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Roman Empire Murder Mystery for Classroom with Worksheet

Roman Empire Murder Mystery for Classroom with Worksheet

If you have ever done a murder mystery you know how fun they are. This murder mystery is designed to be used in a classroom and teaches about the Roman Empire. It involves their culture, senate and emperor and more. Students in small groups (4-5) will enjoy learning about content and solving a murder at the same time! Worksheet included along with a map of the murder scene and answer key. This lesson takes 30-60 minutes depending on how you use it. Use it to start a lesson or reinforce content. Instructions included. Senate Caesar Rome

By jeremymoore-bs-65

Congress Crossword Puzzle: Decisions & Oversight (U.S. Government Puzzle Worksheets)

Congress Crossword Puzzle: Decisions & Oversight (U.S. Government Puzzle Worksheets)

U.S. Government Worksheet Puzzle Focusing on the Congress of the United States!These puzzles dive into the weighty issues of how Congress goes about making its decisions, and how it uses its investigative and oversight authority to "police" the other two branches of the U.S. government.Differentiated Learning is Embedded in these U.S. Congress Crossword Puzzle WorksheetsThis packet contains worksheets with two levels of difficulty to help teachers differentiate the material for their students. The first crossword included features a standard format with just the puzzle grid and the clues list. The second crossword puzzle page, however, is intended for students that need learning aids – it also includes a Word Bank list that will assist students in filling out the puzzle by providing them with all of the possible answers. This “basic" level puzzle still requires students to think critically, though – they have to read each clue and figure out which word bank entry best suits it.Teacher Convenience Features in these United States Congress Puzzle WorksheetsThis packet includes a traditional crossword puzzle answer key that shows the words filled into their correct slots. However, to help teachers who want to conduct a class discussion on the terms, there is also an “Answer List” page that matches up the key words with their clues. This format means that teachers don’t have to hunt for answers on the grid when they are discussing items with the class!

By mesquitequail

Congress Crossword Puzzle: Rules & Lawmaking (U.S. Government Puzzle Worksheets)

Congress Crossword Puzzle: Rules & Lawmaking (U.S. Government Puzzle Worksheets)

U.S. Government Worksheet Puzzle Focusing on how a bill becomes a law, as well as the rules that govern activities in the House of Representatives and the Senate!These puzzles focus on helping students gain a better understanding of the U.S. Congresss.Differentiated Learning is Embedded in these U.S. Congress Crossword Puzzle WorksheetsThis packet contains worksheets with two levels of difficulty to help teachers differentiate the material for their students. The first crossword included features a standard format with just the puzzle grid and the clues list. The second crossword puzzle page, however, is intended for students that need learning aids – it also includes a Word Bank list that will assist students in filling out the puzzle by providing them with all of the possible answers. This “basic" level puzzle still requires students to think critically, though – they have to read each clue and figure out which word bank entry best suits it.Teacher Convenience Features in these United States Congress Puzzle WorksheetsThis packet includes a traditional crossword puzzle answer key that shows the words filled into their correct slots. However, to help teachers who want to conduct a class discussion on the terms, there is also an “Answer List” page that matches up the key words with their clues. This format means that teachers don’t have to hunt for answers on the grid when they are discussing items with the class!

By mesquitequail

Senate Confirmation Hearing Worksheet

Senate Confirmation Hearing Worksheet

Instructions, lesson plan, and easy to use worksheet to help students track information and analyze the proceedings of the Senate during confirmation hearings for cabinet posts and Supreme Court justices. Helps teachers easily use video primary source footage in government, current events, and U.S. history classes!The Nitty-GrittyHere's how this Senate confirmation hearing worksheet works:• Students are asked to fill out the nominee, the position sought, the hearing context (full Senate? Specific committee instead?) and the date of the hearing.• Students wait for a question, then summarize it briefly.• Students determine if the question is fair to the nominee, and also if it is a valid question -- one which is appropriate to ask. They simply check off yes or no to this issue, since minimal writing means more attention can be paid to listening to the video feed.• Students listen to the nominee's answer and decide if they think the nominee should or should not be confirmed based on that single answer. • Students write comments as needed to explain their perspectives about questions or answers.That's all there is to it! A Class Lesson Plan for Watching a Confirmation HearingMy own usage of the worksheet looks approximately like this:• Briefly orient students to activity. Pass out worksheets.• Watch approx. 30 minutes of a confirmation hearing while students view with me and fill out their worksheets.• During the 30 minutes, hit pause or mute on the hearing as needed to clarify points for the class or ask them for feedback. After an interesting Q&A (typically 8 or 10 minutes of coverage), I might debrief with the class before resuming. On the other hand, I might wait until the 30 minutes are over and then debrief the students.• To debrief, I ask questions like this: Who thought the question wasn't fair or valid? Explain why you think that.... Who would confirm the nominee based on the last answer? Why? Who would refuse to confirm? Why?• I've found in my years of teaching that students in government really want to discuss issues and put forth their own views. When we debrief a confirmation hearing, I usually get a lot of participation and engagement, sometimes even from students who don't usually volunteer to speak in class!

