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Ch 2: Early United States History for Elementary School

About This Chapter

In this chapter your student(s) will learn about the Texas revolution, the adventures of Lewis and Clark, how new states to joined the union and other historical facts about pre-civil war America. To help your student(s) learn these topics, each lesson comes with a lesson quiz which they can use to identify topics they don't understand.

Early United States History for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

In this chapter your student(s) will have the opportunity to work through short, engaging lessons that will help them review a few of the historical events that took place in America before the American Civil War. After each lesson, you can have your students check their understanding of the material presented in it by having them complete the lesson's quiz.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with understanding American history will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about early American history.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding key events in early American history
  • Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about early American history
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about American history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about early American history
  • Students who struggle to understand their social studies teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover the early American history topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about early American history.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands early American history by completing the Early United States History for Elementary School chapter exam.

23 Lessons in Chapter 2: Early United States History for Elementary School
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The Texas Revolution: Lesson for Kids

1. The Texas Revolution: Lesson for Kids

Explore the reasons that the Mexican government allowed Americans to settle in Tejas in the 1820s, as well as why the Americans living there decided to revolt and create the Republic of Texas in the 1830s.

The XYZ Affair Lesson for Kids

2. The XYZ Affair Lesson for Kids

In this American history lesson, we'll learn how, in the late 1790s, America decided to stand firm against a bully in what became known as the XYZ Affair. Read on for some interesting facts about the XYZ Affair.

Lewis & Clark Lesson for Kids

3. Lewis & Clark Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you will learn about two exciting American explorers named Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. They experienced exciting new discoveries as well as dangerous mountains, weather, and animal encounters! Learn more now.

Missouri Compromise Lesson for Kids

4. Missouri Compromise Lesson for Kids

This lesson will discuss the Missouri Compromise, a law meant to provide balance in Congress when Missouri became its own state. Read on to learn more about why the Missouri Compromise was put into place and questions it raised regarding slavery.

Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions Lesson for Kids

5. Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions Lesson for Kids

There have been times in U.S. history when the power of the federal government has been questioned by the states. The passing of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions were due to exactly that reason. In this lesson, find out who wrote the Resolutions and why.

The Battle of the Alamo Lesson for Kids

6. The Battle of the Alamo Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll discuss the Battle of the Alamo and its importance to Texas and the nation. Read on to discover the interesting story behind the Alamo and its historic battle.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act Lesson for Kids

7. The Kansas-Nebraska Act Lesson for Kids

This lesson will teach you about the Kansas-Nebraska Act. You will learn some background information, what the act was, and how it affected the United States.

Donner Party Lesson for Kids

8. Donner Party Lesson for Kids

The Donner Party was a group of people who traveled west in a wagon train, back in the 1840s. The Donner Party is famous because of its tragic ending. Keep reading to hear about what happened to the Donner family and their traveling partners.

American Flag Facts: Lesson for Kids

9. American Flag Facts: Lesson for Kids

June 14 is Flag Day, the day that Americans celebrate the American flag and all of its stars and stripes. In this lesson, we'll learn about the American flag, its design, who made it, and the deeper meaning in those stars and stripes.

Gold Rush Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

10. Gold Rush Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Imagine finding gold while playing in your backyard. What would you do? One man found gold in California while building a sawmill in 1848, and it started the biggest gold rush in American history. Read on to find out more.

History of the American Flag: Lesson for Kids

11. History of the American Flag: Lesson for Kids

''I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America...'' You probably say that every day in school, but how much do you really know about the flag? Read on to learn more about the flag you honor every time you say the pledge.

Oregon Trail Facts: Lesson for Kids

12. Oregon Trail Facts: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever heard of the Oregon Trail? Back in the 1800s, thousands of brave people followed this route across the country, riding in rickety wagons, in order to own their own land in Oregon. Let's explore the amazing journey taken by these settlers!

Louisiana Purchase Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

13. Louisiana Purchase Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

This lesson will teach you about the Louisiana Purchase. You will learn what it was, why the United States wanted the lands involved in the deal, and how the United States was able to complete the purchase.

Pony Express Facts: Lesson for Kids

14. Pony Express Facts: Lesson for Kids

Nowadays it is very easy and fast to send a message to a friend far away. But it was not always that way. Let's learn about a mail delivery system that helped connect the east to the west.

Indian Removal Act: Lesson for Kids

15. Indian Removal Act: Lesson for Kids

The Indian Removal Act was a law passed by Congress in 1830. Iit allowed the president to set aside land west of the Mississippi (mostly in modern-day Oklahoma) for Indian reservations and also to make treaties with the individual nations, exchanging their land for land in these new reservations.

Pioneer Life: Lesson for Kids

16. Pioneer Life: Lesson for Kids

How would you like living in a home with dirt walls and floors? Pioneer life was not for the faint of heart! In this lesson, you will learn about the lives of the spirited and courageous pioneers.

Wild West Facts: Lesson for Kids

17. Wild West Facts: Lesson for Kids

Cowboys, outlaws and prospectors were all a part of the colorful Wild West! In this lesson, explore why the Wild West was such an interesting part of America's past. Discover how it began and why it ended so quickly.

Whiskey Rebellion Lesson for Kids: Definition, Summary & Facts

18. Whiskey Rebellion Lesson for Kids: Definition, Summary & Facts

The Whiskey Rebellion was an uprising against taxation in the early years of America. In this lesson you will learn how the rebellion started, how it tested the American government and how it was handled by President George Washington.

Shays' Rebellion Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

19. Shays' Rebellion Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

This lesson talks about Shays' Rebellion, which happened in 1786 and 1787. Find out who Daniel Shays was, how he ended up leading a rebellion, and what happened as a result.

Irish Potato Famine Lesson for Kids: Causes & Facts

20. Irish Potato Famine Lesson for Kids: Causes & Facts

The Irish Potato Famine that struck Ireland in the mid-1800s was a dark period when many people died or left Ireland. Learn about the potato blight that caused the famine and other facts related to the Irish Famine.

Jay's Treaty: Lesson for Kids

21. Jay's Treaty: Lesson for Kids

Jay's Treaty was an agreement between the U.S. and Great Britain that kept the peace between those two countries in 1794. Come learn about the treaty, what problems it solved and why President Washington enforced it even though it wasn't popular.

States Rights Lesson for Kids

22. States Rights Lesson for Kids

As Americans, we have lots of rights! We have the right to freedom of speech, religion, to protest, to own guns, and to vote if we are 18, among others. But did you know that individual states have rights too? That's what this lesson is about.

Voting Rights in the United States Lesson for Kids: History & Timeline

23. Voting Rights in the United States Lesson for Kids: History & Timeline

In the United States, voting is a right everyone should have. However, it wasn't always this way. Some people weren't allowed to vote because of things like their race, gender or age. Are you one of the people who would be allowed to vote, or not?

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