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Children Throughout History

Social Studies

American History: Brrrr It's the Cold War!

In this 3 part class, students will learn about the events before, during and after of the Cold War Era with engaging discussions, explorations, interactive presentation, videos, virtual field trips and games.
Christi Chaka
3 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 6 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War.
a. Explain the origin and meaning of the term “Iron Curtain.”
b. Explain how the United States sought to stop the spread of communism through the Berlin airlift, the Korean War, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
c. Identify Joseph McCarthy and Nikita Khrushchev.
d. Discuss the importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

Students will learn the vocabulary terms:
1. Arms Race
2. Communism
3. Democracy
4. Domino Theory
5. Dictator
6. President
7. Senator
8. Treaty
9. Government
10. Propaganda
11. Proxy War
I have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education which includes certification to teach American History for grades K-6. During my 10 years of teaching, I spent three years teaching Social Studies to fifth graders. I taught American History from the Reconstruction Period (1865) to current history which includes the world wars, social movements, key figures and presidents, cultural norms, government and economics. I have three years of experience teaching this unit on the Cold War.  
On day two, I will ask the students to complete a propaganda poster where students will design a persuasive, Cold War poster on a blank white sheet of paper or use a digital tool like Google Drawing (Note: If you use a digital program to create your poster, please print it so it can be shared with the class). Students will recieve a handout on day two with more detailed instructions and examples. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
2 hours 45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This unit does cover some sensitive topics such as conflict and war. This class studies the social climate at the time and that includes the Korean and Vietnam Wars (proxy wars) with regards to the spread of communism in the world. I use content and resources that are age-appropriate for upper elementary/ middle school students. I will be teaching this class from the perspective of American History but will not be going in depth about the proxy wars within the Cold War, such as generals and battles. We briefly discuss the pros and cons of communism and democracy to give students a better understanding of the causes of the Cold War. All definitions that I use come from Merriam and Webster Online Dictionary. I do not mention any political party when speaking about the American government or events of the Cold War. My Social Studies American History lessons are modeled around Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade Social Studies standards. 


Christi ChakaEarly Childhood Educator, M.Ed
3 total reviews
5 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Christi Chaka and I am from Texas in the United States of America. I earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University. I have ten years of teaching experience in elementary school where I taught core... 
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