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    Interactive Social Studies Notebook Kit - FREE - these look really fun!

    History Labs are research experiences in which teachers take students through a scientific process similar to that employed by historians to fully explore all aspects of a particular historical question. The site is presented by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Maryland school systems.

    Read high school social studies teacher and UbD curriculum specialist Karen O'Neil's ASCD Express article.

    This product includes the following six famous Americans: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller and Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson Use these activities during President’s Day, Black History Month, Women’s History Month or any time of the year when teaching “compare and contrast.”

    This fun review game can be edited to use for any unit, any subject! It takes the basic rules of the classic board game Clue, but flips it so the suspects, murder weapons, and locations are all vocabulary terms from what you are teaching!

    Voting is the core of our democracy, yet the United States ranks toward the bottom of all democracies in the number of citizens who actually vote. Get 4 terrific voting videos to add to your government unit and motivate your students. They may even be able to motivate their parents to vote!

    Fun Vocabulary Activities for High School...vocabulary baseball sounds like a good review

    Are you looking for a way to access all levels of learners in your classroom? One of the easiest ways to meet the needs of all learners is to change the reading level of a text. Leveled reading passages: Our Government - 610L and 830L Legislative Branch - 660L and 990L Executive Branch - 660L and 960L Judicial Branch - 630L and 730L Checks and Balances - 640L and 1160L

    Love this website for 5th grade American History. It is a computer game where they "live" in a famous American historical era and experience the significant events.

    "The Best Part of Me" Lesson - take a picture of what the kids consider their best part. They write a description of what they like about it.

    I really want to try this!! How to run book clubs in the classroom....I think I could actually handle this :)

    List of Historical Movies & Documentaries on YouTube - for all ages (mostly middle school and high school, but some for younger kids)

    TPT Common Core Informational Text Lesson PLan What was it like to be a young soldier in the Civil War? Explore the origins, sufferings, and aftermath of the Civil War through the writings of Aiken, a young soldier. Letter writing was the main form of communication during the Civil War. Many soldiers, some as young as ten year’s old, from both the North and South, wrote letters home. Priced Item.

    This assignment is for students to create a brochure for a famous inventor. Students can talk about the inventions, the inventor, the purpose of the invention, and the impact it had on the world. This would be a great way for students to showcase their learning in a fun way.

    Dragon's Den Curriculum: How Does Government Work? Great government links here!

    Social Studies Success - Blog Post on Museum Exhibits

    A virtual tour of a town's buildings, roads, and parks teaches kids how federal, state, and local government decisions directly impact their community. Source: The Democracy Project

    Great for westward expansion

    A Biography Project based on the Who Was...? series. Connects ELA & Social Studies

    Causes of the Civil War Sequencing Activity. Are you looking for an engaging way to review for an assessment? Try this lesson! This is an activity to review the events leading to the Civil War. It is perfect for a formative assessment or a review activity prior to a state test.

    World War II Webquest: Americans at War Students will gain basic knowledge about World War II by completing an internet-based worksheet. The World War II Webquest uses an amazing virtual museum website by Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

    How Does Project-Based Learning Work? Here are some tools for understanding the process of planning and building projects.