The American Revolution: Making It Personal for 3rd or 4th Graders

The American Revolution
Making It Personal for 3rd or 4th Graders

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I chose to create my unit on the American Revolution.  This topic encompasses the 1.1 EALRS under the social studies – civics section, the 1.1 under the history section, part of the 1.3 under the history section for fourth grade.

I have set up the unit to be a participatory unit.  In the lesson plans included, the students must physically get out of their seats and act out several of the historical events.  I place the students in colonial shoes to help give them perspective of the events as they occurred.  In one lesson I have the students write a letter to relatives in England to explain what is going on in the colonies.  The reason for this is to show that there is more than one side to every story.  I want the students to be able to see both sides, and understand that the Revolution was not good versus evil, but people wanting their freedom that only independence from England could bring.

As a teacher, I want the students to know where this country came from and understand what the men who signed the Declaration of Independence meant when they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.  My goal for the students is for them to want to learn more than I can teach in my limited time.  I hope that their interest is sparked and further research via the Internet, Books or even watching the PBS show “Liberty” will be done.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview of American Revolution Unit
  2. Four Week Unit Plan
  3. Lesson Plans
    1. Day 5 – Tea Act & Boston Tea Party
    2. Day 7 – Minute Men & Battle of Lexington and Concord
    3. Day 10 – Women of War & Adoption of the Flag
    4. Day 11 – Delaware Crossing & Valley Forge
    5. Day 13 – Alliance with France & Benedict Arnold
    6. Day 18 – British Surrender & Treaty of Paris – Unit Review
  4. Activity Plans
    1. Colonial Map
    2. Time Line
    3. Unit Project
  5. Power Point Presentation for Unit
  6. Maps
  7. Charts and Graphs
    1. Battle Victories
    2. Time Line
  8. Images
  9. Documents
  10. Artifacts
  11. Told Story Outlines
    1. Battle of Lexington & Concord
    2. Battle of Yorktown
    3. Boston Tea Party
  12. Children’s Literature
  13. References
  14. Personal Reflection