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  • Virginia / Discovered and Discribed by Captayn(Captain) John Smith, 1606; graven by William Hole

    Students will be able to:
        discuss the importance of Captain John Smith's map of Virginia
        develop map reading skills and vocabulary

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
  • First contact: A Native American observes a shallop on the Chesapeake Bay

    , Students will analyze primary sources in order to assess the presence of various animals and the quality of the Chesapeake Bay habitats in the 1600s.
    , Students will compare the Chesapeake Bay of the 1600s with that of today.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Science
  • Trails Across America (secondary 8th-12th)

    Students will work in pairs to research National Historic and Scenic Trails and develop a compare and contrast report of two trails.  Students will work in pairs to research and compare two scenic trails or two historic trails (see list). They will present their reports orally to the rest of the class. Visual aids are to be encouraged. If display boards are used as part of the assignment, the teacher should obtain permission to display them in the school or at a public library.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Community, Design, Entrepreneurs, Geography, Government, Health, Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, Historic Preservation, History, Immigration, Landscapes, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Pioneer America, Planning/Development, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Social Studies, Sociology, Westward Expansion
    Keywords:
    trails, historic trail, scenic trail, human migration, recreation, outdoor recreation, Healthy Parks, healthy parks healthy living
  • Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Students will research National Historic and Scenic Trails, answer questions about the trail, generate a map showing the locations of the trails, and report orally. The students may work alone or in pairs. They will research an assigned trail (see list) on the internet www.nps.gov/nts or through maps pre-ordered or downloaded by the teacher. They will answer the questions on the worksheet. They will map their trail on a blank US map. When the students are finished, they will share what they have

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Economics, Government, Health, Historic Preservation, History, Landscapes, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Pioneer America, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Science History, Social Studies, Sociology
    Keywords:
    trails, historic trail, scenic trail, human migration, recreation, outdoor recreation, Healthy Parks, healthy parks healthy living
  • Watermen pull an oyster dredge onto a boat

    The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum developed a set of ten Explorations designed to introduce students to different topics related to oystering.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Career Studies, Commerce and Industry, Entrepreneurs, Maritime History, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    Maryland state standards
  • An archaeologist excavating a borderware jug

    Historic Jamestown is a partnership between Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service.  In preparation for the 400th Anniversary of the voyages of Captain John Smith new interactive materials were created for use in the classroom or at home.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Archaeology, Ecology, History
    Keywords:
    Historic Jamestowne, Captain John Smith, archaeology
  • Captain John Smith's map of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay

    From the Library of Virginia: Virginia Memory

    The Age of Exploration ushered in the age of maps. Some maps became so important to travelers that many copies were made of them. These map copies were especially useful to the explorers and settlers of the New World. One such map was Captain John Smith's map of Virginia. Its importance and accuracy (for that time period) also made it one of the most copied maps.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Colonial History, Education, Geography, History, Landscapes
  • Mary Pickersgill

    While reading the story of Mary Pickersgill and the sewing of the Star-Spangled Banner flag students will gain insight into 19th century Baltimore.  Using primary source material they will explore what other jobs people did and how they depended on each other.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    War of 1812, Women's History
    National/State Standards:
    Economic Concepts: Goods & Services, Specialization, and Interdependence
    Keywords:
    Star-Spangled Banner Flag, baltimore, fort ward, Chesapeake Bay, war of 1812
  • A Native American observes a shallop on the Chesapeake Bay

    Students will examine resources that describe the animals and plants that John Smith and his crew encountered on the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. They also will read reports about the habitats that Smith described during his travels. Students will issue a “report card” on the Bay’s health in 1608, using evidence from primary sources to support their assessment. Students will compare the health of the Bay’s fisheries and habitats in the 17th century with the Bay’s health today.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Climate Change, Colonial History, Ecology, Education, Environment, History
    Keywords:
    Jamestown, John Smith, Chesapeake Bay, Captain John Smith Voyages, Early exploration, Chesapeake Bay health, water quality
  • Watercolor of Indians Fishing, 1585‹1593.

    The Native peoples of the Chesapeake Bay region were among the first in the Western Hemisphere to encounter European explorers and colonists. Their stories, however, have usually been told by others. Their perspectives have been overlooked and ignored in exhibitions, the media, educational materials, and most histories of the region. This guide offers contemporary Native perspectives about the historical experiences of the Native Americans of the Chesapeake.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Colonial History, Education, History, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (High School)
    I. Culture.
    II. Time, Continuity, and Change.
    IX. Global connections
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