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Interactive Notebook – American History Printouts for Grades 4, 5, and 6

The following are creative activities designed for use in the classroom, for the interactive notebook, or, for thought-provoking activities among groups of children. Most are social studies related. Choose a topic below. More subjects and activities will be posted.
13 Colonies
Salem Slogan Parody: This activity requires users to create a highway sign for Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. Students must come up with a funny slogan that commemorates the Witch Trials of 1692.
13 Colonies Geography Map – This activity requires students to identify the each of the colonies on a map of the 13 colonies. It also requires them to identify New England, Middle, and southern colonies. Cut and paste activity.
The Ghost of Virginia Dare (NEW) : This activity requires students to create a “ghost” of Virginia Dare —- who reveals the secret of what happened to the Lost Colony.
Practicing Cardinal Directions with the 13 Colonies Map – This activity requires students to use their knowledge of cardinal directions to answer questions about the geography of the 13 Colonies.
New England Colonies – Informational printable with a map that details the geographic, climatic, economic, and religious conditions.
Middle Colonies – Informational printable with a map that details the geographic, climatic, economic, and religious conditions.
Southern Colonies – Informational printable with a map that details the geographic, climatic, economic, and religious conditions.
Jamestown Reading Comprehension (part 1) – 10 questions and passage
Jamestown Reading Comprehension (part 2) – 10 questions and passage
Jamestown Reading Comprehension (part 3) – 10 questions and passage
Connecticut Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
Georgia Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
Maryland Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
Massachusetts Bay Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
New Jersey Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
North Carolina Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
Pennsylvania Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
Plymouth Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
Rhode Island Colony Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
South Carolina Reading Comprehension – 10 questions and passage
American Revolution
Battles Geography: This activity requires students to paste the names of notable battles to their correct geographic location in the 13 colonies.
NEW – Symbols of the Revolution – Join, or Die and Corporate Logos: This activity requires students to learn about Ben Frankllin’s famous Join or Die political cartoon, and then, to think of the symbolism behind popular corporate logos they know.
Fun With Acts and Taxes: This activity requires students to imagine their school institutes unjust acts against them such as the Homework Act and Cafeteria Act and then requires students to fill in the details of such acts before coming up with one of their own.
Symbols of Rage: The Anti-Homework Stamp: This activity illustrates the famous Emblem of the Effects of the Stamp and requires students to make their own “dreaded” stamp that could serve as a protest to homework.
Revolutionary Figure Flash Cards: This is a simple activity where students can record facts about six famous Americans during the American Revolution. Flash Cards show pictures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, John Adams and Benedict Arnold.
Revolutionary Era Timeline Decoding: Fun activity where students have to decode a message by determining the dates and times of when important events of the American Revolution occur.
Summer Soldier and Sunshine Patriot: Interesting activity where students draw illustrations of the figurative and literal meaning behind Thomas Paine’s characterizations in The Crisis.
The Secret Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence: Most people don’t know that Committee of Five had a very bad "first day" when trying to author the Declaration of Independence. Help them edit this terrible rough draft and put your stamp on the most important document in the nation’s history!
NEW What’s Were the Soldiers in Washington’s Crossing Thinking? – This activity requires students to imagine what the figures in Leutze’s famous depiction of Washington Crossing the Delaware River as they painstakingly row through the icy river. Humor is encouraged.
NEW Benedict Arnold – the Ultimate Antagonist: Fun activity that portrays Benedict Arnold as the ultimate antagonist in the American Revolution. Students then must draw and describe their favorite antagonist (or most hated) antagonist in literature.
NEW Remaking Benedict Arnold – This activity requires students to try to make an argument for Benedict Arnold’s treason by using hyperbole and embellishment to make the reader sympathetic to his plight.
NEW Turning Point – This activity requires students to understand how the Battle of Saratoga was the turning point in the war and to think of explain turning points in their own lives, in sports, or in the lives of literary characters.
Make Your Own Revolutionary Flag: This activity tells the history of the famous “Appeal to Heaven” flag and then asks students to draw and design their own.
Propaganda in the American Revolution (NEW) How was Paul Revere’s depiction of the Boston Massacre different from what really happened?
Revolutionary War Figures and Social Media: This activity requires students to design a social media page (like a page on Facebook) for their favorite Revolutionary War figure.
Revolutionary Figures on American Currency: This activity shows students five dollar bills from the present and past and asks students to identify which figure is on each dollar bill.
Writing Prompt – Misery at Valley Forge: This writing prompt requires students to use their knowledge of the miserable conditions of Valley Forge to write a letter home.
Loyalists and Patriots – The Final Conversation Between Ben and William Franklin: This requires students to use their knowledge of the beliefs of Loyalists and Patriots to make the final dialogue between Ben Franklin (Patriot) and his son (Loyalist).
George Washington Paralaugh: Much like a mad lib, this activity requires students to write verbs, nouns, and adjectives to make a hilarious paragraph.
