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Middle School Geography, Government, and Psychology Bundle -- 31 Products! When I started teaching middle school Social Studies over 17 years ago I was given a text book that was outdated, at an advanced reading level, and did not provide any supplemental material. I found myself completely on my own. I had to teach geography, government, and psychology so I decided to create all of my own materials and these are some of the ones I've used and ironed out over the years. They helped me survive so I hope they help you as well!
This 50 states review game is designed to help students practice learning the location of the 50 states through the game of BINGO. This review activity allows students the opportunity to practice identifying the location of each state when they hear the name of the state. Multiple games of BINGO can be played such as Four Corners, Large Diamond, Small Diamond, or whatever BINGO game the teacher is familiar with. Even the most reluctant learners enjoy playing this game!
Included in this purchase are two files; one file is set to print to a copy machine stocked with 11x17 inch paper. The other is set to print on 8.5x11 inch paper in case you don't have access to the previous size.
Do you have some students who don't know their 50 states? When I have students that aren't very familiar with the location of the 50 states I have them make a set of flashcards to take with them and practice with by placing dot on a state and on the back write the name of the state and the capital.
Provided in this product is:
One sheet of 10 blank United States political maps that can be printed and 5 sheets given to each student.
One sheet of 4 blank United States political maps larger in size for younger students or students who do better with larger material.
One sheet of 2 blank United States political maps that could be laminated and used as a classroom set.
Here is an activity you could have an elementary student use to work on name recognition and spelling of the 50 states. This could also be used as an activity with middle school students as a review for a 50 states names test, fun class competition, or to help students learn the names of the 50 states if they haven't had much exposure to them. I have used this activity in the past after giving a Geography test to keep students occupied during the last 10 minutes of the class period while students who take a little longer on their test can finish without any distractions. Works like a charm every time and I believe any time students are exposed to the names of their states it is a good refresher for them.
These Geography Bee Winner and Runner-Up templates are ones that I have used for years with our school Geography Bee. The way that I utilize it is by giving the Geography Bee Winner Award to whoever had the highest score for the class and the Runner-Up Award went to the next 5 highest scores to be able to recognize them for their excellent effort.
Many students have usually researched using the CIA World Factbook but have very little knowledge as to what those statistics are actually referring to. In this product you are provided with an 18 slide PowerPoint that explains the following terms that students are most likely to utilize when conducting research on a country:
G.D.P. - Per Capita
Life Expectancy at Birth
Population Below Poverty Line
Debt - External
Infant Mortality Rate
People Living with HIV/Aids
Following an explanation of the terms students can choose one country from the First World Country list and one country from the Third World Country list. Then students will utilize the online CIA World Factbook by doing a google search or by going to the following site: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Students will spend time researching on the CIA World Factbook and I use this as a teachable moment to save them time. I show students how they could spend a lot of time searching for one of the facts, but if they press Ctrl+F this will pull up the "find" function. They can type one of the key phrases such as "infant" when searching for Infant Mortality Rate and they will be taken directly to that fact.
After conducting their research students then are lead to take that information and turn it into a report with a graph and pictures of their countries as well as organizing their data using the template provided. This is done by hand, but if you have students who are tech savvy this would be a good challenge for them to figure out how to recreate the template using Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, or any other way they can do it. When I give this option it is usually 50/50. Some kids just like doing things by hand.
Finally, students conclude the final stage of their report by analyzing their data and writing a one-page reflection titled "What I've Learned About 1st and 3rd World Countries". Students are encouraged to not just rewrite the information they have found, but to dig deeper and use their analysis to formulate ideas about what the data is saying about each country.
I usually spend 3 days of class time on this. One day of introduction and walking them through the terms, choosing their countries, and introducing them to the Ctrl+F function on the CIA World Factbook. One day for students to research their information and create the first part of their report. One day for them to analyze their data and construct their written reflection.
Hearing students having conversations about the data of the world is quite exciting as a teacher!
If you are looking for a fun way to get students to practice their latitude and longitude skills while using an atlas then this might be just what you need. Included in this product are 10 latitude and longitude activities where students are given a set of coordinates and each coordinate will lead them to a country. Once they find all the countries they take the first letter of each country and that will spell out the country where the buried treasure is located.
There are a variety of ways to go about this activity such as a friendly daily contest. Each student gets #1 for example, has a pen or pencil in hand and an atlas on their desk. When you say, "3...2...1...GO!" they begin hunting for the treasure using their latitude and longitude skills. The first one to identify all of the countries correctly, thus spelling out the country where the treasure is located wins a prize from you. You could also assign these as a nightly homework assignment for students to practice on their own time or have students work in groups so they can help each other practice their skills with one person finding the latitude and the other finding the longitude.
