GRADE 3, UNIT 2
Why Do Many People Celebrate on the Fourth of July?
The Fourth of July is all about fireworks and barbeque. Or is it? In this inquiry-based unit, students will learn the historical context of the Fourth of July. They will gain a better understanding of multiple perspectives on the celebratory nature of Independence Day as they analyze ideas from the Declaration of Independence and study Frederick Douglass' famous speech.
“As a second and third grade teacher for the entirety of my career I had long taught students history through inquiry. Seeing students explore history in this way has been SUCH a joy! Lightbulb moments galore! A teacher’s dream!...unlike lessons I had taught in the past, I didn’t have to find the primary sources. I didn’t have to research them. I didn’t have to write the lesson plan from scratch. I didn’t have to do anything but read the lesson plan… and teach the lesson!”
“I just used the first lesson in the Mapping Unit. It was so great to get students talking about what they noticed and also expand their thinking on how maps have a special purpose to the user.”
"I love that students got to look at REAL court cases! And it was so easy to use!"
"I liked the simplicity of the handouts. Not too much there to be overwhelming--just enough. Simple, clear directions. The photographs of the clues were great for the students to have."
Other Private i History Detective Units for Grade 3
What Strategies Did Native Nations Use To Protect Their Sovereignty During the American Revolutionary War?Grade 3
How Did Women Influence the American Revolutionary War?Grade 3