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Smarthistory.org

by drszucker SZ

Smarthistory is a free, award winning multimedia guide to art history that goes well beyond the traditional textbook. It is an interactive exploration of eras, styles, and artists spanning 3,000 years of art history.
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The unit explores the reasons that led early Americans from their homes in the east to the west via the Oregon Trail. The students will discover that the emigrants headed west for various reasons, such as cheap land, jobs, and a better life. The unit simulates life on the Oregon Trail through a series of hands-on activities and inquiry. The students will travel back in time to the 1840s to travel west on the Oregon trail in a covered wagon. The students will return to 2009, with artifacts they collected on their journey. The artifacts will be created by the students throughout the unit. The students will display their artifacts at the end of the unit in an Oregon Trail Museum.
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Warm it up with Franklin

by Melinda Westall

This unit is on Franklin D. Roosevelt
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The Symbolism of the American Flag

by katie thompson katie ruehl thompson

This is a thematic unit consisting of five lessons that discuss the importance of the American Flag.
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An explosion of inexpensive, readily available new media tools gives artists and social activists new opportunities to communicate with their audience. Rapid expansion of Web2.0 publishing and collaboration websites provides an instant, free medium for dissemination of content. The content for this unit is excerpted from talks given at Pop!Tech 2006. Full versions of these talks (and dozens of others) can be viewed online at http://www.poptech.org/popcasts
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This is an integrated thematic unit that is based on science and social studies standards for third grade. This unit addresses the cause and effect of man on theland and vice versa.
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Readings, Essays and Supplementary Texts for Social Studies Teachers. In other words...what to use when your textbook is not enough.
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Name That Leader

by Folwell Dunbar

Based on the popular game show, Name That Tune, this activity challenges student’s knowledge of famous historical characters and their different leadership styles. Going from left to right, click on the sound file icons. Listen to and discuss the quotations (each one says something about leadership). When finished, “name that leader.” To see the leader, simply click on the screen. Note: Because of the sound files, this is a huge file
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Primary Sources

by Mr. Harpine .

This collection contains links to great primary source resources and activities to use with them.
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Power of the Press - Time Line

by Sam sriiiconsulting

This lesson will explore the role and responsibilities of a free press and internet. This lesson covers the role communication inventions have on the freedom press and speech in the United States and how modern communication innovations make the world seem flat. Student create times lines and venn diagrams to compare and contrast communication innovation such as the Printing Press vs. Internet.
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The Cold War

by Kellie Demmler

This Cold War webquest is quite comprehensive. It walks students through the four decasdes of the Cold War and covers not only the history of the Cold War and the historical events of the timeperiod, but also how these events impacted the culture. The unit was designed to last a full grading period and to be supplemented with mini lectures by the instructor. The webquest includes individual and group work, covers all levels of Bloom's taxonomy and many of Gardner's multiple intelligences. It links to many YouTube videos, and if these are blocked, it would be recommended that you create a free wiki at www.pbwiki.com and use the YouTube embed codes to add the videos to the wiki. Links can easily be changed in the PowerPoint so students can then access te videos via the wiki so they are not exposed to the additional content on YouTube.
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Chinese Calligraphy

by Robert Lucas

Students read a passage on chinese calligraphy and answer a few questions. The file includes quite a few sample characters.
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Weather Lesson Plan

by Lynn the Teach

In groups, students will be researching weather patterns of a chosen city over a 4 week period. They will also record the data on an electronic spreadsheet and compare their findings to other groups in the class. This data will also be used to answer questions about climate and geography’s effect on the weather and vice versa. Inspired by M. Tillman, I made changes to fit my future classroom.
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Provided by Marshall Cavendish Publishing, these resources outline the major events, battles, and historical milestones of the American Revolution as well as some of the critical participants.
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A collection of reference materials provided by Marshall Cavendish Publishing that highlight historical events important in Islam.
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The Debate Over Global Warming

by Marshall Cavendish

A substantive review provided by Marshall Cavendish Publishing that outlines the arguments surrounding global warming and climate change.
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This wiki resource includes the full contents of the play.
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Series of Lodestar presentations looking at The Romans and Romans Britain
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This unit covers through a powerpoint presentation and with music files the culture of America after the end of the Civil War.
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This unit covers the causes of the Civil War and includes a Smartbook Notebook lesson.
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The American Civil War

