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Candy Bar Elections
Looking for a mini unit to teach students about the election process? Look no further. . . With candy bar elections, students hold primaries and a general election while persuading their classmates to vote for the best candy in the "Chocolate" or "Chewy" parties. Includes election vocabulary, intr
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Black Death, 1348 CE: A Bone-Chilling Investigation on the Bubonic Plague!
Black Death, 1348 CE: A Bone-Chilling Investigation on the Bubonic Plague! Middle Ages! This Black Death investigation is included in two larger unit bundles, the Middle Ages Unit and the Black Death Bundle, located here:
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Oregon Trail Simulation with Writing Connection
This resource is an interactive simulation using dice that demonstrates the struggle to make it to the west coast during westward expansion. Through this experience, students are able to connect their learning with the time period and then write a narrative piece they are sure to never forget.  Is
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Titanic Simulation Cards
This document is a simulation activity to compliment a unit on the Titanic. It contains 18 cards containing the names of passengers and crew of the Titanic. Also included is a table containing the survival information of all 18 passengers. Each cards tells person's name, place of embarkment, their
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Reader's Theater:  Branches of Government (intermediate grades)
Students will bring the 3 branches of our government to life in this whole class script of We the People! The fast moving script reviews the roles and responsibilities of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in a fun, relaxed way! This original play contains 24 parts featuring various
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Founding a Colony: A Colonial Settlement Simulation
Colony Simulation | Colonial Simulation | US Colonies In this simulation, students will discover the challenges and triumphs faced by colonists who established colonies in the New World in the 17th and 18th century. The simulation involves group work, discussion and compromise, creativity, and crit
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Would You Survive the Holocaust?
This is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style activity in which students will learn how difficult it was to survive through the Holocaust. This acts as a simulation and takes students through real, first-hand accounts of experiences in the camps. This was originally developed as an intro
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Bringing Ellis Island to Your Classroom - An Immigration Simulation
This simulation is designed to create an authentic immigration experience. Beginning with an ocean voyage, students will experience waiting in long lines while carrying all of their belongings as they move through Ellis Island. They will be subjected to four different interviews before being allow
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The Romans didn't hunt and peck through a Latin sentence, finding the verb, then identifying the subject, object, etc. And one of the difficulties students face when reading Latin is adapting to the ambiguity that reading introduces and developing a sense of expectation for what comes next and what
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Pilgrim Simulation
Pilgrim Simulation: This Pilgrim Simulation provides a fun, unique way for students to learn about pilgrims. This 84-page packet takes you and your students through an entire simulation in which they can truly feel like a pilgrim. They will receive an identity of one of the REAL pilgrims from the
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Cuban Missile Crisis - Simulation
Students are placed in the shoes of President John F. Kennedy on October 16th of 1962. The students will be presented with information about the Cuban Missile Crisis. The advisors have presented you with 5 different options of potential actions to take against the Soviet Union and/or Cuba. Studen
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Manifest Destiny & Westward Expansion: Was it moral and just? Class Debate!
Manifest Destiny & Westward Expansion: Was it moral and just? Class Debate! Google 1:1 Compatible! This lesson is included as part of the Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny Unit, located here:
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California Gold Rush Simulation - Gold Rush Day!
This is a California Gold Rush Simulation perfect for a day of Gold Rush fun! There are five activities set for twenty minutes. In all, the activities should take a little over an hour and a half. This activity pairs with with
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4th grade Economics mini Problem-Based Cookie Activity!
Challenge students to put key economic skills to the test in this hands on, engaging activity! Students will create a budget, analyze available factors of production, and perform an actual work task to generate a profit. This simulation utilizes common materials (toothpicks, cookies, paperclips, w
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Donner Party: A CSI Investigation! What Happened To The Donner Party?
Donner Party: A CSI Investigation! What Happened To The Donner Party? Google 1:1 Compatible! The Donner Party CSI Investigation is included as part of two bundles, located here:
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History Crime Scene Investigation: The Lost Colony of Roanoke CSI
Want a great way for students to engage in a group activity while they examine maps, artifacts, primary sources, and solve a historical mystery? Download The Lost Colony of Roanoke CSI! This exciting activity can be used to challenge individual students or to encourage collaboration in groups of u
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The 13 American Colonies Unit: 6 High Quality Lessons from 2 Engaging Units!
The 13 American Colonies Unit: 6 High Quality Lessons from 2 Engaging Units! In this purchase you will receive 6 items that are already listed separately on Teachers Pay Teachers. Buy this combined unit and save a bundle! This unit contains a variety of resources from two of History with Mr. E's
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Explorers Interactive Dice Game to Teach Obstacles and Accomplishments
Explorers Interactive Dice Game to Teach Obstacles and Accomplishments A very fun interactive game where students pretend to be either Coronado, de Champlain, la Salle, or Cabot. Flags from each country (plus the New World) are hung in corners of the room and dice are placed in ea
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Branches of Government Simulation Centers
Allow students the opportunity to experience what it's like to work on each branch of government with this fun set of centers. Students will get to be the President and approve or veto new laws; while working as Supreme Court justices they will determine whether new class rules are constitutional o
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Reader's Theater: Ohio and the War of 1812 (intermediate level with 24 parts!)