What I like most about this activity is when I hear students say, "Oh...so that's where Egypt is!" Like I said, it tricks them into learning and tricks them into fine tuning their coordinate skills.
This Religions of the World packet compares the birth, marriage, and death ceremonies and rituals of five major religions in the word - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. It is very easy to point out differences in people around the world, but what is it that they have in common?
Included in this packet are:
1. A reading about each religion that focuses on birth, marriage, and death.
2. A K-W-L based on what they know, want to know, and have learned about these religions and their practices
3. A chart for students to fill out highlighting the interesting points of each religion and each ritual
4. A "Making Connections" reflective writing worksheet where students try to tie together commonalities between the different religions
Much of the hatred in the world comes from a lack of understanding. Hopefully this will help make them more knowledgeable and understand different religions better.
This could be done as an individual assignment or as a jigsaw activity where students collaborate and choose a religion then come together and teach each other what they've learned.
An extension activity would be for students to use an atlas and identify which countries in the world have the majority of people practicing one of these different religions.
I hope your students enjoy them!
This is a fun way to provide students with the basic vocabulary used in geography and works well to see what terms students know as well as how well they can infer and problem solve.
Included in this worksheet are 16 vocabulary terms:
3rd World Countries
1st World Countries
Students are given a word bank with numbers associated with each term. In a grid are 16 definitions each assigned to their own square. Students read the definition and write the number of the term in the box provided. They know they have them correct when all of the numbers across, vertically, and even diagonally total 34.
Works well as an introductory activity or a great start to the week activity as well.
These are great task for students learning latitude and longitude or as a practice for those who already know latitude and longitude. I have used this type of formative assessment with students for years and have found that when they know that the coordinates will eventually make a shape it helps them to see if they are using the right directions. The puzzles are a set of coordinates that will eventually form the shape of a well-known place. Students will plot the coordinates one at a time, label them in numerical order, and finally connect the dots to hopefully see the shape of a familiar place. It has worked great for my students so I hope yours find the same success. Enjoy!
Africa: 40 coordinates
Australia: 50 coordinates
South America: 50 coordinates
United States: 85 coordinates
This is an activity I use in my Geography Unit to encourage students to be able to quickly identify each of the 50 states. This challenge is based on accuracy and then by time. The kids love it and it really pushes them to practice! Included in this purchase are instructions for the activity, a numbered states map, answer key, certificate to print off for the winner, and a MS Excel spreadsheet that is already set up for you to use with simple instructions to generate a master list.
This is one of those activities that the kids come back to my room year after year to see if the next wave of students have beaten their old score. Kids love to see if they can beat the teacher in this activity so have fun with it!
This interactive activity will help you as the teacher know what to say, what to show, and what to have students do to help students better understand the basics of a Compass Rose and even raise them to the level of understanding a complicated 32-point detailed Compass Rose.
Included in this product are 19 pages (with title page) of a script for you as the teacher to say to your students while you are showing them your Compass Rose that you are building; preferably with the use of a document camera, but copying on a whiteboard or chalkboard would work just as well as long as you follow the script.
A worksheet with 10 problems for them to solve using their 16-point Compass Rose is provided with an answer key. Finally, the 32-point Compass Rose can be taught following the script to show them how to get to an even more detailed set of directions using their Compass Rose.
A series of Compass Roses are available in this product as well that can be printed for each student if you feel it would be easier for them to use. They could be put into a packet for students to use. The first consist of the four Cardinal Directions of N, E, S, and W. The second is of the Intercardinal Directions of N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW. The third is for the directions N, NNE, NE, ENE, E, ESE, SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW, WSW, W, WNW, NW, and NNW. A fourth template is used to create the 32-point Compass Rose.
Finally a quiz is provided that you can use a formal (Summative) or informal (Formative) assessment to see if your students can accurately label a 32-point Compass Rose when given the entire template with only the label "N" present to give them a starting point of "North."
This has worked very well for my students over the course of my career and I believe that if you do a dry-run through this first so you make sure you understand the 32-point Compass Rose you will see your students rise to the level of understanding you are striving for.
Are you trying to figure out a way to keep students engaged as their energy level is skyrocketing before winter vacation? Here is a great way to keep the theme of Christmas going and giving students an opportunity to reinforce their latitude and longitude skills at the same time.
Included in this activity are the coordinates and names of 25 cities/towns in the United States with Christmas-themed names. Students plot the coordinates on the map provided and identify which state that city/town is in.
