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Catherine Harris

December 2, 2013
Social Studies Lesson: The French and Indian War
Benchmarks
3 H3.0.6 Use a variety of sources to describe interactions that occurred between American
Indians and the first European explorers and settlers in Michigan.
Objectives
Students will be able to:
Use a timeline to find information.
Define treaty.
Discuss how the French and Indian War impacted Michigan.
Materials
Michigan Studies textbook for each student
Worksheet with bubble map for each student
ELMO/interactive board
Anticipatory Set
The students will gather at the carpet area with their social studies books. The teacher will lead
the class in a discussion. The teacher will ask for two volunteers. The teacher will say that the
first volunteer has a great desk that is close to the drinking fountain, and close to the board to
see, and the students at the table trade pencils with each other. Our other volunteer really wants
this desk. How might they go about getting it? The children might come up with some examples.
The teacher will explain that in this situation, the student with the desk was the French, and the
student that wanted the desk was the British. The teacher will ask the class who they think will
win the war. The teacher will tell the class that they are going to read to find out.
Direct Instruction
The teacher and students will read the selection from the book together. The teacher will help the
students understand the selection by asking questions and clarifying main points.
Guided Practice
The teacher and students will complete the bubble map together to find the important points from
the chapter.
Independent Practice
The students will complete the worksheet on their own, using the book for help.
Procedures
1. The teacher will do a call-and-response to gain the students attention. The teacher will
then call tables to come to the carpet with their social studies book. The teacher will then
go over the anticipatory set discussion with the class.
2. The teacher will instruct the students to open their books to page 90, which is Chapter
Two, Lesson Two, titled The French and Indian War. The teacher will read the
introduction to the class. The teacher will call on a student to read the first paragraph and
instruct students to popcorn read, which is where the student that has read calls on the
next student to read.
3. At the end of pages 90-91, the teacher will direct students to look at the timeline on the
top of the page. The teacher will ask, What year was the treaty of Paris, according to the
timeline? and How long did the French and Indian War last? The Treaty of Paris
signifies the end of the war. The teacher will call on student volunteers to answer.
4. The students will read pages 92-93. The teacher will then ask some recap questions, such
as, What is the name of the fort that was built to protect the French against the British?
What is a treaty? and What happened at Fort Pontchartrain during Pontiacs
rebellion? The teacher will call on student volunteers to answer.
5. The students will read page 94. The teacher will say, The French and Indian War did not
take place in Michigan, but it did affect Michigan. How did the war affect Michigan
during this time? The teacher will call on a few volunteers to answer.
6. The teacher will tell the students to quietly return to their seats. The student of the week
will hand out the bubble map worksheet to each student. The teacher will help the
students complete the bubble map by asking:
a. Who were the two sides in the war?
b. What started the war?
c. Which fort did the British attack first?
d. Who won, and who lost? What did they lose?
e. What happened to officially end the war?
f. Something happened with the Native Americans after the war. What was it?
g. When did the rebellion end? How?
7. The students will use their books to complete the front side of the worksheet on their
own.
8. To review what they have learned, the teacher will ask the students about the original
proposition with the students and the desks. The teacher will ask who would have won
the desk if this was like the French and Indian War and how they would have felt about it
if that had happened in the classroom. Would that be fair?
Closure
The teacher will complete the discussion by having the students relate the French and Indian War
to their own classroom with the original anticipatory set scenario. The teacher will ask the
students about who would have won the desk and if that would be fair to them.
Assessment
Informal: The teacher will informally assess students during the reading by asking
comprehension questions and gauging the students understanding about what they have read.
The teacher will also informally assess students while creating the bubble map together.
Formal: The teacher will collect all worksheets and bubble maps to determine if the students
understood what they have read about the French and Indian War.