American Trivia Game

American Trivia Game

This American Trivia Game is a team game to review basic American history, famous people, government and civics, geography, and landmarks. Basic trivia questions (about 30 in three categories are provided, plus blank cards in each category for you to add your own) are drawn from the US citizenship exam review pages and general geography facts. In addition to basic questions, the game features 6-9 ALL PLAY questions in each category for the whole group to race against each other. ALL PLAY questions have three different creative bents: Pictionary® -like sketching (PICTURE IT!), charade-like acting (ACTION!), and sculpting in clay (CLAYMATION!). This Cranium™-like game makes reviewing basic American history and geography lots of fun. The first team to reach the map of the United States and get one card in each category wins the game. Brain Puzzler is a perfect way to finish out a year of American history, reviewing important concepts as you have fun doing so. It would work in a school or co-op setting. As long as you have enough people for two teams, you are good to go. This game was created and used in a slightly different form for a mixed-grade homeschool co-op group, aged kindergarten to fifth grade. Everyone especially enjoyed the Claymation! questions. Feel free to adapt it to meet your own educational needs. This game is not to be used or repackaged for commercial purposes. It may be used for one teacher's use only. If you wish to share it with a friend, please purchase an additional license.
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Sam the Minuteman (An American Revolution story) I Can Read Level 3

Book Study: Sam the Minuteman (An American Revolution story) I Can Read Level 3

Comprehension and idea organizers for quality historical fiction: Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley, with pictures by Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins, 1969). The book is about a boy at the battle of Lexington (the "Shot Heard Round the World") during the American Revolution. A copy of the book is NOT provided. The following are included. Comprehension. The 14 comprehension questions appear four times, once with primary-grade lines and sentence frames for students to answer using their own words and once with multiple choice answers. They are also available without sentence frames and without primary-grade lines. (3 pages each ) Vocabulary (3 different pages) Extension pages and idea organizers (7 different pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: George the Drummer Boy (An American Revolution Story) I Can Read

Book Study: George the Drummer Boy (An American Revolution Story) I Can Read

Comprehension and idea organizers for quality historical fiction: George the Drummer Boy (I Can Read level 3) by Nathaniel Benchley, with pictures by Don Bolognese (HarperCollins, 1977). The book is about a British drummer boy for the British army in Boston who is present at the battles of Lexington/Concord (the "Shot Heard Round the World") during the American Revolution. A copy of the book is NOT provided. The following are included. Comprehension. The 14 comprehension questions appear four times, once with primary-grade lines and sentence frames for students to answer using their own words and once with multiple choice answers. They are also available without sentence frames and without primary-grade lines. (3 pages each ) Vocabulary (3 different pages) Extension pages and idea organizers (7 different pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Sam and George Compare/Contrast Guided Writing

Book Study: Sam and George Compare/Contrast Guided Writing

Help students to draw conclusions based on the two early readers, Sam the Minuteman and George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley. These two books provide the perspective of American boy and a member of British army, respectively, during the skirmish at Lexington and Concord. Read together, these two books may help provide students with a more rounded look at what happened in April 1775. The two books are NOT included. *A Venn Diagram and then a page with sentences frames encourages the students to compare and contrast the two main characters. The page is also repeated without sentence frames and without primary-grade lines. *A KWL chart and a book list will allow students to have a format for gathering information for a personal research project on Lexington and Concord.
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study BUNDLE Sam the Minuteman and George the Drummer Boy

Book Study BUNDLE Sam the Minuteman and George the Drummer Boy

Sam the Minuteman and George the Drummer Boy Book Study bundle for reviewing, comparing, and contrasting a significant event of the American Revolution! Comprehension and idea organizers for quality historical fiction! This product contains two book study packets correlating to the following early readers: *Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley, with pictures by Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins, 1969). The book is about a boy at the battle of Lexington (the "Shot Heard Round the World") during the American Revolution. * George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley, with pictures by Don Bolognese (HarperCollins, 1977). The book is about a British drummer boy for the British army in Boston who is present at the battles of Lexington/Concord (the "Shot Heard Round the World") during the American Revolution. Copies of the two books are NOT provided. This BUNDLE contains the following three products from my store *Book Study: Sam the Minuteman *Book Study: George the Drummer Boy *Compare Contrast Guided Writing prompts for both books.
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Helen Keller by Wilkie (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Book Study: Helen Keller by Wilkie (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Seven pages of comprehension questions (2-3 per chapter) and 12 vocabulary words for a favorite series of historical fiction biography! This book study packet correlates to the chapter book Helen Keller by Katharine E. Wilkie. The book tells some stories from the childhood of Helen Keller, a child who became deaf and blind yet accomplished much in her lifetime. A copy of the book is NOT provided. Comprehension. 2-3 questions for each chapter. Some of them are short answer; others are multiple choice. (5 1/2 pages total) Your Turn. A writing prompt for students to think about Helen Keller's abilities and Miss Sullivan's success in teaching her. (1/2 page) Vocabulary (1 page) ANSWER SHEET included! (7 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study BUNDLE! Childhood of Famous Americans (6 Book Studies!)

