2015 Free Lesson Plans

What Was the Boston Tea Party? (December 2015) (PDF)

Native American Pourquoi Stories (November 2015) (PDF)

Deadly, Destructive Natural Disasters (October 2015) (PDF)

Chocolate: From the Maya to Milton Hershey (September 2015) (PDF)

First American Schoolbook: The New England Primer (August 2015) (PDF)

Moon Landing (July 2015) (PDF)

John Muir and Our National Parks (June 2015) (PDF)

Memorial Day and National Military Appreciation Month: Memorial Collage Activity (May 2015) (PDF)

Earth Day: Rachel Carson and Silent Spring (April 2015) (PDF)

Women’s History Month: Women Scientists (March 2015) (PDF)

Thurgood Marshall and the Path of Civil Rights Court Cases (February 2015) (PDF)

Inventions: Changing the World (January 2015) (PDF)

2014 Free Lesson Plans

Literature, Primary Source and Writing Activity: The American Revolution—Boston Tea Party (December 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Reading: Literature—Key Ideas and Details, RL.3.1, 4.1, and 6.1; RL.3.3–5.3; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, RL.3.10–12.10
Reading: Informational Text—Key Ideas and Details, RI.4.1 and 6.1; RI.3.3–5.3; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, RI.3.10–12.10
Reading: Foundational Skills—Fluency, RF.3.4–5.4
Writing—Text Types and Purposes, W.3.1–W.5.1; Production and Distribution of Writing, W.3.4–W.6.4; W.3.5–W.6.5; W.3.6–W.6.6
Speaking & Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1

Research Writing: Reliability of Online Sources (November 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Writing—Text Types and Purposes, W.3.2–W.12.2; Production and Distribution of Writing, W.3.4–W.6.4; W.3.5–W.6.5; W.3.6–W.6.6; Research to Build and Present Knowledge, W.3.7–W. 7.7 and W.3.8–W.7.8
Speaking and Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1

Reading Informational: Text Make Text-to-World Connections (October 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Reading: Informational Text—Key Ideas and Details, RI.4.1–5.1 and RI3.3–5.3; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, RI.3.10–12.10
Reading: Foundational Skills—Fluency, RF.3.4–5.4
Speaking & Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1

Writing Project: Persuasive Letter (September 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Writing—Text Types and Purposes, W.3.1–W.5.1; Production and Distribution of Writing, W.3.4–W.6.4; W.3.5–W.6.5; W.3.6–W.6.6; Research to Build and Present Knowledge, W.4.9–W.12.9
Speaking & Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, SL.3.4–12.4

Primary Source and Writing Activity: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (August 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Reading: Informational Text—Key Ideas and Details, RI.3.1–5.1; 3.2–5.2; and 3.3–5.3; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, RI.3.10–12.10 Reading: Foundational Skills—Fluency, RF.3.4–5.4
Writing—Text Types and Purposes, W.3.2–W.12.2; Production and Distribution of Writing, W.3.4–W.6.4; W.3.5–W.6.5; W.3.6–W.6.6; Research to Build and Present Knowledge, W.4.9–W.12.9
Speaking & Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, SL.3.4–12.4

Reading Informational: Text Ask Thick and Thin Questions (July 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Reading: Informational Text—Key Ideas and Details, RI.3.1; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, RI.3.10–12.10
Reading: Foundational Skills—Fluency, RF.3.4–5.4
Speaking & Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1

Writing Project Text Structures: Cause and Effect (June 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Writing—Text Types and Purposes, W.3.2–W.12.2; Production and Distribution of Writing, W.3.4–W.6.4; W.3.5–W.6.5; W.3.6–W.6.6
Reading: Informational Text—Key Ideas and Details, RI.3.3; Craft and Structure, RI.4.5
Speaking & Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1

Reading Informational Text: Finding Main Ideas for Lessons (May 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
Reading: Informational Text—Key Ideas and Details, RI.3.2–5.2; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, RI.3.10–12.10
Reading: Foundational Skills—Fluency, RF.3.4–5.4
Speaking & Listening—Comprehension and Collaboration, SL.3.1–12.1

Native American and Pioneer Children’s Games (April 2014) (PDF)

Refer to your state social studies standards regarding Native American culture and pioneers/settlers.

Summarize Using the 5 W’s Plus H (March 2014) (PDF)

Common Common Core Standards:
English Language Arts Standards: Reading Informational Text,
Key Ideas and Details—RI.4.2–RI.8.2 and Writing, Key Ideas and Details—W.3.2–W.8.2

Descriptive Writing Activity: My Town (February 2014) (PDF)

Common Core Standards:
English Language Arts Standards: Writing, Text Types and Purposes—W.3.2b–W.8.2b

Reading Informational Text: Inferring (January 2014) (PDF)

Common Core Standards:
Reading Standards for Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details—RI.4.1–RI.12.1

Getting History Write: Common Core Strategies for Your Classroom (NCSS13 presentation) (PPTX)

Handouts from Getting History Write: Common Core Strategies for Your Classroom (Primary Sources, Teaching Suggestions, and Models) (PDF)