Author:
James Dalrymple
Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
  • ESUCC
  • NE Blended
  • Nebraska Department of Education
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    BlendEd Best Practices: Nebraska's Early Inhabitants and Visitors

    Overview

    This resource was created by Beth Gross in collaboration with James Dalrymple as part of the 2019-20 ESU-NDE Digital Age Pedagogy Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Unit Plans promoting BlendEd Learning Best Practices. This Unit Plan is designed for 8th grade Social Studies.

    Unit Plan

    BlendEd Learning Best Practices

     

    Unit Title:  Nebraska’s Early Inhabitants and Visitors 

     

    Content Area Skills:  8th Grade Nebraska History

    Digital Age Skills:  Creative Communicator,  Global Collaborator, Knowledge Constructor, and Empowered Learner

     

    Duration of Unit: 37 class periods (can be adjusted to fit your needs)

    Unit Author:  Beth Gross

    BlendEd Coach:  JD Dalrymple

     

    Overview of Unit: In this unit students will be able to answer the following questions:

    1. Who were the ancient peoples who inhabited Nebraska and what were the differences between each of the groups?
    2. Which tribes made up the Modern Native American Nations who inhabited Nebraska?
    3. Which Spanish, French, and American explorers explored this region?
    4. How did fur trading posts, military forts and missionaries help the settlement of Nebraska?
    5. What were the important trails west across Nebraska?

     

    Supplemental Materials:

    Texts:

    1. “Journey Through Nebraska” Textbook
    2. NebraskaStudies.org

    DVD:

    1. “Lewis & Clark:  Great Journey West” by National Geographic
    2. “The Oregon Trail” by Steve Boettcher

    Socratic Seminar Resources:

    1. Video to watch first
    2. Link to shared file of blank resources related to Socratic Seminar

     

    Empower Learners

    Empower Learners is a transitional segment to Cyclical Unit Design. The purpose is to both Review prior learning and Preview upcoming learning.

     

    Learning Objectives
    Content Area Skills: Student Friendly Learning Objectives:
    SS 8.4.1 Analyze patterns of continuity and change over time in United States history.
    • I can identify the different trails/routes used by Europeans & Americans as they moved westward.
    • I can analyze how the area now known as Nebraska and the United States changed as a result of westward expansion.
    SS 8.4.1.b Evaluate the impact of historical events in the United States using symbols, maps, documents, and artifacts.
    • I can map out the trails & routes westward through the area now known as Nebraska.
    • I can evaluate the impact the trails & routes had on the area now known as Nebraska.
    • I can identify important landmarks that explorers & settlers would have seen in the area now known as Nebraska as they explored/traveled westward.
     SS 8.4.3 Examine historical events from the perspectives of marginalized and underrepresented groups.
    • I can share how Native Americans living in the area now known as Nebraska thrived before the arrival of European explorers & American settlers.
    • I can share how Native Americans were negatively impacted by the exploration of the area now known as Nebraska.

     

    Empower Learner Activity
    Detailed Description BEFORE unit:
    1. Students will take a pre-assessment using Kahoot.
    2. Students will self-assess, using a google form, each student friendly essential question by using a likert scale.
    3. Students will set S.M.A.R.T.goals for the unit based on the essential questions & data from the pre-assessment.
    Detailed Description AFTER unit:
    1. Students will reflect on the goals they set for the unit.
    Link to Empower Learner Activity

     

    Knowledge Application

    The purpose of Knowledge Application is to promote deeper-level learning through student creation of learning artifacts demonstrating both Content Area and Digital Age Skills. A key goal is to provide some degree of control over how students will show what they know.

     

    Artifact Profile
    Title of the Artifact:  Trails/Routes Westward Robotics Project
    Detailed Description:  Students will be placed into one of five groups where they will map out on bulletin board paper one of the following trails westward:  Lewis & Clark, Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, Transcontinental Railroad, or Pony Express.  Students will use coding techniques so their Ozobot, decorated as either a wagon, train, handcart, horse, etc…will travel along the trail.  Students will also create a 3D scene for their Ozobot to travel through, using appropriate knowledge about the geography/landmarks of the area.
    Content Area Skills Addressed:SS 8.4.1 Analyze patterns of continuity and change over time in United States history.  SS 8.4.1.b Evaluate the impact of historical events in the United States using symbols, maps, documents, and artifacts.Digital Age Skills Addressed:6.  Creative Communicator:  Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.  6.C  Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.  Link to Rubric: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zPLD926vXnb9jmwk-Pq-b26id2VypCOfDg1S1RwPzQA/edit

     

    Knowledge Deepening

    During Knowledge Deepening, the Content Area Skills required of the Learning Artifact are broken down into bite-sized tasks. A key goal is to provide some degree of choice over how students practice the Content Area Skills.

