Lesson Plans

Historical Scene Investigation – The U.S. Constitution

Historical Scene Investigation – The U.S. Constitution: “I Smelt a Rat” Overview In this activity, students explore reasons why influential patriots like Patrick Henry and George Mason opposed the U.S. Constitution during the ratification process, and consider the need for the Bill of Rights. Students become historical detectives, using historical thinking strategies to investigate primary […]

Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889

Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889

Lesson: Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889 note: this lesson is part of a Unit called “Los Californios: California’s Spanish, Native American, and African Heritage” Creator: Raul Alarcon, UCLA Lab School Grade Level Recommendation: 4 To illustrate the challenges the early land-holding families of California (the Californios) faced with the arrival of Anglo-American settlers, […]

People Who Make a Difference

In February 2012, the primary students of Chris Wilson, a teacher at UCLA Lab School and alumnus of Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, studied a lesson on People Who Make a Difference. Focusing on baseball player Jackie Robinson, they began constructing the class project called the Timeline of Power and Change. As they […]

Historians Corroborate Their Thinking by Using Primary Sources

Historians Corroborate Their Thinking by Using Primary Sources Lesson plan by Sylvia Gentile, UCLA Lab School Learning Goals Historians corroborate their thinking by using primary sources. They use first-hand accounts, photographs, drawings, etc. to understand the conflicts and complexities inherent in historical events or concepts. In this lesson, students learn that primary sources can provide […]

Stanford History Education Group

Fifth-Grade Social Studies Gets a Boost from Stanford Check out the online lessons that the Stanford History Education Group has developed for the teaching of United States history with primary sources. While there are 75 lessons within 12 units, two units, Colonial and Revolution and Early America offer a total of 15 that are aligned […]