American History Time Travelers tells the story of U.S. history from before European settlement through the present day through comedy and modern pop music! All the major events are covered and so are your fifth grade state standards, as well as common core! The show focuses on a history teacher and her uninterested students, as she takes them through time to bring the events of U.S. History to life.
Topics covered: European exploration and colonization of America, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Cold War (as well as others), the role of Native Americans and African-Americans and the impact of American history on their lives, the structure of our Constitutional republic, the Civil Rights era, as well as all the other major steps along the way to today.
All our products include a downloadable script and MP3 music files . Each play lasts about 30 minutes. The sound files include the songs with vocals, as well as "karaoke" versions without vocals, for the students to use for the performance. Both are licensed for unlimited duplication for your class. This particular play is best suited for students in grades 4 through 8, ranging from 10 to 40 students, and teachers who may have no background in putting on a play!
The songs are not cheesy, but catchy, and not just some guy on a little Casio keyboard who's never actually been in a classroom before. Each play correlates with national/state standards in both a core content area, such as Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, or Science, as well as a Performing Arts area, such as Music or Theater. The songs of the play can also be used as a fun, informative teaching tool, without staging an actual production.
In addition to state Social Studies / History standards, this play addresses Common Core standards, such as using evidence to support statements and inferences, and relating ideas to a theme.