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Contents:

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans & Ideas from TPS-TN
Lesson Plans from the Library of Congress Web site
Lesson Plan format
Lesson Ideas from TPS-TN newsletters


 

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans:

"Childhood Lost: Child Labor in the United States"

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? A Comparison in American Culture"

  • 5th – 8th grade Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Submitted by Rebecca Byrd (New Center Elementary, Sevier County Schools)

"'I Hear America Singing': Controversy and Music in the Mexican War"

  • 8th grade Social Studies
  • Submitted by Rebecca Byrd (New Center Elementary, Sevier County Schools)

"The Iditarod: The Last Great Race"

  • Kindergarten Social Studies, Geography, and Science
  • Submitted by Chelsea Mauro (Smyrna Elementary, Rutherford County Schools)

"Lewis and Clark Expedition"

  • 4th grade Social Studies, Language Arts
  • Submitted by Connie Lawson (Richard Hardy Memorial School and Special Schools District, Marion County)

"The Leadership and Impact of Booker T. Washington"

  • 11th grade English, Poetry
  • Submitted by Clifton Kaiser, Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University

"Timelines, Webs, and Birthday Cakes"

  • 5th- 8th grade Social Studies
  • Submitted by Rebecca Byrd (New Center Elementary, Sevier County Schools)

"A More Perfect Union: Women's Suffrage and the Constitution"

  • 8th grade U.S. History, 9th-12th grade U.S. History, Government, Civics
  • Submitted by Rebecca Byrd (New Center Elementary, Sevier County Schools)

"A Matter of Perspective: Columbus in the New World"

  • 6th grade World History, 8th grade U.S. History
  • Submitted by Rebecca Byrd (New Center Elementary, Sevier County Schools)

Lesson Plans & Ideas from TPS-TN:

"Exploring Skyline Farms, Alabama Through Oral History"

  • 7th-12th Grade Visual Arts, 11th grade Social Studies, 12th Grade US Government
  • Examine Skyline Farms community history through FSA photography and oral history
  • This lesson plan corresponds to Alabama curriculum standards.

"Comparing & Contrasting Communities: Cumberland Homesteads, TN & Skyline Farms, AL"

  • High School U.S. History
  • Examine the similarities and differences of two Resettlement Administration communities

"Skyline Farms, Alabama: A New Deal Community"

  • 4th-6th Grade Social Studies, English, Visual Arts
  • Explore Skyline Farm community history through FSA photography
  • This lesson activity corresponds to both Tennessee and Alabama curriculum standards.

"The Debate Over North Shore Road"

  • High School Environmental Science, Geography
  • Examine the environmental impact of road construction in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

"The Case of the Moved Body"

"Exploring FSA Photography & Photojournalism: Gee's Bend, Alabama"

From the TENNESSEE CENTURY FARMS Web site: "Using Historic Farms as a Teaching Tool for K-12"

"Agriculture Around the World"

  • 7th Grade Social Studies, Physical Science
  • Examine and compare historic photographs of farming methods from different countries

"Past and Present: Using Baseball Statistics to Teach Math"

"Erosion and Soil Conservation"

"Humans and Sustainability: Great Smoky Mountains"

"Learning Decimals and Fractions with a 19th-century Currency Table"

"Punched Cards to IBM: Early Inventions and Technology"

"Finding the Area and Volume of Buildings Using Architectural Drawings"

  • 5th grade Math
  • Engineering, architecture, and local history
  • Field trip possibilities!

"Battle of Nashville 1864"

"Teaching with American Folk Music" (Dust Bowl, Great Depression, western migration, folk music)

"Coming Out of the Depression and Into War in Tennessee" (Great Depression, New Deal, World War II)

  • 5th-8th grade Social Studies, Computer Technology, English, Visual Arts, Science, Theater, high school U.S. History
    • WPA Poster PowerPoint (to accompany lesson on page 8); also see "The Big Picture" lesson plan below for more images and ideas relating to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

"Musical Memory": lesson ideas for the Age of Jackson

"Reading between the Lines": lesson ideas for the Age of Jackson

"The Big Picture: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Authority in Photographs" 


Lesson Plans from the Library of Congress Web Site:

Huexotzinco Codex (using an Aztec manuscript to learn math & history)

America Dreams (featured in June 2009 TPS-TN newsletter)

  • Can be adapted for grades 4-12; covers Civics, Historical Understanding, and Language Arts

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks, and Traditions (featured in May 2009 TPS-TN newsletter)

Link to more lesson plans from the Library of Congress:


Lesson Plan format:

Lesson plan format: Word document

  • followed by all lesson plans you see here
  • goes through all the steps of the inquiry process
  • created by TPS partners
  • posted in interactive format on tpslessons.org lesson plan database

Lesson Ideas from TPS-TN newsletters:

Social Studies:

