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Lesson of the month

September 2012

The Center for Civic Education has a series of Constitution lessons available for grades K-12, to help students understand both the Constitution and citizenship. This lesson, designed for kindergarten students, introduces them to the Constitution using a matching game.

This lesson, and others, are available on the Center for Civic Education website.

May 2012

In this lesson from "Mapping Minnesota," a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education and the Minnesota Historical Society, students will examine Minnesota's state boundaries, as well as boundaries within the state. Students will look at five maps as part of this lesson.

This lesson can be found at Mapping Minnesota.

April 2012

High school students will explore economic concepts in an unexpected place: five of Dr. Seuss' books. Using books such as "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Lorax," students will reinforce their understanding of microeconomic concepts.

This lesson can be found at EconEdLink.

March 2012

Students will consider whether people opposed to World War I were anti-American in this lesson plan. They will read documents from Eugene Debs and Charles Schenck, as well as excerpts from the Sedition Act and the decision of the Supreme Court case "Schenck v. United States."

This lesson is available from the Stanford History Education Group.

February 2012

This lesson focuses on the landmark Supreme Court case "Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)." In this case, Dred Scott challenged his status as a slave based on years spent living at Fort Snelling, in free territory. The lesson contains materials for a variety of ability levels, several activities, and helpful information on legal concepts and vocabulary.

This lesson, and many others based on landmark cases, is available from Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society.

January 2012

In this lesson from DocsTeach, National Archives, students examine primary sources related to settlement of the American West and search for cause-and-effect relationships. Students will analyze government policies, technological improvements, and the impact of settlement on American Indians.

This lesson is intended for students in grades 6-8.

December 2011

In this lesson, from the Food for Thought: Connecting Minnesota Geography, Agriculture and Communities, students in grades 4-8 will learn about the different agricultural regions in the state and how those regions have affected development of cities and transportation systems.

This lesson is available from the Food for Thought curriculum, Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

November 2011

Students in grades K-5 learn about decision-making, goods and services in this lesson set in Boston in 1773, just before the Boston Tea Party. The lesson, which stresses the concept of opportunity cost, includes role-play and interactives.

This lesson is available from EconEdLink.