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Students explore 1950's America. For this American history lesson, students research the McCarthy hearings, Civil Rights, war fatigue, and economic issues of the decades. Students respond to discussion questions about topics.
Students identify several features of the historic/social/cultural background of the 1950s. They sing and perform a percussion accompaniment to "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran and create artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock.
High schoolers examine the impact of technological advancements on Cold War America. In this 1950's America lesson, students research politics, Cold War society, suburbia, and consumerism during the decade in order to better understand American societal change after World War II.
Students learn about suburban communities in the 1950s. In this women studies lesson, students watch a Power Point presentation about suburban communities in the 1950s. Students look at images from the 1950s and discuss what they think life was like for suburban women.
Fifth graders, using HyperStudio or PowerPoint, select the ten most important events that happened in the 1950s.
Learners examine the various domestic and international problems in the 1950s. They conduct research, write a script, and role-play a family discussing issues at the table at dinnertime in the 1950s.
Teens will get a kick out of this presentation, which provides a glimpse of the consumerism and rising pop culture of 1950's America. They will especially appreciate the discussion of "Teen culture" including the music of Elvis, the writings of Salinger, and the rebellion against "whatever you've got." The final slides detail the politics and science of the decade, as well as a discussion question.
In this America in the 1950's worksheet, students read about housing, education, entertainment, and the Cold War in the 1950s. Students then answer 5 questions about this time.
Students investigate the impact of the automobile on Americans. In this 1950's America lesson, students listen to audio clips, read about Levittown, and explore the Interstate Highway Act from the decade. Students then discuss their impressions of 1950's culture and write essays on the topic.
In this 1950's America worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages about the decade and respond to 47 short answer questions.
In this 1950's America worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages on the topic and respond to 10 short answer questions about 1950's America.
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students answer 11 multiple choice questions regarding 1950's America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students discuss prior knowledge of American culture during the 1950's. They complete KWL charts, participate in class discussions and view the documentary film Atomic Café. They record their observations from the film.
Students investigate the context, issues, important people, and outcomes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. They attempt to answer the essential question, "Would the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's have happened if Martin Luther King, Jr. had never been born?" They research primary and secondary sources.
Students explore the culture of the United States in the 1950's. In this history lesson, students research culture in the 1950's, with a focus on fashion, music, television, automobiles, etc., then work in groups to create a presentation to share their findings with the class.
Students examine the impact of the automobile on the growth of the suburbs. In this 1950's America lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation regarding the decade. Students then create car advertisements that feature the impact of the automobile on American society.
In this contemporary American history exam worksheet, students respond to 35 multiple choice questions that focus on the 1950's to the present.
Students examine the socioeconomic conditions in Montgomery, Alabama in the late 1950's including the poverty and living condition of the blacks during this time by watching a documentary. They determine how these living conditions lead to the Civil Rights Movement in America.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this presidential election instructional activity, students research the social, political, and economic changes that took place in 1950's America. Students create bulletin boards regarding the topic.
In this online interactive American history instructional activity, students respond to 8 matching questions regarding 1950's America. Students may check their answers immediately.