To review the causes, major events, and results of the War of 1812.
1 class period
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!
Start by giving each student a copy of pages 41A - 41C only. Page 41D will be handed out later in the period.
Allow class members time to underline or highlight key words, names, terms, and ideas on the outline. There are three sections in the outline:
• Causes of the War of 1812
• Major Events of the War of 1812
• Results of the War of 1812
After the kids have finished reading the outline, go over the Game Rules and begin.
Students will put the numbers 1 through 9 inside of the nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on page 41C. They will be instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order.
Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9, then reads a True/False statement about the War of 1812. Students will have 1 minute to look for the answer on the outline. Once they believe they have the answer, they will find the announced number on the game form and write True or False in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five questions have been asked.
Following Game 1, papers will be exchanged and correct answers read. Points will be 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.
After all four games have been played, give each student a copy of page 41D to do as a review exercise.
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.