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My students are hooked on CNN 10, formerly CNN Student News! It is a great, free online resource that is perfect to get students thinking about current events with a Common Core lens. This activity set has FIFTEEN templates to choose from and is aligned with Common Core Literacy and Writing standards for ELA, history, and science (NGSS). In addition to receiving printable copies provided in PDF, this lesson was recently converted to GOOGLE 1:1 compatible templates for a completely GOOGLE Classro
This 13 Colonies Activities Unit includes 15 best-selling 13 Colonies resources and activities to teach Colonial Amerca, including the Spanish conquistadors, the Lost Colony, the horrific Middle Passage, Jamestown, the Puritan faith, Quakers and Puritans, and the Salem With Trials. This unit is Google 1:1 ready and is ideal for distance learning. The 13 Colonies Unit includes the following resources: ✔ Where were the Spanish conquistadors able to easily defeat the natives? A DBQ!✔ The Lost C
In this Articles of Confederation Stations or Gallery Walk Activity activity students analyze the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation by viewing visuals. The lesson includes:▶️1. 9 stations of visuals▶️2. A PowerPoint weaknesses presentation with answers▶️3. A graphic organizer and a guided practice fill-able chart▶️4. This product now has a Google Ready option. Just click on the blue link in the PDF and you will get a copy to assign to your students in Google Classroom, complete with te
This Civil War Unit includes 14 Civil War resources and activities including Civil War Battles, Causes of the Civil War, the impact of Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, and much more! Instead of paying over $50 for each Civil War resource separately, buy my Civil War unit and enjoy a savings of over 35%!This unit includes paper in-class versions and 1:1 Google compatible versions (to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom) for the vast majority of resources. Just follow the includ
This content-rich activity is student-centered and interactive. The activity has 6 stations detailing the geography, achievements, social classes, leadership, economy, and religion of Ancient Mesopotamia. Readings come with great visuals, charts, station signs, and maps. Questions and interactive mini activities are underneath the reading AND on a separate worksheet for teacher choice. Teacher instructions are included with 4 different activity ideas with the same Common Core readings.Great news
The Declaration of Independence was really just a big "break-up" letter written by the colonists to the King of Great Britain. This historical document was written to convince the world of the King's abuses and to let everyone know that the colonies no longer wanted to be in a relationship with Great Britain. While studying the Declaration of Independence, students will use this assignment as a reinforcement to understand just what Jefferson wrote in this historical document. The lesson start
Now a complete Google Ready Distance Learning unit bundle with scope and sequence, review, and assessment resources! All resources will be provided on a links page for your to copy directly into your Google Classroom for use during distance learning!Religion is such an important aspect of the development of a civilization! The resources in this set were designed to cover the key facts that will help build great discussions and a fundamental understanding of cultural behaviors. This engaging, Com
This activity is student-centered and Common Core! First, students read a history page about the evolution of cuneiform in Ancient Mesopotamia. Then, students support the main idea of the reading with supporting text, summarize, and draw conclusions in a printable writing guide. Next, students try writing like a Sumerian by trying to copy early cuneiform pictograms and later phonetic symbols. A writing translation chart is included.Now includes an answer key!***This product can be used for a rem
This FREE resource is a stand-alone project that can be turned into a FULL WEEK worth of activities. You'll find 5 region activity pages and capitals/abbreviation resource sheets and note pages. Plus, I've included a thorough teacher's guide giving you plenty of suggestions on how to turn this into one awesome mini-unit!These maps are also located in my customized state history projects. You'll find 86 student activities organized in 8 modules for easy lesson planning. This complete notebook uni
This activity is student-centered and Common Core! First, students read a brief history about the Epic of Gilgamesh and an excerpt from the actual tale. Then, they analyze the text and draw conclusions regarding beliefs about polytheism, demigods and society in Ancient Mesopotamia. Lastly, students summarize and support claims with evidence in the form of direct quotes from the text.Includes an answer key!___________________________________________________________________________________♥♥♥SAVE
In the World War 1 and World War 2 Bundle, you receive TWENTY total resources to teach WWI and WW2. Each resource has been designed to increase engagement, promote higher-level thinking, and create higher-level learners. Google 1:1 compatible resources are also included in this product! Use in either a traditional setting or in the 1:1 environment! Buy the World War Bundle and Save a Bundle!Included in this bundle are:⭐ World War I Unit Bundle! Scramble for Africa, Causes, Trench Warfare, &
THIS IS A MUST-HAVE FOR ANY TEACHER LOOKING TO MAKE A STUDY OF THE BUDDHISM, CONFUCIANISM, & TAOISM RELEVANT AND ACCESSIBLE FOR MIDDLE-SCHOOLERS. EASY-TO-FOLLOW, PERFECT FOR AN INTRO, DECLARATIVE LESSON, OR EVEN AS A FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT. ENJOY!***In addition to the original slides, this download now also includes the Kung Fu Panda writing assignment (in MS WORD and PDF formats), and helpful videos for teaching and learning Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism through Kung Fu Panda...Suggest
Recently edited to align with students supporting claims with evidence! In this activity, students create a 9 scene storyboard for an animated film. The film should be about a flea-ridden rat who helps to spread the Bubonic Plague into Europe during the 1300s. An example page and an easy step by step how to draw a basic cartoon rat printable are both included.This lesson can be used afterthe Plague/Black Death Powerpoint also posted or in conjunction with our Plague that Rocked the World Lesson.
