WOW! A lot has happened in our American History! There’s so much to cover in each era! With such a large amount of content, it can be overwhelming and let’s be honest…boring! I’ve put together several comprehensive social studies units for you to make it easy for you and keep students’ interest. In these units, you will find informational text passages, comprehension activities, study guides, maps, charts, study guides, assessments, projects, mini text booklets, and so much more. The best part? No textbook needed! It is all there for you. A Google and PowerPoint version is also included with self-check study slides. Below, you will get a quick glimpse of what each unit offers, plus what other teachers are saying about them. Check it out!

NATIVE AMERICAN UNIT

Who were the first people to live on American soil? This Native American Unit gives you all the material you need to successfully educate your classroom on seven different Native American regions in North America! Students will get maps and charts to help them learn information about the climate, traditions, resources, homes, government, food, tools, weapons, arts, crafts, as well as how the indigenous people of that region live today. With each of the articles, students are given a variety of reading skills to show their comprehension of the articles. There are also acrostic poems and a quiz for each region, a cumulative quiz, and a cumulative project! 

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are included for the following regions:

  1. Eastern Woodlands
  2. Southeast
  3. Great Plains
  4. Southwest
  5. Northwest Coast
  6. Arctic
  7. Great Basin

 

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I used this as a homeschooling unit study. It was absolutely perfect. More than I expected especially for the price. This really took us through the Native American study in depth! Other studies I have done never went into this much organized detail. The rubrics and the worksheets for my kids were great. Thank you for this!” – Christina H., 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher 

EXPLORERS UNIT

How did we get to America? Well, it took some EXPLORING! This Explorers Unit has its own informational text on eight explorers and has been divided into two units in chronological order to make the content easier for your students to learn! They will first learn about exploration terms and exploring the unknown. Then for each of the following explorers, students will map their routes, and learn about the reason for exploration along with what they discovered along the way. Students are given a variety of reading strategy questions to show their understanding of the text. The explorers are divided up into two units to make it more accessible for your students. There are foldables and quizzes included as well as a timeline project.

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are included for:

  1. Exploring the Unknown
  2. Leif Erikson
  3. Christopher Columbus
  4. Amerigo Vespucci
  5. John Cabot
  6. Ferdinand Magellan
  7. Hernando DeSoto
  8. Henry Hudson
  9. Robert LaSalle

 

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“My kids and I loved it! I even learned a lot! I highly recommend this purchase. I had the kids have their maps out during the lessons and would have them put their finger on where they started and ended up. This helped them better visualize the trips. We also reviewed the vocabulary and questions each day.” – Jennifer S., 4th Grade Teacher

COLONIAL UNIT

America gained its independence from the Crown when it defeated the British in the American Revolutionary War. It was the beginning of the United States of America! This is a wowzer of a unit. It combines the units of causes, battles/events, and important people all into one in chronological order. There is a variety of reading comprehension, poetry, timeline, and writing activities that go along with the articles to help students understand the era at a deeper level. 

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are provided for:

 

The Causes:

  1. French and Indian War
  2. Benjamin Franklin
  3. Proclamation of 1763
  4. Acts (Quartering, Stamp, Townshend, Tea, Intolerable)
  5. No Taxation Without Representation
  6. Boston Massacre
  7. Boston Tea Party
  8. King George
  9. First Continental Congress
  10. Patrick Henry

 

Battles and Events:

  1. Lexington and Concord
  2. Second Continental Congress
  3. Battle of Ticonderoga
  4. Battle of Bunker Hill
  5. Olive Branch Petition
  6. Battle of Quebec
  7. Common Sense
  8. Declaration of Independence
  9. Battle of Trenton
  10. Battle of Saratoga
  11. Battle of Valley Forge
  12. Battle of Rhode Island
  13. Bonhomme Richard
  14. Battle of Charleston
  15. Kings Mountain
  16. Battle of Cowpens
  17. Battle of Yorktown
  18. Treaty of Paris

 

Important People

  1. Benjamin Franklin
  2. King George III
  3. Patrick Henry
  4. Paul Revere
  5. John Hancock
  6. Thomas Jefferson
  7. George Washington
  8. Molly Pitcher
  9. John and Abigail Adams
  10. Marquis de LaFayette
  11. Crispus Attucks
  12. Peter Salem
  13. Phyllis Wheatly
  14. Mercy Otis Warren
  15. Benedict Arnold
  16. James Armistead
  17. Sybil Ludington
  18. Deborah Samson
  19. Nathan Hale
  20. John Paul Jones
  21. Thomas Paine
  22. General Cornwallis
  23. Ethan Allen
  24. Nathaneal Greene
  25. Samuel Adams
  26. Thomas Gage
  27. Francis Marion
  28. Bernardo de Galvez
  29. Alexander Hamilton
  30. Richard Henry Lee

