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Laura Halstied

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K20 Center

Academic Credentials

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Central Oklahoma 2002
Master of Arts in Political Science
University of Central Oklahoma 2005

About Me

Laura Halstied serves the K20 Educational and Community Center as a Social Studies Curriculum Writer. Laura and the fellow instructional design team work to develop high-quality social studies curriculum for K12 schools support the mission of the K20 Center and its projects. Her mission is to create lessons that help students become informed citizens.

Recent Publications

The Curtain Falls

End of the Cold War

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will examine why the Cold War came to an end. Students will view video footage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, look for reasons the Cold War ended by analyzing data and Why-Lighting a reading, and extend their understanding by working in groups to create pie charts that detail... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Curtain Falls

End of the Cold War

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • World History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • WH.5.5, WH.5.5A, WH.5.5B, WH.5.5C, WH.5.5D
More 1-2 periods
Time Frame 90 minutes
WICK

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 3rd - 12th

This engaging strategy provides a way for students to categorize information and think critically about content. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Explain/Closing, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 10 - 20 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Active Engagement, Critical Thinking, Evaluate, Reflection

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 3rd - 12th
The Maine Event

The Role of the Media in the Spanish-American War

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th Grade

This lesson provides an overview of yellow journalism and its impact on the Spanish-American War. Using hands-on activities and discussions, students explore the vocabulary and attributes of yellow journalism. Students also evaluate the field of journalism. Following completion of the lesson, students... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Maine Event

The Role of the Media in the Spanish-American War

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th Grade

Subject Subject

  • ICAP, Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USH.3.1, USH.3.1B
More 1-2 periods
Time Frame 90 minutes
In the Trenches

Trench Warfare in World War I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students analyze how trench warfare affected soldiers in World War I by reading a letter by a soldier, interacting with a trench warfare museum exhibit, and viewing a video about trench warfare. Students extend their learning by crafting an article or narrative about trench warfare and... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
In the Trenches

Trench Warfare in World War I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • ICAP, Social Studies

Course Course

  • World History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • WH.4.2
More 1-2 class period(s)
Time Frame 90 minutes
What Is a Wave? Lesson 5

New Direction

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this fifth and final lesson of the "What Is a Wave?" unit, students will observe two demonstrations and form conclusions to understand how light travels through matter. Students will complete a Concept Card Map activity to demonstrate their understanding of the unit's content and concepts. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What Is a Wave? Lesson 5

New Direction

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Physical Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PS.PS4.1 , PS.PS4.4 , PS.PS4.4.1, PS.PS4.4.2, PS.PS4.4.3
More 2 class periods
Time Frame 90 minutes
What Is a Wave? Lesson 4

Electric Avenue

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

In this fourth lesson of the "What Is a Wave?" unit, students will learn how electromagnetic radiation is related to common items, understand how electromagnetic radiation is a form of energy, and create electromagnetic spectrum charts. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What Is a Wave? Lesson 4

Electric Avenue

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Physical Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PS.PS4.4 , PS.PS4.4.1, PS.PS4.4.2, PS.PS4.4.3
More 1-2 class period(s)
Time Frame 90 minutes
What Is a Wave? Lesson 3

Galloping Gertie

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this third lesson of the "What Is a Wave?" unit, students will experiment with long springs, participate in a guided inquiry activity on constructive and destructive interference, and experiment with whirly tubes. Students will be assessed by explaining true or false statements. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What Is a Wave? Lesson 3

Galloping Gertie

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Physical Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PS.PS3.3 , PS.PS4.1 , PS.PS4.1.1
More 3 class periods
Time Frame 135 minutes
What Is a Wave? Lesson 2

Not the Bermuda Triangle

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this second lesson of the "What Is a Wave?" unit, students will review key concepts from the first lesson using the Strike Out! strategy. Students will connect prior learning to new content by watching videos that demonstrate the speed of sound waves, and then will be introduced to the Triangle of... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What Is a Wave? Lesson 2

Not the Bermuda Triangle

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Physical Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PS.PS4.1 , PS.PS4.1.1
More 2 class periods
Time Frame 90 minutes
Exploration Innovation

European Exploration and Navigational Tools

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th Grade

In this lesson, students will explore the technology used by European explorers during the Age of Exploration. Through analyzing images, watching a video, and selecting an activity from a Choice Board, students will learn about four navigational tools and how this new technology influenced European... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Exploration Innovation

European Exploration and Navigational Tools

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • World History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • WH.2.3
More 1-2 class period(s)
Time Frame 90 minutes
Born This Way?

Nature vs. Nurture

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

In this lesson, students discuss and analyze the ways in which genetics and the environment play a role in human development. Students participate in a Four Corners activity, a Card Sort, and an article analysis, and then extend their learning by viewing a video about an experiment that separated triplets... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Born This Way?

Nature vs. Nurture

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Sociology

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • S.2.4
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Time Frame 70 Minutes