by Nassau BOCES

This unit on the American Civil War from Nassau-BOCES covers the history leading up to the cause of the Civil War through Reconstruction using various technology based teaching tools, including PowerPoint and Smartboard Notebook lesson plans.
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Middle Ages WebQuest

by David Carpenter

This WebQuest is formatted here in separate folders for easier navigation. There is also a full one page version one can access.
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Civil War Jeopardy

by Folwell Dunbar

Game to learn about the American Civil War.
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Resources for teaching middle school social studies, created by Teach for America teachers and alumni.
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Interactive US Maps

by Michelle Haley

This website has interactive maps that detail important cities, landforms, landmarks, and facts of all 50 states.
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Global Issues

by Ross Dunbar

Lesson plans, computer labs, persuasive essay assignments, and critical thinking activities on global issues.
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The American Revolution was a war between Great Britain and the thirteen colonies of North America. The thirteen colonies wanted to gain independence and be free from Great Britian.This assignment will enable you to go into further detail of the life of a soldier/person involved in the war or civilian in the Revolutionary War. Your project is to create two letters relating to the Revolutionary War. The first letter is to be written from the point of view of a soldier or someone involved in the Revolutionary War written home to either a family member or friend. This letter will include things like the living conditions of the person in the war, the food they are eating, battles they fought in, generals, and weapons they are using. The second letter will be written back from the family member, friend or lover to the soldier or person in the war. This letter will include things like your living conditions at home, hardships you are facing because of the war, and the food you are eating. As a group you will then present your letters (each student will read one letter) to the class portraying (with the clothes provided) either the writer of the letter or the receiver of the letter.
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Grade 9 students in Clay Burell's world history class at Korea International School created this multimedia wiki textbook covering world history from World War I to World War II and the beginnings of the Cold War. It was created in June 2007. I am open to allowing expansion, editing, fact-checking, mash-ups, and any other possibilities suggested by any interested parties.
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Students will learn about 5 cities in Pennsylvania: Erie, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, and Pittsburgh. They will take on 4 jobs: Historian, Biographer, Meteorologist/Geographer, and Demographer. At the end of their research, students will create a poster on their city and argue why their city is the most important to Pennsylvanian or American history.
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Teaching and Learning material for the topic: The Second World War
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Mapping Our World

by Cynthia Gautreau

This unique interactive website works with maps and globes to transform pupils’ understanding of the world.
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French Revolution Powerpoint

by Tanner Heaberlin

French Revolution Powerpoint aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards.
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This is a webquest we created in class using Livetext. It takes place in ancient Egypt and teahces kids how to use a GPS navigating system, how to draw maps, and how to translate a message in hieroglyphics.
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This is a general overview of my approach to creating effective classroom simulations. While I focus on history and social studies, these guidelines can be applied to language arts, science, mathematics, etc. See my other content contributions for actual simulation lesson plans.
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History: Tudor England

by Andy Hannaford

Life and Times of the Tudors.
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Students will write bills that relate to citizen rights and responsibilities as they pertain to , but aren't limited by, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They will work in committees as a Senator (who they will also research) to clarify/defend their bills, and then present them to class for a vote. Along with the bill, the students will also hand in a journal they maintain through the process.
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Social Justice Unit

by Jessie Folk

This unit teaches information resources through a social justice perspective.
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This WebQuest allows students to take a virtual tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, described as "a living memorial to the Holocaust," in New York City. Students will examine photographs of artifacts from the Museum's collection and use the photographs and descriptions to answer questions about Jewish belief, traditions, and history. This exploration will help to prepare students to learn about the Holocaust and read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
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A short set of lessons on Jazz, originally taught at a KIPP: Gaston College Prep for Saturday school (for enrichment, not remediation or punishment). Lessons include: Who Invented Hip Hop? Personality and Dialogue Pushing the Envelope Latin Jazz This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Exploring Aids in South Africa

by World Affairs Council Seattle

This lesson enables students to understand the scope of the AIDS pandemic in South Africa through a provocative PowerPoint presentation. Students may develop their own PowerPoint presentations, identifying major societal, cultural, political, and economic factors contributing to the spread of AIDS.
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This is an activity designed to help middle school children learn about technological breakthroughs and practice the art of persuasion.
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CIA World Factbook

by Mr. Harpine .

