SPANISH-AMER WAR, WWI, WWII & MORE Lessons 71-80/100 American History Curriculum

SPANISH-AMER WAR, WWI, WWII & MORE Lessons 71-80/100 American History Curriculum
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Supplement the textbook and eliminate prep time with these 10 ready-to-use reproducible lessons covering U.S. history from the Spanish-American War through both World Wars I and II, and more.

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 have fun while playing an exciting World War I Game!

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 (71-80 of 100)
71. The Spanish-American War
72. The World War I Game
73. The Twenties and Thirties
74. The New Deal
75. Major Battles of World War II
76. Franklin D. Roosevelt
77. The United Nations
78. United States and Europe After World War II
79. Events in the Western Hemisphere
80. United States and the Middle East

Detailed descriptions of these lessons are provided below.


LESSON 71. The Spanish-American War

OBJECTIVE:
To summarize the causes, major events, and results of the Spanish-American War.

TIME:
1 class period

Read through the lesson with the class. It includes a story about the Spanish-American War. Have students do the mapwork at the end of each section.

I recommend providing colored pencils, if available. My students have always liked doing map exercises and using colored pencils adds to their enjoyment.

After completing the Map Exercise, for homework, students will read through a list of 20 events and determine whether each one happened before, during, or after the Spanish-American War.

The lesson concludes with two Thought Questions, which help develop critical thinking skills.

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


LESSON 72. The World War I Game

OBJECTIVE:
To summarize the causes and major events of World War I.

TIME:
1 class period

Students begin by reading a summary of the causes and major events of the First World War. At the end of each section, class members do mapwork which helps to illustrate major events of the war. Information on these pages will be used later during the playing of THE WORLD WAR I GAME.

Next, have students re-read pages 72A-72B before starting THE WORLD WAR I GAME. The class is then divided into two teams.

Start the game by reading to the class the section Causes of World War I. Stop reading when you come to a word or name that is underlined. Players who think they know the missing word or name should raise their hand. If the first person to raise their hand answers correctly, their team scores 10 points. But if an incorrect answer is given, or the person does not respond immediately, the team loses 10 points. Someone from the other team then has a chance to answer. The game continues in the same way until all underlined words and names have been identified.

SPECIAL NOTE:
Expect excitement and intense competition in this lesson!

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 73. The Twenties and Thirties

OBJECTIVE:
To show the economic, social, and cultural differences between the decades of the 1920s and 1930s.

TIME:
1 class period

Begin by reading the introductory paragraphs with the class which contrast the 1920s and 1930s. Using this information, students will then read through a list of 50 events and decide whether each one occurred during the decade of the 20s or 30s. Go over the answers later in the period.

For homework, assign the section Economic, Social, and Cultural Differences. This involves a writing assignment where students must write 100 words or more describing how life was different in the United States during these two decades.

At the beginning of the next period, have several volunteers read their essays to the class.

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 74. The New Deal

OBJECTIVE:
To describe actions taken by the federal government to combat the Great Depression.

TIME:
1 class period

Students begin this activity by constructing three bar graphs that represent the gross national product, consumer spending, and unemployment rate between the years 1929 and 1937. The graph work helps to illustrate the economic decline and ensuing recovery during this time in American history.

Using the graphs, class members will then answer completion and true/false questions.

Next, read with the class the background information in the section entitled The New Deal. Students then read through twelve paragraph descriptions and must decide which law (Act) or government agency is being described. I go over number 1 with the class, then assign 2-12 for individual work. The students should see a relationship between each description and the name of a law or agency in the list.

The lesson concludes with a Thought Question asking students to decide which three New Deal actions, in their opinion, were of greatest importance. This helps develop critical thinking skills. You can then discuss their answers.

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 75. Major Battles of World War II

OBJECTIVE:
To review the most important military campaigns of the Second World War.

TIME:
2 class periods

You can begin this lesson by reading with the class the section Axis Powers Make Early Gains: 1939-1941. Then, have students do numbers 1-9 of the mapwork.

Continue in the same way with all other sections:

• America Enters the War: 1941
• Allies Defeat the Axis Powers in North Africa and Europe: 1941-1945
• United States Defeats Japan in the Pacific Region: 1942-1945

As class members make their way through this activity, they will be working on two maps. The first, on page 75E, is entitled World War II in Europe and North Africa. The second, on page 75F, is entitled World War II in the Pacific Region

My students always like doing this information-filled map exercise, and I provide them with colored pencils to make it even more enjoyable.