 

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“I absolutely LOVE this resource! My co-operating teacher used this resource during my student teaching, and I loved it so much I knew I had to get it for my own classroom as well. It is very engaging and the students learned so much!! I highly recommend this resource!”  – Haley M., 4th Grade Teacher

GOVERNMENT UNIT

Government is very important to teach. Everything you need to successfully teach government in your classroom is included in this comprehensive Government Unit. It includes informational text in chronological order along with a variety of comprehension activities (including compare and contrast), charts, foldables, a class constitution, a collage activity, a timeline, graphic organizer, and assessments!

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are included for:

  1. Articles of Confederation
  2. Declaration of Independence
  3. Treaty of Paris
  4. Shays’ Rebellion
  5. The Virginia Plan
  6. The New Jersey Plan
  7. The Great Compromise
  8. Three-Fifths Compromise
  9. Northwest Ordinance of 1787
  10. The Constitution
  11. Preamble
  12. Three Branches of Government
  13. Federalists
  14. Antifederalists
  15. George Washington
  16. Bill of Rights

 

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This resource is so very good! Each kiddo had their very own booklet and was able to make notes, highlight, etc. as they pleased. It’s a good foundation to begin building more knowledge about our government. The passages weren’t too easy or too hard, so everyone was able to participate without any hesitation. Thank you!” – Elizabeth G., 5th Grade Teacher 

WESTWARD EXPANSION

Moving westward played a huge part in the America we know today! But how did it happen? And what did people have to go through to get there? There’s a lot to cover, but I broke it all down for you in this Westward Expansion Unit! It’s loaded with informational text and activities for events, battles and important people. There are charts, primary sources, maps, graphic organizers, foldables, projects, timeline, and so much more! Students will learn to infer, use text evidence, look closer at images, identify cause and effect, compare and contrast, group facts, use context clues, show chronological order, etc.  

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are included for:

  1. Daniel Boone
  2. Northwest Ordinance
  3. Louisiana Purchase
  4. Lewis and Clark
  5. Thomas Jefferson
  6. Sacagawea
  7. Seminole Wars
  8. Acquisition of Florida
  9. Santa Fe Trail
  10. Indian Removal Act
  11. Battle of the Alamo
  12. Trail of Tears
  13. Oregon Trail
  14. Manifest Destiny
  15. California Trail
  16. Annexation of Texas
  17. Mormons
  18. Mormon Trail
  19. Oregon Treaty
  20. Oregon Fever
  21. Mexican Cession
  22. Gold Rush
  23. Gadsden Purchase
  24. Pony Express
  25. Telegraph
  26. Pacific Railroad Act

 

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I love all the products from Rockin’ Resources! They never disappoint. This unit expanded the chapters that involved A New Nation and Westward Expansion. It was very easy to get my students involved in research and participate in all of the activities within the packet.” – Lacinda B., 6th Grade Teacher

CIVIL WAR UNIT

The Civil War played a key part in what America is today! Abraham Lincoln once said, “America will not be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedom, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” This unit includes well-crafted informational text in chronological order, along with creative lessons, activities, timeline, charts, maps, graphic organizers, projects, and a ton of reading comprehensions skills perfect for social studies. (Point of View, Summarizing, Cause and Effect, Comparison, Text Evidence, Vocabulary, etc.)  

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are included for:

  1. Causes of the Civil War
  2. Civil War North and South Advantages
  3. Civil War Border States Map
  4. Harriet Tubman and Other Abolitionists
  5. Civil War Loyalty Comparison
  6. African Americans in the Civil War
  7. Women in the Civil War
  8. Battle of Fort Sumter
  9. First Battle of Bull Run
  10. Battle of Ironclads
  11. Battle of Shiloh
  12. Second Battle of Fort Sumter
  13. Battle of Antietam
  14. Battle of Fredericksburg
  15. Emancipation Proclamation
  16. Battle of Chancellorsville
  17. Battle of Gettysburg
  18. Battle of Vicksburg
  19. Battle of Chickamauga
  20. Battle of Chattanooga
  21. Gettysburg Address
  22. Battle of Cold Harbor
  23. Sherman’s March to the Sea
  24. Appomattox Court House
  25. Thirteenth Amendment
  26. Lincoln Gets Shot
  27. Reconstruction

 

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This resource is wonderfully formatted and paced. My class loved learning about everything in chunks each day, so it wasn’t overwhelming or isolated. Great graphic organizers to have students process what they have learned.” – Ashley K., 5th Grade Teacher

RECONSTRUCTION UNIT

From the Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln’s assassination to the Civil Rights Act and Rutherford B. Hayes Inauguration, the Reconstruction Era played a huge role in the progress of America. A lot happened in that vital time, so there’s a lot to uncover. No worries though, this Reconstruction Unit is loaded with informational text, reading comprehension activities (covering a ton of reading skills), a timeline, a cumulative project, primary sources, first- and second-hand accounts, and so much more! 

