Three FREE Social Studies Hook Activities!

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Three FREE Social Studies Hook Activities!
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This FREE product includes three social studies hook activities to grab students' attention and get them primed for the lesson! The three hook activities cover political parties, the national debt of the United States, and checks and balances between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The activities are thought-provoking and attempt to make these issues relatable and much easier to understand.

Political Parties Hook:
One of the difficulties of teaching political parties is that students can get the impression that all people in a political party believe the same thing. This hook introduces some nuance to the subject of political parties!

I used this hook with my 7th grade civics classes and they loved it! It gives them a chance to get out of their seats, move around the room, and approach the content from a different point of view!

National Debt Hook:
The National Debt can be pretty scary, especially for students! This hook attempts to show the many different ways we talk about and look at the National Debt and how people use those views to support their own opinions.

Before I used this hook with my students their anxiety level about the National Debt was about an 8, but after the hook their anxiety level when town to a 4. The students loved this nuanced look at the National Debt that shows how politicians, the media, and individuals use facts to support their own opinions.

Checks and Balances Hook:
This activity shows how the three branches of government check and balance each other using "Rock, Paper, Scissors!"

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Three FREE Social Studies Hook Activities!