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Teaching History Creatively!

I am on my 20th year of teaching. I am so excited to share my creative student centered experiences with others! I love to rock out the classroom! I have taught everything from Geography, Free Enterprise, English, History and Athletic Coaching. I'm devoted devoted to Teaching Like A Pirate: Bold, Daring, Risk Taking and adventurous! My teaching style is all about building relationships with my students. Students will do anything for you if they know you care about them.

I am on my 20th year of teaching. I am so excited to share my creative student centered experiences with others! I love to rock out the classroom! I have taught everything from Geography, Free Enterprise, English, History and Athletic Coaching. I'm devoted devoted to Teaching Like A Pirate: Bold, Daring, Risk Taking and adventurous! My teaching style is all about building relationships with my students. Students will do anything for you if they know you care about them.
American Revolution Battle BreakOUT Room
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American Revolution Battle BreakOUT Room

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Sample Story line from BreakOut Room: The year is 1775, it still wasn't clear to most colonists what the heck was going on up in Massachusetts. The battle of Lexington could have been the first shots of the Revolutionary War or it could just as easily have been a skirmish between the British army and a handful of rebel hotheads. Alexander Hamilton was not throwing away his shot to make a difference after moving to New York and trying to find something to be a part of. It was this event the inspired Alexander Hamilton to join the fight as a patriot in the Revolutionary War. On March 17, 1776, HAMILTON was commissioned as captain of the Provisional Company of the New York Artillery. Hamilton, the musical will take you on a musical journey to help you discover the answer to this question. How does “My Shot” lead to “What Comes Next?” (Hamilton the Musical Songs) You and your classmates will need to find clues that along the way will help you understand the major battles of the American Revolution. These clues will lead you to everything you need to break into the BIG Mystery box. Inside the box, is the secret to keeping Alexander Hamilton alive...for now. Your first clue will lead you to something that will help you find a combination to one of the boxes or bags. What is inside the box or bag will lead you to your second answer. ***Includes explicit Teacher instructions that sequence your locks and codes with pictures of my boxes or bags. *** All QR Codes are included *** Student worksheet that guides them step by step *** 3 Hamilton songs are linked by QR codes or other links: These are- 1. My Shot 2. Guns and Ships 3. York Town 4. What Comes Next---Not linked but you play it at the end. The link is included for you. Major Battles taught through the BreakOut room are: 1. Lexington and Concord 2. Trenton 3. Saratoga 4. Valley Forge 5. Yorktown
Causes of American Revolution Gallery Walk
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Causes of American Revolution Gallery Walk

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Get your students up and moving around the room to discover the causes of the American Revolution. Students will use the attached worksheet to follow the Power Point Posters that you display around the room. (Also included) Playing music during this activity is a welcome alternative to a quiet classroom for kids! The Power Point Slides that you print into full page posters are colorful, attractive and precise.
The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets
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The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets

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Description: "The War That Made America" brings to life a vastly important—but often misunderstood—period of American history, a period that set in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. Narrated and hosted by Graham Greene, the Academy-Award nominated actor for "Dances With Wolves" and an Oneida Indian whose ancestors fought in this war, "The War That Made America" combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling filmed portrayal of the dangerous world of the 18th-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, then a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military, whose blunders actually trigger the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has long been distorted or forgotten, is the critical military importance and strategic diplomacy of Native Americans in the conflict between the English and French for the expansion of their colonial empires. It was a war the British won, but the fruit of their victory contained the seeds of the Revolutionary War. This file comes with 5 printable's for 5 segments of the PBS movie.
Learning Morse Code
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Learning Morse Code

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This cute little activity makes learning and practicing Morse Code a simple and fun activity. Will easily supplement your own unit. Great for learning stations/centers. Students will decipher a part of John Adams letter to Abigail to conclude this learning activity.
Causes of the American Revolution Town Hall Meeting
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Causes of the American Revolution Town Hall Meeting

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Let’s get ready to rumble! Students will prepare to get in a heated discussion about the issues surrounding the greatest break-up in history. Students will be prepared to explain why each of these issues were Fair or Unfair to the colonists. After each section of the meeting students will process with questions like this: At this point in time, should American colonists rebel against the British government? If not, what should we do?
Alien and Sedition Acts Mini Simulation
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Alien and Sedition Acts Mini Simulation