The CIA world factbook. Information compiled on every country by the CIA.
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Budgeting Project

by Rachel Dennis

This was a semester-long project in which students tracked all of their interactions with money for one month using a checkbook register and then used that data to create a personal budget. After they created the budget, they "tested it" for 2 weeks to see if it was realistic for their lifestyle. They presented their budgets, findings and reflections at our school's roundtable presentations to other students, teachers, parents, and members of their community.
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Political Science Videos

by NextVista for Learning

These videos are designed to introduce students to different political philosophies from around the world and throughout history.
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China Matters Slide Show

by World Affairs Council Seattle

This is a 100 image slide show to accompany China Matters: Exploring this Multidimensional Land and People.
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Japanese Culture Videos

by NextVista for Learning

These videos are designed to introduce students to Japanese culture.
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This is a social report published by the government of South Africa. It analyzes growing demographic trends and examines the sociological aspects of the country currently and in the last decade.
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Contains lessons related to Foundations of American Government
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Cloze: Roman History

by Folwell Dunbar

A description of CLOZE activities and a sample.
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Learn how to use social media and Web 2.0 tools to engage students in the Presidential election campaign of 2008 in this multimedia curriculum created by PBS Teachers and the Media Education Lab at Temple University.
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An assignment to give over spring break. Students take note of what they have learned (from TV, Newspapers, etc), draw an illustration, and connect it to what they are learning in history class. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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This week concentrates on various aspects of home life. Developing an understanding for different types of homes, establishing the purpose and necessity of an address, and analyzing the need for rules, are all elements that will be covered throughout the week.
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Week one will concentrate on family life. Students will develop an understanding of the ways that families meet individual needs. Furthermore students will learn that despite differences in families they all generally share the common goals of caring and helping. Staying with the differences among families, we will also discover the differences among how families celebrate special days.
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Movies

by Mr. Harpine .

Questions and lesson plans for movies. This folder contains a number of resources for many different subject areas. Students should be aware that we will not be viewing all of these films this year. Many of these resources are for classes I am not currently teaching.
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Current events and headlines offer boundless opportunities to striving learners that help them exercise critical thinking skills in multiple areas of study, all while they learn about what is going on in the world around them. Our new "Teachable Moments" lesson plans are designed to supplement your own instructional materials, providing background information and student prompts. Simply join the mailing list, or check back frequently to see what new lesson plans have become available.
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Unit 10: DBQ Week

by Robert Lucas

Culminating unit of the year, in which students write a document-based essay. Lessons include: Grouping documents Outlining Drafting Editing This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students learn how to write an essay in response to a document-based question. It's a unit for 7th graders, but the intent is to prepare them for (and get them thinking about) AP History tests and college. Lessons include: Preparation Topic Sentences "To What Extent" Questions Resources include practice questions an a quiz. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 7: Middle East

by Robert Lucas

Mini-unit on 7th grade social studies. This wasn't a main part of the curriculum, but it was timely in Spring 2006, when it was taught. From the looks of things, it could continue to be timely for some years... This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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This unit for 7th grade Social Studies includes lessons on: Apartheid and Jim Crow Laws Think Tanks Hinduism South Asian Geography The Caste System Gandhi Unit resources include seminars and quizzes. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a unit plan for 7th grade social studies covering the first part of battles for independence. Lessons include: Primary vs. Secondary Sources Ethnic Groups Kenya's Battle for Independence Military Dictatorships Role plays, projects, and quizzes are also included. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 6: China

by Robert Lucas

Unit on China for 7th grade Social Studies. Enduring Understandings: EU #1: The great minds of the past have developed ideas that can enrich our lives and our world. EU #2: Over the course of history, the same country can swing from tremendously powerful to dangerously weak and back again. EU #3: There is no such thing as a "perfect government." Lessons include: Geography of China Confucianism Taoism Buddhism Silk Road Opium Communism Deng's Reforms Tiannenmen Square Resources include goal posters, tracking sheets, quizzes, and projects. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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This was taught in a summer school session. It establishes rules and procedures and goes a little bit into forms of government. Lessons include: Rules and Procedures Social Studies and Problem Solving Social Studies and Memory Perfecting Partner Work Geography Government Economics Chronology There are also quizzes to cover the information in this unit. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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These units on Global Health were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues involving Global Health and the world.
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Unit 1: Belief Systems