An answer key is provided with the locations of the coordinates and you could have a lot of fun with this on the day before vacation! Have class competition, a partner activity, have students use small stickers to plot the points, or whatever you think of to keep them learning and engaged during this time when excitement is high.
I hope you enjoy them all!!
Every year I can't wait to get to this activity! After learning about the Bill of Rights and why those amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution, students then take ownership of one of the amendments and create original lyrics to a familiar song to show their understanding of that amendment. This activity has worked with every class every year and was one of those activities I came up with out of desperation early in my career--and it worked! I've loved it ever since! I've had students bring in guitars to perform, trumpets, bass drums, kazoos, and a variety of props--just to sing the silly song they created about an amendment from the Bill of Rights. Every year I can't believe that it still works. You will be surprised how creative some of your students will be. Included in this activity is a lesson plan explaining how I go about this every year, lyrics to four well-known songs that kids have used over the years, as well as 10 song titles that kids have performed to over the years. I have also included the tune I use every year and the lyrics to that tune in regard to the 8th Amendment.
Looking for 2 days to fill with creativity, engagement, and entertainment in relation to the Bill of Rights? You've found it right here.
I've used this activity every year and it has always been a hit - especially on an election year! You are provided with a PowerPoint that explains how the electoral college works as well as the potential flaws of the system. Students are then partnered up with the competition packet, a pair of dice, and some colored pencils to take part in an electoral college simulation.
The kids always have fun playing this and it really shows them how important it is to win the popular votes of a state to win all of the electoral votes of that particular state.
I hope you and your students have as much fun with this activity as my students and I have had over the years. A fun touch to the end is to take a photograph of the winner and put up a bulletin board titled "Future Presidents??" or "I Made it to 270 First!"
This Preamble assignment will have students take the "old language" found in the Preamble and use a dictionary, thesaurus, or online source to figure out what message was trying to be explained when it was written. Students will then create a more contemporary Preamble that would be understood by the average person.
What's nice about this assignment is that it allows students to talk to each other while they are trying to figure out the meaning and decide on which words we use today mean the same as the words used back in 1787. Finding the meaning to the original words of the preamble builds upon their vocabulary and you will most likely hear them say afterward that they heard one of the words on a t.v. show, a movie, or saw one of them in a book they have read. It is one of those ways to continuously make connections from the past to the world they live in today.
Trying to find a way to explain the Articles of Confederation to your students without them drifting off into daydream land? This lesson helps to make it real by connecting to their lives. Provided is a summarized story about the Articles of Confederation that I use with my 8th grade U.S. History students, which explains why the Articles of Confederation came about as well as the powers delegated to the state and national governments.
As a way for students to grasp the concepts, I have included an activity where students are given 15 issues that they have to decide if each one should be their parent(s) responsibility, their responsibility, or both of their responsibilities. Kind of like the national government was the "parent government" and they are like the state government. At the end students look at how many issues they said should just be left up to them, how many should be their parent's responsibility, and how many should be shared responsibilities. A wonderful class discussion takes place afterward where students justify their reasons for their selections. I then have them compare those issues to issues that were faced when the Continental Congress was trying to set up a government. For example, one of the issues is who should be able to decide who your friends are. Students always say that should be up to them, but when we compare it to the Articles of Confederation, only the national government was allowed to make peace or sign treaties, thus deciding who we would associate with. They were the parent government. Why wasn't this left up to the states? Isn't it the same? Then BAM! The discussion erupts again.
Also included is a summary of the Federalist vs. Antifederalist, which were the groups that Americans associated themselves with when the Constitution was being constructed. A survey with 7 topics about government is included where students either answer with a "YES" or a "NO." The reason there are 7 is because they will not have a tie and it will place them as either being more of a Federalist or more of an Antifederalist.
Both of these combined can be a one day class activity/discussion to get students thinking about how they think power should be distributed in regard to state vs. national government.
These two activities have worked well for me in the past so I hope they help your students better understand where they stand in regard to power distribution in the government.
This simulation is a quick, engaging, fun, hands-on, activity that allows your entire class to participate in a simulation of voting rights through American history. An extension activity is provided and could be used where students finding sources, such as the amendments, that changed the rights for people. Each student in class will be given a card that has an age, race, and land ownership status. You will click through a series of Powerpoint slides that start in 1776 and show how strict voting rights were. Students will all stand when each year arrives and sit if they are not eligible based on the requirements shown on the screen. This activity is quick but effective in simulating how our country started with just a handful of people with a voice in politics to now where we all have a voice.
