Resources for Constitution Day!
icvics Constitution Day
Library of Congress
UEN Constitution Day Resources
To Sign or Not to Sign
Teaching with Documents
Center for Civic Education
The Words that Changed America Lesson Plans
Constitution Hall Pass: The Bill of Rights (Constitution Day 2014)
Crash Course History
School House Rock- Preamble
Bill of Rights Rap-
Bill of Rights- TED ed
Just for Fun Activities:
Which founder are you quiz
Bill of Rights Bingo
Lincoln and Washington Masks
What happened on Sept. 11, 2001?
I remember sitting in my freshman early morning Chemistry class in college and my professor kept coming and going from class. He told us that something was happening in New York. Something had happened with the Twin Towers. Class got canceled, and I went racing back to my dorm room and woke up my roommates. We immediately went online to try and figure out what was happening in New York City. Information just couldn't come fast enough! All of us have memories of what we were doing on the fateful morning of Sept. 11, and how the world changed so fast.
Now our students have grown up in a post 9/11 world. How do we teach 9/11?
Here are some great resources to use on Patriot Day.
UEN has gathered amazing resources including videos, photos, artwork, and tips for teaching students about 9/11. http://www.uen.org/core/socialstudies/patriotday/
Scholastic has created wonderful student service ideas for 9/11 Days of Service and Remembrance. Scholastic 9/11 Days of Service and Remembrance
NPR has an article about teaching Sept. 11 to students who were born after the attacks. NPR article on teaching 9/11.
Below is a Nick News podcast that gives a really good balance on what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
What can you infer from this picture? Making inferences is an important part of learning. It is a skill that all students need to learn and will serve them in all subject areas. Below are some great sites with suggestions about how to teach inferences to your students:
Looking At A National Treasure: George Washington by Gilbert Stuart
Teaching and Learning With The New York Times
Skills and Strategies | Making Inferences BY KATHERINE SCHULTEN
Here is a fun way to incorporate poetry into your social studies classroom:
Bio-Poems! Here is the basic format:Title: First and Last Name
Line 1: First name
Line 2: Four traits that describe you
Line 3: Brother/ Sister of … (may substitute son/daughter of)
Line 4: Lover of … (Give names of three people or ideas)
Line 5: Who feels … (Give three feelings)
Line 6: Who fears … (Give three items)
Line 7: Who would like to see … (Give three items)
Line 8: Resident of … (Give city and state)
Line 9: Last name only
You could alter this as needed depending on the historical figures or places that you have your kid choose. This could be a quick and easy assessment too!
Here is a link to the full lesson plan that I got this idea from: http://lessonplanspage.com/lassbiopoem7-htm/
We are 10 days away from inaugurating our new president. How are you talking and teaching about it in your classroom? Here are some great lesson plans from Education World, and NEA about teaching presidential inaugurations. There are ideas from looking at past inaugurations, to examining the US Constitution.
Education World Hail to the Chief:Inauguration Lessons
NEA 10 Inauguration Day Resources
The FDR Presidential Library has a great collection of speeches from President Franklin D. Roosevelts. Great primary sources to teach about his presidency!
Read here about how one of FDR's most famous speeches was almost different, www.npr.org/2015/12/07/458824081/pearl-harbor-how-a-date-which-will-live-in-infamy-almost-wasnt
Stanford has great resources for Social Studies teachers, including their website, http://beyondthebubble.stanford.edu/ . They have many creative ideas of how to assess your students!
Here is a fun game to have your students play when teaching the electoral college. Students will compete against the computer to pick states and try and win 270 electoral votes. Thanks Scholastic!