I’ve been teaching grades 3rd – 7th for over 12 years now and I’ve been doing hands-on learning projects and notebooks with my students almost from the beginning of my career. However, it wasn’t until this last year that I discovered there’s a name for what I have been doing for over a decade – Interactive Student Notebooks. I did some research and discovered to my delight and surprise that there is a whole teaching philosophy behind it. Who knew? So, I made a commitment to making some adjustments to my lessons to align with the ISN methodology and I really enjoyed the even greater success my students experienced as a result!
This year I’ve decided to compile some of my most successful lessons for history and share them with my TpT community of teachers. Here is my first unit for Middle Grade Roman Empire ideal for 5th – 9th grades. This is NOT simply a product full of templates and organizers.
You will find that all of the lessons and pages in my notebooks are truly interactive, not just worksheets to color and glue into notebooks. Here you will find some of my student’s favorite foldable projects that cover the following lessons:
Each of the 17 lessons plus 3 bonus lessons (and over 150 pages!) includes photos of the finished product, teacher’s notes, detailed teacher’s instructions (with many photos), and student pages (templates). You will find that all of the information needed to begin teaching these concepts is in here. This is NOT simply a product full of templates and organizers that require hours of research and prep time - I have included all of that information for you! I have also included many differentiated versions of each lesson to help you meet the needs of all your students from challenge to at risk.
In the preview you file, you will also find a table of contents and several sample pages of the first lesson. I’ve included the Common Core alignment for grades 5-8 and included these in the preview file as well.
Here is what’s included:
Lesson 01 – Why Study History
Lesson 02 – Geography of the Roman Empire
Lesson 03 – Key Vocabulary
Lesson 04 – Passport to Rome
Lesson 05 – The Punic Wars
Lesson 06 – Pompeii, The Lost City
Lesson 07 – The Roman Republic
Lesson 08 – The Patricians & Plebeians (Roman Senate)
Lesson 09 – The Twelve Tables & Roman Law
Lesson 10 – Class System/Rules of the Roman Republic
Lesson 11 – Roman Emperors
Lesson 12 – Daily Life in Rome
Lesson 13 – Christianity in the Roman Empire
Lesson 14 – The Fall of the Roman Empire
Lesson 15 - Roman Mythology (gods & goddesses)
Lesson 16 – Contributions of the Roman Empire
Lesson 17 – Roman Empire Time Line
Bonus Lesson 1 – History Alive! Guided Reading Notes
Bonus Lesson 2 – Legend of Romulus & Remus
Bonus Lesson 3 – Julius Caesar
Everything that you see in the preview thumbnail pictures is included in this notebook, ready to teach in your classroom right away. As always, if you have any questions about this product or using this product, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am continuously seeking to improve the quality of my materials. Every effort has been made to make this unit error free. Should you find any errors, please contact me. I will ensure that you receive a corrected copy. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
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