and more: 4th - 5th Grade Social Studies Interactive Notebook with Passages and Activities.You and your kids will LOVE it!! 13 passages and activities. I designed it for 4th - 5th grade, but you can use it with higher grades if you are covering the same content. With history, the facts don't change. :-) Read below to see links.
Find my Civil War Biographies by clicking HERE.
They include: Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Clara Barton, Harriet Beecher Stowe
UPDATE: I now offer this in my MEGA SS bundleCLICK HERE
Before you read the details about this Civil War and the Changing Nation interactive notebook
pack, I want to share a few details about the notebooks that precede this one.
This Interactive Social Studies Journal is part THREE of my TOP SELLING notebook set. If you are interested in getting information on the popular bundled pack that I and many others absolutely LOVE click HERE.
Don't forget to also purchase NOTEBOOK 4, which is 23 additional passages taking you from WWI to September 11th. It picks up right where notebook 3 ends. Click HERE for all of the details.
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If you decide to get the bundled pack that comes before this one (you don't have to do notebook 1 and 2 to use this one), you are going to get 34 close reading passages that take you from Native Americans all the way through Westward Expansion. In addition, you get interactive activities for all passages. PLUS, my government and maps/globes interactive notebook packs are also included in the bundled set. I feel sure you will love it as many hundreds of others have.
About this notebook
....This notebook #3 pack has been requested for months, so I am so happy to finally release it.
This interactive social studies notebook covers topics related to the Civil War and the Changing Nation. It is sure to get your students excited about studying U.S. History. Your students will read about historical events while practicing reading strategies. In addition, they will reflect and write about what they have read as they complete the interactive journal activities.
My students in the past have always loved and taken great pride in their journals. Their journal is also a great resource to pull out at the end of the year for state testing and reread about important events. What a great bonus!
This interactive social studies journal includes the following:
*13 Close Reading Passages
*Teacher discussion questions for each passage
*13 interactive comprehension notebook activities (one per close reading)
Please do click the 'preview' above to get a glimpse of included items.
The 13 close reading passages were written with 4th-5th graders in mind, but you may find they are also valuable resources for older students that need the social studies concepts broken into smaller parts to better understand.
Because these passages are non-fiction, and because they cover some of the same topics that are touched on in even high school classes (after all, the facts are the facts, no matter what grade you are required to teach them), there may be a few situations where these passages would work for grades well above fifth.
NOTE: These passages can all be purchased separately in my store, but when bought separately, you do NOT get the interactive activities. I only include those in my bundled interactive notebook packs.
Click the links below to see a more detailed description of the articles in this pack.
1) Civil War – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
2) Civil War – John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry
3) Civil War – States’ Rights and Tensions Before the Civil War
4) Civil War – Fort Sumter – First Battle of Civil War
5) Civil War – The Battle of Gettysburg
6) Civil War - The Atlanta Campaign, Sherman's March to the Sea, and ending in the spring at Appomattox Court House
7) Civil War - Effects on the North and South
8) Jim Crow Laws
9) Following the Civil War (The Changing Nation)– The Cattle Drive Era
10) The Battle of Little Bighorn and Sitting Bull
11) Following the Civil War (The Changing Nation) – The Spanish American War
12) Following the Civil War (The Changing Nation) – The Panama Canal
13) Following the Civil War (The Changing Nation) – Immigration to the US in late 1800's-early 1900's
**********NOTE before you buy. These products are NOT editable. You can not cut and paste the passages or images. This is to protect my work as well as my need to follow licensing rules from the clip artists I buy from.*****************
Just a few more notes…. When I write my passages, I try to sum up the major events surrounding the topic of the passage. There may be other details you would like to include that I did not include, so you can pull other resources for that.
My goal is to write an article about the topic that is not as overwhelming as the often wordy textbooks. Textbooks can sometimes provide so much information that fourth and fifth graders cannot even figure out what the important event is.
The push today in the elementary classroom is to teach the kids the skills of close reading. Focus on and analyze a shorter passage. Hold the details of the passage under a microscope to really examine it. Teach a reading lesson while also introducing a social studies topic... it makes covering the social studies content so much easier.
**** These readings are not going to be as detailed as say a history book. All information is accurate like a history book would be, but they are short, sweet, and to the point. My purpose in writing these was to include as many of the important details as possible in a short article.
I did not use any clipart with the individual passages because I wanted the focus to be on the words and not images.
Click the link below to see all of my close reading passages.
Other Close Reading Passages
For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.