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Old 06-19-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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Over summer break, I plan to make units for US history. Are there any websites, books, projects, ect that some of you have used in your classroom? I do not plan to use the text book unless I have to.


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I use the interact simulations...
DISCOVERY: A Simulation of Early American Colonization
GALLEON: Exploration, colonization
PIONEERS: A Simulation of Decision Making on a Wagon Train Westward expansion

These are three that I have used. My reccomendation would be to do no more than two per year, the kids get bored.
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There are tons of great picture books for teaching most aspects of American History such as:
Samuel Eaton's Day
Sarah Morton's Day
If YOu Lived In Colonial Times
Saving the Liberty Bell
Let It Begin Here
We The Kids
John, Paul, George, and Ben
Now and Ben
Paul Revere's Ride
They Called Her Molly Pitcher
Pink and Say
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Encounter
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Good luck I hope it works out for you well.
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Here is a list of great books to use in class. Social Studies is in the middle of it.


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By all means go to eduplace.com

You'll find a lot of organizers, outline maps, and other useful ideas.

Here's a file I have with some odds and ends you might be able to use.
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Thank you so much! All the information yall have given me has been great and very helpful.
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Sassymollasi,
Where can I find more information about the simulations?
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Hi Queen of Pink,

There are many great sites on the web for teaching US history. Here are a couple I use regularly to get you started:

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/historytimeline.htm
Lots of links here: http://www.mandygregory.com/SocialStudiesActivities.htm
America's Library is an extensive site:
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/

Hope these help get you started.
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http://www.micitizenshipcurriculum.org/

This is based on Michigan GLCEs. So it has been extremely helpful for me. But I think you can get some very good ideas from it to suppliment your curriculum


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Good for you for not subjecting your students to a dry textbook! Heather Renz has a great Oregon Trail simulation on her site. It has all the handouts and activities ready to download.

http://www2.redmond.k12.or.us/mccall...othandouts.htm

I also suggest using the Dear America books and videos, even my boys liked them! They make great read alouds and some of the books have boy characters as the lead. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/books/index.htm

Colonial Williamsburg on History.org has great games, interactives, slide shows, pictures of artifacts, etc. http://www.history.org/

PBS has Road to the Revolution on their site with tons of activities.
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/road.html.

Search on PT collections for some great lessons on the Constitution. It's a great tie into reading Shhh, We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz. Also, Lynne Cheney (yes, the VPs wife) has written a beautiful children's book about the constitution. along with several others about American history.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...Lynne%20Cheney

Scholastic has a lot of units with teacher guides. One of their really good ones is on Immigration and Ellis Island. http://teacher.scholastic.com/activi...uide/index.htm
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What useful handouts! Thanks for sharing!
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I wasn't going to make this comment, but have changed my mind.

PLEASE do not ignore the textbook. Select parts of chapters that are good - there are bound to be some. And do reading comprehension kinds of questions. The kids absolutely need to read for information, and the textbooks also have standardized testing style phrasing.

Depending in the textbook exclusively is a sure way to kill student interest. Choosing carefully can be very successful, especiall when it either follows or leads to a hands on or other activity.
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I am a first year teacher for fifth grade social studies and also student taught in fifth grade. We as a class read Number the Stars, The Watson's go to Birmingham, and several other historical ficiton novels along with our social studies books and the kids loved seeing how what they were learning was in the novels!
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I agree with you ajmm.....

The text book does have the state testing information that the students need. That's how the book was set up.

Near the end of the year last year I used a Coach book to supplement. It was really good and didn't give too much useless information. I plan on using it more throughout the year. I don't know if they do these for every state or not, but they are good tools to use. however, they are very expensive.
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Our textbook is DENSE, so I try to avoid it and greatly prefer using a sample set of History Alive! Lots of cooperative learning activities for students to do... I love their sections on Native Americans, Explorers, and slavery. I also like History Pockets for Colonial Times. Once we get to the American Revolution is when I get crazy... we do story boxes and students have to read a biography about a person in the Am. Revolution. We do My Brother Sam is Dead as a class read aloud, and I have several activity books to check comprehension. Scholastic has some fun simulation books. I also heavily rely on the animated series Liberty's Kids and Schoolhouse Rock to help us get through American independence.
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