High School

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places documentation for “The Stockade” and “Florence National Cemetery,” part of the “Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS;" and on archival and archeological research sponsored by the U.

In this lesson, students will read a primary source document from Documenting the American South and examine a painting by Jacob Lawrence to understand the conditions of the underground railroad before the Civil War.

This is an educators guide  for use in the classroom as a resource to teaching the Holocaust, which includes information on SC and Columbia survivors.

Just as the Revolutionary War prompted the Continental Congress to issue paper currency, the financing of the Civil War provided the catalyst for the continuing evolution of U.S. currency. In 1861, the U.S.

In this lesson plan, students read an article about the slave trade in West Africa, which caused the kidnapping of millions of free West Africans by slave traders.

This activity provides an interactive look at photography from the Civil War. Participants examine a set of photographs and later place those shots into the historical context of the Civil War.

Political leaders and parties in the tense time after the Civil War proposed various plans for Reconstruction.

This revised edition of A Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina includes sites identified and approved by The National Register of Historic Places or the South Carolina Historical Marker Program and correla

Students will:

As part of the Action in the Classroom program, this edition provides hands-on lessons, lesson resources (fact sheets for teachers that present more detailed background on issues), student activities and worksheets.

The University of Georgia's Marine Extension Service (UGA MAREX) published the Adopt-A-Wetland Curriculum Guide for Grades 3-12 for classroom and informal activities that are aligned to classroom standards.

This online exhibition and educator resource series focuses on the complex history of emancipation and the period of Reconstruction that followed the American Civil War.

This lesson contains information & hands on activities for teaching grades 9-12 about the benefits of fruits & vegetables.

This site was designed to offer basic information on South Carolina's barrier islands for both educators and non-educators alike. It offers background content and images for educators to use in teaching marine science. 

Discover the animals and plants that also call South Carolina home.

Learn about art styles and folk art that have been popular in South Carolina.

Meet historical and contemporary painters, folk artists, architects, and other artists who have worked and lived in South Carolina.

Students, who are already familiar with the overall story of the H.L.

Meet historical and contemporary authors and illustrators who have worked and lived in South Carolina.

Meet authors with connections to South Carolina. Which authors have lived in your city or county?

Focus Questions: How are the ocean depths explored? Objectives: Students will: 1. Design and create a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that will be able to accomplish specified tasks.

There are hundreds of historical photographs pertaining to Hobcaw Barony and the Baruch family, most of which are archived at the Georgetown County Digital Library (http://www.gcdigital.org/).

This lesson contains information & hands-on activities where 9-12 grade students will be learning about food environments and their influence on food choices and purchases.

Students will be able to: 1. describe important events in the life of Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne; 2. identify three key aspects of the educational opportunities available to African Americans living in the south in the 1800s; and 3.

In this activity students will analyze a two-page poster that the Government used to recruit recently freed slaves to fight for the Union Army during the Civil War.

This curriculum guide and resource booklet was prepared by descendants of a few determined black people who lived in Clarendon County, South Carolina, during the 1940s.

This lesson is based on the National Historic Landmark Nominations, Robert Russa Moton High School (with photographs), Sumner and Monroe Elementary Schools (with photographs), Howard High School(with photographs),and John Philip Sousa Middle Schoo

Focus Question: How do you construct a glider that achieves neutral buoyancy in both fresh and salt water? Objectives: Students will: 1.

Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) is a floating platform with the capacity to carry a suite of environmental sensors. BOBs can be moored to the ocean bottom in sheltered places with very small waves or to a dock in quiet waters. 

Activities related to call-and-response in songs: "Got On My Travelin' Shoes," "Jonah," "Eli, Eli (Somebody Call Eli)."

Focus Question: How can we count the number of plankton in the water column?

In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for a child worker: how much money the workers earned, how many hours they worked each day, what their homes were like, and what they did for fun.

Learn about the rights and responsibilities that come with being a South Carolina and a United States citizen.

Many South Carolinians participated in the struggle for equal rights, including Septima Poinsette Clark, Modjeska Monteith Simkins, and the participants in the landmark Briggs v. Elliott court case.