Thomas Jefferson has a Bad Day: This writing activity requires students to re-write the most famous passage from the Declaration of Independence with correct spelling and grammar.
Writing Prompt – Is Recess an Unalienable Right? This writing prompt requires students to understand the concept of unalienable rights and then to form a persuasive essay on whether recess is a right or privilege that teachers should be able to take away.
Writing Prompt – The Founding Father: This writing prompt requires students to form an argument for one founding father. In other words, which of the figures considered among the group known as “the Founding Fathers” would best qualify as the Founding Father?
Writing Prompt – Rivalries like France and England: This writing prompt requires students to reflect on the rivalry between France and England and then to write about a rivalry between themselves and someone else or in literature, sports, or other facets of life.
Battles of Lexington and Concord Reading Comprehension 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Declaration of Independence Reading Comprehension 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Boston Massacre Reading Comprehension 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Boston Tea Party Reading Comprehension 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Benedict Arnold Reading Comprehension 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Disaster in New York Reading Comprehension 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Fort Ticonderoga Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Washington’s Crossing Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Battle of Saratoga Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
The Winter at Valley Forge Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Siege of Yorktown Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
John Hancock Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Benjamin Franklin Reading Comprehension : 10 questions and passage (grade 3)
James Madison Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 4)
Thomas Jefferson Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Thomas Paine Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage (grade 5)
Articles of Confederation: This informational printable describes the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
The Constitution
The Great Compromise Writing Prompt: Prompt requires students to analyze the details of the Great Compromise and to write about a compromise they have made in the past.
Second Amendment Debate Writing Prompt: Students must list the pros and cons of gun ownership in America before writing a persuasive essay on whether or not Americans should own guns as expressed in the Second Amendment.
America’s First Great Commercial – This fun exercise explains to students how the Constitution was “marketed” to the public via the Federalist Papers, before requiring students to analyze modern-day commercials and advertisements. Students then must illustrate their favorite commercial and explain why they think it is effective in convicing people to buy the product or service.
Bill of Responsibilities: This exercise requires students to analyze the differences between rights and responsibilities and allows them to create a mini-constitution that outlines four responsibilities they believe people should be required to fulfill as citizens of the United States.
Westward Expansion
Lewis and Clark Discoveries – This worksheet requires students to visit the mrnussbaum.com Lewis and Clark exhibit and draw and describe three animals that Meriwether Lewis wrote about in his journal.
American Bison Printable Reading Comprehension – 10 questions
Sacagawea Printable Reading Comprehension – 10 questions
Explorers
Age of Exploration Printable: Simply an information printable describing the progression of the Age of Exploration in the New World.
Age of Exploration Reading Comprehension: 10 questions and passage
Jacques Cartier Reading Comprehension 10 Questions and Passage
Christopher Columbus Reading Comprehension Grade 3: 10 Questions and Passage
Christopher Columbus Reading Comprehension Grade 4: 10 Questions and Passage
Christopher Columbus Reading Comprehension Grade 5: 10 Questions and Passage
Ponce de Leon Reading Comprehension Grade 4: 10 Questions and Passage
Robert Sieur de la Salle Reading Comprehension Grade 4: 10 Questions and Passage
European Lands in the New World Map: – This map shows the different land claims of European powers in the New World in 1700.
Build your own Chart: French Explorers Guide: This chart comes illustrated with the pictures of five famous French Explorers (Cartier, Champlain, Verrazzano, Marquette and Joliet, and Lasalle). Underneath each picture is an area for students to write notes on their explorations.
Build your own Chart: Spanish Explorers Guide: This chart comes illustrated with the pictures of six famous Spanish Explorers (Columbus, Magellan, deSoto, Coronado, and Balboa, and de Leon). Underneath each picture is an area for students to write notes on their explorations.
Build your own chart: Explorer Motivations, Obstacles and Achievements: This chart will help students organize the many different motivations, obstacles, and achievements in the Age of Exploration
Mythical Sea Monsters Coloring Printable: This printable shows illustrations of the two sea monsters that were most feared by sailors in the Age of Exploration. Students then face the challenge of making their own interpretations of these mythical horrors.
Exploring a New Planet: Play the role of a world famous explorer making startling discoveries! This is a fun assignment in which students play the role of an explorer on a new planet similar to Earth. Students are given a map and are assigned with the task of naming the continents and oceans, tracing a circumnavigation route, and taking notes on new creatures and landforms they find.
Spanish Explorers Geography: Where in the New world did they make their discoveries? This printables requires students to label the discoveries of five Spanish explorers on a map of North America.
From the Pen of a Sailor: Editing a letter in bad shape: This printable requires students to edit and correct a letter written by an fictional Age of Exploration sailor to his parents.
Christopher Columbus Paralaugh (mad lib): This fun activity requires students to enter nouns, verbs, and adjectives into the blanks to make a hilarious story.
