North American History Teacher Resources
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New Review Fur Trappers and Beaver Pelts
Young scholars explore the history of Colorado's fur trade. Using a series of primary source documents and the included graphic organizer, learners examine the causes influencing the growth of this industry and the effects it had on both the people and the environment.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Understanding California
Here is a beautiful handout through which learners can explore the history of California, from the earliest Europeans to visit the Golden State up through its experiences during the Great Depression and position in the modern world.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Unexpected Family History
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect of slavery in the US.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Hands-On History: Explorers
Bring history to life with this collection of hands-on early explorer activities. From creating a flip book about the Vikings' exploration of North America to a reader's theater performance about Christopher Columbus' search for the Indies, this resource offers learning experiences that will engage the whole class in learning about European explorers.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
History Through the Spyglass: Developing Research Skills for Social Studies
Research everyday life of people living in British North America in the mid 1800s. Use this British North America history instructional activity to have students discuss resources to use for researching history. They will read about the Hensley Horror, complete an analysis sheet for primary and secondary sources, and a photograph analysis sheet.
8th English Language Arts
New Review Colonial North America
This 54-slide PowerPoint outlines the significant events in the history of Colonial North America, beginning in 1603 with the ascendance of James I to the throne of England. Designed to accompany a lecture on this time period, the presentation could also be viewed outside of class prior to discussions and activities.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
To compare how the Spanish, French, and English approached the exploration of North America, class groups examine primary source documents and become experts on one of four explorers: Francisco Coronado, Robert LaSalle, Samuel de Champlain, or John Cabot.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Mystery of Exploration
Learners comprehend the history of European exploration of North America. They are introduced to basic reasearch techniques. Students focus on four explorers who visited New York State: Verrazano, Cartier, Champlian, and Hudson. They use the Webquest to put themselves in the role of one explorer.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Inuits and Native Americans: Constructing Comparisons
Learners investigate the culture of the Inuit indians and make comparisons to the native tribes of America. They conduct research in small groups and concentrate on the geographical location of the tribe in order to speculate about the effect of topographical features upon lifestyle for the indians.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Geographic Regions and Backyard Geology with the USGS Tapestry Map
A beautiful tapestry map of North America is examined by geology masters. The map incorporates the topography and geology of different regions. You can purchase printed copies or a large poster of the map, or if you have a computer lab or laptops available, pupils can visit the interactive version at the USGS website.
6th - 12th Science
New Review Coming to America After the War
As part of their exploration of the American dream, class members examine primary source materials to compare immigrant experiences of those arriving early in our country's history to those arriving in the US after World War II. To conclude their research, individuals respond to a writing prompt comparing the experiences of immigrants to those born and raised in the US.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Welcome to North America
Fifth graders are introduced to their year-long study of North America. Students will investigate regions of North America, American Indian cultural regions and the influence of European colonization. During their study, 5th graders will create a picture book documenting their learning.
5th Social Studies & History
8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil War reformation.
8th Social Studies & History
Welcome to the Americas
Students research and map the North and South American continents. In this geography lesson on the Americas, students can locate North, Central and South American countries and states. Students choose a location to research and prepare a report or multi-media project on that location.
3rd - 4th Social Studies & History
Assessing Change: Women's Lives in the American Revolutionary Era
Students examine the state of women's rights in Revolutionary America. In this women's history lesson plan, students research Internet and print sources regarding the evolution of women's right, or lack thereof, from colonial times to the infancy of the new republic.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Regions of North America: The Chesapeake Bay
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read an article on "The Chesapeake Bay". Students read 5 sentences and fill in each blank in each sentence with a word from the article. Students answer 3 short answer questions on the lines provided.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Seven directions: Making connections between literature and American Indian history
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of Susan Jeffers’ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, listed as a book to avoid by the Oyate website.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Cast of Personalities - The Louisiana Purchase
The origins of the state of Arkansas are the focus of this history lesson. Elementary schoolers to high schoolers identify persons associated with the development of the state from the very first European contact to statehood in 1836. Besides outlining some great activities, this lesson has short biographies of many of the major players in the development of Arkansas.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History