SEPT. 11, ROLE OF GOV'T & MORE (Lessons 91-100/100) American History Curriculum

SEPT. 11, ROLE OF GOV'T & MORE (Lessons 91-100/100) American History Curriculum
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Supplement the textbook and eliminate prep time with these 10 ready-to-use reproducible U.S. history lessons covering a range of topics, including Hispanic Americans, terrorism/September 11, the role of government and more.

NOTE: This book also includes all-purpose outline maps of the United States, North America, and the Western Hemisphere (shown in the PREVIEW).

Your 5th or 6th graders will enjoy a wide variety of high-interest activities for individuals, small groups, or the entire class. Among other things, class members will learn about the cultural changes, concerns, problems, and accomplishments of Native Americans during three fun contests.

Most lessons have four or five activity sheets and can be finished in one or two class periods. Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key provided for each lesson. A majority of the lessons include a 20-question follow-up quiz. The quizzes can also be given as homework assignments or review exercises. Most of the information-filled lessons are able to be used without a textbook.

LESSON/ACTIVITY TITLES (91-100 of 100)
  91. Asian Americans
  92. Hispanic Americans
  93. Native Americans Today
  94. Terrorism/September 11
  95. Advances in Science and Technology
  96. The Role of Government
  97. The Federal Government at Work
  98. Independent Study Guide
  99. Research Topics
100. Current Events

Detailed descriptions of these lessons are provided below.


LESSON 91. Asian Americans

OBJECTIVE:
To learn about the way of life of Asian Americans and the contributions they have made to American society.

TIME:
1 class period

This lesson involves students in a fun contest as they learn about the way of life and contributions of Asian Americans. Each class member begins by reading statement 1 and then decides whether they think it is true or false. There is an underlined word that makes the sentence correct or incorrect. Answers can be written in the space provided.

Students continue in the same way with numbers 2-30. Beforehand, I usually tell my kids that the five people with the most correct answers are the winners.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 92. Hispanic Americans

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the way of life of Hispanic Americans today.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students read through a series of 40 sentences about Hispanic Americans. Each statement contains a missing key word, name, or term. The first and last letters of each answer are given as clues.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS
In some cases, you may want to give the kids a chance to work with a partner on this. Another option is to make it a timed contest to see who is able to come up with the most correct answers by the end of the period or a time limit you set. The class can also be divided into two teams that compete in a game to identify the missing word, name, or term as you read through the sentences with them.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 93. Native Americans Today

OBJECTIVE:
To learn about the cultural changes, concerns, problems, and accomplishments of the Native Americans living in the United States.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, class members enjoy participating in three contests. Contest 1 is on page 93A. The other two are on pages 93B and 93C.

Each contest consists of a table with nine boxes containing information about Native Americans. Students must choose between two key words, names, or terms that best complete the sentence inside each box. The three boxes in the top row are worth 10 points each. The three boxes in the middle are worth 20 points each. The three boxes in the bottom row are worth 30 points each. A perfect score for is 180.

After each Contest, you can have the kids exchange papers. Then, announce the correct answers to determine scores.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 94. Terrorism/September 11

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the activities of terrorists and the events and aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

TIME:
1 class period

Begin this activity by giving students time to underline or highlight key words, names, terms, and ideas in the reading selection on pages 93A - 93C. This starts off with general information about terrorism, such as what it is, why some people commit these violent acts, common targets, and so on.

The reading then continues while covering the following topics:

September 11
• The World Trade Center
• The Pentagon
• Pennsylvania

The Aftermath
• Increased National Security
• War on Terrorism
• Weakened U.S. Economy
• Moving Forward

Once class members have completed the reading, give each student a copy of pages 94D and 94E. These contain a crossword activity that can be done by individuals or pairs. All 42 answers on the crossword are found in the reading selection.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 95. Advances in Science and Technology

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how ways of living in the United States have changed as a result of advances in science and technology.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, class members work to complete sentences by filling in spaces with key words, names, and terms. The missing words are provided in a list at the top of page 95A. As the kids complete the sentences, they learn about advances in science and technology in the following areas:

• Transportation
• Physics
• Space
• Medicine
• Business and Industry
• The Environment
• Agriculture

ACTIVITY OPTIONS:
Aside from an activity for individuals, this lesson can be turned into a fun contest between individual class members or pairs to see who can come up with the most correct answers by the end of the period. You can also present this as a game by dividing the class into two teams that take turns trying to identify the correct answers as you read through the sentences with them.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 96. The Role of Government

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the importance of government in the lives of the American people.

TIME:
1 class period

Every American is affected by government in countless ways during their lifetime. Yet most people give little or no thought to the extent which the federal, state, and local governments impact their daily lives.

Students begin this lesson by looking at a list of twelve ways (in box 1) government serves the interests of the American people. They must then choose one area that they think is the most important, and underline it in the list. Choices include such things as postal services, minimum wage laws, air traffic control, highway construction, and product safety laws. Once they have made a selection, each class member will then give reasons for their choice (30-50 words). You can ask for a few volunteers to read the paragraph they have written.

Continue in the same way with boxes 2-4, each of which contains twelve additional ways government serves the interests of the American people.

Next, students answer two Thought Questions. For example, one asks them to list 12 areas government directly or indirectly affects their lives at this time.

After the kids have used their critical thinking skills in the first half of the lesson, this activity concludes with a fun contest. Without looking at the first two activity sheets, class members try to fill in as many missing words in government services and programs as possible. The first letter of each answer is given as a clue. Correct answers are worth either 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 points. A perfect score is 100.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 97. The Federal Government at Work

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how the government of the United States represents, serves, and protects the American people today.

TIME:
1 class period

In this activity, students work to fill in missing words, names, and terms in a series of sentences about American government arranged in the following categories.

• Overview
• The Executive Branch
• The Legislative Branch
• The Judicial Branch

Each statement includes information about the federal government at work. One or more letters in each answer are given as clues. You can decide whether to present this as a contest, game, or activity for individuals.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 98. Independent Study Guide

OBJECTIVE:
To have students learn about the United States by using a variety of reference sources.

TIME:
2 class periods

In this activity, students read through a list of seven assignments that they might enjoy doing on the United States today. These include such things as using the United States outline map on page 98A to illustrate something about America today (i.e. leading products, population density, etc.), listing 20 facts about a particular state, constructing a bar or line graph that gives information about the U.S., conducting a public opinion poll about political issues, and more.

Students are asked to choose 5 of the 7 assignments listed on the lesson pages that they would enjoy doing.

Teacher Instructions included.


LESSON 99. Research Topics

OBJECTIVE:
To have students learn about the United States by using a variety of reference sources.

TIME:
You can decide how much class time will be given to this activity.

Fifty research topics pertaining to the post-World War II era in American history are listed. As the teacher, you can determine the way these topics will be assigned. Announce to the class the number of sources they should use when doing their research, the length of the report, and any other requirements you have for completing the paper.

Teacher Instructions included.


LESSON 100. Current Events

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with some of the leading national and international news stories.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, class members are directed to look through newspaper articles about major national and international events and developments. A list of topics that the stories should relate to, such as politics, economy, Congress, Supreme Court, environment, and several more, is given. Students may also use articles not related to the list of topics if approved by the teacher.

For each news story selected (I have my kids select five and have designed this lesson for that number), students read the article in its entirety and summarize the main points. Spaces are provided on the lesson pages for the summaries to be written, along with the headline and date of each article.

This lesson can be used at any time and as often as you want through the school year. When using it, you can tell the students how many days they have to do the news stories.

Teacher Instructions included.
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