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4-H Club girl showing off Canned Goods
4-H Club girl showing off Canned Goods
This black and white photograph shows a 4-H club girl standing in front of an open floor-to-ceiling cupboard that has six shelves filled with canned goods. The girl holds two canning jars in the crook of her left arm and is reaching for another jar with her...
Format: image/photograph
Pirates and economics
In this lesson, students will learn the basics of a market economy and how pirates impacted the economic system in colonial times. Students will read one Mini Page about the famous pirate Blackbeard and another about economics. Students will map out the colonial economic system to demonstrate their knowledge of both economics and pirates' interventions. At the end of the lesson, students will imagine they are colonists and write a letter to the governor either in support or in opposition to piracy. This allows students to utilize economic vocabulary in a variety of creative ways.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
The economics of recovery and reform
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.8
Timeline of events, federal programs, and economic trends, 1933–1940, leading to the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression.
Format: timeline
Social Studies Methods: 9-12 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.5
World History Critical Understandings: ancient civilizations, medieval civilizations, first age of global interaction, exploration and expansion, Age of Revolutions and Rebellions, modern era, and the last half of the twentieth century...
Format: article/teacher's guide
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Economics: Market surveys
This lesson plan is for an accelerated, academically gifted 4th/5th grade combination class. The unit of study is economics (social studies). This lesson was designed as a supplemental lesson for a unit I taught called Mini-Society (supported by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership). I taught this unit for the first time this year after attending a workshop at Chapel Hill, NC. This lesson enhances the Mini-Society unit in which children create their own businesses.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics and Social Studies)
By Denise Delp.
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
How much is that cupcake really worth?!
Use this as an introductory lesson to supply & demand for Economic, Legal and Political Systems students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Joy Walker.
"Kids as Decision Makers" -- Distinguishing between Needs and Wants
The students will have hands-on experiences with sorting pictures into groups according to the social studies objective: The learner will apply basic economic concepts to home and school. This lesson will focus on distinguishing between wants and needs.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Social Studies)
By Tonya Kales.
Wealth in the United States, 1870
Wealth in the United States, 1870
Format: image/map
Social Studies Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.3
Essential Standards History Critical Understandings: understanding change over time, narrative nature of history, sources of history, historical thinking, North Carolina history, United States History My...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use
A “virtual field trip” through the North Carolina Piedmont and thousands of years of history explains the origin of Piedmont clays and how clay is made into pottery. With high-resolution photographs.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
4-H club girl posing in kitchen with jars of preserved foods
4-H club girl posing in kitchen with jars of preserved foods
A 4-H club member looks at a jar of carrots she is holding in her hands in this black and white photograph from the 1940s. She is standing in a kitchen and on the counter next to her are 5 canned jars of vegetables. A refrigerator door is just visible on the...
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Politics and economics of land settlement in colonial North Carolina
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 10
In this lesson, students will use a primary source document to examine the political nature of land settlement in North Carolina. The influence of the economy on the land settlement will also be highlighted. Students will also learn about colonial industry in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
State Home Demonstration leader Ruth Current (left), with assistant leader Estelle T. Smith
State Home Demonstration leader Ruth Current (left), with assistant leader Estelle T. Smith
In this black and white photograph, Ruth Current and Estelle Smith sit at a desk examining a thin book. Smith is taking notes. The surface of the wooden desk is protected by a pad and, in addition to several books and papers, there is a quill pen in a holder,...
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4-H club girl and leader examining jars
4-H club girl and leader examining jars
This black and white photographs shows a 4-H club girl and her leader examining jars used for canning as part of a 4-H food preservation program. They are standing in a room in front of a fireplace. A hurricane lamp and clock can be seen on the mantle. The...
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Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity one
This activity for grades 3–6 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an adapted introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Grade 4
In North Carolina Essential Standards: Social Studies, page 2.5
Fourth Grade is the first formal introduction to North Carolina, its ethnic diversity, its rich culture, the economic energy of its people, and its geographic regions. Fourth Grade students explore the social disciplines of its history, geography, civics and...