Making Social Studies Fun

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Social Studies can be both fun and informative at the same time. Here's how...
 
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Once you've taught the Qin Dynasty you need to teach the Han, and you can't teach the Han without discussing the Silk Road, the trade route that stretched from China to the Mediterranean. The exit card comes with a discussion question which has
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This assignment is based on a Washington Post article from a few years back explaining how the rise of corn based gasoline in the USA has led to the rise of tortilla prices in Mexico. It is a great lesson to show the connectivity of the world
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Need to teach about the Qin Dynasty and the Great Wall? Then this a great resource for you. Use this with a video or image analysis or on its own to support your China curriculum.
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Ever wonder why Football is the most popular American sport? What impact does having over 160 games have on the price of a Baseball ticket? This assignment has students analyze the relationship between the number of games in a season the price of
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Through this lesson students work in groups to build a classroom pyramid. They are given an engineering puzzle that asks them to move a theoretical 5000lb block across the desert. The lesson helps the students understand that while the tools were
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Here is a very fun way to learn about the laws of Supply and Demand using the Raffi song "Banana Phone." This powerpoint tells the story about the growth and decline of the Banana Phone industry and explains how the rise and fall of the demand of
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This product contains everything you need to teach the Persian Wars. Usually this is a skipped over topic by most middle teachers but this is a chance to really make the history come alive. In the zip file you will find: 1) Guided notes page for
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In this package you'll find materials on how to teach about growth mindset, posters to put in your classroom, as well as a growth mindset self evaluation for students. This is a great way to get students who struggle to learn to understand that
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Now that you have taught all 5 religions it's time for a simple 20 question quiz. This quiz has students analyze the similarities between the religions while also quizzing them on some basic facts, such as who was the first Buddha. This is a word
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All 6 world religions bundled together. Start with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism before you move into Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The level of information is quite deep but works well for middle school students who are just starting to
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Survivor Rome follows Rome’s path from Republic to Empire. In this kit you have: All the notes, both for the kids to take and the key Exit Cards Extension BCR Activslate Flipchart Warm-up sheet for kids to use each day Powerpoint for day 1: Final
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Leo, Don, Raph, and Mikey...those are the original four turtles. With this lesson you have students read through 6 historical figures from the Renaissance. Students will analyze the importance of each person, evaluate their impact on history, and
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Why is Social Studies important? It's important because it teaches citizenship. Students need to learn what rights they have as citizens, and how they can exercise those rights. In this assignment students connect an image and a generalization
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Everyone always focuses on Athens when studying Ancient Greece. But what about Sparta? In this reading students learn about the government of Sparta, what it took to be a citizen in Sparta, education, and the role of women. Students will learn
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Looking for a fun Primary Source lesson? You can't go wrong with Hammurabi. Students love his laws, which makes it very easy to teach and have fun with. Including is the sourcing graphic organizer, and two sets of laws from Hammurabi
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The 3rd in a series of notes about major world religions. Students should be able to see connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These notes are a basic outline of the beliefs and do not get too deep into the theology, thus making it
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Below you will find two very easy warm-up ideas. As you know, warm-ups are great ways to activate kids thinking, but since every teacher does them we need to do something different in Social Studies to get our classes to stand out. Here you will
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Find the circumference of the earth! In this lesson students complete the easy experiment Eratosthenes completed over 2000 years ago. While you won't be accurate in your data because you probably won't be doing this on the solstice at local noon,
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Through this assignment students use Google Earth or Google Maps to figure out where some of the oldest and largest cities in the world have been settled. It gives students a better idea of where cities are located because it uses the most
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This is 4th in series of notes about world religions. It focuses not just on the basics of how Christianity began, but also on the Protestant Reformation and key events like that.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am in my 12th year of teaching Ancient World History. I have taught primarily 6th grade but have also taught 7th and 8th graders. Prior to this I was a camp counselor for 10 years while in high school and in college. This impacts my lessons by making them more energetic and more hands on. Please note: Unless otherwise stated, all flipcharts are for Promethean Boards/ActivInspire/Activstudio and not SMARTBoards

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students learn best by doing. In this way Science and Social Studies aren't that different. The perfect example of this is the Google Earth lesson which requires the students to actively look at the earth to find data using satellite images instead of just using an atlas.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My first year teaching I was awarded teacher of the year. Since then I have received my National Board Certification.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended the University of Maryland College Park where I received a BA in Secondary Education. I have also taken 75 credits worth of post-college credits that range from Outdoor Education classes to technology classes such as how to make better lessons using Word, Excel, and my Promethean Board.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I've been able to travel a large chunk of Europe and have used knowledge from my trips to help inform my teaching.

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