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Native Americans

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Native Americans Unit
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An entire unit centered around Native American cultural groups, including Northeastern Woodlands, Southeast, Plains, Southwestern, and Northwest Coast.  (Includes 10 files below)

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 Land Bridge PowerPoint
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An interactive PowerPoint exploring the Land Bridge Theory. (17 slides)
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 Native American Cultural Regions PowerPoint
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A PowerPoint about the different Native American cultural groups of America, including Northeastern Woodlands, Southeast, Plains, Southwestern, and Northwest Coast.  (31 slides)
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Cultural Regions Comparison Chart
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A chart to record comparisons of the Native American cultural regions.  
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Cultural Regions Comparison Activity
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A follow-up to use with the chart above in which students will write 3 paragraphs about the similarities and differences of the Native American cultural regions.
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Native American Vocabulary
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Students define and illustrate twelve key terms from this unit.
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Native American Myths
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Students record information about myths from each Native American cultural region. (Includes a page with suggested myths for each region.)
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Native American Vocabulary Concentration
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A matching game of key words and definitions from this unit. (Directions included)
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Map of Native American Cultural Regions
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Students color the map and key to show the location of each Native American cultural region.
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Native American Group Activity
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Students work in groups to read a paragraph (provided) about a Native American cultural group, create a poster, and present it to the class.  (Teacher directions included)
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Native American Assessment
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A unit assessment that includes vocabulary, multiple choice, map skills, and constructed response questions.  (3 pages)
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Westward Expansion

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Westward Expansion Unit
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An entire unit of activities centered around Westward Expansion.  (Includes 10 files below)

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Westward Expansion Word Splash
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Students work in pairs to make inferences about terms on Word Splash.  (Directions and recording page included)
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Westward Expansion "I Have...Who Has..." Game
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A game for students to practice identifying westward expansion concepts and terms.
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Westward Expansion ABC Book
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Students create ABC books using terms from this unit.  (Includes 8-page book template, teacher directions, and sample terms for each letter)
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Westward Expansion ABC Book Checkbric
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A checkbric for scoring the Westward Expansion ABC Book (above).
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A Page from the Oregon Trail
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Students write a diary entry about the challenges and adventures on the Oregon Trail.
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Famous Faces of Westward Expansion
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Students create a trading card for another "famous face" of Westward Expansion using the provided examples as a guide.
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Entrepreneur Poster Planning Sheet
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A planning page to guide students in making a business advertisement poster as an entrepreneur during Westward Expansion.
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Entrepreneur Checkbric
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A checkbric for scoring the Entrepreneur Poster (above).
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Railroad Speech
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As a reporter for the Western Herald, students write a speech about the significance of the Transcontinental Railroad.
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Westward Expansion Unit Assessment
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A two-page assessment with matching, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions to assess students' understanding of Westward Expansion.
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Explorers

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Explorers Unit
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An entire unit centered around explorers.  (Includes 10 files below)

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Map of Explorers' Routes
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Students color the map and key to show explorers' routes.
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Where Did They Settle?
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Students color the map and key to show where various explorers settled.
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Explorer Triple Concentration
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Students match explorers' names, countries, and descriptions in this game. (Includes directions)
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Explorer Riddles
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Students solve explorer riddles and write their own riddle about an explorer of their choice.
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Explorer Postcard
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Students pretend to be an explorer as they create postcards about their adventures.
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Explorer Postcard Checkbric
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A checkbric for scoring students' Explorer Postcards (above).
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Forbidden Exploration Game
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Students are forbidden to say certain words when giving clues about particular explorers in this game.  (Includes directions)
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Encounter Activity
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After reading Encounter by Jane Yolen, students compare and contrast the viewpoints of Columbus and the Taino Indians.
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Encounter Extension Activity
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After reading Encounter by Jane Yolen, students write journal entries from the points of view of Columbus and the Taino boy.
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Explorer Vocabulary
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Students define and illustrate thirteen key terms from this unit.
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Why Did They Explore?
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Students work in cooperative groups to complete a graphic organizer of reasons for exploration (political, economic, or technological).
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Immigration

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Immigration Unit
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An entire unit centered around immigration.  (Includes 10 files below)

