Practical Materials for Social Studies Education

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This workbook is designed to be used over the course of 2-3 days. Students could complete this workbook in stations, allowing 25 minutes or so for each activity within their small groups. In this workbook students will be doing a number of
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This movie guide accompanies the PBS documentary titled "Forgotten Ellis Island." Here there are 8 short answer/reflection questions for students to complete while viewing the documentary.
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This workbook is designed to be used over the course of 2-3 days. I had my students complete this workbook in stations, allowing 20 minutes or so for each activity within their small groups. In this workbook students will be doing a scavenger hunt
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This is a movie guide created for the History Channel Series, How the Earth was Made - episode - Grand Canyon. This question guide goes in the order of the film, and is a great way to keep students engaged while learning about erosion and
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This is a 10 questions reflection guide for students to use when viewing the Smithsonian Film titled 9/11: Stories in Fragments. This film is available on Netflix. This film takes a look at individual survival stories and the artifacts that
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I use this activity after teaching both the Demographic Transition Model (stages of demographic transition) and the basics of population pyramids. Taking data from the CIA world fact book site, I have located 4 very different population pyramids
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This test measures student knowledge on the following: Mexican American War, Westward Expansion, Gold Rush, Manifest Destiny, Gadsden Purchase, Homestead Act and the impact of all of the following on the various groups of Americans at the time.
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This template was created as part of a pilot program to encourage greater participation in the classroom setting. The goal of our program is to increase comprehension from active learning each and every day. When creating this template, I had
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As a teacher (of Social Studies specifically), I believe it is vital that students understand their rights and responsibilities found within our nation. With this being said, when I approach the topic of elections, more precisely the Presidential
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Before I began this activity, students and I had gone over movement the day before as one of the 5 Themes of Geography, thereby allowing this activity to support the learning through application the following day. The task for students was this:
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This project is designed to assist students in meeting Common Core ELA standards, Geography Standards and our district's technology standards. Through creation of this project, students will need access to computers/tablets/personal devices to
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This mini - unit was designed to give students a snap shot into natural disasters that affect various regions of the U.S. In completing this activity, I broke students into groups of 2-4 (depending on class sizes), with each group examining one of
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This document provides two resources for students. First a grid for storyboard planning. Every good documentary/story uses a storyboard for planning and laying out ideas. In the first document, students are asked to plan out each step, opening,
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This assessment measures students' knowledge of how the U.S. Constitution came to be (replacing the Articles of Confederation), key vocabulary terms, branches of government, houses of Congress, strengths of the U.S. Constitution, weaknesses of the
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This assessment measures students' ability to decipher between map projections, discuss why certain projections work when others do not, distinguish between different types of maps (vegetation, political, etc), read simple charts and graphs and
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This is by far the best research driven debate that I have ever hosted in a history class. Much like the other debates that I have posted, I use a DBQ book to provide background information though one could easily simply research the topic without
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This Unit Assessment pack includes a test, modified exam (to be used for differentiation) and a Review to be completed by students. The topics that this Assessment pack addresses are listed below: Micro vs. Macro Economics Factors of
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This movie guide is designed to work with the series Wildest Africa, season 2 episode 5, titled Cape Coast. This movie focuses on life near the Cape Coast of South Africa, explaining currents, physical features, human life as well as animals
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I generally use this as my first mini-unit when kicking off a new geography class. This test, assesses students knowledge of the 7 Continents & 4 Oceans (map included), 5 Themes of Geography, Relative Location, Physical vs. Political Maps, and
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This brochure project allows students to create a brochure either electronically or via handmade with paper (depending on the resources available to you and your students) demonstrating their knowledge of the Canadian Provinces and Territories, in a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching since 2006. I have taught in a variety of schools from private parochial schools to rural and urban public schools. My experience is mostly focused in the area of Social Studies with team teaching experience in a combined ELL/Social Studies course. I have instructed in the following Social Studies areas: U.S. History, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Economics, American Government, Sociology, Psychology, American Studies and Middle School (Geography, U.S. History and Advanced 8th grade U.S. History).

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is very much bell to bell - in that I understand that I cannot control outside factors, but can control what happens from the moment my class starts to the moment my class ends. I have incorporated elements of standards based grading, common core, SIOP model and others as students and their needs change from year to year. I believe that practice work should not be punished (academically), and that mastery is truly what we are working towards in education. I focus on quick checkpoints throughout my daily instruction, questioning strategies and am cognizant that my assessments truly measure what standard or unit I am teaching. I am a teacher who attends in and out of state workshops, am constantly reading latest research in education and serve on a number of educational committees in and out of my building/district.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Most recently, I was awarded a national flash funding from the donorschoose.org web-based teacher funding program, to complete my project listing on improving technology in the classroom.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have an undergraduate degree in political science and a master's degree in education. I am currently licensed to teach in two states.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am committed to the field of education in piloting programs, hosting university students and connecting the community to my classroom in anyway possible. I have a passion for teaching and learning and look forward to sharing some of my work with you.

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