6 Reading passages covering the Frontier, Frontiersmen, Davy Crockett, Texas Independence, the Alamo and more. Classroom and enrichment activities keep students engaged as they learn. A game of BINGO rounds out this lesson by reviewing new concepts and vocabulary words in an enjoyable way. Great for substitute teachers, homeschool, and co-ops.
In the early part of the 1800s, land west of the Mississippi River was complete wilderness. This land consisted of rivers, mountains, forests and prairies and was occupied by Native Americans and wild animals. The frontier was the name given to the wild and unfamiliar land that lay west of civilized America. Davy Crockett was a Frontiersman and was present at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.
6 One-Page Reading Passages
2 Graphic Organizers
This FREE lesson plan will give you an idea about my other Wild West Careers Lessons which are in the same basic format. Check them out!
6 one-page reading passages cover the following topics:
The Frontier, Frontiersmen and Pioneers
Davy Crockett – Early Life
Davy Crockett: Congressman and Revolutionary
Texas Independence from Mexico
Remember the Alamo!
This product includes the following classroom activities:
Job Application: Frontiersman
Black Bear Safety
Texas Declaration of Independence Group Activity
Review Game: Bingo Words and Clues
Sugar Cube Alamo
Frontiersman Coloring Pages
This is one lesson in a series of “Wild, Wild West Careers Lesson Plans.” Each of the Wild, Wild West Careers lesson plans covers the career and information about the time period as it relates to the career. The series covers the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion. Each lesson can also be used individually.
This lesson appears in my bundled products: WILD, WILD WEST CAREERS: VOLUME I and in BUNDLE – FRONTIERSMEN, DAVY CROCKETT AND THE ALAMO
Baseball Blitz is a PowerPoint Review Game that can be used for any discipline across multiple grade levels. Teachers divide the students into groups and they play the game based on correct answers during the review.
Cheap and easy, Baseball Blitz comes with a “Room Setup” slide, a list of materials needed and teacher instructions. The only additional purchase necessary is a Nerf gun and suction darts. Achieve unheard of student interaction with this engaging and fun review game. Guaranteed, students will anticipate the day before the test when Baseball Blitz is used for review!
This is a jigsaw project over Peter the Great. I split my classes up into several groups and had them answer two questions a piece. I then had them teach each group in front of the class about the two questions they answered. The kids really liked this project and they enjoyed teaching their classmates. I would recommend this project to anyone covering the Age of Absolutism!
Here is a mini-unit on the Ancient Egyptians. It is a ZIP file that includes a PDF files of the following:
– A slideshow on the Ancient Egyptians (PDF not PowerPoint, but can still be viewed full screen) – Includes information on -How they looked -What they did -What they ate and produced -What they believed -The making of mummies -Their writing – Mehen, an Ancient Egyptian game – A timeline of Ancient Egypt. (3 page poster) – A reference sheet including great resources for a unit on Ancient Egypt.
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Black History Month Digital Catalog for Middle School and High School (Grades 7-12)
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Black History Month is a time to celebrate the struggles, sacrifices, triumphs and continuing accomplishments of African Americans. Black History is profound and rich and should go beyond the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In an effort to support educators who desire to take their Black History Month Studies beyond MLK, teacher authors from all across the country have put together this digital sampler.
The Black History Month sampler is full of resource links to units of study designed to expose students to a wealth of other influential African Americans. It is our hope these resources will pique students’ interests and lead them on a path of self-reflection where they can pursue independent research and a broader spectrum of such an important subject.
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Kids will have a fun and engaging time learning about Abraham Lincoln with this interactive Smartboard.
Use as an introduction, unit review or for independent practice with your students.
Simply drag and drop the correct answer into the box. Picture cues and differences in answer box sizes will help younger learners. This can also be a great opportunity to use the Smartboard markers to locate sight words within sentences, find and mark punctuation and capitalization.
If you are interested in more engaging Smartboard activities with colorful graphics, please check out my other items, in particular:
“We the People – President’s Day Smartboard” on my TpT page
which contains 23 slides for President’s Day activities (graphic organizers, background information on Lincoln and Washington, Glow in the Dark mystery pages, Fill in the Blank activities, math and language activities.
“When it comes to adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, many students have great difficulty. In reality, it is a very confusing and abstract idea; so, it is important to give the students a concrete visual to assist them in seeing the solution. Find out how I teach this concept to my remedial college math students in my newest blog post. “
The Memory Coat book study goes along with an blog post about teaching inference.
This heart-warming book is about families immigrating to America to escape persecution. A young boy lost his parents due to an epidemic and he ends up living with his relatives. His only reminder of his family is the coat his mother made for him. Grisha’s coat is tattered on the outside but beautiful on the inside. This story is about the family’s journey to American and going through the immigration process at Ellis Island.
In this FREE unit, activities include making inferences, vocabulary, and crafts with a coat and suitcase. This unit can go with cultural studies, historic fiction, and family heritage.
