Trail of Tears

Cruelty, discrimination, and greed: These are just some of the landmarks you’ll find on the Trail of Tears. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby lead the way as they reveal one of the saddest episodes in United States history. Learn how white settlers’ desire for new land threatened the ancestral homelands of American Indians, especially those in the southeast. Explore the steps taken by the government to free up land in Georgia and Tennessee by moving entire tribes westward. Experience the terrible suffering endured by the Choctaw and the Cherokee as they marched to Indian Territory during the 1830s. And discover what lessons we can learn from this tragic era in American history.

Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey – Social Studies Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-9, students will use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore how the lives of the Cheyenne American Indian tribe changed over time. Students will explore daily life before the reservation period and learn how violent conflict broke out between the Plains Indians and the U.S. government in the 1860s and 1870s. They will also explore the strategies that the Plains Indians used to survive and adapt to the expansion of the United States. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Trail of Tears Lesson Plan: Dramatic Reenactment

Lesson Plan Summary In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore how and why American Indians were uprooted from their homes. As students re-enact the events of the Trail of Tears, they will gain a deep understanding of a tragic era in history and identify what lessons we can learn from it. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Trail of Tears Lesson Plan: American Indians and the Cherokee Culture

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K through 3, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn how and why American Indians were uprooted from their homes. Students will re-enact the events of the Trail of Tears and gain a deep understanding of Cherokee culture. They will also identify lessons we can learn from the tribe's experiences. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

U.S. History Lesson Plan: Exploring Cause and Effect

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students select two topics in United States history and use BrainPOP resources to explore the relationship between those topics. Students will work collaboratively to determine the cause and effect relationships and present their research to the class in a creative format of their choice. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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