, that Elizabethan collar on Pocahontas "probably hid tattooing."

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Resources from National Museum of the American Indian


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A brief, illustrated introduction to the exhibits and website of this great, national collection and learning center.

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Resources from National Museum of the American Indian


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A brief, illustrated introduction to the exhibits and website of this great, national collection and learning center.

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Hiroshima: A City with Peace as Its Purpose


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--Donna Nesbitt
After reading the children's book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes," students can visit the website of Peace Park in Hiroshima and fold a paper crane as an introduction to "discussing issues of war and peace in today's world."

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Bridging the Years: An Intergenerational History Project


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--Rahima Wade, Diane Gardner, Paul Doro, and Sandy Arendt
Children often lack meaningful connections with the elderly. This article describes ideas for developing intergenerational activities to enrich the social studies curriculum.

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Fourth Grade Historians: A Thematic Approach to Immigration


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--Elizabeth Egan Henry
A thematic approach to the topic of immigration challenges fourth grade students to develop their skills as historians.

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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery


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--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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The Makah: Exploring Public Issues during a Structured Classroom Discussion


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--Bruce E. Larson
Students have to think on two levels: they must deliberate about a current issue (Native rights to small-scale whaling) and develop reasons to defend their thinking; and they must reflect on the discussion process itself.

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