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All Hands on Deck: Learning Adventures Aboard "Old Ironsides"
Summary of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills with Suggested Activities For Texas Public Schools

K-4
History The student understands how historical figures and ordinary people helped to shape the community, state and nation. The student understands the concept of chronology. The student understands how individuals, events and ideas have influenced the history of various communities. The student understands common characteristics of communities past and present.

Geography The student understands the concept of location. The student understands the way in which technology is used in the classroom and the home. The student understands the relative location of places. The student understands the purpose of maps and globes.

Government The student understands the purpose of rules and laws. The student understands the role of authority figures and public officials.

Citizenship The student understands important customs, symbols and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity

Culture The student understands the role of real and mythical heroes in shaping the culture of communities, the state and the nation

Social Studies Skills The student communicates in written, oral and visual forms. The student uses problem-solving skills, working independently and with others in a variety of settings. The student uses critical thinking skills to organize and use information gathered from a variety of sources including electronic technology.

Science, Technology and Society The student understands how technology has affected daily life, past and present. The student applies critical thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology. The student understands how individuals have created or invented new technology and affected life in communities around the world, past and present.

Suggested Activities (Pages in Parenthesis)

  • USS Constitution – What Do You Know? (10)
  • Let’s Decide, a role-playing activity (10)
  • Constitution Concentration, a game of memory and matching pairs (18)
  • First, Second, Third…, making a time line (18)
  • What Floats, What Sails? learning by experimentation, trial and error (25)
  • Cannonball Competition, understanding physical properties and relationships (37)
  • Draw What You Hear, a listening and drawing exercise (61)
  • Good News, Bad News, writing a broadside, working with rhyme (67)
  • World Exploring, understanding other places, other cultures (97)
  • Wheel of Change, observing detail and understanding a process (103)

5-8
History The Student understands how conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain led to American Independence and the establishment of the U.S. military. The student understands political, economic, and social changes that occurred in the United States during the 19th century. The student understands that historical events affect contemporary events. The student understands the contributions of individuals and groups from various cultures to selected historical and contemporary societies.

Geography The student uses geographic tools to collect, analyze and interpret data. The student understands the characteristics and relative locations of major historical and contemporary societies. The student uses maps, globes, graphs, charts, models and databases to answer geographic questions. The student understands how geographic factors influence the economic development, political relationships and policies of societies. The student understands the location and characteristics of places and regions of the United States, past and present.

Government The student understands how people organized governments in colonial America. The student understands the framework of government created by the U.S. Constitution. The student understands the concepts of limited governments such as constitutional and democratic and unlimited governments such as totalitarian and nondemocratic.

Citizenship The student understands important customs, symbols and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity. The student understands the relationship among individual rights, responsibilities and freedoms in democratic societies. The student understands the importance of effective leadership in a democratic society. 

Culture The student understands the relationship between the arts and the times in which they were created. The student identifies examples of American works of art, music and literature that transcend American Culture and convey universal themes.

Economics The student understands how various economic forces resulted in the industrial revolution in the 19th century. Analyze the War of 1812 as a cause of economic change in the nation. The student understands the origins and development of the free enterprise system in the United States.

Social Studies Skills The student applies critical thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student uses problem-solving, decision-making, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.

Science, Technology and Society The student understands the relationship among science and technology and political, economic, and social issues and events. The student understands the impact of science and technology on the economic development of the United States.

Suggested Activities (Pages in Parenthesis)

  • USS Constitution – What Do You Know? (10)
  • Understanding Freedom (11)
  • A Navy of Six, reading a table (21)
  • What Happened When? creating a time line (22)
  • Sink or Sail, computing Constitution's immersion factor (38)
  • What the Crew Do, using resources and references (45)
  • Navigating the Mediterranean, reading a map (56)
  • A Personal Point of View, conveying the facts (57)
  • Eyewitness Account, reading a primary source (63)
  • Hear Ye, Hear Ye! writing a broadside (69)
  • Poetry Power, understanding the power of words (104)
  • History Mystery Detective Squad, investigating local history (111)

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9-12
United States History
Culture The student understands the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created.

Social Studies SkillsThe student applies critical thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology. The student communicates in written, oral and visual forms. The student uses problem solving and decision making skills working independently and with others in a variety of settings.

Suggested Activities (Pages in Parenthesis)

  • Does America Need Warships? comparing yesterday and today (22)
  • Evaluating, Taking and Defending a Position, holding a debate (22)
  • Trades and Skills, conducting a survey (28)
  • Change for the Better or Worse. conducting a panel discussion (40)
  • Striking Parallels in History, compare and contrast (58)
  • Fulton: No Folly to Brits, interpreting a political cartoon (64)
  • Design a Figurehead, creating a design concept,incorporating symbolic representation (106)
  • An Aphorism for Insight, interpreting a saying (112)

World Geography
GeographyThe student understands how physical processes shape patterns in the physical environment (lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere), including how earth sun relationships affect physical processes and patterns on the earth’s surface. The student understands the growth, distribution, movement and characteristics of world population.

Suggested Activities (Pages in Parenthesis)

  • Blow Ye Winds, geography and earth science (70)
  • Where Yesterday is Today, paradox and the international date line (100)

World History
HistoryThe student understands how the present relates to the past.

Geography The student uses geographic skills and tools to collect, analyze and interpret data. The student understands the impact of geographic factors on major historic events.

Citizenship The student understands the significance of political choices and decisions made by individuals, groups and nations throughout history.

Culture The student understands the relationships between the arts and the times during which they were created.

Social Studies Skills The student applies critical thinking skills to organize and use information gathered from a variety of sources including electronic technology. The student communicates in written, oral and visual forms. The student uses problem solving and decision making skill, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.

Suggested Activities (Pages in Parenthesis)

  • Does America Need Warships? comparing yesterday and today (22)
  • Evaluating, Taking and Defending a Position, holding a debate (22)
  • Change for the Better or Worse? conducting a panel discussion (40)
  • Striking Parallels in History, compare and contrast (58)
  • Fulton: No Folly to Brits, interpreting a political cartoon (64)
  • Blow ye Winds, geography and earth science (70)
  • Our Town, an oral history project (100)
  • Reasons to Believe, establishing facts from evidence (112)

Government
History
The student understands the roles played by individuals, political parties, interest groups, and the medial in the U.S. political system, past and present.

Citizenship The student understands the difference between personal and civic responsibilities. The student understands the importance of voluntary individual participation in the U.S. democratic society. The student understands the importance of expression of different points of view in a democratic society.

Culture The student understands the relationship between government policies and the culture of the United States.

Social Studies Skills The student applies critical thinking skills to organize and use information gathered from a variety of sources including electronic technology. The student uses problem solving and decision making skills, working independently and with others in a variety of settings.

Suggested Activities (Pages in Parenthesis)

  • Evaluating, Taking and Defending a Position, holding a debate (22)
  • Angling to Help Out, a math and community service project (34)
  • Change for the Better or Worse, conducting a panel discussion (40)
  • Striking Parallels In History, compare and contrast (58)
  • To Fight or Not to Fight, class discussion (58)
  • Fulton: No Folly to Brits, interpreting a political cartoon (64)
  • Out Town, an oral history project (100)
  • An Aphorism for Insight, interpreting a saying (112)

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