Trace the "Steps" to the American Revolution-- Could definitely be used for the Civil War unit or other units. One idea- assign each student an event to research. Have them copy their foot on a piece of paper and then use the feet to form a timeline.
How to Teach the Standards through Social Studies Inquiry Circles
Inventor anchor chart. Would be a great small group activity. Assign one inventor to each group. Have them list the name of the inventor, date of the invention, 3 facts about the inventor, and how the invention helps us. Could also include a journal entry by having students in each group write about what it would be like if we didn't have the invention today.