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Zombie Apocalypse: What Do People Need to Survive?

US Government

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Students will participate in a scenario where the government is in chaos. In small groups, they will determine what societies need to form new countries that would be sustainable. The characteristics of state and theories of governmental power will be introduced and applied to the new countries that... Read more »

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. Government

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USG.1, USG.1.1
More 100 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Will You Live To Be 100?

Standard 6: Planning for Retirement

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

In this financial literacy lesson, students will explore the need to plan for retirement and discuss the amount of money that will be needed to retire comfortably. Students will investigate traditional ways to save for retirement, including personal savings, Social Security, mutual funds, 401K, IRAs,... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Will You Live To Be 100?

Standard 6: Planning for Retirement

Tag Related

  • Games

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Personal Financial Literacy

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PFL.6, PFL.6.1, PFL.6.2
More 200 minutes
Time Frame 3-4 class period(s)
Why Do I Need an Education?

OU Teach-In Series 2017

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Students will explore the relationship between public education and democracy. They will investigate how an educated population contributes to the democratic process. This lesson includes excerpts and video clips from a lecture by Johann Neem at the OU Teach-In Series 2017. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Why Do I Need an Education?

OU Teach-In Series 2017

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. Government

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USG.3.9
More 200 minutes
Time Frame 4- class period(s)
Who Were the Mayans?

Ancient Mayan Civilization

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th Grade

Students will investigate the culture of the Mayan civilization through observation and inquiry. Students will choose a topic about the Mayans to investigate and present their findings to the class through a variety of formats. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Who Were the Mayans?

Ancient Mayan Civilization

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th Grade

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • World Geography

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 6.3, 6.3.2
More 150 minutes
Time Frame 3 class period(s)
What is the Price of Freedom?

The Patriot Act of 2001

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

This lesson examines key terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and identifies how the Patriot Act was created to prevent terrorism. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What is the Price of Freedom?

The Patriot Act of 2001

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USH.8.6
More 150 minutes
Time Frame 3 class period(s)
What is the Green Revolution?

The Green Revolution

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Students will gain information about the Green Revolution and its impact on the world's food supply. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What is the Green Revolution?

The Green Revolution

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • World Human Geography

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • WG.5.1
More 130 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Transcending Boundaries: The Kiowa Six

The Legacy and Contributions of Six Kiowa Artists

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will investigate the paintings, history, and artistic talents of a group of Kiowa artists collectively known as the Kiowa Six. Students also will consider whether the systemic policy of assimilation and acculturation helped or hindered the artists' career success. Finally, students... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Transcending Boundaries: The Kiowa Six

The Legacy and Contributions of Six Kiowa Artists

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Oklahoma History, U.S. History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • OKH.5.8, USH.1.3C
More 2-3 class periods
Time Frame 125 minutes
To Secede or Not to Secede?

Civil War Era

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Students will look at two accounts from opposing sides of the Civil War in order to analyze how Abraham Lincoln’s election fueled the decision to join the war effort. To demonstrate their understanding of the readings, students will use the writing strategy, RAFT (Role Audience Format Topic), where... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 8.11.1, 8.11.1A, 8.11.1C
More 60 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)
To Charge or Not to Charge?

Interest, Credit Cards, and Online Commerce

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

In this lesson, students will discuss the pros and cons of online shopping and learn how to protect their online identities. Through a variety of scenarios, students will determine when is best to use a credit card or a debit card as well as options for payments on credit cards. This lesson includes... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
To Charge or Not to Charge?

Interest, Credit Cards, and Online Commerce

Tag Related

  • Games

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Personal Financial Literacy

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PFL.8, PFL.8.1, PFL.8.2
More 150 minutes
Time Frame 3-4 class period(s)
There's a Map for That!

European Countries

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th Grade

This lesson presents an overview of political maps in general and specifically maps from countries in the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will understand the key features of a political map. They will complete a map of European countries, capital cities, and related political map information. By the end... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
There's a Map for That!

European Countries

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • World Geography

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 7.1, 7.1.4, 7.3.1
More 145 minutes
Time Frame 3 class period(s)