Middle School history lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for history, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Claims to the Throne 1066

Claims to the Throne 1066

This lesson involves pupils working in groups to produce an election campaign for one of the claimants to the throne in 1066. (Before the Battle of Hastings lesson) The PowerPoint goes through the claimants to the throne in 1066 which allows students to work in groups for the election campaign task. The CV worksheet provides students with extra information to support with the group task. The election task work sheet gives clear instructions alongside extension tasks to enable students to complete high quality group work.

By leighbee23

Slave Triangle

Slave Triangle

This is a complete lesson exploring the Slave Trade triangle. It includes a map task, have and need task, card sort on the reasons slavery was justified and visual questioning task

By leighbee23

History timeline for display - easily adapted

History timeline for display - easily adapted

Goes from the dinosaurs through key periods of history to the present day. Use MS Word to adapt it. I have added the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages to the updated version. As well as the first public railway in 1825, England winning the World Cup in 1966 and the 2012 Olympics.

By MrColleyMaths

The Spanish Armada

The Spanish Armada

A full lesson on the invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588, this lesson is for KS3 students and includes a group role play task for students and a worksheet to support the planning of a cause and consequence assessment on the failure of the Spanish Armada.

By leighbee23

Recruitment WW1

Recruitment WW1

A lesson that focuses on analysing various propaganda posters with a source analysis table and designing poster task with clear instructions. Also includes a worksheet on conscription

By leighbee23

Textile inventions

Textile inventions

This lesson as a dragons den style group task, pupils worked in groups of 5 and each analysed one of the five inventions during the Industrial revolution, they then choose one of the best inventions to invest their money in but being able to explain why. This is a good lesson to explore the start of the factory system.The lesson plan is based on the delegation task from a Teacher's toolkit lesson

By leighbee23

Roman Villa

Roman Villa

Roman villa lessonslesson one-Introduction to Roman Villa and key features Then a long term task pupils design a Roman estate agent booklet by being a Roman estate agent (word doc)The word doc is a 7 page booklet of roman villa budget task, students have a budget of 8,000 denarii to budget building a villa with rooms and fetures and then students produce a booklet to describe the villa (good for numeracy and literacy-pursuasive writing) work doc can be photopied in to an A5 booklet for pupils to plan their own villa. Explains key rooms, extras and features of Roman Villas

By leighbee23

Henry VIII and his 6 wives

Henry VIII and his 6 wives

A lesson to introduce the 6 wives of Henry VIII, it includes various activities for students to engage in to explore the personalty of Henry VIII and also his wives

By leighbee23

Edexcel 9-1 Weimar & Nazi Germany: Unit 2 Hitler's Rise to Power, 1919-33

Edexcel 9-1 Weimar & Nazi Germany: Unit 2 Hitler's Rise to Power, 1919-33

This Bundle includes all of the teaching material for the second unit of the Weimar and Nazi Germany Edexcel 9-1 specification. Each lesson includes a presentation, differentiated resources, literacy support, exam style questions and advice and a range of activities to challenge and develop independent learners. No textbook required and each lesson includes a step by step guide with clear instructions.

By planmylesson

Edexcel 9-1 Weimar & Nazi Germany Units 1 & 2

Edexcel 9-1 Weimar & Nazi Germany Units 1 & 2

A sequence of twenty fully resourced lessons for the first two units of the Edexcel 9-1 Weimar and Nazi Germany specification. This bundle includes all the necessary teaching material for the Weimar Republic, its early challenges and recovery and Hitler's rise to power, 1919-33. The lessons include a step by step guide, PowerPoint presentation, differentiated resources, card sorts, worksheets, self-assessment documents, exam style questions and advice. No textbook required.

By planmylesson

Brazil Full SoW

Brazil Full SoW

I've written this for KS3 EBD boys. There are links on the lesson plans to websites. It is a full scheme of work with attached power points, worksheets and activities.