From the Battle of Fort Sumter to Sherman’s March and Robert Smalls, South Carolina played a significant role in the American Civil War.

In this lesson, students will use one of the major tools of a historian: personal letters.

Students will recognize the role that climate change is expected to play in future global sea-level rise. Environmental factors (melting ice, thermal expansion, etc.) associated with sea-level rise will be compared in terms of relative impact.

Students will identify and analyze the impact of physical factors [especially temperature, wind, geographic latitude, and atmospheric moisture] that affect the development and severity of hurricanes.

The students will:  Identify coastal plants and animals; Identify basic habitat needs (food, water, shelter, and space) of these animals and plants.

Students will compare and contrast military recruitment posters to analyze various perspectives regarding the role of African Americans during the Civil War.

Using multiple primary sources to build analytical and corroborative skills to examine the circumstances surrounding Daniel Morgan’s decision to fight when and where he chose.

Composting: A Guide for South Carolina Schools provides recommendations for collecting organic material at school, selecting and placing bins as well as actually composting.

Focus Questions: How is salinity measured by researchers? What is the relationship between salinity and conductivity? Objectives: The students will: Explain the relationship between conductivity and salinity in the marine environment.

A lesson plan about federal property confiscated by the Confederacy.

This lesson provides the opportunity for students to examine a Civil War battle in depth to document the event, either in a newspaper article or op-ed piece or as a blog or social media post.

Focus questions: 1. What is the physical nature of sediments found in aquatic ecosystems such as ponds, estuaries, and the ocean floor? 2. How many living things are found in these sediments? 3.

Focus Questions: 1. What biotic and abiotic factors are present on the continental shelf ocean floor? 2. How do biotic and abiotic factors interact to create marine food webs? Objectives: The student will: 1.

In this lesson, students will read two primary source documents from Documenting the American South, a digital library collection sponsored by the UNC Libraries.

Students will:

From The Big Apple to the Carolina Shag and the Charleston, South Carolina has been influential in lots of dance styles.

This educator guide focuses on the contributions of the enslaved potter and poet, David Drake, who labored in the pottery industry that flourished in the Edgefield District of South Carolina in the 1800s.

Fortifications are the result of adaptations over centuries of use. When military technology changed, such as the invention of the cannon, fortifications adapted. During the Civil War military technology changed drastically.

In this lesson, students will take their knowledge about the hydrosphere and apply it to the issue of population growth and development.

These activities are related to digitized documents from the National Archives relating to Brown v. Board of Education.

The student will study various forms of drawing including medical illustration.   The student will draw from life.

"Environmental Clubs: A Guide for South Carolina Schools," developed by the S.C.

In this lesson, students will examine Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council and learn about regulatory takings.

Learn more about the plantation system, politics, and culture of antebellum South Carolina.

Discover French, Spanish, and British colonies along the coast and find out how colonists explored, settled, and lived.

This lesson plan uses first-person narratives from the Documenting the American South collection to demonstrate differences in perspective related to historical events, in this case, Sherman's march to the sea.

Students explore the Documenting the American South Collection titled, the "Church in the Southern Black Community. Beginning with a historian's interpretation of the primary sources that make up the collection, students search the collection for

Discover facts, trivia, and state symbols from all over our unique state.

The United States federal government works to create, enforce, and apply laws for the entire country, including South Carolina.

An identification guide to over 700 common organisms in the Piedmont of the Carolinas & Georgia, including mammals, birds, insects, fungi, plants, molds, and bones.

Meet the Native Americans who first called South Carolina home.

Focus Questions:

1. How does salinity affect the density of water?

2. How does salinity affect the movement of ocean water?

3. How does the movement of ocean water affect climate and the quality of life on earth?

There are lots of foods, ingredients, and cooking styles that have been popular in South Carolina.

Old SC Menus

What would you have ordered on a menu at the turn of the century?

This lesson contains information & hands-on activities where 9-12 grade students will be learning about plants and how components in nature interact with each other in ecosystems.

The Fort Sumter Teacher’s Guide is designed as an informative tool for South Carolina educators. The National Park Service values education and strives to help students and teachers learn the unique history of special places.

This Teacher's Guide is designed as an informative tool for South Carolina educators.

