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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!

Westward Expansion interactive website.

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

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)

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...

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