Ch 3: US in the Cold War Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use our helpful lesson plans to get ideas for teaching students about the involvement and role of the U.S. in the Vietnam and Cold Wars. Incorporate these ideas into your U.S. history syllabus to enhance material presentation and your students' learning experience.

US in the Vietnam & Cold Wars Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Ensure that your history class fully understands specific events during the Vietnam and Cold Wars by using these lessons and lesson plans. Access to video and text lessons support classroom study of these topics by formulating discussions and providing assessment quizzes. By using these lessons, you will be prepared to teach your students about the following:

  • Effects of the Cold War
  • Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Assassination of JFK
  • The Space Race
  • Causes and conflicts of the Vietnam War
  • Many more events and key figures related to these wars

Lesson plans outline class discussions, group activities and extended projects that will help your class understand all aspects of these topics.

How It Helps

  • Meets standards : Using these lessons and lesson plans satisfies Common Core U.S. history standards.
  • Facilitates class discussions: Watching videos and reading text lessons leads to class discussions that further illustrate details about the events covered in these lessons.
  • Employs group activities : Encourages deeper study of the material through group-related class activities.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning Vietnam and Cold War lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Vietnam and Cold War topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your Vietnam and Cold War class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related U.S. history lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of the Vietnam and Cold Wars from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Vietnam and Cold War activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

47 Lessons in Chapter 3: US in the Cold War Lesson Plans
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American Cold War Culture Lesson Plan

1. American Cold War Culture Lesson Plan

What was the Cold War and how did it impact American culture? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline key facts. An activity connects students to American Cold War culture.

The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

2. The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

Fear of communism and nuclear annihilation spread throughout the United States during the Cold War. Learn about the effects of the Cold War on everyday life and the determination of Americans to prepare for and combat the communist menace.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

3. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.

Post-War World (1946-1959) Activities for High School

4. Post-War World (1946-1959) Activities for High School

As you teach modern world history to your students, you will probably spend some time focusing on the period immediately following World War II. This lesson offers activities that will help your students understand this important era.

Gender Roles in 1950s America Lesson Plan

5. Gender Roles in 1950s America Lesson Plan

Gender roles in the 1950s were very representative of the values of the time. Use this lesson plan to support your instruction on gender roles in 1950s America. Students will watch a video lesson and complete an activity to analyze specifics about 1950s gender roles using primary sources.

America in the 1950s Lesson Plan

6. America in the 1950s Lesson Plan

What comes to mind when you consider American culture in the 1950s? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to explain key points about 1950s America. An activity helps to increase understanding for students.

1950s Life in the United States

7. 1950s Life in the United States

During the 1950s, a new and growing middle class gained a great deal of power and influence in America with a lifestyle to match. However, not everything was perfect, as the plights of women and racial minorities were far from picturesque.

Baby Boom Lesson Plan

8. Baby Boom Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores the baby boomer generation and its significance. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion, create an advertisement and take a quiz.

What Are Baby Boomers? - Definition, Age & Characteristics

9. What Are Baby Boomers? - Definition, Age & Characteristics

Baby boomers have shaped the cultural landscape for more than 60 years and will continue to have a significant influence as they move into the so-called 'retirement years.' Learn who these baby boomers are and what caused the boom along with key characteristics of this fascinating demographic group. Finally, test your knowledge with quiz questions.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

10. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

The fear of communism, known as the Red Scare, led to a national witch hunt for suspected communist supporters, which was known as McCarthyism. Learn about the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, the impact of McCarthyism on American society and the legacy of the short-lived fear campaign.

The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

11. The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the 20th century's space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, where both superpowers competed to be the first in space and the first to reach the moon.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Definition, Facts & Timeline

12. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Definition, Facts & Timeline

In October 1962, the Cuban missile crisis threatened nuclear war between the U.S. and the USSR. Learn about the background, facts and important dates in this lesson.

Cold War Propaganda Lesson Plan

13. Cold War Propaganda Lesson Plan

What is propaganda and how was it used during the Cold War? This lesson plan examines both American and Soviet Union propaganda and explains its impact on the war. An activity geared toward analysis connects students with the concepts they've explored.

