History unit overview


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This is a 5th grade History/Social Science unit consisting of several arts related projects. The activities can be used with or without technology.

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History unit overview

  1. 1. James Ragsdale EDUU 563 History Unit - Grade 5 Theme: Colonial Times/ The American Revolution
  2. 2. Unit Overview <ul><li>Lesson #1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Illustrated PowerPoint Time Line </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lessons #2, 3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Letter Home/Letter Fold </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lesson #4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Newspaper Report </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lesson #5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Picture Book Biography using PowerPoint </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Lesson #1 Project: Illustrated PowerPoint Time Line <ul><li>Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>History 5.5 – Students explain the causes of the American Revolution. </li></ul><ul><li>Set: The students will read and research about the events associated with the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. </li></ul><ul><li>Activity: The students will create a PowerPoint slideshow with dates and events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sample PowerPoint Time Line Lesson #2 1789 1781 1788 1777 1787 1776 1783 1775
  5. 5. 1775 <ul><li>The American Revolution begins with clashes between British troops and rebellious colonists in Massachusetts. </li></ul>Insert Picture Here
  6. 6. 1776 <ul><li>Delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia approve the Declaration of Independence. </li></ul>Insert Picture Here
  7. 7. 1777 <ul><li>An American Victory over British forces at Saratoga, New York, sets the stage for French support of the American Revolution. </li></ul>Insert Picture Here
  8. 8. Lesson #2: Letter Home, part 1 <ul><li>Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies 5.6.4 – Understand the personal impact and economic hardship of the war on families. </li></ul><ul><li>Language Arts/Writing 2.1 – Write narratives. Establish a plot, point of view, setting, and conflict. Show, rather than tell the events of the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Set: The teacher will read the book When Washington Crossed the Delaware , guiding students to note details of that showed events from the soldiers’ perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Activity: </li></ul><ul><li>The students will choose a perspective from which to write their letter, either a British or American soldier. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will write a page long letter home from that perspective. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lesson #3: Letter Home, part 2 <ul><li>Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies 5.6.4 – Understand the personal impact and economic hardship of the war on families. </li></ul><ul><li>Math (Measurement& Geometry 1.0) – Students understand and compute the volumes and areas of simple objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Set: The teacher will explain how letters in Colonial Times were folded and sealed with wax. </li></ul><ul><li>Activity: </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher will model a letter fold for the students. </li></ul><ul><li>At each step, the teacher will go over the math concepts. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will fold their Letters Home assignment. Instead of sealing wax, the students will use letter stickers. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Lesson #4: Newspaper Reports <ul><li>Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies 5.5 – Students explain the causes of the American Revolution. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies 5.6 – Students understand the course and consequences of the American Revolution. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing 2.3 – Write research reports about important ideas, issues, or events. </li></ul><ul><li>Set: The teacher will show several examples of newspapers. </li></ul><ul><li>Activity: </li></ul><ul><li>The students will get into groups of about 4-5 students. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will name their newspaper. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will research topics and write newspaper stories about their topics. </li></ul><ul><li>The group will put their stories together into one published newspaper. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lesson #5: Picture Book Biography using PowerPoint <ul><li>Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies 5.5.4 – Describe the views, lives and impact of key individuals during this period. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies 5.6.2 – Describe the contributions of individuals to the outcome of the Revolution. </li></ul><ul><li>Set: </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher will show several examples of picture book biographies. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher will go through the book, noting the illustrations and talking about the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Activity: </li></ul><ul><li>The students will choose a historical figure. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will research their historical figure and fill in a biography graphic organizer. They will also create a timeline for their historical figure. </li></ul><ul><li>They will use PowerPoint to create their biography, using a format similar to a print picture book, including pictures or illustrations. </li></ul>