by Robert Lucas

This is a unit on belief systems. Lessons include: Origins and Trust Stories the Refuse to Die The Greek Creation Myth Introduction to the Olympians Hades 1 Hades 2 Review of Greek Gods Prometheus and Pandora Baucis and Philemon Perseus and Medusa Folktales Introduction to Judaism 1 Introduction to Judaism 2 Christianity Islam This unit also includes 2 projects on Shrines and Extremism, quizzes, and review and catch up lessons. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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These units on Turkey were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing Turkey and the world.
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This PowerPoint presentation is to be used with the Chapter 5 lesson plans. It discusses a citizen's role in the community including services that communitites provide for its citizens.
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"U.S. Foreign Aid in Nigeria and Elsewhere"

by World Affairs Council Seattle

(U.S. Foreign Policy - High School CBA) These lesson plans, activities, and resources will help students who wish to examine U.S. policy in distributing foreign aid. Topics addressed include the new "tough-love" policy for foreign aid; President Bush's "new compact for global development" and the Millennium Challenge Corporation; the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which established USAID; and foreign aid to Nigeria. Students can use these resources to focus on foreign aid in general, U.S. aid to Nigeria, or U.S. aid to a different country or region.
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Dictators March

by Adam Zunic

This is a reading document which describes the rise of dictators in Europe prior to World War II.
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These units on Nigeria were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing Nigeria and the world.
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Powerpoint Presentation for "Choices and Consequences for the Niger Delta"
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Powerpoint presentation for "Analyzing Nigeria's Past with Hope for the Future"
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"Choices and Consequences for the Niger Delta"

by World Affairs Council Seattle

(Humans and the Environment - High School CBA) In this unit, students will analyze the choices people have made with respect to oil production in Nigeria and think critically about the consequences of these decisions. Students will evaluate, from multiple points of view, the connection between oil and the health and welfare of local citizens in the Niger Delta. Utilizing maps, photographs, articles, and participating in a variety of activities, students will develop a critical understanding of Nigeria’s natural resource dilemma.
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(Causes of Conflict - Middle School CBA) Nigeria is one of the world's leading oil producers. Yet, a majority of the population live in poverty. In this lesson, students will uncover and analyze the causes of conflict in Nigeria, with specific emphasis on oil and the Niger Delta region. Students will develop an understanding of the challenges Nigerians face and then be able to clearly articulate in a paper or presentation the reasons behind these challenges. This unit includes a slide show that illustrates living conditions in the Niger Delta region, a mapping activity, and links to plenty of targeted online resources.
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These units on Venezuela were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing Venezuela and the world.
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(Meeting Needs and Wants: U.S. and Japanese Transportaion Innovations in the 1950s and 1960s). During World War II Japan's economy was destroyed by military attacks, use of scarce resources for military purposes, and severed trade relations. Transport was nearly impossible, and urban industrial production halted. During the 50s and 60s the government rapidly expanded investment in Japan's infrastructure: building highways, high-speed railways, subways, airports, port facilities, and dams. Students will explore not only Japan's transportation innovations during the middle of the 20th century but also look at the U.S. expansion of its highway system and the opportunity cost (trade-offs) of commuting. This unit will introduce students to U.S. and Japanese geography and population density. Students will also explore who "won" and "lost" as a result of transportation developments.
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These units on Russia were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing Russia and the world.
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Return of a Super Power

by World Affairs Council Seattle

(Return of a Super Power: How History Can Help Us Understand the Role of Energy in Russian Foreign Policy Today) Over the past ten years, changes in the Russian economy have come at an astounding pace. Recently, Russia has been called a “petro-bully,” and some Europeans have become concerned about relying on Russia for their energy supply. Through the resources and activities in this unit students will explore the role of oil and natural gas in Russia's economic rise and in Russian relations with other countries.
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In this unit, students will examine the development of gas and oil fields on Russia's Sakhalin Island within the context of the Russian government's complex relations with the various stakeholders involved. From environmental issues to economic issues, from the multinational oil companies to the local island population, this is a rich topic that touches on a variety of important social studies concepts. Includes vocabulary terms and links to terrific online resources.
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China: Global Studies Lesson Plans and Units