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Teach grammar in a creative and meaningful way. No more boring grammar. grammar
Simplify your life and make grammar fun and effective.
One of the biggest challenges I had in my English classes was how to fit in grammar with everything else I had to teach. I would give students grammar pages, and then we would correct them together. It was tedious, and it took forever! What’s more is that students were not learning the way I wanted them to. They wouldn’t apply what they had learned from the grammar pages and activities.
I found a solution!
Grammar Circles. Grammar Circles are very similar to literature circles in the sense that students are teaching one another grammar. It is a fun and functional way to teach and learn grammar. Although this may be done individually, it can also be completed as a group where students, through a specific process outlined in the package, teach one another grammar. They also correct the work together, so the teacher has very little to do.
The package includes:
1) A Student Packet – which contains the Literature Circle directions, the notes, directions, and activities, and a “Mark Calculation” page to keep track of their marks. (16 pages)
Activities included focus on:
-the logistics of the sentence (the basic parts)
-the prepositional phrase
-the adjective phrase
-the adverb phrase
-the verbal phrase
-the appositive phrase
-the independent and subordinate clauses
-subjects and predicates
-types of sentences
2) A teacher Guide with easy to follow instructions on how to organize the Grammar Circles.
3) The Answer Key – devised to allow students to correct their work and learn from one another.
For those who are from Ontario, Canada – this unit adheres to the Grade 9 English Curriculum (academic). The unit can be taught in any grade to about sentences.
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This is a sample of: Christopher Columbus 1492 A Literacy Unit which offers some history through my original poem. If you like the poem, please check out the corresponding unit. The complete unit includes a student printable book, vocabulary cards, ABC order adventures, word making activities, word fortune (addition with Scrabble-style pieces), narrative writing graphic organizers, (who? what? when? where? why? as well as beginning, middle, and end), along with pages for publishing their finished writing. This poem is the driving force of the unit that can be used during Daily 5-type centers, also incorporates some math! The vocabulary cards can be used for concentration-type games, flash cards, and word wall activities, in addition to the work I have included for them. The student printables are copier friendly, black and white that is! Enjoy the poem!
I made this PowerPoint presentation in preparation for a field trip to local one room school house. This PowerPoint gives students a little background about school in the 1800s.
File Reloaded on 11/8/10 to include a pdf version. If you do not have the same fonts as used in the PowerPoint, you should be able to see the fonts on the pdf. Simply show the pdf on the screen and scroll down to see each page.
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This is a FREEBIE. It breaks down the different parts of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, so that they are easily remembered. It makes the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution even more personally relevant, because it asks for the students to either draw illustrations for each component, or to cut and paste visuals for each component of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution.
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We’re galloping toward the year’s end. There’s standardized testing to get through…HOURS of it, in fact. Field trips, assemblies, learning celebrations, and don’t forget about your evaluation, report cards, common assessments, and closing up your classroom. When we think about our school life in the months of April, May and June, it’s hard not to hyperventilate. BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE TO TEACH, and let’s face it-our students are checked out! Interdisciplinary projects can save your sanity. They really can! They’ll keep the learning going, engage your kids, and help you get in all those standards you still have to teach. TURN UP YOUR VOLUME and get ready to rock your end of the year teaching!
Women’s History Crossword Puzzle Inspiring! Motivating! Informative! Easy to Use! This crossword puzzle, with answer key, matches the names of 32 modern female trailblazers with their notable accomplishments. The set is useful for homework, seatwork, and learning centers. It is also helpful in inspiring female accomplishment, learning internet search, and in transferring spelling accurately
Perfect for Black History Month, use a little mailbox to send “mail” to your students profiling different important African American figures!Â See THIS VIDEO to see how I would use them in my classroom.Â Enjoy!
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It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies. We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
My message today is about some ways that you might consider in taking care of yourself during these always fast paced couple of months ahead. ***********************************************************
It Depends on the Angle – Complimentary and Supplementary Angles By Vicky Rauch of Scipi
Since most students are visual learners, I try to visually help them remember definitions. This is how I visually taught them the difference between complementary and supplementary angles. ***********************************************************
Far too many students never make it to the symbol sequencing stage of AAC use. Whether because of presumed lack of potential or lack of knowledge about how to move students along beyond single words, we end up with many AAC users who are not communicating as competently as they could – and need. **********************************************************
Get some free “Art Deco” Christmas coloring pages with links to powerpoint tutorials showing how to make Christmas graphics using basic shapes. ***********************************************************
History books (& Hollywood) have often depicted Native Americans in very stereotypical and often degrading roles. Researching and creating scrapbooks of California tribes highlights the important relationship between the regions and natural resources, dependence on the land, as well as their beliefs. *********************************************************
Raise your hand if you wish your students would support their thinking with evidence! Visible thinking’s Claim-Support-Question is a great way to build your students’ capacity. This post explores how reasoning with evidence can flow across your curriculum with one BIG thinking routine! ***********************************************************
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Use this hands-on activity to introduce the concept of The Sociological Imagination to your students. There are three foldable graphic organizers, an answer key, and an implementation page. This is part of my Sociological Perspectives Interactive Notebook Bundle(a complete unit).
