Uh oh. Did your principal throw a new course at you on the first day of school? Haven't had time to prepare something in advance? Have no fear, for that's what the first day survival pack is for! This resource contains at least four lessons-in-a-can to help you get through your first day of class.
The included materials are appropriate for middle or high school aged students. With your purchase you receive the following:
Ancient Civilizations Reading and Map
Examines each of the major civilizations of antiquity (Persians, Chinese, Indians...). After reading, annotating, and discussing, students then label each civilization on a corresponding map. Take some time and assess your students' knowledge of geography.
Medieval Civilization Reading and Map
Same story as above - but with the medieval world! Contains a reading on each civilization (Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Byzantines, Norse...) and a corresponding map.
World History Survey
This general purpose survey tests your students on prior knowledge, seeing what they know about figures including Napoleon, the Buddha, William the Conqueror, and Alexander the Great. This assignment could consume an entire period, given a class of writers.
US History Survey
This United States specific survey tests your students' prior knowledge on presidents, wars, and important US-focused social studies terms.
Why Study History?
This short writing prompt is a good way to start the year, and after giving students time to reflect can segue into a great discussion on why the study of the past is important. Can consume a whole period given a class of thinkers.
Social Studies Terms Quiz
I know, a quiz. What a bummer for the first day. This final resource checks your students' knowledge of 30 key terms including words like commerce, democracy, bureaucracy, and oligarchy.