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  • 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
  • drawing of the burning of washington viewed from mount welby

    Oxon Cove Park has a rich history that includes the story of the Debutts, a British family that came to America in the late 1700s.  The  Debutts family finally settled on a hilltop overlooking the Potomac River that  today is known as Oxon Cove Park. It is from this hilltop that Mrs. DeButts witnessed the British capture of Alexandria and the Burning of Washington. The family even found Congreve Rockets on this hill!


    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Maritime History, Political Science, War of 1812
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • 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
  • 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
  • Students will act out newscasts taking place in different parts of the country during the War of 1812. Four groups will portray four unique experiences. Each group will complete a packet of primary and secondary source readings to prepare for the role-play. As student groups present their newscasts and interviews, audience members will record notes. At the end of the lesson, students will share what they learned in a “Letter to the Producer.”

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Education, Geography, Government, History, War of 1812
    Keywords:
    war of 1812, Star-Spangled Banner, Star-Spangled Banner Flag, Chesapeake Campaign, Chesapeake Bay, primary sources
  • Independent and guided activities utilizing a cross-curricular approach to learning.  Activities can be modified to meet the needs of your group.  Includes guided primary source research, graphing, writing and literacy activites.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Military and Wartime History, U.S. First Ladies, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812
    Keywords:
    war of 1812, Bicentennial War of 1812, Star-Spangled Banner, Star-Spangled Banner Flag, trail, stewardship, Trail Stewards, Chesapeake Campaign, Chesapeake Bay
  • Mary Pickersgill and the members of her household sewing the Star-Spangled Banner Flag.

    Teaching American History in Maryland is a collaborative program of the Maryland State Archives and the Center for History Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and several school systems: Anne Arundel County, the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools.

    Documents for the Classroom makes facsimiles of original documents available for use by teachers and students.  This series is related to the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812. www.teachingamericanhistorymd.org

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    History, U.S. First Ladies, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812
    National/State Standards:
    National History Standards:
    Topic 2:  The History of the Students’ Own State or Region
    STANDARD 3:  The people, events, problems, and ideas that created the history of their state
    Keywords:
    war of 1812, Battle of North Point, Battle of Balitmore, Fort McHenry, Star-Spangled Banner, Star-Spangled Banner Flag, General Robert Ross, Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Campaign
  • Dolley Madison and the Portrait of George Washington

    The events leading up to the burning of the White House during the War of 1812 have been well chronicled. Among the most celebrated events of the war was the saving of George Washington’s portrait by Dolley Madison before the White House was torched. Thanks to a letter written by Mrs. Madison prior to her escape this event is recounted.  Recently, however, an expert concluded that perhaps the write the letter was written later - perhaps 20 years later. From the White House Historical Associati

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eleventh Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Art, Education, Historic Preservation, Military and Wartime History, U.S. First Ladies, War of 1812, Women's History
    Keywords:
    war of 1812, Star Fort, Star-Spangled Banner, Star-Spangled Banner Flag, first lady, Chesapeake Campaign, Chesapeake Bay, James Madision, Dolley Madison, Burning of the White House, George Washington portrait, Primary Source
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