  • All grades. The Branding of America activity (bottom of p. 3) –May 2009
  • 1st, 2nd grade Economics. Animal Advertising (top of p. 2) –March 2010
  • 3rd grade Social Studies. May Holidays (bottom of p. 2) –May 2009
  • 3rd-8th grade Social Studies. Mapping the State with TN Century Farms (bottom of p. 3)–November 2010
  • 4th, 8th grade Social Studies. The Aztecs (top of p. 3) –September 2009
  • 4th, 5th, 8th grade Social Studies. Civil War Music (top of p. 3) –July 2010
  • 5th grade Social Studies. Child Labor in Tennessee (top of p. 3) –December 2010
  • 5th, 7th grade Social Studies, high school Geography. National Park Service (top of p. 2) –April 2009
  • 5th grade Social Studies, high school U.S. History. Navajo Code Talkers (top of p. 2) –November 2009
  • 5th-7th grade Social Studies. Immigrant Culture (top of p. 3) –September 2010
  • 5th, 8th grade Social Studies, high school World Geography. David Glasgow Farragut & the Battle for Mobile Bay (top of p. 3) –November 2009
  • 5th-8th grade Social Studies, World History, World Geography. Music & Culture (top of p. 3) –May 2010
  • 5th-8th Social Studies, high school World Geography. Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (top of p. 3) –August 2010
  • 6th grade Social Studies. Agriculture Around the World (top of p. 3)–November 2010
  • 6th grade Social Studies. Examining Religious Texts and Artifacts (top of p. 2)–January 2011
  • 6th grade Social Studies. Be an Egyptian Archaeologist (bottom of p. 2)–January 2011
  • 6th grade Social Studies. The Parthenon and Neo-Classical Architecture (top of p. 3)–January 2011
  • 6th-8th grade Social Studies, high school World Geography, World History. Around the World in the 1890s (bottom of p. 3) –September 2009
  • 6th-8th grade Social Studies. Food and Technology (top of p. 3) –December 2009
  • 6th-8th grade Geography. Mapping Tennessee in the Civil War (bottom of p. 2) –July 2010
  • 7th-12th grade U.S. History (era 6). The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (top of p. 3) –June 2009
  • 7th, 8th grade Social Studies and U.S. History (eras 6 & 7). Vaudeville (bottom of p. 2) –June 2009
  • 7th grade, high school Geography. Olympic Geography (top of p. 3) –February 2010
  • 8th grade Social Studies. The Wilmot Proviso and the Election of 1848 (bottom of p. 2) –October 2010
  • 8th grade, high school Government, Geography. How the States Got Their Shapes (top of p. 2) –July 2009
  • 8th grade, high school Government. Declaration of Independence (bottom of p. 2) –July 2009
  • High school World History. John Bull & Uncle Sam (middle of p. 3) –July 2009
  • High school U.S. History. Women journalists in WWII (bottom of p. 2) –March 2009
  • High school U.S. History. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (bottom of p. 3) –April 2009
  • High school U.S. History. Living in the Suburbs (bottom of p. 2) –August 2009
  • High school U.S. History. Sports Desegregation (top of p. 2) –October 2009
  • High school U.S. History. World War I and Timelines (bottom of p. 2) –November 2009
  • High school U.S. History. Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s (top of p. 3) –January 2010
  • High school U.S. History. The Ideal Consumer (bottom of p. 3) –January 2010
  • High school U.S. History. Predicting the Weather (bottom of p. 2) –June 2010
  • High school U.S. History, Contemporary Issues. Immigration in Political Cartoons (bottom of p. 2) –September 2010
  • High school Government. Suffrage and Civil Rights (top of p. 3) –March 2009
  • High school Government. The Fugitives (top of p. 3) –April 2010
  • High school Government. The Vote (top of p. 2) –October 2010
  • High school Contemporary Issues, Modern History, Sociology, U.S. History. Olympics: Peace or Politics? ( top of p. 2) –February 2010
  • High school World Geography, Economics, U.S. History. Railroads in Tennessee (bottom of p. 2) –August 2010

Visual Arts/ Performing Arts:

  • Kindergarten- 8th grade Visual Arts. Women’s Achievement in the Arts (bottom of p. 3) –March 2009
  • 1st-4th grade Arts Education. Animal Advertising (top of p. 2) –March 2010
  • 1st-5th grade Arts Education. Children's Illustrated Books (bottom of p. 2) –April 2010
  • 2nd, 3rd grade Visual Arts. Photography & Animation (bottom of p. 2) –December 2010
  • 6th grade Visual Arts. Child Labor in Tennessee (top of p. 3) –December 2010
  • 6th-8th grade Theatre. Vaudeville (bottom of p. 2) –June 2009
  • 6th-8th grade Visual Arts. The Role of Photography in Wartime (bottom of p. 3) –July 2010
  • 6th-8th grade Music. Immigrant Culture (top of p. 3) –September 2010
  • 6th-8th grade Visual Arts. The Parthenon and Neo-Classical Architecture (top of p. 3)–January 2011
  • 6th-12th grade Music. Civil War Music (top of p. 3)–July 2010

Science:

