Lesson Plans

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  • Tornadoes’ Favorite Counties

    Students will use a South Carolina County map found in SC: An Atlas to determine the location of tornadoes and/or hurricanes from 1985 to 1995. Students will create a map symbol and maps showing the location of tornadoes and hurricanes in the state during this time period. Students will then analyze the data.

  • Touring the Palmetto State

    This year-long project will help students understand the great variety of industries, tourist attractions, historical places, and forms of entertainment found in the Palmetto State.

  • Trade: How much is that?

    At the end of this activity, the student will be able to: - describe conflicts between the Native Americans and Europeans over unfair trade practices. -summarize the relationship among Native Americans and Europeans in reference to the conduct of trade.

  • Tragedy and Hope

    This lesson focuses on cause and effect, a Social Studies skill, and synthesizing, a literacy skill. Students will analyze three different tragedies and determine the effects of each. These are critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as defined by the Profile of a South Carolina Graduate. 

  • Traveling Back in Time: Exploring Charleston in the 1860s

    This lesson is designed to give students a better understanding of life in Charleston during the Civil War. Students will use information compiled from primary sources and photographs to present a newscast describing the day-to-day lives of the people of Charleston. 

  • Triage after the Battle

    GOAL: The goal of this lesson is for students to become familiar with the healing and patient care required for returning soldiers to battle.

  • Tuskegee Airmen - Teacher's Guide

    ETV partnered with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation to provide coverage of the Tuskegee 60th reunion events in Camden, South Carolina. Watch captured clips from this historic event for Knowitall.org.

  • Two perspectives on slavery: A comparison of personal narratives

    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.

  • Uniforms of the Beaufort History Museum

    This is a family activity guide about uniforms found at the Beaufort History Museum.

  • United States History & Constitution: Paradigms Resulting in Violence

    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. Students will analyze the problematic conditions arising from the dispute over slavery and relate events stemming from the 1850’s with those happening today along with evaluating arguments, claims, and beliefs to interpret and synthesize the information to make inferences and draw conclusions. Additionally, students will evaluate how to change negative traditions to provide social reform to society.

  • United States History and the Constitution: An Evolving Democracy

    This lesson focuses on the students’ ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize social studies resources to make inferences and draw conclusions. The purpose of this unit is to examine the expansion and contraction of democracy throughout the history of the United States. These tasks will require critical thinking skills and develop a global perspective as defined by the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

  • Unsung Patriots: African-Americans at the Battle of Cowpens

    GOAL: To introduce to students the role of African-Americans at the Battle of Cowpens in context of the Revolutionary struggle against England and the African-American struggle for freedom.

  • Upper Piedmont Habitat Prior to 1781

    To have students define what kind of habitat an animal would have needed to survive in the upper Piedmont of the Carolinas prior to the Battle of Cowpens. Students will describe elements that contributed to the animal’s extinction from the area. 

  • US 17: A Road Side Story

    As a supervisory employee of South Carolina’s Department of Transportation with a budget of $2 million dollars, you will be required to choose one issue from the list below or propose an issue not listed. You must consume the entire budget without exceeding the allotted budget. You must provide citations and references. Students will have to make a before and after model. The “before” will be a visualization of the issue as it stands. The “after” will how the student envisions their project benefitting the region.

  • Using Density to Predict Estuarine Salinity

    Students apply their understanding of density to determine differences in four unknown salt solutions, using critical thinking skills, testing and observations.

  • Voices from Cowpens

    GOAL: To have students work with primary sources related to the Battle of Cowpens.

  • Voices of the Past: Child Labor in the South Carolina Textile Mills

    Students will be able to...

    • Identify child labor laws of South Carolina 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the textile culture and lifestyle as it relates to child labor through writing in the perspectives of a child laborer
    • Analyze the injustices and hardships of child labor and textile mill work 
    • Recognize changes in current child labor laws making connections between the past and present
  • Was Reconstruction a Revolution?

    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.

  • Water Transport of Nuclear Waste

    Students will recognize how topography plays a role in the flow of groundwater and surface water. They will then use this concept to analyze the risk of nuclear pollutants such as radioactive isotopes buried at the Savannah River Site, in the South Carolina Coastal Plain, of traveling through the environment and threatening freshwater resources.

  • Wave Size and Depth

    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.