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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.
Causes of American Revolution Gallery Walk

Causes of American Revolution Gallery Walk

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.
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American Revolution Battle BreakOUT Room

American Revolution Battle BreakOUT Room

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
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Causes of American Revolution Gallery Walk

Causes of American Revolution Gallery Walk

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.
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Causes of the American Revolution Town Hall Meeting

Causes of the American Revolution Town Hall Meeting

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?
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Alien and Sedition Acts Mini Simulation

Alien and Sedition Acts Mini Simulation

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.
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Jay's and Pinckney's Treaty Readers Theatre

Jay's and Pinckney's Treaty Readers Theatre

This ORIGINAL and engaging readers theater will bring this typically boring material to life. Students become excited and enthusiastic about reading when they are presented with the opportunity to participate in Readers Theater. The ideal way to use this play is to put students in groups of 4 so they all have a part to read. Print copies for each students or read off of your website/google drive. A Student Reflections sheet keeps students engaged and accountable for what they are learning.
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The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets

The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets

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.
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Andrew Jackson by Schmoop

Andrew Jackson by Schmoop

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.
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President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds

President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds

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)
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Bill of Rights Illustrated

Bill of Rights Illustrated

Students will first define each Bill. Then after teacher reviews each bill students will make corrections. Finally, space is provided for students to ILLUSTRATE each amendment in the Bill of Rights.
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SuperHero Exit Tickets

SuperHero Exit Tickets

These fun and creative Exit tickets are superhero themed. There are 8 different styles of exit tickets. The last two pages include emoji exit tickets and numerical ratings exit tickets. **Customize each for entrance or exit tickets **Differentiate your lessons **Use for formative Assessments
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George Washington's Accomplishments

George Washington's Accomplishments

Not only did George Washington lead our new country to independence, he is also considered to be one of our greatest presidents. No one had ever been president before and almost everything that President Washington did set a precedent, or example, for other presidents to follow. In this assignment, students will do the following: Student ASSIGNMENT: 1. Look over this list and choose two of Washington’s accomplishments that you feel are the most important. 2. Use pictures (use very few words, if any) to symbolically represent these accomplishments. Draw the pictures within the picture of George Washington. 3. Outside of this picture, write down why you chose these two accomplishments as the most important. Write two paragraphs, one for each accomplishment that you have chosen. Each paragraph should be at least two paragraphs long.
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Emoji Exit Tickets

Emoji Exit Tickets

These fun and creative Exit tickets are emoji themed. They are great for early finishers and also provide you with great feedback to assess student progression in your lesson that you can then use to plan differentiated lessons to suit their needs. **Customize each for entrance or exit tickets **Differentiate your lessons **Use for formative Assessments
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Thomas Jefferson in 60 Seconds

Thomas Jefferson in 60 Seconds

Video Description: Thomas Jefferson influenced the landscape of America, both politically and geographically. Discover more about the third president of the U.S. and why he?s such a big deal. After all, you don't get your face printed on the two-dollar bill for nothing! TIME SAVER! This video worksheet covers the required content quickly but thoroughly. Worksheet has 10 questions and a TEACHER KEY.
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Learning Morse Code

Learning Morse Code

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.
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James Madison in 60 Seconds

James Madison in 60 Seconds

Video Description: James Madison's legacy includes political triumphs such as introducing the Bill of Rights. It also includes failures such as the War of 1812 and Washington D.C. getting burned to the ground. Find out more about the roller coaster ride that was Madison's presidency. TIME SAVER! This video worksheet covers the required content quickly but thoroughly. Worksheet has 8 questions and a TEACHER KEY.
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Thomas "Two Faced" Jefferson

Thomas "Two Faced" Jefferson

The Student Challenge: 1. Draw five pictures of Jefferson’s theories and beliefs on issues before he became president in 1800. 2. Draw five pictures on the opposite side of how he reversed his thinking on his theories and beliefs after assuming the presidency. A sample is included in the first box. A Editable grade rubric is also attached.
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Abraham Lincoln in  2 1/2 Minutes

Abraham Lincoln in 2 1/2 Minutes

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.
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