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Immigration KWL Chart
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A KWL chart for students to complete during an immigration unit.  Also, perfect for displaying on the board for a class activity.
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Immigration Vocabulary Cards
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A set of 20 vocabulary and definition cards.  Perfect for creating flashcards! (Includes suggestions for use)
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Immigration Suitcase Dictionary 
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Students create their own "suitcase" dictionaries with important unit vocabulary.
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Immigration Dictionary Rubric
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A rubric for scoring students' Immigration Dictionaries (above).
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A Letter Home
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Students imagine they are immigrants who have just arrived in America as they write letters back home to their families.
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Immigration: Reasons for the Journey
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Students record reasons for immigration during the late 1880's and 1920's.  Also, perfect for displaying on the board for a class activity!
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Famous Inventors Lotus Diagram
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Students record important information about inventors from the 1800's on this organizer.
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Immigration BINGO
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A BINGO game to review important immigration concepts. Perfect for small groups and/or partners.
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 Immigration Review Game PowerPoint
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A Jeopardy-style PowerPoint game to review unit concepts. (Categories PowerPoints for use with Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 or later)
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Immigration Assessment
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A 2-page unit assessment that includes multiple choice, matching, and essay sections.
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The Orphan of Ellis Island Unit
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An entire unit of activities centered around The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure by Elvira Woodruff. (Includes 10 files below; answer keys not included unless noted in the description below)
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Vocabulary Sort
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32 words from the novel for students to order, define, and write prediction statements about!  Perfect for an introductory activity.
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Comprehension Novel Journal
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Comprehension questions for each chapter are included in this journal so students can respond to the text as they read.
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Direct vs. Indirect Characterization
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Students learn to identify and explain direct and indirect characterization, then chart examples of it while reading.  (3 pages)
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Making Connections
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Students illustrate and write about a text-to-self connection.
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Sequence of Events
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Students sequence events from the novel in the order that they happened. (2 pages)
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Reader's Theater
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Reader's theater scripts for chapters 10, 11, and 12. Perfect for fluency practice and dramatizations!
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Quiz #1
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A quiz covering chapters 1-10 of The Orphan of Ellis Island.
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Quiz #2
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A quiz covering chapters 11-20 of The Orphan of Ellis Island.
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Quiz #3
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A quiz covering chapters 21-33 of The Orphan of Ellis Island.
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The Orphan of Ellis Island - Unit Assessment
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A 3-page assessment on The Orphan of Ellis Island that includes multiple choice, direct vs. indirect characterization, text features, and essay sections.
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American Revolution

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Revolutionary War Unit
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An entire unit centered around the Revolutionary War. (Includes 11 files below)

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Revolutionary War - Causes of the Conflict PowerPoint
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An interactive PowerPoint exploring the causes of the conflict in the Revolutionary War. (32 slides)
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Declaration of Independence Foldable
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Students create a foldable to write their interpretation of phrases found in the Declaration of Independence. (2 pages)
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Colonist Taxation Simulation
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A fines and rewards simulation to help students understand how the colonists felt before the Revolutionary War broke out. (examples of fines and rewards and currency included)
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Dear George...
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Students gather information and ideas about three major events during the year of their choice between 1773 and 1784 and write how an email conversation between George Washington and King George may have sounded for each event. (4 pages, planning page included)
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Revolutionary Battle Riddles
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Students solve Revolutionary War battle riddles and write their own riddle about a battle of their choice.
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Battle Bulletin
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Students write a bulletin about a battle of their choice.  (planning page included)
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Battle Bulletin Checkbric
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A checkbric for scoring students' Battle Bulletins (above).
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Revolutionary War Cards
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A card game for comparing dates of important Revolutionary War events. (alternate card uses also provided)
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People of the Revolutionary War "I Have...Who Has..." Game
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A game for students to practice identifying important people of the Revolutionary War. (18 cards)
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Forbidden Revolutionary War Game
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Students are forbidden to say certain words when giving clues about particular people or events in this game.  (Includes directions)
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Causes of the Revolutionary War Assessment
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A 2-page unit assessment that includes matching, multiple choice, and essay sections.
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Civil War
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Civil War Unit
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An entire unit centered around the Civil War. (Includes 15 files below)

