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13 Pages
Subject
History/Social Studies
Languages
English
Product
Digital
Grade
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Resource Type
Activities, Printables
Standard
Common Core English Language Arts Standards

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It is important to have well-rounded activities for your study of the Declaration of Independence. These 5 centers will complement your study of the Declaration itself. Middle school students love to move about in centers and think creatively. The Declaration of Independence activities will extend learning and have students answer higher-level questions.

Includes the following center activities:

✅Art History: Students will examine The Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull, read background information, and answer higher-level questions.

✅Primary Source: Students will read a related primary source, the "Preamble of the Declaration of Independence; students will answer higher-level questions.

✅Artifacts/Objects: Students will examine images of artifacts from this time period and write what they see, think, and wonder about each object.

✅Geography: Students will examine a map of the 13 colonies as it relates to the signing of the Declaration and answer basic and higher-level questions.

✅Biography: Students will do some brief research on Thomas Jefferson and create a bio poem to reflect a deeper understanding of him. Websites for research are provided.

Here is what I recommend:

⭐️Use the centers either with or after a unit of study of the beginning of the Revolution and the Declaration of Independence. I have a complete unit; check it out:

Revolution Begins and Declaration of Independence Complete Unit

⭐️I like to print them and set my desks in tables during center time. I put the directions in an acrylic dollar store frame or tape it to a file folder so it stands up.

⭐️If you don't have a color printer, you could attach those slides to your Google Classroom™ or print in black and white.

⭐️I put kids in small groups. Since there are 5 centers, I divide kids up. Then, I rotate them around the room. You can figure out how much time you'd like to give them. I would use at least 2 class periods to give kids enough time. So, if you teach a 50-minute block and use two class periods, that is 100 minutes, so that would give kids 20 minutes per station.

⭐️I recommend having kids use some kind of related online game or ongoing project if they finish a center early. If you are using my unit, they could use this time for the project portion.

⭐️There is a selection of readings to help gain information for a 'spotlight on Thomas Jefferson" station. Feel free to add resources that might work for your students. You can copy them easily on your Google Classroom™, or select a few to print.

Any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected].

Enjoy!

Linda A. - "All in One Middle School"

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