By asadler79

Conditions in the Trenches

Conditions in the Trenches

This lesson is a 2 lessons based around conditions in the trenches and contains a presentation detailing conditions in the trenches. A starter activity using a primary source from a soldier in WW1 and a marketplace discovery activity for students to explore conditions in the trenches.This task is used to help students prepare a creative writing task in the form of a trench diary and includes resources to support the planning of a trench diary

By leighbee23

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Roman Shields

Roman Shields

Powerpoint showing several photos of Roman shields that I made leading into an activity where children design their own Roman shield based on certain criteria.The children went on to design their own Roman Shields and then made then with cardboard and painted them.Perfect for giving them ideas! NEW! (Oct, 2015)As a BONUS I have now included a completely unique animated Roman timeline I made that can be included in your own presentations as I have converted to movie format. Thank you to all those that have downloaded and commented upon my resource.

By dave_orritt

Execution of Charles I

Execution of Charles I

A variety of resources on the execution of Charles IThis pack includes at least 3 lessons of work including a memory game task to discover about the execution, a newsaper written report task, a group work news broadcast task. Great to explore the execution, includes good resources for SEN students

By leighbee23

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

Intro lesson on Henry VIII which goes though his personality with a memory exercise Worksheets includes one with sources to explore what type of man Henry was with source analysis exercises and questions. Second one is a worksheet and a paired task to explore an overview of Henry VIII life and consider why he is famous Third worksheet is getting students to explore Henry's problems in his early reign and be an agony aunt- this will lead in to a lesson on Henry VIII great matter.

By leighbee23

Olympics games- ancient to modern

Olympics games- ancient to modern

An introduction to the ancient olympics and modern olympics, this lesson covers the history of the olympic games It also has a countries research task for students to doThere is also a long term project for students to design their own olympic games as a host nation These resources are useful for student to learn about the Olympics before the Brazil 2016 Olympic games this summer.

By leighbee23

The Blitz

The Blitz

Powerpoint covers background on the Blitz with descriptive writing task. Also a handout that has primary source accounts from people that experienced the Blitz. Other two sheets are worksheets that cover information on the Blitz with source based questions for students to make inferences from

By leighbee23

Rise of Hitler

Rise of Hitler

Intro lesson about Adolf Hitler's early life pupils can design a facebook page based on his early life and rise to power to gain a brief insight into Hitler. The lesson also then covers the factors that enabled the Nazi party to secure more votes and Hitler to rise to power with worksheets to supportIdeal for KS3 students

By leighbee23

Fun Class Assembly  Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Fun Class Assembly Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Just finished this assembly with my Y5 class, it went so well and they loved it. It involves an 'X factor' style show where each Greek god auditions to be king of the gods, whilst telling the audience a little bit about the Ancient Greeks. It involves throwing confetti at the audience, a dance routine to music from Disney's Hercules, and a boy dressing up as Cheryl Cole....if you want. Adapt and use as you want. Enjoy.

By koolkat123uk

Industrial revolution changes

Industrial revolution changes

Intro overview lesson on the main changes that took place during the Industrial Revolution Print off the Cards and cut them up and get pupils to put them in the correct category and correct time period.A good lesson to make pupils aware of the main changes that took place between 1750-1900 before looking at the Industrial period in more detail.There are a number of tasks to review progress and get students thinking of the the extent and impact of change.

By leighbee23

Nazi Propaganda

Nazi Propaganda

Nazi Germany lesson analysing Nazi propaganda, includes a detailed worksheet and a paired task exploring forms of propaganda the Nazi party used. This can be used to link to how propaganda helped the Nazis maintain control.Also includes a task discussing the features of propaganda posters on the powerpoint to go through with the whole class and then an activity worksheet to facilitate the development of this independently This resource has been adapted since earlier reviews

By leighbee23

Roman Gladiators

Roman Gladiators

Powerpoint that explains a popular form of Roman entertainment. Includes a gladiator labelling and sport broadcasting tasks

By leighbee23

Market Place Activity: How far was the Black Death a disaster for Medieval Society?