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These Continents of the World Research Pennants come with 7 pennants for researching each of the continents. Perfect for any time of the year, these pennants are a great way to supplement your social studies instruction as well as help your students organize their research. Save time by integrating your social studies and ELA instruction!
In addition to being excellent informational organizers for your students, these continents pennants are great to use for bulletin boards or hallway displays.
This continents of the world research activity will have your students begging to study our world’s geography!
Enjoy these as my gift to you! Wishing you and your students amazing learning experiences this year!
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What kid wouldn’t LOVE creating their own fossil! In this super fun pack, students can do just that and more!
Students will start by piecing together their fractured fossil recipe. Then students will be ready to use the recipe to create their own (faux) fossils! As a follow up, students can write a creative writing piece with the provided story starter.
It’s April already, the school year is almost over. Easter and Passover have come an gone, now it’s time to look forward toward spring vacation if it hasn’t already come and gone. Stop by our blog linky and see what great tips and advice are there just for you.
Turning my thoughts to sunny days and warmer weather!!! Can’t you just smell spring in the air? Daffodils beginning to bloom, Lilac trees starting to flower, and Lilies of the Valley popping up. I just love the aroma. Not only is my birthday in April but it brings us Passover, Easter, and one that you may never have heard of, can you guess? If you said Jelly Bean Day, you’d be right. I don’t know about you, but I looove jelly beans. They come in so many awesome flavors, no I don’t like the black ones, but I had an aunt who used to love them. *******************************
Simplify using classroom book clubs by understanding the role of the teacher on meeting day. Learn key tips to ensure your classroom book clubs will run smoothly. ******************************* Now that you’ve come to the bottom of the page, make sure you hop on over to read the rest of the posts in our April Teacher Talk.
Enjoy this U.S. Symbols Flag Sample FREEBIE!
Then, check out my U.S. Symbols Unit where students will learn all about the significance of the following U.S. Symbols- Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, Mount Rushmore, the White House, U.S. Capital, the flag, and the bald eagle.
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It includes this activity and others. Each of these are also sold separately. CLICK HERE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES BUNDLE!I’ve included how I utilize this in my classroom, but feel free to implement it however you’d like.
• 9 Total Readings- 1 for each U.S. Symbol. Each page includes pertinent information about the U.S. Symbol- where it’s located and why it’s important.
•9 pages of comprehension questions- (1 for each symbol) Includes a variety of multiple choice, matching, cut and paste, complete the sentence, text to self and text dependent questions to keep students engaged.
•U.S. Symbol End of Unit Assessment
•Webs for U.S. Symbols – You can utilize these prior to starting the unit to gather what information the children already know or use these as another note-taking option.
•U.S. Symbol Booklets- As students complete each page, they can take notes in their booklet.
•U.S. Symbol Match Up- Students match up the symbol, picture, and definition.
•Where in the USA Activity sheet- Students locate each of the symbols on a map.
•3 Additional Symbol Activity Sheets- Students choose their top 3 fascinating facts and create a new symbol for our country and themselves.
•U.S. Symbol Photos- 9 beautiful full-color photos to show the students what the U.S. Symbol looks like.
•Persuasive Writing Activity with template and
Paper for Letter Writing Activity
•Answer Keys (2 per page) to make it easier for correcting work.
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Don’t forget to check out my Social Studies Bundle! which includes this activity- US Symbols, Communities, and Map Skills.
Welcome to our February Teacher Talk. All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a Happy Valentines Day. We have so many fab things this month from proof-reading ideas, to ELA to math activities, to celebrating Black History Month and President’s Day, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators. This month, we’re honored to have Daniel with us, as our guest blogger.
Single parents have a difficult job, and even in the best of circumstances, it can be a struggle. Moms have it tough, but so do dads. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< I Dreaded my Third Period Class By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
It was cold and blustery outside, one of those days that you just wanted to stay under the covers. But it was only hump day and I had a busy schedule, so I dragged myself out of bed, had my cup of coffee and a piece of toast, jumped into my car and was on my way. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Research tells us that routines are the heart of language and symbbol development. Routines are a sequence of actions or events that are repeated over and over again. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Have you ever set a goal to cover everything you are required to teach during the school year? Many teachers try to meet this goal each year and end up frustrated because we are short on time! It is very difficult to get everything we are required to teach during the school year, take the cross-curricular approach! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Wishing and hoping, and thinking and praying, for a courteous and amenable class? Then give students a little nudge toward cooperation and affirmation of each other this month. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Read five essential tips for finding “just right” books for your classroom book clubs. The books you choose are crucial to running successful classroom book clubs. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< The Fine Motor Advantage By Thia Triggs of Print Path
What does research tell us about the impact of fine motor skills on early academics? <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<