Tag Archives: social studies

the common core invasion

We just got home from a vacation in New England. Spent some time in Boston and drove into the mountains of New Hampshire and up the coast of Maine. Absolutely beautiful! And hot, hot, hot! I thought we would be … Continue reading

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freebie friday: who said that? black heroes

I love analyzing famous quotes with students. There is so much you can do with quotes. Have students think critically to interpret them. Talk about what they mean and how we can apply them to our lives. Debate and discuss … Continue reading

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midweek list: picture books about the Underground Railroad

There are many topics in our history that are difficult to talk about with children. Slavery and the Underground Railroad being two. That’s not to say they shouldn’t be discussed. They need to be discussed, absolutely, and students need to … Continue reading

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Midweek List–fun Thanksgiving activities that don’t require worksheets

I was always bad about holidays in the classroom. This is terrible, I know, but I would often forget until the last minute that there even was a holiday. Usually by the time I remembered, I was too late to … Continue reading

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social studies: neglected no more

Most years, I’ve been given a token 30 minutes in my schedule for social studies. That’s if I’m lucky. If there’s ever an assembly, picture day, or other interruption, they usually plan it during social studies. When we have two … Continue reading

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how to teach about elections without hosting a popularity contest

  With the election season in full swing, I thought I’d share some ideas for teaching class elections. It seems that class elections often turn into popularity contests and can end up with hurt feelings, which is tough for the … Continue reading

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