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Social Studies Interactive Notebook: US Government: Westward Expansion: History

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Social Studies Interactive Notebook... I am offering this notebook #2 in a bundled pack with other social studies notebook packs at a reduced price. You can get my notebooks 1 and 2 that have 34 passages PLUS you will get my interactive maps and globes notebook activities and my government notebook activities. To see this HUGE bundle - Click HERE for all of the details.

******Watch my Youtube Video by clicking HERE. You will gain insight into what's included in the BUNDLED pack of notebooks. This purchase is not the bundle, but it is included in the bundled pack, which can be found in my store.********

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**I have created an add-on activity pack that goes with this notebooks 1 and 2: CLICK HERE to view the Add-On Activity Pack for Notebooks 1-2 .


About this pack.....This absolutely wonderful Interactive Social Studies Notebook is part two of the notebook set. To purchase the first notebook in the set,click HERE. If you buy notebook 1 AND 2, you will get a total of 34 close readings about U.S. History and 34 flippable activities. Please note that you don't have to do part 1 in order to do notebook 2. Notebook 2 just picks up in history after notebook 1. View all topics below. :-)


This notebook 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!

**********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.*****************

This interactive social studies journal includes the following:

*14 Close Reading Passages

* Teacher Discussion Guide for each Passage

* 14 interactive response activities (one per close reading)

Click the 'preview' above to get a glimpse of included items.

The 14 close reading passages were written with 4th graders in mind, but I have listed them for grades 3-5 since you may have some advanced or weaker readers in those grades.

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 even beyond fifth, too.

The close reading passages included are on the following topics:

*Articles of Confederation

*Writing the Constitution

*Federalism/Branches of Government

*Ratification/Bill of Rights

*George Washington

*James Madison

*Louisiana Purchase

*Westward Expansion

*Causes of War of 1812

*War of 1812

*Effects of Westward Exp. on Native Americans

*The Battle of the Alamo

*California Gold Rush

*Gateways to the West

**** 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 feel sometimes kids get over whelmed with so many details that it is hard for them to pull out the details I want them to remember. This reading is to be used in conjunction with your other U.S. Social Studies material. It is a way to teach reading through social studies.

The push today in classrooms 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. What better way to do that than with non-fiction material that also covers required curriculum for another content area, such as social studies.

Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher to be used with students she/he teachers. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the 'additional license' purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. I thank you for that. :-)

For other creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.

labels: back to school, interactive journal, interactive notebook, social studies, government, articles of confederation, constitution, branches of government, bill of rights, Louisiana purchase, westward expansion


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