By mesquitequail

Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 6-10

Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 6-10

TEACH WITH HUMOR USING U.S. HISTORY CRASH COURSE!Few classroom strategies are as successful as this simple approach: make learning fun! That, or course, is easier said than done, but when it comes to teaching American history content, the YouTube series Crash Course U.S. History is a fantastic place to start. ABOUT THESE CRASH COURSE U.S. HISTORY WORKSHEETSTime stamps are provided for each and every question to help students zero in on the answers. If you do not care to provide your students with time stamp information, however, the packet also includes a "questions only" worksheet for each episode.Each worksheet focuses on a single episode of Crash Course U.S. History and typically contains between 10 and 20 items for students to complete. Worksheets are formatted to fit on one page for easy copying and a detailed answer key is provided for each episode!QUESTION TYPES INCLUDED:Some worksheets are free answer.Some are true/false -- and in the answer key, all false answers are annotated to give additional information.Some are fill-in-the-blank or cloze format.The worksheets cycle through these formats in order to keep student interest high, so using the worksheets is a varied experience for them.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------EPISODES INCLUDED IN THESE CRASH COURSE U.S. HISTORY WORKSHEETSThis resource includes a worksheet, a time-stamped worksheet, and a detailed answer key for episodes 6-10 of Crash Course U.S. History:• Taxes and Smuggling: A Prelude to Revolution• Who Won the American Revolution• The Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and Federalism• Where Did U.S. Politics Come From? -- Federalists and Democratic-Republicans• Thomas Jefferson and His Democracy--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

By mesquitequail

Full of Beans

Full of Beans

Full of Beans just received The 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! The New Dealers came to a dilapidated Key West to help make it a spectacular tourist attraction. Students will learn what The Great Depression was and how children and adults were affected by it. Beans, the main character in this book made choices, either good or bad, to help make money for his mom during this trying time. This study guide will help students comprehend and critically think about the events and choices Beans makes in this story. I have offered a variety of differentiated activities at the end of the packet that will appeal to the interests of a diversity of students.

By marcyprager

The Great Depression

The Great Depression

The PowerPoint "The Great Depression" asks students to use their Visual Thinking Strategies to comprehend what the Great Depression was. The article "The Great Depression" focuses on the Point of View of a young child during the Great Depression. Uncle Jed's Barbershop is a picture book that explains how people in the south lived during The Great Depression. Full of Beans is a book that can be read aloud, or read in a book group that focuses on Key West as a dilapidated place that was turned into a tourist destination by The New Deal.

By marcyprager

Exploring China Bundle!

Exploring China Bundle!

Here are 3x Lessons that help you take you students through discovering China.The first Lesson introduces the Human and Physical Geography of China. "Where in the World is China?" (classic locational Geography at its best!)The second Lesson explores Urban and Rural Life in China and how it is changing. "Contrasting China"The third lesson is more standalone and more appropriate for top set GCSE and A-Level debates on Tibet & China and the forces of Globalisation - students examines how the culture of Tibet is threatened, thoroughly engaging.Detailed Lesson Plans & Clear Resources included(See individual lessons for more detail) Enjoy!

