Social Studies Resources

Here's a great website with all kinds of resources done by a history teacher -- one who knows. There's a newsletter for you if you click on the Membership button. FREE! http://www.thwt.org/

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: http://mi.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-28753_33232---,00.html

Differentiation of your Instruction:

Social Studies -- Best of the Best!

Graphic organizers for planning or other activities are on the Graphic Organizers page.

Find great information on a novel that supports your unit at these sites:

Use a 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.
  • Delicious - free - set up account - http://delicious.com/
  • **Google Bookmarks** - free - set up with Google account - http://www.google.com/bookmarks/
  • My favorite is Diigo - http://www.diigo.com 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

Primary Sources are a MUST when studying history and other social studies topics. There is wonderful information online that is free to use for educational purposes.

Timelining - 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 Timeliners to discover these 'time' relationships.

Technology
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.