Getting a child excited about history can be a challenging feat. I’ve found a really fun way to teach history. Creating units around historical figures really was an eye opener for me. As I began to concentrate on the PEOPLE of history I began to see the connections of historical events. Today I’m sharing what’s working for me this year.
First of all, I wanted to teach about a Native American tribe who lived in our region. November was a great month to teach my kids about the Chickasaw Indians. As I wrote out the lessons I was very intentional of making sure my students remembered the encounters with the colonists. I included the stories of their involvement with the British as well, because I wanted to pour and set the foundation for our study on the Revolutionary War and Lewis and Clark.
In addition to the original stories about each person, I provided different activities to help lock in information. REPETITION is a great teaching strategy as long as it’s FUN and ENGAGING! Each packet has 3 + ways to work with the information they read. The first several activities are stories written about the person. They are broken down into two stories. In between the stories is a comprehension check.
I read with the students and talk about the information as we go.
Craftivities and games are included for extra practice and FUN!
Stories and Comprehension Check
Interactive Vocabulary Notebooking
For more details on our Chickasaw Unit you can click here!
I hope these units are helpful as you dig deep into US history!