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U.S. History Pre-1800 to Present

Decoding Nazi Secrets
I have been experimenting with the Fibonacci Sequence and introducing the concepts of codes and patterns to students...

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
We just finished NOVA's "Car Crash" program in physics. We invited an insurance agent-adjuster to class...

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: James McLurkin
After discussing slavery and the Middle Passage and having students respond to how they felt about the pictures and happenings, we jumped to the NOVA video segment on James McLurkin...

Secrets of Making Money
Have students examine foreign and American currency to discover design concepts, the exchange concept, security features, the printmaking process, history, and iconography...

Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
As an English teacher, I feel it is very important for students to experience not only the literature but also the entire political, social, religious, or economic factors that prompted and inspired an author to respond to his environment...


World History 1500 A.D. to Present

Anastasia -- Dead or Alive
Show the HBO "Rasputin" video before the students begin working on the WebQuest. Have students use the WebQuest to do group work and individual work to prove Anna Anderson's claim of being the lost princess, Anastasia Romanov...

B-29 Frozen in Time
I use NOVA's "B-29 Frozen In Time" program in my Small Engines class...

Decoding Nazi Secrets
I have been experimenting with the Fibonacci Sequence and introducing the concepts of codes and patterns to students...

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: James McLurkin
After discussing slavery and the Middle Passage and having students respond to how they felt about the pictures and happenings, we jumped to the NOVA video segment on James McLurkin...

Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
As an English teacher, I feel it is very important for students to experience not only the literature but also the entire political, social, religious, or economic factors that prompted and inspired an author to respond to his environment...

Sinking City of Venice
This is an eight-week unit I developed using the NOVA materials and others. Venice, Italy, has often been called the most beautiful city in the world. It may also be the most unusual...


World History Prehistory to 1500 A.D.

Ice Mummies -- Frozen in Heaven
Have the students create "Wanted" or "Missing Person" posters of the Iceman...

Lost at Sea -- The Search for Longitude
NOVA's "Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude" program provides an exciting view of navigation at sea and how that skill shaped world exploration...

Lost King of the Maya
All of our 7th grade teachers participated in an integrated unit on the Maya. I created a worksheet which represented a "pure" base 20 system...

Lost Roman Treasure
I teach a unit on ancient Greece. In conjunction with NOVA's "Lost Roman Treasure" program, I have my students create mosaics using sample paint strips that can be found at hardware stores...

Lost Treasures of Tibet
Having recently made the trek to Mustang, I decided to start a cultural awareness campaign among my students about their counterparts in the Land of Lo...

Mysterious Mummies of China
This is an extra credit project for students to complete at home...

Neanderthals on Trial
I've been using a particular statement in the "Neanderthals on Trial" program to teach my junior U.S. History students a sense of awareness and understanding in noticing statistical bias...

Search for the Lost Cave People
We do a simulated dig site, based on the work that Mark Lehner did at Giza excavating the bakeries...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Pyramid
Students can construct a model of the Rainbow Bridge using coffee stirrers, pipe cleaners, thread, and index cards...

Sultan's Lost Treasure
NOVA's "Sultan's Lost Treasure" program is part a unit that explores the ceramic tradition of blue-and-white ware and how the prized porcelain was imitated by potters around the world with various materials...

Treasures of the Sunken City
Most of my World History classes seem fascinated with the seven Ancient Wonders of the World...


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