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Social Studies & US History

What I teach: fourth grade social studies. Here are some super ideas for younger and older learners of all ages.

Guided Biography Study Set of 6 Explorers to America

This resource is one I use with my historical fiction unit--one that includes literature circles/book clubs--and minilessons and activities are geared toward helping students meet the rigor of the Common Core. There are countless ways to use it! Minilessons are included to help you tackle this genre with short texts like picture books, but also with a more in-depth classroom book study. We did literature circles--and it was WONDERFUL!

No More Kings--Schoolhouse Rock to help teach American Revolution to my 2nd graders

Good idea - Use nesting tupperware boxes to illustrate the concepts of House, Town, State, Country, Continent, Planet.

Westward Expansion interactive website.

Understand the Westward Expansion with this app!

In this activity, students will view 3 maps and answer questions regarding them with the goal of recognizing how the United States gained land in these two compromises. This is best used in an introduction to Westward Expansion or Manifest Destiny. I have also used it as a "build-up" to the Civil War.

This was a really cool video that gives useful information as to what led up to westward expansion that would work as an intro video

Youtube clip: To The Mississippi - Westward Expansion and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787

This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Westward Expansion and Pioneers. Dramatize the Louisiana Purchase, taste and see some of the...

Fifty States That Rhyme (This is the way I learned it growing up and remember to this day)

Off the Wall Westward Expansion Lesson - Guest blog post by Joan Claspill on Corkboard Connections - Students roam through an "Art Gallery" of pictures related to the lesson, taking notes and recording inferences. Great way to integrate social studies and literacy!

Black History Month for children in kindergarten and first grade explained with a non fiction story. This unit also contains 17 unique templates fo...$

ON SALE:This Common Core ELA project centers on famous Americans in biographies by author Jean Fritz. The tasks in the activity require students to summar...

250+ years of historical newspapers.

Ginger Snaps: SC Explorers Trading Cards

Your students will enjoy this hands-on research project that combines reading, writing, research skills and a lot fun! Students will pick 3 America...

Free public domain ebook- History of the Thirteen Colonies

A Publisher trifold on American colonies (or anyother topic you're covering in your classroom). Includes step-by-step directions, standards addre...