     

    Task 1:  Who were the ancient peoples who inhabited Nebraska and what were the differences between each of the groups?
    Description:  In this activity, students will be placed into 3 stations.  
    Component:Must Do’s:May Do’s:
    Whole Group Instruction(as needed) 
    Small Group Instruction
    Independent Practice
    Collaborative Practice

     

    Task 2:  Which tribes made up the Modern Native American Nations who inhabited Nebraska?
    Description:  In this activity, students will be placed into 3 stations.  
    Component:Must Do’s:May Do’s:
    Whole Group Instruction(as needed) 
    Small Group Instruction
    Independent Practice
    Collaborative Practice

     

    Task 3:   Which Spanish, French, and American explorers explored this region? 
    Description:  In this activity, students will be placed into 3 Stations.
    Component:Must Do’s:May Do’s:
    Whole Group Instruction
    • Video:  “Lewis & Clark:  Great Journey West”
     
    Small Group Instruction
    Independent Practice
    Collaborative Practice

     

    Task 4:  How did fur trading posts, military forts and missionaries help the settlement of Nebraska? 
    Description:  In this activity, students will be placed into 3 Stations.
    Component:Must Do’s:May Do’s:
    Whole Group Instruction(as needed) 
    Small Group Instruction
    Independent Practice
    Collaborative Practice

     

    Task 5:  What were the important trails west across Nebraska?
    Description:   In this activity, students will be placed into 3 stations.
    Component:Must Do’s:May Do’s:
    Whole Group Instruction
    • Oregon Trail Video
     
    Small Group Instruction 
    Independent Practice 
    Collaborative Practice 

     

     

    Task 6:  Ch. 2 “Can Do” Work Time   (Flex/Teacher Small Group)
    Description:  After choosing 50 points in “Can Do” projects, students will spend five days applying skills acquired in previous tasks. During this time, the teacher will work one on one with students as well as small groups based on students’ topic choices as well as their final format choices. Small group lessons will be tailored to student choice and instructional need.
    Component:Must Do’s:May Do’s:
    Whole Group InstructionExpectations of Can Do’s& Rubric  
    Small Group Instruction(as needed) 
    Independent PracticeCan Do’sWork alone if wanted/needed
    Collaborative PracticeCan Do’sWork in groups according to project likeness

     

    Task 7:  Ch. 2 Can Do Presentations & self-evaluation
    Description:  Students will present their “Can Do” projects to the class.  Students will self-assess their projects using a dichotomous rubric and reflection form.  Students will then go back to their Ch. 2 S.M.A.R.T. goal(s) and complete a reflection.
    Component:Must Do’s:May Do’s:
    Whole Group InstructionCan Do presentations 
    Small Group Instruction  
    Independent PracticeRubric & reflection 
    Collaborative PracticeFeedback to presenters 

     

    Direct Instruction

    Direct Instruction scaffolds the learning process for all students. A key goal is to incorporate BlendEd strategies to effectively differentiate instruction in order to maximize learning.

     

    Learning Path
    Day #DescriptionBlendEd ModelResources
    1-2Pre-Assessment  (Empower Learner Activity)Whole Group Class ActivityKahootGoogle FormS.M.A.R.T. Goals
    3-4Task One:  Who were the ancient peoples who inhabited Nebraska and what were the differences between each of the groups?Station RotationTask 1 Launch Pad
    5Task One: Socratic Seminar & grading Whole Group Class ActivitySocratic Seminar Prep SheetTask 1 Rubric
    6-7Task Two:  Which tribes made up the Modern Native American Nations who inhabited Nebraska? Station RotationTask 2 Launch Pad
    8Task Two: Socratic Seminar & gradingWhole Group Class ActivitySocratic Seminar Prep SheetTask 2 Rubric
    9-12Task Three:  Which Spanish, French, and American explorers explored this region?  Station RotationTask 3 Launch Pad
    13Task Three: Socratic Seminar & gradingWhole Group Class ActivitySocratic Seminar Prep SheetTask 3 Rubric
    14-15Task Four:  How did the fur trading posts, military forts and missionaries help the settlement of Nebraska?Station RotationTask 4 Launch Pad
    16Task Four: Socratic Seminar & gradingWhole Group Class ActivitySocratic Seminar Prep SheetTask 4 Rubric
    17-21Task Five:  What were the important trails west across Nebraska?Station RotationTask 5 Launch Pad
    22Task Five: Socratic Seminar & gradingWhole Group Class ActivitySocratic Seminar Prep SheetTask 5 Rubric
    23-27Task Six:  Can Do Work TimeChoice BoardCan Do's
    28-32Task Seven:  Can Do Presentations & reflectionChoice BoardRubric &Reflection
    33-37Artifact Profile:  Trails/Routes Westward Robotics Project & presentationCollaborative GroupsWhole Group Class ActivityTrails/Routes Westward Robotics Project