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- Carolyn M., 1st year teacher
- Aiken, SC
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Fourth graders draw a picture to represent possible situations that could occur without rules. They also elect one student as a representative for the group in making classroom group decisions. Allow the elected representatives the opportunity to make simple decisions for their group during class period. Finally, 4th graders relate the need for rules today with the need for rules in the early Jamestown colony.
Third graders discover the importance of the Virginia Assembly in English America as a governing body. After discussing the formation of the House of Burgesses, they elect their own representatives to make class decisions. In groups, 3rd graders compose lists of rules that would benefit early settlements such as Jamestown.
Students explore slavery by reviewing the written laws intended to keep African Americans subservient. In this U.S. slavery lesson, students analyze a time-line of the history of African Americans. Students discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Fourth graders identify and interpret the structure and responsibility of Virginia's government. They access the computer to find names and pictures of delegates and senators from their regions. They locate information about the governor. Finally, 4th graders generate a bill, such as whether or not students should wear school uniforms, and argue back and forth the pros and cons of passing the bill.
Students examine the first permanent English settlement in America. Using the Internet, they identify the importance of the Virginia assembly. They answer questions based on different scenarios given to them by their teacher and how addressing problems is different today.
Have you just finished teaching chapters 1-5 of your social studies book and are ready to test your class? If so, you are in luck! Here is a well-organized cumulative review that covers multiple topics, main ideas, and vocabulary related to the age of exploration, American colonization, The Revolutionary War, and the forming of the US government.