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I FINALLY found a way to make the alien and sedition acts PERSONAL and interactive with my students! The answer, is this Mini Simulation. It comes with a presentation link that you will use to guide your students through the tough decisions surrounding these acts that President Adams had to make. The attached worksheet will give student space for processing the material. Turn this into a lively discussion with your kids.
President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds
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President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds

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James Polk | 60-Second Presidents PBS Video Collection TIME SAVER! Fun, energetic, and entertaining video. You will be surprised about how much information can be packed into this 60 second video. James Polk accomplished a lot more in one term than many presidents accomplish in two. Find out how he delivered on his promise of westward expansion. Includes: 1. Teacher Answer Key 2. Student worksheet with 10 questions (all on 1 piece of paper)
Andrew Jackson by Schmoop
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Andrew Jackson by Schmoop

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION If you have not watched and used Shmoop videos for your history class, now is your chance. Shmoop creates hilarious and sarcastic videos to teach many subjects. Video Description: Believe it or not, the Battle of Orleans wasn't the time Drew Brees and the Saints finally won their Super Bowl. It was an actual battle, with an actual general at the helm—Andrew Jackson. He was a military hero and more… and he threw very few interceptions to boot. This worksheet is perfect for: 1. Learning Stations 2. Flipped Classroom 3. In class independent work 4. Fits perfectly into what you already do in the classroom.
Andrew Jackson Critical Thinking Exercise
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Andrew Jackson Critical Thinking Exercise

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What are Metaphors & Analogies? Metaphors and analogies are comparisons between unlike things that have some particular things in common. Why should we use them in class? Good teachers use metaphors and analogies to make new and unfamiliar concepts more meaningful to students by connecting what they already know to what they are learning. 1. Good readers know how to use analogies and metaphors to get at the meaning of a passage. 2. When students create their own analogies for new concepts, the analogy can provide a way to assess their understanding of the new concepts. 3. Metaphors and analogies add "sparkle" to student writing. These Andrew Metaphors are a great critical thinking exercise to help assess understanding of this topic. Kids love these!
American Revolution Sports Movie Connections
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American Revolution Sports Movie Connections

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The American Revolution is every sports movie ever. Students will consider that the the American Revolution( OR ANY WAR)to be lot like a classic sports movie. The plots are essentially identical. All sports movies start out with a group of less-than-stellar athletes. Then SUDDENLY- there is a wonderful music montage where they train to some really upbeat music and a stunning matter of 2-3 minutes become the best team ever! Then by the end of the movie they’ve won the state championship! Wow! Spectacular! Listed in this activity are different “sports movie” scenes and characters. It is your job to relate those scenes and characters to actual events and people of the American Revolution. SUPER FUN! Students LOVE This!
Best Sellers Bundle
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Best Sellers Bundle

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these resources are simply knock outs. Students and teachers both benefit which resources that are this engaging. Engage your students and make learning fun!
Articles of Confederation Field Trip
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Articles of Confederation Field Trip

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This interactive introduces students to the problems Congress faced about the Articles of Confederation. Students will take a Colonial Williamsburg field trip as congressman and make decisions about what they would have done in the time period. FUN and ENGAGING. This worksheet packet holds students accountable by having them write down answers to questions each step of the way. It allows students to process the material as they progress through the simulation.
Operation Next Year/Back To School
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Operation Next Year/Back To School

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This adorable bundle includes: 1. Operation: End of School Year Student Advise sheet for NEXT years students. 2. Operation: Back to school Student Questionnaire Questions connected to Game parts are: 1. Tell me about what is near and dear to your heart. (What do you love?) 2. WRITE about your GOALS this school year. 3. What is your WISH for this class? 4. What are FUN things you do in your spare time? 5. How do you like to learn? How can I help you learn?
Abraham Lincoln in  2 1/2 Minutes
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Abraham Lincoln in 2 1/2 Minutes

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Time Saver! Description: Honest Abe—what a nickname. Abraham Lincoln was the president who led the country through the Civil War and abolished slavery. And he rocked that black top hat. Let's all give him a pat on the back. This short, fun, entertaining video by Shmoop covers how Abe overcame his depression to become President. This fill in the blank worksheet will keep student accountable but will not take too much time to complete.