By nathanoj1

PBS The Supreme Court Episode 3 Worksheet and Puzzle Activity Pack

PBS The Supreme Court Episode 3 Worksheet and Puzzle Activity Pack

27-problem cloze viewing worksheet, crossword puzzle review designed for differentiated learning, and helpful teaching aids to assist you as you lead your students through a fun and engaging review of U.S. history as told through key Supreme Court cases that clearly show the various eras the nation has experienced!This video activity packet is intended for use with the excellent PBS series The Supreme Court. The series consists of four episodes, each lasting an hour. Through watching all four episodes, students will be explore in chronological order the entire history of the Supreme Court up through the early 21st century. The program first aired on PBS in 2007 but will remain relevant for many, many years to come!What This PBS The Supreme Court Episode 3 Worksheet Packet Includes:• Comprehensive fill-in worksheet with 27 problems: All problems are presented in video order so that students can follow along. Doing the worksheet as they watch requires students to pay close attention to all narration so they can “catch” the next problem coming up. This leads to higher student engagement with the video and more learning!• Student answer sheet: The student worksheet is formatted to discourage students from writing directly on their copies. This way, teachers can make one class set and use it for years, saving them both time and paper! Students can write on their own paper, of course, but using the included answer sheet will facilitate super-fast grading since it will guarantee that student answers “line up” perfectly with the answer key.• Answer key for fast grading: This key perfectly matches the student answer sheet so that teachers can correct 3, 5, or even more papers at once should they choose – just spread them out carefully so all student pages line up with the key, and you’ll be able to correct student work in nothing flat!• Answer key for going over answers with the class: Instead of grading the papers yourself, you can have students grade themselves or each other with this key. Instead of just reading out the right answer, you can make the “correcting phase” a learning/review experience by reading students the whole sentence they were looking at during viewing, pausing when the answer appears to let the class or selected students supply the correct answer. This lets students hear the key sentences again, helping to reinforce key concepts and information!• Teacher reference materials: Included is a list of all the laws and court cases discussed during the episode, as well as a full transcript of the episode’s narration in case you want to quickly review what the program had to say on a particular topic. • Crossword puzzle activity: Differentiated for basic and advanced learners; 25 words & clues!

By mesquitequail

History Department Displays

History Department Displays

Various display ideas that I have used to 'jazz up' the corridor. These have all been positively received by my students; they absolutely love the Historical Emojis competition! Any questions, let me know!

By PaulMid

Inauguration Day Activities

Inauguration Day Activities

Here are ten Inauguration Day activities that you can pick and choose from to use on the United States Presidential Inauguration Day.The choices are:KWL ChartVenn DiagramOath of Office VocabularyMaking WordsNews ReporterParade RouteParade PlannerInauguration DetectivesPresidents Matching GamePresidents Fill in the BlankThe great thing about this resource is that you will have a wide variety of choices to use in your classroom to teach your students about the US Presidents and Inauguration Day.Also included is an answer key for the Inauguration Detectives activity and the Oath of Office Vocabulary activity.Click here to visit our store!***Customer Tips:*** How to Follow Our Store Click the “Follow” button on our store page. Copyright ©Wise Guys. All rights reserved by author. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. Intended for classroom or personal use ONLY.

By wiseguystpt

Historical Figures (Washington, Lincoln, King) - Biographies - Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Historical Figures (Washington, Lincoln, King) - Biographies - Reading Comprehension Worksheets

These Reading Comprehension worksheets are suitable for advanced ESL learners. The bundle comprises of small biographies for three historical figures celebrated during the month's of January and February namely: George Washington (first president of the United States), Abraham Lincoln (16th president of the United States - served during the Civil War) and Martin Luther King Jr. (Baptist Minister - leader of the Civil Rights Movement) The texts describe the life, work, and political contribution of these figures. The texts also provide background historical information on colonialism, Independence movements, the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement.After carefully reading each text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: questions, True or False, gap filling exercises, matching exercises, multiple choice e exercises and crosswords. The vocabulary used in the texts is rather advanced and can be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes.

By MariaPht

Rural-Urban Migration Revision Sheet for Geography (Colouring Page)

Rural-Urban Migration Revision Sheet for Geography (Colouring Page)

A colouring activity to help students learn and revise the geography topic of urban-rural migration. Ideal for secondary school students, and students learning English as a foreign language. To follow my world first solo row around the coast of Britain and daily life as an explorer:* Free educational videos: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sarahrowssolo or Amazon Video: http://amzn.to/2jno3v8* Free virtual field trips: Skype in the Classroom: https://education.microsoft.com/vikingquest* Paid school speaker bookings: http://www.schoolspeakers.co.uk/speaker-listings/sarah-weldon

By sarah277

World Governments Display

World Governments Display

Several resources to create a 'World Governments' display as part of KS3/KS4 History or Politics. Students were introduced to the various forms of government that exist/have existed and then given the task of researching a particular country. They included the flag of the country, basic information and a summary of their type of government. This formed the basis of our Year 9 work on Electoral Reform in Britain.Also included are titles, display questions and other information sheets to add to the display. The only thing required is a map of the world (and, if desired, a summary of the different government types). As our display was quite small I took a map of the world from the internet and enlarged this to A3. I also intend to mark the countries that have been researched on the map, and have the students find which one is which; you could also use string to label each one.

