Lesson Plans

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  • Weaving | A Natural State

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

  • Welcome to the New World

    This lesson provides students an opportunity to read and interpret writings of the late 1500's and to transfer the information provided in the writings into a visual medium as a means of understanding and interpretation. The lesson also provides students practice in persuasive techniques.

  • What does an Oceanographer do?

    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. Link the skills necessary to the tasks performed in different fields of oceanography. 3. Interview an oceanographer by e-mail. 4. Create a Help Wanted advertisement / profile for a specific type of oceanographer for a specific oceanographic institute, university, or aquarium. 

  • What Gets Preserved

    This activity is designed to help students learn about the types of items from the culture under study that would be preserved in the archaeological record. After examining the culture chosen by the instructor, students will examine a set of artifacts related to the media chosen and then examine which artifacts are most likely to be preserved.

  • What is Jazz?

    Property: Dizzy Gillespie Birthplace HM, 337 Huger Street, Cheraw, SC 2952 

    Historic Content

    Born in Cheraw on Oct. 21, 1917, Dizzy Gillespie's family lived in the town for almost 20 years before they moved to Philadelphia in 1935. A founder of modern jazz, Gillespie was an innovative trumpeter and bandleader known for his bent horn, bulging cheeks, sense of humor and showmanship. In the 1950s, he became a good will ambassador for the U.S. State Dept., playing concerts around the world.

    Student Learning Objectives: 

  • When Rice Was King

    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.

    Objectives for students

    1) To describe the complexity of large-scale, slave-worked agricultural enterprises.

    2) To examine the origins of rice production and the role it played in the economy of the antebellum South.

    3) To explain the steps involved in rice cultivation.

  • Where do Rivers Go?

    Students will determine key uses of the land in the watershed and infer the impact of land uses on the estuary's water quality and its inhabitants.

  • Where in the World is 34º 55 ’N 81º 01 ’W ?

    Reference skills, maps and the atlas are important reference sources. Latitude and longitude is a difficult concept for some students to grasp, but it is important for students to be able to read maps and understand how to find locations around the world using latitude and longitude. 

  • Whispers from the Past

    Native Americans have been inhabitants of South Carolina for more than 15,000 years. These people contributed in countless ways to the state we call home. The students will be introduced to different time periods in the history of Native Americans and then focus on the Cherokee Nation. 

  • Who polluted the river?

    The histories of local rivers provide insight into the effect of population growth on a natural resource and the cumulative impact of individual actions. Students will be able to:

    • List the principal pollutants in our nation's rivers.
    • Draw connections between individual actions and results at the community level. 
    • Develop strategies for minimizing and counteracting environmental problems.
  • Who started the Civil War? Comparing perspectives on the causes of the war

    This lesson plans presents the account of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a confederate spy during the Civil War. Students are encouraged to find confirming and refuting evidence of her perspective on what caused the Civil War by browsing the Documenting the American South Collection of digitized primary sources.

  • Why Leave? Tenant Farming and Black Out-Migration in the 1930s

    During the 1930s, many tenant farmers experienced a number of years of hardship due to the Great Depression. In addition, many black farmers moved out of the South to try to find better lives for themselves in Northern cities. 

  • Wildlife Management Activity Book

    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources published the Wildlife Management Activity book with coloring pages and games relating to animals that live in the state. 

  • William H. Johnson African American Painter

    Property: William H. Johnson Birthplace Historic Marker, Palmetto Street, Florence

    Historic Content 

    During the early 20th century, a number of African American artists left the South and America to advance and further their artistic training in Europe. Once free of the Jim Crow South and race discrimination in the United States, they created some of their greatest works. 

    William H. Johnson developed his unique style of painting during the period when he was living and working in Europe. 

  • Wind Waves

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

  • WWII: The Atomic Bomb

    Students will:

    • Explore the making of the atomic bomb
    • Learn about oral histories
    • Investigate the impact nationally and internationally of the atomic bomb 
  • You Don't Always Take What You Need

    Focus Questions: 1. Based on the equipment preview and discussion activity, what would you need to have aboard ship to complete a successful 3 day-night research cruise? 2. How do scientists decide what equipment to take? 3. Who makes the decisions on what to take? Objectives: Students will be able to: 1. Make a list of the necessary items that will be needed aboard ship during a research cruise. 2. Categorize all needs into several major groups such as human needs, ship needs, equipment needs, research needs.

  • Zeal for Teaching: Reconstruction in Port Royal, South Carolina

    Willie Lee Rose's Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment details the take over by Union troops of Port Royal Island, South Carolina. On November 1861 Union troops captured the Island shortly after white plantation owners abandoned their possessions for the safety inland. The Island along with its ten thousand slaves remained in the possession of Union troops throughout the war and became an experimental lab for Reconstruction. One of many arguments put forward by Rose in her book related to education.

  • “Democracy” From Ancient Greece to Charleston

    This unit focuses on explaining change and continuity over time and across cultures. The purpose of this lesson(s) is to engage 6th grade students in examining what democracy, citizenship, and public debate and action mean across, space, and cultures. These lessons will address multiple components from the profile of a South Carolina graduate. The components that the lesson will address from World Class Skills are: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration and Teamwork, Knowing How to Learn, and Communication, information, Media and Technology.

  • “Goin’ to Cowpens” Chant

    Teacher leads the students in a rousing march to Cowpens National Battlefield! Teacher follows script provided and students echo.