United States History Teacher Resources

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Have your class engage in critical-thinking activities using this resource. Learners discuss a variety of topics they think get too much, or too little, attention from the press. They analyze why these topics are over or underrated. Then, they write critiques of their U.S. history textbooks  with respect to the attention given to particular topics.
Fifth graders reflect on what slavery might have been like. In this U. S. history lesson, 5th graders, participate in a class discussion about slavery, then create a timeline of what a slave's life might have looked like.
Learners review all the information they gathered in their first United States History class. They identify the major contributors to early American history and how they have affected America today. In groups, they create a newspaper on one topic and share it with the class.
Students explore the geography of the United States by researching Virginia.  For this U.S. History lesson, students examine important dates and individuals that helped form Virginia into one of the more popular U.S. States.  Students view a time-line PowerPoint presentation showcasing the events that have taken place since Virginia was created.
Have your class explore U.S. history by discussing religion in the colonial era. Your fifth graders review the history of Pennsylvania and the conformist views placed upon immigrants to the country. Then, they read a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote regarding the influx of German immigrants to the U.S. during the 1700's. This is a great way to promote critical-thinking skills.
Students investigate racism in the 20th century by exploring U.S. History. In this Civil Rights lesson, students review the history of slavery, the Civil War and the fight for equality in the mid 1900's. Students complete Civil Rights worksheets and present a fictional news show to their classmates discussing the history of Civil Rights and African Americans.
Students examine how people have contributed to American history, regardless of culture, race or religion. They develop a sense of pride for their own efforts, as well as for the efforts of others. They also study how to work both independently and in a group.
Students explore U.S. history by completing a quiz about civics. In this Benjamin Franklin lesson, students read assigned text about Franklin's role in the development of the Constitution and the creation of a new society. Students complete a quiz about Franklin and civic duties as well as define a list of historic vocabulary terms.
In this U.S. history worksheet, 5th graders complete multiple choice questions about important events in U.S. history. Students complete 5 multiple choice questions.
Students investigate the early United States by analyzing images from Colonial Times.  For this U.S. History lesson, students read the book Q is for Duck, and create a historic picture book based on the concept of utilizing one letter for each page.  Students research and examine images of Colonial Life they wish to use in their book.
In this U.S history worksheet, students match 2 sets of terms correlating to the 1400-s through 1600's in United States history.
Learners explore U.S. History by writing poems. In this United States leader biography lesson, students identify elements needed to create a good poem, and write a Bio-Poem about themselves. Learners utilize the same form to write a biographical poem about a famous figure from the United States such as George Washington.
Students explore the history of Virginia. In this lesson on early statehood, students view several PowerPoint presentations and then research, design and create a classroom time line of Early American history. This lesson includes several activities, multiple slide-shows, and primary resources.
Fifth graders collaborate with another fifth grade classroom while learning about various locations in the United States. This is a telecollaborative video conferencing project that is designed for students studying United States history and geography.
Fifth graders study American Indians. In this American history instructional activity, 5th graders discuss the impact American Indians had on the United States analyzing the culture and environment of America before the Europeans arrived.
Eighth graders evaluate the effectiveness of adding visuals to printed documents by exploring "The Invention" pages of the "Gutenberg Education Module". They use the techniques of illumination and rubrication to manipulate documents from American History.
Fourth graders examine the life of Powhatan. In this Native American history lesson, 4th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Students analyze primary images and documents about slavery. Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this lesson.
In these United States history worksheets, use the clues to find the correct word from the list and write them on the lines. Students then use the numbered letters to help them solve the riddle about Paul Revere. Students complete the passage using the same word list and use the remaining words to write more lines to the poem.
What a great way to incorporate current social trends and a historical research project. The class completes to win the title of "American History Idol." They each choose a historical figure from a list of 100, research, evaluate informational text resources, and create a skit they will perform for the class. Each skit will be voted on and the winner receives an "American Historical Idol" t-shirt. Sounds like a blast.
Students explore aspects of Asian-American culture.  In this lesson plan, students use the internet to research American history and the Asian American experience, complete Asian inspired art and read a biography. This lesson includes web links and cross curricular extensions.