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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.

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This page is a supplement to Virginia Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.


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Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Slavery During the Colonial Period __ The laws and myths concerning slavery in eighteenth century Virginia are studied through a series of focus questions.  goals, procedure, materials. - From history.org - http://www.history.org/history/teaching/attitude.cfm   

BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Virginia __ 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/virginia.html 

Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny __ Students will learn where the Virginia immigrants originated from, what life was like, and the early settlement of Virginia.  goals, procedure, materials. - From thesolutionsite.com - http://www.thesolutionsite.com/lpnew_bin/UI_Metadata/public/1148 

Classroom-Tested Lesson Plans __ You will find several lessons based on Colonial Williamsburg,  Goals, procedures, materials needed. - From colonialwilliamsburg.com - http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/history/teaching/classroom_plans.cfm 

Colonial Williamsburg __ Here you will find many lessons about Colonial Williamsburg, its history and life. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From history.org - http://www.history.org/history/teaching/classroom_plans.cfm


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 

Jamestown __ Using Internet resources and reference materials, students will learn what life was like for settlers in the Jamestown colony.  Goals, procedure and materials - From Nashville Schools - http://www.nashville-schools.davidson.k12.tn.us/CurriculumAwards/colonists/JAMESTOWN.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--Historic Jamestowne __ "Included here are several lesson plans that we hope will share our project with you and help add a new dimension to your classroom resources. Each lesson plan has been designed for a specific grade or two, but in the hands of a good teacher, any of these lesson plans can be adjusted for other grades to use. Archaeology is a fascinating tool to use with your students,..." - From historicjamestowne.org - http://www.historicjamestowne.org/learn/lesson_plans.php


Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ A lesson that can be made Virginia 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 

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


VA Studies - Virginia Studies Outline __ Not much more to say than you will find many lessons and activities about Virginia and Virginia history.  You may need to navigate a little bit but worthwhile. - From vastudies.pwnet.org - http://vastudies.pwnet.org/all/index.htm 

Virginia 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-va.html 

Virginia 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/susva.htm


Virginia A State Unit Study __ "This mini unit on VIRGINIA uses the cross curricular approach to education. There are several activities from different academics subjects for you to choose from."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/article2177.html 

Virginia Word Search __ Students find names of Virginia cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/virginia.html 

Virginia's Confederate Generals - Instructional Unit __ A lesson unit about Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and J. E. B. Stuart. Goals, procedure and materials - From Pulaski County Public Schools - http://tinyurl.com/7s6ee 

Virtual Field Trips and State Resources - Virginia __ As a class activity you can take any of a series of 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/8xlw8 


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