My American History bundle has lesson plans and activities for the entire year – from Colonization
to activities for the Civil War and Reconstruction
. Each of these US History lessons involve an Interactive Student Notebook component and are designed for maximum engagement for your students. You will also receive GAMES:
task cards, card sorts, dominoes, spoons, and more!
In addition to all of the resources you will receive, I am strongly committed to providing ELL RESOURCES for teachers. Almost 1/2 of the lessons are modified for ELL and more are on the way!
Updated February 2018 with resources for Westward Expansion.
This is a growing bundle! As I create more lessons for US History I will add them here – purchase once and continue to receive the lessons I write.
The total cost of all of these lessons combined is over $250, you can purchase the bundle for $200, a savings of 20%!
Here is just a sample of what you will receive. Please download the preview for more details.
In this bundle you will receive BEGINNING OF THE YEAR LESSONS
First Day of School
Save your voice on the 1st day of school. Have your students experience a scavenger hunt of your room and rules.
Why Study History?
Turn your students into historians as they dig through artifacts, analyze primary sources and read information about history.
Allow students to experience what life in the colonies was like by taking them on a “carriage ride” through the American Colonies.
Was the American Revolution Justified? DBQ
This DBQ will allow your students to dig deep into the causes of the American Revolution as they examine primary source images and quotes.
American Revolution Sequencing Activity
In this activity, students will create summaries of the different events leading to the American Revolution.
Ratification of the Constitution
Your students will role play a Federalists or an Anti-Federalist as they debate the ideas behind the Constitution.
Bill of Rights and Principles of Government Games
These product will give you multiple games to review the Bill of Rights and Principles of Government. These purchase include pictures, excerpts and explanation cards for the Bill of Rights.
Bill of Rights Scenarios
Challenge your students to apply the Bill of Rights in current issues, political cartoons, images and court cases. This product will give you multiple scenarios to review and apply the Bill of Rights with your students!
THE NEW REPUBLIC
Washington’s Farewell Address
For centuries, Americans have looked to this document for advice – but have we followed the ideals set forth in this document? Allow your students to discover the advice Washington gives – and discuss whether or not we have followed these ideals.
MANIFEST DESTINY LESSONS
Annexation of Texas
The annexation of Texas was a hotly debated issue. It is one of the key turning points in both American and Texas history. What were the issues that were involved?
The Mexican American War
What are just reasons for war? Your students will explore the Mexican-American War in a reading and visual activity.
Dig deep into the content of the mid-1800’s while your students explore the essential question “How did immigrants contribute to the growth of the United States” through primary sources and background essays
Explore the inventions that changed American in this gallery walk activity. Students will be given a primary source quotation that they will match to an invention. They then take notes on an annotated map.
Reform Movement Museum
Allow your students to explore the Reform Movement in a museum activity. When they are finished, you can review with a Spoons game.
CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION
Events Leading to the Civil War Structured Debate
Students will learn about the events leading to the Civil War through a primary source visual and reading. Each event is examined through a provocative question which students discuss in a small group, then debate in the entire class. Students complete the activity by writing an essay answering different questions.
Civil War Sequencing
In this activity, students will create summaries of the different events leading to the Civil War. A graphic organizer is provided to assist your students.
The Civil War through QR Codes
Your students will analyze primary source images about the specific events during the Civil War and then they will use QR Codes to watch a video and answer questions. Your students can use their smart phones and headsets for this portion of the activity. After watching the video and discussing questions with a partner, they will annotate a map with the key events of the Civil War.
Did Reconstruction accomplish its goals? In this activity students will examine the Reconstruction time period through primary source images, quotes and text. Students will discuss the topic - Is everyone in the United States free?
Reconstruction Review Activity
This is a Reconstruction activity to promote higher level thinking during reviews. In the "Odd One Out" students are given primary source images from which they have to analyze and develop patterns. Once they have detected the pattern, they have to identify which image is the "Odd One Out" - doesn't fit the pattern. Students are then required to write justification statements on their answer.
US History Era Review
This activity bundle is designed to help your students review for an end of the year assessment – like the STAAR for 8th Grade US History. As students are taking the test, they are required to place many questions into historical context. These activities are designed to prepare your students for that task with a variety of different review strategies.
Exclusive Bonus for Social Studies Success Bundle Buyers!!!!
I have created a Biography Booklet as a bonus for my bundles. When you purchase this bundle you will also receive a mini-booklet of 10 different strategies to teach biographies. It is a smaller version of the Biography Book found here:
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