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How Do My Choices Affect My Future?

Standard 1: Earning an Income

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

Through their own research and discussion, students see how career choice, postsecondary education, and salary are all interrelated. Students identify three careers that they might be interested in, identify the postsecondary requirements to attain these careers, and learn what the beginning is for... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
How Do My Choices Affect My Future?

Standard 1: Earning an Income

Tag Related

  • Games

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Financial Literacy, Social Studies

Course Course

  • Personal Financial Literacy

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PFL.1.1
More 4-5 class periods
Time Frame 200 minutes
Kickin' It in the Industrial Revolution

Intro to the American Industrial Revolution

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will work on their very own assembly line to create "kicks'' fit for the Second Industrial Revolution. Through an exploration of texts and videos, students will begin to formalize their understanding of industrialization and how technological change and innovation has impacted... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Kickin' It in the Industrial Revolution

Intro to the American Industrial Revolution

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USH.2.1, USH.2.1B
More 2 class periods
Time Frame 90-100 minutes
Zombie Apocalypse: What Do People Need to Survive?

U.S. 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 »

Lesson 5E Lesson

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

  • Financial Literacy, Social Studies

Course Course

  • Personal Financial Literacy

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PFL.6, PFL.6.1, PFL.6.2
More 3-4 class periods
Time Frame 200 minutes
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)