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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.
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Ripped Apart

Ripped Apart | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs your help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War. Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the National Museum of American History?
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Digital investigation game (Civil War)

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22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling from a Pixar Storyboard Artist

22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling from a Pixar Storyboard Artist | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Back when she was working as a storyboard artist for Pixar, Emma Coats tweeted a series of story writing tips garnered over years of experience. Her short
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Probably not for social studies, but great tips for story writing.

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Character Growth Card

A free tool designed to help kids and adults talk about character skills.

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There is a digital and a paper version available.

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Duolingo: Schools

Bring the world's most popular language-learning platform to your classroom. No ads, 100% free.
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This is a great app that now has a classroom tool.  It's for language learners, not social studies, but still worth a look.

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Get Ready for the First Week of School with this 5 Minute Activity

Get Ready for the First Week of School with this 5 Minute Activity | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Before you start the school year, take five minutes to get your head and heart straight. Why are you a teacher? What are you trying to do?
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Reestablish your focus

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The74Million is an education focused website

The74Million is an education focused website | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The74Million is an education focused website
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Not what I typically scoop, but this is an education news site that's worth a look.

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Beyond Academics: What a Holistic Approach to Learning Could Look Like

Beyond Academics: What a Holistic Approach to Learning Could Look Like | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Schools and even parents are often more oriented towards the needs of adult – such as discipline and quiet – than towards what works for kids.
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Developing students beyond academics.  Why and how.

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Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Stop Revering Magna Carta

Stop Revering Magna Carta | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Magna Carta has everything going for it to be venerated in the United States: It is old, it is English and, because no one has actually read the text, it is easy to invoke to fit current needs.
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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
How can educators decide which tech to use in the classroom? There are specialists who can help with that.
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Many "new to me" tech sites for social studies specific lessons.  I don't know that I'll get through them all, but so far they are great resources.

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Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it

...implementation is the real problem and that more energy should be put into helping early childhood educators interpret the standards and integrate them into class in fun, approachable and developmentally appropriate ways.

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Surprising: The US is Only 4 Presidents Old

Surprising: The US is Only 4 Presidents Old | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Viewed from the year 2015, the founding of the United States seems like a distant piece of history, but from the right perspective it wasn’t long ago at al
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GeoInquiries - US History

GeoInquiries - US History | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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"GeoInquiries are designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity in a collection is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software."

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TR and Trump: Two Very Different People, but There’s this One Significant Similarity

TR and Trump:  Two Very Different People, but There’s this One Significant Similarity | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The lessons of 1910 apply today. Bold talk (even outrageous talk) gets traction when people want bold solutions. New media demand new tactics. Celebrities dominate when the political class can’t deliver the goods. And renegade candidates almost never win, but almost always reshape elections. The political establishment ignores them at their peril.
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Paraphrase Plus: A Central Move of Engaging Classroom Discussions - Dave Stuart Jr.

Paraphrase Plus: A Central Move of Engaging Classroom Discussions - Dave Stuart Jr. | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This will be a short one — with the first (read: frenzied) week of school just behind me and Crystal off on a girls retreat, it’s Daddy Domination time, and the girls are bound to wake up in moments. Although my school year has only just begun, I know that some of you are using …
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A nice visual for early attempts at classroom discussions

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All those confusing geography terms, explained in a gorgeous antique map

Gulf, bay, or harbor? This map will help you understand.
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Balancing Act

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Welcome to Balancing Act, a pubic budget simulator. Have a voice in your government. Show your elected officials how you’d balance the budget.

 

Great teaching tool for Government courses!

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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:
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Free Images!

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Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

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Competency-based learning, often called mastery-learning, at its core involves five elements:

Students advance when they master the content and skills, not because they squeaked by with a C or a D grade.Transparency about where students stand empowers them and enables educators to better tailor instruction to their individual needs.Assessment is a continual part of the learning cycle, not a final judgment at a time when a student has no hope of changing the outcome.Educators offer timely support, often daily, on any part of the required material.Students must be able to demonstrate that they can transfer their knowledge to new contexts, applying skills to challenges they’ve never seen before. This often means developing life-long habits of learning.

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This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed in Episode 2 of Slate’s History of American Slavery Academy, relative to the entire slave trade, North America was a bit player. From the trade’s...
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An amazing visual resource.  

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How to Find Primary Source Documents

How to Find Primary Source Documents | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Finding online documents can a challenge, here's a 12 min video of 3 search strategies - curated content, LOC search and using a search operator.
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Good tutorial to help new social studies teachers

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Pop Music Lyrics Average a Third-Grade Reading Level | Big Think

Pop Music Lyrics Average a Third-Grade Reading Level | Big Think | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A great many of our most popular songs are written at just a third-grade reading level. That's the conclusion reached by an analysis of 225 popular songs.
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Should students be allowed to use Google during exams?

Should students be allowed to use Google during exams? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Analysis The head of a U.K.-based exam authority has said it’s inevitable that students will be allowed to use the Internet in exams. But should they?
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