Unit Plan

Fourth of July (Grades 3-5)

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Bring history to life for your young scholars with a Fourth of July lesson series. After a class reading of the Declaration of Independence, students translate this pivotal document into layman's terms before working in small groups to research and present about about key events from the American Revolution. To conclude this mini-unit, children create illustrated timelines demonstrating their learning about this historical period.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Break students into small groups, assigning each with specific portions of the Declaration of Independence to translate
  • Create note-taking guides that support children with researching the different historical events relating to the American Revolution
  • Develop a rubric with clear expectations for the small group presentations
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson series calls for a viewing of the National Constitution Center's Fourth of July presentation, but a documentary video can be watched instead
  • Designed to take up to six days, this lesson can be modified to fit your own class schedule
  • A printable version of the Declaration of Independence is included with the unit
  • Unit engages children with a variety of collaborative learning activities
  • Scaffolding is required that supports children with performing independent research and creating presentations