American Revolution Resources

Sunday, December 31, 2017 4 comments

This year my school district fully adopted the Lucy Calkins reading and writing units of study. My team and I have spent hours working to align both units so that we can teach them at the same time. 

Of course, Lucy suggests having 30-55 texts in each classroom for students to use throughout the units. Even with an amazing school library there was NO way we were going to have that may books per classroom (we have 4 sections of 4th grade). 

I started by finding all of the online resources that I could, I mean these are FREE after all!


You can grab these QR Code printables from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Then I spent some time going through Lucy's suggested book list as well as other recommendations I found online to compile a list of my favorite American Revolution books for you! 

I started by adding ALL of these books to my Amazon classroom wishlist. Then I tuck that little link into each of my weekly newsletters. My team also spent some of our PTO money on a few of the texts and then of course, like all teachers do, I've spent my own money to get some of these texts for my classroom.

The Boston Massacre


The Boston Tea Party


Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

These two books are from Lucy Calkins' Recommended Book List for Unit 3: Reading History:


The following books are additional books my students found helpful during this unit:


Battles of Lexington & Concord


The Declaration of Independence 

This book is from Lucy Calkins' recommended book list for the unit:

These are additional books my students found to be helpful:


Women of the Revolution

This book is from Lucy Calkins' recommended book list for the unit:

These are additional books my students found to be helpful:


Spies of the Revolution

This book is from the Lucy Calkins' suggested book list for this unit:


These are additional books my students found to be helpful:


General Books on the American Revolution


Do you have a favorite resource for teaching the American Revolution that I haven't listed? If so, leave me a comment with the details! I'd love to check it out. 

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Lewis & Clark Expedition - A Google Earth Activity

Saturday, December 9, 2017 2 comments

As we wrapped up our Early Settlement unit in Social Studies I stumbled upon the internet's best kept secret, Google Earth Voyager! These interactive maps take you through all kinds of new learning. I was super excited to see a Lewis & Clark Expedition and knew that I just had to try it out with my kiddos!

The first thing I loved about this was how seamless it was to push out in Google Classroom. We are 1:1 with Chromebook in my 4th grade classroom, so any chance to push out work through Google Classroom is fine by me!

As students work their way through their interactive journey they follow Lewis & Clark's path. The interactive map allows for an aerial view or ground view and you can even manipulate the map to see what other things are near by. As you see on the right hand side, students also have the opportunity to watch videos and read more about the Expedition as they move along.

I pushed out this independent learning activity and gave my students two 45 minute sessions to complete it. They were engaged throughout the whole activity and asking for more Voyager activities by the end. 

You can check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store for the companion activity I assigned with this activity. This was a great accountability piece and helped my students take thorough notes as they went through the voyage.

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