This is one of those 10 minute activities where every kid in class participates and I can personally say that I've used this every year for 15 years and it has never failed. The follow up extension activity is great for a cooperative learning exercise with a partner.
I have so much fun with this activity every year so I hope you will too! When I teach about the election process I use this activity to demonstrate with students that you really need to know more about a candidate than just the surface level of information.
Included in this activity are 10 "Mystery Candidates" that only have a brief description about them including their age, education, and career information. No picture is provided for the students and they are all real people throughout history including:
George Washington, Winston Churchill, Gandhi, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, George Bush, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Thomas Jefferson.
Students write an explanation in the box explaining why the characteristics of each candidate would be a strength or a weakness. Like I mentioned, this is a lot of fun and it really gets the kids excited to see if their candidate wins!
Included in this package are a copy of the packet of candidates with no pictures of the candidates, a teacher packet with the pictures, a PowerPoint to use the next day that you can use to discuss strengths and weaknesses before their picture is revealed, and a ranking of presidential characteristics survey for students. It is fun to tally the scores of the candidates as well as the presidential characteristics survey so students can see what it would be like if their class actually got to vote. They can see what is most important to kids their age in regard to the characteristics of a president as well as who won based on the information provided for each candidate.
This Branches of Government Treasure Hunt works well to help students understand the basics of our United States government. Students answer the 16 questions provided by using either their text book, an encyclopedia, or online resources.
This works well for a mini-reading or mini-research activity or would work just fine if you were in a jam and needed an assignment for your students to do if you had a substitute teacher for the day.
This is an activity I do with students after they have learned the steps in how a bill becomes a law through the PowerPoint provided. Students will come up with something that bothers them to the point that they think there should be a law to deal with it. They have to decide if it will be a state or federal law, come up with a proposal for their law, get feedback from the general public, and finally try to persuade at least 51% of congress (their classmates) to vote in favor of their bill.
This is a great activity that has the potential to combine and English class and a Social Studies class together for an interdisciplinary unit. It can be a simple two-day activity or you could add a research component in and easily stretch it into a week-long activity.
The skills of organization, persuasive writing, and public speaking are all combined in this activity. The ideas some of my students come up with never cease to amaze me and I hope you experience the same with your students.
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Yes, a student will be Pavlov's Dog. This is a fun way for students to learn the steps involved in Classical Conditioning. I have used this activity for over a decade and it never fails. The terms stimulus, response, neutral stimulus, unconditioned stimulus, unconditioned response, conditioned stimulus, and conditioned response are all incorporated in the lesson. There is a pre-teaching activity that involves using a student as Pavlov's dog and the script that I say during the activity as well as dog ear and nose props for you classroom "Pavlov's Dog." The next step is a PowerPoint I use to teach the basic concepts with a practice scenario included. Finally it is time for the students to show their understanding by identifying the terms of Classical Conditioning and coming up with a scenario of that incorporates all aspects of Classical Conditioning as well. I remember when I first learned about Classical Conditioning I was confused as to what parts of the scenario went with which term which is why I made this activity, PowerPoint, and worksheet to try and take the confusion out of the equation. I hope you and your students enjoy the lesson!
Want a fun way to get students to figure out if they believe there are gender-specific tasks in a family? This is a combination self-reflection activity with a writing component at the end.
In this activity students will look at 20 different tasks that could take place within a household and have to place that task in the category they believe it fits. The categories are in a Microsoft Word document that the students can actually click and drag under the categories of either HUSBAND, WIFE, or EITHER OR BOTH. An example of options for them to choose from are "Shoveling Snow", "Changing Diapers", and "Grocery Shopping." For your students to "click and drag" you will have to save this document in a place on your school's network that they will be able to have access to it, open it, and then save it either on a flash drive or in their own personal space on the network. Students can stretch or shrink the choices so the words fit nicely in each category or they can make their own chart as well. There are many possibilities, this product provides a platform.
Students then defend themselves in writing by choosing three topics and supporting their reason why that task should be under the category they chose.
There will always be someone in class who is very stubborn on their beliefs, which has usually been a boy, who picks all of the stereotypical tasks such as sewing, changing diapers, or doing laundry as strictly tasks for the wife. This makes it very interesting when we discuss their choices as a class!
I absolutely love this activity! The purpose of this Mission to Mars activity is for students to take terms they've learned in an introductory Psychology class to choose 7 crew members out of a possible 12 to conduct a two-year journey to Mars and back. This activity was designed to not have a right answer. However, it is meant for students interpret psychological characteristics about a possible crew such as introvert, extrovert, intrinsic, extrinsic, optimist, and pessimist, and I.Q. to put together, in their mind, the best crew.
