First Days of School Bundle
This bundle includes 4 (75 minute periods) best-selling worksheets that are the perfect way to start the year for US History or Global/World History. Purchasing this bundle saves you $2.00 when compared to buying all 4 worksheets separately! Please click on the worksheet links below to see previews of each worksheet included.
Included in this bundle is the following:
Decision Making Activity - Critical Thinking Skills - Icebreaker
The following is a decision-making activity that promotes class discussion and critical thinking. You are on the bio-ethical committee of a hospital that just received a liver that is suitable for transplant. You need to make a decision about who should get the liver. Five candidates have been placed at the top of the liver transplant list because without a liver transplant within the next 48 hours, they will die of their liver disease. You have certain facts about each person. You must:
1. Discuss each and every person on the list to be sure you are aware of who they are and what their circumstances are.
2. Decide on what criteria you will use to decide who ought to get the liver
3. Choose a person to get the liver.
4. Write an argument explaining your decision – the argument should indicate both why you chose this person and why you rejected the others
5. Present your decision to the class along with the reasons for your decision.
This activity is perfect as an icebreaker or for critical thinking skills practice.
Work Like a Historian - Global/World/US History/APUSH
The following is a student-centered worksheet /activity where students are required to work like a historian. First, students learn about primary sources, secondary sources, and the historical record though a reading and several critical thinking questions. Then, students are placed in small groups and begin a gallery walk. Images of the contents of a historical figure’s pockets (Abraham Lincoln) should be placed around the room (contained in a PowerPoint included with this worksheet). Students will attempt to learn about this anonymous person simply through an analysis of artifacts. At the end of the lesson, the identity of the figure is revealed. This activity promotes active engagement, teamwork, and critical thinking.
This lesson is perfect for any social studies classroom - Global/World/US History or APUSH.
Reconstructing the Past - Global/World History Skills - Common Core
The following is a common core-based lesson/worksheet that focuses on how social scientists reconstruct the past. This lesson is typically taught as the first lesson in my Global/World History curriculum but it could easily be used in US History as well. This worksheet is loaded with a variety of student-centered activities designed to promote active engagement and critical thinking. Several activities include:
• Do now – through provoking questions perfect to spark class discussion.
• George Santayana quote analysis
• Activity for pairs – Why do we study Global History?
• Several “Reconstructing the Past” activities – distinguishing fact from opinion, perspective, sample Regents questions, and primary vs. secondary sources.
• Multiple opportunities for small group or whole class discussion.
What is History & Why Does it Matter? activity - Global/World/US History/APUSH
Series of 9 quotations about history and its importance. Students are required to analyze one of the quotations by answering a series of 7 comprehension and critical thinking questions. They then compare their quote with their neighbor’s and discuss the similarities and differences. This activity works well on the first or second day of school in Global/World/US History/APUSH class. Created in Word so editing is no problem.
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