North American History Teacher Resources
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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 Language Arts 4 Views 5 Downloads 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 76 Views 54 Downloads 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 Language Arts 9 Views 48 Downloads
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 Language Arts 74 Views 59 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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, students 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 11 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 13 Views 45 Downloads
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 144 Views 388 Downloads
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 Language Arts 47 Views 95 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Mapping Skills - Historical Places
In this mapping skills worksheet, students use an atlas to draw 10 important historical places on a map of North America. Next, students draw 7 important natural resources of North America, on a blank map, using symbols, then create a map legend.
5th - 9th Social Studies & History 96 Views 538 Downloads
The Mystery of Exploration
Students 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 8 Views 62 Downloads
The Day the Mesozoic Died
While this is not the traditional, step-by-step lesson plan, it is chock-full of material that you can easily incorporate into your earth history unit. Its main purpose is to serve as a guide to using a three-part film, The Day the Mesozoic Died, which uncovers evidence in the fossil record for the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period.
6th - 12th Science 13 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Colonial History: Fearless and faaithful
Students discuss reasons why early europeans immigrated to North America. Working in groups, they complete Internet activities on the PBS Website. They take a simulated voyage to the new world and rercord their actions on worksheets. Then they role-play as colonists writing letters home or making journal entries.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 7 Views 36 Downloads
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, 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 3 Views 8 Downloads
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 8 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Upper graders recognize and hone the skills needed to complete a valuable summary. They complete a group summary, and then reread their summaries to find the main idea and supporting details. They put practice to the test as they summarize another article on their own.
4th - 6th Language Arts 107 Views 1389 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Pray, Why Speakest Thou Thusly?"
Examine popular language and slang and how they have changed over the course of American history. Conduct Internet research, use an online interactive Colonial House website to translate 17th century language into 21st century language, and write 17th century text.
5th - 8th Language Arts 8 Views 28 Downloads
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 42 Views 145 Downloads
Inuits and Native Americans: Constructing Comparisons
Students 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 3 Views 27 Downloads
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 17 Views 18 Downloads