Start your school year off right with this bundle of resources to help organize your school year calendar, get to know your individual students better, help the students get to know each other better through community building activities, and go over classroom rules for digital devices.
1. Blank Planning Calendar: This calendar can be used to backwards plan your curriculum units for the entire school year. It is easy to modify and has major holidays and AP testing dates already placed in the miscellaneous column.
2. Course Information Sheet (Syllabus) Quiz Questions
3. Beginning of the School Year Survey
4. Letter to the Teacher Questions
5. Laptop Rules and Etiquette PowerPoint for classes that use digital devices: This Power Point provides an overview of norms and expectations when using laptops and other digital devices within the classroom. With all of the new technology that students have access to, it can be easily distracting for many of them. Additionally, classes can sometimes become too reliant on technology which can lead to a reduction of effortful processing and content encoding into long-term memory.
6. Community Building Activities: For each activity I have included instructions, approximate timing, when/where the activity should take place, and a “takeaway” debrief opportunity for after the activity.
a. Speed Dating- Getting to know classmates
b. Stand Up Sit Down- Finding similarities and differences
c. Human Bingo- Finding similarities and differences
d. Human Tic-Tac-Toe- Understanding the importance of communication
e. Disability Simulations- Multiple activities
f. Build a House- Understanding unequal access
g. Stereotypes- The Power of Language
h. The Struggle of Assimilation- Whole class silent activity about immigration
7. Classroom Timeline:
a. This document provides a list of items for a US History classroom timeline that can be printed, cut out, and placed on a wall in your classroom to be used as a reference point during the school year. I have included recommended image links but for copyright reasons, I cannot add the images themselves to this document. The images can also be printed and placed on the timeline. I have had students bring in images and artifacts over the years that I have also added to my timeline such as a WWII newspaper from VE Day and election buttons.
b. The timeline is most appropriate for a general US History 11th grade classroom but it can be easily modified for AP US History or middle school US History.
c. I have also included color coding recommendations for social, political, and economic categorization of items on the timeline if you want to add the colors as a background to each item.
d. Additionally, there is a formatted list of all of the presidents that is available to print.
a. This glossary can help students practice using academic vocabulary by defining it themselves and making a historical connection to each term. The terms can be added explicitly to the glossary throughout the school year as they appear in the curriculum. To review the vocabulary, you can use oral vocabulary quizzes where the students define the term and make a connection history. You can also have the students use the glossary when doing written work in class or for homework.
9. Cornell Notes PowerPoint and Scoring Rubric
a. This can be used to help your students to organizer their notes using the Cornell model which is often supported in AVID classrooms.
10. Directive Words Sheet
a. This sheet can help students better understand directive words as they appear in essay prompts.
11. Research Paper Scoring Guide
a. This scoring guide can be used as a rubric to grade research papers in a history classroom.
*All items are editable