By PaulMid

Martin Luther King Day - Quiz, Discussion and Worksheets

Martin Luther King Day - Quiz, Discussion and Worksheets

A resource for Martin Luther King Day on January 15th.This resource contains a 10 slide quiz, 3 slide discussion prompts, acrostic poem ‘Dream’ slide, acrostic Dream poem template slide and 3 worksheets.It is suitable for all year groups (KS2 upwards, Grade 7 upwards) and homeschool (homeroom, tutor time and PSHE classes).

By LearnersLabyrinth

Double Lesson Descriptive Pack + Quizzes

Double Lesson Descriptive Pack + Quizzes

Double Lesson Pack + QuizzesA fun and engaging mini-bundle, containing:Bundle includes:* Titanic Descriptive Writing* Titantic Presentation* Big Fat Quiz of 2016* Campervan TravelsFor more information on each lesson, click on the links below.Visit my page for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish

By EngageinEnglish

Titanic Double Pack with General Starters

Titanic Double Pack with General Starters

Titanic Double Pack with General StartersA Titanic double pack featuring:* Titanic descriptive writing complete lesson* Factual Titanic presentationAlso included free are 20 general starters!Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish

By EngageinEnglish

British Politics Bundle

British Politics Bundle

27x resources total! A short unit of fully resourced lessons all complete with starters, worksheets, clips, differentiated to three levels throughout. Also included is an additional Political Quiz resource, assessment and markscheme. Suitable for KS3/4 but could be adapted. I use all of these myself as a Head of Citizenship and I really hope you find them excellent value. Please leave me a review and I'll send you any other resource of your choice for free. Many more cheap and free resources at my shop: Emjcot's Shop

By emjcot

Martin Luther King Quotes Posters

Martin Luther King Quotes Posters

This resource contains 5 inspiring quotes from Martin Luther King, the inspirational Civil Rights Leader.It is an ideal resource for display and to promote discussion on Martin Luther King Day which is celebrated around the time of his birthday on the third Monday in January. Also suitable for Black History Month (African American Month) which takes place in October in the UK and February in the USA.There are four versions of this resource providing a choice of background colours for poster and text of quotes.Martin Luther King ResourcesMartin Luther King Information Text and Comprehensions This resource contains 8 sets of comprehension questions (and answers) on the life and achievements of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. There is also a set of more challenging extension tasks for higher achieving students.It is also an ideal resource for Black History Month (African-American Month) that falls in October in the UK and February in the USA and will help students' Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development by learning about the history and heritage of communities and the lives of those that overcame the challenges they faced. An accompanying 62 slide powerpoint on the life and achievements of Martin Luther King is also available.Martin Luther King Assembly / Lesson PowerPoint PresentationThis resource contains a fully editable, 62 slide and informative PowerPoint assembly / lesson on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, the famous civil rights leader. Contents include, his parents and family, his schooling and education, involvement and leadership in the civil rights movement leading campaigns, his impact upon civil right reforms. The powerpoint contains hyperlinks to some of his famous speeches - I Have a Dream, The Mountaintop and The Drum Major. There are also links to a short video presentation of his life and the hymn sung at his funeral.A simple text version of this powerpoint is available tooMartin Luther King Simple Text Assembly / Lesson PowerPoint PresentationLooking for other inspiring educational resources? Visit Inspire and Educate

By Krazikas

Martin Luther King Day Resources - PowerPoint Assembly / Lesson - Set of 8 Texts and Comprehensions - Martin Luther King Quotes Posters

Martin Luther King Day Resources - PowerPoint Assembly / Lesson - Set of 8 Texts and Comprehensions - Martin Luther King Quotes Posters