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are included for:

  1. Emancipation Proclamation
  2. Lincoln Re-elected
  3. Freedmen’s Bureau
  4. Robert E. Lee Surrenders
  5. Lincoln Assassination
  6. 13th Amendment
  7. Black Codes
  8. Civil Rights Act
  9. Memphis Race Riots
  10. New Orleans Race Riots
  11. Ku Klux Klan
  12. Reconstruction Acts
  13. President Johnson’s Impeachment
  14. 14th Amendment
  15. Ulysses S. Grant Election
  16. First Redeemer Government
  17. First African American Senator
  18. 15th Amendment
  19. 42nd Congress
  20. Freedmen’s Bureau Abolished
  21. First African American Governor
  22. Democrats Control
  23. Civil Rights Act Enacted
  24. Presidential Election Dispute
  25. Wade Hampton
  26. Rutherford B. Hayes Inauguration
  27. Reconstruction Ends

 

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I love all your Social Studies resources! Our new state standards picked up the Reconstruction period this year, but our textbooks end with the Civil War. This resource has been wonderful. I love that the passages are full of great information as well as containing relevant images. The level of questioning is varied as well to offer deep thinking.” – Whitney C., 4th Grade Teacher

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

America, and the world, saw a fundamental change during the Industrial Revolution. This is when mass production, the rise of digital technology and more began! It completely changed society. With so many changes in such a short period of time, there’s a lot to cover in this unit. I broke it down chronologically for you. With this comprehensive Industrial Revolution unit, you’ll get well-crafted informational text with a variety of different comprehension questions to cover many reading skills, a timeline, study guide and test, as well as an end of unit project! 

Informational Text and Comprehension Activities are included for:

  1. Thomas Newcomen’s first steam engine
  2. James Hargreave’s Spinning Jenny
  3. James Watt’s new design for a steam engine
  4. James Fitch’s steam engine design
  5. Samuel Slater’s first cotton mill
  6. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin
  7. Richard Trevithick’s steam-powered locomotive
  8. Robert Fulton’s steamboat and commercial steamboat company
  9. Government roads
  10. George Stephenson’s steam locomotive
  11. The Erie Canal
  12. First public railway
  13. Peter Cooper’s Tom Thumb steam engine
  14. First commercial steam engine
  15. Cyrus McCormick’s mechanical reaper
  16. John Deere’s steel plow
  17. Joseph Dart and Robert Dunbar’s grain elevator
  18. Charles Goodyears’ rubber
  19. Samuel Morse’s telegraph
  20. Elisha Howe’s sewing machine
  21. Elisha Otis’s safety brake for elevators
  22. Henry Bessemer’s steel production
  23. Transcontinental Railroad
  24. The National Labor Union
  25. The Knights of Labor
  26. George Brayton’s first combustion engine
  27. Joseph Glidden’s barbed wire
  28. Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone
  29. Thomas Edison’s incandescent lightbulb
  30. George Eastman’s camera
  31. Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz’s modern-style cars
  32. The American Federation of Labor
  33. Guglielmo Marconi’s machine to transmit radio waves
  34. Wilbur and Orville Wright’s airplane
  35. The National Child Labor Committee
  36. Reginald Fessenden’s broadcast music and entertainment over the radio
  37. Benjamin Holt’s gasoline-powered tractor
  38. Henry Ford’s Model T on the assembly line
  39. The end of the Industrial Revolution

 

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This unit was laid out so clearly, such a smooth process for instruction. The book recommendations included in this resource were excellent, kids have been trying activities outside of this unit. Highly recommend, opened the door for lots of further discussion and exploration. We were also able to connect some of the events to what is happening in our world today.” – Maureen K L., 6th Grade Teacher

COMING SOON: WORLD WAR I

That’s a wrap on my social studies units for now! With the different standards in each state, I’ve created many bundles to meet your needs! Now go ROCK your teaching!

 

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