Help kids learn what life in the 50s was like with this free history printables that explores the 1950s for Kids. From Elvis Presley, jukeboxes, soda shops, sock hop, Rosa Parks, poodle skirts, and famous inventions like Mr. Potato Head, frisbees, white out, micro chips, Barbie, and more – this life in the 50s make history for kids fun as they color, read, and learn about American History for kids. Use this life in the 1950s resource with pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.
Life in the 50s
Did you ever hear your grandma say that things sure have changed from when she was little? Well, they really have changed from life in the 50s! Perhaps you were lucky enough to learn history from someone who actually lived it, but if not don’t worry. We’ve got a fun history printable for kids for you to learn what life in the 1950s was like. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love this low-prep activity for helping students learn about the 1950s. One of the easiest ways to help kids learn and remember is to have them read and study the people, the country and the way of life during this era. This american history for kids reader is a great introduction to Elvis Presley, jukeboxes, soda shops, sock hop, Rosa Parks, poodle skirts, and famous inventions like Mr. Potato Head, frisbees, white out, micro chips, Barbie, and the Presidents of the US during this decade. Use this 1950s for kids lesson with kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.
Life in the 1950s
First, you will need to print the pack. Now simply print the black and white pages on plain printer paper and cut the pages in half before stapling the book together.
1950s for Kids
he history reader also includes the following:
- fashion trends – poodle skirts, loafers, hats, gloves, leather jackets
- drive in movie theatre
- popular television shows like: I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Twilight Zone and Leave It To Beaver.
- Movie theatres with actors like John Wayne, James, Stuart, Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and Elizabeth Taylor
- What is the sock hop, jitterbug, and more
- Harry Truman & Dwight D Eisenhower presidencies
- cost of living – average cost of new home was $8,450!
- Major events like the first credit card, Korean War, role of double helix DNA, May 17, 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education , first successful living organ transplant (kidney), Disneyland opens in California, Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Soviet’s launch first artificial satellite Sputnik, and NASA founded on July 29, 1958.
- Diners to grab burgers, fries, soda
- Servers delivering food to drive in movies or drive in restaurants on roller skates
- Soda Shops where teens would grab a refreshing soda fountain drink and play Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Buddy Holly on the juke box while dancing to The Platters and The Drifters
- December 1, 1955, the modern civil rights movement began when Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama
- Inventions such as optic fiber, micro chips, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, the frisbee, black box flight recorder, and more
American History for Kids
There are 2 versions of the history printables for kids: the version with more text/information and a simplified version with tracer lines to trace key vocabulary. Pick the one that works best for your children and print the pages.
The pages are in black and white to save on printing costs. Now cut each page in half and stack them up in the order you like with the cover page on top. Now staple the book along the left side over the 2 black staple spots.
Hint: Feel free to read through the pages before you staple them so you can put them in the order you prefer.
I encourage you to have students decorate their books first, it helps avoid kids being distracted when you read them later. So have children colour the cute clipart and images in your 1950s book for kids using crayons, markers, colored pencils, or any other favorite art material.
When you are done, read the pages together to learn about what life was like in the 1950s.
In the 1950s the economy was soaring, families were moving out to the suburbs, there was a baby boom, and most families were watching television on 12 inch black and white TV sets. The man of the household became the sole breadwinner and women took care of the home and children; families began buying more and more ready-made goods. Times were gentler, with little violence, and milk still being delivered to the doorstep.
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