Category: U.S. History

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

The Series

Lauren Tarshis writes the fifteenth book in her popular I Survived Series – I Survived the American Revolution. The series began with I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 in 2010. Since then, two books each year have been published. Readers can experience both natural and man-made disasters through this series. Fire, war, storms, and even shark attacks will keep the reader engaged.  Continue reading

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Colonial America Graphic Organizers

 


Free Foldable 13 Colonies Graphic Organizers

I found some wonderful Colonial America clipart from Educlips and wanted to make something special with it. Since I already have a lap book on the 13 Colonies at Teachers Pay Teachers, I decided to use the clipart to make some free foldable organizers for a blog post. You can download the pdf file with the printables by clicking on any of the images.

 

Inside Views of the
Middle Atlantic Colonies Organizer

Free Foldable 13 Colonies Graphic OrganizersFree Foldable 13 Colonies Graphic OrganizersThese organizers complement the Colonies Lap Book pictured below. You can find it at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Colonial America Lap Book

 If you are looking for additional Colonial America resources check out these two sites.


        
   

 

Gay Miller

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Black History Month ~ Entertainers

Black History Entertainers

Free Printable Black History Month CardsFor Black History Month, I am creating a series of cards for students to match famous people to their accomplishments. You can collect all four sets:

Each week a new set of cards will be offered. This set features the following entertainers:

 

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

She began singing professionally in 1930 for many bands including those of Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, During the 1940’s she began a solo career by singing in nightclubs and theaters.

Bill Pickett

Bill Pickett

This cowboy, rodeo, and Wild West show performer was inducted into the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971 for his outstanding career in rodeo. He invented the technique of bulldogging to grab cattle by the horns and wrestle them to the ground.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

He became a successful pop singer with his brothers in the 1960’s and 70’s. He later began a solo career. His album Thriller (1982), which sold over 30 million copies. He earned the title “King of Pop” for his musical style.

Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams

This American jazz pianist has created hundreds of compositions and arrangements. She wrote arrangements for many big bandleaders such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

In 1955, she was the first African American to be named a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera Company. She gave a concert at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied to perform at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

This lady is an Emmy Award winning television talk show host, actress and producer. She owns a production company Harpo. She also published O magazine.

Three versions of these cards are offered: one with blanks for students to write their own sentences; one with the sentences provided but with blank spaces for students to write in key words; and one with the answers provided. The third copy of the organizer may be used as an answer key, for differentiated instruction, for students who were absent during instruction, or if you wish for the students to have the sentences already completed. Just click on the image below to download these cards. Free Printable Black History Month Cards

A great way to teach students about the jazz singers in the 1930’s is by reading the novel Bud, Not Buddy. Here is a fantastic book unit for doing just that:

 

Bud, Not Buddy Book Unit

Gay Miller

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Black History Month ~ Activists

Black History Month ~ Activists

Free Printable Black History Month CardsFor Black History Month, I am creating a series of cards for students to match famous people to their accomplishments. You can collect all four sets:

Each week a new set of cards will be offered. This set features the following activists:

 

Rosa Parks

On November 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, this person refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. Police fined and arrested her. This action prompted a city-wide bus boycott that was settled when the Supreme Court ruled segregation on buses unconstitutional.

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges

 

This schoolgirl was the first to attend the newly desegregated public school. Four federal marshals escorted her to school on her first day of first grade. There she became a class of one as no other students were willing to attend class with her.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Born in 1929, this man became a worker for racial equality.. During the 1950’s, he participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and other peaceful demonstrations. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

This man was the first African American justice of the US Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) trial, the “separate but equal” doctrine in public education was overthrown.

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

 

He moved from his home in Jamaica to London to study law There he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association. In 1916, he moved to New York City and opened a branch in Harlem. His newspaper, Negro World, brought him millions of followers.

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington

Born a slave in 1856, this boy worked his way through school after the Civil War. In 1881, he was chosen to organize the Tuskegee Institute, a school for African Americans. He became a spokesman for black America and organized the National Negro Business League.

