Very few middle school kids want to sit down and only read about history from a dry textbook. They want to get their hands dirty, build stuff, and really get a sense of what it was like to live during the time periods they’re studying. Don't make history boring - use hands-on projects and activities to make history fun. A week of fun and interactive ideas for middle school history.

Interesting Hands-on History Projects for Teens

Very few middle school kids want to sit down and only read about history from a dry textbook. They want to get their hands dirty, build stuff, and really get a sense of what it was like to live during the time periods they’re studying. Don't make history

Moving West Wagon - Great Culminating Activity for Westward Expansion Units

Westward Expansion Wagon Project for Oregon Trail Unit

Westward Expansion Wagon Project for Oregon Trail Unit. Nevada: Teachers Pay Teachers - Moving west wagon is a great alternate assessment activity for Westward Expansion Units.

Matchbook Chapter Summaries for Novel Studies. This project is so simple, and you can do it with any novel. This example is for Where the Red Fern Grows.

Matchbook Chapter Summaries for Novel Studies

Matchbook Chapter Summaries for Novel Studies - all you need is a file folder and folded pieces of construction paper! Students summarize each chapter on a "matchbook" foldable and, when they finish reading the books, they put together the folder.

Are you looking for a meaningful way to integrate writing in your social studies classroom?  Try historical journals!  A great way to integrate narrative writing and history!

Classroom DIY: Pioneer Journals

Colonial Journals for StoryPath/Colonial Boston! // Are you looking for a meaningful way to integrate writing in your social studies classroom? Try historical journals! A great way to integrate narrative writing and history!

a family history-beautiful DIY family timeline accordion book. To do with Grandfather's Journey.

Handmade Timeline Accordian Books

a family history-beautiful DIY family timeline accordion book. To do with Grandfather's Journey.was looking for a history timeline.

Your students have awoken on an deserted island. How are they going to survive? Food, shelter, water, who knows?  This project based learning activity asks students to problem solve and world-build, unlike anything they've done before.  It brings together design, SS, art, writing, and collaboration. Go to the island and get lost. $

Project Based Learning Activity: Island Survival (PBL)

Your students have awoken on an deserted island. How are they going to survive? Food, shelter, water, who knows? This project based learning activity asks students to problem solve and world-build, unlike anything they've done before. It brings together

This project has students researching Australian federation, life in 20th century Australia and an Iconic figure. It has been designed to tie in with the Australian Curriculum Year 6, although it could be modified to meet Year 5 standards or for any class completing research on Australia. ** It includes key websites to help students start their research, Assessment rubric, bibliography and note taking sheets and Australian Curriculum standards **Teaching Year 6?Try Geography Project Year 6…

History Project Year 6 Australian Curriculum

This project has students researching Australian federation, life in century Australia and an Iconic figure.

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