American Cold War Propaganda: Posters & Films

14. American Cold War Propaganda: Posters & Films

This lesson explores examples of propaganda produced by American media and politics during the Cold War. First, we will examine pro-nationalist messages in posters and films. Then, we delve into the fight against communism.

Bay of Pigs Lesson Plan

15. Bay of Pigs Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have everything you need to help your students better understand the events of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Bay of Pigs Invasion: Definition, Summary, Facts & Timeline

16. Bay of Pigs Invasion: Definition, Summary, Facts & Timeline

Explore the history and impact of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba, including its history and purpose. Examine the role of the CIA and the United States government in the invasion, as well as why it eventually failed to remove a socialist leader from power.

Lyndon B. Johnson Lesson Plan

17. Lyndon B. Johnson Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about President Lyndon B. Johnson. Students will read a text lesson and watch an engaging video to learn about Johnson's work in civil rights, economics and Vietnam. We include discussion questions, cooperative activities and a quiz to make learning last.

Lyndon B. Johnson: Facts, Quotes & Biography

18. Lyndon B. Johnson: Facts, Quotes & Biography

Lyndon B. Johnson was the thirty-sixth president of the United States. He is known for his Great Society programs, his war on poverty, varied civil rights legislation, and the Vietnam War.

Eisenhower & The Cold War Lesson Plan

19. Eisenhower & The Cold War Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to Dwight D. Eisenhower's influence on the Cold War. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the Cold War and Eisenhower's actions and policies, and research one aspect of the conflict further.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

20. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered office during an amplified period of the Cold War. Learn about Eisenhower's domestic and foreign agenda in dealing with the Cold War during the 1950s.

Great Society Lesson Plan

21. Great Society Lesson Plan

Many of the most relevant political debates of the past few decades stemmed from the Great Society programs. This Study.com lesson and lesson plan will help your students gain a deeper understanding of not only the policies but also the politics of the Great Society.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

22. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

The Great Society was an ambitious legislative program which attempted to eliminate poverty and racial inequity within the United States. Learn about the creation of the program, its endeavors and its ultimate legacy.

1970s Culture Lesson Plan

23. 1970s Culture Lesson Plan

What do your students know about American culture during the 1970s? This lesson plan integrates a video lesson and an activity to highlight key points about the 1970s for students.

Arts, Entertainment & Culture in the U.S. in the 1970s

24. Arts, Entertainment & Culture in the U.S. in the 1970s

When many of us think of the 1970s, we think of lava lamps and bell-bottom jeans. That's a real tragedy, as we are taking a decade that forever changed American music, TV, and film, and selling it short.

Cold War Containment Lesson Plan

25. Cold War Containment Lesson Plan

If you are discussing the Soviet Union, communism and the opponents, this lesson plan provides many activities to reinforce students' comprehension. Students will participate in a reading assignment, watch a video and complete a timeline. Two quizzes are also available.

George F. Kennan & Containment in the Cold War

26. George F. Kennan & Containment in the Cold War

In 1946, U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan argued that to stop the expansion of Soviet communism, America should pursue a policy of 'containment.' Learn about containment and how it came to guide U.S. foreign policy for the next 40 years, and take a quiz.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

27. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.

Ronald Reagan & the Cold War Lesson Plan

28. Ronald Reagan & the Cold War Lesson Plan

Who was Ronald Reagan and what did he have to do with the Cold War? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about Ronald Reagan and his role in the Cold War. An activity connects students with the words of Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan & The Cold War

29. Ronald Reagan & The Cold War

In this lesson, we'll learn about the role Ronald Reagan played in the Cold War. We'll explore his foreign policy, his attitudes toward communism and the Soviet Union, and we'll focus specifically on his role in ending the Cold War.

Hollywood Ten Lesson Plan

30. Hollywood Ten Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the Hollywood Ten and the House Un-American Activities Committee with this lesson plan. Students will learn the history, the major players, and they'll consider the relevance of these events in today's world through a classroom debate.