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Civil War What to Know
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A list of key ideas, people, events, and battles students will learn about during the Civil War Unit.
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Civil War Vocabulary
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Students define and illustrate 16 key Civil War vocabulary terms in this activity.
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Causes of the Civil War Activity
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After reading an article about the causes of the Civil War, students place bold terms found within the article in sequential order and label each event with the year, title, and a picture that symbolizes each event to create a timeline in this activity. (Includes teacher notes)
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The Election of Lincoln Activity
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After reading an article about the election of Lincoln, students create a comic strip highlighting the effects of the election of Abraham Lincoln in this activity. (Includes teacher notes)
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North vs. South Cause and Effect Activity
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After reading an article about the North vs. South cause and effect, students create a foldable and paraphrase the geography and climate, impact of slavery, and the economy of the South in this activity. (Includes teacher notes)
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Battles of the Civil War Activity
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After reading vignettes about the battles of the Civil War, students create postcards by choosing one battle or strategy and write as if they are a solider writing home after surviving the battle or strategy in this activity. (Includes teacher notes and post card template)
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African Americans and the Civil War Activity
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Students assemble a step book using the provided information and then use this information to create a mind map in this activity. (Includes teacher notes)
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Abolitionist Mini-Bios Booklet
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After reading each abolitionist's mini-bio, students find and record 3 key words that identify each abolitionist in this activity. (Includes 6 mini-bios and teacher notes)
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Abolitionist Match-Up Game
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Students take turns trying to match the abolitionist with his/her description in this activity. (Includes 12 game cards and teacher notes)
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The Emancipation Proclamation Newspaper Activity
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After reading an article about the Emancipation Proclamation, students create a newspaper article about the Emancipation Proclamation from either the Northern, Southern, or border states' viewpoint in this activity. (Includes teacher notes and publishing page)
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The Emancipation Proclamation Newspaper Rubric
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A rubric for scoring students' Emancipation Proclamation newspaper articles. (above)
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Women's Role in the Civil War Activity
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After reading an article about women's role in the Civil War, students work with a partner to list and rank the many different roles of women during the war in this activity. (Includes teacher notes)
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The Effects of the Civil War Activity
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After reading an article about the effects of the Civil War, students create a foldable and record economic, political, and social effects of the war in this activity. (Includes teacher notes)
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Civil War Study Guide
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A 4-page study guide for the Civil War Assessment.
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Civil War Assessment
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A 4-page unit assessment that includes matching, multiple choice,short answer, fill in the blank, and essay sections.
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WW1

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World Power and WWI Unit
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An entire unit centered around World Power and WWI. (Includes 10 files below)

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World Power and WWI Vocabulary Study Cards
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A set of 16 vocabulary study cards for a World Power and WWI unit. Suggestions for use included.
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WWI Tic-Tac-Toe
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Students choose 3 activities from this tic-tac-toe grid to practice WWI concepts.  Great for centers and homework!
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WWI: Causes and Effects
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Students use this chart to record the causes and effects of WWI events.
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Territory Expansion Venn Diagram
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Students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast territory expansion in Hawaii and Alaska during the late 1800s.
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Political Cartoons
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Students create political cartoons in this activity.
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Yellow Journalism Newsletter
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Students create a newspaper article using the techniques of yellow journalism to convince the readers of the need for America to go to war with Spain. (2 pages)
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Yellow Journalism Newsletter Checkbric
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A checkbric for scoring students' Yellow Journalism Newsletters (above).
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National Park Brochure Planning Sheet
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Students design brochures about a National Park of their choice.
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National Park Brochure Checkbric
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A checkbric for scoring students' National Park Brochures.
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Natural Poetry
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Students compose a poem to express their appreciation for nature. (2 pages)
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WW2

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Number the Stars Unit
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An entire unit of activities centered around Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. (Includes 10 files below; answer keys not included unless noted in the description below)
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 Number the Stars - Journal Lessons Guide PowerPoint
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A PowerPoint guide for journal entries for different chapters in Number the Stars.  Skills include prediction, point of view, character traits, and more. (20 slides)
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Number the Stars - Dictionary Dig
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Students use the provided vocabulary terms from each chapter to complete a vocabulary matrix while reading Number the Stars.
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Number the Stars - Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe and Test
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Students choose 3 activities from this tic-tac-toe grid to practice spelling words from Number the Stars.  Test page includes a word list, space for pre-test, and final test.  
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Number the Stars - Tableau
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Students perform a "motionless theater performance" of their idea of bravery. Also includes a tableau response sheet to record a reflection of their experience.
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Number the Stars - Quiz #1
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A quiz covering chapters 1-4 of Number the Stars.
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Number the Stars - Quiz #2
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A quiz covering chapters 5-8 of Number the Stars.
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Number the Stars - Quiz #3
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A quiz covering chapters 9-12 of Number the Stars.
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Number the Stars - Quiz #4
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A quiz covering chapters 13-15 of Number the Stars.
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Number the Stars - I Have...Who Has? Review Game
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An "I Have...Who Has?" game for reviewing important concepts from the novel. (28 cards)
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Number the Stars - Book Report Tic-Tac-Toe
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Students choose 3 activities from this tic-tac-toe grid to complete as an end of novel assessment.
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Civil Rights

