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History & World Cultures

Knights are well known for their fighting skills and horse riding, but did you know it was a lifelong process to become a knight? 

Many of us know of mummies from movies or books, but this lesson covers why ancient Egyptians used mummification and how they did it. You will also learn the other things often left in tombs to prepare for the afterlife!

Confucius was a philosopher who had grand ideas on ethics and morals while still accepting the patriarchal ways of his time. These ideas have become a cornerstone of Chinese culture for the past 2,000 years and Confucianism is now widely covered in Chinese education. 

It's hard to believe, but many people were accused of witchcraft throughout the world around the 15th century. While the Salem Trials are the most famous example, this lesson is all about the fear surrounding witches and how the accused were treated. 

Castles are amazing to look at and it's fun to imagine living in one. Have you ever wondered why these huge stone building were built in the first place? Find out more about how and why castles were built by the powerful people of centuries ago. 

Ever wondered about the history behind the shop where you buy delicious frappuccino's, macchiato's, and cake pops? Learn all about the early beginnings of Starbucks to the rise of the shop we see everywhere in just about every community. 

Get your taste buds ready. In this lesson, you will learn all about CHOCOLATE! From it's early origins with the Olmec Empire, to it's travels and growth around the world, to the sweet confection that it is today, discover how chocolate has become so loved everywhere! 

Throughout history, it has been believed that four-leaf clovers bring some form of good fortune. In this two-choice lesson, learn about what different groups in history believed about these rare finds in nature. 

It may seem like another day to you, but the Winter Solstice holds a special place in many cultures. Learn about a few ways that the Winter Solstice is celebrated around the world! Do you do anything special for the Winter Solstice?

The holiday season is known for celebration with food. Find out some of the most famous (and delicious) food that are found around the holidays in this 2-choice lesson!

Years after the Brown vs. The Board of Education decision that ruled racially separated schools were not equal, there was another large decision to help address widespread segregation. Learn all about this court case that used busing children to different schools as a way to directly integrate school and how it effected different communities. 

More than just the opening of the summer season, Memorial Day is intended to honor the fallen soldiers who lost their lives serving in the military. Learn all about the history and traditions of this May holiday. 

From humble beginnings in Naples, Italy to the worldwide beloved food it is now, learn all about pizza in this lesson. 

The Popol Vuh is the creation story of the ancient Maya. It could date back as far as 300 BC but was put into written word in the sixteenth century. Learn about the history of the Maya and the story of the Hero Twins, the basis of the Popol Vuh. 

What do you know about one of the first female mathematicians in the world? She became a well known scientist and philosopher in her time, but her death turned her into a legend.

This lesson is specifically designed for students using 3 stencils to make choices. Each choice question uses only a single stencil for students to select the initial letter. 

Following World War I, Germany was in an economic depression and politically unstable. Find out how Adolf Hitler and others created the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party and used sensationalist speeches and propaganda to aid the rise to power of the Nazi Party in 1933. 

Said to be located in the rainforests of Honduras is La Ciudad Blanca, "The White City",  a lost city of many riches and white buildings and walls. What is the truth of this legendary city, and has anyone ever found evidence of it? Find out more in this lesson of archaeology. 

World War II was a brutal war that took many lives. Learn about what started the war, who was fighting, and what ended the war in this lesson. 

Halloween is a fun, spooky holiday! Why do people celebrate it? Learn how this fall holiday came to be.

There's more to space travel than landing on the moon. Learn all about the history of the exploration of space and the politics that fueled the space race. 

Beautiful works of art or a family's story? Totem poles are both - learn about the how and why behind these tall sculptures created by Native Americans. 

Learn more about these giant airships place in aviation history and the man whom invented them : Ferdinand von Zeppelin.

U-Boats were an integral part of naval warfare in WWI and WWII. Learn more about these destructive submarines in this lesson.

The Bald Eagle is one of America's national symbols. Did you know the Bison has joined its ranks as our national mammal?

Over centuries a list of Wonders of the World was created, a sort of ancient travel guide. Explore these unique spots and their history.

The United States has 59 protected areas known as National Parks. How did these natural sites come to be our Parks?

Americans love baseball. But do you know how the game came to look like it does today?

Do you know the story behind Hanukkah? Learn about how this holiday came into existence.

Alcatraz, the island fortress off the coast of California, has been home to some of America's most dangerous criminals in years past. How did it get its name? Has anyone ever escaped?

Did you know Texas was once a part of Mexico? Read about their fight for independence.

Spring ahead, fall back! Why on earth do we change the clocks twice a year? Does everyone do it?

The growing human population puts growing amounts of pressure on the earth. What does overpopulation mean? How does it effect our planet?

Most people know the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spearheads relief efforts after natural disasters, but FEMA has a long history of operating in secret and providing the U.S. government underground refuge in the case of a true catastrophe.

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