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Influenced by History

Grades 4 through 6

Social Studies, Language Arts, Math

Lesson Plan Summary

Starting with the Great Basin National Park quarter, students will learn about the environment where the Bristlecone Pine grows. Students will research and report on courageous characters in American history.

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National Standards associated with this lesson plan

Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

  • Culture
  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Global Connections
  • Civic Ideals and Practices

Language Arts

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Reading Association (IRA)

  • Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas
  • Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic
  • Represent and interpret data
Great Basin National Park quarter image
Great Basin National
Park Quarter

The Department of the Treasury Seal