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Civil Rights Unit
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An entire unit centered around the Civil Rights Movement. (Includes 10 files below)

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Civil Rights Lotus Diagram
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Students record important information about key Civil Rights people and events.
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Civil Rights Timeline Cards
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Students research important Civil Rights era events in this activity. Great study tool!
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Famous Faces of the Civil Rights Era
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Students create a trading card for another "famous face" of the Civil Rights Movement using the provided examples as a guide.
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Fighting for Peace Venn Diagram
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Students use this Venn diagram to compare and contrast Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s and Malcolm X's approaches to peace. 
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I Have a Dream Speech
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Students create their own Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech in this activity. Wonderful hall display!
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The Little Rock Nine
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Students write a letter imagining they were a part of The Little Rock Nine.
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Civil Rights Mural
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Students design a mural using symbolic images that represent the Civil Rights Movement. (Includes planning and reflection pages.)
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Historical Bio-Poem
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Students write a bio-poem about a historical figure from the Civil Rights Movement. (Includes format guidelines, planning sheet, and final template.)
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Historical Bio-Poem Rubric
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A rubric for scoring students' Historical Bio-Poem. (above)
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Civil Rights Assessment
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A 4-page unit assessment that includes multiple choice and essay sections.
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Geography

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Geography Unit
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An entire unit centered around world geography. (Includes 10 files below)

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Map Word Wall Words
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A set of 16 key terms for a geography unit to display on a word wall.
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Map Vocabulary Study Cards
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A set of 17 vocabulary study cards for a geography unit. Suggestions for use included.
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Map Scavenger Hunt
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Students work with partners to go on a map scavenger hunt.
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Create a Map
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Students create a physical map using the provided guidelines. (Includes requirements checklist and assessment rubric.)
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Hemispheres Sign
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A sign to post in the classroom defining hemispheres.
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Latitude and Longitude of Olympic Countries
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Students use latitude and longitude to locate Olympic countries in this activity. (Includes answer key.)
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Continent and Ocean Categorization
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Students use the provided world map to label the continents and oceans and then categorize them by hemispheres.
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Continents and Oceans Concentration
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A matching game to help students learn continent shapes and ocean locations.
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Mystery Continent and Ocean Activity
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Students use the clues to determine the mystery continents and oceans in this activity.
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Geography Assessment
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A 2-page unit assessment that includes labeling and fill in the blank sections.
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Government

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Government Unit
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An entire unit centered around the American Government. (Includes 10 files below)

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Legislative Branch Fact Finder
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Students research and record facts about the Legislative Branch in this activity. (Includes answer key and activity extension ideas)
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Executive Branch Fact Finder
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Students research and record facts about the Executive Branch in this activity. (Includes answer key and activity extension ideas)
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Judicial Branch Fact Finder
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Students research and record facts about the Judicial Branch in this activity. (Includes answer key and activity extension ideas)
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Government Cover Up Game
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A game for students to practice identifying the key players, places of business, and responsibilities of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. (Includes gameboard, gamecards, and student and teacher directions)
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Government Quiz #1
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A 1-page quiz on the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of the American Government.
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Articles of Confederation Activity
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Students work in groups to discuss the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and evaluate which problem would be the biggest in this activity.
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Constitution Scavenger Hunt
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Students use the Constitution to find the answers to the provided clues in this activity.
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What Are My Rights? Activity
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In this activity students rewrite amendments using their own words and key ideas in a way that is easy to understand. Students then choose the amendment that was the most important to them and write a paragraph defending their choice.
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Defend Your View Activity
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Students work in groups and are assigned a role in the debate of the rules regarding slavery as they would have been discussed at the time of the writing of the Constitution. Each group will prepare a defense using facts and logical arguments to support their viewpoint. (Includes rubric, note page, debate role cards, and teacher notes)
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Government Quiz #2
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A 1-page quiz on the Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
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