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American History 2 Activities

I've scoured the web looking for activities to enrich our American history study. Below are listed all of the activities scheduled in over the course of a year. Please preview websites. The web is changing on a daily basis and what was totally innocent on a page one day, might not be the next.

One idea on how to handle websites for the year: make a folder of bookmarks on your browser of the sites you want your students to visit.

Click a choice below if you want a printable list with full web addresses.

PDF list of activities

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Microsoft Word 2007 list of activities (.docx)

Microsoft Word 97-2003 list of activities (.doc)

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Creativity
This icon is for activities have a creative aspect to them. Think: crafts, things to make, draw, color, etc.

Website
This icon is for websites to visit and explore. I am fairly picky about including websites. I usually like them to have some really interesting or "nifty" interaction, etc.

Listen
This icon is for things to listen to online: music, radio shows, historical recordings or sounds.

Videos, DVD's, Online vidoes and a multitude of printables are listed in the resources section.

Week

Activity

Type

1

Make a Civil War drum

Creativity

1

Wooden doll paper doll

Creativity

1

An Interactive Tour of Natchez

Website

2

Make a thaumatrope

Creativity

2

Interactive Civil War “Room in Time”

Website

3

Make a whirligig

Creativity

3

Caddie Woodlawn paper doll
(1866 clothes)

Creativity

3

Gettysburg virtual panorama

Website

3

You are There old time radio program: The Battle of Gettysburg

Listen

4

You are There old time radio show: The Assassination of Lincoln

Listen

5

Civil War Jeopardy

Website

6

The winds of change craft

Creativity

6

Mr. President old time radio show: Andrew Johnson

Listen

7

Mr. President old time radio show: Grant

Listen

8

Build a sod house on the prairie interactive

Website

8

Cavalcade of America Radio Show: Wild Bill Hickok The Last of Two Gun Justice

Listen

9

Make a light bulb experiment

Experiment

9

Mr. President old time radio show: Chester Allen Arthur

Listen

10

Wild West Cowboy Puppet

Creativity

10

PBS Interactive History

Website

10

Cavalcade of America radio show: Thomas Edison the Man

Listen

11

A Taste of Life on the Job (page 3 of the PDF)

Role-play

12

Welcome immigrants diorama

Creativity

13

Mr. President old time radio show: Theodore Roosevelt

Listen

16

Biplane paper model

Creativity

16

Mr. President old radio show: William Howard Taft

Listen

17

Titanic Journey (BBC)

Website

18

Sterling North paper doll (boy from the story Rascal)

Creativity

18

World War One (BBC) site

Website

18

Mr. President old time radio show: Woodrow Wilson

Listen

19

Poppies WWI Craft

Creativity

19

Online “picture book” of WWI

Website

19

Ford Theatre Radio Program: Farewell to Arms

Listen

20

Listen to some 20’s music

Listen

20

Whispering Jack Smith

Listen

20

Bunny Berrigan

Listen

20

Mack and Miller – Ching-aLing’s jazz bazaar

Listen

20

I Caught Two Cods Cuddling

Listen

20

Eddi Elkins Orch – Who Cares

Listen

21

Original Charleston

Listen

21

Charleston (Fox Trot)

Listen

21

The Birth of the Blues

Listen

21

Puttin on the Ritz

Listen

21

Alone in the Rain

Listen

23

Lonely Island Hidden Alcatraz (PBS site)

Website

23

Alcatrazhistory.com

Website

23

Listen to “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”

Listen

23

Dorsey Brothers

Listen

23

Buck Rogers

Listen

23

Louis Armstrong - Muggles

Listen

23

Listen to some American music from the 30’s

Listen

24

Listen to one of FDR’s fireside chats about banking

Listen

25

Radio Show

Creativity

26

Listen to an air raid siren

Listen

26

WWII Tales Activities

Creativity

26

Cavalcade of America radio show: U Boat Prisoner

Listen

27

Make a Japanese fish kite

Creativity

27

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the Constitution

Website

28

V-Mail

Creativity

34

Walking on the Moon

Website

 

 

 

 

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