Middle Level-Jr. High School

Social Studies Strategies that Get to the Core of Learning


The Instruction Community shares several “teacher-tested” best practice methods for delivering meaningful, active learning experiences to K-12 students, with special emphasis on differentiating instruction and closing the achievement gap.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:10pm - 3:05pm
Presenters: 

Janie Hubbard, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US; Joel Rothblatt, School for Visual Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA, US; Melinda Staubs, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, US

Room: 
242
session id: 
313
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Team Based Learning: Putting the Spark into Content Area Reading


The ability to analyze text is critical for literacy development in social studies classes. Participate in an engaging strategy and assessment that promotes student collaboration and deeper comprehension of texts.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:10pm - 3:05pm
Presenters: 

Angie Davis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US; Colby Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US; Elisabeth McCulley, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US; David Osman, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US

Room: 
241
session id: 
724
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Economy OR Environment?: Starting to Teach for Ecological Citizenship


Using data from a recurring public opinion polling question, this session examines one way middle level (but really all) teachers can begin to teach social studies for ecological citizenship.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:10pm - 3:05pm
Presenters: 

Mark Kissling, Penn State University, University Park, PA, US; Sarah Rogers, Penn State University, University Park, PA, US

Room: 
266
session id: 
234
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Let the International Games Begin: Landmark 2013!


Landmark Project: International collaboration among student-researchers developing geographic, communication, collaborative-problem-solving, and global competencies across cultures and languages. Ninety teams from 3 continents in this challenging 4-week social studies competition.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:10pm - 3:05pm
Presenters: 

Terry Smith, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, US; Michelle Huseman, Eugene Field Elementary School, Hannibal, MO

Room: 
274
session id: 
288
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Exploring Civic Responsibility through the Progressive Era


Explore the ways in which the Tenement Museum uses the history of the Progressive Era to engage students in the work of past reformers and inspire contemporary civic participation.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:10pm - 3:05pm
Presenters: 

Miriam Bader, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY, US

Room: 
126
session id: 
751
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Globalization, Economics, and McDonald's: Teachers and University Faculty Teach Together


Middle school teachers and university faculty planned and co-taught an interdisciplinary unit about globalization and economics, centered around McDonald's. Curriculum and strategies for collaboration between teachers and college faculty will be presented.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:10pm - 3:05pm
Presenters: 

Laura Beth Arnold, Little Rock School District, Little Rock, AR, US; William Delsa, Dunbar Middle School, Little Rock, AR, US; Kristin Dutcher Mann, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR, US

Room: 
265
session id: 
722
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Literacy Strategies and Learning Practices in Middle School Geography Classrooms


Cause/effect, compare/contrast, and problem-solving skills are emphasized in core ELA standards and are applicable in geography instruction. Explore active learning strategies and practices used to teach them in geography classrooms.

Time: 
Sat, 11/23/2013 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Presenters: 

Peggy Altoff, Colorado Springs, CO, US

Room: 
124
session id: 
117
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Fostering Meaningful Student Vocabulary Learning in Middle School Classrooms


We will explore the vocabulary demands of textbooks, engage participants in learning instructional strategies that increase students’ long-lasting understanding, and share our research that reveals students’ perceptions of vocabulary learning.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:05am - 11:00am
Presenters: 

Kathryn Hopkins, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Charles, MO, US; Patrick Brown, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Charles, MO, US

Room: 
276
session id: 
459
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Pictures and Poetry in Motion: Using Perspectives to Build Background


Students don't have any background knowledge? Learn how to use pictures and tableaus to help students develop poems that demonstrate their understanding of historical perspectives. Also addresses Common Core Standards!

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:05am - 11:00am
Presenters: 

Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ, US; Ruth Luevanos, Pacoima Middle School, Pacoima, CA, US; Pablo Ramirez, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US

Room: 
280
session id: 
946
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Pop Culture in Social Studies: Using Superheroes to Engage Students


Familiar formats like superheroes, trading cards and action figures engage and motivate students. These strategies immerse students in social studies via pop culture, and help build Common Core connections.

Time: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:05am - 11:00am
Presenters: 

Quinn Rollins, Granite School District, Salt Lake City, UT, US

Room: 
123
session id: 
293
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