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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics. For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject. A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations. While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.
Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.
The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous. This site can not and does not index all lesson resources. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity. The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.
This page is a supplement to Illinois Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.
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lackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Illinois __ The youngest of students can have fun coloring a map of their state along with learning some interesting things about it. You will find a print out for this classroom activity. - From blackdog.net - http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/illinois.html
Choosing the Lincoln Statue __ "Students will search the database for photographs or artwork depicting Abraham Lincoln during the time when he was traveling the 8th Judicial Circuit and practicing law in Champaign County. They will develop a web site with the photos and pictures, and ask visitors to vote for the image they would prefer to have made into a statue, which could be placed at the renovated courthouse in Urbana. They will develop a Powerpoint presentation of the results of the survey." Goals, procedure and materials. - From University of Illinois, Urbana - http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/LessonPlans/ChoosingLincolnStatue.html
Eat Your State! Social Studies Lesson Plan... __ Students make an "edible" map of their state and its resources. When the lesson is over, let 'em munch away at their efforts. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSEatYourState-StateNaturalResourcesIdea24.htm
Exploring Adlai E. Stevenson II __ "Students will search the internet and the TDC database to access information about the life of Adlai E. Stevenson II" Goals, procedure and materials. - From University of Illinois, Urbana - http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/LessonPlans/ExploringAdlai.html
Illinois Chicago Introduction __ A good place to begin when teaching the history of Chicago, Illinois. Students will start a journal before proceeding with other history lessons on this area. Goals, procedure and materials. - From School District 54, Schaumburg, Illinois - http://web54.sd54.k12.il.us/instruct/resource/illinois/lessons/less1.htm
Illinois State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,' it would be an excellent basis for one to teach younger students about your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com - http://allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-il.html
Illinois State Study Unit __ These state unit studies are designed to help children learn the geography of the United States and learn factual information about every state. These studies are great for children in the public and private education system as well as homeschooled children." You will find lessons, printables, activities, quizzes, maps, fun facts, and many other classroom activity items. - From About.com - http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susil.htm
Illinois - A State Unit Study __ "This mini unit on ILLINOIS uses the cross curricular approach to education. There are several activities from different academic subjects for you to choose from. One of the most important things is to have fun!" - From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/Illinois.html
Illinois Word Search __ Students find names of this state's cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/illinois.html
KidZone Geography - United States Printables for various State Emblems: __ You will find class activity material for your state as well as all the others. These activities are for the earliest grade levels. - From kidzone - http://www.kidzone.ws/geography/usa/index.htm
Knowing Where You Are __ "Students research place names in their state and discover and analyze the varied sources of these place names." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduplace.com - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/knowing.html
Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ A lesson that can be made Illinois specific. "This lesson asks students to compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They'll look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they'll make their own maps of another state of their choice. They'll list their observations of the two states' maps then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they've seen." - Goals, procedure - From nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g35/exploremaps.html
Let Me Tell You About My State! __ "The purpose of this activity is to develop an awareness of the concepts of the United States through the Amateur Radio communication services. It provides an opportunity for the students to verbally interact information about their state. Comparing and collecting data about different cultures, current events, geography, history, government, natural resources, and climate conditions are examples of shared data. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with another student operator to exchange information. Verbal questioning skills, critical thinking skills and the growth of writing skills will be enhanced. Through sharing of information about ones' state, published reports will be written from the acquired data." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/bz9ou
Mini Study of a State __ The students will learn to do research while comparing your state with one of the states of the U.S. They will be graded on information, drawing and art work, spelling and punctuation and neatness. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8y9ks
State History Quiz Show __ This is a lesson plan which can be adopted for any state. It is fun as well as educational. Goals, procedure and materials. - From education-world.com - http://www.education-world.com/a_tsl/archives/02-1/lesson010.shtml
State Reports __ Students will use different types of resources (computer software, research books, etc.) to find the climate, landforms, natural resources, government officials, etc. of a specific state. In this case, yours. Goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8alyq
Student Map of Illinois __ "Apply knowledge of map elements by creating a student-constructed map of Illinois." goals, procedure materials needed. - From School District 54, Schaumburg, Illinois - http://web54.sd54.k12.il.us/instruct/resource/illinois/lessons/less4.htm
TDC Lesson Plans - Illinois History Fair __ "During this project, students wil use the TDC database as another resource during their research for their Illinois History Fair project. The exhibits related to Abraham Lincoln and Illinois history will be most useful for the student's research." You will find goals, procedure and materials needed. "The Illinois History Fair is an annual statewide competition sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Students complete various history-related projects pertaining to Illinois and submit those for judging." - From library.uiuc.edu - http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/LessonPlans/IllinoisFair.html
US template __ Print out this template for your students to create a state brochure as a class activity. - From North Canton City Schools - http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~orchard/states.htm
Welcome to At Home in the Heartland Online __ Click on "Education Overview" to find information including lesson plans. "A free teachers guide with information on how to use this site in your classroom is available by contacting Jan Wass - email@example.com by email. Please provide your name and mailing address, the grade or subject you teach and the school where you teach." - From Illinois State Museum - http://tinyurl.com/cl99z
Virtual Field Trips and State Resources - Illinois __ As a class activity you can take any of a series of virtual online field trips around the state. Some of these "trips" also have lesson plans which may be ordered, others are free. - from Macmillan/McGraw-Hill - http://tinyurl.com/bagwx