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A Social Studies Planning Resource
Social Studies Resources
Here's a great website with all kinds of resources done by a history teacher -- one who knows. There's a
for you if you click on the Membership button. FREE!
Always begin your planning from the standards and benchmarks that you must teach. In Michigan, you can find your
Social Studies GLCEs
(grade level content expectations) here:
Differentiation of your Instruction:
Here's a great resource to help you think of how to differentiate your lessons. It is set up by thinking skill, content, resources, product, and number in groups. It's the
Need more info on differentiation?
Here's a great in depth WIKI on the topic:
Social Studies -- Best of the Best!
Some of the
BEST social studies resources
that I have found are listed on
under Social Studies. Check them out!
FREE- Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal Gov't
Animations, Primary source documents, photos, and videos.
U.S. Government's Official Web Portal
- Search here:
Social Studies Links
Teaching and Learning -
- Select Elem, MS or HS -
Ben's Guide to U.S.
Government for Kids
MrNussbaum.com Social Studies
- A thousand sites in one -
US History through the video clips of US presidential campaign ads, historical events, and explore core values by examining how these values have been applied in both historical events and campaign ads.
3-6 Student Interactives -
Social Studies - UEN
Teaching and Learning - American Epic - Elem Social Studies -
Core Democratic Values
- Great stuff!
WWII sites - lesson plans, primary sources and more -
for planning or other activities are on the
Find great information on
a novel that supports your unit
at these sites:
Altogether Now - Reading Lists and Online Videos
- The best part is the
list or if you liked a book you already read, you can find one that's somewhat like it on the
list. Entries are also sorted by
Themes and Values
Focused Reading Skills
. Aren't librarians wonderful!?!?
Booktalks Quick and Simple
- Search by author, title, subject, interest level, award winners and more:
Search for Michigan Authors and Illustrators
Want to write to your favorite authors? Here is a database of addresses:
social bookmarking program
like those listed below to keep your web sites organized and available from ANY computer (even if yours is in for repair). I have used these. There are numerous others.
- free - set up account -
- free - set up with Google account -
My favorite is
Someone said it's like a bookmark app on steroids. I agree. I love organizing into lists. I even started my own 'open' group on dyslexia (a favorite topic of mine). You can join groups with like interests and get their added bookmarks in a weekly report -- which you then can review and bookmark the best of the best to your lists. Your Diigo can be private or open to the world or just set up for a particular class to share. Here's
My Diigo Library
are a MUST when studying history and other social studies topics. There is wonderful information online that is free to use for educational purposes.
Primary Sources - Soc-Studies
When did this happen? What was happening at the same time? What important events happened and in what sequence? It is important to study events in the time period in which they occurred. It is also important to understand a sequence of events. Use
to discover these 'time' relationships.
The importance of using technology in today's classroom cannot be underestimated. Teachers everywhere are presenting lectures with visuals in Powerpoint, using Jing for screencasting instruction, with the multitude of Web2.0 tools available. Not only is it important for teachers to use technology, but having students use it increases MOTIVATION and understanding. This whole WIKI is about the best types/apps/sites to learn to use when planning for your students. Remember to include the NETS standards when planning. Look for the simplest, safest, and quickest to learn tools.
Learn from your students. They have much to share about technology. So don't hesitate! Go for it! AND NO! I am not downplaying the importance of lecture and discussion. BALANCE and RELEVANCE are the things to remember. Don't choose a tool that is 'cute' or all 'bells and whistles' but that won't enrich experiencing the content.
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