In this activity, students will examine sequential primary sources relating to the events that led to this change and write eight short descriptions explaining the relationships between the historical events.

Focus Questions: How do marine scientists collect samples of the organisms living on the ocean floor? Objectives: The students will:

This lesson contains information & hands-on activities for teaching grades 9-12 about the Certified South Carolina Grown Program & the differences between fruits & vegetables.

This lesson contains information & hands-on activities for teaching grades K-2 about the Certified South Carolina Grown Program & the differences between fruits & vegetables.

Students face the critical issue of the Fugitive Slave Law that gave Southerners the right to regain their runaway slaves and return them to bondage. It is also considered by many to have contributed to growing sectionalism in the U.S.

This activity highlights the variety (types and sizes) of geocache containers as well as the plethora of devices used to provide the coordinates of the geocache’s hidden location.

The students will study grassroots political campaigns, public service announcements, and activism. Students will discuss the merits of social media such as viral YouTube videos as a means communicating ideas of social and community issues.

South Carolinians during the Great Depression faced significant hardships, only relieved with the economic relief of World War II.

Learn about the rich Gullah culture that continues in Charleston and the Lowcountry.

South Carolina had a system of government as a British colony that evolved into a state government after the American Revolution.

Students will learn about Fort Lamar and the Battle of Secessionville by reading letters from Alexander Campbell and James Campbell, two Scottish brothers who fought on opposing sides in the battle.

Focus Questions: How is carbon transferred through the five basic cycles of our earth? Objectives: 1. Identify the elements/processes in each of the following cycles: carbon, nitrogen,  phosphorus, sulfur, and water/hydrological. 2.

The purpose of this assignment is to get students thinking about changes they can make to decrease threats to our local saltmarshes.

Find out about transportation, environmental issues, and other ways South Carolinians and the environment interact.

Students will recognize how hurricanes impact shorelines and how storm surge is correlated to the intensity of storms.

Students will analyze historical newspaper articles regarding European expansionist policy during the Nineteenth century, explain the concept of European imperialism during the nineteenth century, and provide specific examples of European expansio

Industry came to South Carolina as entire families worked in the textile mills and factories in the Upstate.

The Santa Elena Foundation has lesson plans and inquiry projects related to Santa Elena, a Spanish settlement on what is now Parris Island, South Carolina.

The students will be introduced to two episodes in 19th-century American history, around the time of the Great Awakening, that show glimpses of some positive and negative consequences of interracial interaction in a religious context.

Focus Questions: 1. What can you learn about science and the study of the oceans from a working oceanographer? 2. How does this affect your interest in oceans and oceanography? Objectives: The students will investigate: 1.

Students will investigate the amount of shielding needed to block the passage of various types of ionizing radiation produced by the decay of radioactive isotopes.

The students will examine the organization of local and state government and the function of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. 

Students will compare and contrast the educational philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois for African-Americans.

Students will be able to explain the role of entrepreneurs in a market economy. Students will be able to determine how to choose the right business for them.

In this lesson, students will learn about the labor union movement in the U.S., specifically the union influence on the cotton mills of North and South Carolina.

Learn how the people of South Carolina use the land to grow crops, mine minerals, and fish in the rivers.

World War I traumatized many of the soldiers that participated in the war. It had a lasting effect on the political, economic, social, and cultural lives of Americans during the 1920's.

This lesson provides an excellent bridge into the study of the Reconstruction era. Students will examine the roles of the president that have evolved through history and the powers of the president as prescribed in Article II of the U.S.

Read poetry, folklore, and ghost stories from South Carolina.

Each county, city, and town in South Carolina have their own government and responsibilities.

Use things in that you find out-of-doors, maybe in your own backyard, to make natural dyes.

Make a diorama; For help in deciding the theme of the scene in your diorama: Look in your backyard.

You can make a kudzu basket like the one made by Jimmie Dinkins! Learn what supplies you will need.

Make a natural weaving with branches, and a variety of materials gathered from nature: twigs, grasses, pine straw, pods or seed heads with stems attached, feathers, Spanish moss, shells, small pine cones, beads, yarn or thread.

