Category Archives: Social Studies

Strategies for Common Core and Social Studies

Teachers have a toolbox filled with best practices, strategies, differentiation tips and so forth.  Among the tool collection these days are strategies used to teach the Common Core Standards. The Mystery Strategy encourages students to be history detectives as they … Continue reading

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Learning About the Presidency

  February provides educators an opportunity to instruct students on the office of the President as well as specific information on Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.  With this year’s Inauguration recently completed, students may be curious about the lives of … Continue reading

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Democracy Kids

Democracy Kids is an interactive website that presents information on Legislators and Congress.  The site is colorful and user friendly, providing information in an easy to understand format. How does government affect our lives?  How can we make a difference? … Continue reading

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Lit2Go: Civil Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Declaration of Independence Up from … Continue reading

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Technology Integration Sample

The Technology Integration Matrix is a valuable resource for teachers to gain insight into the creation of lessons that help students reach the Infusion and Transformation levels. The selected sample is a “Biography of Thomas Jefferson” student project.  Take a … Continue reading

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Road signs

Use images from FCIT’s ClipPix ETC to introduce the activity below. Reading Road Signs Students:  Write down the words from signs that are seen while walking or riding through the area.  Limit to road signs, but adjust if you’d like … Continue reading

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Learning history through gaming

I first saw this in the Big Deal Book for Spring 2012.  MissionUS is a multimedia approach for learning history (grades 5-8) through interactive games.  The blog post written by Ryan Dube, September 2010, does a great job of describing the games.  The educator guides … Continue reading

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Kindle Class Connection

Did you know that you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book?  Did you know you can download the Kindle app to your computer, iPhone, or iPod Touch?  The Kindle app is free and there are about 1.8 million … Continue reading

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March: National Women’s History Month

2012 National Women’s History Month Theme: Women’s Education –Women’s Empowerment FCIT Resources contain images for use during Women’s History Month.  There are readings available in Lit2Go, such as, “Solitude of Self,” Address before the U.S. Senate Committee on Women’s Suffrage, February 20, … Continue reading

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Black History Month

Web offers images, sounds and words celebrating Black History Month February is Black History Month, a good time to discuss the contributions made by African-Americans. Online biographical information on contemporary or historical African-Americans will prove varied and interesting. Search engines, such … Continue reading

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