The activities in this package can be implemented in whole group during a Civil War unit, in small group social studies stations, or during your literacy block in literacy stations. These project-based social studies stations will have your students researching people of the war to create posters, reading about events leading up to the war and major events to complete graphic organizers for social studies notebooks, reenacting events of the war, practicing 20 key vocabulary terms, playing vocabulary games (Fiddle Strips!), researching groups of people to create fact files, and researching battles to create a Civil War Battles Book.
1. Events of the Past: Provide books and Internet documents with copies of graphic organizers. Organizers can also be used as note-takers in your whole group instruction.
Topics For Organizers:
-The Underground Railroad
-John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid
-The Confederation of the U.S.
-The U.S. Splits (identify Union and Confederate states)
-The Union Blockade
-The Emancipation Proclamation
- Robert E. Lee and the Surrender
- Lincoln’s Assassination
2. Remember the Past: 20 terms and definitions are included in chart form for students to practice and glue in their notebooks. All 20 terms are included in a Civil War Fiddle Strips! game. Prepare the game according to instructions for vocabulary fun!
3. Recreate the Past: Students will choose an event and prepare a presentation to reenact the event.
4. People of the Past: 7 posters are included: Clara Barton, Robert E. Lee, Harriet Tubman, Jefferson Davis, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, and Eli Whitney. These pages could also be completed and bound in a class book for student reference.
5. Research the Past: Students will record their research in A Civil War Fact File. These make great resources to keep in the classroom for future reference! Students will also research battles of the Civil War to create a Civil War Book of Battles.
I have set up the activities into 5 social studies stations, but al could be implemented in whole groups or small groups without stations.
These activities are interactive and will keep students engaged throughout your Civil War unit! All activities were created with 4th and 5th grade in mind.
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