You can make a coiled clay pot! Follow the arrow for directions and to see what supplies you will need.

Nancy Basket created this Carolina Wren using handmade, tinted papers. You can make a your own paper for cards and crafts! Click on the arrow to see what supplies you will need.

Make a basket from pine needles!

Explore physical, political, historical, and thematic maps of South Carolina.

Physical Maps

Take a look at these maps that show the physical features of South Carolina, such as mountains, rivers, elevation, and more.

Focus Question: What types of equipment is needed on a marine research ship? Objectives: The students will be able to: 1. Understand the types of equipment necessary for a marine research vessel. 2.

Students will create a response to a literary text that analyzes the character, plot, conflict, symbol, and/or theme in a text.

Explore our state's participation in modern wars, increased infrastructure, and economic development in the "New South."

Comparing and analyzing the difference in deepsea sediments as related to the Savannah Scarp and the Charleston Bump.

South Carolina is home to a wide variety of musical styles and traditions.

Types of Music

South Carolina is home to many different music styles, from jazz to gospel to our distinctive beach music sounds.

This lesson contains information & hands on activities for teaching grades 9-12 about the first meal of the day: BREAKFAST. Our goal for this lesson is to encourage children to start the day right with a healthy breakfast.

Learn about Native American culture both before European contact and today.

Visual Arts

Native American artists in South Carolina make pottery, weaving, and other arts.

From earthquakes to hurricanes and droughts, South Carolina faces many different kinds of natural disasters.

This activity is comprised of three lessons and labs focusing on carbon dioxide, strengths and properties of acids and bases, and interpreting and graphing real data pertaining to ocean acidification.

Included in the kit are images from and educational materials based on the exhibition Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts, which depicts the rise of African American middle class across the South

This activity is comprised of three lessons and labs focusing on ocean acidification, pH, impacts of carbon dioxide on water chemistry, and sources and sinks of carbon.

Discover the mountains, lakes & rivers, geology, and climate of South Carolina.

Focus Question: How does the time of day affect the amount and/or types of Plankton in the coastal zone. Objectives: The students will: 1.

This lesson introduces students to a description of life on the plantation and the cultivation of cotton from the perspective of a slave.

Meet black legislators, sharecroppers, and white farm owners who rebuilt the South after the Civil War.

Explore the 5 regions of South Carolina and find out what makes each of them unique.

Explore the 5 regions of South Carolina and find out what makes each of them unique.

Explore the 5 regions of South Carolina and find out what makes each of them unique.

Explore the 5 regions of South Carolina and find out what makes each of them unique.

Explore the 5 regions of South Carolina and find out what makes each of them unique.

In this lesson plan, students consult a variety of primary sources from the Documenting the American South Collection to uncover the varied impacts of religion on the lives of slaves in the American South.

Soldiers, leaders, and statesmen from South Carolina were pivotal in our nation’s fight for independence.

The student will study the economic impact that the arts have in South Carolina and the United States.

Students will learn about the life and exploits of Robert Smalls, a slave in Charleston during the Civil War who gained his freedom by stealing a Confederate ship.

Students will learn about the natural materials used by Paleolithic people to create rock art, use similar materials to create paint, and use paint to replicate paleolithic rock art.

Students will learn how rock art is a valuable cultural artifact and must be protected from natural degradation and human destruction, while also remaining open and available to the public.

Learn more about the places of South Carolina and discover images of our state, from its earliest settlers to modern day.

This lesson is designed to help students gain a better understanding of the terrain, geographic zones and planes of South Carolina and to get an understanding of how much of the Revolution was fought in South Carolina.

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places documentation for "Summerton High School" (with photos), "Florence C. Benson Elementary School" (with photos), "Mary H.

This lesson will cover an overview of the campaign for Morris Island, have students compares two primary sources from the siege, and work in teams to build a siege work called a gabion that was used in the siege.

This lesson describes the significance of slave badges, which were used exclusively in Charleston, SC. Student will be able to explore the use of slave badges in Charleston and describe the impact from using slave badges.

Slavery in South Carolina originally existed along the coastal area. Slaves were needed to work the large plantations in the area, and they were brought to South Carolina on ships from the West Indies.

