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    • Laura Wood
      WOW! They even connect their lesson plans to the NCSS standards.
      This link takes you to a page that lists all the lesson plans that meet each of the NCSS standards
      You can click on the NCSS Standard at the top of the page and it will take to you a list of those lessons that meet that one. There are a ton for each!
    • Laura Wood
      Hrm. They also link to a set of standards I've never heard of . . .
      "Part of the National Standards for History developed by the National Center for History in the Schools, these voluntary standards promote historical thinking skills and understanding"
      I'm glad I haven't had to hear of them, but this page will tell you how to meet these standards as well.
    From the site:
    "Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom."
    Including lesson plans and tips!
    Lesson Plans:

    The Lesson Plans link has SO MANY lesson plans. They are designed at a middle school level but can easily be adapted (says them). The lesson plans are organized by Location/State; Theme; Time period; and Skill - meaning that you can click on any one of those subdivisions and search them that way. Very exciting!

    You should definitely check these out.

    Even if you're not in that state, they still have pictures, mapping materials, and activity ideas that you can use to incorporate geography into historic concepts. For example, the Battle of Bunker Hill lesson contains two maps (of Boston today and in 1775) and inquiry questions for these, a section of text (looks like a high school level to me) and inquiry questions for that AND three images (one a sketch of an encampment and two pictures) and inquiry questions for those. These might make fantastic "Do Now"s for the beginning of the lesson even if you didn't use any of the rest of the sites info.

    So neat!
    Also they have lots of tips for how you can incorporate place into your lessons.
    AND! you can submit your own lessons. They take you through the TwHP lesson creation process and you can submit them.
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