Students will bring the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie to life in this whole class script of Don’t Give up the Ship! This fast moving script explores the causes and events leading to this important war in our country’s history in an engaging and connected way! This original play contains 2
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Oregon Trail Dice Simulation
Looking for a fun and interactive way to teach your students about the Oregon Trail? This one-day simulation is an easy way to allow students to "live" the life of a Pioneer. Product includes: Teacher Directions, Simulation Station Cards and Directions, Recording Sheet, List of reading resources, an
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Reader's Theater: The Underground Railroad (leveled script) Journey to Freedom
Students will learn interesting facts about The Underground Railroad while following one fictional family’s journey to freedom in 1858!! This original play contains 20 parts featuring 3 different reading levels to ensure whole class participation, differentiation, and engagement. Students will int
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Underground Railroad Simulation Game Board Activity
This game is intended to be a simulation of what it was like to experience the Underground Railroad as a slave and slave catcher. Before your students play the game, you will want to have a discussion about the Underground Railroad in regards to how slaves used stations to rest and how slave catche
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Government Simulation
I always dread teaching the branches of government. Understandably students think it is dull and unrelated to their lives, well not anymore! I created this simulation pack to get students up and actively participating in the branches of government. This pack contains the following: Ten Day
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2nd Red Scare Simulation Lecture/PowerPoint-FUN
This 60 slide highly visual simulation PowerPoint covers the Second Red Scare. Students will learn the key events/figures associated with the Red Scare by participating as if they were there. The lecture is set up like a story that the students are part of. The big ideas for this lecture include: -
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Colonial America Student Project: New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies
This twenty page activity is designed to engage students as they learn about the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies in Colonial America. Students will put themselves into history as a guest from the future by completing this booklet which records their visit back in time. The activity begi
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Mercantilism Simulation Activity the Thirteen (13) Colonies Engaging and Fun!
Save by purchasing my bundled Unit! ⇨ The 13 Colonies This lesson provides a fun educational simulation for students to experience trade during the age of m
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Great Explorers Play Age of Exploration
Great Explorers during the Age of Exploration Activity: The Great Explorers Play Included in this resource: • Title page • Classroom Bill: Great Explorers • Great Explorers Play Cast of Characters • Character lines • Applying what I learned/Closing/Summary/Higher Order Thinking Writing assignmen
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The Legislative Branch: Social Studies Simulation (How a Bill Becomes a Law)
Make Civics exciting and practical for students using this Legislative Branch, Social Studies Simulation. Students will participate in writing bills for their school, community, or state while learning the various stages within the lawmaking process. All voices are heard as students become members
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American Revolution Loyalist vs. Patriot Debate
This download includes: - 1 page of teacher notes with recommendations for setting up/conducting the debate - Student copy of debate directions and eight debate questions I developed these questions for a 5th grade class, but I think they work for any age group. Only teacher expectations of the
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Reader's Theater: Steps to Statehood (leveled play for 3rd, 4th, 5th grade)
Need a fun way to liven up your lesson on statehood? This reader’s theater features 23 parts on 3 different reading levels to ensure whole class participation and engagement. Students will hear how a pioneer family, the Northwest territory officials, and the newly formed United States all played a
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4th Grade American Revolutionary War Activity Bundle
7 student centered, engaging activities are included in this integrated social studies unit for 4th grade! Designed to complement any unit of study on the Revolutionary War, these activities will have your students moving and learning! I’ve included a 12 event “human timeline” activity, a set of
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Explorer Activity: Will You Survive a Trip Around the World?
A PowerPoint takes students through a simulation where they are early explorers making the first voyage around the world. As explorers, will they make wise decisions and succeed, or will their expedition fail? Students face 14 scenarios where they choose from several options. If they choose wisely,
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Taxation without Representation!  Simulation & Reader's Theater (4th-6th grade)
Students will actively engage in this hands on activity that was developed to give students a solid understanding of the unfair taxing practices on the colonists by the British in 1773. Students will participate in various roles to simulate how the feelings and actions resulting from this time in h
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How to Use Genius Hour in Your Classroom
How to Use Genius Hour in Your Classroom gives students precious time to work on their own personal passion in 20% of class time–following carefully-structured guidelines to assist them in getting the most possible out of this free time. It supports critical thinking, research skills, close reading,
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Virtual Field Trips: 25 engaging trips that make fun end of year activities
This document contains 25 links (with descriptions about each link) to free virtual field trips. You click on the link and are taken to a sight that has both information and media--such as a virtual tour of a museum or a live feed of a webcam or a 3d manipulative view, etc.
