Social Studies
Grade 3-5

Project Title Type of Project Project Information Link
Includes NYS Standards
Description of Project
African American Scientists Internet Activity Project Information This is a research activity that will be used as a basis for a research based writing project the students will participate in with an African-American Studies class at the High School. Each student will visit a variety of sites, and use classroom and library resources, to gather information about an African-American Inventor and/or Scientist.  They will use graphic organizers in the note taking process, create storyboards, and produce a short slide show in Power Point to share the information they have learned.
Lets Get Ready 
For the NYS Social Studies Exam
Internet Activity Project Information

This project was developed to assist 5th graders learn about the Fifth Grade Social Studies test given in November. To prepare for this test, the children will need to extract needed information; by finding a particular piece of information in a document, describing the main idea or purpose of a passage or picture, finding supporting details, and drawing a conclusion.  Students will also have to know how to read and understand test questions, and how to write clearly. This collaborative project will help students become familiar with the test format by learning how to read documents and graphics and take away the “fear of the unknown.” 

Abraham Lincoln PowerPoint Project Information This is a Power Point Presentation tells the story of Abraham Lincoln. The program is set up so students can read along while the story is told.  The activities include music, times lines, art, maps, and reading.  Social Studies is integrated with Art, Music and English for these lessons.
Immigration: Are We There Yet? Internet Activity Project Information This project will give students an opportunity to use primary documents to practice for the fifth grade DBQ’s.  Questions are linked to sites guiding the students to information that will help them find the answers.
Red, White, and Blue - I Love You! Internet Activity Project Information

The purpose of this project is to give facts about the United States flag. Math and Language Arts are also incorporated.  This activity will follow a unit previously completed during Social Studies class about the flag.  The estimated time it will take the average third grader is two hours total time to complete all of the activities.

O Canada! PowerPoint Project Information This is an interdisciplinary unit about Canada.  This PowerPoint presentation is an introduction to the country of Canada. The components include history, geography, economy, and culture.
3rd Grade DBQ Internet Activity Project Information In this activity students will be viewing and interpreting some cartoons.  Students will write a response and answer questions based on the cartoon they write.
Pre Civil War-North & South Internet Activity Project Information This project provides students with background information about the Pre-Civil War North and South.  The focus is on the time period between the 1790’s and the 1860’s.  Students  read the questions presented to them and then perform research using the designated links provided.  The students will use information found in their answers to write the essay for the "Big Question". 
American Treasure Hunt Internet Activity Project Information This treasure hunt will be used as a tool to develop an understanding of the general principles of the United States Government and its origin. 
Spies of the American Revolution Internet Activity Project Information This project is a scavenger hunt relating to famous spies of the American Revolutionary War. Students will become familiar with various spies, how they contributed to the war effort, and various methods they used in their trade.
Colonial Era PowerPoint Project Information This Project is an introduction to the early Colonial days in America. Students will view a classroom presentation of this project and participate in classroom discussions and activities.
Careers Internet Activity Project Information This is an Internet activity based on Career Day. There are a variety of activities associated with this project along with  interactive links to web sites with the goal of exploration and research into a wide variety of careers. 
Diggin' for NY State Facts Internet Activity Project Information This Treasure Hunt was designed to bring students on a journey to discover some of NY State’s historical Treasures.
DaVinci PowerPoint Project Information This Power Point Presentation is a simple biography about Leonardo DaVinci, his life and his contributions.  It serves as an example of a simple project for students and is an alternate way for students to present information.   
New York Government PowerPoint Project Information This is a Power Point Presentation about New York State Government and the three branches.  It includes how a bill becomes a law and photos of some of the government buildings in Albany. Activities ideas include writing to your local senator and reading biographies on some of the Governors. 
African Animals PowerPoint Project Information This project gives the children information on six different African animals. They will learn about the animals’ physical appearance, habitat, diet, young, and predators. They will be responsible for answering two questions about each animal, as well as trying five bonus questions. They will then be expected to choose a different African animal to research.
Madame CJ Walker PowerPoint Project Information This Power Point Presentation is a simple biography about Madame C.J. Walker, her life and contributions.  She was the first self-made African American millionaire. 
Albany Project PowerPoint Project Information This Power Point slide presentation showcases various historical sites in Albany.  It provides fourth and fifth grade students an opportunity to explore these sites by planning a tour and calculating the distance traveled. Students are also asked to write a persuasive letter to a family member encouraging them to take a tour of Albany with them. It can be used with individuals, partners, in a small group setting as well as large group presentation.
Character Education PowerPoint Project Information This PowerPoint project discusses with students the importance of character education by recognizing the five pillars of character development.
Document Based Questions PowerPoint Project Information This Power Point slide presentation introduces Timelines for grades K – 1, Communities for grades 2-3, and Immigration for grades 4 – 5.  It provides students at each level an opportunity to explore age appropriate social studies curriculum through language arts activities. It can be used with individuals, partners or in a small group setting.
Mexico PowerPoint Project Information This PowerPoint presentation is an introduction to the country of Mexico. The components include history, geography, culture and the arts.
Character Education PowerPoint Project Information Using a school district’s code of conduct, this project explores the six pillars of character education:  responsibility, trustworthiness, respect, caring, fairness, and citizenship.
Auriesville PowerPoint Project Information This PowerPoint lesson is on the Auriesville, NY, history (including Native American), geography, and religious significance.
Character Counts PowerPoint Project Information In this Power point presentation you will learn about the 6 pillars of character, read a story and choose from a selection of writing activities
Thanksgiving PowerPoint Project Information The story of Thanksgiving. Includes both hands on and supplemental writing activities.  
The Branches of Government PowerPoint Project Information This PowerPoint presentation shows the various branches of government and provides a description of each. Student activities are presented as part of this project.
Culture and Geography PowerPoint Project Information This is a Power Point Presentation integrating Communities, Culture, Geography and Government and includes a large number of activities. This serves as an introduction to a  unit on families, culture, map skills, history and government.  This also has some English Language Arts components.
Troy and Cohoes PowerPoint Project Information

This PowerPoint presentation gives a brief history and an outlook to the future of Troy and Cohoes, NY.

Washington Park PowerPoint Project Information This PowerPoint project introduces students and gives a tour of Washington Park located in Albany, NY.
Election 2000 PowerPoint Project Information This Presentation is about Democracy and how our government works. It includes informative history that could be used for learning in the lower grades and for review at the Middle School level. Activities include creation of a scrapbook and letter writing.  Additional options are the creation of a storyboard, participation in a debate, and taking a poll and graphing results.  
The Civil War PowerPoint Project Information Various aspects of the Civil War are included in this slide presentation. Costumes, songs, instruments, generals, and others are included. 
Abe Lincoln PowerPoint Project Information A timeline of Lincoln's life, including a reading list, internet links, and student activities. 
Iroquois and Algonquian Projects PowerPoint Project Information Learn about the these tribes of Indians by focusing on projects they built or products they made. 
History Makers Hall of Fame Internet Activity Project Information Pretend your students are museum curators in charge of managing a museum of famous people. Research famous people in history and create a project to display in the "museum".
Erie Canal PowerPoint Project Information An introductory slide show to a unit about the Erie Canal. 
Journey Through Schenectady PowerPoint Project Information A historical perspective of  Schenectady. Students create a response journal and compare and contrast the Schenectady of old to present day.
"Howe" to See the British Isles PowerPoint Project Information A presentation about the four countries that make up the British Isles. A bilingual project that allows a student to click on buttons to hear translations  of the text. 

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