Pennsylvania State History Teacher Resources
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Pennsylvania facts by the numbers
In this Pennsylvania facts worksheet, students research Pennsylvania history and trivia and answer questions where they calculate the answers about Pennsylvania. Students complete 10 questions.
Directed Reading Activity Gottlieb Mittelberger’s Journey to Pennsylvania
In this Pennsylvania history worksheet, students read Journey to Pennsylvania by Gottlieb Mittelberger and then respond to 20 short answer questions regarding the work.
US History Overview 1: Jamestown to the Civil War
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker "fast-forwards" 130 years to discuss the French and Indian War. This is an engaging way to review American history up to the Civil War for students who might be a little fuzzy on the details.
Living History- An Intergenerational Philanthropy
Learners gather information from a senior friend to write a biography. In this living history books instructional activity, students organize information to complete a book about their senior friend. Detailed teacher instructions for completing the book are included in the instructional activity.
Coal Camps and Mining Towns
Young scholars should gain a better understanding of the processes involved in extracting coal from the Earth as a result of this lesson. They reearch the history of coal mining, look into coal mining towns, and create a short story about miners in a mining town.
Students research the main reasons for the colonists moving to the Pennsylvania colony. They analyze maps, label a bubble map, list similarities/differences of immigrants then and now, and create a colonial newspaper advertisement.
Entrepreneurs in History
Young scholars examine the contributions of entrepreneurs from United States history. They read a biography of an American entrepreneur, and in small groups design and present a project related to their selected entrepreneur. As a culminating activity, students write an essay describing the characteristics of entrepreneurs from the past that would still be successful in the 21st century.
Students witness the migration north for African Americans following World War I. In this this American history lesson, students trace the migration routes between southern and northern states. Students also compare life in the North and South and in rural and urban areas for African Americans who made the move.
Geography and Topography, History and Architecture
In this social studies lesson plan, students answer short answer questions about the geography, topography, history, and architecture of the east part of the United States. Students complete 24 questions.
Black History Rap
Students write a rap or hip-hop lyric about the life of a famous Black American. They explore famous Black Americans in history and explore how the rap form compares to other forms of poetic expression.
Puerto Rico . . . Its Land, History, Culture, and Literature
Students examine Puerto Rico's location and from its geographic location, reflect on its culture and people. They also read a play by a Puerto Rican author. This is an excellent cross-curricular unit, including history, geography, and literature.
Michigan History of Philanthropy
Middle schoolers investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. For this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Middle schoolers create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
Reliving History through Slave Narratives
Helpful for an American literature or history unit, this lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine slavery in the United States. They read slave narratives that were part of the Federal Writers' Project and then conduct their own research on slavery in the nation. After, they write descriptive stories that reflect what they learned in their research.
Families and Neighborhoods
Young scholars explore the concept of community. In this community lesson, students explore the cultural flavor of their neighborhoods as they discuss the history of their neighborhoods and draw pictures of their family and a building in their community.
Immigrants' Experiences in Colonial North Carolina
What would it have been like to leave your birthplace and move to a brand new colony? Why might you have decided to move? What challenges would you have faced? As part of a series of lessons about the history of North Carolina, middle schoolers examine primary sources that document the experiences of two groups of settlers in North Carolina during the colonial period. Using graphic templates, readers organize information and compare the experiences of Moravians who traveled by wagon from Pennsylvania to the already established Piedmont area, and immigrants from Germany who sailed across the Atlantic to settle in the less-established Coastal Plain. Links to the primary sources and templates are included.
The Aztecs of Central Mexico and the Lenni-Lenape of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Students compare and contrast the Aztecs in Mexico with the Lenni-Lenape in Pennsylvania. In groups, they describe how various climates affect the way people live, the food they eat and the activities they participate in. They discuss the importance of location of both groups and how nearby cultures influence one another.
A Shared Artistic Tradition: Pennsylvania German Pottery
Students discover traditions of different cultures through their artwork. In this art history lesson, students investigate antique Pennsylvanian German pottery from the 17th and 18th century and analyze the images it contains. Students utilize self-hardening clay to create their own pottery using images from their lives as decoration.
Pennsylvania: Early History Word Search
In this Pennsylvania instructional activity, students search for words dealing with Pennsylvania's early history. Students search for 18 words.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike: Then and Now
Students study the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In this Pennsylvania history lesson, students use primary documents to study the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In a culminating activity, students create an advertisement for the turnpike demonstrating their knowledge of it's history and features.
Take the Last Train to Clarksville: Arkansas's Historic Depots and Railroad History
Students study the history of railroads and depots in Arkansas using websites and memoirs. They complete activities that explain how and why the railroads were built, and the different ways people used them.