Book Study BUNDLE! Childhood of Famous Americans (6 Book Studies!)

Travel through United States history with these six book studies, which cover the childhood of six famous Americans, from Pocahontas to John Glenn. Included in The Childhood of Famous Americans Book Study BUNDLE are six book studies. Each book study has about seven pages of comprehension questions (2 or 3 per chapter) and 11 vocabulary words for a favorite series of historical fiction biography! This book study packet correlates to the following chapter books. (Each links to the individual book study if you just want one.) Pocahontas by Leslie Gourse Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson Clara Barton by Augusta Stevenson Louisa May Alcott by Beatrice Gormley Helen Keller by Katharine E. Wilkie John Glenn by Michael Burgan Save about 20% by buying this BUNDLE of book studies. Copies of the six books are NOT provided. Each book study follows a similar format: Comprehension. 2-3 questions for each chapter. Some of them are short answer; others are multiple choice. (5 or 5 1/2 pages total) Your Turn. A writing prompt for students to think about the person from history. (1/2 or 1 page) Vocabulary (1 page) ANSWER SHEET included! (7 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Louisa May Alcott by Gormley (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Book Study: Louisa May Alcott by Gormley (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Seven pages of comprehension questions (2 per chapter) and 13 vocabulary words for a favorite series of historical fiction biography! This book study packet correlates to the chapter book Louisa May Alcott by Beatrice Gormley. The book tells some stories from the childhood and life of Louisa May Alcott, a girl who grew to be a famous writer. A copy of the book is NOT provided. Comprehension. 2 questions for each chapter. Some of them are short answer; others are multiple choice. (5 pages total) Your Turn. A writing prompt for students to think about what Louisa May Alcott did as a child to find success as an adult. (1 page) Vocabulary (1 page) ANSWER SHEET included! (7 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: John Glenn by Burgan (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Book Study: John Glenn by Burgan (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Pages of comprehension questions (2 per chapter) and 11 vocabulary words for a favorite series of historical fiction biography! This book study packet correlates to the chapter book John Glenn by Michael Burgan. The book tells some stories from the childhood and life of John Glenn, a boy who grew up to become the first American to orbit the earth. A copy of the book is NOT provided. Comprehension. 2 questions for each chapter. Some of them are short answer; others are multiple choice. (5 pages total) Your Turn. A writing prompt for students to think about what John Glenn did as a child to find success as an adult. (1 page) Vocabulary (1 page) ANSWER SHEET included! (7 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Clara Barton by Stevenson (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Book Study: Clara Barton by Stevenson (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Pages of comprehension questions (2-3 per chapter) and 11 vocabulary words for a favorite series of historical fiction biography! This book study packet correlates to the chapter book Clara Barton by Augusta Stevenson. The book tells some stories from the childhood of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. A copy of the book is NOT provided. Comprehension. 2-3 questions for each chapter. Some of them are short answer; others are multiple choice. (5 1/2 pages total) Your Turn. A writing prompt for students to think about Clara Barton, her childhood, and her ultimate mission in life. (1/2 page) Vocabulary (1 page) ANSWER SHEET included! (7 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Buttons for General Washington by Roop (Differentiated)

Book Study: Buttons for General Washington by Roop (Differentiated)

