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PBS Teachers . Recommended Books . Social Studies

This link provides great recommended reading for your summer book clubs or just something the read as you lounge at the beach.  PBS Teachers provides PreK-12 educational resources and activities for educators tied to PBS programming and correlated to local and national standards and professional development opportunities delivered online.

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Predictably Irrational looks like it would be a fun read.
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Kindergarten Social Studies

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How to teach preschool and kindergarten social studies with art, literature, and drama. Know what skills to teach...
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Curriculum Writing This Summer

Curriculum Writing This Summer | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

We are still in need of curriculum writers for the following grades:

First

Second

Fifth

Government

Economics

 

You can work alone or with a partner.  You are required to meet for a few hours in the summer before you start writing.  You can complete the document at home and send to me via email for review.  Please email me if you are interested in this paid endeavor.

 

Also, email me if you would like to contribute a signature lesson to be added to our curriculum documents. 

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Conference

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Fall TCSS Conference will be here before you know it. Let's show off this year !  Interested in presenting, then go to this link to complete an application to present. The 60th Annual TCSS Conference “Miles and Miles of Texas” October 26-28, 2012 Omni Mandalay Hotel, Irving, TX
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Next Year !

Next Year ! | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

As we get closer to the end of the school year, many of us start taking inventory of our wants and needs for the upcoming school year.  Please email your ideas for materials and workshops.  We want to continue to focus our attention on rigor, relevance and the global perspective.

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LBJ :: New Perspectives on the Middle East: Roosevelt - George W. Bush

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What are the STAAR EOC performance standards for Social Studies?

What are the STAAR EOC performance standards for Social Studies? | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

What are academic performance standards?

Academic performance standards represent the degree to which students are learning the content and skills required to be taught, as demonstrated by performance on a test. On the STAAR EOC assessments, there are three levels that describe student performance:

• Level III: Advanced Academic Performance

• Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance

• Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

The academic performance standards are the cut scores on a test that divide students into these three levels. A student is considered to have passed a given STAAR EOC assessment if he/she earned a score at least as high as the cut score for Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance. The policy definitions for each performance level are described in more detail at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147496801.

 

Performance standards will be in place for students taking STAAR EOC assessments in spring 2012.

 

Side note- the recommended standard is similar to that of TAKS. Remember this is the final score that has been recommended by TEA. Phase-in-1 and Phase-in-2 are set to help us move towards the final recommended standard. Currently we are using the phase-in-1 standards.

 

Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance

The phase-in 1 standard is

• 3500 for social studies EOC assessments

 

The phase-in 2 standard is

• 3750 for social studies EOC assessments

 

The recommended standard is

• 4000 for social studies EOC assessments

 

Level III: Advanced Academic Performance: the phase-in-standard for level III is not applicable to social studies EOC assessments.

 

The recommended standard is

4404 for world geography,

4634 for world history,

4440 for U.S. history

 

For 2012, students taking STAAR EOC assessments need to meet the Level II phase-in 1 standards on each assessment to pass. The table at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147506325 provides a more detailed summary of the performance standards for STAAR EOC assessments.

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Combining SEL and Social Studies

Combining SEL and Social Studies | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it
Rutgers University professor Maurice Elias serves as director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab and principal investigator for its Developing Safe and Civil Schools initiative.
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World Geography: Big Issues, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

World Geography: Big Issues, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

Awesome workshop opportunity !

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History Day Fair- A message from Dr. Powers

As you end the school year and begin your well-deserved summer break, I wanted to remind you of the History Day Fair. As you know, Lone Star College-Montgomery is the area's regional site for the National History Day in Texas competition. The date for 2013 will be Saturday, Feb. 9, 20013 at the LSC-Montgomery campus. I encourage you to involve your students in this wonderful experience. History Fair brings tremendous educational benefits to students who participate. As a recent article in the Wall Street Journal noted, students who take part in History Day also do better in many other areas of their education. Following is a link to the article. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904265504576568351324914730.html

As I'm sure you are aware, the National History Day contest is the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded humanities contest. This national academic challenge engages more than 700,000 students annually. Students can show their creativity by making history come alive in an exhibit, documentary, paper, website or performance. By producing one of these projects, students have the opportunity to win awards and scholarships, as well as learn about history. Students in grades 6-12 may enter the contest in either the junior (grades 6-8) or senior (grades 9-12) divisions. They may participate individually, or as part of a group of up to five students. This year’s theme is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." I do not have the official theme sheet yet, but will send it along as soon as it is available.