Market Place Activity: How far was the Black Death a disaster for Medieval Society?

This outstanding resource was designed for a lesson observation and comes with its own lesson plan. It is suitable for a range of learners and includes some great ideas and strategies to try out with your students. The information on the consequences of the Black Death for the market place activity have been beautifully presented and linked into the decline of feudalism, the peasants revolt and the Renaissance. The core question for students t investigate is 'how far was the Black Death a disaster for Medieval society?'The resource includes a PowerPoint with aims, objectives as well as two alternative innovative starters. It then includes six information slides about how the symptoms and causes of the Black Death as well as an activity around the effectiveness of Medieval medicine at this time. The next six slides are designed to be either printed off on A3 or A4 to be used for the market place activity. They are grouped together so that each table would have two information sheets. The final slide includes an activity to help students structure an extended answer on: 'How far was the Black Death a disaster for Medieval society?' The aims and objectives for this lesson are:Theme: Medieval SocietyKnow: What were the consequences of the Black Death?Understand: How did the Black Death change Medieval society?Evaluate: How far was the Black Death a disaster for Medieval society?Skills: Source Analysis, Cause, Consequence & CollaborationWILF – What Am I Looking For?Identify & describe: What were the effects of the Black Death?Explain: How did the Black Death change Medieval society?Analyse: How far was the Black Death a disaster for Medieval society?As part of the plenary you could discuss what impact would a similar disease have on jobs, housing and society today in modern Britain. Its important to ask in this lesson, for whom was it a disaster and how much of a disaster. My students concluded, that it was a disaster for the feudal lords who began to lose control over their peasants. If you like this resource then why not check out my other resources on this topic in my TES shop. You can also follow 'The History Academy' on Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and Facebook for the latest updates or even to get in touch and chat about how you have used this resource or to ask questions. We aim to produce cheap and affordable resources for either the price of a good cup of coffee or a happy meal so that you can spend more time doing the things that you want.Anyway, have fun and stay in touch via social media for the latest updates.Kind RegardsRoy

By Roy_Huggins

Roman army

Roman army

A series of three lessons on the Roman Army- based on recruitment and why the army was successful. Includes three tasks labelling, card sort, spy task, recruitment advert task.Lots of high quality resources for KS2 and KS3 students

By leighbee23

Tolland Man Murder Mystery - interpreting evidence using inference

Tolland Man Murder Mystery - interpreting evidence using inference

This lesson is an introduction to the mystery of the Tolland Peat Bog Man and what happened to him. This lesson is designed to get younger KS3 pupils questioning evidence. They have to make a decision as to whether he was murdered, committed suicide or it was an accident. Pupils should work in pairs and the teacher drip feeds the information gradually to encourage pupils to form opinions and have them challenged. They then can present their decision to the rest of the class using the evidence.Contains three worksheets, full lesson plans and a fully animated Powerpoint presentation like a news report.

By PerfidiaBlackheart

Marking Stickers to Encourage Feedback - 23 Template Bundle

Marking Stickers to Encourage Feedback - 23 Template Bundle

Has that pile of books been sitting on your desk for over a week? Why not print out some stickers and get sticking! I use a range of stickers to encourage student feedback. It's an excellent way to save some time but also encourage a dialogue. Credit to A. Wilkes for inspiration. You will require various label size papers but there are some standard envelope ones. Sticker sizes include: standard address label, 25x25, 64x64 and others. Comments are appreciated. This paper can be purchased online and put into any printer. Comments are appreciated. Images are taken from Microsoft Office Clip-Art collections and used in line with MS policy.

By maxblackburn

The gunpowder plot

The gunpowder plot

History investigation based on were the gunpowder plotters framed? This lesson includes sources for students to analyse and also facts about the gunpowder plot This lesson is based on a guided history mystery lesson focused on group work Ideal for a top set class

By leighbee23