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Brown v. Board: Five Communities That Changed America

This lesson is based on the National Historic Landmark Nominations, “Robert Russa Moton High School” (with photographs), “Sumner and Monroe Elementary Schools” (with photographs), “Howard High School” (with photographs),and “John Philip Sousa Middle School” (with photographs), as well as the National Register Nomination for “Summerton High School,” and the National Historic Landmark Survey theme study entitled Racial Desegregation in Public Education in the United States.

1) To interpret the implication of the Plessy v. Ferguson court case to the history of segregated educational facilities in the United States.
2) To explain the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) role in the desegregation of public education in the United States. 
3) To describe the five cases constituting Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. 
4) To evaluate the importance of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.
5) To determine the implications of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling on public schools in their own community. 

Calculating Loggerhead Hatchling Success Rates

Measuring the success of sea turtle nests and hatchlings is essential to monitoring the health of a local sea turtle population. The data can be used to develop information such as effectiveness of the management program, individual female reproductive health, estimates of future adult populations, and effects of weather phenomena (i.e. hurricanes, El Niño-Southern Oscillation events).

Camouflage This!

The students will: • Identify coastal animals that use camouflage for protection from predators. • Recreate camouflage patterns

Can you dig it?

Action for a cleaner tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum Supplement is an activity-based interdisciplinary curriculum supplement that can serve as a starting place for introducing basic environmental education in the classroom. In this lesson, students will: learn the basics of composting; understand how composting reduces the amount of waste a household generates; and learn the basics of soil construction.

Capsule of South Carolina

This activity will help students understand what an artifact is and think about South Carolina (or relevant time period/culture) through artifacts. 

Care for Our Habitat

In this lesson, students complete a science unit on ecosystems, habitats, and populations, with special emphasis on the intricate balance that exists within a natural habitat. They then research a specific natural habitat, examine the concepts of “renewable” and “nonrenewable” resources, and consider ways that natural habitats can be negatively impacted by human beings.  

Carolina Neighbors

In this lesson, students do research to learn how the litter problem impacts South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia and how these states are attempting to address the problem. Students then use what they have learned to compose letters to our state’s leaders in which they give their ideas about how we can address the litter problem.  

Changing Times and the Impact of Technology

Students will be able to assess impact of technological innovation on culture and lifestyle.

Cherokee Life in South Carolina

Students will be able to explain how the Cherokee used the natural resources of the land.

Child Labor in the Cotton Mills

In this lesson, students will learn about the use of child labor in the cotton mills of the Carolinas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They will learn what life was like for a child worker: how much the workers made, how many hours they worked each day, what their homes were like and what they did for fun. Students will then write an investigative news report exposing the practice of child labor in the mills, using quotations from oral histories with former child mill workers and photographs of child laborers taken by social reform photographer Lewis Hine.