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Desert Island Team Building, Cooperative Learning Challenge
Your students will love this game! They are required to work together in teams and make important decisions to help them survive on and escape from a Desert Island. Perfect for developing Critical Thinking, Cooperative Learning and Team Building. Students earn points based on the decisions they m
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Helen Keller QR Codes (Journeys Unit 3 Lesson 14)
Do your students love QR Codes? Then your kids will LOVE these QR Codes to go along with Journeys Unit 3 Lesson 14 "Helen Keller". These QR Codes have videos, pictures, biographies, articles, etc. about Helen Keller and really help bring the story to life. We even included what page number to use th
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Jamestown Online Adventure Activity Sheet- You Decide
This is an activity sheet that I use with the Jamestown Online Adventure that has students record their decisions and reasoning as they try to start their own colony. I think something like this is very important if you want to move from the website being a fun activity to it being something that y
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NEW! Reader's Theater: 4 Famous Explorer Tales!  (differentiated reading levels)
Focus on differentiation in the intermediate grades! This reader’s theater set features 4 popular New World explorers written on 3 separate reading levels for a total of 16 plays! Each script contains 6-7 parts, making it a perfect activity for centers or leveled guided reading groups! Modified
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Class Money: The Checkbook Project class economy financial literacy
The Checkbook Project pumps life into a classroom the way the stimulus package pumped bucks into GM. It improves test scores, inspires the entrepreneurial spirit, and even turns "thugs" into pussycats. Simply put, it's a more complex form of "class money" without the bother of handing out Monopoly b
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1920s Stock Market Game: Ready to Strike it Rich?
This game has served as an excellent introduction into the stock market of the 1920s. In addition, it transitions well in the Great Depression. Each class I have done this with has really enjoyed it. The way the game works: - Students will be given shares from different companies with differing
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Factory Conditions in the 19th Century! PowerPoint, Simulation, Writing, & More!
Factory Conditions in the 19th Century! PowerPoint, Simulation, Writing, & More! This lesson is included in the larger United States Industrialization unit, located here:
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Genre Study: "THE GENRE'S COURT"- FUN way to reinforce genres in your classroom!
Check out my blog post describing how I use this in my room!!! :) The Genre's Court Welcome to The Genre's Court! My students absolutely love going to court and defending their genres. We
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Mexican-American War Soldier Activity
Through this inquiry based activity, students will imagine they are an American soldier on the march to Mexico during the Mexican-American War. They will attempt to pack for their journey as the soldiers at that time would have. Students tend to pack rather heavy and a follow-up challenge students i
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World War II: Predicting German Foreign Policy 1933-1939 (World History)
This is one of my favorite activities when teaching the causes of World War II. Students will pretend they are advisors to the German leaders prior to World War II. First, the teacher will review the goals of Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and then the students will be given different scenarios where
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Election Day Class President Election & Campaign Simulation! Fun & Authentic!
Election Day Class President Election & Campaign Simulation! Fun & Authentic! This election resource is included in the engaging and hands-on 7-lesson Election Bundle, located here:
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The Game of Rancho Life
This fun, easy, interactive game will have your 4th grade students begging to learn more about California's ranchos! The students will participate in rancho life by petitioning for a lot of land, making a brand, and rolling dice to discover what fate awaits them in the Game of Rancho Life. The start
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Economics Christmas (Project)
This packet includes 10 days worth of plans to cover many economic standards. You will set up a class store and students will learn through real, hands-on experience about economic concepts. I have included coupons you can use for students to buy at your store, so you don't have to spend additiona
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Industrial Revolution Simulation and PowerPoint: The Urban Game
Students complete a fun and historically detailed simulation of the progression of the Industrial Revolution and urbanization in England, particularly the town of Manchester. This activity especially helps visual and kinesthetic learners grasp the essential points of the Industrial Revolution. Kids
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Renaissance Research and Role-Play Activity
What better way to discover the key figures of the Renaissance than a research and role-play activity? Your students will research a person from either the Italian or Northern Renaissance and then become that person in a role-play activity in which they will compete with one another to see who is c
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Salem Witch Trial Play
A fun way to teach the Salem Trials is to have an actual trial in class. This is a fun activity that will have the students talking about it for years to come. This activity takes place in the classroom or wherever you choose and has "made up characters." The scenes are a lot of fun and will have
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Underground Railroad QR Code Scavenger Hunt
21st Century Learning -This QR Code scavenger hunt allows students to learn about the Underground Railroad through an inquiry-oriented project. Students function as a conductor like Harriet Tubman and lead their passengers to Freedom. Black History Package includes a student presentation overview w
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