by World Affairs Council Seattle

These units on China were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing China and the world.
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China's Environmental Challenge (PDF)

by World Affairs Council Seattle

In this curriculum unit, students will learn about China's current environmental situation and explore the complex challenges facing the leadership and the peoples of this diverse land. This unit includes an environmental quiz and extensive fact sheets. In a role-playing exercise, students will use primary sources to explore multiple perspectives and points of view.
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China: Factory of the World (PDF)

by World Affairs Council Seattle

These lesson plans, activities, and resources will help students begin to examine China's current industrial revolution and explore the benefits and costs of its spectacular growth.
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This is a lesson (40-60 minutes) on cultural diffusion. While designed for middle school students, it can easily be adapted for older and younger students. It involves a visual demonstration, student role play, and engaging simulation that involves every student. This lesson integrates history, social studies, and science concepts.
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Demand Shifters

by Gailene Nelson

In this lesson students learn about demand and factors that cause demand for a good or service to change. They also learn to recognize factors that influence their behavior as a consumers.
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Geography Jeopardy

by Folwell Dunbar

Jeopardy game to practice geography.
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20 Questions

by Folwell Dunbar

A version of the classic game to use in the classroom.
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Students will learn about the differences between exports and imports, decisions made by individuals, corporations, and governments that affect trade, and how international trade affects a nation's economy.
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Geography Lab

by Mr. Harpine .

A lab that helps students to understand the problems with placing a round earth on a flat sheet of paper. This was created by NASA.
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Debate WebQuest

by Ryan Cameron

Debate WebQuest
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Students meet in groups, read passages about cases of resistance to the Holocaust and then create picket signs to represent their case. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Standards Based Projects

by Mr. Harpine .

This is a power point giving instructions for various projects that can be used to meet state standards for higher order thinking skills. A number of different ideas are included. It is helpful to make an example ahead of time to show to the students.
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This assignment and rubric are designed to help students complete an essay about an article. The teacher should select an appropriate article and use this assignment to help students respond to what they have read. The public library is a good source of articles (National Geographic, Cobblestone, Calliope, Time, Newsweek, etc.). Your school may also have access to publications such as Junior Scholastic, Weekly Reader, etc.). This resource is part of the Rubrics and Scoring Guides collection.
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Rubrics

by Mr. Harpine .

Use this website to create rubrics for the projects listed here.
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These presentations and handouts explain different class activities and projects for a social studies class. Some could also be used in other subjects.
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Writing Prompts

by Mr. Harpine .

This is a collection of various writing prompts, essay prompts, exit tickets and warm ups I use or have used in my classes. Many of these files are in PDF format. To view these files as slideshows or in full screen mode click "ctrl L" on your keyboard.
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The reading provides background on the sources of Nazism, and students work with partners to create mini-posters illustrating the causes. Objective: 1) I will be able to describe the economic, historical, and cultural situation that gave rise to Nazism in Germany. Essential Question: "When can it be easier to blame someone else for your own problems?" This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Blank tracking sheet. Students add each of the unit goals as you reach them. You can check each goal off when they have mastered it. This can also be used as a table of contents at the front of student binders. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Current Events Blog

by Andrew Pass

Every day this blog features a different current events news article. A reference to the article is accompanies by eight to ten questions designed to promote high quality discussion.
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Native Americans

by Alistair Durie

This is a 2 part lesson geared toward 2nd grade students learning about Native Americans. The lesson involves the use of computers with the program Kid Pix. Students create a Native American scene in the Kid Pix program and then write about their scene.
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Justice in America

by Andrew Pass

Students will be able to: compose a one-page response explaining their understanding of “justice;” use and analyze primary sources for evidence of intent and purpose; apply their understanding of justice to various hypothetical situations; apply the concept of “justice” to early American dissatisfaction to British rule.
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Lewis and Clark

