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Classroom Activities

Unit Plans

Five-lesson unit plans are available for all twelve Great Chicago Stories, providing resources and materials for in-depth study of these important historical topics.

Extension Activities

These activities are some of the instructional strategies teachers used with both elementary and high school students while pilot-testing Great Chicago Stories. Use them to inspire your own creative thinking and feel free to adapt them to meet the needs of your classroom.

Map Guides

Map guides written and tested by classroom teachers are offered for all twelve Great Chicago Stories and their accompanying interactive history maps. Map guides are a tool that can help students focus on the most important information, especially if you have limited time or access to computers.