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Early Russia

Early Russia


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Grade Level Grades 3-5
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

In Early Russia, students explore major geographical features of the vast lands of Russia and examine how Russia grew from a small principality into a large country ruled by powerful czars. Students learn how, after the fall of Constantinople, Moscow emerged as the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Students meet Ivan III (the Great) and Ivan IV (the Terrible), who expanded Russian territory and the authority of the czars. Students also learn how Peter the Great and Catherine the Great sought to modernize and westernize Russia.

This unit includes a Student Reader, Timeline Image Cards, and Teacher Guide, providing Guided Reading Supports and the following Additional Activities: map and geography skills exercises; a virtual tour of St. Basil’s Cathedral; a comparison of the czars; a recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; domain vocabulary exercises; and a Unit Assessment.


Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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