Does the idea of trying to find time to teach Social Studies give you a pain as you are trying to plan your school schedule? With all the emphasis on the testing of math, science, and reading in my state, it was really hard to find activities that would help my students learn about our country’s history AND engage my students attention. Since social studies and history are not state tested subjects in elementary school in my state, too often I had to leave the subject as an afterthought…a subject to visit AFTER end of grade testing was finished.
Let me help you make U.S. History a part of your reading lessons with a great book AND a variety of engaging activities for both reading and social studies lessons. I found Blood on the River by Elise Carbone! A great novel about the founding of James Town as seen through the eyes of a young boy who is servant to Captain John Smith. My students love this book and I am able to slip social studies lessons into my reading lessons! WALLAH!
Blood on the River allowed me to introduce vocabulary of the times, explore primary sources, compare characters and discussion questions along with meeting historical figures such as John Smith and Pocahontas. All this and more is included in my TpT store product Blood on the River Activities Just clink on the link to check out my Blood on the River products!
If you aren’t able to choose your reading materials, don’t despair! I have a bundle of activities that you can use to add hands-on, rigorous, yet engaging activities to go along with your studies of America from the early explorers to the American Revolution. You can find this fabulous bundle in my TpT store American Social Studies Activities
Check out some really fun activities…my students really like the United States Branches activities. Make history come alive with the I Have, Who Has of the American Revolution!
I hope these activities will help your students develop an interest in the history of our country!!