  • 3rd, 4th grade Life Science.Identifying Animals (bottom of p. 2) –March 2010
  • 3rd, 4th grade Life Science.Animal Adaptations (top of p. 3) –March 2010
  • 3rd-8th grade Science. Bridges (middle of p. 3) –August 2009
  • 3rd, 8th grade Science. Mapping the State with TN Century Farms (bottom of p. 3)–November 2010
  • 3rd grade Science. Photography & Animation (bottom of p. 2) –December 2010
  • 4th, 5th, 7th grade, high school Ecology, Environmental Science. Weather & the Dust Bowl (top of p. 2) –June 2010
  • 4th, 5th grade, high school Physical Science. Comparing Weather Disasters (top of p. 3) –June 2010
  • 5th-8th grade Science. Night Lights map activity (middle of p. 3) –April 2009(For a closer look at this lesson plan, see www.missiongeography.org)
  • 6th grade Science. Agriculture Around the World (top of p. 3)–November 2010
  • 6th-8th grade Science, high school Environmental Science. Around the World in the 1890s (bottom of p. 3) –September 2009
  • 6th-8th grade Science. Food and Technology (top of p. 3) –December 2009
  • 6th grade, high school Earth Science. Predicting the Weather (bottom of p. 2) –June 2010
  • High school Earth Science. Benjamin Banneker’s 1792 almanac (bottom of p. 2) –February 2009
  • High school Ecology, Environmental Science. Olympics & the Environment (bottom of p. 2)–February 2010
  • High school Environmental Science. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (bottom of p. 3) –April 2009
  • High school Environmental Science. Environmental Science (bottom of p. 2) –April 2009
  • High school Physical Science. John Bull & Uncle Sam (middle of p. 3) –July 2009

Math:

  • 4th grade Math. Past and Present: Using Baseball Statistics to Teach Math, worksheet, lesson activity description (top of p. 3) –October 2009
  • 4th-7th grade Math. Graphing the Automobile Boom (top of p. 2) –August 2010
  • 4th, 7th grade Math. Mapping Tennessee in the Civil War (bottom of p. 2) –July 2010
  • 6th-8th grade Math.The Aztecs/Huexotzinco Codex (top of p. 3) –September 2009

English/ Language Arts:

  • Kindergarten- 8th grade Language Arts/ Reading. Slave Narratives (middle of p. 2) –February 2009
  • Kindergarten-5th grade Language Arts/Reading. Children's Illustrated Books (bottom of p. 2) –April 2010
  • 1st-8th grade English. Creative Writing & Music (top of p. 2) –May 2010
  • 3rd grade English. May Holidays (bottom of p. 2) –May 2009
  • 3rd-5th grade English. Music and Baseball (bottom of p. 2) –October 2009
  • 4th-8th grade English. Mother of Exiles (top of p. 2) –September 2010
  • 5th-8th grade English. Political Cartoons (bottom of p. 2) –January 2010
  • 5th-8th grade English, high school Creative Writing. Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (top of p. 3) –August 2010
  • 5th-12th grade English, high school Journalism. Navajo Code Talkers (top of p. 2) –November 2009
  • 5th, 6th grade English/Language Arts. Child Labor in Tennessee (top of p. 3) –December 2010
  • 6th-8th grade English. Be Your Own Architect (top of p. 3) –August 2009
  • 6th-8th grade English. The Aztecs/Huexotzinco Codex (top of p. 3) –September 2009
  • 6th-8th grade English. Food and Technology (top of p. 3) –December 2009
  • 6th-8th grade Language Arts. The Role of Photography in Wartime (bottom of p. 3) –July 2010
  • 7th-12th grade Language Arts. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (top of p. 3) –June 2009
  • 7th-8th grade English/Language Arts. Worth a Thousand Words (top of p. 2) –December 2010
  • 8th grade, high school English. The Wilmot Proviso and the Election of 1848 (bottom of. p. 2) –October 2010
  • 8th grade English, high school Journalism. Women journalists in WWII (bottom of p. 2) – March 2009
  • High school English. John Bull & Uncle Sam (middle of p. 3) –July 2009
  • High school English. The Fugitives (top of p. 3) –April 2010
  • High school English III. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (bottom of p. 3) –April 2009

Marketing:

  • High school Marketing. Food Advertising (bottom of p. 2) –December 2009
  • High school Marketing. The Ideal Consumer (bottom of p. 3) –January 2010

Foreign Language:

  • 6th-12th grade Foreign Language. Immigrant Culture (top of p. 3) –September 2010

Technology Engineering:

  • High school Technology Engineering. Railroads in Tennessee (bottom of p. 2) –August 2010

Career Technical Education:

  • 8th grade Agriculture. Mapping the State with TN Century Farms (bottom of p. 3)–November 2010

Health/ P.E./ Wellness:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade Health Education. Nutrition Through Graphic Design (top of p. 2) –December 2009
  • 3rd-8th grade. Mapping the State with TN Century Farms (bottom of p. 3)–November 2010
Last updated on: 05/22/13 10:58 am