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5 Themes of Geography Rap (Mnemonic Device: 5 Themes of Geography” “Let’s Play In Mario’s Room!”)

French & Indian War

  1. 1753 – 1754: Adventures of a Young George Washington (Very Good): This is a good activity that looks at George Washington’s mission to ask the French to leave forts in the disputed Ohio River Valley.

American Revolution

  1. The American Revolution Handbook by National Parks Service: This is a 65 page publication by the National Parks Service.
  2. Boston Massacre Interactive (EXCELLENT): This is an incredible resource for US History teachers. There are 20 primary sources, great background information, plenty of activity, and a computer interactive that the students will love.
  3. Road to the American Revolution: PBS Interactive: This is a great activity that PBS created to teach students about the events leading up to the American Revolution. Click the link to view a questions for students to answers as they complete the activity.
  4. April 17, 1775: Paul Revere’s Ride
  5. April 18, 1775: National Parks Service: A Patriot Spy (EXCELLENT) This is an an activity that takes the student through the streets of Boston on the evening of April 18, 1775. There is great use of primary sources and it is very engaging for the students. Lesson Time (35 – 50 minutes) (Additional WebRanger Activities)
  6. Battle of Lexington and Concord: Concord Hymn (1837) read by President Clinton
  7. Prelude to the American Revolution (National Parks Service)
  8. Give Me Liberty!  (March 23, 1775): This is a 3 page worksheet. It is great for class discussion. A teacher may choose to create some questions for the students.
  9. Declaration of Independence: Dramatic Reading: This is a great resource for the Declaration of Independence. It is a dramatic reading with famous actors and actresses. It is even narrated by Morgan Freeman.
  10. Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Reenactment Video


  1. U.S. Constitution Quiz

A Growing Nation

  1. 1803 Louisiana Purchase: This is a simple reading activity that asks the students to map out the Louisiana Purchase. It is a great way to introduce the Lewis & Clark interactive.
  2. 1807 Lewis & Clark Interactive: A great PBS Interactive. Students make choices as they explore the Louisiana Purchase.
  3. Manifest Destiny: A great lesson from ICivics.

Civil War

  1. 1809 – 1865: National Parks Service: Help Lincoln Get to the White House – Very Good. The NPS does a great job presenting the important events of the timeline interactive. It takes the student on an interactive journey of Abraham Lincoln’s life from birth to his death.

Cold War

  1. October 1962 13 Days in October JFK Library


  1. JFK Quotes: John F. Kennedy Quotes
  2. President John F. Kennedy: 1961 Inaugural Address

September 8th, 2019: Grandparents Day Lesson: US History

September 11th

  • Top 10 Websites for Teaching 9/11
  • 30 for 30 1st Pitch: On October 30, 2001, President George W. Bush stepped to the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series, just six weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That night the first pitch meant more than just “play ball.”
  • E:60: The Red Bandana: Ten years later: remembering the man who led over 12 people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11th – a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandanna.
  • SC Featured: A 9/11 hero’s lasting impact on rugby:
  • Mark Bingham saved countless lives by helping stop United Flight 93 from reaching its target, but it’s the lives he saved and those he’s impacted since that help to define his legacy.

National Parks Service: American Revolution Resources

National Parks Service: Webrangers Activities

Mission US: A Great US History Resource

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