Fifteen pages of comprehension and idea organizers for quality historical fiction! This differentiated book study packet correlates to the early reader Buttons for General Washington by Peter and Connie Roop. The book is based on the true story of the child John Darragh, who was a spy during the American Revolution by taking soldiers secret message in his buttons. A copy of the book is NOT provided. Comprehension. The 14 comprehension questions for Buttons for General Washington appear four times, once with primary-grade lines and sentence frames for students to answer using their own words, once with primary-grade lines and no sentence frames, once with regular lines, and once with multiple choice answers. (4 pages total) Writing response. (one with a sentence frame and primary-grade lines, one without sentence frame; once with regular lines.) 2 pages Vocabulary (4 pages) Extension pages and idea organizers (6 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Benjamin Franklin by Stevenson (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Book Study: Benjamin Franklin by Stevenson (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Seven pages of comprehension questions (2-3 per chapter) and 12 vocabulary words for a favorite series of historical fiction biography! This book study packet correlates to the chapter book Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson. The book tells some stories from the childhood of Benjamin Franklin, revolutionary diplomat and inventor. A copy of the book is NOT provided. Comprehension. 2-3 questions for each chapter. Some of them are short answer; others are multiple choice. (5 pages total) Your Turn. A writing prompt for students to think about Benjamin Franklin, his childhood, and his ultimate mission in life. (1 page) Vocabulary (1 page) ANSWER SHEET included! (7 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
Book Study: Pocahontas by Leslie Gourse (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Book Study: Pocahontas by Leslie Gourse (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Seven pages of comprehension questions (2-3 per chapter) and 13 vocabulary words for a favorite series of historical fiction biography! This book study packet correlates to the chapter book Pocahontas by Leslie Gourse. The book tells some stories from the childhood and life of Pocahontas, Native American princess who contributed to the peace between Indians and settlers in early America. A copy of the book is NOT provided. Comprehension. 2-3 questions for each chapter. Some of them are short answer; others are multiple choice. (5 pages total) Your Turn. A writing prompt for students to think about what Pocahontas gave up and the personality qualities she developed as a child. (1 page) Vocabulary (1 page) ANSWER SHEET included! (7 pages)
Rebecca-Reid
My Book of Native American Homes

My Book of Native American Homes

Learn from a simple informational booklet about Native American Indian homes (wigwam, longhouse, tipi, adobe homes, and igloos). It includes primary-grade lines, words to trace, and graphics to paste. The 8-page book is included with color clip art and also blank pages for students to draw their own homes. Pages are also offered in booklet form (so you can print, cut, fold, and staple the booklets together) as well as in single-page form so you can use it as a set of worksheets. Use which ever version works best for you! Three more extension worksheets also included. It is ideal for the youngest readers (kindergarten or first graders). See also my companion booklet on Early Native American Homes for older students. This product is a zip file containing five pdf files. Native American Clip Art is from Neto's Clip Art. Remember, this product is for one teacher or parent’s use only. If you want to share, please purchase additional licenses.
Rebecca-Reid
Early Native American Homes

Early Native American Homes

Learn about Native American Indian homes with an informational book on how Native Americans used local resources to create homes right for their diverse environments. Introduced are the following American Indian homes: wigwam, longhouse, wattle-and-daub, chickee, birch bark homes, tipis, adobe homes, plank houses, igloos. It mentions the following groups: Iroquois, Cherokee, Creek and Seminole, Cheyenne and Sioux, Pueblo, Inuit. This 16-page full color book is provided in two forms (ebook and booklet). The ebook format has the pages in order, ideal for reading on an ereader or electronic device. The booklet format lets you print the pages double sided to create your own 5x7 inch booklet. I've also included worksheets to extend the learning beyond reading the booklet. The 6 extension worksheets including the following: •Comprehension multiple choice quiz (3 questions) •Compare/contrast Venn diagram •Chart to gather information •Research project: KWL chart and books list •Glue the home on the map This ebook/booklet is ideal for the second grade, although it of course could be extended into first or third grades depending on the students! For the youngest readers, see My Book of Native American Homes. This product is a zip file containing three pdf files. Native American Clip Art is from Neto's Clip Art. Remember, this product is for one teacher or parent’s use only. If you want to share, please purchase additional licenses.
Rebecca-Reid
Guess the Explorer Information Cards and Two-Player Game

Guess the Explorer Information Cards and Two-Player Game

Included are 20 explorer information cards and a "guess the explorer" game. Each explorer card has key facts such as • explorer nationality • approximate year(s) of exploring • how he explored (by land or sea) • where he went • why he went or what his journey taught other explorers. There is also a page for students to research and fill in about their own explorers, and an organization chart to compare and contrast two explorers. Finally, there is a fun Guess the Explorers! game to review what has been learned. Figure out the identity of your opponent’s explorer before they figured out yours! Ask yes or no questions and eliminate non-relevant explorers. Guess the Explorer! is a perfect "center" wrap-up to a school unit on North American explorers. Sample questions: • Did your explorer travel by land? or Did your explorer travel by sea? • Did your explorer seek a Northwest Passage? or Did your explorer seek for gold? • Did your explorer ever see Asia? or Did your explorer ever see North America? • Did your explorer stay in North America? • Is your explorer Spanish? or Is your explorer Portuguese? Included explorers are as follows: Leif Erikson, Marco Polo, Bartolomeu Dias, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, Ferdinand Magellan, Juan de Ponce de León, Hernando de Soto, Francisco Coronado, Jacques Cartier, Giovanni de Verrazzano, Robert de La Salle, Henry Hudson, Francisco Pizarro, Samuel de Champlain, Hernando de Cortez, Vasco de Gama, James Cook.
Rebecca-Reid
Writing Process Prompts for The Thanksgiving Story by Dagliesh

