War of 1812

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Our War of 1812 Lesson Plan equips students to summarize the War of 1812, list the causes of the war, and identify key individuals, places, and events that played a part during the war.  Upon completing this lesson, students will be able to understand and explain how the War of 1812 is likened to a 2nd American Revolution.

War of 1812 Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the War of 1812
  • Label War of 1812 battles activity
  • Research and define each item and its significance to the war of 1812 activity
  • Get to know and define segments of the “Star spangled banner” homework assignment
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our War of 1812 Lesson Plan equips students to summarize the War of 1812, list the causes of the war, and identify key individuals, places, and events that played a part during the war.  Upon completing this lesson, students will be able to understand and explain how the War of 1812 is likened to a 2nd American Revolution.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Snippet:

  1. Once students are seated, and ready for the lesson to begin, play the national anthem. You may have the students stand as well.
  2. Ask students if any of them know its origin.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion.
  4. Explain to students the Star-Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812.
  5. Distribute the War of 1812 content pages.
  6. Review and read aloud with students, explaining the important details of the War of 1812. Students should be able to understand the War of 1812 was almost like a 2nd American Revolution, seeking further independence from Great Britain and trying to become a power in the world. Students need to know that America was basically seeking their full independence.
  7. Distribute the Activity page and review the instructions with the students.
  8. Allow students access to the Internet or other resources to complete the activity.
  9. Once students are completed, review the results by visiting this page on the Internet: https://warof1812.thinkport.org/#interactivemap.html
  10. Distribute Practice page, allow students to complete and then review the answers with students sharing their responses. Check for understanding.

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Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies