Hold a Town Meeting
Students examine the process of holding a town meeting. They discuss how a town meeting works, develop a class list of proposals, discuss the rules, and participate in a town/class meeting vote.
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
The American Revolution
Invite your class on a ride through the American Revolution. Young historians travel through time as they explore the events that led to the foundation of the United States of America. Over the course of eight lessons, this unit provides...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Building Relationships: The Orphan of Ellis Island
Family and friendship are two very important themes of the historical fiction novel The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff. From video clips and writing prompts to reader's theater and family interviews, this resource provides...
K - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Explaining the Themes of Eagle Song: (Chapter 8, "Peace")
Your class reaches the end of the novel Eagle Song as young readers focus on determining the theme of this story. Similar to previous lessons in the unit, the teacher begins with a read aloud of the first few pages of chapter 8, before...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Our Classroom Constitution
Develop a system of classroom rules created by the kids, for the kids with this three-part lesson plan series on the US Constitution. After learning about the structure of the Constitution and the government it established, young...
5 mins 4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Symbols in My Eyes
Explore the hidden meanings behind the images on US currency with this elementary school lesson on symbolism. Starting with a class discussion about symbols, children go on to brainstorm different objects that represent the Unites States...
K - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution?
Introduce young historians to the US Constitution with this upper-elementary social studies instructional activity. Beginning with a general discussion about the role of government in society, students go on to work in small...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Orb and Effy Learn About Authority
Simplify the teaching of the US Constitution with this primary grade social studies lesson. While reading a fun story about an imaginary place called Bubble Land, children learn about the concept of authority and the importance of rules...
K - 2nd Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage, Grades 3-5
Through character trait graphic organizers, a vocabulary sorting activity, class discussion, and a civil rights movement slide show, your young historians will be introduced to the amazing story of Ruby Bridges and her experiences as the...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Establishing Classroom Discussion Rules
Establish ground rules for class discussion with a constructivist approach. Your class will own the norms and be intrinsically motivated to employ them. Discuss the importance of establishing a safe and respectful learning environment....
3rd - 12th English Language Arts