by jdwilliams12 Williamsjd12

This Lewis and Clark interactive story, allows students to expand their knowledge and skills in various areas. Students will be learning about the Lewis and Clark expedition and also be expanding their decision making ability and reading skills. Students are forced to focus on the content in order to make the correct decision. The assignment focusses on both the expedition and the geography of the United States.
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Objectives: 1) SWBAT edit their partner's letter for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and strength of argument. 2) SWBAT use our final mnemonic device to remember the names of all the European countries that conquered Africa during imperialism. This resource is part of Unit 2: Empire and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This lesson is a station activity on diamond mines, slave trade, forced labor on African plantations, construction of African railroads. Objective: SWBAT step inside the shoes of Africans living under imperialism by describing four of the biggest tragedies from this time period. This resource is part of Unit 2: Empire and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This folder include files for a layered curriculum unit on empire. Students pick from a menu of possible assignments, which are organized into "layers." Each assignment has a different point value, which set so that students have to do certain basic assignments and get more choice on the high-level ones. This resource is part of Unit 2: Empire and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This folder includes resources for day 2 of the layered curriculum unit on the Muslim Empire. This resource is part of Unit 2: Empire and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This folder includes the Do Now and Homework for first day of the layered curriculum unit on the Muslim Empire. During classwork time, students choose assignments from their menu. This resource is part of Unit 2: Empire and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Implications of the war on terror
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Globalization101.org teaches high school students about policy aspects of globalization related to civics, economics, geography and history, without any fees or charges. Globalization101.org provides unbiased, easily understandable information and related lesson plans to teach about cross-disciplinary subjects such as international trade, world-wide health and environmental issues and global technological changes. The site includes 11 in-depth Issue Briefs, more than 70 News Analyses, For Teachers resource section (with lesson plans and an index of alignments to U.S. state standards), Ask the Expert video interviews and a useful links section. The site is currently being translated into Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.
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Worksheet preparing students for a Socratic seminar on Gandhi. They read a few quotes by him, paraphrase, draw illustrations, and identify unfamiliar words. Meant to be done in the second part of the period after Gandhi Movie Day 3. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Worksheet for students to complete in preparation for a Socratic seminar on Gandhi. They read a few quotes by him, paraphrase, draw illustrations, and identify unfamiliar words. I think this is to be done during the second half of the period on the second day of watching the movie "Gandhi."
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Current Event Topics

by Mark Reinig

Current Event Topics This is a project that involves group discussions and opinions. It stimulates thought within the classroom and the kids really enjoy sharing their opinions on many of these topics.
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Fish Mummy Overview

by Christine Mytko

In this activity, students will re-enact the steps of Egyptian mummification on a fish. This activity is wonderful to do when they are studying Ancient Egypt in Social Studies!
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Marine Mammals

by Joshua Marks

From Wikipedia - an article describing the five groups of marine mammals, as well as their characteristics.
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Reading strategies poster

