In this lesson, students celebrate freedom by examining the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence along with a primary source image to infer and make predictions.
Using the cartoon strip strategy, students will identify the contributions of Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary Period as well as the inventions he created and how they shaped communities. The I Was The First, Vote for Me! website will provide students with the information.
This virtual tour of Mount Vernon helps students learn more about George Washington. They then use the information to solve a double puzzle.
Using primary and secondary sources from the Library of Congress (provided) students will analyze information by comparing and contrasting schools from the past with modern schools.
Students examine the history of Veterans Day and culminate this by writing articles for a classroom newspaper. A brief historical background on the origins of Veterans Day is provided.
This lesson has students work in groups to find out more about the history of the automobile industry. They create a poster to represent their findings and then put the different events (provided) in chronological order. Students demonstrate their learning by writing a paragraph.
This lesson uses Preamble picture cards (provided) for students to arrange the words to the Preamble of the United States Constitution in the correct order. Great lesson to use for the September 17th celebration of the Constitution.
After reading the book, Vote! by Eileen Christelow, students will participate in mock voter registration and elections to get an idea of the importance of voting. Students will create campaign posters to support their point of view and wills hare with the class.
Students will use a PBS site to review the history of voting laws in our country. Using a simulation regarding voting, students will be eliminated from voting in a mock class election following historic voting laws.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to research and recognize the contributions of famous women in America’s history who exemplify good citizenship. Students utilize the US Postal Service website to research women that have appeared on postage stamps.
Students examine the good citizenship characteristics exemplified by Clara Barton in this lesson. Tapping into student creativity, they demonstrate their learning by designing a commemorative coin to honor Clara Barton.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame” serves as an introduction to a study of the courageous contribution to society made by Jackie Robinson. Using suggested children’s literature to review the history of Jackie Robinson, students will create a collage to share their learning.
Students explore ways our Hispanic heritage impacts the United States through food, names of cities, and other ways. The research and create playing cards for an individual that can be used in a “Go Fish” type of game. Suggested individuals for research are provided.
Students work in groups to research and create a newsletter to represent different aspects of four seasonal holidays. Students are asked to compare and contrast various holiday customs.
Using Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown students are asked to write a conclusion to Arthur’s speech at the end of the book and are asked to explain how “they can all help make America great by helping others.”
Using the poem In Flanders Field by John McCrae students will gain understanding of the meaning and history of Memorial Day. Following this class discussion, they will research memorials that have been created to honor those who have served.