Looking for different types of engaging Social Studies Activities that your upper elementary and middle school students will love? I have always loved creating and using color by number for math, and one day it hit me- why not incorporate this activity into social studies?
Today, I am spotlighting my American Revolution Battles activity. It includes two leveled passages and coloring pages to differentiate for your students:
- Version 1: The passage is written on an 6th grade level and all parts of the coloring page include facts.
- Version 2: The passage is written on a 4th grade level and less facts are included on the coloring page.
Includes information about the following battles: Bunker Hill, Long Island, Cowpens, Germantown, Yorktown, Fort Ticonderoga, Trenton, Lexington and Concord, and Saratoga.
What Social Studies teachers are saying about this resource:
❤️”My students loved this activity! It was easy to use, and quick to prep. I’m always looking for new, fun, interesting ways to get my students learning. This was a hit!”
❤️”I loved that there was 2 versions. That if you had students that struggled, there was a version for them and then there was a higher level passage too.”
❤️”I loved this activity for a different way to find text evidence! My students enjoyed it, too!”
Coloring activities? For big kids?
Yes! Another great thing about this activity is that it can be colored or simply color-coded. We don’t typically think of coloring activities for older students, but I have heard from countless middle school (and even high school) teachers whose students love getting a chance to color. If you have any students who either don’t like coloring or need an alternative way to complete it, they can underline, box in, put dots, etc. All of the activities do not have to look identical when completed!
How should I use these Social Studies Activities in my classroom?
These engaging Social Studies activities are great for finding text evidence, which is a huge skill that always needs practice. Whether students are using the print version or the digital TPT Easel version, they can use different colors to circle, underline, or highlight the answers within the text that match the coloring page.
Several of my activities include both differentiated reading passages and coloring pages. You could also challenge some students to complete the activity without the passage or turn it into a research opportunity. This way, all of your students can be working on the same activity and have their various needs met.