Mount Explorer: This activity requires students to re-build Mount Rushmore using the heads of four different explorers. Students can choose from nine different explorers and then must discuss their reasoning.
Mythical Places: This activity teaches students about mythical places that explorers believed existed such as the Fountain of Youth, the Seven Cities of Cibola, the Kingdom of Saguenay, and the Kingdom of Prester John. After reading, students are asked to imagine what such places would look like if they did existed and to draw and color their interpretations.
Explorer Trading Card: Kids love trading cards and they will love making their own explorer trading card. Simply have them research an explorer of their choice. Then, have them fill out the information on the card and draw their picture of the explorer in the space provided.
Civil War
Abraham Lincoln Childhood Reading Comprehension Exercise – Passage and 10 questions
Battle of Bull Run I Reading Comprehension – Passage and 10 questions
Battle of the Ironclads Reading Comprehension – Passage and 10 questions
Fort Sumter Reading Comprehension – Passage and 10 questions
Battle of Shiloh Reading Comprehension – Passage and 10 questions
Civil War Reading Comprehension – Passage and 10 questions
Frederick Douglass Life Timeline – This chart requires students to research Frederick Douglass on mrnussbaum.com before filing out a chart that describes the major milestones and accomplishments of his life
“Stonewall” – This handout discusses how Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson got his nickname and requires students to think of how characters in literature, sports, or in their own lives got their nicknames.
The Great Squander – This handout discusses the failure of Union General McClellan at Antietam and asks students to write about an experience in their lives in which they missed a golden opportunity.
The 82 year long Grudge – This writing prompt describes the “grudge” the citizens of Vicksburg, Mississippi held against the United States Government after the fall of their city in July of 1863. Independence Day was not celebrated in the Mississippi River town until after World War II. This writing prompt requires students to describe a grudge they have had, or, to describe one in literature, or sports, or if someone has had a grudge against them.
Civil War Nicknames – This handout requires users to think about various nicknames attributed to Civil War figures and to draw literal translation (e.g. Jeb Stuart, the Eyes of the Confederacy)
Tough Decisions – This handout requires users to think about the difficult decision that faced Robert E. Lee at the onset of the Civil War – take the command of the Union Army, or, fight for the Confederacy? Students then must relate a similar experience where he or she had to choose one side or the other and the associated opportunity cost.
Civil War Legends: Who am I? (NEW) – Students must read the “conversations” from eight Civil War legends and determine who is talking.
It’s all Wrong! (NEW) – Students must read the paragraph describing the causes of the Civil War and correct 15 glaring mistakes.
Slavery from Multiple Perspectives – This chart will help students analyze the institution of slavery in its meaning and implications from five different perspectives
Confederate, Union, and Border States Map – This map allows students to color in Confederate, Union, and Border States and to make a key indicating the colors of each.
Ten Deadliest Battles of the Civil War – This printout features a map showing the locations of the top ten deadliest battles in the American Civil War, followed by a chart detailing those battles
U.S. Geography
New England label me map – This map allows students to color and label the New England states.
Mid-Atlantic States label me map – This map allows students to color and label the Mid-Atlantic states.
Southern States label me map – This map allows students to color and label the Southern states.
Midwest States label me map – This map allows students to color and label the Midwest states.
Western States label me map – This map allows students to color and label the Western states.
The many names of the Appalachian Mountains – This page allows students to explore the different names and appearances of the Appalachian Mountains in six different states
United States Label me Map – This map allows students to color and label the lower 48 states.
United States top ten largest cities label me map – This page reinforces U.S. state identification by providing students with a list of the top ten most populous cities in America and asking them to plot them on a special map of the United States.
United States top ten most visited landmarks – This page reinforces U.S. state identification by providing students with a list of the top ten most most visited landmarks in America and asking them to plot them on a special map of the United States.
United States top ten most visited national parks This page reinforces U.S. state identification by providing students with a picture list of the top ten most visited national parks in America and asking them to plot them on a special map of the United States.
The Thing About Springfield – This page reinforces U.S. state identification by providing students with a list of the 32 Springfields in America and asking them to color in each of their states.
The Great Lakes – This map allows students to color and label the five great lakes.
What State am I? – These are fun exercises that require students to use their knowledge of U.S. geography, logic, and a little bit of deductive reasoning to follow the clues and figure out the state of interest . Sheet 1 | Sheet 2
Imagine: Yellowstone National Park – These exericses require students to read a description of a landscape from within the park and to draw and color based on their intrepretation.
Imagine: Everglades National Park – These exericses require students to read a description of a landscape from within the park and to draw and color based on their intrepretation.
Imagine: Arches National Park – These exericses require students to read a description of a landscape from within the park and to draw and color based on their intrepretation.
State Map Printouts – Print out outline maps of all 50 states, regions, flags and much more