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 76. Franklin D. Roosevelt

OBJECTIVE:
To study the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the times in which he lived.

TIME:
1 class period

Each row in class becomes a team during the playing of the MATCH GAME. Rows may need to be rearranged so that each has about the same number of people.

Students read question 1 and then read answers a, b, and c. All three choices give correct information about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life. Class members must circle the answer that they believe best answers the question. They cannot discuss answers with teammates.

The teacher next asks the members of Team 1 to raise their hands and signify how many chose a, how many chose b, and how many chose c. Whatever answer was chosen most, the number of team members that chose it will equal the number of points Team 1 scores in the first round. For example, if b was chosen most, with three persons choosing it, Team 1 scores three points.

The other teams will then be asked for their choices in question 1, and points will be scored accordingly. This will end round 1. Rounds 2-10 will be played in the same way.

If one or more teams has one less player than the other teams, then the choice made by the first person in the row will always count twice.

The team with the most points at the end of round 10 wins the game.

By the end of the period, students have learned many important facts about President Franklin D. Roosevelt, such as how he helped the United States recover from the Great Depression by proposing a variety of New Deal programs. They will also learn how he led the United States during World War II against Germany, Italy, and Japan.

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


LESSON 77. The United Nations

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the basic organization and work of the United Nations.

TIME:
1 class period

Begin by dividing the class into groups of 3 or 4 students. Each group will try to unscramble the key words in a series of 45 sentences pertaining to the United Nations. Set a time limit of 30 minutes.

As soon as each team finishes, a copy of that group’s answer sheet is given to the teacher. At the end of the allotted time, teams that have not finished should also give one copy of their answers to the teacher. These answer sheets will then be exchanged among the groups, and correct answers are announced.

The team with the most correct answers wins the game. If two or more teams are tied, then the team that submitted its answer sheets first is the winner. If none of the teams that are tied finished during the 30-minute time period, then the teams involved are each declared winners.

As they read through and complete the sentences during the playing of the game, students will learn about:

• Founding of the United Nations
• United Nations Charter
• Organization of the United Nations
• UN Agencies
• Keeping the Peace
• The UN in Action
• Visiting UN Headquarters

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 78. United States and Europe After World War II

OBJECTIVE:
To understand U.S. foreign policy in Europe during the years immediately following World War II.

TIME:
1 class period

My kids really like this information-filled map exercise. I provide them with colored pencils to make it even more enjoyable. Students also fill in important events after World War II on a timeline during this activity.

Begin the lesson by giving each class member a copy of pages 78A-78E. Have them tape pages 78D and 78E together to form a 2-page map showing Europe after World War II.

Class members read the first section entitled The Allies Make Plans for Peace, then complete the mapwork/timeline instructions that follow.

The lesson continues in the same way with other sections entitled:

• The Allies Make Plans for Peace
• Beginning of the Cold War
• The Iron Curtain
• Truman Doctrine
• Marshall Plan
• Berlin Airlift
• North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Warsaw Pact

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 79. Events in the Western Hemisphere

OBJECTIVE:
To study the relationship between the United States and neighboring countries during the second half of the 20th century (post World War II).

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students read through three sections entitled Canada, The United States and Latin America, and Latin America Today by finding and circling key words, names, and terms in three fun word search puzzles. These words, names, and terms are then used to complete sentences about the United States and its neighbors.

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 80. United States and the Middle East

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the role played by the United States in events in the Middle East during the post-World War II era.

TIME:
1 class period

SPECIAL NOTE:
This lesson includes one of the most popular and fun games I have ever written for my students. The kids love it and I really enjoy playing it with them. Expect excitement!

Students put the numbers 1 through 9 inside of the nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on page 80C. They are instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order.

Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9. Class members put this number in the box next to question 1. They then read question 1 and choose which of the two underlined answers is correct. Once an answer is chosen, each student then finds the announced number on their game form and writes the answer in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five answers have been filled in on the game form.

Following Game 1, papers are exchanged and correct answers read. Points are scored as follows: 10 points for each correct answer; 10-point bonus for three correct answers in a row –– either across, down, or diagonally. (Note: It is possible to earn two 10-point bonuses by having three right answers in a row in two different directions.)

Play continues in the same way for Games 2-4.

Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.

After all four games have been played, give each student a copy of page 80D to do as a quiz or homework assignment.

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