JD's Social Studies and Science Ideas

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JD's Social Studies and Science Ideas
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"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey
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Students embark on a simulation in which they have just survived a plane crash and made it to a deserted island (similar to the TV Show Lost or the movie Cast Away). Throughout the simulation students must use a map and work in groups to answer the
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This webquest was designed as a take-home unit for students to discover the major goals of the Progressive Era in the United States at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. However, it can easily be adapted for the classroom.
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This activity is a blast and students will be talking about it for years after they complete it! In this activity students are to explore items from around their house and where they were made which is then used to introduce the lesson and drive a
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After teaching World History and United States for several years I have developed a list of fifteen (15) guiding theme statements to help students understand recurring themes throughout history. This has been invaluable as students now have a
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This chart is designed to help students document the major beliefs and practices of the world's major religions. The chart uses categories to help students compare and contrast each of these religions and includes acronyms to help students remember
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This project is the ultimate review project for World History. Not only get your students to critically think about each topic and its relationship to other events in history and today, but will leave them talking about the tournament for years to
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This is a chart designed to help students organize the information they learned about Islamic Civilization during the Middle Ages in the Middle East and India as well as Medieval Africa. A list of terms for each row is listed on the back of the
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I have taught U.S. History, World History, Chemistry and Biology for Freshmen and Sophomores for five years. For each class I have taught the courses at both a general level as well as an "Essentials" or simplified level for special education students.


My teaching style is very active and energetic. I am extremely passionate about my students, the course content and the process of learning. The assignments I post are meant to engage the students beyond the traditional classroom model, however, these are not meant to completely replace traditional teaching methods.


Most Entertaining Teacher Group Social Studies Top Honor Student Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society inductee Howard and Rose Stein Biology Scholarship Recipient Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History inductee Phi Kappa Phi, National Academic Honor Society inductee Paul A. Huizenga Biology Scholarship Recipient


Top Honor Student - High School. Bachelors Degree with a Major in Group Social Studies and Minors in Biology and Chemistry. Currently working on Masters in Educational Technology.


I am fortunate to have grown up in family full of teachers. My father, brother and brother-in-law have all taught social studies at the high school level with some experience teaching at the University level as well. This unique situation has helped me to develop some of our most creative ideas as our family get togethers can quickly turn into impromptu professional development meetings where we bounce ideas off each other.

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