I'm planning a project for third and fourth graders to learn about American innovators and inventors. This project will potentially be done by all third and fourth grade classrooms (multi-age, both grades in each classroom). So far I've just found websites that are young kid friendly. My goal is to present an overview about inventions/inventors and to have the kids work on some inventions of their own, maybe connected to the science curriculum. Then I'd like for each to research a different inventor (I need to find more women) using both online and printed sources. I'm thinking about having the kids somehow recreate the invention in a model - would have to be flexible here - and present their work to the class. If the model could in some way be a working model, that would be great.
Hi Mary Beth,
Here is a resource about women inventors from the Lemelson Center. Hope it's helpful. Let us know how your project goes or if we can help in any way!
Teacher guide for the link above:
I will be sharing ideas on how to introduce music into lessons. Specifically, I will be working with 2 teachers using Orleans by Sherri Smith as an anchor text. I plan to make connections to the American History museum by using their resources about Polio and HIV, in helping students discuss infectious disease. Additionally using the American Folkways section of the site, I plan to ask students to pick a piece of music- jazz, blues, or zydeco to portray their feelings about New Orleans. I also hope to show my colleagues the price is right game, as it can be informative and fun away to introduce students to the cultural mores of different time periods.
I"m a 4th and 5th grade sp ed teacher who works with the regular ed teacher in social studies. I am eager to work with her on the Star-Spangled Banner resource. I love that it also includes a math lesson about the flag. A second resource that I will share is the resource Tracking the Buffaloe. In 5th grade we spend a lot of time studying the early Native Americans. This resource includes an interactive component that my special needs students will enjoy. Finally, the resource titled American Indian Perspective on Thanksgiving looks to be very interesting. I have not read it all yet, but I feel certain I will be able to use it in the 4th or 5th grade class. Thanks for the training. I really enjoyed it.
Great, we're glad you found some resources that you think will work well in your classroom.
Here are two resources about Native Americans that I think you might find useful:
I plan on sharing the resources I found for the American Revolution. I am trying to use more primary sources with my students and the Smithsonian has a wide variety of them available. There are personal accounts form patriots and loyalists which offer first hand insight into the lives of Americans during the Revolution. I also plan to share the numerous resources I found on George Washington including pictures of his uniform,, epaulettes, and camp chest. An activity of Washington as a military leader would be a great activity to bring all of the other information of Washington together for students. I plan to share these by telling my colleagues about the resources and inviting them to help me actually put the lesson together for all of our 7th grade American history students.
Using the History Explore site I will share the available resources to all Social Studies teachers within my school. The website includes helpful resources such as lesson plans, worksheets, writing activities, and artifacts. It demonstrates how each is utilized within the classroom and is vital to creating an engaging activity for students to participate in while also developing their own opinion on the historical concept. Teaching in a middle school setting, the website offers very insightful activitiesthat cause students to yearn for more about each topic including history, government, economics, and geography.
I have shared a site called izzit.org. This site has many cross curricular topics that promote higher order thinking skills and fits in well with the common core standards. It has wonderful current events to spark debates and get students doing research. The topics are age appropriate for any level and will be easily worked into assignments for writing.
I have also found some wonderful music sources and lessons surrounding Jazz which will fit well with teaching about the culture of New Orleans in my Louisiana history class.