Students will have to decide if they will separate members of a family, send a member who has a terminal illness, or send a member with a light disability.
I've always enjoyed this activity because of how much my students talk to each other about why they would choose certain members and not others. This has been a hit every year. The classroom conversations about each member has always been very enjoyable.
I'VE NEVER HAD A STUDENT NOT PARTCIPATE IN THIS ACTIVITY IN 15 YEARS!! This is a lesson I have used to teach students how we adapt to different circumstances by having them complete two different mazes six times. The mazes seem very simplistic at first until the students find out how they have to complete the mazes.
This activity could be used in a variety of classes. Math for charting information as well as figuring out averages, English as a writing prompt regarding something they have had to adapt to in life, Social Studies for seeing the world differently, or Science for a lesson on reflection. It is a pretty versatile lesson that takes very little to set up and is a fun activity to do with students to help them understand the point you are trying to make.
I have used this Phobias lesson for years in my 7th Grade Social Studies class when we are studying fear in our Psychology Unit. This Phobias lesson involves a PowerPoint that has students figure out how superstitious they are as well as try to guess 10 unique phobias by their scientific name then by images that represent the phobias. The students will then create an illustration that symbolizes a unique phobia by it's scientific name and a colorful illustration they create. The following day the class tries to guess the phobia they selected by the name and then by the illustration they created. This is one of those lessons that has been a golden oldie for me because every student voluntarily takes part in it and they always enjoy the next day trying to figure out what each other created. This also helps ease into discussions about what fears they have and how to address those fears. This could easily work in a Health class when discussing emotions or an English class to foster ideas for personal narratives. This also might be helpful for doing interdisciplinary work between the three.
Do your teenage students every talk about struggles they're having with their parents? Maybe they want more freedom? Maybe they think their parents put too much pressure on them? This assessment will help bridge a communication gap between teenagers and their parents. Teenagers place a score between 1-5 next to 24 different statements regarding their own beliefs about how they feel their parents are treating them. There is a calculation that is performed at the end which places them in one of three different categories in regard to the status of their relationship with their parents.
If a teenager so chooses they can give their parents the assessment with the 24 statements flipped to have the parents score from their point of view. The same calculation is performed at the end and will place them in one of the same three categories.
Then the fun part. The parent and teenager sit together and share what their final score was. Then they can share their scores for each other 24 statements and discover where they are perceiving their relationship the same as well as differently. Each statement is a talking point and worthy of a conversation.
This has been tried and true with my teenage students and their parents. This activity can be especially helpful for teenagers who are looking for a way to talk to their parents but don't quite know how to start. This activity gives them a topic 24 different times. I have had parents call or e-mail and thank me for giving this to them because it helped bridge a communication gap they were experiencing.
This activity could also work well for counselors dealing with a family situation where parent and teenager are not seeing eye to eye. This may help them discover the areas that need improvement.
Your students will have a formal debate on controversial social issues that are part of society today. This week-long activity is bound to ramp up your classroom discussions. I have done this type of activity for 15 years and look forward to it every time it comes around.
What I love about this lesson the most is that students get to voice their own opinions without being criticized by anyone. It provides them with a safe platform to talk about an important issue in history/today's society as well as an issue they feel passionately about.
Included in this activity are:
-25 Social Issues Debatable topics on Cardstock to be displayed
-Debate Survey for students to figure out what they believe
-Grading Evaluation that is simple and to the point
-Tips for Your Debate sheet to help students with writing
-Lesson Plan that explains what I have done for this activity
-Take Your Own Stance sheet for students to fill out during debates
The one thing I appreciate the most about the activity is the discussion that is held after the debates are concluded. For one full week the students will be focused on the social issues of today and hopefully by doing this activity they are more aware to the issues that face their generation in the world in which they live.
The purpose of this activity is for students to get a better idea what they believe compared to what others in class believe about the things we value in life such as power, money, fairness, honesty, etc. This values activity works great for character education, health, psychology, sociology, or even as an ice breaker in the beginning of the year. Students will randomly choose from a list of questions that come with this lesson and share their answer to that question in the group. Ground rules of respect, quietly listening to each other, and appropriate behavior should be established and agreed upon first. Students answer when they are comfortable as explained in the lesson plan.
This has been one of my "golden oldie" lessons because students have always enjoyed themselves and truly learned a great deal about each other and practice their listening skills and acceptance skills.
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