In Washington State, fourth graders study state history. I supplemented our ancient text books with some writing projects and simulations. This is a picture of our settlement that we created on the back wall of our classroom. Each student was assigned a plot of land in the bulletin board settlement. Then they created a character and a business that was typical of life before Washington became a state in 1889.
The printable shown above is a graphic organizer where students can create a character and consider what life was like for that character. Students wrote journal entries for their character using the information we studied in class.