Three versions of these cards are offered: one with blanks for students to write their own sentences; one with the sentences provided but with blank spaces for students to write in key words; and one with the answers provided. The third copy of the organizer may be used as an answer key, for differentiated instruction, for students who were absent during instruction, or if you wish for the students to have the sentences already completed. Just click on the image below to download these cards. Free Printable Black History Month Cards

 

 

 

 

 

If you need additional materials on activists, you may wish to take a look at this Civil Rights and Vietnam Lap Book on Teachers Pay Teachers:

Civil Rights and Vietnam War Lap Book

 

Gay Miller

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Black History Month ~ Sports Heroes

Black History Sports Heroes

Free Printable Black History Month CardsFor Black History Month, I am creating a series of cards for students to match famous people to their accomplishments. You can collect all four sets:

Each week a new set of cards will be offered. This set features the following sport heroes:

 

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson

This tennis player and professional golfer was the first African American to play in the U.S. grass court championships at Forest Hills, N.Y. (1950), and at Wimbledon, England (1951). In all she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

He was the first African American man allowed to play on a major league baseball team. He played with the Dodgers for 10 years, playing in six World Series. In 1962, he became the first African American person in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jessie Owens 

Jessie Owens

He was one of the world’s greatest track and field athletes. He won four gold medals (in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter relay and the long jump) the 1936 Berlin Olympic games setting two Olympic records.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

This player is known for his leaping ability of 6’ 6”. He joined the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1984. He led them to six NBA championships.

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph

After battling polio until the age of 12, this girl decided to become an athlete. In the 1960 Olympics, she became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals. She won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and ran the anchor on the 400-meter relay team.

Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman

In 1948, she became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She won for her high jump of 5’ 6.”

Three versions of these cards are offered: one with blanks for students to write their own sentences; one with the sentences provided but with blank spaces for students to write in key words; and one with the answers provided. The third copy of the organizer may be used as an answer key, for differentiated instruction, for students who were absent during instruction, or if you wish for the students to have the sentences already completed. Just click on the image below to download these cards. Free Printable Black History Month Cards

 

Gay Miller

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Black History Month ~ Abolitionists

Black History Abolitionists

 Free Printable Black History Month CardsFor Black History Month, I am creating a series of cards for students to match famous people to their accomplishments.  You can collect all four sets:

Each week a new set of cards will be offered. The first set features the following abolitionists:

Henry “Box” Brown

Henry

This slave mailed himself from Richmond to the home of an abolitionist in the Philadelphia. Later he became free.

 Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

 

This slave was freed in 1827. She began lecturing about the issue of slavery. She was a forceful speaker. Many people listened to her causes. President Abraham Lincoln chose her to be a counselor to the freedmen in Washington.

 

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

This slave was born a slave. He taught himself to read and write. He ran away from his master. Later he wrote a book that told of his life as a slave and gave lectures to groups of abolitionists.

 

William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison

In 1831 a Boston newspaper called The Liberator was published. The editor was an abolitionist. He used the newspaper to tell Congress and the world that slavery must be abolished. In 1833 he and others formed the National Antislavery Society.

 

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

This lady guided more than 300 slaves along the Underground Railroad. This was a chain of homes and farms where escaped slaves could go for help. The chain of safe houses ran to Canada where the slaves could be free.

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

This lady lived in Hartford, Connecticut. Her father was an abolitionist. She visited a plantation in Kentucky. There she learned about slavery. She wrote a book about the cruelty of slavery called Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This book was published in 1852. It became a best-seller in the North.

Three versions of these cards are offered: one with blanks for students to write their own sentences; one with the sentences provided but with blank spaces for students to write in key words; and one with the answers provided. The third copy of the organizer may be used as an answer key, for differentiated instruction, for students who were absent during instruction, or if you wish for the students to have the sentences already completed. Just click on the image below to download these cards.  Free Printable Black History Month Cards

If you need additional resources for abolitionists, you may wish to take a look at my Civil War Lap Book on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Civil War Lap Book

 

Gay Miller

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