History Day can be easily adapted to your classrooms and curricula. Some teachers require all their students to create projects; while others work primarily with students seeking extra credit in a class or participating in History Day as an extracurricular activity. It is suitable for the whole range of students in both middle school and high school.

You will find all the details on the competition and much more at our website located at http://ppl.lonestar.edu/~betsyp/histdayweb.htm. Also on the site is information about the state competition in Austin and the national competition in Washington, D.C.

As you think about next year's classes, please consider incorporating History Fair into your curriculum. If I can answer any questions, please let me know. I look forward to your students’ participation.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Have a safe and relaxing summer!

 

Betsy Powers

Professor of History

LSC-Montgomery

3200 College Park Drive

Conroe, TX 77384

936.273.7036 office

936.273.7322 fax

Betsy.Powers@lonestar.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elementary Social Studies: Teaching Elementary Social Studies

Elementary Social Studies: Teaching Elementary Social Studies | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it
Find Web sources for teaching social studies in elementary school. Discover different ways of teaching social studies in elementary school.
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State Tests Are Over, Now What? 10 Easy, Yet Meaningful Ideas

State Tests Are Over, Now What?  10 Easy, Yet Meaningful Ideas | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

It is always too early to stop teaching about history, social studies or any of the social sciences.  There are so many awesome activities you can do with students near the end of the school year.  This is a great time for project based activities that link the content with technology.

 

1. create videos, develop webpages, present power points

2. conduct mock trials of supreme court cases

3. debate current events

4. build models of your own community

5. students design a community map of their neighborhood

6. develop a survival guide to be given to the new class of 2012-2013

7. develop summer budgets

8. work in teams to develop the ultimate community

9. identify the art, music and literature of your generation and explain how values of that generation are reflected in each medium

10. create a wall of heroes

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MISD Department of History and Social Sciences

MISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

MISD department of history and social sciences is focusing on increasing the rigor and relevance of instruction in the history and social science classroom. We plan instruction that challenges our students and prepares them to be productive global citizens that will not only be aware of, but value different cultures, beliefs and viewpoints.

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Thomas Jefferson: The sounds of Monticello, from patriotic songs to the slap of the whip

Thomas Jefferson: The sounds of Monticello, from patriotic songs to the slap of the whip | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it
Thomas Jefferson wrote that “music is the favorite passion of my soul.” He was an avid collector of musical scores, and believed that the new republic needed to build a musical tradition.
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Toothpaste World - History of Toothpaste

Fact: The earliest record of an actual toothpaste was in 1780.
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A Brief Yet Enlightening History of Caffeine | Coffee Zen

Those crazy party dudes of the social sciences, anthropologists, have discovered evidence as only they can that caffeine has been knowingly used as a stimulant (A Brief Yet Enlightening History of Caffeine - Those crazy party dudes of the social sciences,...
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Texas Law-Related Education & Law-Focused Education, Inc.

Texas Law-Related Education & Law-Focused Education, Inc. | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

One of the most relevant workshops I have ever been to.   Please take the time to review this opportunity. You will not regret it!

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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Norm Augustine: The Education Our Economy Needs

Norm Augustine: The Education Our Economy Needs | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine writes that we lag in science, but students' historical illiteracy hurts our politics and our businesses.
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Humanities Texas Summer Teacher Institutes | Teaching Texas

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Texas Alliance for Geographic Education Strategic Planning Survey

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Building Super STAARS in World Geography

Building Super STAARS in World Geography | Magnolia ISD Department of History and Social Sciences | Scoop.it

 

 

Just what is academic rigor and what does it look like in World Geography? How should we be teaching all year long to prepare our students for the rigor, depth and complexity necessary for STAAR/EOC success? Experience strategies to actively engage students as they consider the major themes of geography such as:

 

How does geography shape who I am and what I do?

 

How did it get here?

 

Where is it?

 

And perhaps, most importantly, why does it matter?

 

Your classroom will never be the same!

 

Session ID: 145690

 

Date: June 14, 2012

 

Fee: $75.00

 

G/T, SD or CPE: 5

 

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