by MrTHuynh MrTHuynh

This resource identifies the eight reading strategies and offers phrase starters to help students create meaning from text. I handed out this resource, modeled specific ones daily, and hung them up in my classroom. Both students and I refer to them often. This is a content free resource. This resource is an adaptation from Kylene Beers's book entitled "When Kids Can't Read, What Teachers Can Do."
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Students will continue to work on their final plot project and take a final comprehension assessment over their Revolutionary War novel.
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"Journey to the West: Exploring Columbus’s World" is an interdisciplinary, thematic fourth grade English/Language Arts, Social Studies and Science unit. It provides students with the opportunity to learn more about Christopher Columbus, his world, his motivation and his legacy. Columbus’ successful expedition across the ocean started the Age of Exploration, which led to the colonization of the Americas. It also brought disease and slavery to the native tribes. Students will be given the opportunity to think about the effects of the voyage from both the perspectives of the Spanish and the native peoples, through creative writing. Students will step into Columbus’s shoes as he attempts to persuade Queen Isabella to finance his voyage by writing a persuasive letter. Students will explore the machinery that enabled Columbus to travel across the ocean by participating in an experiment that will result in the building of an Archimedes screw. Throughout the units gives students the opportunity to research the man and his world.
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Harriet Tubman: A portrait of Determination, an integrated, thematic fourth grade Social Studies and Science unit, will take students into a world of desperation, inspiration, and determination. The purpose of this unit is to teach students to investigate colonial history, ask questions about people and their behavior, and gain a better understanding of how determination can change a society for the better or worse. Recapturing this history is accomplished by entering into the life of Harriet Tubman through videos, picture books, poems, internet research, and other hands-on projects. At the end, the students will have created a Harriet Tubman time capsule that will reflect her life and the challenges of that time period. Students must know how to navigate searches on a computer, look up resources in a library, and have been previously taught about constellations.
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Purposes: Help students become acquainted with their new teacher; begin establishing a class expectation of learning through student observation and discovery.
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This is a curriculum supplement to 5-6th , 11-12th Grade, and College American History. Presented in Power Point and Video formats these lessons unravel the complex birth of the U.S. Presidency, the transformation of a unicameral system of federal government to the current tripartite structure and a brief history of the eight different U.S. capitols that were utilized by the founders before the establishment of Washington D.C. The Lessons are filled with actual images of U.S. founding letters, resolutions, treaties, proclamations, ordinances and laws enacted by the Confederation Congress. Most are signed by the founders of the Confederation as either President of Continental Congress or the United States in Congress Assembled. From the United Colonies birth in 1774 to the emergence of the current U.S. constitution from the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, these lessons clearly and concisely map out the office and duties of the Presidents who led the fledging nation through the Revolutionary War and the invention of the United States of America under the Articles of Association, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of 1787. Lesson highlights include the birth of the nation occurring in a Philadelphia’s City Tavern, the U.S. Capitol "road show" as it relocated 11 times often fleeing the British Military Forces, Declaration of Independence’s dissemination, the Articles of Confederation’s formation of the Perpetual Union, the hyper-inflation of the dollar, a Congressional hostage crisis in Independence Hall by the Continental Army, the threat of Shay’s Rebellion, the rebirth of the United States the Constitution of 1787, and the 1788 fading away of the confederation in New York City’s Fraunces Tavern. The story, facts and events presented in these lessons are sure to capture your student’s interest and challenge their minds.
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Web links to sites that provide information on Guam's history and culture. Useful resource for students, teachers, and for general interest in the areas of history, geography, social studies concerning this United States territory located in the western Pacific.
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Digital Storytelling

by Digital Storytelling

In 2000, the United Nations initiated a worldwide effort to improve conditions for all people on the earth by the year 2015. As the umbrella for the program, The Millennium Campaign was created to inform, inspire and encourage people's involvement and action for the realization of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that the Campaign enumerated. Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty 2. Achieve universal primary education 3. Promote gender equality and empower women 4. Reduce child mortality 5. Improve maternal health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7. Ensure environmental sustainability 8. Develop global partnership for development. One of the projects that has evolved as part of the Millennium Campaign is Tapestry, a digital storytelling initiative designed to give young leaders a way of describing their activities in support of the MDG. The project, supported by Sun Microsystems and Curriki, provided technology and instruction to youths from 13 different countries and asked them to create digital stories that highlight issues pertinent to the eight goals. These digital stories, featured content on Curriki, can be used to create a learning experience around the topic covered. You can also use them of examples of how story creation is a way to inform and engage others around specific issues. Visit the UN youth Summit Web Page
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Seeking the Nightingale

by V. Hinkle Redwood Middle School

Web Quest: When you read literature from another cultural setting, comprehension can be a challenge. What does the setting look like? Why do the characters think and behave the way they do? Have you had similar problems? In their shoes, would you have made the same decisions? Just as knowing a language will help you to understand a person's message, understanding the culture of a time and place will deepen your interpretation of the literature, and strengthen your connections to the march of humanity. Work together with your team to create a 10-minute presentation about the novel Of Nightingales That Weep. This interdisciplinary project combines the skills of reading, interpretation, research, writing, visual art, and speaking. Your oral presentation, combined with your writing and a poster as a focal point, will help your classmates understand their study of Japan and its place in world history.
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Countries In The News

by Marshall Cavendish

A collection of maps and historical timelines about different countries around the globe. These locations have been chosen because of their relevance to current events. Provided by Marshall Cavendish Publishing.
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I created this website to provide activites and literature suggestions which will help students to understand their own cultural identity as well as learn about others. While this curriculum was developed for an 8th grade Language Arts classroom, many of the activities can be adapted to use in a high school level classroom or within other disciplines (especially social studies).
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Exploring Humanitarian Law

by Vincent Trousseau

Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is an international education programme for young people between the ages of 13 and 18. It was designed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in close association with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). A resource pack for teachers, EHL provides 30 hours of activities that introduce young people to the basic rules of international humanitarian law (IHL). The learning materials, which are based both on historical and contemporary situations, show how IHL aims to protect life and human dignity during armed conflict and reduce and prevent the suffering and destruction that result from war.
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EPA Climate Change Kids' Site

by TorquedEllipse (NYC)

