In walking through the warehouse yesterday, I was reminded of one of the first projects I ever worked on for Performance Education: Map & Timeline of World Religions. Not only is it a great addition to your classroom decor, but combined with today’s free lesson plan, it makes for a great overview of the major [...]
Identify the location and describe the rise of the Roman Republic, including the importance of such mythical and historical figures as Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, Cincinnatus, Julius Caesar and Cicero. What are the 5 Themes of Ancient Rome’s Geography? Download the free lesson plan. Please note, this lesson will be removed on 6/26/12.
The Spanish-American War began in 1898. The war began in the Caribbean Sea and ended up in the Pacific Ocean. Somehow, we ended up with the Philippines. There was a certain logic to it all. 1. The Industrial Revolution was running at top speed in the U.S. 2. American factories were turning out a pile [...]
You have an awesome opportunity. Your students can experience history as a real, current, live, event. I will apologize in advance for the rambling nature of this post. It is spur of the moment, and not on my “official has to get done list for the day” – but I just needed to post. History [...]
World History Ending the Age of Reason – How Rousseau did it one book at a time! US History It was George Washington Carver’s job to teach former slaves to grow a new crop. What was that crop?
Irony sells the plot. Just ask any good movie director or author! In History too – sometime our stories are fueled by irony: US History: Meet the Southerner with sympathies to the North and the victorious Northerner with sympathies to the South. World History: Meet the “Navigator” who never sailed a mission.
Sometimes its best to break it down into smaller chunks. This info-map from The Economist is a great way to look at the enormity of the US Economy. The size of the states: If they were countries | The Economist.
I’ve always loved map graphics. And this one is a fabulous representation of city population density merged with world population! Check out the full version here. This is an incredible resource. Love their whole blog!
It is an unfortunate aspect of Social Studies, but one you must encourage in your classroom. Following conflicts around the world isn’t always easy in the US. Our nightly news tends to focus on domestic news – the only world news we tend to get is that which directly impacts US interests. This is a [...]
List of countries: Arable land http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/geo_lan_use_ara_lan-geography-land-use-arable The Arab countries have the least arable land.
World Mapper http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/index.html Great for students in World History and World Geography.
Cartograms: Population (and much more) http://hetv.org/resources/cartograms.htm Cartograms for the world: Population, GDP, child mortality, HIV/AIDS, spending on health care, energy consumption, Greenhouse gas emissions
Your students can create their own population pyramids. http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/informationGateway.php
I just found a great set of maps: http://maps.howstuffworks.com/world-deserts-map.htm Take a look at the last map: Countries where children under 14 are in the majority! World Agricultural Employment Map World Annual Precipitation Map World Cellular Communications Map World Climate Map World Deforestation Map World Deserts Map World Electricity Production Map World Elevation Map World Energy [...]
A list of feature films about the Middle East.
If you are studying Asia, take a look at this great chart about the world’s fastest-growing cities.
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Once upon a time, a boy named Pancho Villa lived in northern Mexico. Born a peasant, he barely went to school. When his father died, he worked as a sharecropper to support his mother and sisters.
Political cartoons are perfect for teacing social studies. They teach about a subject with a visual concept. These cartoons say much that needs to be said about the PLO and Hamas. From our Brand New Mini-Toolbook, The Middle East Told Through Political Cartoons. Download link here: PLO and Hamas as told by Political Cartoons
Do current events get the attention they should in your Social Studies classroom? Are we on the brink of another war between the Koreas? What would the implications be globally? Please share this with your students. From the BBC: South Korea says it will retaliate with missile strikes against the North if faced with “further [...]
Your student deserve to see articles like this. While we can all cite issues we face in America, there is no doubt that our freedom should be taken as precious. A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp for retweeting a Twitter post that mocked Chinese protesters who smashed Japanese [...]
Are you as jealous as I am? NCSS 2010 is in full swing and you’re not there (at least most of you aren’t). If you’ve never been before – it is like Christmas for Social Studies teachers. Lots of goodies to look at – lots of presentations to see – and most importantly a sense [...]
Tonight’s #sschat What type of simulations have you used in your SS classes? What are the benefits of using? Looking forward to great chat.
Bring a process to geography with the 5 kills of geography.
This is where I need your help. I have been asked to write an article on current events and the new media. The article is to be a guide to help teachers understand their way around the ever changing world of a partisan media. My primary research from this article will be information I collect from this blog and interviews I conduct with social studies teachers.
At the end of each round (beginning at the end of round 2), we will be choosing a winner of a single subject subscription at PE Unlimited, our 24/7 online access to our digital library of products. Register Here. (Teachers and Administrators Only) What is Performance Education Unlimited? Performance Education Unlimited provides unlimited access to [...]
Thanks so much to all of you who have sent us emails telling us how great an experience this was for your class last year. If you weren’t able to take part in this last year – trust us, you don’t want to miss out this year. Printable Brackets Will be Available on Monday, March [...]
As a Social Studies teacher, you are in the business of making memories. Whatever you are teaching today, you want students to remember in May. But have you ever thought of your long-range impact? Using our lessons, your students will remember you for the rest of their lives. We don’t memorize, but we do make [...]
I never got to Japan . . . The Principal hired me to teach geography. I was eager, yessirreeebob. I’d been to 49 states (but not Hawaii; you can’t drive there). I’d even won a trip to London (thank you, Optimists Club!). But I was clearly in over my head. My mission? The course known [...]
Did you know that much of the food you eat travels half way across the world before it ends up at your local grocery store? Each year, the average American eats about 260 pounds of imported foods. You begin by listing all of the foods you ate yesterday – and then discover where that food [...]
It seems like just yesterday I was pondering the 6 billion (people on earth) mark. While in actuality, it was in 1999 – that’s a very short time to add 1 billion people to the planet. According to this AP article, that’s exactly what will have happened by the year 2012. SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS – [...]
I came across a Social Studies blog today that asked this question. I thought I knew for sure the answer, but then realized I wasn’t sure at all. History of Nations – Oceania defines Oceania as, “Oceania includes most of the Pacific Ocean as well as portions of the Indian Ocean. Excluded are island nations [...]
While I’m sure it would be a stretch to call it an “officially sanctioned action” by the Chinese government, but it seems they really don’t like our congressmen talking about their human rights violations. Wolf, a champion of human rights in China and elsewhere, said at a news conference that authorities investigated the attacks on [...]