Writing Process Prompts for The Thanksgiving Story by Dagliesh

These four writing process prompts may help students develop the ability to write a few different types of paragraphs in response to the historical fiction picture book, The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dagliesh. As students read The Thanksgiving Story, they learn of the many difficulties that the Pilgrims faced and better understand why they were so “thankful.”  The four prompts include a narrative letter about traveling on the Mayflower, an informational compare and contrast paragraph, an informational paragraph about how the Native American Indians helped the Pilgrims, and a convincing opinion paragraph as to why those Pilgrims should celebrate with a Thanksgiving feast. See also Writing Process Prompts for Squanto's Journey by Joseph Bruchac.
Rebecca-Reid
Writing Process Prompts for Squanto's Journey by Bruchac

Writing Process Prompts for Squanto's Journey by Bruchac

These four writing process prompts may help students develop the ability to write a few different types of paragraphs in response to the historical fiction picture book, Squanto's Journey by Joseph Bruchac. As students read Squanto's Journey, they get the story of Thanksgiving from a different perspective, that of the Native American who helped the Pilgrims. The four prompts include two different kinds of informational paragraphs, a convincing opinion paragraph, and a narrative paragraph describing a scene from Squanto’s life.  See also Writing Process Prompts for The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dagliesh This work may be used for one teacher's use only. If you wish to share it with a friend, please purchase an additional license.
Rebecca-Reid
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Book Study

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Book Study

This book study is written to correlate to the book Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader (Penguin, 2008; ISBN 978-0-448-47805-0). Included in this pack are the following: · A pre-test for assessing current understanding. The pre-test has an “answer key on the bottom. · A page of questions for each chapter, including multiple choice, True or False question, matching, and short answer. · A page with a simple writing prompt for each chapter. · Five additional brainstorming work pages, including a character exploration page, a compare and contrast Venn diagram, and a timeline page. Although this product was created with a specific biography in mind, if you do not have access to the biography I selected for this book study product, you could find your own sources about Dr. King’s life and use those sources as background for the writing and brainstorming assignments.
Rebecca-Reid
Marco Polo's Silk Road Game

Marco Polo's Silk Road Game

Teach about Marco Polo, historical Europe to Asia trade routes, ancient civilizations, and the dangers and difficulties of medieval travel with a simulation game. Players make choices about what to trade for along historic trade routes, take a "chance" in the dangerous desert, and must plan ahead for food. Perfect for both homeschooling settings and for classrooms, the game provides children with an entertaining way of learning about Marco Polo, ancient civilizations and historical trade routes, and the difficulties and dangers travelers would have faced along the way. Younger children will probably take 30 minutes to get to China and back, but they will be asking to play again! Older students may want to negotiate the best prices in cities or take multiple journeys to China in one game, so their game will last longer. If you decide to implement the hands-on alternatives (fabric scraps to represent silk and raisins or another small food for the required "food" allowance, for example) your kids will beg to play some more! It is fun for young children and older children alike. This game introduces the following concepts: • Marco Polo traveled through mountains and desert to get to China. (In our game, we return via the same route; Marco Polo returned a different way). • A paiza (golden passport given to Marco Polo’s father from the emperor of China) provided the travelers a degree of protection from Mongol warriors and gave the travelers hospitality in caravansaries along the way. • Silk and porcelain from China was worth a lot in Venice. • Other places on the trade route provided Europe with tin, rugs, jade, and porcelain. • Between Italy and China are many mountains and deserts. • Preparation is required before entering a desert, and travelling through the desert is taking a chance. Included in the zip file are the following *Game pieces to print (if you do not want to find small objects, you can print these images on cardstock!) * Full playing instructions (5 pages) * Map game board from Venice to Xi'an, China (4 pages to print and tape together) * A template to design a paiza * “Take a chance” cards (for when you "take a chance" by landing in the desert)
Rebecca-Reid