Social Studies & US History
What I teach: fourth grade social studies. Here are some super ideas for younger and older learners of all ages.
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!
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.
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...