The Hollywood Ten: Definition, Trial & Blacklist

31. The Hollywood Ten: Definition, Trial & Blacklist

The years after World War II were a time of uncertainty. Fears of Russia's bombs caused people to turn on each other. No one was immune, not even Hollywood. Ten men refused to admit their ties to communism; they became known as the Hollywood Ten.

Joseph McCarthy Lesson Plan

32. Joseph McCarthy Lesson Plan

If you are discussing communism, you must include a lecture about Joseph McCarthy, who is considered an American embarrassment by some. Students will participate in a reading activity, discussion questions, play a timeline game and take a quiz.

Senator Joseph McCarthy: Biography, Facts & Timeline

33. Senator Joseph McCarthy: Biography, Facts & Timeline

What happens when a man makes baseless claims that can ruin lives. . . and everyone listens? Senator Joseph McCarthy, who rose to power during a period of anti-Communist hysteria, shows what a climate of accusation can allow.

HUAC Lesson Plan

34. HUAC Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, we'll explore the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), an organization that gained notoriety for investigating citizens who were suspected of subscribing to communism. A text lesson, discussion, activity, and quiz will help solidify knowledge.

HUAC: Definition & Trials

35. HUAC: Definition & Trials

Through this lesson, you will learn about the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and gain insight into how their investigations affected the American cultural landscape during the mid-20th century.

Rosenberg Trial Lesson Plan

36. Rosenberg Trial Lesson Plan

If you are teaching students about espionage or the effects of the Cold War, use this lesson plan to help your students discover the investigation and trial of the Rosenbergs. Students will complete a reading assignment, participate in discussion questions, a debate, and take a quiz.

Julius & Ethel Rosenberg: Case, Trial, Facts & Execution

37. Julius & Ethel Rosenberg: Case, Trial, Facts & Execution

This lesson will detail the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The controversy surrounding their conviction and subsequent execution will be explained, and the evidence against them will be considered.

Richard Nixon Lesson Plan

38. Richard Nixon Lesson Plan

Who was Richard Nixon and what role did he play in the history of the United States? This lesson plan uses a brief text lesson to highlight key points about his life and presidency. An activity connects students with the legacy of Richard Nixon.

Richard Nixon: Biography, Facts & Quotes

39. Richard Nixon: Biography, Facts & Quotes

We'll seek to find out who our nation's 37th President was by looking at his early years, education, and rise to power. We'll also examine Nixon's political career, from its zenith to its downfall.

Cold War Lesson Plan for Elementary School

40. Cold War Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the cold war. Students will read a text lesson that explains key concepts about the Cold War before students interact with content through hands-on learning activities.

Cold War Lesson Plan

41. Cold War Lesson Plan

This lesson plan on the Cold War gives you the tools you need to help students understand the start and early years of the Cold War, as well as its impact on American life during the 1940s and 1950s.

Cuban Missile Crisis Lesson Plan

42. Cuban Missile Crisis Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the Cuban missile crisis with our Study.com lesson. Guided instruction takes students on a journey through the most pivotal events, and small group work solidifies understanding.

McCarthyism Lesson Plan

43. McCarthyism Lesson Plan

This lesson plan, coupled with Study.com's video lesson on McCarthyism, can help make sure that your students fully understand the major events surrounding Senator McCarthy and the Red Scare.

Space Race Lesson Plan

44. Space Race Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to explore the Space Race. Create a timeline of events, analyze the significance of the race, and play a game involving key vocabulary.

Atomic Bomb Debate Lesson Plan

45. Atomic Bomb Debate Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is for teachers who want to provide background information about the atomic bomb and enable students to form their own opinions about its use. Students will watch a video and engage in a debate.

Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan

46. Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is for teachers to use as their students learn about the Cold War. Students will watch a video lesson and re-enact various scenes from the Cold War.

Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation Lesson Plan

47. Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan helps instructors teach students about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Students will watch a video, answer discussion questions and complete an engaging simulation activity.

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