Lesson Plans

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  • Fruit or Vegetable 9-12

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

  • Fruit or Vegetable K-2

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

  • Fugitive Slave Law Simulation

    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. and eventually the Civil War. In order to take on the roles of historical actors, students will examine primary source documents from the Documenting the American South collection and critique arguments in favor and opposed to the law.

  • Full Steam to Freedom: Running the Blockade

    In this group activity, children will play a game loosely based on Civil War signaling and naval strategy. 

  • Geocaches: Types and Sizes

    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. This activity would be used subsequent to the basic Global Positioning System (GPS)/geocaching instruction available through the South Carolina Geographic Alliance (SCGA) and prior to using GPS units on field trips or geocaching beyond the school campus.

  • Geocaching Choropleth Maps

    Using geocaching as a vehicle, students will analyze and compare choropleth maps showing geocache finds at the county and state level. Using Google Earth, students will view satellite images for areas showing high concentrations of geocache finds on the choropleth maps and interpret what human or physical features make that area popular to geocachers.

  • Geocaching with Google Earth

    This activity allows students to explore the geography around a selected geocache, whether or not the geocache will actually be visited. Although a only one geocache is used as an example in this activity, the process can be repeated for any geocache on the planet.

  • George Washington and the Palmetto State

    This lesson will enable the students to compare George Washington’s description of South Carolina from 1791 to South Carolina today.

  • Georgia Good

    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.

  • Gouedy Fort: What’s in the bag?

    At the end of this activity, the student will be able to:

    • Explain interactions between the people and the physical landscape of South Carolina over time
    • Describe the initial contact, cooperation, and conflict between the Native Americans and European settlers in South Carolina
    • Summarize the relationship among the Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans, including the French and Indian War, the slave revolts, and the conduct of trade.
  • Grass: The Essence of Cowpens

    The goal of this field trip is to present to students the importance of native grasses and the grasslands that were the essence of the landscape at the site of the Battle of Cowpens.

  • Greene and the Decision to Lay Siege

    This activity uses two excerpts that discuss the issues surrounding Greene and the decision to lay siege to Star Fort. Students will compare and contrast the two excerpts to develop and understanding of Greene’s decision.

  • Guide to the Elementary Basic Observation Buoy (eBOB)

    The Guide to the Elementary Basic Observation Buoy (eBOB) will assist with setting the stage for designing and constructing an eBOB. The BOB (Basic Observation Buoy) project started in 2008 as a scaled-down student version capable of holding water quality sensors and weather instruments. Teachers and educators can align the eBOB with specific national and state standards in physical, life and earth sciences. 

  • Gullah Geechee Culture

    Gullah Geechee is a culture located on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. They have a unique culture that is directly linked to several historical cultures from West Africa and were brought to South Carolina for their expertise in rice and cotton farming. In South Carolina, this group of African-Americans and the language they speak are referred to as Gullah (Gul-luh). In Georgia, they are called Geechee (Gee-chee). Native Islanders is another term that refers to the Gullah and Geechee people.

  • Gullah Net Classroom Activities

    A list of activities related to Gullah Net on Knowitall.org and the Gullah culture.

  • Hatiola

    A lesson plan using an article from the Sandlapper Magazine about Hatiola, a hunt club in Barnwell County.

  • Herbs and Medicinals in the Backcountry

    GOAL:  To introduce students to backcountry lifestyles related to the Battle of Cowpens

  • Heritage Tourism: Explore Local Culture

    Students will examine the subject of heritage tourism by developing cultural heritage promotional materials (i.e. brochure, postcard, website, film). 

  • Historical Letter Analysis

    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. These letters can be used to teach students about observations and inferences in the context of historical documents, and to discuss the lives of Civil War soldiers, how the war divided families, and the contributions of immigrants to both sides of the war.

  • History and Technology

    Summarize the Battle of Cowpens.