Lesson Plans

Below are descriptions of lesson plans created by schools, educators, museums, state and federal parks, and other educational organizations.

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  • Holocaust Remembered

    Lesson Objectives: Students recognize the impact of the Holocaust on postwar and future generations, Students begin to understand the importance of moral decision making in both their individual and public lives., Students learn to appreciate their role and importance as a citizen of their own communities and the larger global community.

  • Honey Hill Battle – Civil War History

    The study of the Battle of Honey Hill will allow students to gain knowledge of a significant military battle that took place in Ridgeland, SC (formerly known as Gopher Hill). While visiting the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage they can complete activities that not only allow students to better understand this battle, but become familiar with the terminology used during the Civil War and other events.

  • How did Population Change Between 1900 and 1950?

    The population in South Carolina experienced changes between 1900 and 1950. This population change had many causes including the growth of wealth during the 1920s, the vast movement of people during the 1930s, and the effects of World War I and World War II on the population—in some cases the change was positive; in others, the change was negative. These two maps may be examined to see how the population of the state changed over the first half of the twentieth century.

  • How do Mud Snails find Food?

    Students investigate senses through the feeding behaviors of mud snails and design their own test apparatus.


  • How Far does the Carbon Flow?

    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. Contrast and compare the elements /processes of each cycle to one another and  identify the common parts. 3. Analyze how the carbon of organisms interact with the biosphere as part of the flow in  the biogeochemical cycles (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and water cycles). 4.

  • How Threatening Is Your Schoolyard?

    The purpose of this assignment is to get students thinking about changes they can make to decrease threats to our local saltmarshes. Students will begin by reading the ‘Threats’ section of the saltmarsh guide and will annotate the text as they do so. They will underline key points as they read. Students will annotate the right margins with ideas for solutions to the problems the threats cause for our local saltmarshes. Students will annotate left margins with words they don’t know the meaning of or words they want more information about.

  • Hungry Marsh

    This activity precedes the use of the poster and this will be where the children will be exposed to the organisms in the saltmarsh, feeding relationships, and the effects of disturbances on our natural resource, the salt marsh. They will be given a set of cards, a felt board, and yarn arrow and they will be instructed to show relationships of organisms in the marsh, show effects of disturbances, and review the different energy relationships.

  • Hurricanes & Storm Surge

    Students will recognize how hurricanes impact shorelines and how storm surge is correlated to the intensity of storms. Students will investigate the physical factors that influence storm surge and the impact that geography can play in amplifying these effects.

  • Imperial Pursuits

    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 expansionist policies in Africa and Asia.

  • Indians, Slaves and Freedmen in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina

    Developed with the assistance of Roche Carolina, Inc., this curricula material explores the history and archaeology of a section of Florence County. But its usefulness is far wider, since it helps kids better understand the lives of Native Americans, and how life changed from slavery to freedom for African Americans.

  • Inquiry Projects and Project Based Learning related to Santa Elena

    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.

  • Integrated History and Ecology of Tea Farm Park

    This curricula package was originally developed for use by Charleston County Park and Recreation at its new Tea Farm Park. It is just as useful for any teacher who wants to integrate history and science to show kids that all disciplines are equally important and draw from one another. The package explores Native American plants and ecology, and the cultivation of rice by African American slaves.  


  • Interracial "harmony" and the Great Awakening

    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. The students will examine primary sources from the Documenting the American South collection to then be able to write a "sermon" from the perspective of a southern itinerant preacher during the Great Awakening arguing for or against religion as a cure for the social ill of racism and slavery.

  • Interview an Oceanographer

    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. The factors have drawn people to scientific study. 2. The rewards to be found in the study of oceans. 3. The drawbacks or difficulties in pursuing a scientific career. 4. The difficulties encountered by a working oceanographer. 5. The importance of devoting time, energy, and passion in the study of the ocean. 6. Careers in oceanography.


  • Introduction to Taxonomy

    This activity will use the Guide to the Salt Marshes and Tidal Creeks of the Southeastern United States as a way of exploring the different organisms that live in the salt marsh habitat. Students will use critical thinking skills to match descriptions to the correct organism and also classify organisms based on different physical and behavioral characteristics. This activity also allows for students to conduct additional research to learn more about an organism by using the guide as a reference.

  • Investigating Radiation Shielding

    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. Students will use the results of these studies to analyze the effectiveness of various engineering attempts to contain such radiation and the risks of radiation escaping into the environment.

  • Is it hot in here? Exploring the greenhouse effect and global climate change

    The lesson will explore the greenhouse effect through a simple demonstration. Students will gain an understanding of the greenhouse effect, climate change, and global warming.

  • It Wasn't a Bullet & The Price in Blood

    Medical science was just beginning to be understood at the onset of the Civil War. Germs were unheard of, and surgery techniques had not been improved since the early 1800's. Hospitals were rarely used since most sicknesses was treated at home. Medicines were primitive and in many cases prescribed on an experimental basis. The most common diseases were typhoid, typhus, measles, mumps, smallpox, and malaria. The main causes for so many deaths from disease were due to poor diet, hygiene, and sanitation. 

  • J. Anthony Brown

    The student will demonstrate knowledge about art careers related to the entertainment and fashion industries through studio and written products.

  • J. Anthony Brown

    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of goods and services and supply and demand in a community.