This bundle contains resources for Martin Luther King Day which takes place on the third Monday in January, around the time of Martin Luther King's birthday.Purchased individually these resources would cost £7.98. save money and buy the bundle for just £3.99 - a massive saving of 50%!1. PowerPoint Lesson / AssemblyA fully editable, 62 slide presentation on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, the famous civil rights leader. Contents include - his parents and family, schooling and education, his involvement and leadership in the civil rights movement leading campaignsand his significant impact upon civil right reforms,. The powerpoint also contains hyperlinks to some of his famous speeches - I have a dream, the mountaintop and the drum major. There are also links to a short video presentation of his life and the hymn sung at his funeral.2. A Set of 8 Texts and ComprehensionsThis resource contains a set of 8 comprehension questions (and answers) on the life and achievements of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. 3. A set of Martin Luther King Quotes Posters on a choice of background colours.These resources will help students' Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development by learning about the history and heritage of communities and the lives of those that overcame the challenges they faced.Looking for other inspiring educational resources? Visit Inspire and Educate

By Krazikas

US Elections- inauguration of the new president

US Elections- inauguration of the new president

This PowerPoint presentation and worksheet resource is to commemorate the inauguration of the next president of the USA on January 20th.It contains a quiz on previous US presidents, an acrostic poem, bio on Donald Trump and discussion question on The Declaration of Rights.Suitable for Junior High and upwards in USA and KS2 and upwards in the UK.

By LearnersLabyrinth

Lucky Thirteen:  No-Prep Activities for Friday the Thirteenth and Beyond

Lucky Thirteen: No-Prep Activities for Friday the Thirteenth and Beyond

Be ready for Friday the Thirteenth or any day with this bundle of thirteen reading, math, science and history activities. This package contains thirteen different activities from all four core classes for you to use for centers, early finishers, brain breaks, or just a fun Friday activity. Each activity has the number 13 as a focus, making them especially ideal for Friday the 13, but suitable for any day.The activities included in this set are:The First Thirteen Elements: Students answer questions about the first thirteen elements in the Periodic Table, then find the elements in a word search. The unused letters reveal a quotation about the Periodic Table.My _________ Day: Students select words to complete a fill-it-in story that may or may not be about Friday the 13th.Target Thirteen: Students play in groups of 2 – 4 to add and subtract single digits and develop strategies to be the first person to reach 13.The Thirteen Colonies: Students have an opportunity to review the names and locations of the thirteen colonies by labeling a map and using a color key to highlight the three major regions.Thirteen Languages: Students test their language skills as they work together to translate “hello”, “good-bye” and “thirteen” into thirteen different languages. Thirteen Pairs: After cutting apart the triangle, students reconstruct the original by pairing up sides that add up to thirteen. This would be a great activity to laminate and have on hand for early finishers to work on.Make Thirteen: Students use the ten digits 0 – 9 to make the number thirteen according to the operations given. There are two versions – one with some of the numbers in place, and one without.Friday the Thirteenth Make-a-Word: How many words can be made with the letters in “Friday the Thirteenth”?Friday the Thirteenth: This reading passage gives students information about the origins of the unlucky day, and is accompanied by a set of comprehension questions.The Thirteenth Amendment: This reading passage introduces history students to what may be a surprising fact about slavery in the United States and asks, “Does the Thirteenth Amendment need to be changed?”Thirteenth Amendment Word Fill-In: The words of the Thirteenth Amendment are featured in this Word Cross puzzle.The Thirteenth Guest: Jemima Ficklewort needs an heir. Students must solve a logic problem to find out who the lucky person is.Thirteen Pieces of Gold: This easy to learn strategy game helps students develop problem-solving skills and learn to think ahead as they try to outwit their opponent. The real treasure is the fact that once students figure out the strategy to the original game, different variations can be created to further challenge their thinking.

By brainycatslearning

Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Work - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Work - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for advanced ESL learners. The text describes the life, work and assassination of the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After carefully reading a text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: questions, True or False and gap filling exercises. The vocabulary used in the text is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes.

By MariaPht

Church and State in Post-Partition Ireland

Church and State in Post-Partition Ireland

A Comprehensive Presentation that Convers: Church and State in Post-Partition Ireland, Church and State in Post-Partition Ireland: Education, 1922 Constitution, 1937 Constitution, the Irish Constitution 2004 and Protestant Minority.

By jh081326

Fun Non-Fiction Pack 1

Fun Non-Fiction Pack 1

Fun Non-Fiction Pack 1 A fun and engaging triple pack on non-fiction lessons!Featuring:• Sugar Tax – Writing to Argue• The Island – Survival Diary lesson• Dramatic Newspaper HeadlinesAlso included is a free A3 newspaper template.For more information on each lesson, click on the links below.Visit my page for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish

By EngageinEnglish