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    What is Archeology?

    What is Archeology?

    Students will understand the basic principles of archeology.

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    Benjamin Franklin: Man of Many Talents

    Benjamin Franklin:  Man of Many Talents

    Students will gain an understanding of the life and times of Benjamin Franklin in a series of activities that carry Franklin's ideas to the present day. Each step in the lesson contains two basic components: the Background Dossier and the Assignment. Individual steps may be taught in isolation or may be used together as part of a unit of study.

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    The Early Years of the State House Bell

    The Early Years of the State House Bell

    This lesson brings students to understand the uses of the Pennsylvania State House bell during colonial times and as it was evolving into the powerful icon of the Liberty Bell.

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    Liberty Bell Time Line for Grades 6 - 12

    Liberty Bell Time Line for Grades 6 - 12

    Grade 6 - 12 students will create a time line to trace the evolution of the Liberty Bell from its use as the State House bell to an international symbol of freedom and liberty.

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    Liberty Bell Time Line

    Liberty Bell Time Line

    Students will create a time line to trace the evolution of the Liberty Bell from its use as the State House bell to an international symbol of freedom and liberty.

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    Ben Franklin: What a Character!

    Ben Franklin:  What a Character!

    This lesson is relative to the Common Core in that students collaborate and defend their choices of Franklin's character traits by citing evidence. This lesson is multi-curricular (social studies, ELA, ESL, Arts & Humanities when using the extensions). This lesson combines Reading, Speaking, and Listening standards as well as content language that students need to be familiar with to answer constructed response questions. The lesson plan is readily adaptable for Differentiated Instruction.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Continental Navy Jack flag

The Continental Navy Jack, designed for Commodore Esek Hopkins during the American Revolution, is still in use today. The Secretary of the Navy reauthorized its use on all Navy ships in 2002. The flag is 13 alternating red and white stripes with “Don’t Tread On Me” snake.