Grade 5

Kids History - The American Revolution

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Overview

Using the Kids History website students will read about the American Revolution as it is broken down into segments. There are illustrations that lend well to the text. Extension worksheets are available.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Learn about the American Revolution through a series of stories and illustrations as they navigate through the historical timeline provided.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Revolution: A revolution is a movement or transformative event.

  2. Parliament: Parliament is the highest legislature, consisting of the sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Visit the Kids History website
  • The teacher previews the topic.
  • The teacher prints any extra materials/worksheets that are provided.
  • If there is a partnership, teacher pre assigns partners for the viewing and discussions and any possible partnership work.
  • Preview the Khan Academy lesson on the American Revolution for prior knowledge and introduction.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Log onto www.kidspast.com.

  2. Click on World History Tab.

  3. Locate the American Revolution on the list. It is #19.

  4. The students can also go directly to the American Revolution. (Bookmark the site for them for easy access.)

  5. The students will complete worksheets as assigned. 

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Provide students with a sticky note to write something that they have learned as an exit ticket.
  • The teacher creates a Jeopardy game with American Revolution Topics. Here is a free version.
  • Log onto Kahoot.it for American Revolution game.
  • Classroom discussion to share learnings.
  • Students create a google slideshow with a timeline of the American Revolution.

ISTE Standards

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3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3b. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
3d. Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
Jeopardy Labs

Khan Academy

Kids History

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

  • The students write an informational piece about the given topic.
  • Draw a picture and explain with captions.

Integrated Arts

The students create a picture drawing, a diorama or triorama of the American Revolution.

Social Studies

  • The students create a google slideshow presentation on the American Revolution.
  • Students create a Discovery Education board on the American Revolution.

Credits
This task card was created by Julie Hoehing. Lake Shore Public Schools, January 2019.