A full course describing the causes and effects of climate change, as well as ways in which people can help reduce its progress. Resources include online games, lesson plans for teachers, Flash animations, and links to other resources. This is a public domain educational resource found online. The original site can be found at http://epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html .
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Power Point French Revolution

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

Power Point French Revolution
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Follow the Drinking Gourd

by Amy Amy Edington-King

This is a power point of the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd". Included in the ppt is the lyrics, music and history of this African American spiritual.
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This is an inquiry challenge that can be introduced to students who are studying the Edo period of Japan (1603 - 1867). Students should have an understanding of inquiry, what it is, in addition to an understanding of higher-order thinking and Bloom's taxonomy. My school has the Thomson-Nelson textbook, Our Worldviews. This could also work with the Pearson textbook, Worldviews: Contact and Change.
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Money Smart Children: Financial Literacy & Philanthropy

by The LEAGUE Curriculum by Learning to Give

In this teaching unit, which contains five individual lessons, the students learn the meaning of the words spend, save, invest, and donate. They collect money to donate and use an economic decision-making model to choose the recipient. Students begin to understand the importance of budgeting and create a personal budget. Younger students practice their skills in identifying and counting coins, while older students gain experience with data tables and bar graphs.
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A World At War!

by Kelsey Boehm

Introduction: The inspiration for a WebQuest on World War I came from a previous teacher's lesson that involved a role-playing game about World War I. However, the idea of creating a newspaper on World War I was from students at West Chester University. By using a newspaper as a project, we were able to involve the creativity and intuition that we all had for thinking "outside the box" as well as being able to fulfill our goal of developing and enhancing skills involved with working in teams. The purpose of this lesson is for students to comprehend the details of World War I, but more importantly be able to realize the main events that took place during this war, the vital roles that specific people played during this war, as well as to use their understanding about the outcome of the war and aims of the countries in order to assess the results and predict how these results affect each country for the future, more importantly the United States. Also, students will be able to make correlations between these events and events/actions that happened after World War I. The tasks involved are to pick the key events and major contributions of people of the Great War and summarize these results as if they truly were writing a newspaper. They will work in groups to not only accomplish the task of creating a newspaper that best provides other students with key events, but also their own opinions about these events, which may differ from other students. Group work will allow students to enhance their interpersonal skills, skills that are vital to future success. This project has addressed several intelligences. First off, interpersonal intelligence occurs because this project requires teamwork and communication with other members in your group to accomplish your task. The linguistic intelligence is vital to this project, as writing the articles and presenting the newspaper to this class require proper grammar and linguistics. For the artists, spatial intelligence is used to create political cartoons and propaganda that are pleasing and persuasive. This lesson requires the more abstract and higher level thinking used in formal operational stage in cognitive thinking levels. By creating a newspaper, students are required to take what they have learned on World War I, and then write an article as if they were in the United States in 1918 after the war ended. This requires students to think abstractly by temporarily role playing as a citizen in the United States in 1918.
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Students take on the role of an American university trying to plan for the future in light of offshoring, outsourcing, and other economic trends. They design a curriculum that will provide lasting skills, discuss how to increase graduation rates, etc. This resource is part of Unit 9: Development and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Ancient Greece WebQuest

by Lindsey White

I created this webquest for an 6th grade social studies students. The webquest comes complete with instructions, and includes five sections: introduction, Athens, Sparta, Olympia, and Mt. Olympus. Each page is complete with questions. Students will answer the questions by completing the different activities in each section.
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On Top of Mt. Rushmore

by Andrew Doyle

In this unit, students will learn about each of the Mount Rushmore Presidents, as well as their importance in American history. Students will examine each president individually and learn something special about each one of them. Students will be able to identify all four of the Mount Rushmore Presidents, as well as the current President of the United States.
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Ancient China

by Karen Fasimpaur

This collection includes a multimedia pack with photos, maps, and other images, as well as a series of vocabulary videos related to ancient China.
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