We have found many projects and activities to help our middle school kids to learn more about the American Civil War. We love books, music, art, and of course history hands-on activities. Project ideas for tweens/teens.
This site is full of everything a teacher would want from picture books to novels, interactive time lines, interactive battle maps and a lot of other links from the website. It is loaded with all kinds of resources
Introduction activity: Use an old map from just before the Civil War started (West Virginia didn't exist). Don't alert students to the differences. Cut apart states and have students assemble like a puzzle. Life is Better Messy Anyway:
These cootie catchers/ fortune tellers are a great way for students to have fun while learning about the different historical figures, documents, and battles during the American Civil War. How to Play and Assembly Instructions are included.
This matching activity allows students to learn Civil War vocabulary terms in a fun way! You can use these vocabulary flash cards in 2 different ways! You can cut them all out separately and play a matching game with the terms and definitions or you can make them double sided cards with the term on one side and the definition on the other! Included vocabulary terms: abolitionist, tariff, sectionalism, secession, Underground Railroad, Civil War, draft, emancipation, popular sovereignty…