Tag: social studies
March marks “Women’s History Month,” a time in which we honor the achievements and efforts of women across the globe. This month provides a perfect opportunity to create social studies and history lessons that highlight significant female figures. While there is an endless list of women to recognize, here are some […]
Posted: March 18th, 2016 under groupwork, Multiple Intelligences, primary sources, TCI History, women's history.
Tags: free resources, history, primary sources, social studies, STEM, women's history month
In this free lesson from TCI, students watch/listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and answer questions. In a Social Studies Skill Builder, students are assigned an excerpt from the speech. Pairs work together to find an image to showcase that depicts progress (or lack of) towards that dream. Pairs then travel to see […]
Posted: January 14th, 2015 under Challenging Students, Educational Trends and Issues, Multiple Intelligences.
Tags: Free Lesson Plans, I have a dream, lesson plan, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Day, social studies
Constitution Day Lesson September 17th is Constitution Day. Celebrate the day with your upper elementary students by analyzing the preamble through song, a word cloud, and discussion. Students even write a letter to the editor using a newspaper clip tool via the web. This lesson was written by Brian Thomas and uses proven hands-on strategies […]
Posted: September 12th, 2013 under Challenging Students, Classroom Technology, Educational Trends and Issues, groupwork, Multiple Intelligences, students, Teaching Strategies, Web 2.0 Tips and Tools.
Tags: Constitution Day, Free Lesson Plans, Hands-On Learning, history, social studies
Are you a fan of the popular “American Pickers” show on History Channel? Do you also want students to have a historical appreciation for vintage items? Maybe you just want students to understand supply and demand. Whatever your reason, this lesson challenges students to pick for “rusty gold” or be an Iowa farmer trying to […]
Posted: June 25th, 2013 under Challenging Students, Classroom Technology, Common Core, discussions, Educational Theories, Educational Trends and Issues, groupwork, History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism, Interactive Student Notebook, Multiple Intelligences, primary sources, Social Studies Alive! America's Past, TCI info, U.S. History, Web 2.0 Tips and Tools.
Tags: American Pickers, Free Lesson Plans, Picking, Rusty Gold, social studies, Supply and Demand
College and career readiness plays a prominent role in the Common Core standards. Examine the ELA Anchor Standards Grades 6-12 (p. 57 of pdf). How can the content areas, such as social studies, support these ten anchor standards? What resources can teachers put together to concentrate on the reading skills needed to uncover the rich […]
Posted: June 20th, 2013 under Challenging Students, Common Core, Educational Trends and Issues, History Alive! The Ancient World, History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism, History Alive! World Connections, primary sources, students, TCI info, TCI Subscription, Teaching High School, Teaching Strategies, U.S. History, Using Your TCI Subscription, world history.
Tags: anchor standards, common core, reading, reading strategies, science, social studies
This video with embedded pictures and links was made with Mozilla’s free Popcorn Maker. This great website allows users to create videos that are immersible with live links and feeds when the video is paused. You could even embed a live Google map! It’s fun to create these and can only imagine how your students would […]
Posted: February 6th, 2013 under TCI info, TCI Subscription, Using Your TCI Subscription, Web 2.0 Tips and Tools.
Tags: Mozilla, Popcorn Webmaker, social studies, teacher subscriptions, web tool
In our TCI webinar on this topic, we discovered that engaging students in debate or whole-class discussions involves a few steps and some rich resources. Here are the guidelines we shared: 1. Challenge students to discuss controversial and complex issues in small groups. 2. Create heterogeneous groups and a suitable classroom arrangement. 3. Prepare students […]
Have you ever felt like your instincts as a social studies teacher were viewed as weird by the public at-large? It’s okay….you are not alone! At TCI, everything we do is by teachers for teachers!
Is your district planning and prepping for how you will integrate your social studies programs with the appropriate strands of the Common Core? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of districts across the country are currently doing the same thing. If you are new to common core and how it relates to social […]
Posted: April 10th, 2012 under Assessment, Challenging Students, discussions, Educational Theories, Educational Trends and Issues, primary sources, students, TCI info, Teaching High School, Teaching Strategies, U.S. History, Web 2.0 Tips and Tools, Writing.
Tags: common core, literacy in history, social studies
Good teachers take advantage of hot books/movies to make connections with their students all the time. One of the white-hot movies out right now (based on a best-selling series) is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. While some might wonder how to incorporate a fantasy book set in a post-apocalyptic North America, I’ve got three […]
Posted: April 3rd, 2012 under Challenging Students, discussions, Educational Trends and Issues, Geography, Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, students, Teaching Strategies.
Tags: economics, Geography, government, literature connections, social studies, Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games