In this lesson, students will read selected excerpts from slave narratives, determining common characteristics of the genre.

In this lesson, students learn more about the religious observances of slaves in the United States by presenting hymns from Slave Songs in the US digitized in the Documenting the American South Collection.

The cash crop economy of South Carolina relied on the slavery of African Americans.

This lesson is designed to extend student understanding of the experiences of slaves living in the American, antebellum south.

This lesson contains information & hands-on activities for teaching grades 9-12about the benefits of Smart Food Choices.

In the classroom, students will investigate the use of solar power and the effects of solar power on art. Students will create a design using the sun. This lesson will explain the importance of solar energy as it pertains to art.

The Blue Ridge, which includes portions of Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg counties, is the smallest of the five landform regions being studied in this series.

The Coastal Zone is the region of the state where creeks and rivers are affected by the ebb and flow of ocean tides.

The word "piedmont" means "foot of the mountain." This region is hilly and comprises approximately one third of the state.

The South Carolina government and its three branches govern the state and its citizens.

This is an online storewater pollution workbook with online and offline activities. 

Focus Questions: How can we simulate the formation of the abyssal plain from top to bottom?

Covers energy production, distribution and consumption in South Carolina, and is targeted to middle and high school students.

Students will act as historians researching, analyzing and evaluating the eight historically black colleges and universities (HBCU)'s in South Carolina.

These nine lesson plans are designed for students to understand the story of the Hunley, from its beginnings in New Orleans to the fateful night of the sinking of the Housatonic.

Olaudah Equiano is perhaps one of the most well-known abolitionist writers and former slaves to live in America. His narrative has been digitized as a part of the Documenting the American South North American Slave Narratives collection.

At the end of the activity, students will be able to:

  • Interpret why poor medical practices killed many soldiers.
  • Demonstrate and describe how care was given to wounded soldiers in Civil War hospitals.

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Covers "The Rosenwald School Building Fund and Associated Buildings (Alabama)," "Rosenwald Schools in Georgia, 1912-1937," "Rosenwald Schools of Anne Arundel County

Students will learn about the ecology of coastal salt marshes and how the location of Fort Lamar near these marshes affected the outcome of the Battle of Secessionville.

Students will be able to infer why the brown alga, Sargassum, is likely to be home to many marine organisms. Students can infer that the populations of organisms in the Sargassum are dependent on each other for survival.

A storm surge is a mound of ocean water that moves ashore with a hurricane.  It is caused by high winds of a hurricane pushing on the ocean's surface and the low pressure at the hurricane's center.

This activity works well as an introduction to learning about the Civil War.

South Carolina has a long tradition of theatrical arts, from Dock Street Theatre in Charleston to community theater and filmmaking in towns across the state.

Classroom activities and lesson plans as well as timelines about the Great Depression and the New Deal.

In this lesson, students will evaluate and critique authors' perspectives. Students will read two first-person narratives and analyze how each text is influenced by its author's cultural background.

This unit focuses on the causation of sectional conflict along with the comparison of historical events with those that take place in other periods of U.S. History.

This lesson focuses on the students’ ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize social studies resources to make inferences and draw conclusions.

Students will examine several historical congressional records from the Reconstruction period to assess whether the documents show evidence that the Reconstruction period of American history should or should not be viewed as a revolution.

Students will recognize how topography plays a role in the flow of groundwater and surface water.

Use the classroom activity to investigate how deep the energy of a wave goes and the relationship between the size of a wave and depth of wave energy.

Learn how to use a backstrap loom to make a Natural Weaving using items in nature. 

Focus Question: 1. What are the types of oceanography careers? 2. How do oceanographers spend their time? Objectives - The students will 1. Investigate and describe specific careers in oceanography. 2.

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration files "Georgetown County Rice Culture, c. 1750-c. 1910" and "Chicora Wood Plantation" as well as other source materials on the rice culture of Georgetown County.

This lesson plans presents the account of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a confederate spy during the Civil War.

Use the classroom activity to investigate the factors affecting wind waves.

From hometown soldiers and nurses to Camp Sevier in Greenville, South Carolina was deeply invested in World War I.