What happens when something disrupts the ability of a system to meet the needs of the organisms within its bounds? In this activity, students will explore what that “something” might be when presented with the problem of a precipitous decline in the native tree frog population of Mayberry, Florida.In this activity, students will identify possible causes for the “silent nights” Mayberry is now experiencing as the tree frog population has plummeted. While there is no one right answer, students ca
Will it be a political party knock out? Students decide who wins based on seven rounds of political policy issues debated by the Federalists and Republicans in early American history. Students identify the political party that best represents their own opinions. This activity is common core because students analyze and interpret quotes from both Hamilton and Jefferson. A fun critical thinking activity that fits perfectly in a New Nation or Early American Politic Unit.This activity can also be us
This powerpoint contains a writing scaffold to help students frame their paragraphs using PEEL. Most students are familiar with PEE in their paragraphs but the L is what makes students show their understanding to a higher level.The first slide is a writing mat with the sentence starters. This can been laminated and given to students to use with their written work, in particular for essays. It could also be photocopied and stuck into the students books for regular reference. My classes have bot
In this mini-unit on the Pilgrims, receive the following FOUR resources to teach the Puritans, Pilgrims, the Mayflower Compact, the life in New England. ✯ ✯ This resource is included in my 13 Colonies Unit located here! ✯ ✯1.) A Powerpoint: “Who are the Pilgrims and the founding of the Plymouth Colony?” It covers only the essentials and teaches students who this group is, what their situation is in England (and Holland), where they originally wanted to land, and what the differences between a
This is a full year bundle for the first half of U.S History - from Exploration through Reconstruction. This bundle is a product of 19 years of teaching experience. I've been teaching these subjects throughout that time, and the products listed here represent my expertise as a classroom teacher. This is a stand-alone product. They are a few videos that you might like to purchase or stream to students, however, the total cost of those videos is less than ten dollars. My curriculum is focused on b
Your middle school students will love making real life data driven decisions about energy sources for a fictional city. After they analyze the renewable and nonrenewable energy sources they'll create a presentation to persuade a panel why their choices are right for the city. Sharpen your student’s critical thinking, persuasive writing, and presentation skills this with project on energy sources! This project will give your middle school students the chance to analyze the energy needs of a ci
Recently updated, this activity is student-centered and Common Core! First, students read a brief history about the evolution of hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt. Then, students support the main idea of the reading with evidence from the text. Students decipher a message and try writing like an Egyptian by writing his/her name is hieroglyphics. Lastly, the students support a claim with evidence from the text in a Claim, Evidence, Reasoning graphic organizer. This product come with an answer key!══
Now can be used with interactive Google Map! This is a comprehensive mini-bundle with tons of options to fit your personal style and class level. Teachers can choose from two printable student-centered instructional choices: an annotated timeline or stations. Students fill out a graphic organizer and complete a map activity with either option. The information covered includes:the Mexican Cession, Gadsden Purchase, Oregon Country, Louisiana Purchase, Texas Annexation, Spanish Cession, and the Lan
In this American Revolution web quest activity, students learn the strengths and weaknesses of both the Americans and the British in an easy-to-do web quest activity! Students complete a graphic organizer to track their understanding. A final writing prompt is included to bring students to the central idea at the outset of the war. This product is 1:1 Google compatible -- just share through Google or assign via Google Classroom!This activity is a great introduction to the war (or to conclude a
Introduce and reinforce the CER strategy with your science students using the bundle of print and digital materials. These lessons will walk you through introducing the claim, evidence, and reasoning method to your students to help clarify, think critically, and explain their scientific reasoning to demonstrate their knowledge of the concepts learned. Students will be able to:Demonstrate their knowledge of scientific principles through crafted writing responsesUtilize the claim, evidence, reason
This activity is student-centered and literacy-focused! First, students read a two-page history of the Aryans, Hinduism, and its effect on Ancient India. After the reading, students complete a common core writing guide and analyze the text by providing evidence to support claims about Hindu philosophy. As a homework extension activity or another post reading option, students complete an iPad template worksheet. Students create an iPad app with four icons and summaries of the main ideas of the re

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